The Service Commission’s goals are to create an awareness of and commitment to Christ’s social message as reflected in our actions and response to the needs of others. Committees in the Service Commission reach out from the parish community to those in need beyond our boundaries. The programs of the Commission provide opportunities for parishioners to act upon their faith by caring for others directly, by working with organizations and agencies who serve the poor and the vulnerable, and through advocacy at the local, state and national level.
As people of faith, we need to know that it’s not enough to just love and do good works ourselves. It is our responsibility and part of our calling as disciples to urge those around us to lives of charity and unconditional love. By our words and, more importantly, by our actions, we must challenge others to lives of service as an essential way of drawing nearer to God.
Bill Grossman, Pastoral Associate | 703-938-1936 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Argote, Secretary | 703-938-1936 | email@example.com
Helen Cascio, Service Chairperson | 703-242-2538 | firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I help those in need, right now?
* Help a Child in need through CASA – Lift up a child
* Donate Goods to local charities through our Matthew 25 Collection During the month of February, we are focused on restocking the needs of Christ House, Alexandria, a local organization that helps feed the homeless and low income families. Thank you!! Picture of our going to the St. Lucy Warehouse in Manassas, Va.!
* Volunteers Needed at FACETS (Fairfax based organization helping low income families)
*Volunteers Also Needed through the Fairfax County Government
*Foster Care for children in need
* Maybe you would like to start a new Service Project/Program
These are held two times per year to help Inova Blood Donor Services provide a safe and adequate blood supply for our area. Please consider giving the gift of life! Volunteers are needed to help after Mass to sign up donors, staff the drive as well as donate blood.
Next Blood Drive date at St. Mark is:
December 6, 2015
CHINS (Children in Need of Smiles) is an organization created to replenish new items needed for sick children and their families at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital. Our mission is to provide comfort, support, and smiles to these children with the help of your donations and your time. Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, assemble care packages, and deliver the packages. Another volunteer opportunity is to knit and crochet hats for the children.
Click here to visit the CHINS website
Jennifer Allison | 703-938-2176 | email@example.com
Ann Paniszczyn | 703-281-4144 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christ House is a shelter for homeless men in need of health care. Every third Sunday of the month, ST. MARK is committed to providing a hot and nutritious lunch. There are two ways to participate: 1) purchase food and bring it to the kitchen at ST. MARK or 2) drive w/ the food, prepare & serve lunch to guests at Christ House. Additional food providers are needed.
Sarah Scholle | 703-727-7073 | email@example.com
Alyce Coppage | 703-385-8742 | Acoppage@msn.com
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CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Thank you all who contributed gift to our local organizations and for those of you who helped make this all happen!!
* Giving Tree organizations in need of items for Christmas that benefited from your generosity!!..thank you!!
Through the Giving Tree, volunteers provide the ST. MARK community an opportunity to spread the joy of Christmas to the disadvantaged in an organized gift gathering and delivery project. Most work on the Giving Tree takes place between November 1 and mid-December and includes contacting charities about their needs, making tags for the tree, putting up and decorating the tree in the Narthex, organizing incoming gifts for delivery to charities and families, and delivering gifts.
Carolyn Peterson | 703-281-3941 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Willis | 703-255-2281 | email@example.com
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CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE-ADOPTIONS
You can get a wish list from a child, an individual or a family through this process. Help is needed prior to and collection day to sort and deliver gifts.
Nancy Dunaway | 703-758-8142 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lou McIntire | 703-938-4276 | email@example.com
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CLOTHING DRIVE-Annual Thanksgiving Collection
The Clothing Drive is a great family ministry that supports many local charities in the Washington, D.C. area. Help to sort and pack donated clothing on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. Help with organizational tasks prior to the Drive. Help with small deliveries in your pick up truck or minivan after the drive. We invite all parishioners to contribute with the clothing they no longer find useful. Mens casual clothing is our biggest need.
Paul Renard | 703-255-1438 | firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPUTER DONATION PROGRAM
This Service Ministry is headed by a St. Mark parishioner and high school student, Sam Giacinto. We collect old computers, wipe out the old data and refurbish in order to give to someone in need. If you have an old computer or would like to assist in any way, please contact Sam!
Sam Giacinto | 571-309-2971 | email@example.com
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ESL (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE)
On an annual basis, this ministry offers English language/citizenship preparation instruction to hundreds of adult learners at various proficiency levels. No foreign language skills are necessary for most positions. ESL teachers and aides generally volunteer one evening a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, and classes meet in the ST. MARK Christian Formation Center. Time commitment for weekly volunteers averages 2-3 hours per week (September – June). Volunteers are also asked to help with program administration by participating in student registration, publicity, hospitality, student recognitions, and other program-wide functions. Others serve as occasional substitutes or assist with the summer program. Volunteers attend training, plan lessons, and report on attendance and classroom activity via email.
Ida Hiller | 703-626-3585 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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FACETS HOT MEALS
Our next gathering to cook and deliver dinner to the homeless is set for Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day). Please help!!
The ST. MARK Hot Meals team prepares 130 meals for the homeless and delivers them to sites in Fairfax six times a year: the fourth Monday of alternate months starting in January. We prepare the food at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in the City of Fairfax. The cooks prepare and package food from 3:15 to 5:45 pm, then the drivers deliver the food from 5:30pm to 7:15pm. The drivers should have vehicles.
