Moving Forward in Faith
Jesus said, “As you have done unto the least of these, so you have done unto Me.” Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
All in-person gatherings in our church have been suspended, but there are still opportunities to serve. Through this loving service, those serving and those served are both transformed. Recently our church was approved to receive a forgivable $20,500 loan. Our Vestry’s first directive for this gift was to tithe 10% to the local Christian Food Pantry.
The following are ministries which we invite you to participate in annually.
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. 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).
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 bring them to church and put them in the cart that will be outside the church entry doors, and we’ll pass them on to school children in Valparaiso and the surrounding communities. Collection dates: Mid-July to August 7th.
Click here for a complete list of requested supplies.
These food donations are for local school children who get their meals at school, and may have little or nothing to eat on the weekends. A bag is filled with non-perishable, healthy food items by volunteers and delivered to their designated schools for the children to take home over the weekend.
Please click here for the suggested food items and place donations in the labeled bins in the church airlock. Thank You!
Christian Food Pantry
St. Andrew’s parishioners have a heart for serving the poor. We are part of a 40 year long ministry with 7 local churches wherein parishioners weekly donate non-perishable food items to the Christian Food Pantry of Valparaiso. Donations of non-perishable food items, cleaning or paper products may be placed in “Karl the Kart” on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8:30am-noon outside the front of the church. Monetary donations may be sent directly to the Pantry’s coordinatorMrs. Nan Steeves, 2501 White Pine Circle Dr., Valparaiso IN 46383. Special food drives occur before Easter, Summer, & Thanksgiving. Thank you all very much for your continued support.
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.
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.
New Creation Men’s Shelter Dinners
Different ministries at St. Andrew’s host a monthly dinner from October thru April for local homeless men of New Creation Men’s Shelter at the First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Valparaiso St. and Bullseye Lake Rd.
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. The next Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Please reserve your time slot at www.redcross.org