Missions & Outreach
News and Events
“Share Your Shelf” Weekly Program
Thank you to St Mary’s Parishioners for your generous donations to our weekly food shelf collections!
August Recipient: Community Emergency Service
- Sunday, August 14: Diapers – size 5
- Sunday, August 21: Hygiene items (e.g. toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
- Sunday, August 28: Baby formula
Also urgently needed is pasta sauce, ground coffee, canned fruit (peaches, mixed fruit), and any hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, bar soap, razors, and shampoo .
Please do not bring any opened packages as they will be discarded.
The need is even greater now than ever as food insecurity in our community continues to skyrocket. You can bring bags of packaged or canned food to St. Mary’s during weekday business hours, or on Sunday mornings prior to the Divine Liturgy. We also have a collection box for monetary donations to help food shelves purchase needed food items. Checks should be made out to “St. Mary’s” with “Share Your Shelf” in the memo line.
Harvest Pack Event – March 22, 2022
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
It was a beautiful Sunday with over 50 volunteers helping to “share the harvest.” We all assembled and packed 16,600 meals of oatmeal in the two hours following Divine Liturgy. St. Mary’s volunteers even exceeded our goal by 1,600 breakfast meals. By the grace of God, it is a blessing for the food shelves. There are many asking for food as they run low or out of food after exhausting all other sources.
Many volunteers made comments of gratitude for the opportunity, “I wanted to give something back.” Or, “we always enjoy this event and the people that volunteer here.” Your efforts will help Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, CES (Community Emergency Services), Simpson House, FOCUS, and Every Meal (especially for their Summer Program to ensure children have food). As of June 15, all our meals are with food shelves. The food shelf staffs tell us “Our clients love to see these meals.”
Many families and individuals have been a part of each Harvest Pack event at St. Mary’s. “Thank You” to all of you volunteers. AND, “Thank You” to St. Mary’s Office staff!
Thank you St. Mary’s for your generous support in 2021!
- Packaged 20,000 meals for local food shelves through Harvest Pack
- Served 210 meals at Metro Hope / Healing House
- Collected 1,500 pounds of food for St. Stephens, Joyce, CES, and Share YourShelf
- Donated $1,400 for Simpson House to purchase three nights of meals
- Delivered 4,000 pounds, that’s two full pallets, of water to St. Stephen’s
- Raised over $10,000 for Bishop Neofitos during Missions Sunday
About Missions & Outreach and Getting Connected
These organizations bring to life our Parish’s Vision: Hear, Pray, Grow, Serve and Share
The Missions & Outreach group also provides guidance to newcomers who want to learn more about St. Mary’s and the Orthodox faith.
To get connected and find volunteer opportunities, stop by the Welcome & Information table in the Great Hall after Sunday Liturgy, or email the office to be put in touch with Missions & Outreach.
Volunteers packaging yummy oatmeal at St. Mary’s for Harvest Pack in 2021.
Volunteers from St. Mary’s preparing to serve a meal at Simpson House.
Orthodox Christians for Life
March for Life at the State Capitol.
Larry Dunham, Chair
Fr. Jason Houck
Maria Smith, Board Liaison