605 Spruce Street
[Pastor Mary Pharmer] told us that St. Mark’s was very diverse, because Latino, Asian, African , and Caucasian all come to St. Mark’s. She also told us that their church sang songs from different cultures.
The day we were there, they were going to have a church dinner for the homeless. We helped set up their dining hall, and most of us donated a canned good or toiletries. About 300 poor/homeless people find food at St. Mark’s each week. The food pantry is stacked wall high with cans of food. Mary Pharmer makes sure that the people who come to get food get healthy food.
St. Mark’s has an after school program, called Promise Kids. Promise Kids have raised an organic food garden, and grew a rain garden.
The Pastor of St. Mark’s Church is Pastor Mary Pharmer. Pastor Mary has been Pastor for seven years, and the church has been around for fifteen years.
One of the main things they do at St. Mark’s for the community, they have a food pantry there. Most kids brought donations for it. In the food pantry, they used to not have beans, rice, and cooking oil, but then a lot of people with Hispanic origins came and of course they needed those ingredients, because they are part of the main diet, so St. Mark’s in response to that problem, got those ingredients.
There are 170 members of the church, and 300 people each week get food from it. Also, on Friday, they have a weekly community dinner.
When we went to what is called a Sanctuary, I was surprised how big it was. The Sanctuary is a place that early in the day on Sunday, people come there for worship. Worship is not the only thing they do in the Sanctuary. They also sometimes come to make important decisions or to have meetings. On September 11, people came for a meeting about it.
They have a loom room, where they make peace weavings. Also, they have a garden, which is entirely organic, with no pesticide whatsoever, so they can eat what they grow. Right now, in the garden, they’re trying to make it wheelchair accessible.
St. Mark’s church, led by Pastor Mary, works to make the community a better place.