Outreach: Mission & Evangelism

Isaiah 6:8: And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

The Outreach Ministry of St. Mark seeks to encourage and facilitate the efforts of the congregation in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and extending the hand of justice, mercy and compassion in his name throughout the world.

MISSION

Everyone at St. Mark is encouraged to have a “mission” – to reach out and become the hands and feet of Christ. Efforts range from local to international and include consistent prayer, sharing of resources, and direct involvement. St Mark supports the mission efforts of PC(USA), Mission Presbytery, and of other local, regional and worldwide ministries.
 
Local Missions
  • Scholarships for children attending St. Mark Early Learning Center preschool.
  • Serving local nursing homes and assisted living facilities by providing fellowship (bunco) and worship services planned and led by St. Mark members.
  • Making turbans and heart pillows for cancer victims, baby layettes for the Hill Country Pregnancy Center, lap quilts and shawls for the homebound and many other projects. This is done by St. Mark’s Compassion in Action group which meets twice monthly at the church.
  • Sponsoring a cabin each Christmas at the Meadowland Residential Facility of Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. Members buy, wrap and deliver gifts for each child in the cabin.
  • Since 2017, St. Mark has partnered with the Boerne Community Coalition to host a Kids Can After-School Program. The church provides financial support and dedicated volunteers who serve children in need by being tutors and mentors, offering a nutritious snack, introducing the children to scripture and prayer, and instilling pride in their educational accomplishments. Kids Can brings up to 12 elementary children to our campus from 3:00 – 5:30 pm, twice a week during the school year.
  • Participating in the Boerne Community Coalition’s LOVE Boerne Kids Food Drive and LOVE Boerne Neighborhoods home repair program.
  • Helping with home construction and other projects for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Financial and volunteer support for Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries.
  • Donations to Hill Country Family Services.
  • Supporting medical services to families in need through Hill Country Mission for Health.
  • Financial support for the Kendall County Women’s Shelter and Hill Country Pregnancy Center.

Regional Missions Financial support for

  • Austin Presbyterian Seminary
  • Schreiner University
  • Presbyterian Pan American School
  • Grace House faith-based transition home for women who have been incarcerated and are at continuing risk
  • Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services
  • Mark Emergency and Family Assistance Fund for families in our church who are in need
St. Mark members actively support John Knox Ranch near Wimberley and Mo Ranch near Hunt, by attending summer camps, outdoor activities, retreats and educational programs for youth and adults.
 
Worldwide Missions
Internationally, St. Mark supports the work of Global Scholars Steve and Rebeca Grant who are continuing their service in Lithuania, working to influence the leaders of tomorrow through higher education and a Christian worldview.
 

EVANGELISM

Through evangelism, we strive to identify opportunities and needs in the Boerne community where St. Mark can display God’s love and make a spiritual impact. By focusing on community outreach, internal and external engagement and providing support to those in need, we hope to strengthen relationships among St. Mark members and the community.
 
The Evangelism Ministry
  • Provides opportunities for evangelism to be learned and practiced in and by church members, and actively seeks and supports fellowship opportunities between members and the greater Boerne community.
  • Provides scholarships for St. Mark members to participate in events such as the All-Church Retreat at Mo Ranch.
  • Engages in community events including parades, fairs and school activities. Members build a float and youth ride on it each year in the Weihnachts Christmas Parade.
  • Sponsors a booth at the City of Boerne’s Movies in the Park summer program with members providing activities for children.
  • Supports the St. Mark Women’s Gathering Event.
  • Engages with the Boerne Chamber of Commerce.
  • Supports St. Mark’s annual Vacation Bible School which serves over 130 children ages 4-12 and offers a class for young adults with special needs. Eighty percent or more of the families served through VBS are not church members, while over 50 teen and adult church members volunteer to help each year.                                                                            

Souper Bowl of Caring 02-2019

Mo Ranch Group

All Church retreat at Mo Ranch

Habitat for Humanity Build

Churches working together for Habitat