Community Outreach

Care Packages to the Servicemen and Women Serving in the Middle East - Gayle Parsons  EMAIL

Items are collected the last Sunday of each month to ship to a recipient serving in the United States military in the Middle East. The recipient is asked to share with all, paying special attention to those who receive nothing from home. Email Gayle for more general information.
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Care Team (and Visitation) Ministry - Pastor Varinia  EMAIL or 571-336-6864

Do you have a tender heart for people?  Do you enjoy providing comfort, meeting the needs of others and being an encourager?  Do you enjoy one-on-one chats with other people? Would you like to bring communion, and occasionally flowers, to St. Mark’s members who are unable to attend our church?    If your answered “yes” to any of these questions, then perhapsa Care Team Ministry is for you.   How will this ministry work?  When a need arises within the St. Mark’s church family, the care team will work together to meet the need as quickly as possible and for as long as it takes.  By giving just a little of your time to visit someone in the hospital, make a phone call or coordinate a home visit, you can help St. Mark’s be a caring community.

If you are interested in joining this ministry, contact Pastor Varinia via EMAIL or call her at 571-336-6864.
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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - EMAIL or church office 703-451-4331 - SUMMER 2016 

ESOL Fall classes--Basic, Beginner, and Intermediate classes--will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Education Wing beginning Tuesday, September 6th through December 14th. If anyone is interested in helping, please call Joan Smith (703) 354-2350. Materials for teaching are provided. New students are welcome to continue coming in; if you are registering for the first time, please come from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Registration fee is $5.00 and book fees are $15-to-$20.

Citizenship classes are offered (for adults only) every Saturday in the Education Wing from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to teach, assist, and support the ESOL Fall program. Please call Joan Smith at 703-354-2350 for more information.
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Food for Others - Debbie Brown -  EMAIL

FFO consists of four teams serving food supplies every Tuesday evening from 6 to 6:30 p. m. from the kitchen entrance of the Fellowship Hall of the church. Each team consists of five to seven people with one driver. With a coordinator, an assistant coordinator, and some back-up drivers, we average serving about 50 families every week. We supplement food for the program from a dedicated account at St. Marks, and we receive bread from ECHO and Panera Restaurant. The bulk of the food comes from the FFO warehouse, where a driver picks up the supplies in the late afternoon and delivers them to the church kitchen entrance. FFO is staffed by a dedicated and hard working group of volunteers. They are to be commended for their dedication to this valuable work.

If you would like more information on this ministry, please contact Debbie Brown at 703 569-6296, debbiebrn@hotmail.com.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry - Fran Eck  EMAIL

A prayer shawl workshop is held every second Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM in the church lounge. Knitting and crocheting will be taught if you don’t know how. Contact Fran for more information.


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Quilts and More - Mary Anderson  EMAIL

Quilts and More meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  in Friendship House. Come for a few hours or bring a lunch and stay longer, as your schedule permits. We make quilts, lap robes, walker pockets, heart pillows, stuffed animals, etc., and give them to people who need an extra hug to brighten their day. Come and help us share the love of God through the work of our hands. No previous experience or knowledge of sewing necessary. Sewing and non-sewing jobs available. For more information, contact Mary.
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Stephen Ministry - church office 703-451-4331  EMAIL

…and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit…Acts 6:5

Stephen was one of the first lay people commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry. The modern Stephen Ministry program was developed in 1975 by a pastor and has been an integral part of St. Mark’s since 2004. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who provide one-on-one Christ-centered care, encouragement and spiritual support to individuals facing life challenges—grief, divorce, illness, job loss, etc.

To find out more about Stephen Ministry, click HERE.

We are each blessed with spiritual gifts. Do you have the gift of listening or of compassion?  To inquire about becoming a Stephen Minister at St. Mark’s, click HERE TO EMAIL THE CHURCH OFFICE.

To send a confidential message to inquire about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, click HERE TO EMAIL THE CHURCH OFFICE.
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Partnering with Local Elementary Schools for Education

There are three elementary schools within the St. Mark's parish-Lynbrook (across the street from the church), Crestwood, and Garfield Elementary Schools. St. Mark's endeavers to assist the staffs and student bodies of these schools with school supplies and other assistance as identified needs arise. St. Mark's especially has a close relationship with the students and faculty at Lynbrook. As an official FCPS Partner, we help to enrich their Family and School Partnerships, whose mission is "to connect, strengthen, and support Fairfax County's families, schools, and community by providing programs, resources, and services that promote student success in school and in life."
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