The Service to Others Council coordinates St. Mark’s projects that provide assistance to others, both within our community and across the world.
Contact Jimma Attaway or Sandy Wingen for more information on any programs and groups!

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See our Upcoming Events page for more service opportunities!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

UPWARD BASKETBALL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We need some volunteers for Upward Basketball to work with the Kindergarten-3rd grade teams at St. Mark’s on Saturdays 8 am-2 pm from January to March. We need referees, time/scorekeepers, and greeters (to show players where their rooms are and line them for pre-games). Contact Phil Poag if you’d like to help (Philip.R.Poag@altria.com, 804-380-6452 (cell), 804-283-8097 (work)). Thank you!

CARITAS
St. Mark’s will be working with CARITAS this fall, but there has been a BIG change this year with the way they house men. (There will be no changes for families until 2020.) CARITAS has renovated a site downtown for housing homeless men. This means we will no longer house them at St. Mark’s, but we still need your help. We have committed to serving dinner to 200 homeless men on Saturday, Oct 20 at the CARITAS site (The Healing Place, 700 Dinwiddie Ave, Richmond) and to providing lunches to the site four days that week. Our dinner menu will be shepherd’s pie, salad, rolls and dessert. We are asking for volunteers to:

  • make shepherd’s pie and desserts (recipes provided)
  • donate rolls and salad
  • donate lunch ingredients (mustard, mayo, water, cookies, chips)
  • assemble lunches
  • deliver lunches
  • prepare and serve dinner (Note: Volunteers at the site itself must be at least 18 years old.)

There will be sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall hallway in September, or contact Jane Davis (263-8898) or Jennifer Erdelyi (304-5498) with questions. Thank you for all of your help!

UMCOR HURRICANE DONATIONS
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church (UMC). UMCOR has teams in the Carolinas assessing the needs and will activate multiple areas of response as conditions allow. SMUMC (STO) has designated some funds to be distributed in the short term and as work teams are able to be of service, we may send a team to help. If you want to make a donation now, send a check made to SMUMC, with UMCOR-Hurricane in the memo and we will distribute the funds appropriately. UMCOR has a four star rating (92.14%) with Charity Navigator.​

MENTORING AT EVERGREEN ELEMENTARY
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church has been involved in a mentoring partnership with Evergreen Elementary School since 1995!
We typically match each mentor with two students and schedule back-to-back 30-minute mentoring sessions, so that the time commitment is about an hour per week. Usually, we start seeing children late October/early November and stop after SOL testing in early May. Orientation and training will be provided. High school juniors through adults may apply!
For information and application, go here.

CARECAB
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 jimmaatta@aol.com. Be prepared to give us dates, addresses & any special needs of the person being driven.

RECYCLE OLD EYEGLASSES AND MORE
Give someone sight and hearing by bringing your old eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones to St. Mark’s for recycling to the Chesterfield Prevent Blindness Lions Club. Please place your items in the box located in the Fellowship hallway below the bulletin board. Please contact Don West at (804) 897-8723 for any questions.​​

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays from 6:45 pm–7:45 pm in the church library. Please come sit, knit and chat with us while we make prayer shawls for those who have a need to feel wrapped in God’s love, and while we also make baby blankets for baptisms.

RELEVANT HOSPITALITY
Volunteers needed to assist with Relevant Hospitality one Sunday a month or according to your availability. Please contact Dee Russell (carolinagirlnva@yahoo.com).

SECURITY TEAM
Security Team Info

THE TUESDAY GROUP OF MEN meets at the church to perform general maintenance each Tuesday morning at 8:15 am. All men are welcome to come lend a hand!

OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

MONTHLY MISSION DINNERS
Generally the first Wednesday of every month from September to May. They are sponsored by various groups like the United Methodist Men, Youth, Small Groups, Sunday School Classes, and Children’t Council. The proceeds go to various mission projects to support the community. To sign up to attend a mission dinner, click here.

MENTORING
At Evergreen Elementary School (weekly during the school year). To sign up to be a mentor, click here.

BREAD OF HEAVEN
Ongoing collections for Sherbourne UMC and Holy Comforter food banks, highlighting a single need each month.

MARCH MISSION MADNESS
A different collection/event each week during the month of March (e.g. CARITAS furniture bank, CCHASM career clothes for women, health kits for conference, towels and washcloths for St Francis Home)

ST. MARK’S HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
We have one community worship time at 10 am on a Sunday in March then break off into groups to work on 20+ various mission projects/sites. Click here for a past flyer.

LENTEN OFFERING
For mission project chosen by STO, usually Rise Against Hunger

ADVENT OFFERING
For mission project chosen by STO

BLOOD DRIVES
3 opportunities throughout the year on a Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm

CARITAS
Hosting homeless families, men, and women, usually twice a year (CARITAS Volunteer Descriptions)

RISE AGAINST HUNGER
A food packaging event for Rise Against Hunger, which distributes food globally to areas with the greatest concentration of hunger and starvation. Held each spring or summer.

Collections
School Supply Drive for Evergreen Elementary & CrossOver Ministries in late summer
CCHASM Turkey Bags in November
Christmas Mother in November
Christmas Gifts for St. Francis Home (assisted living facility) in November/December