Missions at St. Mark’s

August Mission Focus

During August, St. Mark’s is raising funds for the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program that implements projects through a network of partners in countries that have the highest levels of childhood diseases and death, and least access to basic WASH services. UMCOR and its partners are working on long-term solutions that start with communities’ priorities and agendas and support the change that they want to make in their lives. They help communities take ownership of their water and sanitation systems and build lasting strategies and solutions to ensure they will benefit in the future. 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.

In Kind Donations for August 2020

During the month of August, we are collecting personal items of greatest need for OUTREACH INDIANA: hope for homeless youth. Outreach provides a plethora of services and assistance for homeless teens/youth, empowering them to work towards long-term goals of stability.

Youth Supplies Needed

· NEW Medium & Large underwear and bras
· New or gently used men’s & women’s tennis shoes
· Men’s pants, sizes 30×32 & 32×34 
· Flip Flops
· Travel size hand sanitizer
· Shampoo and Deodorant
· Backpacks

 

MIA Donations Needed

Donation items are being collected for Mission In Action Day projects.  

School Supplies

· Rulers (12” long with metric)
· Pencil Sharpeners
· 1 Pencil Eraser (2” or larger)
· Colored Pencils (12 count boxes)
· Crayons (24 count boxes)
· Scissors (blunt tip)
· Unsharpened Pencils

Personal Dignity Supplies

· Bath hand towels
· Bath washcloths
· Comb (sturdy, non-rattail)
· Razors (with guard)
· Nail Clippers
· Adult Toothbrush (individually packaged)
· Toothpaste (2.5 oz or larger)
· Shampoo (15-18 oz)
· Deodorant (2-3 oz)

Blood Drive @ St. Mark’s
September 13, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 1:15 PM

People Need People. Can you help save a life and roll up your sleeve? St. Mark’s is hosting a blood drive to help fight our current health crisis. Healthy individuals, between ages 16-65, are needed to donate blood today! The donation process itself poses no risk of infecting a donor with coronavirus, and Versiti staff are following CDC recommendations on how to properly defend against CoVid19.

Click here to learn more about the continued importance of blood donation, and the steps Versiti is taking to keep our donors safe.

Fletcher Place Community Center:

During our current health crisis, Fletcher Place is still providing essential services to all in need. Sack meals distributed daily and food pantry open 3 days per week. St. Mark’s is the “Oatmeal Church” for Fletcher Place and collect oatmeal for them year-round. You can help stock their pantry with oatmeal and other urgent items needed, by ordering online through their amazon wishlist.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Operation Classroom

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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. 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.  
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.