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.
Our commitment to this mission is evident in the $514,750 budgeted in 2016 for support of various outreach ministries, but even more so in the thousands of hours lovingly volunteered across Bexar County by our members.
Outreach Grants Committee
In addition to hosting outreach events here at St. Mark’s, we also provide grant support to multiple entities who embody our Core Vocation throughout San Antonio. The Outreach Grants Committee evaluates and awards grants of financial support to Non-Profit Organizations, faith based agencies, and parish-based outreach organizations each year ($60,000 in 2016). The committee is also responsible for coordinating volunteer opportunities for parishioners with each grant recipient.
The following groups and organizations may apply for a 2017 Outreach Grant:
- 501(c)3 organizations serving in San Antonio
- Faith Based Agencies
- St. Mark’s based Outreach Organizations
Applications will be available soon, check back in December. Applicants will be contacted by a grant committee member to schedule a site visit sometime in the early spring.
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.