Compassion, Justice & PEace in our Greater World
To live in the Way of Christ is to allow love to lead us to serve others. In fact, central to our faith is the understanding that in serving we encounter the presence of God in others, and particularly in those who are poor and struggling, and are blessed. The St. Andrew faith community has a long-established tradition of serving and advocating for just change both nearby and far away as a part of our life together. Below are a few examples our service and how you can get involved.
We have many ties to overseas ministries and missions, particularly through our commitment to disaster relief through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and through individual relationships. We have blessed and commissioned groups who have traveled to Nicaragua and Honduras. As a result of our close connection to Friends of the Orphans, we are currently keeping a close eye on developments in Haiti. You can find recent updates here.
Presbyterian Mission Agency & Special Offerings
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Six ministry areas carry out their missional work: Compassion, Peace and Justice; Evangelism and Church Growth; Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women; Theology, Worship and Education; Vocation; and World Mission. Together with Shared Services, and Communications and Funds Development, these ministry areas work to inspire, equip, and connect all Presbyterians for the church’s work.
Each year, we take up three special offerings to benefit the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency: One Great Hour of Sharing, Christmas Joy Offering, and the Peacemaking Offering. More information about each of these offerings is available on their website.
In the interest of serving and expanding our awareness of individuals and communities beyond our own church and community, the St. Andrew Mission Team coordinates Mission Trips for youth and adult members of the congregation.
In the spring of 2008, 12 youth and adults traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to assist in reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina. Watch a video of our time there.
In the summer of 2009, 11 youth and adults participated in a trip to the Tuitilla Reservation and Westminster Woods camp in northeast Oregon.
During the summer months of 2010 an intergenerational group worked with Nature Consortium in their efforts to restore the Duwamish Greenbelt.
In July 2012, 20 adults and teens visited the NPH (Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos) home for orphaned and abandoned children near Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. A return trip is planned for summer of 2015.