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cww_logoWhat is a “church without walls?”
It is “a community of presence” made up of individuals looking for spiritual companionship and connection that give meaning to life. We welcome everyone — the homeless and the affluent, the addicted and those in recovery, the churched and the unchurched, the spiritual but not religious, the believer, the doubter and the seeker. We are grounded in the reality that “by opening ourselves to strangers — the despised or frightening or unintelligible other — we will see more and more of the holy.” Again and again, we will be transformed.
Click here for the Church Without Wall website or here for more information on how to participate.

♦ St. Mary's Mission ♦   

St. Mary’s is an outreach ministry to the urban poor. It provides food, job counseling, emergency funds and other social services to the area’s indigent and low-income residents.
 
Our parish supports St. Mary’s through contributions and by participating in the annual Biggest Food Drive Ever, held each fall. This year we collected and delivered so many bags of food. Because of your generosity, we’ve touched hundreds of the needy in our city!  
 
But your generosity doesn’t have to stop there; if you would like to learn more on how you can help, please contact Marchie Surface, ministry chair, at marchiesurface@yahoo.com.
St. Mark's actively participates in preparing and serving meals to the residents of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless. Feeding the homeless is a rewarding and fun activity for your family or small group, and participants always want to return. Cooks arrive at 3:30 p.m. (until about 5:00), servers arrive at 5:15 p.m. (until about 7:00 p.m. at the latest, usually 6:30). Contact Brooks Moore, Ministry Chair, to volunteer or for more information!
 
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St. Mark’s partners with Habijax, one of 1,500 Habitat for Humanity International affiliates in the United States, to revitalize New Town, and over the past 15 years, St. Mark’s parishioners, along will other local churches, built nearly 12 houses and renovated close to 30 homes.
 
While other groups and companies participate at various times of the year, St. Mark’s generally participates in the spring over the course of two or three weekends.
 
If you are good with a paintbrush or hammer, we’d love your help. If you are looking for an opportunity to help someone in need or just want to be of assistance, come out and join us in this rewarding act of service. To learn more, please contact Phil Rachels, Ministry Co-chair at 904.982.0795 or by email.
 
To learn more about the New Town effort, follow this link.
Westside Christian Outreach (WSCO) is an ecumenical agency that acts as a food pantry and referral service for the at-risk population in the Westside area of Jacksonville. St. Mark’s supports WSCO through contributions, volunteers and food donations.
 
To learn more about how you can help, please contact Margo Bliss, ministry chair, at 388-9106 or

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Community Health Outreach (CHO) is a coalition of Christian churches working together to fulfill Matthew 25:35-36, feeding the hungry, clothing the needy and healing the sick through the love of Jesus. With locations on the Westside of Jacksonville and Putman County, all services are provided free of charge and include food assistance, primary medical care, emergency dental treatment, confidential pregnancy testing, Christian counseling, baby clothes and other baby items.
 
CHO offers many exciting volunteer opportunities to become God's hands and heart to the underserved in our parish community. For more information on how you can help, contact Peggy McDonald at 607.1286 or Lamar Holcombe at 388.1658.

 

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Meals on Wheels Association of America is a member organization comprised mostly of senior nutritional programs throughout the United States. Member programs provide well-balanced meals and other nutritional services to men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail and at risk.
 
Our local Meals on Wheels ministry is headquartered at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Five Points. The food is prepared by the Episcopal Cathedral Foundation and delivered to Riverside where it is picked up by volunteer drivers.
 
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is responsible for Route 7, which includes Riverside, Fairfax, Ortega, Lakeshore, Venetia and Lakeside. Currently twenty-two volunteers (nineteen of whom are St. Mark’s parishioners) deliver meals to between 6 and 13 clients a day – 5 days a week – 52 weeks a year, including Christmas and other holidays. We are united in our compassion and attachment to our clients, for this ministry is as much about a kind word and a moment of our time as it is about the food. So frequently, those we serve are truly isolated and the gift of our time and a smile are as healing and important to them as the meal.
 
If you or someone you know would like to receive these meals, please contact the Rev. Earle Sickels at 388-8187.  He is a retired minister, and is the Director for Meals on Wheels.
 
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer delivery driver, please contact Bill Hallowes, ministry chair, at 387-4618 (H) or 635-7641 (C).

Prisoners of Christ

This Christ-based ministry is intended to help recently released men find safe housing in several communal style homes. Reentry services also include counseling, food, transportation, clothing, and AA/AN services.

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St. Mark's is a proud supporter of ER-D and their mission to help those around the world. Each year, our parishioners participate in a variety of fundraising campaign for various ER-D causes such as disaster relief, Nets for Life malaria relief in Africa, Gifts for Life, and more. Visit the ER-D website for more information at www.ER-D.org or contact Michael Magevney, Ministry Chair, by email.
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