The Service to Others Council coordinates St. Mark’s projects that provide assistance to others, both within our community and across the world.
Contact Jane Davis or John Ayers for more information on any programs and groups!
Chesterfield Food Bank
The Chesterfield Food Bank opened a new site at Swift Creek Elementary on June 8 and is asking for help in manning that site and others. Volunteers are asked to bring masks; gloves will be provided. If you are interested in helping, you can sign up HERE.
Food Bank Donations
St. Mark’s continues to support the Holy Comforter food bank in Richmond. We collect food outside the CLC doors from 12-4 every Sunday afternoon, and the food is delivered to Holy Comforter each week. The needs are great, and the donations are much appreciated. Their current request is for pasta & pasta sauce and canned vegetables & fruit, but all packaged, unopened food is welcome.
Evergreen Elementary Food Needs
Evergreen Elementary has reached out to St. Mark’s asking for help for their many “at risk” students. During normal times, the school supplies two meals/day to many students and sends home weekend backpacks of food and emergency food supplies to many of their families. In the midst of this crisis, many of the families are facing unemployment and struggling, and Evergreen is getting requests to help with food.
Evergreen is asking for gift cards to be used for food AND gas (Walmart, Kroger, Wegmans, Food Lion, etc.) that the school can supply to families in need. If you are able to help, the cards can be purchased in person or online and mailed to Evergreen Elementary at 1701 Evergreen East Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23114. You may also send cards electronically (with the exception of Food Lion). Those can be sent to Evergreen’s Assistant Principal, Diane Siegel at Diane_Siegel@ccpsnet.net. Evergreen counselors and their social worker will send the cards directly to the families in need. Thank you to all that have already sent gift cards and Evergreen is so appreciative of the support from the St. Mark’s community.
Homemade Face Masks
The need for face masks has slowed, and our recipients tell us they do not need any more at this time (which is certainly good news). If things change in the months ahead, we will let you know. Meanwhile, many thanks to all of the sewers who graciously provided masks!
See our Upcoming Events page for more service opportunities!
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 email@example.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
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 on the 1st Monday of each month in the Library at 6:45 pm.
Volunteers needed to assist with Relevant Hospitality one Sunday a month or according to your availability. Please contact Teresa Chambers.
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
BREAD OF HEAVEN
Ongoing collections for Sherbourne UMC and Holy Comforter food banks, highlighting a single need each month.
– Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join in this mission to feed our community by dropping off the cereal at your home and you bring the food items to church.
Get more information by watching the video below and download this Bread of Heaven Flyer. Flyers can also be picked up outside of the Gym or Sanctuary.
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
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.
ST. MARK’S HAS LEFT THE BUILDING 2.0
Different collections & serving opportunities for 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)
For mission project chosen by STO, usually Rise Against Hunger
Opportunities throughout the year on a Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm
Supporting this ministry to serve homeless families, men, and women, usually twice a year
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.
School Supply Drive for Evergreen Elementary & CrossOver Ministries in late summer
CCHASM Turkey Bags in November
Christmas Mother in November-December