18 Rachel McElhatton (left) and Mary Pat Buckley (right), St.Mark’s Episcopal

Mary Pat Buckley and Rachel McElhatton embody values that positively impact the faith community and the larger community, and we are proud to present them as St. Mark’s Vision Keepers for 2017.

Both Mary Pat and Rachel are volunteers in the Wednesday Lunch program, a cooperative venture with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Mary Pat has volunteered at the lunch program nearly every week since its launch about two years ago. She arrives every week with her arms filled with goodies – fresh fruit and sweets to share with the guests. No one at St. Mark’s is surprised, because her generous spirit is well known. Our own Sunday morning coffee hour always includes fresh fruit thanks to Mary Pat. It is also not uncommon for her to take flowers from the altars after church and deliver them to our homebound parishioners. Mary Pat doesn’t like to be feted and yet, our unsung heroes need to be raised up!

Rachel has been attending St. Mark’s with her family since 2009. In those years, Rachel has been an ambassador for social justice. When she was 10 years old she shared a message with the congregation during worship about the perils of puppy mills. This past summer, Rachel (now 14 years old) came to St. Mark’s nearly every week of her summer vacation to volunteer in our Wednesday lunch program. Rachel got to know the guests, and they got to know her as the young girl who always served them a sandwich with a smile. She even became known for the baked goods that she would make at home and share with the guests, including a multi-layered rainbow cake! Outside of her volunteer work, Rachel is passionate about horses and takes riding lessons at Glen Grove.