ST. MARK'S OUTREACH & MISSION PURPOSE STATEMENT
Toward fulfillment of St. Mark’s mission to love and serve the world, the Outreach and Mission Committee dedicates itself to supporting the passions of the St. Mark’s congregation to promote reconciliation and the end of racism; to help children and the elderly; to feed the hungry; to respond to those who lack transportation; and to ensure that our commitment to serve beyond our walls is known throughout the community.
As Jesus commanded, St. Mark's is committed to helping others. We provide a variety of volunteer and financial giving opportunities through which members can contribute to our community and the world.
The St. Mark's Outreach and Mission Committee accepts and reviews grant applications from local, national and international non-profits. Committee members evaluate the alignment of the work of each applicant with the "passions" of the St. Mark's community as set forth in the Outreach Purpose Statement. Finally, utilizing funds dedicated in the St. Mark's budget for outreach, the Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vestry.
Through its Outreach funds, St. Mark's provides financial support to many organizations, including the following. Parishioners also volunteered their time and expertise to many of these groups.
(To view the St. Mark's Mission & Outreach newsletter, The Lion's Roar, please click here.)
(Blue headers below provide links to agency or ministry websites.)
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) provides shelter and support programs to prevent/respond to child abuse and neglect. Working with Thumbs Up, St. Mark's helps to supply CAPA with toilet articles and supplies for children in crisis. For further information, please contact Christina Wilson at email@example.com.
Circle of Hope Ministries mentors at-risk youth, distributes groceries to needy families, prepares and delivers meals to the homeless, the sick and shut-ins, visits residents in hospitals and nursing homes, ministers to prisoners and ex-offenders, and provides assistance to veterans. Its new temporary shelter for the homeless is a Beaufort first. For further information, please contact Alison Davidow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopeful Horizons (formerly Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse - CODA - and Hope Haven) provides shelter and support services for victims of domestic abuse. In addition to financial donations, St. Mark's contributes paper products such as diapers, toilet tissue and paper towels, for the emergency shelter. For further information, please contact Helen Tallone at email@example.com.
Family Promise of Beaufort County is part of a nationwide program that provides temporary shelter, meals, financial planning and support for homeless families with children. Every quarter, partnering with St. Peter's Catholic Church and Family Promise hosts St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Mark's provides evening meals, overnight presence, and daily meal supplies for client families. For further information, please contact George Utter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Shanklin Elementary School provides school supplies and uniforms for students at this Title 1 school in Beaufort. For further information, please contact The Rev. Patricia Daniel-Turk at email@example.com.
Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic provides medical care free of charge to uninsured, low-income adults in the Beaufort area. For further information, please contact Westley Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP of Beaufort provides food and clothing for individuals and families. HELP also provides emergency rent and utilities assistance. Every month, St. Mark's conducts a "HELP Collection Sunday" when non-perishable foods are collected for HELP's pantry shelves. For further information, please contact Ellen DeGray at email@example.com.
Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity builds housing in partnership with low income families. Volunteers sign up for "specialized" projects, fund raising, or helping refurbish furniture at the Habitat ReStore. For more information, please contact Sally Mayse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoebe's Closet at Port Royal United Methodist Church provides clothing, food assistance, and basic household goods to low income individuals and families in the community. In addition to assisting with those needs, St. Mark's collects and donates to Phoebe's Closet sample toiletry items. For further information, please contact Carter Hoyt at email@example.com.
Thumbs Up is a year-round educational and family support program serving low-income children ages 6-12 who are performing below grade level in school. Thirty St. Mark's volunteers serve as tutors and mentors for children at Port Royal Elementary School. For more information, please contact Linda Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Woody Rutter at email@example.com.
Under One Roof repairs and modifies homes to allow residents to "age in place," remaining in their communities in a safe, familiar environment. For more information, please contact Sally Mayse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National and International
Dominican Republic Project - St. Mark's partners with All Saints, Hilton Head, to participate in medical missions, teach Vacation Bible School, provide school scholarships, shoes, and supplies, and to offer other support for our companion diocese in the Dominican Republic. For further information, please contact Barbara Anderson at email@example.com.
Episcopal Relief and Development is an international relief and development agency of The Episcopal Church which provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering. For further information, please contact Alison Davidow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Mission - In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, St. Mark's supports the manufacture and delivery of water purification methods in drought-stricken Uganda. This emerging ministry reflects St. Mark's passion for children's welfare and world peace. For further information, please contact Westley Byrne at email@example.com.
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, a team of 25 registered St. Mark's walkers participated in the inaugural Walk for Water in Port Royal. St. Mark's was also a sponsor for this event.
Youth in Reconstruction of the World in Destruction - Peacemaker Prosper Ndabishurye founded this faith-based, non-governmental organization in 1994. Its mission is to promote reconciliation and peace through the rebuilding of hope and homes for the victims of the war in Burundi, Central Africa. St. Mark's currently supports Prosper's initiative to provide and operate a school for 500+ children and two dormitories for 80 orphaned boys and girls. For further information about Prosper and the work of his mission, please contact Mike Seymour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A house for Prosper
Our Burundian mission partner, Prosper, has his own house thanks to contributions from donors around the country, including St. Markers.Their house was destroyed during the 93/94 ethnic war in which 60% of homes were wrecked. Prosper and family have been living in rental homes for 25 years. He has built homes for over 3,200 displaced persons—all the time not having his own home: an example of true servanthood in Christ. Prosper’s family is overjoyed and sends their most grateful thanks for God’s having moved hearts in this way.