We are one family through Christ, called to share, walk with, and pray for the needs of those around us.
Wednesday Dinner (Sept–May)
A dedicated group of volunteers prepares and serves a homemade meal each Wednesday evening during the school year to anyone who comes to the table. Here, you'll receive a nutritious, satisfying, inexpensive meal and share in fellowship. For some in our community, this meal offers one of their healthiest and best social opportunities of the week.
North St. Paul Food Shelf
St. Mark’s has a long association with the North St. Paul Food Shelf. In addition to regular food drives, every 2 months or so volunteers assist clients with “shopping” for needed food and other items. Other volunteer opportunities are available as well, such as sorting donated food, and serving on the Food Shelf Board. This year, St. Mark’s expanded our involvement with the Food Shelf by providing space and volunteers to staff monthly “Pop-up Farmers Markets” during the summer.
Polar Packs/Polar Den
Over 60% of the students attending North High School are at risk of going without meals over the weekend. Food insecurity is an invisible challenge in our community. St. Mark’s partnered with North High School through the Polar Pack and Polar Den programs. Polar Packs are filled with non-perishable groceries that provide nutritious meals for a family of four over the weekend and are distributed to students at North High. Polar Packs are available to take, fill and return in Rees Hall. In 2017, St. Mark’s expanded support for students who are occasionally in need of a meal or hygiene products, and don’t qualify for the Polar Pack program. The Polar Den is an emergency needs shelf located at North High School. A donation bin is located in Rees Hall.
Soup Sundays are held twice a year–prior to Thanksgiving and during the annual congregational meeting. The proceeds from these events are used to purchase holiday meals for area families in need and global mission ministries.
Gift Goes On Christmas Outreach
As in past years, St. Mark’s members were offered the opportunity to provide Christmas gifts to families in need, and stepped up with generous hearts. In addition to church families and families identified through Ramsey County, we were able to provide gifts to some of our Head Start families as well. Thank you to everyone who purchased and wrapped gifts, donated food gift cards, and helped with organization, set-up, and donation pick-up for the Gift Goes On project.
For More Information
Are you a “doer?” Do you have a heart for those who are less fortunate? Do you like building lasting relationships? If you are ready to roll up your sleeves, work hard, and have a great time doing it, one of these ministries might be the right fit for you! If you would like to volunteer or get more information, please contact the church office at 651-777-7451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.