St. Mark is involved with a number of service projects to the community. Bags of Blessing is a program whereby parishioners bring bags of food each month to to be donated to one of the local food pantries. St. Mark donates to FEAST, as God gives us the opportunity to share our blessings with those who are hungry.
Coordinated by Bryan Fast, our St. Mark community has created two teams who regularly help serve a community meal at Sarah’s Tent – a ministry of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Tarpon Springs. The teams currently cover one evening meal a month: cooking, serving, conversing with guests, and cleaning up. Thank you to all who help serve in this way! We hope to continue to grow in our efforts to share Christ with those in need, in hands on ways. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 marked the 16th year in a row that a group from St. Mark spent time with the families receiving services from CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) at their shelter location in St. Pete. The children enjoyed juice and cookies, Christmas crafts, and story time.
We are so blessed to be invited to spend time with these families and share God's peace and joy during this difficult season. We are working on growing our ministry with CASA in the coming year so we can support the work they do and the families they serve. If you are interested in being involved, please see Pastor Katy or email the church office.
Whenever there are five Sundays in a month, we receive a special offering designated for an outreach ministry. Worshipers bring change (and currency) and drop their gifts into metal buckets to make a joyful noise of generosity.
Some past Noisy Offerings have benefited ELCA Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief and Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, the ELCA Malaria campaign, the Mission Possible Campaign which was dedicated to the upkeep and expansion of Luther Springs and Lutherock Camps, and Tanzania Missionaries for the building of a children's hospital in that country.
By selecting an ornament from our Giving Tree, members and friends have the opportunity to provide a Christmas gift for a child in need.
The Giving Tree is placed at the back of the church during the Advent season and presents are returned before Christmas.
Helping Hands is an outreach mission initiative, supported by the congregation of St. Mark, whose goal is to provide help to people in our community who are in need of hearing, feeling, and seeing God's love.
If you have an idea for a mission project to help people in your school, neighborhood or community, contact St. Mark with your proposal. If the project is deemed feasible by our Project Review Committee, Helping Hands can help by recruiting volunteers and providing financial support. Some of the funding for Helping Hands comes from a grant from the Florida Bahamas Synod's Together in Mission