At the heart of our Baptismal Covenant are the promises we make to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being (Book of Common Prayer, 305). These promises, which are central to St. Mark’s Core Vocation, compel us into the service of those who are most vulnerable in our society.
This kind of outreach includes the generous financial giving of our members, but also challenges us to connect our own talents, passions, and resources with God’s dreams for our community as we serve among and build relationships with those most marginalized.
Outreach Grants Committee
The Outreach Grant Committee at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has been hard at work seeking to more intentionally align our whole Outreach Grant process with St. Mark’s Core Vocation. We have developed a process that we believe will foster deeper relationships between grant recipients and our congregation and that will ultimately have a greater impact on the organizations and entities whom we are financially supporting. As a result, St. Mark’s is now offering two different grants to 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations.
The Bread of Life Grant
The Bread of Life Grant is a $60,000 grant, allocated over three years ($20,000 per year). Inspired by St. Mark’s umbrella vocation of “Feeding San Antonio with the Bread of Life,” this grant will create the space for a long-term relationship to grow between our congregation and the grant recipient.
The Vocational Grants are one-year grants dispersed to multiple entities. Successful applicants for a Vocational Grant will be able (in the application) to interpret and describe how their project/program lives into one or more of the three themes of the St. Mark’s Core Vocation: 1) Feeding those hungry for real food; 2) Feeding those hungry for knowledge and meaning; 3) Feeding those hungry for beauty and creativity.
Commission on Ministries
The Commission on Ministries supports current ministries and facilitates the process of establishing new internal ministries based on the energy of the parish community. The Commission on Ministries strives to help members match their gifts and passions with the ministries best suited to use of those gifts and passions.
Ministry and committee chairs can be found in the Parish Life Handbook which is updated annually.