“All Are Welcome In This Place”

Outreach & Mission

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?
Through this loving service, those serving and those served are both transformed.   The following are  ministries in which we partake through the year and invite you to make donations. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Ministry Leader Jennie Brock @ jennieb21310@yahoo.com with questions.
Most Current:  
Help Ukraine:  Helping families fleeing violence has been at the heart of ER&D’s mission from the very beginning. In fact, we were established by The Episcopal Church to assist people fleeing Europe during World War II. As we pray for an end to violence and for those fleeing Ukraine, please also pray for Episcopal Relief & Development and other ecumenical agencies working to respond to the current crisis.  Please join us in providing any relief and comfort we can — make an urgent donation to our Ukraine Crisis Response today at International Disaster Response Fund. Your support will help meet critical needs for people fleeing the violence including food, cash, blankets and hygiene supplies. Thank you in advance for your compassion, and for praying for those affected by this conflict.
Backpack Ministry:  This ministry is held annually in July. Part of the back-to-school excitement for children comes from picking out new crayons, folders, and backpacks; however, many families in our community are unable to provide these supplies for their children. As back-to-school shopping begins, will you please pick up a few extra school supplies for this outreach ministry. You may bring them to church and put them in the labeled container in the Gathering Space, and we’ll pass them on to the  students at Northview Elementary in Valparaiso.  We thank you for any and all supplies you are able to donate. Collection dates: Mid-July to August 4th.   Click here for a complete list of requested school supplies.

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 Sundays, or Monday thru Thursday outside the church, or whenever the church is open.

Ongoing Donation Requests: Along with non-perishable food items,  we ask for items that cannot be purchased with food stamps: diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, dish soap, detergent, band-aids, toothpaste, shampoo, chapstick, tylenol or ibuprofen (in sealed containers), etc., along with brown paper bags and egg cartons. Any and all donations are appreciated, and may be placed in “Karl the Kart” in the church’s entryway. Monetary donations: Christian Food Pantry, c/o First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Valparaiso IN 46383.
Easter Dinner Basket Requests: Boxed au gratin & scalloped potatoes, canned corn, creamed corn, canned sweet potatoes, Jiffy muffin mix, Jello, canned fruit, applesauce, cake frosting

Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Requests:  canned cranberries, canned onion rings, canned fruit, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing, Jell-o, desserts
Summer Kids’ Kit Donations:
Chicken noodle & tomato soup, canned pasta, mac & cheese, pork ‘n beans, cereal, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding cups, juice boxes, toilet paper, small snacks (cookies, chips, etc), toothpaste & toothbrushes

Thank you all very much for your continued support.

Advent Mitten Basket  and  “Dressed  for  School”

In early December, we ask that you please help fill our Advent “Mitten Basket” with NEW mittens, hats and gloves, all sizes infant to adult, and NEW socks, underwear, shoes, and clothes for elementary students. Donations may be brought to church and placed in the labeled basket in the airlock during the first two (2) weeks in December. THANK YOU  for your generosity.

Virtual 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.  In early December, we “adopt” elementary school children  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 Virtual 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.
Click here for Donor Guidelines and FAQ’sIt is the request of the schools that the gifts be no more than $50- (no video games or electronics).

Backpack Snacks for VCS Children:
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!

Boots & Socks:  We want to say THANK YOU to all those who provided the gift of warmth to our friends at the Hilltop Neighborhood House with our “Boots and Socks Drive.” Your gifts of new warm socks and new or gently-used winter boots will be a blessing to the children and  adults in the neighborhood.  “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” Ephesians 6:15 

Episcopal Migration Ministries:
The deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is a humanitarian crisis that has left upwards of 550,000 Afghans  internally displaced in the country since the beginning of the year, in addition to many more internally displaced at the end of 2020. Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church, is currently working in partnership with the U.S. government to assist our Afghan allies with resettlement and direct services through a network of 12 affiliates across the U.S. To support their efforts, please donate to episcopalalliesmigrationministries.org.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is in constant communication with impacted dioceses working to reach vulnerable populations devastated by  storms.
Donate today to support these efforts, and please continue to keep all those affected in your prayers  https://support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief

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. Fr. Roger, along with parishioners Tom Muchesko and Mance Parks serve as instructors.

Help Our Companion Diocese:  Honduras:
1) VU’s Social Action Leadership Team has selected the Humanity & Hope United Foundation, based in Warsaw IN, for the 2022 World Relief Campaign to assist three villages in Honduras. An effort to raise $25,000 to turn two shipping containers into fully-functioning health clinics staffed by trained healthcare professionals, for these villages is underway. To make a donation, go to Facebook.com/ValpoSALT and click the “Learn More” button;
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
Housing Opportunities.: Valparaiso and Porter Co. have not been immune from the economic and pandemic crisis affecting our nation, further compounding the problem of homelessness and home insecurity. One of the issues that impacts racism in our nation is affordable housing. Housing Opportunities is a Valparaiso nonprofit whose mission is to provide affordable housing to the most vulnerable members of our community. Throughout the season of Lent, we are asking you for financial donations to support this important ministry. Checks may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with the words “Housing Opportunities” in the memo line, and sent to church. Thank you for your  support of this vital service to our community.  To learn more about Housing Opportunities, click these links:
HO Fact Sheet _______ HO Impact Report
 Memorial Day Concert to Support the Christian Food Pantry: The Annual Valparaiso Memorial Day Concert was performed by the Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue.. This free performance  featured patriotic band music and historical narratives. Volunteers from local Girl Scout troops will present the colors, and audience members were asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Christian Food Pantry of Valparaiso. 
New Creation Men’s Shelter Dinners: Different ministry teams and/or individuals at St. Andrew’s host a monthly dinner from October through 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.  Volunteers offer to make a dish to share and/or volunteer to serve and clean up on the 4th Wednesday of the month . Please contact Jennie Brock at outreach@standrewsvalpo.org for more information.
Red Cross Blood Drive: St. Andrew’s hosts a quarterly blood drive for the American Red Cross  inside our church’s gathering space. 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, Sept. 15th_from 1:00pm-7:00pm.  Please reserve your time slot at www.redcross.org