An umbrella offers protection from adversity. Matthew 25 Ministries offers that umbrella of protection for those in need within our local communities. Our motives for social action are obedience to Scripture as well as gratitude for all God has done for us. Gratitude and obedience, linked with compassion, enable us to live out the "two commandments" of our Lord—to love God with all our heart, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
In a spirit of servanthood and thanksgiving, consider the activities our parish offers close to home. Every St. Marker can serve the Lord through Matthew 25: you can help at home or away from home, at regular times or at sporadic times, in the day or the evening, long-term or short-term.
Please consider thoughtfully where you can contribute your time and talents to some of the ministries listed. Contacts and their phone numbers are listed with each ministry.
Lazarus House is a community home open 365 days a year, located in St. Charles. It provides homeless and at-risk individuals connected to the Mid Kane County area with food, shelter, and support services. St. Markers provide volunteer assistance to the staff and residents of Lazarus House on the fourth Saturday of each month in the form of donated food and overnight support, and also serve a hot meal that evening. A sign-up sheet for our outreach is located in the narthex on the second and third Sundays of the month. Volunteers can elect to provide food, serve dinner, or spend the night assisting Lazarus House staff. For more information on Lazarus House you may view their website. Contact: Mike Zimmer
This shelter in Aurora provides a place to stay for the homeless and emergency living quarters for adults and children. St. Mark's joins another church once a month to serve supper and breakfast and to help with activities in the evening. We serve at Hesed House from October through May on the second Monday to Tuesday of each month. You can sign up in the narthex to provide a casserole or other food item. Contacts: Steve and Lela Lowe
Crisis Pregnancy Center
The center provides compassionate care to women facing crisis pregnancies. Donations of formula, diapers, maternity clothes, layette items, and baby clothes can be placed in the appropriate bin in the narthex entrance. Contact: Nancy Mead
Salvation Army Food Pantry
The food pantry is located at the Salvation Army Center in St. Charles. Food is most urgently needed from late spring to early fall. Especially needed are high protein items such as peanut butter, tuna, beans, and canned meats. Also needed are paper and cleaning products. Items can be placed in the marked bin at the narthex entrance. Contacts: Michelle Lamirand or Kelly Nowak
The purpose of this ministry is to provide prayer/healing shawls for those in need. The knitting can be done independently, and simple instructions are provided. A group meets the first Monday of each month to pray, encourage, and knit together. Contact: Nancy Mead
Trinity Soup Kitchen
Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora runs a weekly soup kitchen on Thursdays after their noon Eucharist. St. Mark's is responsible for preparing and serving on the third Thursday of every odd-numbered month (January, March, May, July, September, November). Contact: Mary Peterson
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.
I was a stranger, and you invited me in.
I needed clothes, and you clothed me.
I was sick, and you looked after me.
I was in prison, and you came to visit me.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers, you did for me.