Outreach

Outreach

Egg money collection

We have an ongoing ministry of providing $75.00 to SPO (Shippensburg Produce Outreach) each month so they can purchase fresh eggs for their clients. This is a long-standing tradition at our parish to reach out and provide fresh food for our neighbors. This past month we collected $124.00 which will be sent off to SPO, exceeding our monthly commitment! It is such a blessing to be able to respond to the generosity of God by, in turn, being a generous…

Take, eat, this is my body, given for you. Christ the King sermon

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson Christ the King Sunday November 26, 2017 Take, eat, this is my body, given for you. In these simple yet remarkable words, Jesus gives us everything. In our outstretched hands, we receive whatever it is we are lacking in our heart, mind, body, or soul, be it hope, healing, joy, comfort, inspiration, challenge, insight, creativity, strength, or a taste of what is yet to come in our lives. It is a moment…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Watershed Clean-up

A number of us gathered this past Saturday, as the warm air surrounded us and the bright sun shone down upon our shoulders, warming us to the chilliness of Middle Spring Creek, which we found ourselves wading in as we participating in a stream clean-up as one of our Youth Mini-Mission Events. We began by learning about what a watershed is and why it matters. The map shown to us by our excellent guide visually showed our connections with each…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Growing hearts by getting our hands dirty

I never want to take for granted the good-will of our young people. Many are teenagers and it wouldn’t surprise me, nor appall me, if once in awhile, I saw a discrediting look, or a rolling-of-the eyes, or a resistance to roll up their sleeves and do some hard physical work. Yet what I see instead takes my breath away. Rather I see willingness to do whatever is asked, or I see their capacity to stretch to meet the new…

Youth Mini-Mission Event – Serving residents at Bethesda Mission

Our youth began Holy Week by serving others. As adults who plan these events, our focus is on our young people experiencing what it means to follow Christ. We don’t use that language necessarily, and although we debrief afterwards and are willing and ready to talk about what the church does and thinks about the work we’ve just done, the emphasis has always been on developing the hearts of our young people to care about others. If we can do…

Youth Mini-Mission Event – Refugee Resettlement

During these winter and spring months, our young people will be learning about and helping people who are displaced. These people will include refugees (people who come legally into our country to escape persecution), people who find refuge in domestic violence shelters (Women in Need), people who live at a Ronald McDonald House while their children are being treated at a nearby hospital, people who are homeless, people who are in military service, children of migrant workers who move with…

Feeding the body and soul.

Yesterday was a spiritually “full” day, by that I mean, it was a day when the presence of God seemed to saturate us at St. Andrew’s. At expected and unexpected moments, I kept bumping into the awareness of the presence of something bigger than any of us, something more pervasive than effort any of us could sustain, and something richer than any of us could image. After a remarkable morning of glorious worship, when Deacon Wanda, Mother Carenda and I…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Gleaning

This past Sunday 17 young people and 10 adults gleaned 900 pounds of apples! It was remarkable! The day was beautiful and the energy high as we headed out in the rows of apples to pick any remaining fruit from the tree or to choose good apples from the ground. it was an amazing experience to have so many of us show up to gather food, which was then transported to SPO (Shippensburg Produce Outreach) and was distributed today to…

Pumpkin Patch Fundraising for The Episcopal Home

Our parish has a long-time commitment to supporting The Episcopal Home, a personal care home located in Shippensburg which offers exceptional care for its residents. Our annual fundraiser often raises $4000.00 which is donated to The Episcopal Home for their benevolent care fund, which helps supports those residents who need additional funds for their care. This Saturday our St. Andrew’s quilters offered many wonderful items for sale — baked goods, yard sale items, homemade quilted items, delicious vegetable soup, jewelry,…

Youth Mini-Mission Project has begun!

Today, 13 of our young people gathered to peel apples, measure dry ingredients, mix everything together, and wash the dishes ~ all to prepare fresh apple cakes for our community meal tomorrow. It was such a joy to see our young people working together to help other people! Tomorrow evening we serve our community meal. Each month, we offer a delicious and homemade meal to about 60 people from our neighborhood. It is an offering born out of our desire…

Blessing of the Backbacks

Each year our parish joins with others in the community of Shippensburg to make sure all the school children have the back-to-school supplies they need for the start of school. This year, in collaboration with the employees of Volvo and the residents of The Episcopal Square, we collected over 500 pencil boxes and 1000 colored pencils.     Sometimes, this is what love looks!       Members of our parish also helped out on the day of the Blessing,…