July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018

I am writing this letter before July 4, Independence Day, with the hope that you can gather with family or friends and celebrate the day. Maybe you won’t read the Declaration of Independence on this day, but I am grateful for words the founding fathers penned all those years ago, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” For centuries these words, truth, equal, life, liberty, happiness, have been the allure for many people to come to America seeking a better existence. Without them perhaps my ancestors would not have left their homeland and who knows what I’d be doing. But, here I am, part of St. Mark’s and starting my sixth year with you. It’s good to be here.

Recently I joined Brad Cannon from CCSA, Rev. Bill Jenkins from Christ Ministry Center, and Debbie Raysen from the Good Neighbor Center to talk about how we all might work together for the benefit of our neighbors. Earlier this year Christ Ministry Center welcomed the Good Neighbor Center (GNC) on to its campus at Meade and 33rd. Over 50 years ago the GNC started as a Methodist food and clothing ministry in downtown San Diego. It now has two locations, at Christ Ministry Center and Nestor UMC, and provides a beacon of hope to underserved individuals in San Diego. The work of the GNC mirrors the work of Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) which just celebrated 45 years of work in Clairemont and Pacific Beach. CCSA also provides food, clothing and services to underserved individuals, so pairing the two agencies together to share resources, as needed, seemed like a natural way to better serve our neighbors in San Diego.

Actually, this work began two years ago when CCSA donated food and clothing to Christ Ministry Center for their humanitarian work with Haitian asylum seekers that were referred to them through Immigration and Customs Enforcement. During that time Christ Ministry Center helped over 5,000 people who traveled through San Diego after crossing through the port of entry at Tijuana.
And the need has not stopped. Christ Ministry Center continues to work with agencies and individuals to provide for refugees through their GateWAY Loft, which houses mothers and children, and a new volunteer program called Safe Harbors. On the Safe Harbors website, Rev. Jenkins says, “Safe Harbors are churches, individuals and organizations that help provide shelter for refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. Our priority is keeping mothers and children safely together. Unlike “Sanctuary churches”, Safe Harbors shelters may be in the church, but may be in other safe places (homes, hotel, hostel, shelter). Safe Harbors’ refugees and immigrants are “documented”. (https://www.safeharbors.net)

Both CCSA and Christ Ministry Center work with volunteers so if you are interested in being part of this good work, contact either Brad Cannon or myself and we will connect you to the sites you’re interested in working at. Together we can continue the work started long ago as we love God and our neighbors as ourselves.

In Peace,
Jeri

June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018

June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Living Fully, Dying Well

Saturday, May 12, 2018      9:00 – 11:30 AM  

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
3502 Clairemont Drive,  San Diego CA 92117

RSVP below or call 858-273-1480

Professionally led topics include:

  • Helpful Legal Documents
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Transportation Independence
  • Long Term Care and Living Transitions
  • Hospice Care
Living Fully, Dying Well RSVP

Living Fully, Dying Well RSVP

March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

Easter Bunny Coming to St. Mark’s!

It’s that time again! The Easter Bunny will be making his annual appearance at St. Mark’s on Saturday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m.  All are invited for an egg-cellent time which includes: an egg hunt, cake walk, face-painting, egg decorating, hula hooping, and some other egg-citing things!  Please come out and be sure to invite your friends and family to this kid friendly event!

Holy Week 2018

Palm/Passion Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

We celebrate with 250 youth and adults on mission from Rolling Hills Christian Church in Northern CA. Procession of palms with children.


Holy Thursday 6:30 p.m.

A service of communion remembering the Last Supper which will move into Tenebrae, the service of growing darkness.


Good Friday1 p.m.

A service of quiet meditation on the crucifixion.


Easter, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

A celebration of the resurrection with brass, bells, choir, and holy communion.

February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018