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.
For kids, part of the back-to-school excitement comes from buying new crayons, folders, an 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, we’d so appreciate it if you’d please pick up a few extra school supplies for elementary 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. Special food drives occur before Easter, Summer, & Thanksgiving. Click here for current Special Food Drive
Habitat for Humanity
This year we participated in the construction of a house for a single
veteran mom & her daughter 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’s in sight for these 2 high school students who we’ve been supporting at Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize. Without our help, these children are not able to attend high school, and because of you, these 2 students are now seniors!. So we’re all saving our coins and filling the “jug” in the Gathering Space ~ it’s amazing how fast our coins are adding up and how helpful this has been for the future of these 2 young people!
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.
“Movers for Moms”
This year we’ve teamed up with Two Men & A Truck for a special Mother’s Day fundraiser to receive donations of household goods for the patrons at The Caring Place, a shelter for battered women.
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!