Ann Ramish | 703-242-4253 | email@example.com
Mary Purdy | 703-385-9572 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOOD FOR OTHERS
Deliver food from the Merrifield Warehouse to site on Draper Drive in Fairfax on Monday or Thursday evenings. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the front desk at the Merrifield Warehouse to greet clients, to pick up food donations from local grocery stores, and to help stack shelves. New volunteers are welcome! Please visit the website at www.foodforothers.org
Anne Suter Zimmer | 703-273-0952 | email@example.com
Food for Others Direct Number | 703-207-9173
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GIFT OF PEACE Embry Rucker Shelter
ST. MARK delivers lunch on the first Thursday of every month to help feed the homeless in Fairfax County at the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter in Reston, Va. Some volunteers prepare a portion of the meal, others provide the menu items that do not need cooking; and still others deliver the meal and serve at the Shelter. Contact Diane Smith or go onto Sign Up Genius to volunteer: Sign Up Genius
Our next meal to make/deliver is Thursday, April 2, 2015!!
Diane Smith | 703-620-0629| firstname.lastname@example.org
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Each winter, FACETS and area faith communities offer safe places to sleep and nutritious meals to men and women who are homeless. During the coldest months, area churches take turns opening their doors at night for one week.
While SAINT MARK does not shelter in our own buildings, for several years we have helped with the FACETS Hypothermia Shelter Program in nearby churches. ST MARK volunteers provide a hot dinner or two, a warm welcome and a safe place to sleep indoors for homeless single adults.
Volunteer time commitment varies by location, but typical tasks would be to prepare and deliver part of a dinner, transport guests in a FACETS van, visit or play cards with guests, or several hours to keep watch in the shelter for a quiet nighttime shift. The shelters are run by professional staff, and volunteer training is free. All in-shelter volunteers must be 18 or older.
Diane Smith | 703-620-0629| email@example.com
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Has God been calling you to serve the poor in our community? An ecumenical ministry to the poor and homeless, the Lamb Center is a place where Christians pursue whole, loving relationships with men, women and children who know too little of real hope. The Lamb Center is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and from 9am- Noon on Saturday. The storefront location is at the Fairfax Circle. Volunteers assist staff in serving breakfast and lunch, doing laundry, answering the phone and welcoming guests.
Paul Braun | 703-620-3651 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Kane | email@example.com
One piece of lunch meat, two slices of bread, and one slice of cheese is all that it takes to make the world of difference in the life of the working poor who struggle to make ends meet with soaring housing prices, utilities, and other daily expenses in Fairfax County. On the second Sunday of each month, volunteers help to bridge that gap by making sandwiches for these families. Our donations go to Embry Rucker Shelter and the Lamb Shelter which then distributes the sandwiches. This year round ministry is run on the contributions from sandwich makers of two loaves of bread, one pound of cheese, and one pound of lunch meat. We also welcome donations of food from those who cannot help that day. This is a wonderful ministry for all people, but especially for those with children who can be involved in making the sandwiches and know that their efforts go a long way. Join us on the second Sunday’s of each month anytime between 9-10am in the Activities Center Kitchen.
Next date to help make sandwiches is Sunday, April 12, 2015!!!
Vimin Honigford| 703-242-5109| firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOCIAL ACTION LINKING TOGETHER (SALT)
Social Action Linking Together (SALT) is a parish-based network of persons seeking legislation to aid Virginia’s low-income families, the incarcerated, the homeless, the working poor and their children. SALT, a non-partisan legislative network for social justice, can inform you about critical human needs legislation. SALT’s alerts, workshops, and special events provide new and experienced advocates the tools to promote compassionate human needs programs.
John Horejsi | 703-255-7074 | email@example.com
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SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS
SOT Ministry Disbands. The St. Mark Support Our Troops (“SOT”) Ministry is pleased to announce that all but one of the parish loved ones serving in harm’s way will be returning home over the next couple of months, in time for the holidays. The SOT Ministry wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to the St. Mark parishioners for their support over the past eight and a half years. During that time, more than 3500 care packages filled with home baked goodies, healthy snacks, handmade cards, socks, hygiene items, books, DVDs, and hand-written cards and letters were sent to 273 service men and women from the parish deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (including a good number who deployed multiple times). We will continue to include on the parish prayer list any loved ones deployed in the future, but we are happy that our modest effort to express our deep appreciation for the many sacrifices of our Troops can come to an end now that they are all coming home. Best wishes, Mike and Dilian Deal.
THANK YOU, EVERYONE, WHO HELPED WITH CONTRIBUTING GOODS, PACKING & MAILING AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOUR PRAYERS FOR THESE BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN…AND THEIR FAMILIES!!!
TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE IN NEED
Drivers provide rides to people for necessary appointments. The riders are homebound people who cannot drive due to illness or age. The Shepherd Center of Oakton is an ecumenical group of volunteers working together to serve those in need in the Vienna, Oakton and Dunn Loring areas. Please contact the Shepherd Center of Oakton if you are in need of a ride OR if you are able to volunteer to be a driver!!
Shepherd Center of Oakton | 703-281-0538 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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WEST VIRGINIA FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD OUTREACH
You will be called on several times a year on Saturday mornings to assist other volunteers in picking up donations from local parishioners, bringing them back to ST. MARK, and loading them onto a big truck that will haul these items to people in need in West Virginia. We collect furniture, household items, appliances and office equipment in good working condition. New volunteers welcome! We are in great need of volunteers with pickup trucks.
Sam and Kathy Althoff | 703-255-9273