Not to be served, but to serve...
An initiative of the Presbyterian Church, USA
"I used to pass by on the other side of the street when I saw someone who was homeless. But, after a church member became homeless and I began going to the encampment where he lives, I started providing food. It is now my pleasure to help people in need."
-- Joan S., Outreach Committee Chair
We take food to the people at a nearby McCoy/Lomita Encampment once a week. There, a team of 5 St. Mark's members get to know the people. The Covid-19 pandemic brought new challenges to this ministry.
We provide support for recently housed women through the Free Butterflies Women's Circle. This group meets twice a month to work on goals to stay housed and to
improve their lives.
"Having experienced discrimination myself, I love volunteering to help other
women improve their lives."
--Becky A., Leader for Newly Housed Women
"I love the food that this church provides, and I really needed the Bible verse that they included with the hot meal." Church Member
The Garden Church worships in an empty lot-turned urban farm and outdoor sanctuary. St. Mark’s has partnered with and helps provide dinner to their community several times a year with a home made “love-baked in” meal.
BEACON LIGHT MISSION
Beacon Light Mission ministers the love and grace of Jesus Christ to the homeless in the South Bay by providing a safe and nurturing environment where they can receive food, clothing, temporary shelter, discipleship and spiritual encouragement in their present life circumstances.
"Preparing and serving a full, homemade meal at Beacon Light Mission is one way of living out my passion for helping those in need, especially relating to food."
--Suzana R., Beacon Light Mission Food Coordinator