Caring for our Neighbors
RISE AGAINST HUNGER Meal Packaging Event Sunday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. How would you like to be a part of a human engine which will package over 10,000+ meals for hungry people all over the world in just under two hours? Sound intriguing? Mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. and join us in St. Andrew Hall, where you’ll be assigned a job with St. Andrew’s fourth annual Rise Against Hunger food packaging event. There will be jobs for all ages and abilities, and the atmosphere will be lively and fun. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization which distributes pre-packaged dehydrated, high-protein meals to be used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs all over the world. These meals are packaged by volunteers like YOU! Our Rise Against Hunger packaging event will be the kick-off to St. Andrew’s Vacation Bible School, “Blast Off! We’re on a Mission!” an all-mission-focused program this year. Sunday night’s opening dinner will feature dishes based on the Rise Against Hunger meals, so everyone will have a chance to taste the food we’ll be packing.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES & BACKPACKS NEEDED
St. Andrew in Mission and Service will be collecting back to school items for needy students. There will be a collection bin in the Atrium from July 29 through August 26 so that the items collected may be donated in time for the start of school in September. Items needed include backpacks, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, blue/black pens, #2 pencils, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks or liquid glue, rulers with standard and metric measurement, and child-sized scissors. Your donations will be used to help a child have a great start to the new school year! Thank you!
~Karen Topping, Jeff Snyder; St. Andrew in Mission & Service
NIGHT STAY PROGRAM FOR THE HOMELESS
Thank you to all those who made the Night Stay homeless shelter such a success! It takes a lot of people to make this happen with the planning, setup, three meals a day, 12-hour supervision, transportation, laundry and cleanup. It has been such a blessing to see our community being the hands and feet of Christ. May God’s light continue to shine through us.
Please pray for this new ministry for our church, that we may be about Christ’s call to love our neighbors.
~Angie Hillis-Baurle, Night Stay Coordinator with CAPS
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 - Suffolk Meals on Wheels, established in 1987, delivers meals to residents living in the city of Suffolk and the Isle of Wight County regions. The food is prepared by the Sentara Obici Hospital Food Services. St. Andrew provides volunteers to deliver meals on each Friday of the month. St. Andrew has 5 delivery teams, with 2 people in each team, who transport the meals from the hospital to the recipients' homes.
- 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 served as the host church from Wednesday, 10 January through Wednesday, 17 January 2018.
"You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” ~Psalms 77:14