Appalachia Service Project
We partner with Appalachia Service Project (ASP), which provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation – bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. But ASP is more than just a home repair program. Yes, Appalachia’s poorest families urgently need your help, but they can help change your life, too. Because when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you.
After a few days of hard work repairing homes with ASP, your hands will grow a little tougher, your arms a little stronger, and your relationship with God a whole lot deeper. You’ll return home to this community with a passion for service, a renewed compassion for other people, and a fresh appreciation for your place and purpose in this world. Best of all, you’ll discover first-hand that regardless of geography, education, or economic class, we are all equal members of the family of God.
Along with ASP, we like to say that our goal is to make homes “warmer, safer and drier” for needy families. And for many years, we’ve done exactly that. Yet for all our help, ASP can only serve one in five families who apply to them for help. They need many, many more volunteers to make a lasting dent in Appalachian poverty.
In other words, they need you. So come on and join us. Sure, you’ll install insulation. Repair porches. Reinforce foundations. But even more importantly, you’ll build a whole new you.
View videos regarding the Appalachia Service Project via the links below:
MISSION QUILTS – ST. MARK’S QUILTERS
St. Mark’s Quilters meet on Tuesday mornings to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief in New Windsor, MD. If you can use a pen, scissors, tie a knot, or sew all are welcome to come and join us.
When you make and send a quilt, you are not only comforting someone you have never met, but providing an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined. The ultimate purpose of a quilt is to provide warmth, an essential need for people in every climate. 20% of the quilts stay in the US, the rest are used throughout the world. For more information about Lutheran World Relief visit http://lwr.org/ourwork
In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, it can be:
- a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;
- a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;
- a sack for transporting those goods to market;
- a sunshade;
- a shawl; and most importantly
- a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.
BLOOM Africa builds and supports local partnerships to strengthen communities and improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is proud to be in partnership with BLOOM Africa. Please visit www.bloomafrica.org to find out how you can help.
Join us as we partner with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world. We provide Mission Support to the ELCA which helps to make all their ministries possible, here at home and abroad. It is the way Lutherans experience sharing Jesus’ message of love around the world; it is the lifeblood of the work that God does through the ELCA. Please visit www.elca.org
ELCA Good Gifts
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a church that is freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.
ELCA Good Gifts go beyond your regular congregational offering to support the ministries of the ELCA that mean the most to you and your loved ones. Together, we do more than we could ever do alone: grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. Please visit https://community.elca.org/ELCAGoodGifts
Walking together, we’re able to proclaim the Gospel of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ throughout Delaware and Maryland. The synod unites the work of congregations within our area, serves as regional support, and offers pastoral guidance. In order to strengthen the relationship between our local church, the synod leaders and the church wide office, we work with the Delaware/Maryland Synod to support the work of the synod. Learn more at www.demdsynod.org.