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 |

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
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.
• Potluck Dinner & Global Justice Event - Tuesday, August 4: Join us at 7pm in Friends Hall for a potluck and presentation with Dr. Rafat Hassouna and Rifqa Hamalawi, two inspiring humanitarian workers visiting the United States from Gaza, Palestine. In Gaza they partner with Foods Resource Bank (a partner of Week of Compassion) and the Mennonite Central Committee to provide agricultural training to families so that they can work towards food self-sufficiency in this challenging context. Please bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to shar
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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.
• Migrant Farmworker Project Collection - We are collecting backpacks (30 elementary & 30 middle/high school) and school supplies through the month of July for the children of the Migrant Farmworkers. Drop your donation in the marked bin in the Friends Hall. A School Supply List is available Here.
• Migrant Farmworkers Project Workday - August 3: The Saint Andrew Youth (and anyone who would like to join us) will deliver the backpacks and school supplies on August 3, 1:30 to 7pm, when we travel to Lexington, MO, to help the Migrant Farmworkers Project open their season of service to the workers. If you'd like to come along, RSVP to erika@sacchome.org.

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.
• We are Collecting SOCKS!! Please consider making a donation of a pair of socks to benefit Olathe School children in need. Our goal is 300 pairs of socks!! $25 gift cards to Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart are appreciated, as is any monetary donations. Socks may be placed in the marked basket in the Hearth Room. (Gift cards & checks - made out to Saint Andrew with ‘Olathe Schools’ on the memo line - may be placed in the offering box as you exit the Sanctuary.
Washington Elementary• Washington Elementary; First Day of School Staff Lunch - August 12: We need your help in providing lunch for the staff at Washington Elementary on their first half day of school. Food will need to be dropped off at the school office by 11:00 (1202 N. Ridgeview Rd). More information and sign up in the Hearth Room. For more information contact Jodi Dinkins.

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)
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.


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