2019 - "JungAble"
Mark your calendar! Save the dates! July 15-21
Only a few months till St. Mark’s campus becomes JungAble – our 2019 jungle-themed Camp Able. The CampAbleMarco team has been meeting to plan and get all the details in place. Once again, the Marco Island community is rallying to support Camp Able by hosting morning activities. The faith communities on Marco are stepping up to provide meals for the campers and staff. It is so exciting to see our whole community involved in Camp Able.
We have 2 specific needs that we hope our own St. Mark’s people will take care of:
First – Drivers. We are trying to lessen the number of campers who sleep at St. Mark’s. One way to do that is to encourage the campers from the local area to sleep at home. Those who have been contacted are happy to do that, but transportation is an issue for some. We have staff members who can pick them up in the mornings, but because of getting the overnight campers in bed and staff meeting, we need a few parishioners to take them home. As of now it appears that 3-4 drivers each night would be all we’d need. We will group the campers by area, so each driver will take 2 campers who live near each other. Couples would be perfect since we need 2 adults in each car. If you would be willing to be part of this ministry, one or more nights (July 17, 18, 19, 20) please email Kathy Schillreff and let me know when you are available at email@example.com
Second - Sponsors Many campers need financial aid to attend camp. $550 sponsors one camper. Smaller amounts will be combined to help those who need only partial support. Write a check to St. Mark’s with Camp Able on the memo line, or give online at stmarksmarco.org..
Third – cookies. We need lots and lots of cookies. The campers and staff have cookies and milk twice each day! We need cookies that are gluten free, dairy free, and nut free, as well as just regular delicious cookies. When you pack your cookies, please carefully label your cookies so we know what they are. Please bake cookies that are sturdy and will hold up to being frozen. If possible, package them in plastic boxes with wax paper in between layers. They will be stored in the freezer in Willis. If are seasonal members are planning to bake cookies, you can begin bringing them anytime. It would be helpful if your year-round members would wait till May or June before bringing them in, but we’ll take them anytime! Thank you for the love you share with our campers and staff in theform of a home-baked cookie. They are so appreciated.
Thank you for your continuing support of this important ministry of St. Mark’s.
P.S. In addition to sponsorships, cash donations are also welcomed and needed. You can write a check and put “Camp Able MI” on the memo line, or give through our website (see button above). When you click on “give” you will have the option to select Camp Able as the recipient of your gift.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational Christian housing organization. Habitat’s belief is that all people should have a safe, decent place in which to live. It invites people of all faiths to join our mission to build and renovate simple, decent, affordable houses.
Habitat provides a means to build community and fellowship within St. Mark's, and gives us the opportunity to show God’s love in action.
In the beginning of our DR Ministry, 20 children were saved from the streets of the poor barrio; today nearly 120 children spend their day at the Albergue Infantil El Bueno Samaritano instead of on the streets.
Because of your sponsorship, these kids are in a loving, nurturing environment where they learn, are fed breakfast and lunch and have an opportunity to grow spiritually, culturally, and socially.
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is an inter-faith effort to serve the under-resourced of the greater Marco area. The Pantry is open to Guests on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10am-noon.
Non-perishable donations may be dropped at St. Mark's fellowship hall. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the month.
The Philippines Project, founded in 2008, supports the non-profit Dr. Theresa Kohen Foundation in the Culion Islands, a former Leper Colony which continues to suffer from poverty and limited resources. The majority of funds raised provide financial aid to over 100 students who could not otherwise attend school. As stated by Patricia Hilao, Foundation Director: “I believe only education can lift us from the stigma of leprosy that we suffer.” Additional funds provide medical aid, nutritional support, housing repair and other emergency needs for families designated by Ms. Hilao.