The Congregational Care Ministry operates to further the Love component of St. Mark’s mission by involving lay persons in this activity. This ministry is dedicated to providing care, concern, prayer, and support for individuals and families in the congregation, particularly those who are hospitalized, as well as those who are homebound or in assisted living facilities. If you feel led to participate in this ministry, we would love to have you join us. If you have questions, please contact either Bobby McDavid (chair) at or Rachel Chen at

Our current session runs until December 4 on Mondays from 9:45-11:15 am in the Library. This program is for those who are seeking help and encouragement following the death of a partner, child, family member, or friend. You are encouraged to talk with Phyllis Guiser or Pastor Rachel Chen if you have questions.

CareCab is a ministry to assist our members in transportation needs for local doctors’ appointments/treatments. Call or email Jimma Attaway at (804) 338-8053 or Be prepared to give us dates, addresses & any special needs of the person being driven.

This Alzheimer’s Respite + Support group provides a Home Helpers program, in which volunteers visit in-home loved ones with dementia while their caregivers leave the home for a few hours.

On Thursdays 1-2:30 pm, we hold a support/respite group in the Dining Room/Rm 205 for loved ones with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. For more info, contact Kristie Faison ( or 804-543-4649).

FACES is a non-profit corporation founded by families of loved ones with brain disorders e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and others. Their mission is to serve and support families by helping to dissolve the stigma surrounding illness.

This organization provides Community Education and Support Group meetings each month, Survivors Day in November, and other events and services throughout the year. Visit for more information.

If you sit near a stuffed bear during worship, please take time to give it a cuddle and say a prayer for the person who will receive it. And if you know someone who is in need of extra love and support, please take a Prayer Bear with you when you leave to gift to that person or family. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Rachel.