Outreach and Social Justice

St. Mark’s is committed to working with God to create a better community and a better world.  God is at work in our world and St. Mark’s parishioners seek opportunities to join God’s mission in their daily lives – at school, at home, at work and through a variety of social justice and outreach initiatives.  Following are just some of the ways in which St. Mark’s is involved in the community in helping to create a better world.

Creation Care The Creation Care team is seeking additional members.  Questions? Contact Allison Ashley at creation@stmarksevanston.org 

Come on out to help clean up the beach after the summer season. The clean up is one of hundreds around the Great Lakes sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ September Adopt-a-Beach 2018. Tens of thousands of volunteers are working to keep the beaches and lakes clean.  Join members of the Creation Care team to clean this wonderful local resource. Questions? Contact Allison Ashley

  • Bike the Ridge | Sunday, September 30, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic from Howard to Church Streets.

Let’s welcome riders ask they stop by.  There are sign up sheets in the Parlor to volunteer for set up and take down, to sit at  the welcome table, and  to bring snacks.   Join members of the Creation Care team in this annual event.  Questions? contact Allison Ashley

  • Creation Care Adult Forum | Sunday, October 6 in Bethlehem Chapel 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Dan Huntsha from Faith in Place will speak about creative and low cost ways we can use less energy and less water here at St. Marks. He will tell stories of faith communities that have worked on protecting our common air, land, and water. Join members of the Creation Care team for this forum. Questions? Contact Allison Ashley

Wednesday Sack Lunch Program St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s have partnered to prepare and distribute lunch to our homeless and hungry neighbors in Evanston every Wednesday.  Opportunities to get involved with preparing take place each Tuesday KidsVolunteerevening.  And opportunities to help serve lunch takes place each Wednesday.  We encourage families, students, existing small groups (choir, vestry, children’s formation teachers, people with brown hair, families with small children, teens with (or without) attitude, young adults with zip – you get the idea) and new small groups from just St. Mark’s or just St. Matthew’s and from combinations of the two will be chomping at the bit to start planning and packing lunches! Any person of any age who wishes to pack and/or serve are welcome. To sign-up for a Tuesday evening, click here.  To sign-up for a Wednesday lunch, click here.

A Sanctuary Congregation St. Mark’s is proud to be one of several congregations in the City of Evanston who have declared ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation.  As people of faith we believe that we are all created in the image of God and find in this, the starting point for our commitment to and relationship with refugees, immigrants and others seeking a safe haven in our communities.  We believe that all human beings – regardless of their place of birth – are entitled to dignity, safety, protection and welcome.  To learn more about what it means for St. Mark’s to be a Sanctuary Congregation, click here.

Interfaith Action of Evanston St. Mark’s is a member congregation of this Evanston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together communities of faith and spirit to serve people who are hungry and homeless and to express shared values through action, advocacy, and interfaith dialogue.

  • Interfaith Action Hospitality Center for the Homeless  St. Mark’s donates space to the Hospitality Center which is open mornings Monday through Friday, 52 weeks per year.  The Center provides a warm, nurturing environment for daytime use by the guests who are homeless. The center is open from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Guests may use the services of a job coordinator or case manager, or they may make use of the facilities for grooming or making phone calls regarding jobs or apartments. To volunteer, contact Sue Murphy at (847) 475-1150.
  • Producemobile On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Interfaith Action of Evanston teams up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to bring free, fresh produce to our neighbors in need. The distribution takes place from 9:30 – 11:30 at the Robert Crown Center. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. each month. To sign up click here.

Third Sunday Juice & Sock Collection On the third Sunday of each month, a bright red shopping cart is available at the back of the church for worshipers to place one-gallon containers of juice for the Wednesday lunch program and/or NEW men’s and women’s socks for our homeless neighbors.

Other Activities

  • Providing Evanston students with backpacks and school supplies in cooperation with Evanston COPE.
  • Raising money for and walking in the North Shore CROP Hunger Walk
  • Collecting new socks, hats, mittens, and scarves for the area homeless
  • Participating in the Christmas Basket Drive for ReVive Center for Housing and Healing

To volunteer or for more information on St. Mark’s Outreach projects, please contact the Social Justice and Outreach Team at outreach@stmarksevanston.org.




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