November 20, 2019

 

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Father's Day Food Drive

In honor of our fathers and the men in our lives we are collecting non-perishables for the Parsippany Area Emergency Food Pantry.  Bring in your items on Sunday, June 16 to help fill the pantry shelves.  Think summer... drink mixes, juices, condiments, pickles, chips and dip mixes, brownie/cake mixes, canned corn, tuna, peanut butter & jelly, jello, etc.

 

Mother's Day Blanket Sunday

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection to help fund the shipping of blankets and quilts from the Lutheran World Relief warehouses.  We raised $235 to help LWR with this expense.

 

 

THE BIG 250 CHALLENGE

On-going Collection: Non-perishable food for the Parsippany Area Emergency Food Pantry.  For the 1st quarter 2019, we mostly met our BIG 250 challenge to bring in 250 of each: cans of soup, cans of protein, boxes of pasta, boxes of cereal, and 250 of any other non-perishable food items... if not in each specific category then in total.  We collected 750-850 pounds of food from 267 cans of protein, 102 boxes of pasta, 140 boxes of cereal, 214 cans of soup, and 542 other miscellaneous items... a total of 1265 items!

We also gave the food pantry $500 in gift cards to our local grocery stores to help food pantry clients obtain perishable groceries like dairy, meats, and produce.

 

While our big push is over, we are always collecting for the food pantry.  Non-perishable food items are always welcome.

 

Homeless Ministry:

Our host nights for 2019 for Family Promise will be Feb. 4, May 20, July 22 and Nov 11. Thank you to everyone who serves on these nights.  You make the difference in many lives.

 

Thank You Christmas Angels :

Thanks to St. Andrew members and Children’s Circle staff and families, Christmas for several Boonton families were made possible again this year! Special thanks to our delivery elves…

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It is perhaps easiest to see how we do God's work, with our hands by looking at how we serve others, especially those who are in need, are outcasts, or have little voice in society.  Here is just a sampling of our various ministries reaching out to serve:

 

We again served Thanksgiving dinner to homeless individuals at lunch on the day after Thanksgiving at Faith Kitchen in Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover.

 

On Reformation Sunday 2017 we assembled 65 Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief, collected $800 in gift cards that were sent to 2 ELCA Synods providing disaster relief to victims of the 2017 hurricanes, and sent 23 sets of letters to our representatives asking them to preserve funding in the federal budget for programs that provide assistance to people who are hungry.

Emergency Water/Gatorade Donation:  St. Andrew recently collected over 54 cases of water and Gatorade and delivered them to Our Promise, the day drop-in center/life skills tutoring center affiliated with Family Promise of Morris County, an interfaith program to assist homeless families from homelessness to self-sustenance.  More homeless people die from dehydration than from extreme cold.  Providing this water and Gatorade is a live-saving measure for people frequently without easy access to these resources.

 
In 2015, St. Andrew celebrated its 50th Anniversary and we counted our blessings by doing over 50 acts of service and love with "50 Ways to Share Our Blessings"  Come to church and see how we're celebrating.

 

God's Work. Our Hands Sunday

In September 2018 we collected components for over 120 school kits for Lutheran World Relief and assembled them together to be distributed by LWR .

 

Food Basket - The congregation of St. Andrew continually collects non-perishable food items for the Parsippany Area Emergency Food Pantry.  Several thousand pounds of food items are provided to area residents in need each year by the many people here who consider hunger a top priority in our ministry efforts.  

 

Family Promise of Morris County (formerly Interfaith Council for Homeless Families) - St. Andrew has been a support partner of ICHF since its beginning in Morris County in 1986 as Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN).  Through ICHF, St. Andrew helps to provide temporary housing, meals, job training and life skills that will help transition families in the program to permanent housing and off public assistance.  St. Andrew provides dinner, dinner hosts, and overnight hosts four times a year. 

 

Adah Circle - The ladies of this St. Andrew ministry group are an industrious bunch, assembling and shipping several hundred emergency relief School Kits, Layette (Infant) Kits, and Health Kits to Lutheran World Relief each year.  These emergency kits are distributed around the globe to people in need due to natural disaster, war, political strife or poverty.

 


Quilts for LWR
(Lutheran World Relief) - During 2011, crafty members of St. Andrew assembled and stitched together 23 quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  An additional 90 baby blankets were knitted for two area neo-natal intensive care units.

 

 

 

 

STARs Program - You can be a STAR (ST. Andrew Responders).  This program matches the volunteer abilities of the congregation with our members in need.  Those who are able to drive to doctor appointments, cook meals, spend a few hours or run a few errands are matched with a congregation member facing a short term crisis or until permanent assistance can be found for longer term needs.

 

Christmas Angels - Each year, St. Andrew "adopts" 3-5 families to help make their Christmas "wishes" come true.  Congregation members select a wish to fulfill, purchase and wrap the gift to be distributed to our special families. Additionally, all the food and fixin's for Christmas dinner, along with gift cards to local grocery stores for perishable food items, are provided.

 

ELCA World Hunger Appeal - St. Andrew participates on an individual level in the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.  Individuals in the congregation may earmark some of their offerings to be shared with this ELCA program.  In this way we show our congregational support to end hunger around the world.

 

Advocacy -  Advocacy is the process of speaking out on an issue on behalf of those in need, especially for those who have little or no voice in the governing process.  Individuals are encouraged to connect with the ELCA office of advocacy to follow issues of concern to them.  By petitioning our government officials through letter writing campaigns we are able to express our Christian beliefs in peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, concern for those living in poverty, or struggling with hunger or disease.  Particularly near and dear to the heart of St. Andrew is the issue of hunger.  We collaborate with Bread for the World and participate in the annual Offering of Letters to help promote fair legislation concerning those who face hunger in their lives.

 

Special projects as needed - Sometimes special needs arise and we rise to the challenge for a special purpose.  We've held fundraisers to help with adoptions, blood drives and impromptu collections for local disasters or special situations.  If something touches the heart of one of us, it might easily touch the hearts of many and bring about a flurry of activity in our desire to respond.  If something is near to your heart, don't hesitate to bring it to our team with an idea of how we can make a difference!

 

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