Outreach

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
– Matthew 25:40

St. Mark’s has a long history of commitment to outreach.
We take very seriously the Gospel commission to feed, house, and give comfort to the hungry, homeless, and heartbroken. Members of St. Mark’s regularly give their efforts, abilities, and resources to meet the needs of all God’s children in both our local and global communities. You may contribute in many ways. Here are a few. For more information about any of these efforts, please talk to Father Keith or the Vestry member for Community Services. A list of contact numbers is also available in the church narthex.

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:8

During our first 100 years, the members, vestry, and clergy of St. Mark’s have been involved in many local community service projects. Here are some of our current and ongoing efforts.

Sunday Collections support a variety of outreach projects.  You may bring used eyeglasses, which are collected by the Lions Club of Chino for re-use by those in need.  Used cell phones are collected to be de-programmed and given to members of the armed forces who are deployed overseas, so they can stay in touch with their families.  Non-perishable food items and baby items (diaper, wipes) are collected for  the Foothill Family Shelter and TOUCH Ministries.

The Foothill Family Shelter in Upland is a non-profit organization that was originally founded by St. Mark’s Church in 1984. It provides housing to homeless adults and children for up to 120 days, free of rent and utility fees. Some transitional and permanent low-cost housing is also available. St. Mark’s members regularly contribute funds as well as non-perishable supplies. We assemble Thanksgiving dinner boxes and, at Christmas, provide individualized gifts to the children in the shelter. There are also volunteer opportunities at the shelter center and in the children’s reading room. Several e-waste collection days and a major fund-raising event are held each year to provide direct financial support. Visit their website at www.foothillfamilyshelter.org

Breakfast Bags Ministry is St. Mark’s contribution to the local LOAVES & FISHES dinner program, which provides about 5,000 meals to the hungry each year. St. Mark’s members put together a nutritious breakfast bag for each of the families who attend the Friday suppers at area churches. You can contribute breakfast items-watch for requests in the Sunday bulletin-and help prepare these bags on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact  breakfastbaggers@stmarks-upland.org

Meals on Wheels is a community-based volunteer group whose members deliver hot meals to shut-ins around Upland each day. The St. Mark’s team helps with the noon meal on the third Tuesday of each month. New team members-especially those who can provide transport of the meals-are always welcome.  Contact mealsonwheels@stmarks-upland.org

Al-Anon offers strength and hope for friends and family of problem drinkers. Through discussion and following the Twelve-Step program, Al-Anon helps those whose lives are affected by alcoholism. This group meets weekly at St. Mark’s on Tuesday evenings.  Check the resource links for contact information.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
– James 1:27

Hillside provides a safe place to call home for children suffering from abuse and mental illness. In addition to the residential treatment center, Hillsides offers special education, family crisis intervention, and children’s rights advocacy. There are many ways to help: besides donating money, you may also volunteer, give tickets and gift cards, or attend the annual fund-raising event. To learn more or to donate https://www.hillsides.org/

Episcopal Home Communities welcome seniors of all faiths. There are three of these communities in the Los Angeles Diocese committed to providing care as well as spiritual and social nurturing to 600 older adults of all economic means. You may make a direct contribution to an individual community or to one of several funds that support their services. To donate https://www.give2ecs.org/donate

“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”
– Psalms 33:5

The Haiti Partnership links St. Mark’s Church and School with Eglise et Ecole St-André (St. André’s Church and School) in Trianon, Haiti. It is the oldest Episcopal Church and School on Haiti’s central plateau. Funds raised by our school students and donated by church members have built four classrooms, help pay teachers’ salaries, and maintain a clean water system for the area. St. Mark’s members make annual trips to take gifts and materials to the people of St. André’s. Put your donations in marked envelopes and watch for lists of items to donate. Contact haiti@stmarks-upland.org

Episcopal Relief & Development works in partnership with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies, and local organizations to save lives and strengthen communities around the world. Programs focus on alleviating hunger, strengthening communities, promoting health, and responding to disasters. You may leave your donation at the church; note ER&D on the memo line of your check. Visit their website at www.er-d.org

The United Thank Offering is a practical way to offer daily thanks for our blessings. At home we drop change into our United Thank Offering boxes. Then on special Ingathering Days we bring to church our boxes and/or checks marked for UTO. Our offerings join those of others to support mission projects worldwide.  To donate, click on https://unitedthankoffering.com/give/