Missions at St. Mark’s

May Mission Focus
East 10th UMC Children & Youth Center

East Tenth United Methodist Children & Youth Center is an accredited early learning center in east Indianapolis. The Center is an outreach initiative of East Tenth United Methodist Church, in response to a need for a safe place where the children and youth could go to learn and grow. They offer an income-based sliding scale for tuition costs and are proud to serve a diverse population.

While in person gathering is limited below are ways to serve that help us continue supporting our partner organizations. During the pandemic crisis, the need for food and daily essentials is even greater. Donation items may be dropped off inside door #2, Monday-Friday, 9-4.  
You may also continue to contribute via online ordering of donation items requested and/or E-Giving.

Current Mission Opportunity

Red Bird Mission Trip: October 31-November 5, 2021

Planning Meeting: Sunday, June 6 @ 12:00 in person and via Zoom

Who’s ready to get back to a Mission Trip?! St. Mark’s is planning a mission trip to Red Bird Mission Work Camp, in the Appalachian Mountains, October 31-November 5, 2021. Have you been thinking about serving on a mission trip but without leaving the country? Interested in working on a mission project in an atmosphere where participants grow spiritually and gain a personal understanding of mission? Red Bird Mission Work Camp may be just what you’ve been looking for!

There will be a planning meeting, on Sunday, June 6, @ 12:00, in room B/C or via Zoom. Please RSVP if you’ll attend in person as we do have a seating capacity due to Covid protocols. You are invited to attend this meeting and consider joining the next trip or simply share your experience at Red Bird, to encourage others. If you are unable to attend but are considering joining the next trip, please let me know. I look forward to this exciting opportunity to serve with you all!

Mission Guatemala

A United Methodist-related organization that works in the highlands of Guatemala. Click here to learn more about how you can be involved.

Family Promise/IHN

Interfaith Hospitality Network, an affiliate of Family Promise, is a partnership of congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children & their families who are homeless. Click here to see how you can make a difference.

Midwest Mission

Midwest Mission, a ministry of the United Methodist Church, distributes kits around the world and around the corner for health, education, and disaster relief supplies. Click here to see how you can help.

Fletcher Place Community Center

Located at the corner of State & Prospect in Indianapolis, is dedicated to alleviating poverty & hunger for families, youth and homeless persons in their neighborhood. Click here to find out how you can help.

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. Click here to find out more.

Good Samaritan Network

The mission of Good Samaritan Network is to serve the physical, financial and emotional needs of under-served people in Hamilton County. Click here to find out how you can help.

Operation Classroom

Operation Classroom is in partnership with the Sierra Leone Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click here to learn more.

East 10th UM Children & Youth Center

Provides quality care and education to children and families on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside, regardless of a parent’s ability to pay. Click here to learn more.

UMCOR Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene are essential for good health and well-being. Water is used not only for drinking, but also for bathing, cooking, cleaning, waste disposal, and agriculture. Click here to learn more.

Society of St. Andrews

The Society of St. Andrew salvages potatoes and other produce that are rejected by commercial markets or potato chip factories that usually end up at local landfills. Find out how you can help with the distribution.

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. Find out more by visiting their website.

Red Bird Mission

Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky since 1921. Click here to find out how you can help.

UMCOR (UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF)

The United Methodist Committee On Relief responds to natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, major storms, and tornadoes, as well as disasters of human origin, such as explosions, shootings, and bombings. You can assist those affected by disasters in the United States and around the world by visiting the UMCOR site.

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. During the current health crisis St. Mark’s is providing sack meals or funds for sack meals, as Roberts Park is serving meals in alternative ways to keep everyone safe. Dates for 2021: January 31, March 21, May 2, October 24

Brightwood Community Center

Brightwood Community Center provides an After School Enrichment Program for the children ages 5-14, in their neighborhood. They offer homework help, meals, and recreation Monday–Thursday, 4:00-6:00 PM during the school year, as well as a Summer Camp opportunity. If you are interested in helping with the after-school program, contact Diane Newton.

Local Food Pantries

St. Mark’s supports several food pantries that are helping feed hungry people in our community. Click here for more information on what is needed.

Changing Footprints

Changing Footprints is a local non-profit organization that accepts shoes of all kinds and distributes them to individuals and organizations wherever there is a need, whether in Indiana, the United States or overseas. They even accept unwearable shoes—these are recycled, keeping them out of landfills! Changing Footprints operates two warehouses in the Indianapolis area. For more information visit their website.

The Mustard Seed Of Central Indiana

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.” The Mustard Seed is helping veterans, the homeless, victims of natural disaster, low-income families and the elderly rebuild their lives by providing kitchen supplies, furniture, linens, and other household items. Click here to find out more!

Please contact Stephanie Cohen if you would like to know more.