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Ministry in Action

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:


Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry

During this COVID pandemic, St. Andrew continues the ministries in which we address hunger, both locally and globally.  Our weekly collection of non-perishable food items for the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry continues, with the need more urgent than perhaps ever before.  Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the church any Sunday morning. 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.   We encourage you to also contribute to the ELCA Hunger Appeal to fight hunger around the globe.


Lutheran World Relief

We participated in the 150,000 Mask Challenge from Lutheran World Relief and make and shipped over 225 masks for LWR to distribute to communities in need around the globe.  Please see www.lwr.org/masks for more information.


Father's Day Food Drive

In honor of our fathers and the men in our lives we annually step up our collection of non-perishables for the Parsippany Area Emergency Food Pantry.  


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. Each year, we raise approximately $200 toward the shipping expenses of the blankets distributed by LWR to people in need around the world.




In 2019, for our 50th Anniversary, the members of St. Andrew sough to collect 250 of each type of food item 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.


Homeless Ministry:

St. Andrew is a partner congregation for Family Promise.  Normally we provide dinner, dinner hosting and overnight hosting 4 -5 times a year at sponsor congregation sites in the Family Promise of Morris County program. Due to COVID19, these overnight hosting nights have been suspended and Family Promise has urgently placed families in hotels/motels and expedited housing requests and placements to help families stay safe and healthy.  All this comes at a cost, however, and we urge you to visit the Family Promise website and make a donation to support the homeless families in this wonderful program.


Thank You Christmas Angels :

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



We have frequently served Thanksgiving dinner to homeless individuals at lunch on the day after Thanksgiving at Faith Kitchen in Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover.  Unfortunately this year, due to the pandemic, we were not able to do this.


In 2019 on Reformation Sunday  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 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.


God's Work. Our Hands Sunday

In September 2020 we collected components for over 55 school kits for Lutheran World Relief and assembled them together to be distributed by LWR .


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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