1. Children & Families
  2. Youth Ministries
  3. Adult Ministries
  4. Caring Ministries
  5. Missions
  6. Music

Missions

Missions is an exciting area of ministry at St. Mark’s. We know that God not only wants to work within us, God also wants to work through us. We are answering God's call by reaching out locally, nationally, and internationally. We work to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to others by sharing our service as well as our gifts. 

Local Missions

Animal Ministry service at St. Mark's UMC

Animal Ministry

The St. Mark’s Animal Ministry Team is made up of enthusiastic animal lovers who are dedicated to activities that support and preserve the human/animal connection. While many of their activities center around pets, their caring concern extends to wildlife issues, as well.

The team’s activities and events include an annual Pet Memorial Service (in the spring) and a Blessing of the Animals Service (in the fall). The team encourages the congregation to consider including something for hungry pets when bringing other items for the local food bank. Educational items are periodically placed in the church’s newsletter. Donations of funds and/or service are made by the team to local shelters and rescue groups when resources are available. The Animal Ministry Team accepts financial contributions, particularly as a way of remembering someone’s pet and/or acknowledging a loss.

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Community Food Bank

www.communityfoodbank.com

St. Mark’s is a longtime supporter of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, a local organization that receives donated food or contributions from individuals and businesses, as well as the U.S. government. In addition to distributing food to the hungry, the CFB helps people become self-sufficient by focusing on education, advocacy and food production. Over 97¢ of every dollar raised goes directly to food and programs; less than 3¢ goes to administrative costs.

In addition to monetary support through its Missions Committee, St. Mark’s also organizes groups of volunteers who travel to the CFB several times a year to physically pack emergency food boxes.

Interfaith Community Services

www.icstucson.org

Interfaith Community Services has been compassionately serving the needs of Pima County seniors, individuals with disabilities and people in financial crisis since 1985. St. Mark's is proud to be one of the founding faith communities for this admirable organization and continues to support ICS through both monetary donations and volunteers. Additionally, members of the congregation regularly donate non-perishable food items for the ICS Food Bank. Return to top

Men's Service Group

Adult Ministries on our site Volunteers from St. Mark's helping out at the Community Food Bank

A group of men in the St. Mark’s congregation periodically band together to work on needed projects at local non-profit organizations that lack the labor or resources (or both) to accomplish these projects on their own. As examples, the Men’s Service Group has constructed additional fencing around Tucson Hospitality Inn, and has painted at the Marana Food Bank and at a local women’s shelter.

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Nash Neighbors

Nash Neighbors on our site

The "Nash Neighbors" program is a partnership between St. Mark's UMC and E.C. Nash Elementary School which began in late 2002, when St. Mark's decided to 'adopt' Nash Elementary.    Read more...

Primavera Foundation

www.primavera.org

St. Mark’s is a longtime supporter of The Primavera Foundation, which provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. In a given year, 7,500 individuals and families seek a way out of homelessness, a way to find work, a way to become homeowners. Primavera works with these individuals and families on their way to economic self-sufficiency by providing programs that focus on survival, stability, security, and sustainability.

Volunteers from St. Mark's helping out at the Community Food Bank

In addition to monetary support through its Missions Committee, St. Mark’s also provides the evening meal for approximately 110 homeless individuals at the men’s shelter on the 2nd Saturday of each month. (If a month has a 5th Saturday, St. Mark’s provides that dinner, as well.) These dinners are prepared and served by members of the congregation who have volunteered individually, or as part of a group or class.

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TIHAN

www.tihan.org

St. Mark’s is also a longtime member of Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), an organization that provides compassionate and non-judgmental service to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Through education and support, its members (as individuals and faith communities) work to build bridges, reduce stigma and sustain hope. TIHAN members show care through education, service and advocacy.

In addition to monetary support through its Missions Committee, St. Mark’s members also regularly donate toiletries, cleaning supplies and paper products for those living with HIV/AIDS, as these are items that cannot be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Once a year (generally in September), volunteers from St. Mark’s help prepare and serve the meal at POZ Café (TIHAN’s monthly program providing lunch and social opportunities for HIV+ persons).

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TMM Family Services

www.tmmfs.org

TMM was previously known as “Tucson Metropolitan Ministry” and began in 1974 as a social services outreach of various local churches, the United Way, and other entities. TMM has assisted in the development and growth of now-independent organizations like the Community Food Bank, Miracle Square Apartments, and Traveler’s Aid. TMM offers a vast variety of programs to Southern Arizona that include fostering children removed from their home by CPS, transitional housing for single mothers and their children, subsidiary housing, and a First Time Homebuyer & Home Repair program. TMM’s ReStore sells slightly-used and outlet home improvement items such as furniture, lighting, flooring, and appliances at huge discounts. Community Closet sells donated clothing at prices well below retail costs in addition to offering a voucher program that helps clothe Tucson’s most needy. All proceeds of both stores directly benefit the programs of TMM.

In addition to monetary support through its Missions Committee, members of the St. Mark’s congregation regularly donate gently-used clothing and household items for the ReStore and Community Closet.

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Wesley Foundation

www.tucsonwesley.com

The Wesley Foundation is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, centered in the spirit of Jesus Christ and serving as an extension of local churches to the students at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. The Wesley Foundation is a place for students to grow spiritually and faithfully through worship, service, and fellowship, while also encouraging the development of personal gifts and leadership skills that can continue to serve the church beyond college.

