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Outreach & Mission

Angel Tree Ministry
Every child should experience the magic of Christmas, and one way we help that to happen is by partnering with local schools to ensure that every child has a truly merry Christmas.  We “adopt” children of all ages so to help their families have Christmas presents for their children. This year the schools have asked that, once you pick an angel from the church’s Angel Tree, purchase gifts, place the unwrapped gifts in a bag with the angel label on the outside, and return them to the labeled school for pickup by the family. It is the request of the schools that the gifts be no more than $50- (no video games or electronics) and that $25- of the $50- gifts be for toys. 

Backpack Ministry
Part of the back-to-school excitement for children comes from buying new crayons, folders, and backpacks; however, many families in our community are unable to provide school supplies for their children. As you and your kids do back-to-school shopping, would you please pick up a few extra school supplies for elementary and we’ll pass them on to school children in Valparaiso and the surrounding communities. Collection dates: Mid-July to early August.

Christian Food Pantry
St. Andrew’s parishioners have a heart for serving the poor.  We have an ongoing ministry wherein parishioners weekly donate non-perishable food items for the Christian Food Pantry of Valparaiso. Donations are placed in “Karl the Kart” found in the church’s airlock. Special food drives occur before Easter, Summer, & Thanksgiving. Click here for current Special Food Drive

Habitat for Humanity
This fall we plan to participate in the construction of a house for a family through Habitat for Humanity.This was such a rewarding experience for all the volunteers, and it is a ministry we hope to continue to support.

Holy Cross Anglican School – Belize
“Scholarships for Kenya and Antu
-Graduation was such a special blessing for these 2 children, and they’ve both now moved on to COLLEGE!  Are heart are full for their successes, and  we can’t thank you enough for how helpful your financial support and prayers have been for the future of these 2 young people! Thank You.
If you’d like to continue to financially support the children
at Holy Cross Anglican School, please send donations to
Holy Cross Education Foundation, 
Attn: Brian Ostenso,
Chairman,
7550 Corporate Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Mitten Tree Ministry
Every December, we partner with the local men’s homeless shelter to provide warm mittens, scarves, hats, socks, and gloves to those in need.  Come by the church and take a mitten ornament off our tree and replace it with some warm winter items for both men and children of all ages.

Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Andrew’s hosts a quarterly blood drive for the American Red Cross.

With the demand for blood donations at an all-time high, our community partners with the Red Cross to provide much needed blood to people throughout the midwest. Click here for the date of our next Blood Drive walk-ins welcome!

 

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | 505 Bullseye Lake Road | Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 | Phone: 219-462-4946 | Fax: 219-465-6121 © 2018