Missions at St. Mark’s

December Mission Focus

Red Bird Mission

Operation Classroom

During the month of November St. Mark’s is supporting Red Bird Mission. Red Bird Mission has been providing ministries in a rural, distressed region of the Appalachian Mountains, in southeastern Kentucky, since 1921. Today the need remains critical, where poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life, for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Red Bird Clinic strive to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.  

Monthly In-Kind Donation – Red Bird Mission Tree of Lights Campaign

Honor someone special with a gift to St. Mark’s Tree of Lights campaign. Donations are given to Red Bird Mission in southeastern Kentucky where the need is critical in this rural, distressed area.

Current Mission Opportunities

Mission Guatemala Trip | June 4-12, 2022

*Deadline to sign up: January 9, 2022  

If it has been on your heart to join an international mission trip, you’re invited to join St. Mark’s members in this amazing service opportunity, June 4-12, 2022. Experience God in a new way with a different culture, as we work together with our Guatemalan brothers and sisters in Christ, to build communities and relationships. Mission work will be in Panajachel, Guatemala and surrounding areas of mountainous San Andrés Semetabaj. Click here to find out more.

Contact Stephanie Cohen with questions or interest: scohen@stmarkscarmel.org

Fletcher Place Breakfast: Cooking Help Needed

“Worrying about where your next meal will come from, is one of the biggest concerns for our homeless friends. When COVID first hit, we had people begging us to stay open. They were terrified they would starve”. Staff at Fletcher Place.

St. Mark’s has long been providing breakfast for Fletcher Place Community Center, on the 4th Thursday of each month. Volunteers are now asked to resume serving a much-missed hot meal! Please click here if you can help, one or more months

  • 5 or more volunteers needed to cook a hot meal to-go
  • Each 4th Thursday morning
  • All supplies are provided by St. Mark’s
  • Cooking is done in Fletcher Place’s kitchen, and packed in to-go containers
  • Staff at Fletcher Place will distribute the meals outside

Please contact Stephanie Cohen if interested, or for more info: scohen@stmarkscarmel.org or 317-846-4912.

Brightwood Community Center Monthly Food Pantry

Help needed! Brightwood Community Center is providing food for families at their new location, at 2140 N. Arsenal Ave, Indianapolis. Every second Tuesday & Wednesday of each month, families come through the drive thru giveaway to receive boxed food from the food pantry. More hands are needed to make it happen:

  • Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to sort and box food
  • Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. to load recipient’s cars in food distribution

Please contact Diane Newton for more information or to sign up at 317-288-4523 or joediane244@att.net.

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.

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.

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.


UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters to alleviate suffering and to be a source of help and hope for those left most vulnerable. They provide relief, response, and long-term recovery grants when these events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. Click here to find out 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.

Operation Classroom

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Outreach Indiana

Outreach provides social services and assistance for homeless teens and youth, ages 14-24, in Indianapolis. Outreach staff and volunteers build relationships to help them achieve long-term stability, assist with individual needs such as transportation, social skills, medical appointments, and job interviews. Program Centers allow youth to take showers, do laundry, use computers, eat, and spend time with staff and friends. They provide lunch bags, clothing, and hygiene items. Youth are empowered to experience life transformation. Click here to learn more.

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