Mission Life

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

- Philippians 2:4


Every month here at St. Andrew's we highlight one of our many missions or outreach efforts that help those who are in need.

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JANUARY

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE MINISTRY (C.A.M.)

CAM helps people in crisis sort out their problems and then provides real help with money for rent/house payment, money for utilities, food, clothing, help finding a job, or an address for a homeless person to receive benefits. CAM begins by a social worker talking with a person one on one, assessing the causes of the crisis and then doing something about it. CAM offers classes in nutrition and meal planning, classes in budgeting and using banking services, CAM can be a designated payee for social security to assure proper use of funds, and CAM offers Bible Study and chapel services. Last year CAM served over 61,000 people.

CAM is an outreach ministry of a group of churches that have banned together to serve people in crisis. St Andrew’s is one of those churches. We primarily support CAM with regular donations of clothing and household items. We also provide some monetary support through our budget. Bill Snook 647-1766 billjoannesnook(at)sbcglobal.net


FEBRUARY

PASTORAL CARE

The Pastoral Care Teams at St. Andrew’s provide multiple services to Parishioners in need. It’s a very important part of the life of the church including:

- Visits to parishioners that are in the hospital

- Taking Communion to those in hospital, rehab, or to shut-ins.

- Write notes to parishioners (or make phone calls) for their birthdays.

We always need new volunteers in each of these areas to help with our Pastoral Care ministries – please help care for the people of St. Andrew’s.

Clara Kennedy 681-1538 drewkenedy(at)aol.com

MARCH

ST. ANDREW’S FOOD PANTRY

This work takes place in our Skiver Fellowship Hall on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. It involves purchasing food at the Food Bank of San Antonio, hauling it over to the church, sorting it all into boxes, doing tons of paper work, interviewing the new clients, and helping them take it to their cars. But with our expanding vision for this work the clients not only receive food but are treated as guests in our church, given some light food and drink; conversation and friendship, and for those who ask for someone to pray for and with them.

Many folks misunderstand thinking that we get this food for free as a donation from the state food pantry. We do not. We pay for it at a discounted rate. 95% of the funds needed to run the food pantry come only from direct donations and from the ‘profit’ made from the Hunger Lunches. Want to help?

John Adams 273-6826 johnjudya(at)att.net


APRIL

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity organizes and finances the building of great homes for those who could never afford them. The people who live in these homes must help to physically build them (at least 300 hours of ‘sweat equity’ and pay back a 20 year mortgage (about $400 a month). Our church works a long side other local Episcopal Churches and hundreds of other community volunteers and organizations to get these homes built here in San Antonio.

Besides working on the homes we also donate to the finances of the work through special offerings each Father’s Day Weekend in June, as well as through a small portion of our church budget. Come and help us build a house!

Fran Schrader 857-6918 ggfran186(at)aol.com

Janet Drane 669-3748 janet.dane(at)sbcglobal.net

MAY

WORLD MISSIONS: HONDURAS TRIP

In conjunction with the World Missions Department of the Diocese, we sponsor several parishioners to do service work in Honduras. This year the focus is on both veterinary work and on vision & medical efforts – especially the kids.






JUNE

OPEN

JULY

ST. ANDREW’S RAMALLAH, PALESTINE

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church ….Ramallah, Palestine… is a long way from San Antonio, but parishioner Lee Padgett has connections there. She came to know of the great needs of that particular Anglican Episcopal Church which survives in the conflict-wracked Middle East. It is part of the Episcopal Middle East-Diocese of Jerusalem; their Bishop is The Rt. Rev'd. Suheil Dawani and their Priest in charge is Fr. Nael Abu Rahmoun. Believe it or not this church has a Facebook page you might like to visit. If you want to know more about this church and life in Palestine ask Lee.

Lee Padgett 215-8811 lemirapadgett(at)aol.com

AUGUST

SUPPORT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

This is a ministry to police, fire, and E.M.S. When these responders are on a long call and during a sustained crisis event they need drinks, food, and respite supplies. These folks respond to their needs on-site. The church makes donations in cash and supplies, and they can also use extra volunteers.

Jay and Jen Smith

SEPTEMBER

HAVEN FOR HOPE

This is the largest homeless ministry in San Antonio. We highlight their work and make donations as well take advantage of the educational tour provided by Haven for Hope in order to better understand and advocate for the homeless.

Contact David Archibald, davidra(at)sbcglobal.net

OCTOBER

UNITED THANK OFFERING

United Thank Offering or UTO is a program of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole Church, founded by and administered by women since 1889. Its traditional method is to encourage a spiritual practice of placing coins in a small blue and white thank offering box throughout the week as we recognize things in life to be ‘thankful for’. The United Thank Offering supports projects that address women and children in poverty. Through this nationwide collection thousands of dollars are given out in grants to deserving women and families.

How Can You Participate? The primary means is to pick up your UTO Box in and begin your individual giving of thanks and coins. The boxes are all collected in October.

David Archibald davidra(at)sbcglobal.net

NOVEMBER

The D.O.K. ANGEL TREE

The Daughters of the King will begin their service project, Angel Tree on November. 2. Look for our table for donations all four (4) Sunday’s in November. Children’s names are taken from the Salvation Army Tree in Ingram Park Mall. For every donation by St. Andrew’s parishioners, we hang a paper angel on our little tree. The number of children we select is determined by the total amount of donations. The money is divided equally. each year and provides about 35 kids with gifts and clothes during the holidays.. The Daughters of the King do the shopping for each angel. For an easy way to make some children happy and make you feel GREAT, come and join us!

Marie Anderson 695-3436 andyplace1(at)satx.rr.com

DECEMBER

GOOD SAMARITAN COMMUNITY SERVICES

– CHRISTMAS BAGS

No church in San Antonio gives more Christmas food to Good Samaritan Center than St. Andrew’s Episcopal. We give about 150 bags of groceries to help our neighbors each Christmas. If you want to participate and bring some cheer to a family this Christmas here is what you do. Go to church… pick up the re-usable Christmas shopping bag; inside you’ll find a shopping list for a family to have a special festive meal. Take that with the bag and go to the local store, buy the food and bring the full bag back to church. If you cannot do the shopping you can still contribute and we will shop and fill a bag for you. Simple, Helpful, Fun to do!

Christopher Pagonis 210-684-0845 standrewse(at)sbcglobal.net