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Mission of Outreach and Servant Ministries:
“Out of the center we live our faith and celebrate it through intentional and caring service, while growing in Christ.” 


Current Outreach Events and Projects 


New Missions:

 
In November 2016, Saint Andrew's committed to a multi-year mission partnership with Lutheran World Relief in Bihar, India. Read more about Bihar at www.lwr.org/bihar
We are one of nine U.S. congregations involved in this adventure to understand the challenges of poverty and serve those who are working hard to provide for their families and communities. Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland (Whidbey Island) and The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia are other congregations from our synod connected to this project. Task groups are forming at each of the three synod churches.
 
Contact the church office for more information or to become part of the Bihar Working Group.  

 
We also look forward to a new mission opportunity with the Plaster House in Arusha, Tanzania. Visit www.theplasterhouse.org to see what excites us about this unique place of medical missions! More information to come.
 

 


The many local and global ministries reached through the ministries of Saint Andrew’s are representative of our response to God’s instructions in 1 John 3:18 (NIV):  “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

We are Christ's servants and are called and set apart to:
     ~ Share with bold generosity
     ~ Encircle and enfold all
     ~ Focus our priorities in mission, and
     ~ Collaborate in ministry

With compassion we reach out to our community and world in ways that seek to meet the basic material and spiritual needs of God’s people. We embrace the opportunity to share the abundant blessings of our congregation in ways that touch the lives of those in need and show Christ’s love through us for his people.

In 2011, The Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee spent several months defining the Core Outreach Ministries of Saint Andrew's. These are the specific areas of ministry which congregation members are most involved in with our various resources, including our time, our expertise, and our financial resources.
The Core Outreach Ministries of Saint Andrew's are:
     ~ Affordable Housing/Homelessness
     ~ Hunger
     ~ Christian Education non-profits
     ~ Local Ministries
     ~ Global Missions



In Fall 2010, Saint Andrew's embarked on a "Share the Vision! Be the Life!" Mission and Ministry campaign. Ten percent (10%) of funds raised from this three-year campaign were committed to Outreach ministries and causes. 
The Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee, in collaboration with the congregation, formed a recommendation of how the Share the Vision! Be the Life! Benevolence funds should be allocated. The Congregation Council approved the recommendation in May 2012. Organizations receiving funds are: 
     ~ MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School
     ~ Imagine Housing
     ~ Congregations for the Homeless
     ~ The Sophia Way
     ~ Friends of Youth
For more information, contact the Outreach and Servant Ministries committee through the church office.



Local Outreach

Extending God’s love and ministry to organizations in our community through funding and/or in-kind support while providing opportunities for our church members to participate in outreach activities. Some of the numerous groups we support include:



Global Outreach

Intentional interaction between the members of Saint Andrew’s and the global community to meet the needs of our global neighbors.

  • We support Operation Bootstrap Africa and students at MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS) in Tanzania
  •  Marvin Kananen and Jean Wahlstrom have served in Tanzania as teachers, chaplains, and missionaries. Follow their adventures through their blog: jeannmarv2013.wordpress.com and other updates
    ~ November 2014: they return to Africa to serve for three months as math, English, and chaplaincy resource instructors at the new Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) School of Nursing in Arusha, Tanzania.
    ~ Spring 2013: at MGLSS for three months.
    ~ 1998-2010: They served at MGLSS as teachers and chaplain, educating young women. Many women went on to pursue college degrees.
  • Lutheran World Relief is supported by quilts made and distributed by our Dorcas Circle, with school supply packets collected by our Sunday school children, and health kits assembled by our Health and Wholeness Ministry
  • Through the sale and use of Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee, we help the coffee and cocoa bean farmers in impoverished countries receive more money for their crops by eliminating the middle man’s cut.
  • The Saint Andrew's high school youth take an annual mission trip to serve in places in the United States and abroad:  San Francisco, Idaho, New Orleans, Toronto, Bellingham, West Virginia, Guatemala.....
  • The Saint Andrew's middle school youth have served the Yakama Nation and in Idaho.

Read about the Tanzania Mission Team 2009: In July 2009, a team of eight from Saint Andrew's traveled to Tanzania.  They served at the MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School, and visited Selelah Lutheran Church and Selian Lutheran Hospital's Plaster House.  The congregation provided financial support for the school, church, and hospital.  




Beyond our work and support of local and global nonprofits, we offer the following outreach opportunities:



Additionally, the following program has office space on site at Saint Andrew’s:

  • Congregations for the Homeless assists men in transition. Its year-round temporary housing program hosts 30 homeless men in area churches.  It also works to place men into permanent housing and provides each man with support services. Each winter, it operates a emergency shelter.