Help needed

Mitten Tree – This year’s gifts to the mitten tree will be donated to Western Hills Elementary School, a Title 1 school with a diverse, low-income student body.  The school especially requests gloves, socks and underwear for kindergarten-Grade 3 (sizes 4, 6, 8). Thank you for your generosity to make a warmer holiday season for the children.  Adult items will be donated to VOA and the Road Home.

Family Promise Challenge Collection – WE DID IT! Thank you to everyone who put pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters, checks and bills of every denomination in our Houses for Change boxes.  A huge thanks, also, to our Match Makers! On Sundays from November 16 to 30, we collected $1277.32; our match makers increased that total to $5,331.96.  The collection from Lessons and Carols was $1817. Through the generosity of so many, we will be sending $7148.96 to Family Promise.

Charitable Giving Opportunities – For more information about Heifer International or Episcopal Relief and Development please read your “News from The Cathedral Church of St. Mark” email.  If you are not receiving this email and would like to be added to the list, please contact Canon Ball (

Habitat for Humanity – Santa bringing you a new couch?  New Years Resolution to clean the garage?  Please remember that Habitat for Humanity (a faith based charity) would love you to donate your slightly used but still good furniture, building supplies, tools, and appliances to their ReStore.  Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday 9-5 at 1276 South 500 West in SLC.  If you think it is worth $100 and you can’t get it in your car call 801-263-0136 ext 1 for pick up.

Interfaith Calendars – The Interfaith Roundtable calendars are available from Deacon Libby.  Sample on the display case outside the Mustard Seed.  $15 (any amount over $15 is a tax deductible donation).  Cash or checks to Interfaith Roundtable.

Recycle Updates – NO PLASTIC BAGS OR WRAPPING may be recycled in Salt Lake – it gets stuck in the gears of the shredding machines.  Please remove caps, and EMPTY all plastic bottles and all aluminum cans before recycling.  Liquids attract insects and rodents and ruin the other recycled materials.  Thank you for your continued stewardship of our resources.

Alliance House is a non-profit whose mission is to provide a supportive environment for adults with serious mental illness. They have set up 10 new transitional living units for members and are looking for donations to furnish the apartments. A full list of requested items is on the bulletin boards

Volunteers needed!  We need volunteers to help with the photo directory.  There is a sign-up sheet at the front desk.  More information is coming.  Please save these dates: November 19th – 22nd and January 8th – 10th.

Needlepoint Project – Are you a Needlepoint Stitcher –just seeking an exciting project?  We have one for you. Everyone has enjoyed using the kneelers on the high altar and the chairs in the chancel.  This exciting project is twenty-six kneelers for the Chapel.  Each piece will have the name and cross identifying each congregation in the Diocese of Utah.  The pieces are being hand painted and a few will be ready each week.   This is an exciting project for experienced needlepoint stitchers.   Dean Waldon asks that they be completed, upholstered and installed by June 1st, 2015.  This is a very worthwhile and meaningful ministry.  We hope you experienced stitchers will join in this great celebration and legacy to St. Mark’s.  For information, please contact Colleen Malouf 801-583-0309, email

Hildegarde’s Pantry–needs to restock the shelves with HOLIDAY FOODS for December:  canned peas, canned yams, packets of gravy (chicken or turkey), boxed stuffing, individual packets of mashed potatoes.  We also need canned turkey and chicken, peanut butter, strawberry jam, and Spam.  In November, we served 4165 families: 640 children; 375 seniors (55+); and 216 working families (at least one person employed). We received over 15,000 pounds of food from the Utah Food Bank and received $ 2272 in private and parishioner donations.  Thank you to all he parishioners who donated money, food, and time to our holiday food giveaway – you made a holiday meal possible for so many families in need.

Collecting Information – We would like to recognize your birthdays and anniversaries.  Laura Reilly will be heading up this project.  Please help us update our records by submitting your information to her by email:, phone 801-322-3400, or stop by the office.

Coffee hour – A gentle reminder, please help our staff and volunteers by bringing your own dishes to the pass through window in the kitchen after you have used them.  Thank you!

Picture Directory Update – we are in the planning process with the Vestry for a new parish directory with photographs.  We will be looking for volunteers who would be interested in publicizing this to the parish and for scheduling photographs and hosting photograph events at the parish.  Look forward to further updates as we receive information on companies and pricing.

Cards to Share?  Cards are sent to parishioners for a variety of reasons, such as birthday, get well, thinking of you, holidays.  If you have an abundance of greetings cards, consider bringing some in for us to use to keep people connected to our community even when they are not able to be with us.