"Being a Light in the Community."
At St. Andrew's Church our primary focus is to be Jesus to the world reaching out to the least, last, lost, and especially children and those living in poverty. You are invited and needed to come and make a difference in the world!
For more information about any of these mission opportunities, email or Kevin Ward, Family Ministries Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loaves and Fishes - 5,000 POUNDS! for Loaves and Fishes by April 16th.
In Luke 9, Jesus took 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and fed 5,000 people. In this popular story, Jesus uses the faithfulness of a few people to feed a multitude.
St. Andrew's UMC has set a goal to raise 5,000 pounds of food for Loaves and Fishes by Sunday, April 16th, and would like your help in supporting the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. We are also hoping that the faithfulness of a few people will help feed a multitude!
Here are a few simple ways to get involved:
1. Return food (see list below) to:
St. Andrew’s UMC, 1901 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210
Office is open Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or bring during Sunday Worship: 9:00 am, 11:15 am or 1:00 pm
2. Volunteer to drop bags off in the neighborhood on Wednesday afternoons around the neighborhood.
3. Help pick up donated food bags on Saturday mornings around the neighborhood.
4. Help transport donated food to Loaves and Fishes on Monday mornings
5. Pick up bags from the church office and organize a drop off/deliver in your own neighborhood!
Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948abab2aa46-5000 to sign up to help!
Last year, we collected 4,365 pounds of food for Loaves and Fishes, lets make it 5,000 this year!
Please pick up any of the following items to help support this wonderful food pantry that helps feed those who are hungry in our midst:
Canned Vegetables (Mixed veggies, green vegetables, potatoes),
Canned Beans (all kinds), Canned Meats (all kinds), Pasta Sauce
1 lb. bags dried beans, 18 oz. Peanut Butter Mac and Cheese boxes, Grits
Oatmeal, Saltine Crackers, 1 lb. Macaroni Noodles, 1 lb. Spaghetti Noodles,
1 lb. rice, Canned Fruit (no cranberry sauce), Canned Soup, Jelly (All Kinds), and Juice. Thank you for your support!
Room in The Inn: From December through March St. Andrew's Church works through the Charlotte Urban Ministries Center and provides meals, housing and fellowship on Thursday Nights for men who do not have a home. You can help by bringing food, cleaning, spending the night, driving our guests to or from the Urban Ministries Center, sharing a devotion or just visiting with the men.
Montclaire Elementary School: Right across the street from St. Andrew's Church is a wonderful elementary school! You can be a beacon of hope to a child by being a lunch buddy, reading buddy, tutor, or a classroom volunteer. Montclaire welcomes help in the Media Center (Library), too. Volunteers are also needed to complete projects at home for the teachers (sorting, stapling, typing etc...) or organize special treats, breakfasts or lunches for the staff. It is great fun....and the staff and children will make you feel like a Rock Star!
Freedom School at Montclaire: St. Andrew's Church, along with Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian, sponsors this 6 week summer learning program for Montclaire Students. Freedom School is a program through the Children's Defense Fund and helps curb summer learning loss. It is fun for students, staff and church volunteers. You can help by being part of a planning team to plan and fund Freedom School, providing snacks, helping with activities and other essentials during the summer.
Christmas Sharing: Making sure children and those with disabilities can celebrate Christmas with a few gifts. This is where individuals and groups sponsor children, families and adults with disabilities. Sometimes this involves shopping for particular items and sometimes it involves purchasing gift cards or food.
Montclarie Summer Meals: On Wednesdays during the summer months, St. Andrew's becomes a place for the Community to come, cool off and enjoy a free meal together. It's way more than a free meal! There is amazing face painting thanks to the Carolina Clowns, free gently used books, a free mini-food pantry, clothing give-aways, basketball and more! Individuals and groups are needed to provide & serve the meal and help with set up/clean up and other activities that make this evening so much fun.
Habitat For Humanity: Each year, St. Andrew's UMC partners with Charlotte Church Partners (A collection of churches who come together to partner in mission) to help build a few habitat homes. This is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty while building a new home for some special folks! You can participate as an individual, family, class, or with your place of employment to help build these homes!
Get Ready With Words: Each Wednesday morning, from 10:00-12:00, St. Andrew's UMC host the "Get Ready With Words" program. This program is put on by Discovery Place, Charlotte Public Library, and the Community School of the Arts to help preschool children and their families prepare for Elementary school by building their vocabulary. There are many ways you can be a part of this wonderful program!
For more information on our mission opportunities, visit: http://www.standrewsumc.com/lend-a-hand.html