Caring for our Neighbors

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? James 2:14-18 The Message Bible.

MITTEN TREE AND HYGIENE KITS: This is a Church School Winter Mission and needed items include mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for the mitten tree, and small-sized deodorant and small-sized shampoo, individually-sized tooth brushes, and small-sized toothpaste, combs and hairbrushes for the Hygiene Kits (we have plenty of soap at this time). Donations will be given to Suffolk’s Social Services department for needy children. Deadline for contributions is December 10.

Angel Tree (for children) & Silver Bell (for seniors):  tags and empty stockings are available in the Atrium for you to make a selection.
Please return the unwrapped gifts together with their Angel Tree and Silver Bell tags. The age of the recipient of the stockings, as well as the items you fill it with, are your choice.
All gifts and filled stockings are due by December 10.

Care Events

Night Stay Week (housing the homeless)

We are preparing for our second Night Stay week (January 10-17, 2018), where our church provides

Night Stay Week (housing the homeless)

We are preparing for our second Night Stay week (January 10-17, 2018), where our church provides

Night Stay Week (housing the homeless)

We are preparing for our second Night Stay week (January 10-17, 2018), where our church provides

Night Stay Week (housing the homeless)

We are preparing for our second Night Stay week (January 10-17, 2018), where our church provides

Opportunities to serve:

  • Salvation Army soup kitchen
    Church members prepare a meal at the Salvation Army, Bank Street, in downtown Suffolk on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Members are asked to provide cupcakes to be served as dessert. They are due on the Wednesday prior to our Soup Kitchen date.
  • Joyful Noise
    Funds collected help cover the cost of soup kitchen supplies.
  • Reverse Offerings
    The collection of non perishable food for the Suffolk Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.
  • Adopt-A-Street program
  • ForKids, Inc
    Made Easter baskets for children in homeless shelter.
  • Suffolk Social Services Angel Tree
    In December, St. Andrew collects and wraps gifts donated by the congregation. These gifts are then delivered to Suffolk Social Services for their Angel Tree recipients.
  • Salvation Army School Supplies Drive
    Items needed: bookbags, pens, pencils, graphic calculators, paper, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer, crayons, colored pencils, and flash drives. Deposit supplies in the appropriately marked bins in Atrium.
  • Compassion Saturday
    St. Andrew also hosts a Compassion Saturday each year. This day includes fellowship time for volunteers before they start various service projects, such as street clean-up, meal preparation, Prayers and Squares quilting, card making, ForKids support, and toiletry kit assembly for the Western Tidewater Free Clinic.
  • Saint Andrew in Mission (SAIM)
    St. Andrew in Mission promotes and coordinates the mission outreach of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, both locally and world-wide. This includes financial support of many varied mission causes and "hands-on" service projects. In July 2017, SAIM supported the Rise Against Hunger church-wide event at which St. Andrew members packaged 17,000 meals! Also in July 2017, SAIM coordinated home repairs for a local Suffolk woman.
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Rise Against Hunger – For the past two years St. Andrew has partnered with Rise Against Hunger in their program to end hunger internationally. We convert our Atrium to a meal-packing assembly line, and we have turned out over 10,000 nutritional meal packages in just two hours each year to be sent where the need is greatest. There are jobs and fun for everyone, including children
  • CAPS Night Stay Program – Coalition against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS), a partnership of churches in the Suffolk area, provides housing and meals for homeless people during the coldest months of the winter. St. Andrew will serve as the host church from Wednesday, 10 January through Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Contact Angie Hillis-Baurle to volunteer for a Night Stay shift or to help provide meals for our guests.

Temple Tips

Saving our Senses: Taste

Do you find yourself using more salt than you used to, or enjoying sweets more often?