St. Mary’s is committed to serving and discovering Christ in the eyes and hearts of others. We intend to build the Body of Christ at home and abroad, bearing Christ in a tangible way while engaging and sharing his presence in other cultures.
This extends to local and long distance missions. Please contact the church office at 352-347-6422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a participating church of LoveINC, a local mission coordinating about 30 churches to meet a wide variety of needs for individuals and families including food, shelter, clothing, furniture, job skills, family budgets, etc. While meeting immediate needs, LoveINC also evaluates underlying issues and works to help people make life changes that will bless them for the long haul.
Volunteers are always needed for their thrift shop, "Centsible Furnishings", and mentoring and tutoring.
If you would like more information, contact the church office at 352-347-6422 or email email@example.com
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Our food pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - 1:30pm. Parishioners bring non-parishable foodstuffs on the first Sunday of each month. The DOK sorts the food into bags and can always use more volunteers.
The Good News Club
An opportunity to reach local children for Christ.
St. Mary's is working with the Child Evangelism Fellowship to establish The Good News Club in Marion Oaks Elementary in Marion Oaks and Emerald Shores Elementary in Silver Springs Shores. You can read more about The Good News Club here: http://www.cefonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=13&Itemid=100049/
Each school will require a team of 12-14 to handle the presentation and administration of the Good News Club program. Clubs meet once each month through March 2013. Most of the roles are administrative and support in nature (attendance, organizing snacks, etc.) The program takes a couple of hours to present each month. The program costs, while low, are being underwritten by another church for Marion Oaks Elementary. That team will include several members from that church as well as at least two from Church of the Advent Episcopal, Dunnellon.
There are Good News Clubs currently meeting in 24 of the 30 elementary schools in Marion County and it has been active in Marion County for eight years. Four more clubs are poised to begin during this academic year. St. Mary's would help these last two schools establish clubs.
The program complies with all Marion County School District rules and regulations, including background screening of team participants, child protection training and careful identification of those picking children up from school. The schools are very appreciative of the effect Good News Clubs have on children and their families. The club does not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. It is entirely voluntary and requires specific parental permission.
Contact Information For further information or to join the team, please contact Jim Koehlinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-245-8809