St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Outreach Ministry Activities:

√ Iron Chef Competition to support Family Promise

√ Quilts & food for the needy.

√ Annual Bazaar to support charity.

Popcorn and drinks on Independence day

√ Pack 'n Wrap

√ Outreach at Christmas

√ Crop Walk

Social MinistryThe purpose of the Outreach Committee is to proclaim Jesus Christ to each other and to all the world by providing opportunities to share Christian love. To this end, the committee seeks to address social needs by leading the congregation in extending Christian compassion and helpfulness to the aged, ill, orphaned, and persons of all ages in need.

Since assuming the chairmanship of the committee in June of 2004, Becky Miller Pryor has not only continued with the many long-standing activities of the committee, but has also worked hard to expand our congregation’s service to our community in additional ways..

In fulfilling those goals many members of the congregation assisted with various activities throughout the year. Our outreach to the community included:

  • Our fifth year of hosting homeless children and their families through our association with Family Promise of Pack N WrapLycoming County. Donna Elkin and Debbie Maggs are the coordinators for hosting at St. Mark’s. Many members of our congregation have made significant commitments to this ministry which occurs four different weeks per year. This is presently the most significant work of the Social Ministry committee. I am honored to volunteer during hosting weeks.
  • Hosting the community on our front lawn for the Fourth of July festivities under the leadership of Declan Jones. We provided refreshments, information about St. Mark’s, a patriotic program in the Nave and good cheer to many people. We are the only church in the Center City area to provide outreach to the community on this national holiday. I encourage its continuance.
  • Providing food and monetary donations to St. Anthony’s Center.
  • Collecting non-perishable food items throughout the winter, spring and summer months for the UCLC Food Bank. The Worship and Music Committee collect a large quantity of items during Harvest Sunday.
  • Entertaining the 16 residents of the Selinsgrove Center with songs, stories, and gifts for the residents and their caregivers. It is this chairperson’s opinion we are better Christians for making this trip each year to visit with the ladies of CM-6.
  • Blanket SundayProviding more than 40 general gifts of sweatshirts, socks, pajamas, slippers, and the like for Christmas gifts to the residents of the Danville State Hospital.
  • Collecting hygiene items throughout the year and making monetary donations to the Shepherd of the Streets Emergency Fund.
  • Supporting the work of The Pregnancy Care Center, Family Promise and Daniel’s Closet by providing clothing and baby items through our association with the Newberry Branch of NGA (Needlework Guild of America.)
  • Being supportive of activities of the UCLC. This year we were the Center City anchor church for the first Heroin Task Force Prayer Walk.
  • Being grateful for the assistance of Lou DeSeau and the guidance of Pastor Elkin in any and all ways requested.
  • Welcoming the ongoing assistance from Gary Weber in posting this committee’s activities on our web site.
  • Pastor and other members of the congregation provide service to our community and beyond by volunteering locally at St. Anthony’s Center, Shepherd of the Streets, Daniel’s Closet and UCLC worship services at nursing homes and other institutions.

Crop WalkLooking to the year ahead, there are needs to be pursued. They include:

  • Reflecting on our church motto for guidance in choosing activities or making decisions for this committee.
  • Establishing a working committee that can guide decisions for this committee’s activities.
  • Responding to individuals within the congregation that need our love and compassion.
  • Providing support for our local Habitat for Humanity by hosting more work site lunches.

Many other opportunities to reach out in Christian love to our neighbors exist. I encourage you to pray and answer Christ’s call to serve.