Oversees and cares for St. Mark members and friends in times of need and grief as identified through prayer requests, member and pastoral suggestions. Tasks include coordinating meals, assisting at funerals, sending greeting cards, organizing activities to support caregivers.
St. Mark accepts clothing and shoes of all kinds which may be placed in the Clothing Shed on the west parking lot which is picked up/delivered to charities in the St. Louis metro area.
Prepares the elements of communion and helps serve them to the congregation. Generally, communion services are held the first weekend of the month during Saturday’s 5:00PM and Sunday’s 10:30AM worship services. However, communion is always a part of every Sunday’s 8:30AM worship service.
Flowers and plants for worship services are possible through donations and are often given to celebrate or commemorate a person, group, milestone, or event, or to simply share some of God’s gifts of beauty in the sanctuary. If the flowers are not taken home by the donors, they are delivered to a home-bound or ill member by a deacon.
Health & Wellness
Your contributions to the St. Mark blood drive are coordinated by this committee. Ensure the defibrillator and other first-aid equipment are kept up-to-date and CPR/AED classes are offered.
Hunger Ministry – May 2020 Update from Hunger Ministry
Circle of Concern is an agency that assists families and individuals with low income in the Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park school districts who have experienced an emergency. St. Mark hosts periodic Circle of Concern General Membership meetings.
Isaiah 58 Ministries serves low income families and individuals in the south St. Louis city through a food pantry, thrift store, healthy lifestyles program, and a women’s group.
Donations are placed on the table in the hallway near the pastor’s offices. Also, a bag of food and care items is kept under the donation table available to the pastor for those families needing emergency assistance.
Joyce Blackwell, Christine Polak, Co-Chairs
Coordinate, facilitate, and manage local, national, and international outreach opportunities that emphasize involvement and spiritual growth through mission activities at St. Mark. Each member of our congregation is challenged to find a way they are called to serve others through St. Mark mission activities.
Provide one-on-one confidential care to anyone who wishes to receive it. This includes those experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, and many other life difficulties.
The purpose is to transport people to church services who cannot drive themselves. The goal is to enable non-drivers’ participation in services and congregational fellowship.
Coordinate, train, and recruit ushers and greeters for regular worship services. In addition, this committee ensures the sanctuary is prepared for worship and special services (ie. proper paraments, baptismal font, candles, ashes for Ash Wednesday, Palms for Palm Sunday, Advent Candles, etc.).
Local Mission Partners Supported
The Deacons have designated the following community outreach organizations to receive monetary support from the church’s local mission budget and from Deacon-led fundraisers: Businesspersons Between Jobs, Circle of Concern, Isaiah 58 Ministries, Lafayette Industries, Lydia’s House, Mound Ridge Retreat Center, Peace Meal Project, Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services, UKirk College Ministry, and the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.
National/International Mission Partners Supported
Our national focus is centered on the support, coordination, and participation of St. Mark members in annual service/work trips.
International Mission Partners include: Equal Exchange Fair Trade, Marion Medical Mission, Medical Benevolence Foundation, Partners for Just Trade, PCUSA Mission Co-Workers: Haiti-Mark Hare, Peru-Jed Koball, Taiwan-John McCall, PCUSA Mission Nicaragua Scholarship Fund