“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.”
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 homelessness.
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 Zimbabwe.
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.