Ongoing Outreach Ministries
Coordinated by Gail Collier
Once a month approximately 85 families pick up a box of nonperishable food and supplies from the Cuba Township Food Pantry. The Pantry serves those in need who live in Cuba Township. St. Mark’s is one of the few organizations that makes donations year-round and asks what the Pantry needs. Between 11 and 35 monthly donations are made throughout the year.
Coordinated by Jan & Glenn Engelhardt
The Outreach mission at Alden Estates, a longterm convalescent and rehabilitation facility, continues even though numbers have gradually declined in the last couple of years. St. Mark’s conducts a prayer service the 4th Sunday of each month at 10:00am. It is a short but meaningful time for the patients at Alden as well as a rewarding experience for the presenters. Attendance averages between 8-10 residents.
Coordinated by Joan Carpenter
Lake Barrington Woods is an assisted and independent living facility for seniors. St. Mark’s has provided a worship service here for many years. A dedicated group of St. Mark’s parishioners take turns providing Sunday services at the facility. The weekly service includes readings, prayers, music, a homily, and holy communion. Attendance ranges from 12-18 residents and is appreciated by all.
Coordinated by Liz Davis
St. Mark’s has participated in this annual ministry for over 21 years! We receive a list of needy families from the Shelter in October, at which point parishioners sign up for specific families. The families are profiled relative to number of children, clothing sizes, and specific needs thereby enabling tailoring of boxes so they can provide the most benefit. Gifts are boxed and wrapped and then re-boxed for pickup, usually shortly after Thanksgiving. The Shelter then arranges delivery to the families in time for Christmas!
The Hoffman Center, located in Carpentersville, is a subsidized facility targeting lower income families in the area. They offer day care, preschool, and kindergarten for infants through to 5-6 years. A variety of attendance schedules are offered to best meet the needs of their clients. Fees are on a sliding scale and all are welcome but lower income families have priority. Education and health screening programs are also offered through the center. Currently, five committed parishioners volunteer at this center on a weekly basis. Their modest time commitment is paid back many times over by the smiles and hugs these children freely dispense. St. Mark’s shares the Hoffman Center’s commitment to quality early child education and support of all families regardless of income or circumstances.
Coordinated by Diane Beverley
A group of St. Mark’s women parishioners meet monthly to knit shawls and baby blankets for Good Shepherd Hospital and Bishop Anderson House, a resource facility based in Chicago dedicated to furthering nurturing and healing for the medical education community, hospital and lay chaplains, and patients. In addition, these dedicated knitters also provide St. Mark’s with a supply of baptismal blankets which are presented to the families of newly baptized children at St. Mark’s. The shawls and blankets are blessed by Fr. David prior to sending them out on their journeys of comfort and warmth into the world.
Short Term Acute Needs
Programs related to specific needs and events which are not on-going
St. Mark's is always ready to jump into action and get involved in opportunities as they happen! Programs we have run on an "as needed" basis include the African Team Ministry, Refugee One Coat Drive, Hands of Hope, and the Hyde Park Academy Flint Water Collection.