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. Click here to see a full calendar. 

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

Stewardship of Creation

The deeper we go into the Christian faith the more we sense the interconnectedness of all things. We feel a kinship, not only to the human race, but to the animals, plants, and mineral families as well. The world is not something we can simply use as we please, but it is part of the divine order which we love and cherish for its own sake– not to mention preserving for for those who come after us. To that end we are take the month of April to celebrate Earth Day reminding ourselves to care for the planet, educating ourselves on sustainability, and taking practical steps within our church community to ‘re-use, re-use, and re-cycle’.

Contact David Archibald, davidra(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

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

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

San Antonio Humane Society

The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952. Every year, the SAHS shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates approximately 5,000 animals. Many have been injured, abused, surrendered by their owners, or found as strays, and they remain in our care until adopted. Through their adoption, volunteer, foster, and educational programs, we remind the public of the importance of responsible pet ownership, microchipping, and spaying/neutering. As a no-kill organization, the SAHS saves healthy pets, as well as dogs and cats needing medical attention, with euthanasia reserved only for untreatable animals. They are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and do not receive regular financial support from them. Therefore, donating locally solves a local problem.

Their mission is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs, and community education.


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

Paws In PRISON

Dogs that are rescued off the street are trained by women in prison and then given to new owners who need well trained service dogs. The dogs give unconditional love and the inmates do the same back to their charges. Win - Win - Win..


Please contact Noel Koerner / Karen Duerr

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!

Linda Music - (210) 381-4404

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