“First they came for the communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Finally, they came for me and there was no one left to speak out.”
Many have been asking how they can best support the families who
are victims of the fires in Northern California, specifically
Sonoma County/Santa Rosa. A list of needed supplies was
published on October 12. Since that date, the centers in
the area have been inundated with supplies and are now
encouraging people to donate funds for the on-going needs to
recover and rebuild.
St. Marks has adopted homelessness as its main focus. It
advocates for affordable clean and safe housing and just mortgage
and rental practices and provides temporary or permanent housing
and material aid (water and sanitation facilities) for local,
national and global communities in need. It supports the work of
the following programs to achieve adequate housing for all, as
well as other organizations and initiatives combating
As a progressive church, St. Marks seeks to eliminate distrust,
cultural and religious bias and the resulting conflict, violence
and war, while building global understanding and cooperation
locally and globally among faith groups and establishing common
ground between races, cultures and faith traditions, including
Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and other religions.
Supports the work of the following organizations:
Responsible for initiating and maintaining contact with our
missionary and UM-Volunteers in Mssion work in Honduras, Congo,
Angola, Bolivia, and many other developing countries and
supporting this work through gifts of money, material aid as well
as provision of Sunday School curriculum materials. St. Mark’s
United Methodist Church has a long history of supporting mission
work throughout the world. Bill and Esther Finster came from St.
Mark’s and were missionaries in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from
1960-1985. They introduced to us the Chimonyos, who live in
Advocates and works for justice, quality of life and sensible use
of sustainable resources (energy, food, water, clean air) for all
people and for peace throughout the world, first by being
informed and engaging as many persons as possible in critical
study of the world’s great economic, environmental, cultural and
political issues and formulating plans to inspire and support
action whenever our faith calls us to address these issues.
Recognizes that policies that deplete resources and environmental
policy, are a threat to both health and peace.
Supports the formation and growth of new United Methodist
Churches in the Sacramento region. Represents St. Marks United
Methodist Church on the S.U.M.U. Board. Contact: Cynthia Lawrence, St. Mark’s
Representative, (916) 481-3592.
Works to alleviate hunger in the local community, nationally and
around the world, with gifts and education to overcome poverty,
malnutrition and waterborne diseases and to advocate for just,
sustainable food and agricultural policies that lead to local
self sufficiency in food production. The task force supports the
following below programs. Contact: Cynthia Lawrence, (916) 481-3592.
Members: Jane Henderson, Fred Stallcop, Cecilia Stallcop.
St. Marks works with local emergency response organizations to be
prepared for adequate and coordinated responses to natural
disasters such as earthquakes, floods, fires or pandemic disease
outbreaks, through coordination with other churches, first
responders and other relief organizations.