SERVICE

“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. Using your time and talents to support the ministry of Saint Andrew not only adds value to the work we do together, but also enhances how you connect to the life of the congregation, to others and helps to grow in your relationship with Jesus. Please look through the booklet and consider ways to share your gifts. In addition to the lists in the booklet we are inviting you to indicate any opportunities that you would like to participate in that are not currently offered at Saint Andrew and also to let us know about any talents and gifts that you or your family have that could help expand our ministries at Saint Andrew.

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. You can also complete your participation form online by clicking here.
Your participation is just one more way of defining and sharing the ways we do “God’s work, our hands” together.

SAINT ANDREW TO RETURN TO APPALACHIA IN 2019

In July 2017, 12 youth and 7 adults from Saint Andrew went to Kentucky and helped bring hope and warmth to people in need through the Appalachia Service Project (or ASP for short). ASP is an organized Christian effort, bringing comfort, warmth and safe shelter to those in need in the Appalachian region. More importantly we show God’s love through support and friendship with those we are serving. We shared time and hard work and left feeling like we received more than we gave!

Saint Andrew is now planning for a group of 10 youth and 5 adults to return next summer. The trip will be June 22-28, 2019. Basic requirements for the trip are that you have completed 9th grade (by June), that you have a willing attitude with an open heart. If you would like to learn more, please contact the church office for more information. Expenses for the week will be less than $250 and scholarship support is available. In addition to youth, adult leaders are required and needed for the teams. Watch for upcoming details and contact the church office for information or to indicate your interest to attend.

Pre-Registration is now available if you are interested in reserving a spot on our ASP team!
Click here for a pre-registration form for download or printing. Click here to complete the pre-registration form online.

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.