We go out, seeking to serve as Christ serves, to love as Christ loved, to give as Christ gave offering hope and help as we participate if God’s mission at work in this world!
Opportunities to Serve:
Free Noon Meal
Partnering with Lebanon County Christian Ministries, St. Andrews hosts a Free Noon Meal every second Saturday of every month. Different groups at St. Andrews (e.g. Deacons, Praise Team) take turns coordinating the meal. It is served from noon to 1:00PM. Besides providing a nutritionally-sound lunch, it gives members of St. Andrews an opportunity to meet people outside the congregation. Many servers have mentioned how when they see some of the people outside of the meal, they have been able to connect with them again.
HOPES Emergency Shelter Program
For two weeks in the fall and two weeks in the spring, St. Andrews is home to the HOPES shelter, an emergency shelter program. (This is a ministry of Lebanon Country Christian Ministries). The people of St. Andrews as well as friends of the congregation, offer hospitality, snacks, supervision, and a safe place to sleep for the guests at night.
Local Mission Work
The Mission Committee puts together local service projects right here in Lebanon. These project days have included: Coleman Park clean up, painting parking meters, packing lunches for children in the summer, and spending a day with Habitat for Humanity. It is a joy to work together to serve our community.
National Mission Trip
In July of 2017, St. Andrews sent a team of 20 to Harrisonburg, VA. We worked together packing items to ship to missionaries around the world, bagged corn at the centralized food bank, and worked on a non-profit farm. The team also spent a morning drawing nearer to God in a silent retreat, and broke bread together with the good food served at Massanetta Springs.
Opportunities to Give:
Every month the Mission Committee chooses two items needed at the local food bank for our ‘Spotlight.’ All are encouraged to pick up these two items and bring them to St. Andrews. This is a regular practice that allows us to share with others and to give back.
April Spotlight: Nutrigrain/breakfast bars, bagged popcorn, 100% juice for FreshStart Shelter
Giving at Christmas
Operation Christmas Child
In November, Shoeboxes from Samaritan’s Purse are available to take and fill up for children around the world, to share the spirit of Christmas.
During Advent, there is a Christmas Tree in the Gathering Area, with ornaments each holding a ‘Christmas Wish’ from a youth or child under the care of Lebanon County Children and Youth Services. Tags are taken, and return in the form of wrapped gifts for the youth and children of this community.
Alternative Gift Fair
On the First Sunday in December the Mission Committee hosts an Alternative Gift Fair in Snyder Hall. Fair Trade items are available to purchase, a table is set up to sign Christmas Cards for shut-ins, and organizations such as Heifer International, Eliminate Tetanus, Medical Benevolence, Mentor a Mother, World Vision, and Lebanon County Library are at the fair and offer opportunities to give in the name of a loved one.
Throughout the year, St. Andrews participates in four of the Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
One Great Hour of Sharing
Is taken on Palm Sunday. This offering is spread around the world, to those in need, and those who have been through natural disasters.
This offering is taken in May or June, around Pentecost. 40% of this offering stays local, and goes to benefit children and youth at risk.
The peacemaking offering is taken on World Communion Sunday, the first week of October. 25% of this offering benefits local peacemaking work.
The Christmas Joy offering is taken in December. This offering assists the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian-related schools.