Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Inside St. Mark's

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

605 Spruce Street

Pastor Mary Pharmer[Pastor Mary Pharmer] told us that St. Mark's was very diverse, because Latino, Asian, African , and Caucasian all come to St. Mark's. She also told us that their church sang songs from different cultures.

The day we were there, they were going to have a church dinner for the homeless. We helped set up their dining hall, and most of us donated a canned good or toiletries. About 300 poor/homeless people find food at St. Mark's each week. The food pantry is stacked wall high with cans of food. Mary Pharmer makes sure that the people who come to get food get healthy food.

St. Mark's has an after school program, called Promise Kids. Promise Kids have raised an organic food garden, and grew a rain garden.

The Pastor of St. Mark’s Church is Pastor Mary Pharmer. Pastor Mary has been Pastor for seven years, and the church has been around for fifteen years.

One of the main things they do at St. Mark’s for the community, they have a food pantry there. Mostkids brought donations for it. In the food pantry, they used to not have beans, rice, and cooking oil, but then a lot of people with Hispanic origins came and of course they needed those ingredients, because they are part of the main diet, so St. Mark's in response to that problem, got those ingredients.

There are 170 members of the church, and 300 people each week get food from it. Also, on Friday, they have a weekly community dinner.

When we went to what is called a Sanctuary, I was surprised how big it was. The Sanctuary is a place that early in the day on Sunday, people come there for worship. Worship is not the only thing they do in the Sanctuary. They also sometimes come to make important decisions or to have meetings. On September 11, people came for a meeting about it.

They have a loom room, where they make peace weavings. Also, they have a garden, which is entirely organic, with no pesticide whatsoever, so they can eat what they grow. Right now, in the garden, they’re trying to make it wheelchair accessible.

St. Mark's church, led by Pastor Mary, works to make the community a better place.


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