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.
From time to time, St. Mark has a bike drive that we donate to the North Pinellas Community Bike Drive project!
During our last drive, forty-one (41) bikes were donated to and distributed by Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) to foster children and refugees who need transportation to work, shopping and school. A check for $400 was also given to LSF to purchase locks, helmets or other needed items. Thanks to our donors and to the 30 volunteers who worked to fix and clean the bikes.
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.
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
Each year, the Women of the ELCA at St. Mark put together over 150 layettes (complete with a hand-made stuffed toy) which are donated to Lutheran Services Florida which distributes the layettes to mothers with babies in their programs like foster care, refugee resettlement, and migrant workers.
WELCA Christian Service works on layettes the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM. All are welcome to participate in this ministry.
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.
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.