CARMEL, Ind. – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel took its worship to the community through a hands-on Mission in Action Day on Oct. 10. More than 250 church members of all ages volunteered on more than 20 projects throughout greater Indianapolis during the church’s second annual event held to coincide with the church’s anniversary.

Following a ‘sending forth’ worship service, volunteers fanned out to sort donations at Hamilton County Kids Coats, Second Starts and Fletcher Place, while others made repairs at The Camp in Noblesville and brought cheer through song and conversation to residents in local care facilities. In addition, food donations for local food pantries were collected and Good Samaritan Network received help preparing for holiday programs to be held at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

At the church, volunteers sorted and packed 1,743 pairs of shoes collected for Soles4Souls, wrapped and filled 102 boxes for Operation Christmas Child and created 175 greeting cards that Indiana Women’s Prison inmates will be able to share with loved ones. All these brought together all generations in service to others.

A Community chili luncheon wrapped up the morning in the church’s fellowship hall. Workers who had been in the community reported on the “God Sightings” discovered during their time of service.

“Thank you for allowing me to see God in the faces of children that received Christmas Child gifts,” said one volunteer. Another commented, “How wonderful that all these people come together and for 4 hours, worked together and accomplished so much.”

For more information, contact S. Mark’s Mission Coordinator, Liz Rix at 317-846-4912 or