Caring for our Neighbors
GRATEFUL GIVING FOR GOD’S GLORY - St. Andrew Mission Support
Are you aware that St. Andrew is a “tithing church”? St. Andrew allocates at least 10% of all income to “mission support.” Last year, nearly $58,000 (14% of the operating budget) was dedicated to mission causes at home and abroad. This included your designated contributions to special offerings of the PCUSA as well as several contributions made by St. Andrew to several additional support activities both local and worldwide. In addition to the financial contributions, members of the St. Andrew congregation gave generously of their time and talent to support a wide variety of missions. This year, our tithe will expand by $80,000 thanks to the generous contribution from the Paul Reed Trust. Are you aware of all the many activities that St. Andrew supports either financially or through “heart and hands” volunteer work. The St. Andrew congregation gives generously to support our youth, members of our congregation who need a helping hand, and those in need both in our local community and worldwide. We should all be proud of the mission support of St. Andrew. Below is a list of mission activities that we have recently supported. As you read through the list, reflect on how you could support the activities through financial donations to the church or by volunteering your time and talent.
Recent Mission Activities Supported by St. Andrew
- Special Offerings of PCUSA
- Stephen Ministry
- Suffolk Food Pantry
- Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
- ForKids Backpack Program
- Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS)
- CAPS Night Stay Program
- SAM’s Helping Hands
- Red Cross Blood Drives
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (Humanitarian Relief)
- Youth Mission Trips
- Rise Against Hunger
- Rise Against Hunger Packaging Event (22,500 meals)
- Angel Tree Gifts (Salvation Army Christmas)
- Adult Work Camp Projects
- Quilting Program
- Children’s Hospice Care (EDMARC meal preparation)
- Widow’s Ministry
- Genieve Shelter (meals and gift bags)
- Suffolk Thanksgiving Food Drive
- Prayers and Squares Quilters
- Compassion Saturday
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.
“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.