“The good news to a hungry person is bread.” – Desmond Tutu

 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” –Matthew 25:35-36

Worship at Saint Andrew ends with an invitation, “Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.”  When we have been assured of God’s forgiveness and when we are nourished well at the table, God turns us outward to love and serve our neighbors.  Service happens organically as members are sent back into their households, schools, and places of work – not with a particular “agenda,” but by the call we have to be present with others and do the best work that we can, giving witness to the light of Christ. Martin Luther once said, “The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes.”

Christ’s love, active in service to others, also takes place through Saint Andrew on the local, national, and global level.  This happens through regular benevolent gifts to organizations that do good work and extends the mission of the gospel.  This also happens by organizing and coordinating people to serve and contribute in ways that best suit the gifts God has given to them.  In addition to financial pledges, annual pledges of commitment to serve through gifts of time and talent also are received.

Check out the Time and Talent Booklet to learn opportunities for serving within the church and examine our partnerships below to learn how you can contribute to service in Christ’s church.

Local Service and Outreach

Available to community members and church members alike, the food pantry serves people monthly on an as needed basis.  The Social Ministry team “shops” the pantry on your behalf to create meals, complete with produce and perishable items.  To receive a “food basket,” please call Saint Andrew.  Members contribute food and financial donations to support the effort of our in-house Saint Andrew food pantry.

Members gather on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month to sew quilts and make school bags for a variety of local organizations and for Lutheran World Relief.  Saint Andrew quilters also make “Alzheimer Mats” for local nursing homes that help patients with dementia interact with familiar items to bring comfort.  The quilters are always looking for donations of extra fabric and supplies to help with their efforts.

Community Dinner –  On the third Sunday of several months during the year, members of Saint Andrew provide a meal free of charge for members of the community in partnership with First Presbyterian Church and other congregations in downtown Wausau.  Members help to prepare, serve, and clean up after the meal.

Wausau Warming Center – Trained volunteers are part of a Saint Andrew team that will take “a shift” to support the work of Catholic Charities’ Wausau Warming Center by helping to check in homeless individuals staying the night for shelter and nourishment.

In the season of Lent, the community is welcome to gather in fellowship following worship around bowls of fresh and warm soup, made in the kitchen at Saint Andrew.  A portion of the free will donation received is given away for the work of local organizations, decided annually.  Members can participate by helping to make soup, serve the meal, and clean up following.

On Monday nights at 7 pm, Saint Andrew is open to the work of AA and provides a safe and comfortable place to meet, share, and find community.
For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous, visit the AA website.
For more information on Al-anon and Alateen, click here.