St. Andrew’s Out Reach Ministry Update
We should probably call it Our Reach.
We are blessed. Most of us (unfortunately) don’t think we are, but we are blessed.
If we can walk, talk, eat, digest, hear, sing, carry, pick-up, or bend over; if we have a job or have some money in the bank; if we have insurance or access to it; if we have a roof over our head, clothes on our back, and food in our tummy – WE ARE BLESSED.
Since we are blessed, we are called by God to bless others.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ …Matthew 25:35-40 ESV
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27 ESV
While we cannot save all of the world we can share and suffer and support some in our world, our community. That is what we do here at St. Andrew’s, along with many wonderful churches in our community.
The growing impact that heroin use has had on the people and parish community of Pickerington is one that has become a focus for the Outreach Team of St. Andrew’s. This issue has impacted us not only personally, but also professionally, and spiritually. If you are interested in joining the cause to offer support, love, and hope to God’s children who fight opiate addiction, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you can find a listing of the various ways we seek to serve all people.
To learn more click about the heroin and opiate challenges facing Pickerington and the greater Columbus area, click here for a CBS 60 Minutes deeper look.
Drink the Common Cup
Mission to Community and World
The Blessing Box is becoming a true Blessing to our community. Remember non-perishable food or canned goods. We have plenty of Cream of Mushroom Soup! For just a couple dollars you can provide a meal to a family in need: can of tuna & tuna helper; can of spaghetti sauce & some pasta, etc. Or ramen noodles, cup of soups are good for an individual who just needs something hot to eat.
Maintaining parish relationship with AA
Christmas Presents to families in need
Armed Forces Care Packages
Care and goodies packages for those serving in Armed Forces abroad
Red Cross Blood Drive
Caroling at local nursing homes
Lay volunteers for hospital, sick, and homebound parishoners
Grief support group
Wednesday Dinners at St. John’s, Town St
Home Care Ministry
Property Maintenance, etc care for those sick, hospitalized, homebound
Prayer shawls for sick and homebound
Mitten & Hat Tree
Winter wear for Fairfield residents in need
Visitations, counseling, pastoral emergencies
Pickerington Christian Ministerial events
Pickerington Community worship events, including Thanksgiving, Baccalaureate, etc
Random Acts of Kindness
Encourage kindness in community
Diaster Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief and Development representation and fund raiser for diaster relief
Safe-T-Net Parishioner Assistance
Parish assistance to parish families in need
School Supply Drive
Summer collection for Herbert Mills School
Maintaining parish relationship with Scouts
Young Families Ministry
Discerning needs of families with small children