Service and Outreach Ministries

Animal Welfare/Pet Food Pantry Ministry

The Animal Welfare Ministry follows the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi by reaching out to show love and compassion for all God’s creatures. We work in alliance with various  organizations committed to humane treatment of animals and strengthening of the human/animal bond. This ministry is funded through donations from individuals and outside organizations. We ask our parish families to make a special donation on the first Sunday of each month to support the Animal Welfare Ministry. Please mark your donation as being for the Animal Welfare Ministry. Our unique contribution to this work in our geographic area is our Pet Food Pantry Ministry. Additional volunteers are always welcome. Contact the Church Secretary to volunteer.

Pet Food Pantry Ministry

Our Pet Food Pantry Ministry aims to help low-income individuals and families maintain and care for their pets by providing supplemental food, treats and occasional toys for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, fish and turtles. The pantry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each month. (Days may vary occasionally so check with the Church Office or the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Facebook page before coming to the church.) If you are coming to the Pet Food Pantry for the first time, please bring your photo ID and proof-of-income (ACCESS card is fine). We also ask for a $1 donation to help defray our costs.

       A Prayer for Animals and Those Who Care for Them

Dear God, You have given us care over all living things; protect and bless the animals who give us companionship and delight and make us their true friends and worthy companions.  Amen.

Boy Scout Troop 183

St. Mark’s sponsors Boy Scout 183, the only Scout troop in downtown Johnstown. It is a very active program. Many of its members have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The members of this troop are drawn from the downtown community and surrounding suburbs as well as from St. Mark’s. The troop meets in the Parish Hall on Monday evenings at 7:15p.m.

Celebrate Johnstown

The city of Johnstown hosts several downtown venues to offer family-oriented entertainment and activities on New Year’s Eve. St. Mark’s opens its doors to the community, providing our beautiful sanctuary decorated for the Christmas season and our Parish Hall for several sets of entertainment. We have hosted a magician and all varieties of musicians. We offer refreshments for sale in the Parish Hall. These proceeds are used to support our Pastoral Care Ministry.

Rental of our Parish Hall and Kitchen

Our Parish Hall and Kitchen are available for one-time or recurring rental by outside individuals and groups. Preference is given to individuals or groups whose members are also parishioners of St. Mark’s.  Examples of groups who have rented our Parish Hall include Put People First, Unity Coalition, Allied Artists, Church Women United, a medieval group, and a retirees’ luncheon group. The spaces also can be rented for wedding showers and receptions, birthday parties, retirement parties, baby showers, and similar activities. Rental bookings and fees are scheduled at the discretion of our Priest. Please contact the Church Office for additional information.