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Greetings to you from St. Mark’s Cathedral, Bangalore!
We are facing an unprecedented crisis due to Covid -19 pandemic. This letter comes to you to offer prayers and encouragement and particularly to express our solidarity with those whose pain is intensified by the direct impact on their families.
As our country continues its attempt to halt the novel corona virus outbreak, several sections of our society are struggling to get even basic needs for their survival. During this time of great turmoil and isolation, our St. Mark’s Cathedral through Sub-Committees such as the Program Committee, the National Issues and Ecumenical Concerns Committee, the Community Care Committee and the Men’s Fellowship has initiated Operation Good Samaritan to distribute essential grocery items to the needy in and around Bangalore and through Mission and Evangelism Committee to our Mission Fields in neighboring districts.
Reaching out to feed the hungry is no more an option, but it is an obligation and our duty as Christians. We, as members of St. Mark’s Cathedral the City Church, should stand up for those who are suffering. I urge you all to express your solidarity to this effort in reaching out to the less fortunate. Please support us with your prayers and as the Lord leads you offer your generous contributions so that we can reach more people and we will be united in this effort.
Kindly note our bank details to send your contributions.
CSITA ST. MARK’S CATHEDRAL
STATE BANK OF INDIA, MAIN BRANCH
Branch Code: 00813
A/c No: 10977255182
Please mention COVID-19 Relief for accounting purpose.
We plan to continue with our relief efforts as long as this grave situation continues. We look up to you to strengthen our hands in this hour of need.
May the blessings of God Almighty protect you, guide you and make your lives a blessing to all around you.
Yours in His service,
Contact numbers for helping our own St. Marks Senior Citizens:
The following volunteers can be contacted in case any of our Church Senior Citizens needs help. The Church would make the need the possible arrangements whatever it could be possible within its capacity. The area wise contact details as below.
RT-Nagar and near by area : Mrs. Florence Premkumar (9972044116)
Kothanur, Hennur and near by: Mrs. Rita Paul (9448365935)
Fraser Town and near by: Mrs. Rachel Mohan (98442 53867)
Koramangala and near by: Mrs. Sujita Raj (9448403806)
Benson Town and near by: Mrs. Jacob Joseph (9845062335)
Jaya Nagar and near by: Mrs. Rebecca Doss (9844199501)
Ulsoor and near by : Mrs. Mary Rajarathnam (9880339206)
Belandhur and near by, and in general: Mr. John Wesley Amose (9880302523)
M&E Team along with Padree distributed groceries in Leggare among the blind people on today, 26th of April.
They would like to reach the un-reached mission fields of St. Marks such as Bangalore Urban (Visually Challenged people),
Chicbalapur (4 villages), KGF, Soolakunte, Hosur and the missionaries. Let’s join together and help the poor and needy.
On 10th May’2020 Mission & Evangelism Team touched the lives of poor and daily wagers from five villages in Chicbalapur by doing our little bit. We distributed 350 grocery kits to the needy in Madrenahalli, Ganganahalli, Hosa Road, Kochanahalli and Kollehalli. The expression of gratitude on their face moved us beyond words and we are grateful to God for using us in these times of crisis. All this would not have been possible without the passionate and unrelenting support of our padre, convenor Ms. Christy Joseph and M&E Team. We also take this opportunity to thank the people who have sponsored.
Our field missionary Steven Robin ensured that all the arrangements for distribution was made within the social distancing guidelines. A special thanks to Anand for getting the permission to go ahead with this task and being there from early morning ensuring all the arrangement for seamless distribution. We take this opportunity to thank PC members and church office staffs for rendering their support.
On 17th May, Sunday morning the team went to KR Puram Seegahalli area and distributed the groceries to 65 blind and handicapped people.
The team consists of our beloved chairman Dr. Rev. Vincent Vinod Kumar, our honorable secretary Mrs. Hepzhibah Doss, Mr. John Wesley from PC, Mr. Suren, Mr. Ajith, Mrs. Sheela Bhaskar and Mr. Bhaskar Chandran along with our Administrative office Mr. Arun, Mr. Arul office staff and Mr. Ahjishek. Our Bangalore Urban missionary Mr. Pushparaj arranged this relief work in a government school. It is a great privilege to help the blind and handicapped people. Thanks to St. Marks helping hand and generous heart to touch the lives of under privileged. At this time we are grateful to those who have contributed towards this worthy cause of mission and evangelism. God Bless you All.
On the 3rd June 2020, the Mission and Evangelism Team visited Auto Raja’ Paradise for Destitutes and Liza Home for Differently Abled Women to ascertain their needs and to handover essential groceries to feed their inmates.
The team comprised of Rev. Vincent Vinod Kumar, Mrs. Christy Joseph, Mr. Suren Chander, Mr. Ajith Samuel and Mrs. Jacob Das.
Mr. Auto Raja has requested for Old Clothes which are in usable and good condition for the male and female destitutes which comprises of all age groups.
Members who would like to donate Old Clothes which are in usable and good condition are requested to handed over the Old Clothes to the Church Office.