“MINISTRIES HELPING THOSE IN NEED”
Team Leader-Dave Roesler
DISASTER RESPONSE MINISTRY
Early Response Team:
Team members respond immediately to natural disasters and assist with tree and debris removal. Trips range up to two weeks. Contact Paul Givens (615) 893-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Term Recovery Team:
Team members respond months after the Early Response Team and assist in rebuilding the affected area. Weekend trips range up to three days. Contact Chris Sledge (615) 556-6924.
To view recent photos from the Disaster Team in action, visit our Photo Album.
Members pick up donated furniture from the community and deliver it to economically disadvantaged families; families who have lost their homes to fire, flood, or tornado; disabled veterans; and victims of domestic violence. The following items are always needed: beds, dressers, sofas, living room chairs, kitchen tables with chairs, small desks, bookcases, coffee tables and end tables. We are unable to accept televisions, washers, dryers, or any electrical appliances of any kind. Members work on a rotating schedule on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until approximately noon (i.e., up to 6 times per year). Contact Karen Alexander at (615) 707-3166.
CHILDREN’S BOOK MINISTRY
Volunteers read and deliver age appropriate books to children whose families are recipients in the Furniture Ministry. Contact Mary Jane Henry at (615) 631-1902 for more information.
SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS (S.O.S.) MINISTRY
Boxes of food and hygiene products are collected and mailed to our deployed troops. Christmas gifts are provided for soldiers’ children, and food is given to Ft. Campbell families as needed. Contact Johanna Beasley at (615) 828-7577.
BEGIN AGAIN BOX MINISTRY
Ministry provides dishes, silverware, baking pans, skillets, and other kitchen items to families who have lost their homes to fire, flood, or tornado; economically disadvantaged families; disabled veterans; and victims of domestic violence. Contact Sherrie Gilliam at (615) 893-3455.
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY
Members help the elderly, handicapped, and financially challenged single parents in our congregation with home maintenance projects. Supplies for the projects are paid for by the family receiving assistance. Contact the church office at (615) 893-3455 for information referral to Ray Bennett.
ROOM IN THE INN MINISTRY
Room in the Inn at the West Main Mission is hosted by St. Mark’s at least twice a month. Volunteers are needed to provide food. Contact Ginger Ingle at (615) 890-3823.
RED BIRD UNITED METHODIST MISSION
Red Bird Mission provides ministries in the economically distressed and isolated rural coal mining communities in southeastern Kentucky. St. Marks provides service support through organized mission trips in three important areas of ministry at Red Bird:
Groups of 20-25 volunteers spend a week at the work camp during the fall break time frame, and provide home repair for low-income community residents. Examples of work projects may be roof shingling, small room additions, painting, crafting porches and ramps, and landscaping. There is an atmosphere facilitating spiritual growth through fellowship, prayer, and sharing the experience while gaining a personal understanding of service to others in “mission”. Contact David Roesler 491-0232 for more information
(2) Red Bird Christian School
Offers an opportunity in a loving Christian environment where K-12 children and youth can achieve a quality education that empowers and equips them to escape many generational cycles of poverty to which they are exposed to and live in daily. Some of our mission trip participants serve as teaching assistants and other functions where needed. Contact Liz Bennett (896-9094) for more information.
(3) Red Bird Christian School Christmas Celebration
Each year, team members purchase, wrap, and deliver Christmas presents to students in need at Red Bird School in Beverly, KY. Contact Karen Alexander (893-3455) or Liz Bennett (896-9094) for more information.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPORT
This ministry provides a wide variety of service and support to Reeves Rogers Elementary school. Some of the activities include teacher appreciation parties, providing needed supplies, reading with and mentoring of students, being “lunch buddies”, and other relationship building activities throughout the school year. Contact Mary Jane Henry (615) 631-1902 for more information.
WAY OF HOPE
Once each month this ministry helps to support the basic needs of homeless women and their children in Rutherford County. St. Marks is one of approximately 14 churches that provide a safe place to sleep, a hot evening meal, and a cold breakfast with bag lunch for the following day. St. Marks, with participating churches and their volunteers form the safety network and platform from which this vulnerable group can find reasonable life-solutions for their currently unacceptable living circumstances. Contact Lynne Paredes (615) 542-8886