Missions at St. Mark’s

December Mission Focus

Red Bird Mission, guided by Jesus Christ, empowers individuals and advocates justice by providing spiritual, educational, health, and community outreach ministries in southeastern Kentucky. The need is great in this isolated, rural area where chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing and rugged terrain create obstacles to a fuller life. Red Bird Mission strives to meet the needs of their neighbors through ministry in five areas: Education, Health & Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity and Community Housing ImprovementHonor 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.  Click here to find out more. Click here to Give.

During this time, when gathering in person is limited, there is still mission work to be done.
Below are just some of the ways you can still be of service and live out the St. Mark’s Mission – Where Mission is a Way of Life.
Help is still needed for our partner organizations! During this health crisis the need for food is even greater. With new safety measures in place, donation bins inside Door #2 are now open for contact free drop offs, Monday-Friday, 9-4: travel size toiletries for care packets to homeless shelters, non-perishable food for food pantries, and Oatmeal for Fletcher Place food pantry.
You may also continue to contribute via online ordering of donation items requested and/or E-Giving.

Holiday Mission Opportunities

Angel Tree 2020 

St. Mark’s will once again provide gifts for the E. 10th United Methodist Children & Youth Center Christmas party. This year, selecting an angel will be via online sign ups, although you can still see our Christmas tree in the narthex, symbolizing the love through our annual Angel Tree gift giving. Click here to find a child you can support. Select a child and purchase a suitable toy in the $20 range for the child listed. Wrap it for Christmas, write the child’s name and age on the gift and deliver to St. Mark’s by Sunday, December 13. Door #2 is open M-W-F from 9 to 4. 

The children will open their gifts at their E. 10th Christmas party, although St. Mark’s will not be attending this year. Contact Stephanie Cohen at 317-846-4912 or [email protected] for more information.

Fletcher Place Opportunities

There are still opportunities to help with Fletcher Place by either signing up to deliver donations or to prepare sack lunches to go. Click here to find out more. For more info contact Stephanie Cohen.

St. Mark’s Blood Drive
Sunday February 21, 2021 | 8:30 AM-1:15 PM

Thank you to all Blood Donors! In our recent Blood Drive St. Mark’s donated 31 units of blood! This is truly and literally LIFE SAVING as blood transfusions are needed every day. Register now for the next Blood Drive on 2/21.


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.


Children’s Missions Outreach

Concentrating on Children’s Missions allows our congregation to pour into the children and youth of St. Mark’s and the surrounding community. We provide many exciting ways for children and youth to get involved at an early age in mission work.


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.


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.


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.


The Gleaning Garden In Carmel

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 Stephanie Cohen.


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.



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.


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 2020: January 26, April 26, August 30, October 11.  

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.