St. Mark’s Summer of Service
Friends in Christ,
As our worship life slowly returns to something more recognizable, I would like to make sure that our life of service to each other and our larger community returns to something more recognizable. To this end, St. Mark’s is launching a Summer of Service initiative, and I hope you’ll consider participating.
The idea is this: choose one (or more than one!) service opportunity for the summer months. Maybe it’s something you’ve never tried before. Maybe you have a talent or an offering that you want to give to help bring relief to this sometimes weary world. Maybe you have been serving your whole life and want to continue. In any case, I’d like to invite you to commit to one of the offerings below. It’s important that we say the prayers of the church with one another, and it is just as important that we act as Christ’s hands and feet in this world.
Below you will find opportunities to volunteer with six organizations and ministries. The descriptions and dates are outlined.
Milwaukee Diaper Mission Diaper Drive
St. Mark’s will host its first summer diaper drive during the month of July. Bring diapers and wipes to the Parish Hall on Sundays or arrange for drop off with the office during the week. St. Mark’s is excited to announce a new partnership with the Milwaukee Diaper Mission, a new 501c3 whose mission is to provide diapers and menstruation supplies to vulnerable populations all over Milwaukee.
We will also work in teams of 3 to 4 workers on several Saturday mornings this summer to package diapers and menstrual products at MDM’s Bayview warehouse for distribution to MDM’s partner organizations. This activity is great for all skill levels and physical abilities! We’ll arrange boxed lunches for the volunteers.
June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
July 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Our diapers will go directly to their depository for distribution to high-needs areas of the city.
Common Ground Listening Sessions
Participation needed: attend a listening session
Common Ground is a community organization made up of partners around the city, working together for positive change in Southern Wisconsin. Common Ground has tackled issues of housing, healthcare, racial profiling in law enforcement, and recently, a successful voter registration campaign. St. Mark’s is a proud member.
This summer, Common Ground has launched a new Listening Campaign and is interested in hearing from you!
Common Ground’s goal is to identify leaders and patterns in social issues that can be addressed. Common Ground will be hosting House Meetings where you can share the issues that are most important in your life. House Meetings are confidential, relational, small-group sessions for sharing and listening with community leaders.
You are invited to join us for all of our House Meetings. House Meetings will be held on Zoom. You can find our sign-up form by clicking here. The Zoom link will be emailed in advance of each House Meeting.
Topics and Dates
Race and Policing — Thursday, June 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Jobs and Training — Saturday, June 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Education — Monday, June 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mental and Physical Health — Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Housing and Neighborhood Issues — Monday, June 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
Race and Policing — Wednesday, July 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
Jobs and Training — Thursday, July 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mental and Physical Health — Monday, July 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Housing and Neighborhood Issues — Saturday, July 31, 10-11:30 a.m.
Education — Thursday, August 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Race and Policing — Thursday, August 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mental and Physical Health — Saturday, August 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Housing and Neighborhood Issues — Monday, August 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Common Ground Listening Campaign — Sunday, August 22, at 11:15 a.m., in the Library
As part of our Summer of Service campaign, we will be participating in a listening session with Common Ground. Common Ground is a group of nonpartisan, proactive citizens in Southeastern Wisconsin dedicated to identifying pressing social problems facing our community and bringing about creative solutions to those problems. Common Ground is currently holding listening sessions to hear concerns from citizens about the Milwaukee community. What about your city, neighborhood, state, school system, or larger world concerns you most? Do you have a personal story or event to share that you feel is a real problem that needs addressing? Common Ground has no instant fixes, but it has made some important problems or issues better by working together.
Make Lunches for Kids Working to Succeed
Participation needed: make lunches, donate food and/or funds, deliver lunches to All Peoples
We have once again volunteered to make lunches for Kids Working to Succeed on four Mondays in July. Kids Working to Succeed (KWTS) is a program directed by All Peoples Church, Milwaukee which includes Bible study, gardening, stewardship, and community responsibility. As part of the program, participants receive a daily workday lunch. St. Mark’s has volunteered to make 34 sack lunches on July 5, 12, 19, and 26. We will need four volunteers each Monday to help make sandwiches and assemble the lunches at 9 a.m., in the church kitchen. The lunches will then be delivered to All Peoples Church by 11 a.m.
If you would like to donate any food items for the KWTS lunches, here is a list of suggested lunch contents:
- Sandwiches (bread, meat, cheese)
- Fresh fruit or fruit/applesauce/fruit cup with spoon
- Veggie sticks, baby carrots, or healthy-option chips/popcorn
- Cookie or granola bar
- Juice or small water or milk carton
You may donate any food items or funds for the church to purchase lunch items. We will have marked boxes in the kitchen to collect your donations.
In addition to the donations, we will also need one point person for each week to purchase the additional lunch items with the donated funds and make sure the lunches are delivered to All Peoples.
Serve Meals at The Gathering
Participation needed: people to serve lunches; help prep vegetables for preservation
The Gathering is an organization that provides food for people who are hungry in Milwaukee. Teams of five volunteers will prepare and hand out meals to our neighbors experiencing homelessness at the Running Rebels site, 1300 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. in Milwaukee. Shifts are:
- Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, August, 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Gathering has started its food preservation program. They are beginning to receive donations of fresh produce which volunteers will process to preserve all of this summer’s bounty to serve its guests in the colder months. They need help processing it all!
They invite you to come volunteer on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sign up today: https://bit.ly/3iAisiq
Support Seniors in Their Homes with Eastside Senior Services
Participation needed: give rides to seniors
A ministry partner for many years, Eastside Senior Services (ESS) supports seniors in their homes by offering rides to doctor appointments, vaccinations, light errands, grocery, and pharmacy runs. ESS could use about five more drivers to commit to help this summer to give their regular drivers a break or to cover vacation schedules.
Grow Food for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
Participation needed: people to help in the garden
Food justice has long been an important ministry at St Mark’s, and here is another way to work toward that goal. Join me (Jane Shero) in the church vegetable garden where we will grow fresh greens, carrots, beans, beets, etc. to give to food pantries and soup kitchens around Milwaukee through an organization called Fresh Food Connect.
I have started some of the work but can use help from 3-4 people to sow seeds, water and weed the garden plots. Any amount of time you have to give will be most appreciated. No experience needed, and all ages 8 and older welcome.
Please contact the office if you wish to volunteer for any of the above-listed opportunities.
We wish you a wonderful summer!