Since 2011, St. Mark has committed to “serving Christ through service to the needy in Detroit,” by partnering with other Detroit Orthodox parishes to participate in an amazing synergy. We have been blessed to serve with the Orthodox faithful to love God and our neighbor. We recognize the image of God in every person, and always strive to serve with humility, compassion, patience, and love. We extend the Church beyond the confines of the parish, and bring it to our neighbors in need, acting as volunteers to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and give everything we have for the benefit of those in need. Our primary activity is a weekly lunch served every Sunday afternoon at the Ss Peter & Paul Community Center and financial support.
Located in Rochester, MI, Neighborhood House operates a large food pantry which provides emergency food for individuals and families who are struggling to feed themselves and their children. This is one piece of their "wrap around" services, also providing clothing, rent and utility assistance, counseling, transportation, and education. St Mark supports Nieghborhood House through monetary and food donations.
10 years at Hamlin School!
Since the 2009-2010 school year, St. Mark Church has had volunteers in the Hamlin Elementary School. The idea took off after attending a Joe Kormos seminar in Columbus, OH, where we learned that it is better to plug into a community project rather than start a church project. With school budget cuts and education being a sure path out of poverty, volunteering at our neighboring Hamlin School, 2 driveways from the church, was a God send.
Volunteers are usually found helping out in Kindergarten and 1st Grade, the formative learning years. Volunteers are able to do a variety of jobs: tutoring one on one, tutoring in groups, testing, classroom assistant, teaching a small group, reading to students, preparation of crafts and classroom projects, the list goes on.
Rewarding does not begin to define this volunteer project. We get back so much more than we give, especially when a class of 1st graders or kindergarteners express that they cannot wait to see you next week, that just melts your heart.