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.

Outreach Ministry NEWS FLASH!

 

 

Outreach Ministry 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
 
  • Blessing in a Backpack receives our financial support to provide food for impoverished elementary school children on the weekends throughout the school year.
  • Center for Refugee Services receives our financial support to help vulnerable and underserved, legally resettled refugee families in the San Antonio area, including the hill country.
  • Compassion in Action (CIA) meets twice monthly at the church making turbans and heart pillows for cancer victims, baby layettes for new mothers, lap quilts and shawls for the homebound and many other projects. 
  • Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries receive our financial and volunteer support, and support for several specific food & clothing drives throughout the year.
  • Hill Country Family Services receive financial support and donations from St. Mark, and are co-coordinators with us for community programs including the Boerne CROP & Hunger Walk and Seize the Awkward: A Mental Health Awareness Program for Teens.
  • Hill Country Mission for Health receives our financial support to provide healthcare for low income, underinsured adults in Kendall County.
  • Hill Country Pregnancy Care receives financial support and St. Mark supports their annual fundraising gala.
  • Jericho: Adults with special needs enjoy their social gathering in the FLC each 2nd and 4th Monday. Here they learn Biblical lessons & share a meal & music with friends.
  • Love Kendall County Kids programs improve the quality of life for children and families in our community throughout the year, including the LOVE Kendall County Kids Summer Food Drive.
  • Kendall County Women’s Shelter receives financial support and we are a sponsor for their annual Sip & Savor fundraiser. Church members volunteer for events like the annual Heal the Soul Run.
  • Little Free Food Pantry is an on campus free pantry for neighbors in need. It contains a variety of items from soups and peanut butter, to spaghetti sauce and boxes of cereal. Our motto is “Take what you need; give what you can.”
  • St. Mark Early Learning Center is the church’s community preschool. Outreach provides scholarships for children in need.
  • St. Mark Emergency and Family Assistance Fund is for families in our church who are in need.

 

Regional Missions

Financial support for

  • Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • John Knox Ranch, Wimberley, Tx
  • Mo-Ranch, Hunt, Tx
  • New Life Faith Community, McAllen, Texas
  • Schreiner University
  • Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services
  • Presbyterian Pan American School
 
Worldwide Missions
Internationally, St. Mark supports the work of several Presbyterian organizations who provide relief to people in need around the world.
 

Outreach Ministry Evangelism

Through evangelism, we strive to identify opportunities and needs close to home in the Boerne community where St. Mark can display God’s love and make a physical and 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 and help to address real needs.

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.
  • 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.

Outreach committee members Wanda Pounders (left) and Toni Hensley in front of St. Mark’s on campus free food pantry for neighbors in need.

Black History Month celebration at St. Mark, on 2/7/2024.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2024 benefitting Hill Country Daily Bread

Proud sponsor of the Kendall County Women’s Shelter Heal the Soul 5K Run 2023. St. Mark members did well!

Love Kendall County Kids Summer Food Drive 2022 collected 1,436 food items from our St. Mark small group teams.

An intergenerational group of St. Mark missionaries served with New Life Fellowship Church in the Rio Grand Valley during spring break in March 2023..

The 2023 Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services Back to School BBQ was great fun with 9 St. Mark friends in attendance.