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!
Christmas Mother Gift Collection: Due by October 11
Due to COVID-19, Chesterfield Christmas Mother has had to change how they are helping families this year. They will provide each child a large toy/gift card, books for toddlers through 3rd grade and a gift card for the family’s Christmas dinner. A team of committee members will pre-package the gifts and distribute accordingly. Instead of collecting gifts for specific children, they are asking that we help in the following ways.
- You can donate cash/checks or $25 gift cards from Walmart. These can be dropped off in a box that will be by the greeters during worship on Sundays OR mailed to St. Mark’s.
- You can go to this link on Amazon and order a $25 Amazon gift card or a toy from the wish list. They will be shipped directly to Christmas Mother.
- You can make online donations through Breeze. Please select ‘Christmas Mother’ as the fund.
Turkey Bags Due November 1
It is Turkey Bag time!! CCHASM Thanksgiving Meal Package Program provided 3,000 families from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George with a gift meal package last year. Because of COVID-19, distribution of turkey bags will be done differently this year. You have 3 ways to obtain a bag/list:
- On Sundays (Starting October 4) you may pick up a bag when you attend an in-person worship service.
- Bags will also be available on Sundays from 12-4pm outside of the CLC doors.
- You may also just print the turkey bag list here and package items in a paper bag.
All turkey bags need to be delivered to church by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1! You may drop them off in the hallway when you attend in-person worship service or outside the CLC doors on Sundays 12-4pm.
- Food Banks
We continue to support two food banks, one at Sherbourne UMC and one at Holy Comforter. Collection bins are placed outside the CLC doors every Sunday afternoon from 12 – 4, and food is delivered each week. All canned/packaged, unopened, non-perishable food is welcome, but they have asked especially for breakfast items (Cereal, oatmeal, grits), soups, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, crackers & side dishes.
- Evergreen Families
We are still collecting gift cards & gas cards (Walmart, Kroger, Wegmans, Food Lion, etc.) for Evergreen Elementary to supply to families. Mailing Address: Evergreen Elementary, 1701 Evergreen East Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23114. Email for electronic cards (no Food Lion): Diane_Siegel@ccpsnet.net. Evergreen counselors and their social worker will send the cards directly to the families in need.
Food Bank Volunteers Needed
- Chesterfield Food Bank
The Chesterfield Food Bank needs volunteers at all sites, especially the ones a little farther away (Jeff Davis, Hopkins, etc.) Volunteers are asked to bring masks; gloves will be provided. If you are interested in helping for an afternoon, you can sign up HERE.
- Belmont UMC
Belmont UMC operates a food bank that serves an average of 350 families each week. They have asked for help getting volunteers to help pack (Thursdays) and distribute (Fridays) the food. Volunteers are asked to bring masks; hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided. For more information or to sign up, go to http://bcrsrva.org/
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