The Outreach Ministry Team invites the parish to participate in the annual Advent collection of items for those in need. This year, we are collecting hats, gloves and mittens (for children and adults) for the Foxborough Discretionary Fund. Donations will be collected beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, December 1st, and continuing through December 22nd. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Food Pantry: The Outreach ministry is responsible for laundry detergent to be given to the guests at the One Family monthly breakfasts. Fellow churches in our deanery provide other items also not covered by the SNAP program such as paper towels, toilet paper, some personal items, etc. Therefore, the second Sunday of each month has been designated “Second Sunday, Soap Sunday” at St. Mark’s. Instead of a food item, we are asking for a contribution of a bottle of detergent (purchased from the Dollar Store for $1). Non perishable food item collection for the Foxboro Food Pantry will continue to be held on the remaining Sundays of each month (1, 3,4 and sometimes 5). Parishioners have done a great job of providing for our neighbors with food needs and the Pantry has expressed its deep appreciation for our contributions. Suggestions will continue to be in each Sunday’s order of service booklet. The need is present all year long and if each family were to bring just one item each Sunday, we’d increase our contributions significantly. Thank you for your help!
New Trading Post: The Trading Post Needs Your Help! As we move into the holiday shopping season, we are making an effort to be more environmentally friendly by using paper bags to supplement our small plastic bags. We are looking for donations of larger paper bags such as grocery bags (Trader Joe’s and Roche Bros) as well as shopping bags from department and specialty stores. There is a bin in the narthex to collect the bags or better yet, visit us at the shop! Our extended holiday hours have begun – Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Foxboro Community Dinner: St Mark’s and Normandy Farms Camping Resort will be hosting a Community Dinner to celebrate the holidays for those in need of a hot meal and a connection to their community. This will be held at Normandy Farms on December 7th at noon. We are reaching out to families, veterans, seniors, and others in need through our community resources and partners. We are looking for donations of $10 gift cards to Stop and Shop and Cumberland Farms for the adults. If you are able to donate, these can be left in the basket designated for the Community Dinner donations. We will also be having the children complete a short wish list when they pick up their tickets and will have Santa on hand to distribute gifts for the children on the day of the event, which will be sponsored by the Outreach Committee. We are looking for 3-4 volunteers with minivans or large SUVs who would be willing to help with transportation from pick up sites around Foxboro before and after the event. Contact Lisa Conroy or Verda Larsson for more information or if you can help with rides. Thank you and Happy Holidays!