Here are some of the ways St. Andrew’s is Making a Difference locally and globally:
With the guidance of our Church in Society Committee, both adults and children learn to care for people in our community and beyond by giving their monetary or in-kind offerings to various programs, such as:
Souper Bowl of Caring is a worldwide effort encouraging the collection of food and funds that are given directly to the collectors’ local charities. Last year, over $8 million in cash and food items were collected by over 6,500 groups. This year St. Andrew’s is collecting cans of soup and funds for InnVision Shelter Network (www.ivsn.org). They are the leading provider of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. IVSN operates 17 sites from San Jose to Daly City, providing interim and stabilization shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, rapid re-housing, and homelessness prevention services.
The ELCA Malaria Campaign is an initiative which has inspired, empowered and saved countless lives. In many parts of Africa, mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, they carry the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. The ELCA is working to change that. Since the start of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we have already seen a reduction in the number of deaths from this preventable, treatable disease. But we’re not done yet. Working through Lutheran partners in Africa, we are making a difference to help end deaths from this disease – for good. In 2015, the ELCA Malaria Campaign reached its financial goal of raising $15 million.
Lutheran World Relief’s School Kits Program which, particularly in places where LWR works, could mean the difference between getting an education or not. For our Samaritan Sundays in June and July, we are helping the children in our Summer Day Camp collect school supplies for Lutheran World Relief (www.lwr.org). The supplies will be combined with all of the other Summer Day Camps run by Mt. Cross, packaged into School Kits and will be sent to places like places like Syria, where LWR recently distributed 6,350 School Kits to families affected by the ongoing conflict.
ELCA Good Gifts Campaign – God’s Global Barnyard which supports the sustainable development ministries of ELCA World Hunger. This includes training, education, resources (and much more) to help the community care for animals and create new market opportunities like starting a small business selling eggs, meat or dairy products.
Home and Hope which provides a safe haven for homeless families while helping them to regain long-term self-sufficiency and raise community consciousness on the issue of homelessness by actively engaging volunteers.
St. Andrew’s also supports:
- CALL Primrose (food assistance)
- Samaritan House (assistance & empowerment)
- CORA (abuse prevention)
- San Francisco Night Ministry (crisis intervention)
Community Outreach at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, San Mateo
Living Water Chinese Christian Church
For more info: (650) 577-1110
Worship at St. Andrew’s every Sunday at 11:05 a.m.
For more info: (650) 257-8823
Monday at 9:00am
For more info: (650) 577-1310
Sunday “Sundowners” at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday “Off Broadway” Beginners Group at 7:30 p.m.
Monday “Bridging the Gap” at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month
For more info: (650) 802-5950
Monday “Footwork” at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday “Sisters in Recovery” at 6:00 p.m.
Friday at 6:00 p.m.