Mission and Outreach

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Disaster Recovery | Interfaith | Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP) | Ministry Mile | Saint Andrew Cares | Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network |

The Saint Andrew Mission Team resolves to seek God, create community, and practice justice by actively promoting congregational engagement in the community, both locally and globally.

Joplin Mission TripDisaster Recovery
The Disaster Recovery program provides opportunities for Saint Andrew volunteers of all skill levels to help rebuild communities affected by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters. We generally make one or two trips per year and have recently traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Joplin, Missouri. These projects are often ecumenical in nature allowing us to work side-by-side with volunteers of other denominations.

Interfaith dialog is more important today than ever before! Join us in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in other spiritual traditions as we seek to share our faith and learn from the rich heritage of others within our community. To serve on the Interfaith Committee or to learn about specific opportunities, contact Greg Rieke, grieke1@gmail.com.
• "Songs for Good Cheer" a benefit for Alzheimer' Association - December 4 follow the LINK.
• "Transformative Stories" - December 10
(rescheduled date) Unity on the Plaza, 7-9pm - Saint Andrew is a collaborating partner with Festivals of Faith! View the FLYER. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP)mfp
Each fall, MFP provides social and legal services to a population of approximately 400 farmworkers and their families who come to Lafayette County, an hour east of Kansas City, to harvest apples. MFP also works with a population of these workers who stay year-round to work seasonally. Saint Andrew regularly collects donations of needed items. During the fall, Saint Andrew volunteers provide meals on Tuesdays and Thursday for ESL classes and sort and distribute supplies on Monday evenings. For more information, contact John Coughlin, john.coughlin@umb.com.

Ministry Mile
Ministry Mile is an initiative begun at Saint Andrew in the fall of 2009 to help fulfill the unmet needs of our neighbors within a few miles of the church. Presently our efforts are focused on feeding the hungry and encouraging reading through the Johnson County Food Ministry as well as adopting a local school, Washington Elementary. Saint Andrew volunteers serve dinner the second Thursday of every month at Johnson County Food Ministry which operates out of Center of Grace at 520 South Harrison in Olathe. Volunteers also support Washington Elementary by preparing meals for teachers on conference nights and by serving as Youth Friends to the students. To learn how to become involved, contact Sherri Arnhold, sarnhold@sbcglobal.net.

Saint Andrew Cares
Saint Andrew Cares projects are organized monthly by the Mission Committee and provide opportunities for Saint Andrew families to work side-by-side to support local and global organizations. Projects include sorting food at Harvesters, collecting supplies for Migrant Farmworkers, participating in Christmas in October and more!
• November Gift Card Collection for SAFEHOME & IHN - Would you like to help victims of domestic violence and homelessness this Christmas? The Safehome Holiday Store and the Interfaith Hospitality Network Family Holiday Party are in need of donations to help displaced families; during the season of giving. Gift cards for Kohl's, Target, iTunes (for older children), are especially helpful for parents in shopping for their children. Of course, gift cards for as little as $5-$10 can be purchased at the grocery store, as you do your own shopping, and are much appreciated. $10-$20 QuikTrip gas cards are another helpful way to support these families. Donations may be placed in the offering basket or designated baskets in the Hearth Room. Safehome and IHN are both local organizations supported by your Saint Andrew Mission & Outreach Committee.
• Saint Andrew Shift at HARVESTERS - December 12:
10:00-12:00, Harvesters’ address—3801 Topping, Kansas City, Mo. Directions to Harvesters are available. If you would like to carpool, meet at 9:10 at the church. RSVP so we’ll know how many to expect OR sign up in the Hearth Room.

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network (JoCo IHN)
IHNThis organization serves homeless families. Their mission is to unite and enable the faith community to provide emergency shelter and meals, as well as compassionate assistance with social services, and relationships with caring people. Volunteer training is required for opportunities involving interaction with the families. Contact Gary Marsh for more information, marsh_gry@yahoo.com.
• November Collection of Gift Cards -
(see above)
• Ten Thousand Villages Fundraiser - December 17:
Shop at Ten Thousand Villages (7947 Sante Fe Dr, Overland Park) on December 17, 4-8 pm and 15% of proceeds will be donated to IHN;OR pick up a coupon in the Hearth Room on Sunday and you may shop December 14-20 and 15% of the value of your purchase will be donated to IHN. Learn more about Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade, Not-for-Profit retail store at www.tenthousandvillages.com.

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