In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Act 20:35
Pastoral Assistants are trained lay persons who visit parishioners regularly, providing care and support during hospitalization, extended illness, ongoing disability and nursing home living.
Hospital Visitors are trained lay persons who visit parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes.
Samaritans are on call one day a month to assist homebound or ill parishioners with transportation needs in the area, or by delivering a variety of pastoral offerings.
Cooks on Call prepare and deliver meals for our St. Mark's families coping with illness, a personal crisis, or grief.
Special Friends Events provide occasions for renewed friendships and hospitality for our homebound parishioners. Typically, there is a festive luncheon in the spring and fall, fruit basket delivery just before Thanksgiving, and delivery of altar flowers after Christmas Day and Easter Day.
Grace House is the Pastoral Care Hospitality and Resource Center. It houses a small chapel for private prayer or Eucharist. There is an extensive research library of Health Resources, as well as a library on prayer, meditation, grief sharing and similar subjects. On Wednesdays, there's Grace House Lunch which gives us a chance to have fun getting together and serving others (served in Leatherbury Hall weekly at noon).
The Health Resources Team is pleased to offer the Computer Assisted Medical Information System for the parish as well as an updated extensive medical library. The team is available to help parishioners understand tests, diagnoses, and treatments that a doctor has prescribed. The team collects home medical equipment and assists parishioners in securing equipment.
Funeral Reception Volunteers assist families who choose to greet friends in the parish hall following funerals or memorial services. The group strives to make these occasions as comfortable and home-like as possible. They serve on the Reception Guild.
Weekly Support Groups include Men's AA, Women's AA, Alanon, Open AA, and Food Addicts Anonymous.