Mission and Outreach

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

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.
interfaith buildHabitat for Humanity - Abraham Project: The objective of this interfaith project is to remodel a house located at 2928 Wayne, Kansas City, MO occupied by Jody and her nine-year-old son. A ground breaking ceremony and blessing to kick off the project was held on April 27. If you are interested in being a volunteer, opportunities will be available for ten people per day Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.. The goal is to have volunteers from the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths participate in each of the daily work sessions. The project should be completed in July. Thom Norbury has agreed to handle the scheduling of volunteers from Saint Andrew. Notify Thom by email which days you would like to work.

Micah Ministry
The Micah Ministry is the urban, ecumenical outreach ministry at Independence Boulevard Christian Church, reaching out to the poor and homeless neighbors in the historic Northeast area of Kansas City, Missouri. It is centered around a table-based ministry of home-cooked suppers in which faith-based and civic volunteers partner and seek to embody the presence of Christ and heed the words of the prophet Micah. “He has shown you, humankind, what is good; so what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

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.
Once again, the youth group from Saint Andrew will travel to Lexington in early August to help out with the opening of the Migrant Farmworkers’ Project season. We’ll be going Monday, August 4, leaving Saint Andrew around noon and leaving Lexington to head home around 7 pm. It’ll be a long day, full of work like: packing school supplies into backpacks, packing hygiene kits, packing sun protection kits, making up food bags, USDA commodities bags, organizing books and other donations, helping with distribution when the families arrive. This will be the first day of the season, just when workers are arriving and in need of supplies and food. In order to help with these necessary items for MFP families, We have been asked if we could hold a collection for:backpacks (80 – 40 middle/high school, 25 older elementary, 15 younger elementary-size), baseball caps, bandanas, shampoos/conditioners, feminine hygiene items, razors, lotions, and tooth care products . We’ll pack and organize from about 1:30-4:30, then break for dinner with the MFP staff. At 5, families will begin to arrive for MFP services and distribution, and that part of the evening usually winds down around 6:30-7, so we’ll head home then. Bring items on Sunday to Friends Hall. I you wish to join us on this mission trip contact: Erika Marksbury, Associate Pastor.

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!

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network (JoCoIHN)
This 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.

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