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Missions At Home

Hope Network
St. Mark’s supports the local Hope Network ministry with visits by parishioners, carolers at Christmas, and Eucharistic Visitors who offer the sacrament of communion to those who desire it. Hope Network is a non-profit Christian organization that helps people with disabilities to live independently. Hope Network provides services for people with brain injury and spinal cord injury, mental illness, developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and other disadvantages. Hope Network also provides transportation, low-income housing, job training and other support services to give people a chance to overcome life’s challenges.
For more information on the organization go to http://hopenetwork.org/

Love and Logic
St. Mark’s provides classes for groups of parents, teachers, and others who care for children. These classes are taught using Parenting the Love and Logic Way, a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences.
Classes are provided by request, either at the church or off site, for groups. For more information on Love and Logic click this link Love and Logic
To register for classes please contact (517) 278-5752 or dkoenemann@ccscards.org.

Nearly New Shop
Our resale shop is a unique service opportunity for St. Mark’s and an outreach to the community. Opened in 1961, the shop is full of gently used merchandise including men’s, women’s, and children's clothing, household items, toys, books, jewelry and household items. The Nearly New Shop owes its longevity to dedicated volunteers (members of the parish and of the larger community) who work diligently to sort, price, display, and sell items at prices affordable to those in need. The Nearly New Shop also works with local agencies to provide free clothing when needed. Proceeds from the shop benefit various programs of the parish.
Hours are Thursday and Friday 10:00-4:00

Shawl Ministry
St. Mark’s Shawl Ministry combines compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Parishioners knit or crochet prayer shawls with materials supplied by the parish. New shawls are blessed and prayed over by the clergy and congregation each month and are then distributed by parishioners to those in need of healing, reassurance, and support. The gift of a prayer shawl is intended to be a reminder of God’s ever present love for those who are in special need such as at the death of a loved one, or during serious or chronic illness, surgery or emotional trauma. Recipients are “wrapped” in prayer and in the love of St. Mark’s parishioners.

St. Mark’s Craft Group
St. Mark’s Craft Group meets regularly. The group is not just a source of fellowship; it is also a source of instruction and advice from experienced crafters. All are encouraged to come learn from others as well as share their own expertise.

St. Mary’s Guild
St. Mary’s Guild is the primary women’s group at St. Mark’s with a focus on promoting the spiritual and social welfare of the women of the Parish. The Guild welcomes women of all ages to come share in fellowship. The main mission in recent years has been to provide supplies for the kitchen area.

 

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