Outreach at St. Martin's
Circle of Concern
Food collections are held on the second Sunday of each month. Donations are also accepted at any time and may be placed in the baskets on the floor of the coatroom. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, there is a special holiday food drive. All food donations are picked up monthly by Circle of Concern, which is the local West County food pantry.
St. Martin’s supports the annual Circle of Concern school supply drive in mid-summer, and each winter there is a kick-off to fund the St. Martin’s scholarship to benefit an area student who may not otherwise be able to attend college.
United Thank Offering
UTO is the Episcopal Thank Offering given by parishioners around the world for good things that happen every day. As you give thanks for the small and big things in your day, you put some coins or dollars in a UTO Blue Box (found on a table in Park Hall) or set aside a reminder for later in the day. You are never too old to count your blessings and share your thankful spirit.
In the Fall of 2015, a group of parishioners had a dream of creating a beautiful garden to provide nourishment to bodies and souls. In the Spring of 2016, this dream became a reality as the first seeds were sown. The summer and fall harvests since then have provided the Circle of Concern food pantry with hundreds of pounds of produce, numerous flowers, and undetermined amounts of satisfaction on the part of all our gardeners.
We, as committed Christians, explore and educate ourselves about what we can do to improve society and make a difference in the lives of those who suffer injustice within our society. Our education process includes reading and doing book studies, watching documentaries, attending community events, taking field trips, visiting museums, providing programs for St. Martin’s and other churches, and participating in mission work.
The Peace Meal project is a mission of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tower Grove. They provide a free community meal every Saturday evening and rely on metro area churches to field a team to prepare and serve these meals. St. Martin’s supports this effort by fielding teams for four or five Saturdays every year. Recipes and ingredients are provided, our workers need only to prepare, serve, smile, share in a delicious meal and clean up afterwards.
There are several other projects that St. Martin’s supports throughout the year as needed. The Red Cross Blood Drive, Neighborhood Recycling, the Cathedral Breakfast Program to name a few. You may contact Dana Griggs for more information on how to participate.