St. Mark’s Reconciling Ministries emphasize growth in faith and love of God to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. As part of the United Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network (www.rmnetwork.org), St. Mark’s is active in welcoming and challenging the GLBTI community to seek God, share their spiritual journey with others, grow in faith and celebrate the gifts that are the sexual orientation and gender identity that God bestows on each individual.
Serving as an entry point into St. Mark’s, this ministry group seeks to integrate the GLBTI community into the various programs and activities that are at the heart of the life and ministry of the St. Mark’s church.
The activities and ministries of this group include:
Holiday Celebrations: at Christmas, Easter and other festive occasions
Summer Brunch Series Support: meal preparation and food service on select Sundays during the summer months to encourage and celebrate church-wide interaction
Sacramento Pride Support: a coordinated parade contingent and a booth exhibitor in the festival that follows
HIV/AIDS Run/Walk Support: coordination of a parade contingent to promote faith and healing
Monday Night Bible Study: exploring God’s word for everyday application
Winter Shelter Program Support: preparation of meals and delivery of on-campus hospitality services for Sacramento’s homeless population
GLBTI Film Festival: showcase of films and documentaries that address faith and “gay” issues
St. Mark’s Reconciling Ministries sponsored a fundraiser for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center which just opened their first transitional house for 24-hour support of homeless LGBTQ youth. This new program is funded by special federal and local grants, but the Center is in need of the necessary items to make this house a “home” for up to 8 youth (ages 18-24) for up to two years! These youth will receive job services, counseling, help with school applications, and general case management assistance all centered around youth-identified goals.
On Tuesday, April 17, members of the Reconciling Ministries Team presented $2,130 to Jesse Archer, Manager of Youth Programs and other staff from the Sacramento LGBT Center. Jesse stated: “That is truly amazing. We are so thankful for the support from St. Mark’s. These funds will make a big impact on the lives of youth in the housing program!”
GLBTI and straight alliance members from St. Mark’s participate in Sacramento’s annual Pride celebration, both at the parade and festival. Church leaders and church attendees are committed to demonstrate to the GLBTI and Sacramento communities that St. Mark’s is an open and welcoming Christian community for ALL people.