In addition to monetary support through its Missions Committee, St. Mark’s generally has a church member serving on the Wesley Foundation’s board. Many St. Mark’s youth members who go on to study at the UA or PCC become active participants of Wesley. During the school year, St. Mark’s often provides several of the Wesley Foundation’s Wednesday night dinners.

Other Local Programs

Other local programs often supported by St. Mark’s include Your Sister’s Closet, Youth on Their Own, Habitat for Humanity, Tu Nidito, Tucson Hospitality Inn, Springboard Home for Youth in Crisis, Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), and more.

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National/Global Missions

Volunteers from St. Mark's helping out at the Community Food Bank

Adult Mission Trips

St. Mark's UMC organizes an annual adult mission trip. In coordination with organizations such as Sierra Service Project, UMCOR and 1Mission, St. Mark's sends a group of adult volunteers beyond the borders of Tucson and its surrounding communities. Click on the links below to see some of St. Mark's Adult Mission Trips.

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Borderlinks/HEPAC

www.borderlinks.org

BorderLinks is a nonprofit educational organization based in Tucson that focuses on cross-border relationship-building opportunities, issues of immigration, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the U.S., and beyond. On average, nearly 1,000 individuals participate annually in BorderLinks learning opportunities.

HEPAC, the Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (Home of Hope and Peace), is a community center located in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Nogales, Sonora on the Mexico-U.S. border. The goal of the center is to enable residents to improve their quality of life in Nogales so that they don’t feel forced to migrate to the U.S. in order to provide for their families. The programs of the Hogar include a neighborhood children's lunch, adult education opportunities, summer and winter kids' camps, non-violence workshops and bi-national immersion delegations, jointly organized with BorderLinks.

In addition to monetary support through its Missions Committee, St. Mark’s has organized several hands-on opportunities for church members to travel to HEPAC and work alongside residents on various activities.

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Church World Services

www.cwsglobal.org

Church World Service (which began in 1946) works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS is active in more than 30 countries globally and is a member of the ACT Alliance, InterAction and ICVA.

St. Mark’s has a long history of providing monetary support to Church World Service, particularly for its Blankets+ program, which supplies blankets and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster.

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Imagine No Malaria

www.imaginenomalaria.org

United Methodists are committed to bringing an end to death and suffering from malaria, which is 100% preventable. Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950's. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all! The Imagine No Malaria campaign focuses on prevention through bed nets and communication efforts. It focuses on treatment through health facilities and through education -- the training of community health workers.

The United Methodist Church has committed to raise $75 million over three years to eliminate malaria. Our own Desert Southwest Conference has opted to raise $2 million of that amount. And St. Mark's itself has pledged to raise $50,000 of the amount. Since only $10 saves a life, St. Mark's is committed to saving 5,000 lives! Want to help? You can make a donation by visiting www.imaginenobuzz.net.

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UMCOR

www.umcor.org

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. It provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

In addition to annual monetary support to UMCOR through its Missions Committee, St. Mark’s offers the congregation the opportunity to contribute to special offerings when large natural disasters or other emergencies occur in the world. Members give generously, knowing that 100% of their designated gift to UMCOR will be used for relief purposes.

Other National/Global Programs

Other national/global programs often supported by St. Mark’s include Africa Upper Room Radio Ministry, the Heifer Project, Kairos Prison Ministry and more.

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Youth Missions

South District Middle School Mission

Each summer, young people who have completed grades 6-8 by the end of the school year are eligible to participate in the Middle School Mission. The students, who come from several South District United Methodist churches, participate in service projects throughout Tucson and stay overnight at St. Mark’s. This event teaches younger youth that they are capable of making a difference, and that there are needs in their own community. It also prepares them for the high school summer missions.

High School Mission (Sierra Service Project/SSP)

www.sierraserviceproject.org Volunteers from St. Mark's helping out at the Community Food Bank

SSP is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes in Native American and urban communities. High school age youth are invited to experience the power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own.

For more than 30 years, St. Mark’s has sent a team of teens and their adult chaperones on a weeklong SSP trip. During the days spent on the site, participants meet and work with people from other churches. The experience is profound.

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United Methodist Women

St. Mark's United Methodist Women (UMW) is an organized unit of United Methodist Women, that shall be a community of women whose purpose is:

  • To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons, through Jesus Christ.
  • To develop a creative supportive fellowship.
  • To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church.

Unit meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month* in the church library or Fellowship Hall. All women of St. Mark's are cordially invited to attend. You don't have to be a member of United Methodist Women, or St. Mark's UMC, or any church to come. Programs are planned annually, and are designed to implement our purpose (above). Unit meetings start with light refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and a short business meeting follows the monthly program. Watch the church newsletter and/or the weekly Sunday worship bulletin for specific information about monthly meetings and activities of United Methodist Women. An annual schedule of program topics can also be found in the sidebar at the right of this page.

Grace Circle is a smaller group of women that meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except July and August). We are the 'hands-on" mission group, with program/projects designed to work around the church, or at various local organizations supported by UMW and/or St. Mark's UMC mission funds. Watch the church newsletter and/or weekly Sunday worship bulletin for specific information about monthly meetings and activities of GRACE Circle.

Contact the church office for information about St. Mark's UMW Officers and Mission Coordinators, or to leave comments for someone to contact you.

*United Methodist Women does not meet in July and August.

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