St. Mark’s United Methodist Church receives 20th Ark Plaque

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, September 17, 2012
On Sunday September 9, I had the pleasure of celebrating with the congregation of St. Mark’s UMC (Arden-Arcade) and presenting them with their 20th Ark Plaque. An Ark Plaque represents a donation totaling at least $5,000 and is symbolic of two of each kind of animal that Heifer gives to families around the world. While Heifer is blessed with groups of supporters that generously raise funds and receive the ‘Ark’ recognition, doing so 20 times is a rare and special occasion!

I was greeted by Fred and Cecelia Stallcop, and Jane Henderson when I arrived; both the Henderson and the Stallcop families have been instrumental in organizing for Heifer within the congregation.  It was good to hear about their history of involvement with Heifer, which goes all the way back to the 1950’s ad 60’s. We also saw the collection of the 19 Ark plaques prominently displayed in the Narthex, one even displaying a picture of Jane’s parents.
The message this Sunday was delivered by Pastor Alan Jones and titled the Journey Forward. It focused on kicking off a series of sermons and group meetings on bringing faith to life through action. From my experience at St. Mark’s and their history of sharing their love with those in need around the world, I am confident that the journey forward will include their work of transforming the world into a place of compassion, justice, and peace.
-Jill Kilty Newburn
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