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:
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 Parkview Elementary 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 on Monday thru Thursday outside the church, or whenever the church is open.
Thanksgiving Dinner requested items: cranberry sauce, turkey gravy packets, cake mixes, frostings, French-fried onions, boxed mashed potatoes, and canned sweet potatoes. Please purchase early as some items may be in short supply. All non-perishable food, cleaning and personal care products, along with brown paper bags and egg cartons are always appreciated. Monetary donations: Christian Food Pantry, c/o First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Valparaiso IN 46383. Special food drives occur before Easter, Summer, & Thanksgiving. Thank you all very much for your continued support.
The God Pod at Porter County Jail
The Jail Ministry is intentional to bring this group of inmates to God with bible studies and discussions, and is back up and running at the Porter County Jail after Covid quarantine although with fewer inmates and staff in the God Pod to comply with social distancing. Parishioners Tom Muchesko and Mance Parks are serving as instructors.
Episcopal Relief & Development – Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast during the same week that marked the 15-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Episcopal Relief & Development is in constant communication with the impacted dioceses working to reach vulnerable populations devastated by the storm. Donate today to support these efforts, and please continue to keep all those affected in your prayers.
New project as of Sept. 2020 – please help our companion diocese in Honduras. Honduras has been hit hard by COVID-19 and as of mid-August, still in quarantine with strict travel restrictions, 500,000 jobs lost, and hospitals near collapse with limited PPE and testing capacity. Public schools are closed through the end of the year and private schools, including Holy Spirit Episcopal School are online only with low enrollment, with many students unable to attend without access to computers or internet. Donations from our diocese and others are helping to provide food and other assistance for these families. $100 will feed four families for a week and a half. Please send donations to Honduras Development Network, at the following address:
Honduras Development Network, P.O. Box 450865, Sunrise FL 33345
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 throughApril 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. Unfortunately, this ministry has been paused during this time of Covid19.
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 Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Please reserve your time slot at www.redcross.org