2020 Brief Mission Partner Description from the St. Mark Mission Committee

Most of our “in-person” opportunities to support and serve our mission partners have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Virtual ABC Sale” and ongoing eBay sales continue to serve as St. Mark’s largest fundraiser for local mission partners. We will also have a “Virtual Christmas Alternatives” outreach in support of our international mission partners beginning in November.

Cash donations are the most immediate and impactful way to support those serving the most vulnerable who are being hit the hardest by the effects of this crisis. You may make donations by sending a check to the St. Mark church office and designate the mission partner on the memo line or donate directly on their websites.

Please drop off your in-kind donations (canned goods, paper products, and toiletries) when the church office is open or during drive-through donation events in the St. Mark parking lot.

If you are interested and able to serve as a volunteer on-site at our local mission partners, please contact Joyce Blackwell.

A brief description of our core mission partners including websites, mailing addresses and St. Mark liaisons follows.

With gratitude for your generous support,
Joyce Blackwell, Chris Polak
Mission Committee Co-Chairs

St. Mark Church does not endorse or control the content of pages on external websites.

LOCAL MISSION PARTNER SUMMARY

Businesspersons Between Jobs (BBJ)
601 Claymont Drive, Ballwin, MO 63011
Jack Martin, Board President (Jack Martin, St. Mark Liaison)
http://bbj.org/
Established in 1972 co-founded by St. Mark; a non-denominational job search support group assisting the unemployed and underemployed at different stages of their careers.

Circle of Concern
112 St. Louis Avenue, Valley Park, MO 63088
Cyndi Miller, Executive Director (Jack Martin, St. Mark Liaison)
circleofconcern.org
Established in 1967 co-founded by St. Mark; feeds the hungry and assists low-income families living in west St. Louis County

Isaiah 58
2149 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104
Rev. Brenda Booth, Executive Director (Joyce Blackwell and Jean Steward, St. Mark Liaisons
i58ministries.org
Established in 1970; feeds the hungry and assists low-income families living in south St. Louis

Lafayette Industries
179 Gaywood Drive, St. Louis, MO 63021
Rob Libera, Executive Director (Pam Ladley and Chris Polak, St. Mark Liaisons)
Lafayetteindustries.com
Established in 1976; co-founded by St. Mark McLuen family. Mission is to provide meaningful, productive, and long-lasting careers in the packaging industry to adults with developmental disabilities.

Marion Medical Mission (MMM)
1412 Shawnee Drive, Marion, IL 62959
Kimberly Richey, Director of Development (Clarice Hutchens and Chris Polak, St. Mark Liaisons)
mmmwater.org
Since 1990, MMM has helped over 38,000 villages in rural Africa gain a sustainable source of safe drinking water. Each well costs $450 and supports 125 people, reducing disease, increasing productivity, and allowing children to attend school.

Mound Ridge Retreat Center
31 Agape Lane, Cook Station, MO 65449
Christy Foster, Executive Director (Jerry Dressel, St. Mark Liaison)
moundridge.org
Established in 1950; a multi-facility retreat and mission center located at the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks.

Peace Meal Project
c/o St. John’s Episcopal Church,
3672-B Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63166
Phyllis Jacobson, Coordinator (Bruce Cranston, St. Mark Liaison)
towergrovechurch.org/peace-meal/
Established in 2013 co-founded by St. Mark; The Peace Meal Project is a free, fellowship meal for all every Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Tower Grove Neighborhood

Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services (PCHAS)
1220 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132
Debra Paulus, Development Director (Sharon Cardwell, St. Mark Liaison)
pchas.org
Established in 1914; gives kids a safe, loving place to heal and to grow when their families can’t provide that along with extra support like therapeutic mentoring; foster care case management and in-home family therapy.

UKirk
c/o Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy,
1001 Craig Road, Suite 170, Creve Coeur, MO 63146
Rev. Max Hill, Executive Director (Bill Tucker, St. Mark Liaison)
ukirkstl.org
Established in 2015 in St. Louis as a ministry of the Presbytery of Giddings – Lovejoy. UKirk is a worshiping community for college students that worships, plays, and performs service work.