God’s Work Our Hands St. Mark Style

Just two ways the generous people of St. Mark chose to make a positive impact in the community this week.

The Social Justice Team spearheaded an effort to put together care packages for homeless people as a part of “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday.  There was an amazing response from our congregation over the last several weeks with many, many donations and monetary gifts made to create these care packages. 

After worship service on the 12th, at least ten people helped put these packages together.  Over 100 gallon-size Ziploc bags were filled with the congregation members’ generous donations of travel-size hygiene items and socks .  The Social Justice Team will determine the most effective way to get these in the hands of those who need them the most.  

On Tuesday of this week, six women from St. Mark went shopping to buy clothes for students attending classes in the North Thurston Public School district.  Margit S., Juliana A., Karen G., Marsha M., Carol P., and Jan S. went to Fred Meyer in Lacey to do all the shopping.  They purchased pants, shirts, hoodies, coats, socks, shoes, and underwear for three families.  Next, items in every size were bought to go to the “store” set up to meet future clothing needs of homeless students.  Bought were socks, underwear, sports bras, leggings, and sweatpants.

Money to support this endeavor came from the Endowment Fund, Branching Out, Thrivent Choice dollars, Thrivent Action Team, and gift card donations.