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 for more information on any programs and groups!

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CURRENT NEEDS

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.


Volunteers Needed
FeedMore (which operates food pantries, Meals on Wheels and other programs to provide local help with food) is always looking for volunteers.   They need help in a number of areas…drivers, packing assistants, administrative help, etc.  If you are interested and would like more information, go to https://feedmore.org/volunteer/opportunities.


CCHASM Turkey Bags: Return By November 14
It is Turkey Bag time!! The CCHASM Thanksgiving Meal Package program provided over 3,000 families in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George with a gift meal package last year. Turkey bags will be distributed after both services on Sunday, October 24. Any extra bags will be left on a table by the church office.

Please remember to return your full bag by Sunday, November 14! If you attend in-church services, please put the bags in the hallway. You may also drop them off on Sunday outside the CLC doors from 12 to 2 pm. Download the shopping list here as well!


Rise Against Hunger
Please join us on Sunday, November 14, as we package meals for Rise Against Hunger, an organization working against global hunger. We will package about 10,000 meals, and there will be jobs for all ages (with nursery provided for babies/toddlers). The event will be held from 10:00 am until around 1:00 pm or whenever we finish the packaging. Folks are welcome to join us after the 9:00 service, with a second shift coming after the 11:00 service. If you plan to help, please fill out this form. (Everyone is welcome and you do not need to sign up ahead of time, but knowing an approximate volunteer count will help us in our planning.) If you have questions, contact Jane Davis (jane1@iljcorp.com, 263-8898). Thank you!


Christmas Mother Gifts Due 11/28
This year we have committed to 17 children and 3 seniors (who are raising some of the children). We are back to the pre-COVID process. Gifts requested by each person will be on tags and will be available for selection starting this Sunday, October 24! They will be located outside the Sanctuary.

There are two tags stapled together. The green one lists the gift requested and the white one is to be filled out and left in the basket so we know who took what tag. Please take an instruction sheet that tells you what you need to do when you return your gift. 

All gifts need to be returned no later than Sunday, November 28. 
They can be placed on the table outside of the conference room by the Sanctuary. If you are not ready to return to the building, please contact Sandy Wingen and she will help select a tag for you. Take a look at the tag options here. Also, if you have any questions, please contact call/email 804-840-6026 or sandy.wingen1961@gmail.com


Mission Interests Survey
Please help the NLI Love Task Force by taking the below survey before November 14! This team is working on recommendations for ongoing mission opportunities that engage the congregation and local community to work directly with recipients, develop relationships and provide opportunities to invite others to know Jesus Christ. Please submit one response per person and take this revised survey even if you completed the original one last year.

Please submit your responses with the understanding that St. Mark’s will pursue any opportunities in a post pandemic environment.
https://stmarksmidlo.breezechms.com/form/missioninterest

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

BLOOD DRIVES
Opportunities throughout the year when partnering with Red Cross + other organizations

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.

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.

COLLECTIONS
School Supply Drive for Evergreen Elementary in late summer
CCHASM Turkey Bags in November
Christmas Mother in November-December

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 more information, click here.

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.​​

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.

SECURITY TEAM
Security Team Info

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)

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!