Recent Mission Work
SAPC, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Thanks to the congregation’s generosity, we met the goal of 425 #10 cans by collecting 427, which went to the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen!
We also collected close to 300 food items for North Raleigh Ministry! $606.00 dollars was collected on Sunday by our youth!
The beneficiaries of our generosity are our neighbors who need a good meal.
Feeding the Hungry
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle seeks to alleviate hunger by developing systems to recover, prepare and distribute wholesome, perishable food for the area’s poor, hungry, undernourished and homeless. Opportunities for service include helping pack food that is delivered to seniors across Wake County and children in need at schools. Saint Andrews packs food in backpacks for the BACKPACK BUDDIES Program at the church typically at the end of the month. The food is then delivered to River Bend Elementary School. Saint Andrews also sends volunteers to Interfaith Food Shuttle near the Farmers Market to pack food for the Backpack Buddies Program (Monday mornings (9:30 to 11:30).
Supporting Our Community
North Raleigh Ministries reaches out to individuals and families of North Raleigh by providing food and financial assistance to those in need. They help to bridge the gap for hungry families, renters who face eviction and residents who can’t afford to pay for heat in the cold winter months. North Raleigh Ministries (NRM) is comprised of three components: a Food Pantry, a Crisis Center, and a Thrift Shoppe. All of this is made possible by a faithful network of volunteers from local churches. Saint Andrews has committed to provide volunteers for 20 hours a week, to giving financial support and providing food for their food pantry twice a year. We have also promised to assist in and support special fundraisers. Volunteers work in the Thrift Shoppe, the food pantry and the crisis center. Training is provided before volunteers begin. Opportunities to serve Mondays through Saturday.
One Saturday a month, Saint Andrews hosts a support group for refugee women from countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan. These women come to support each other and to learn how to make this major life transition to our country (e.g. housing, jobs, education). Most of them live near Saint Andrews in Cedar Point Apartments on Sandy Forks Road. Additionally, we can always use help with transportation and light breakfast items.
Delivering Meals in Raleigh
Meals on Wheels of Wake County provides nutritious meals to the homebound elderly and persons with disabilities in Wake County in an effort to improve health, reduce isolation, and prevent inappropriate institutionalization. Serving close to 1,300 meals daily to homes and nutrition centers, Meals on Wheels provides the frailest of our citizens with a voice to achieve healthful independence. Saint Andrews serves as the site where meals are delivered, then redistributed by volunteers. Drivers and substitute drivers deliver meals – you pick the driving schedule that works for you (Mondays – Friday; volunteer every day, once a week or just once a month). Pick up meals at Saint Andrews between 10:30 am – 11:00 and complete the delivery within about 60 minutes.
Supporting At-risk Youth
Loaves and Fishes is a local non-profit organization providing long-term support for low income children needing individualized assistance in the development of academic and social skills. Serving children in grades K-12, Loaves and Fishes currently supports 40 children and their families from facilities at Mount Peace Baptist Church on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Raleigh. Volunteers share God’s love through tutoring, relating stories of faith, engaging in enhancement experiences, and building resilience through personal relationships. The out-of-school program operates primarily Monday through Thursday, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., and is an opportunity for those of high school age and older. You can volunteer one afternoon or many, as it suits your schedule, with other opportunities for service also available.
Feeding the Hungry
Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen serves approximately 350 hot meals each day to men, women, and children in poverty of every faith and ethnic group, no questions asked. It takes 600 volunteers and about 152,000 pounds of food each year to feed the hungry at the Shepherd’s Table. Help prepare and serve lunch at the Soup Kitchen downtown, Tuesday mornings (8:30am – 12:30). Volunteers age 13 and older are welcome.
Saint Andrews has extended its support to this local group of refugees by helping St. Philip Lutheran Church, our neighbors, with the packing and delivering of lunches to Cedar Point Apartments on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. As part of the Brown Bag Ministry, St. Philip packs over 400 lunches each Saturday to deliver to these families (many of whom are refugees). This is a great service opportunity for entire families (with school-age children), youth and individuals to participate together in the community. Sign-up here to serve http://tinyurl.com/sapcbbm
Serving Dinner at the Mission
Raleigh Rescue Mission serves “men and women battling life-controlling issues, women and children needing emergency shelter, those who thirst in the summer and shiver in the winter, those who never had a second chance and those who need a second chance.” Saint Andrews helps to prepare and serve dinner at the Mission the second Saturday of every other month (from 2:00pm – 5:30) in February, April, June, August, October, December.
Offering Support in Kenya
Staff of Hope serves people in remote areas of Kenya and Tanzania, Africa, assisting with health care, education, agriculture, and drilling of water wells. The ministry was founded by Jeff Spainhour, who participated in Saint Andrews’ first youth mission trip in the 90’s and is now an ordained minister at Triangle Presbyterian Church in Durham Saint Andrews supports Staff of Hope with prayers and donations, including collecting and shipping enough library books to create a library at a local Kenyan high school.
Building Homes in Mexico
Faith Ministry (Ministerio de Fe) focuses on creating a community of faith in the border colonias of Reynosa and Miguel Aleman, Mexico. Specific ministry initiatives include housing, evangelism, medical care and education. For a decade, adults and youth from SAPC have journeyed to Mexico to assist in the home building and church growth of Faith Ministry across the Texas/Mexico border.
Haiti Fund and CODEP (the Comprehensive Development Project) envisions a land of plenty in the mountains of Haiti where the people live in peace and have embraced a plan to restore God’s creation. In this place the residents enjoy good health, quality education and economic stability so that they can live together as a thriving community of God’s people. The work of CODEP has broadened to include a wide variety of interests/skills that include learning, teaching, gardening and Christian education so that a broad cross-section of folks can participate beyond those with construction skills.