St. George’s has long had a heart for service. Whether it was outreach to airmen in the early years of Scott Field or support for missionaries or nearly 30 years of involvement in Meals on Wheels, our parishioners want to make a difference. Our relationship with St. Mark Lutheran Church, a congregation of deep social commitment, has strengthened and expanded our own conviction and provided new opportunities for shared effort. In 1987, when we began assessing the physical plant and exploring options for expansion, the vestry and the parish as a whole made an intentional decision to stay in downtown Belleville, because we believe it is where God calls us to be and to work for His kingdom.
Community Service Commission
The Community Service Commission maintains the essential outreach ministries in the local Bellville Community. This commission arranges for St. George’s to focus on particular ministries each month of the year and keep the congregation aware of aware and involved in ministries in the local area. We ensure the Violence Prevention Program and Bethany Place have essential hygiene and comfort items for the people they support. We meet the needs of Franklin School neighborhood students and families donating to support FNCA’s summer day camp program, distributing school supplies, and providing financial support to Franklin teachers. During Advent we team with St. Mark in buying Christmas gifts for approximately 100 children who are less fortunate than ourselves to support Lutheran Family Services.
The largest food pantry in Belleville, this joint ministry with St. Mark Lutheran Church assisted over 900 families (and over 2800 individuals) during the year 2000. Volunteers help bag and distribute food to the needy from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesdays through Thursdays. It is a part of the St. Clair County “Call for Help” program and a member of the St. Louis Area Regional Food Bank. Volunteers are always needed and always welcome.
Meals on Wheels
St. George’s hosts the areas Meal on Wheels program, providing a hub for distributing meals to senior citizens in need in our community. The program uses our kitchen and parish hall as a staging area for members of St. George’s, St. Mark, Scott AFB, and other volunteers to make deliveries each week. Contact David Buckley for more information.
Belleville Chili Cookoff
Every October St. George’s runs a booth in the Belleville Chili Cookoff, selling our Dragon’s Breath white chili to raise funds to support our ministries. For two days, parishoners from St. George’s and St. Mark’s, as well as teachers from Franklin School, serve our white chili in downtown Belleville. It’s an opportunity to be visible in our community and share great fellowship. Contact David Buckley for more information.
Cub Scout Pack 2
St. George’s sponsors Cub Scout Pack 2 of the Boy Scouts of America. The pack draws in boys and girls ages 6 – 11 years old from the Belleville community. The pack uses the church facilities for meetings and events, and annually collects food for the St. George’s/St. Mark food pantry during Scouting for Food each November. Contact Brian Maves (Chartered Organization Representative) or the office for more information.
St. George’s hosts American Red Cross blood drives twice a year, drawing in downers from St. George’s and St. Mark, as well as the local neighborhood. Contact Frank Rogers for more information.