Outreach

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There are no great things to be done. Only small things with great love.
Mother Theresa

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Our Mission:

To make our community a better place for all by providing spiritual and material assistance to those who are hungry, without housing, without resources necessary for daily live, without a voice or living without a support network. We also strive to educate our community on the needs of the individuals and groups to whom we provide assistance. We Educate, Provide Care, and Raise Awareness

Saint Mark’s Outreach Committee seeks to be good stewards of the resources it has been entrusted with and will oversee expending those resources to support the community. We work to proactively identify needs and will ask for help and support from the congregation for those needs in the local area (Upper Arlington & Central Ohio), The Diocese of Southern Ohio, as well as the national and international mission field.

Each year the Outreach Ministry receives its base funding from the annual budget of St. Mark’s. The Ministry is also funded from generous donations directed to Outreach by individual members of the congregation, as well as by from fundraisers and donation drives held by groups of the Ministry.

In deciding which projects to fund, the Ministry strives to support needs that are faith based and in which Ministry members participate actively. The goal is to have feet on the ground in all activities where there is also a financial investment.

Every member of Saint Mark’s is encouraged to be the hands and heart of Christ reaching out into our world. Here are just a few of the ways we educateprovide care, and raise awareness.

To give to Outreach, click Here.

Activities of the Outreach Ministry

Offering Helping Hands on the National and International Level

When we focus on the National and International Community we look to

Episcopal Relief and Development Agency (ERDA)

ERDA is present around the world and here at home on our behalf whenever there is disaster and upheaval. One of the largest faith-based providers of humanitarian assistance in the world, ERDA is also consistently ranked as among the most cost effective charities in the country. Each year Outreach donates a portion of the money provided by the Vestry directly to ERDA. Donations are also made from parishioner contributions following major disasters such as hurricanes, flooding or fires.

Member contributions can be designated for  E.R.D.A.”  An online donation to the ministry of The Episcopal Relief and Development Agency through Saint Mark’s may be made HERE.

To learn more about the many ministries of The Episcopal Relief and Development Agency and where they are currently responding to the greatest need click HERE.

St. Mark’s also participates in the United Thank Offering (UTO). St. Mark’s Outreach provides boxes for the collection. Members are asked to save coins in the boxes and they are then collected at a special ceremony during a Sunday service. A national committee designates how the funds will be distributed to applicants.

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries networks across the country to help with the re-settlement of individuals and families moving to the United States.They are also a strong advocacy voice regarding the migration movement.

St. Mark’s Migration Ministries Committee (3M) is a mutual interest of Outreach and a group of parishioners concerned about refugees here in Columbus and the many asylum seekers at our southern border.  3M is currently working to educate parishioners about the border.  See information on National networks and ministries HERE.

To learn more about refugees in Columbus, click HERE.

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries networks across the country to help with the re-settlement of individuals and families moving to the United States.They are also a strong advocacy voice regarding the migration movement.

St. Mark’s Migration Ministries Committee (3M) is a mutual interest of Outreach and a group of parishioners concerned about refugees here in Columbus and the many asylum seekers at our southern border.  3M is currently working to educate parishioners about the border.  See information on National networks and ministries

Helping others in Ohio, Diocesan Level Activities

On the Diocese of Southern Ohio level St. Mark’s partners with Trinity Episcopal Church in McArthur, Ohio for the Layette Ministry.

Vinton County in Southeastern Ohio is the second poorest county in the state.  Trinity Episcopal is a small congregation in McArthur that provides layettes to needy families recommended by a local social service agency.  St. Mark’s provides diaper bags and money to supplement their purchasing of supplies for the layettes.  Our parish knitting and sewing circle has partnered with Outreach to make bibs, blankets, hats, mittens, and toys for the layettes.

We also host a Baby Shower each year and ask the whole congregation to donate gowns, clothing, diapers and other items needed by newborns.

Being the Hands of Christ:

Here at Home

We don’t have to travel out of our community to find those in need of life’s most basic necessities.

St John’s Town Street Episcopal Church

Saint Mark’s provides hands-on help working with Saint John’s Town Street to feed the homeless of central Columbus as well as their “Street Church” ministry each Sunday afternoon. We provide nutritious dinners for 80 at St. John’s 4 to 5 times per year and a lunch five times a year for 60 to 80 at Street Church (Broad and Central empty lot) after a short Episcopal service.

