As Lutherans, actually as Christians, we are called by God to reach out to one another to relieve suffering. In Matthew 25:35-36 and 40, we read Jesus’ words:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.”
Our Outreach Ministries at Saint Mark are growing because the needs of those in the community and in the world are growing. There is much to do.
In addition to the wonderful outreach programs sponsored by the Women of the ELCA (W/ELCA), under the Saint Mark Outreach Ministries umbrella, several programs have been established and have grown over time while others are just now emerging. All these ministries require your participation either through prayer, or funding and in-kind gifts, or hands on involvement. It's God's Work; Our Hands.
For several years now, the "Resource Center" and "Love in a Backpack" have been serving the hungry and the "homeless" in Flagler County. In the past year, a new ministry, "Blessing Bags", emerged to serve the needy population standing at street corners. To learn more about these ministries and how you can get involved, just click on the Ministry name.
Several "potential ministries" are in the research and planning stages and many resources will be needed to get them started. We are working on setting up a food pantry for those who come hungry to our church. We minister to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We hope to extend the concept of Love in a Backpack to middle school children in the fall of 2017 under the banner HuGS (Here you Go, Students!).
All in all, there are still so many more in need of our prayers and creative action to relieve their suffering. If you have resources (time and gifts) to spare, please call the church office to get the Ministry Lead’s contact information for the for the program that interests you and make that call. You’ll be glad you did.
Matt: 25:35 "…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and
you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…"
As we are called to be church in a broken world, the Blessing Bag ministry
provides food for the homeless to love and bless others as God first loved us.
LOVE IN A BACKPACK
Reduce childhood hunger in young children whose "Families are In Transition" or otherwise in need.
HUGS(Here You Go, Students!)
Teens' Pantry; FIT middle school kids' needs?
FAMILY LIFE CENTER
As God teaches us: To joyfully serve where needed and to love and help our neighbors (by providing client support as requested by center)
“A Joyful Day” Respite Care
Our Mission: To provide a safe and caring place for adults in need of supervision, allowing their caregivers time to themselves.
For more information about enrollment or to volunteer, please contact:
Mary Eichen 612-232-1500 or Sandy Phillips 419-348-9535