Missions at St. Mark’s
May Mission Focus
East 10th Children & Youth Center
Click here to find out more about East 10th United Methodist Children & Youth Center. During our current health crisis, East 10th remains closed but they are continuing to provide meals, care packages, and educational material, to the families in which they serve. When their doors reopen one of the needs the center will have is masks for their staff and childcare providers. Do you have masks that you’ve made at home? You can help St. Mark’s support East 10th by donating your homemade masks on Wednesday, May 6 between 10:00am-1:00pm, in the drop off box in front of Door #2 – this is a contact-free drop off.
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During this time, when we are not able to gather, 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.
With new safety measures in place, donation bins inside Door #2 are now open for contact free drop offs: travel size toiletries, non-perishable food, and Oatmeal for Fletcher Place. You may also continue to contribute via online ordering of donation items requested and/or E-Giving..
Blood Drive @ St. Mark’s
June 7, 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.
Versiti Blood Center of Indiana:
Your neighbors, friends, and loved ones are at an elevated risk during this latest crisis in our nation. The virus we are living through is very serious, but more so is the severely declining availability of blood. Blood donations are being accepted by appointment or walkins. Click here to find a location nearest you.
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.
Society of St. Andrew:
SoSA is working harder than ever, knowing that this crisis is already drastically increasing the need for emergency food assistance nationwide. We need your financial support now more than ever to distribute food free-of-charge to food banks, pantries, and shelters. Click here to see our list of things volunteers can do during this time of social distancing.
Click here to donate online.
Habitat for Humanity:
With the governor’s recent order to “stay at home,” the Coronavirus outbreak is hurting Habitat’s families. We’ve had to suspend our operations—new applicants can’t meet with our staff. Homebuilding has stalled. Our ReStores are closed. In a time when very little is certain, you can help build stability and certainty for your neighbors with a gift to Habitat. Click here to donate online.
Midwest Mission Distribution Center:
Midwest Mission is a member of VOAD (Volunteers of Active Disasters and are also working with UMCOR. How can you continue to help? Please go to our website for patterns to sew, crochet or knit. Don’t sew? You can simply cut out flannel for our Feminine Hygiene Pads, Layette Diapers or make Plarn from plastic grocery bags. Click here to find out how or click here learn to crochet a plastic sleeping mat for a homeless person in a developing country.
A United Methodist-related organization that works in the highlands of Guatemala. Click here to learn more about how you can be involved.
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, 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 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.
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.
Hamilton County Kid’s Coats
Soup’s On At Roberts Park
(Meet at St. Mark’s at 9:15 a.m., & return around 2:30 PM).
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 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!