The Outreach Team of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church seeks to provide resources to support the needs of charitable organizations and others who may be in need on a local, domestic, and international level. By fostering relationships with these organizations and the community at large, St. Mark’s has the opportunity to show the love of Christ to the greater Erie community and beyond, while providing support, financial and otherwise. Below please find information about our ongoing ministries and learn more about how you can help.
Ongoing outreach opportunities can be found below. Additional initiatives are currently being developed, so check back regularly for updates and new information. You can read more about Outreach Ministry at St. Mark's in our Outreach Ministry Brochure.
For more information on any of these opportunities please contact Carly Rowe at 868-9704 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carly works with a team of parishioners, the Outreach Team, who help guide and support these mission opportunities.
The Cathedral of St. Paul and St. Mark's Episcopal Church have contributed $10,000 to an initiative, led by Red Letter Hospitality, that is providing meals to health care workers at St. Vincent Hospital, UPMC Hamot, and Millcreek Community Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The cathedral building is closed, but the people of the cathedral are still an active part of the Erie community," said Dean Melinda Hall. "Health care workers are putting themselves at risk every day to care for the sick, and we are glad to do our part to support them during this very difficult time."
"At this point in the year, St. Mark's would usually be preparing for end-of-year activities at the Charter School of Excellence," Carly Rowe said. "That isn't possible this year, but what we can do is care for the people who are caring for our community during the pandemic."
Red Letter Hospitality is the parent company of several popular Erie restaurants, including The Cork 1794, Molly Brannigan's, the Skunk & Goat Tavern, and Core Life Eateries. The restaurants closed to the public on March 16, when Governor Wolf required eating establishments to provide carry-out and delivery service only.
The Haven is a local outreach located on East 12th Street that has served Erie for 27 years. Every night, 21 men with no place to go find a place to stay at the Haven. Meals are only provided on the weekends. We pack “bag lunches” of sandwiches and other items to be taken to them. Everything is provided, we simply need help to make sandwiches and pack the bags! If you are interested in helping, please join us in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 service on the first Sunday of the month!
All are welcome at Emmaus Soup Kitchen - no questions asked. They serve a nutritious, hot meal 6 days a week to over 200 guests who range in age from infants to seniors. Some are homeless, many live in single rooms with no cooking facilities. All who come need something Emmaus has to offer – nourishment for the body – care for the soul. St. Mark’s volunteers on the last Wednesday of each month. Help is needed serving the meal and cleaning up. Volunteers can arrive anytime between 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. on our day.
The Charter School of Excellence provides a variety of educational opportunities that foster academic excellence through partnerships with families, community and school. It is a non-traditional approach to learning with small class sizes, cutting edge curriculum, and a support system aimed at addressing barriers to learning. St. Mark's and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church have partnered with the Charter School to provide weekend snack bags twice a month. Bags are packed and distributed by volunteers from both congregations. The churches have also opened an personal hygiene pantry in the school. Volunteers are needed to pick up food from Second Harvest Food Bank, pack bags, and distribute the food. You can also help by purchasing personal hygiene items like shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, body wash and feminine products. Items can be brought to St. Mark's at any time. You can also help us collect coupons! If you don't use your coupons from the Sunday paper, bring them us and we will put them to good use buying items for the school.