Catch Court

The Franklin County Municipal Court has an inspiring program to rehabilitate women involved in human trafficking, prostitution, and drugs.  During the two year probation, women work to resolve traumas, complete education, and learn job skills.  St. Mark’s takes lunches to Court once a month.  We socialize, mentor, and admire! The nonprofit umbrella organization Freedom al a Carte provides support for the participants and runs a catering company where participants can learn job skills. Outreach makes financial contributions to these programs. The proceeds from one of the Outreach fundraisers goes to support Freedom . Outreach members also participate in other aspects of the program such as volunteering in Freedom al a Carte kitchen, mentoring participants and scheduling activities for the group.

NNEMAP (Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program).

NNEMAP is a local food pantry sponsored by a coalition of 25 churches.  St. Mark’s has an ongoing collection station for non-perishable foods and grooming items in the lobby of the church and holds regular special collections for high demand items such as soap or dental items.  We also donate money from the designated budget. In the late summer, the congregation fills back to school backpacks that are given to children in Columbus Public Schools.  In the fall, the congregation is asked to fill a bag of grooming items. At Christmas, the congregation gladly gives gifts to the Christmas Store for children of NNEMAP clients.

To learn more about NNEMAP click here.

Labor Neighbor Day Bake Sale

The entire parish comes together to host this activity on Labor Day. Outreach coordinates the event on behalf of the parish. Everyone donates baked goods which are sold to raise money for a hunger related project. Members of the congregation staff the tables, and hand out free popcorn and water to those passing by the Church on the way to the art festival in Northam Park. In addition to raising funds for hunger, Saint Mark’s gives back to the community.

Habitat for Humanity

NW Columbus churches join to build 1 to 2 houses per year in vulnerable neighborhoods.  In addition to a small funding contribution, St. Mark’s regularly provides lunches to workers on the job.  We sometimes have a volunteer helping with the building of the house by framing or painting.

Women’s Respite

In partnership with other churches we provide a 2-day nurturing weekend for women who may never even have celebrated a birthday. The women are identified by local social workers as having a need for a little assistance.

My Brother’s Closet

St. Mark’s collects men’s suits, sport coats, shirts, ties, and shoes for the Columbus Urban League to tailor for men just out of prison, who will be trained in job skills and will be interviewing for jobs.

The Outreach Committee gives numerous grants in support of ministries such as Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF), and for parishioners to work in areas of special need.

Being the Hands of Christ:

Around the World

Saint Mark’s Friends of La Labor was founded in 2008 after the parish’s first humanitarian trip to the town of La Labor, Guatemala, and surrounding communities.

Hosted by the “Proyecto de Salud Sangre de Cristo” (Sisters of the Precious Blood – a Roman Catholic convent) which operates six clinics and a school outside of Guatemala City, we support the enormous difference being made in the lives of some our hemisphere’s most materially poor. We travel each summer, and throughout the year take collections, offer events, and accept support. While in La Labor, travelers often build a United Nation’s Health Organization’s “Alpha Composting Latrine”, participate in reforestation and conservation efforts, staff health fairs in the surrounding schools, and help student develop English skills at the Maria De Mattias Institute (grades 1 to 12).

The Outreach Committee can also arrange for parishioners to sponsor a student in the Institute in La Labor for the period of one year (including school uniform and daily lunch) for $350.

Give:

To provide a scholarship for a child – or support the health care project in La Labor and surrounding towns – please click HERE.

Learn:

See more videos from Saint Mark’s 10 service trips to Guatemala on YouTube HERE.

Visit the Health Care Ministries of “Proyecto de Salud Sangre de Cristo” on Facebook HERE.

 

Hands and Hearts at Work

Youtube Videos from the Saint Mark's Guatemala Trips

Outreach Fundraising Activities

Each year Outreach holds a Cookie Walk just before Christmas. The funds raised by this event go to one of the Outreach projects.

The “Help Heal Hunger” Bake Sale during Northam Park’s “Labor Neighbor Day” Festival raises funds for one of the Ministry’s hunger related projects.

Members of the parish, as well as their families and friends, are encouraged to reach out from their hearts—letting their hands help bring the peace and justice of God’s kingdom into our world.

Visit the Health Care Ministries of “Proyecto de Salud Sangre de Cristo” on Facebook here.

Get Involved Today!

The Outreach Committee and its Ministries are open to Everyone!

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The Outreach Committee and its Ministries are open to Everyone! Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Canterbury Center following the 10:30 service. If you don’t want to be on the committee, but would like to participate in an activity, reach out to any Outreach member.

“Let the little children come to me…  for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”
Mark 10:1