St. Mark's Serves Central Indiana Missions
Learn more about the local missions we support below and find out how you can help!
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
Interfaith Hospitality Network, a part of Family Promise, is a partnership of congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children & their families who are homeless. IHN, our February mission focus, provides emergency food & shelter, offers individual skill development & rehabilitation, advocates for economic stability and strives to end homelessness for the guests they serve. Click here to find out more. Our remaining 2017 hosting weeks are: July 30-August 5 and October 22-29.
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SOUP'S ON AT ROBERTS PARK
The Roberts Park United Methodist Church Soup’s On ministry provides a wonderful opportunity for us to carry out Jesus’ command to “feed the hungry.” Each Sunday, volunteers at Roberts Park serve lunch to about 225 homeless persons and others in need in downtown Indianapolis.
How can you be involved?
- Provide food for the lunch.
- Join others from St. Mark’s to help serve lunch for those less fortunate.
(Meet at St. Mark’s at 9:15 a.m., & return around 2:30 PM).
Remaining 2017 serving dates: August 13, November 19
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You may also sign up at a Ministry Table outside the sanctuary.
GOOD SAMARITAN NETWORK - JULY MISSION FOCUS
The mission of Good Samaritan Network is to demonstrate the unconditional love of Christ by serving the physical, financial and emotional needs of under-served individuals and families in Hamilton County. They serve people in need through the empowerment of member ministries and church and community partners. Financial donations to Good Samaritan Network may be given using the white mission envelope in your Sunday bulletin in July or given online.
Good Samaritan Network and Gleaners Food Bank are teaming up to provide food to people in need. Volunteers are needed to help monthly in Noblesville and quarterly in Cicero and Sheridan. For more information, contact Liz Rix at 317-846-4912 or visit the GSN website.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness and to making adequate affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Please prayerfully consider partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide hope and the opportunity for home ownership.
Click here to find out more.
You can help save a life by donating blood. It is safe, simple and takes less than an hour. Healthy individuals age 16 and older can lend an arm to help. St. Mark's holds a blood drive several times each year. Contact Greta with questions.
The Gleaning Garden on the Monon Trail grows and gives away fresh, locally grown, organic food. In doing so, the Gleaning Garden serves as a demonstration of life in community and relationship to one another, to nature, and to God in a meaningful way. Food grown in the garden is given away to local food pantries. By serving the last with the first fruits, they strive to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth. If you would like to volunteer at the garden, please contact Liz.
Brightwood Community Center is dedicated to building stronger families and a vibrant community by cultivating and expanding opportunities, skills, resources and connections. They offer the following at little or no cost: After School Enrichment (grades K-8, Mon.–Thurs., 3:45-6:00 p.m.), Summer Camp, and Parent Empowerment classes. If you are interested in helping with the after-school program, contact Liz Rix at 317-846-4912.
EAST TENTH UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN & YOUTH CENTER
East Tenth serves children & families on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside, providing quality care and education regardless of a parent’s ability to pay. They have a sliding scale and during April St. Mark's collects monetary donations that go to help subsidize parent payments, allowing parents to work. Click here to find out more.
FLETCHER PLACE COMMUNITY CENTERFletcher Place Community Center has been serving their most vulnerable neighbors since 1872. Their roots are in the United Methodist Church, as they began as an outreach of a local church. They provide the support, help and encouragement some families need to overcome financial struggles utilizing a small staff and thousands of volunteer hours each year.
Hamilton County Kid's Coats
Hamilton County Kids Coats is a collaborative effort between many churches & community partners whose goal is to make sure all Hamilton Co. families stay warm in winter. St. Mark's collects winter coats and winter-wear (hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants, boots) for HCKC. We need clean coats in good condition and in all sizes – from infant to adult XXL, as kids come in all sizes! If your child has outgrown his coat or if you are ready to pass your coat on to someone else, please wash it and bring it to St. Mark's. Volunteers are also needed throughout the year to sort coats at the Kids Coats warehouse in Carmel. Please contact Liz Rix at 317-846-4912 with any questions.
Local Food Pantries
We collect OATMEAL year round for Fletcher Place food pantry!
St. Mark's supports these neighborhood missions that are helping feed hungry people in our community: Carmel UMC Food Pantry, Fletcher Place Food Pantry, Kokomo Urban Outreach. During November, financial contributions may be given using the white mission envelope in your Sunday bulletin. We also collect non-perishable food items year round. The food pantries especially need: Canned meats, Sugar, Cereal, Fresh potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta & Rice, Spaghetti sauce, Oatmeal, Peanut butter, Soup, Crackers, Toilet paper, Canned fruit (in juice), Canned vegetables (low/no salt), Beans
- Place donations in a bin at St. Mark’s main entrance.
The Carmel UMC food pantry on Rangeline Rd. needs volunteers. A brief training is required and minor computer skills are necessary. If you are interested in serving, contact Cecil.
INDIANA UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME
Indiana United Methodist Children's Home is a treatment facility dedicated to helping emotionally troubled youth. Visit their website to find out more.