St. Mark’s was established with a mission for Outreach. From our early beginnings a tithe (10%) of the income given to the church was set aside for ministries that reach out to our brothers and sisters in need in our community.
Under the guidance of Ed Parker, our former Outreach Chairman, a mission statement for Outreach was established. In part it reads: “Therefore, St. Mark’s provides food for the hungry, shelter where possible for the homeless, and responds to other emerging human needs. We are committed to doing this, wherever possible, through hands-on kinds of programs that involve members, believing that such efforts are a witness to the Gospel and a means of grace to us. More than simply meeting human needs, we seek to glorify God by honoring and respecting all people, especially those most impoverished, oppressed and despised. It is in giving justice to the oppressed, hospitality to the homeless, and assistance to the needy that all of us are enriched and our entire community is blessed.”
St. Mark’s financially supports Corpus Christi Metro Ministries, Women’s Shelter of South Texas, Timon’s Ministries, the Food Bank, and Kairos Ministries as part of our tithe. In addition we have two ministries that are unique to our parish –Access Plus Ramp Builds and our Vision Ministry.
Access Plus – Ramp Builds
Access Plus as established in 2001 with a goal of making homes accessible to the residents of Corpus Christi through the building of ramps or minor home modifications. All work is completed with volunteer man power and money designated in our Outreach account. We build approximately one ramp a month, usually on the third Saturday of the month. Due to the demand for such a service we are now co-ordinating through Coastal Bend Council for Independent Living. For further information you can contact CBCIL at 361-883-8461 or call the church office 361-994-0285.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
St Mark’s has been providing assistance to individuals in need for eye exams and eyeglasses for over 10 years. Priority is given to children, elderly and disabled, and those seeking employment. At the present time we are able to assist 6-10 individuals a month. We also collect used eye glasses and partner with other ministries that assist with eye glasses.
Wrapped in Prayer Ministry
Our Ministry makes prayer scarves and blankets. The response from those who have received one, is that of true blessing. You don’t need to know how to crochet or knit. We have ladies who are willing to teach if you want to learn.