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Here are some of the ways you can get involved in St. Andrew's outreach right now.

Fill the Truck!
We have been invited by Hilton Presbyterian to join them at the Hilton Village Fall Festival on Saturday, October 30, and “fill the truck” for THRIVE Peninsula. They will have a red pickup truck in the parking lot on Warwick Boulevard between PMA Architecture and the Goldsmith Shop from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We can help in three ways:

  1. volunteer to be at the truck to help receive the canned goods and other items that people bring (please call Patti Grayson at HPC, 595-1313, to volunteer).
  2. brings bags of small, individually wrapped candies to church by Sunday, October 24 for “thank-you” bags the donors of food items will receive.
  3. come enjoy the Fall Festival and bring food items with you to fill the truck.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Bill Wilds (595-0371). Neither Hilton Presbyterian nor St. Andrew’s will be participating in any other Halloween activities this year

Join our Response to Racism Team
St. Andrew's Response to Racism Team invites you to join in our efforts to secure racial justice in our community and nation. Click here to learn more.

Let Christmas Thrive!
Imagine small children waiting expectantly for the magic of Christmas morning, only to find no gifts under the tree. This is a very real situation across many homes and families in our community. THRIVE Peninsula is sponsoring the "Let Christmas Thrive" program this year and has identified 400 children that they would like to help have a happier Christmas. In order to reach that goal, they need to raise $30,000 by November 12. Our support is vital to making this happen! Please consider giving to this worthy cause. Checks can be made out to Thrive Peninsula with "Christmas" on the memo line and mailed to Thrive Peninsula, 13195 Warwick Blvd., Unit 2C, Newport News, VA 23602. You can give online at www.thrivepeninsula.org/christmas. Donations can also be brought to St. Andrew's (make checks payable to Thrive Peninsula).

Applications for Lackey Outreach Fund Grants are now being accepted
Parishioners may nominate organizations for funding. The application can be completed by someone from the organization, or a parishioner may complete it on behalf of an organization with which they are involved. Organizations that have received a grant from the Lackey Fund in the past must also reapply. The deadline for applications is the last Friday in November. A committee will review all applications based on the guiding principle that “the money follows our people”; in other words, top priority will be given to organizations in which parishioners are actively involved. The Outreach Team appreciates your support in getting the word out to those organizations already receiving Lackey Funds and any new organization you would like us to consider. Click here for more information and the application form

Hungry students from Families in Transition
Apparently, school lunches are not what they used to be and the children from Families in Transition who participate in the after-school tutoring here at St. Andrew’s are usually very hungry when they arrive.  In addition to our regular “bring something with you each Sunday” food drive, we would like to invite you to bring snack items once a month (individually wrapped items).  There will be a large green rubber basket for these donations in St. Nicholas Chapel which will be emptied each Sunday after the 10:30 service.  For those of you who like to bake, homemade cookies and brownies would be a big hit!  They can be delivered to the parish office any day of the week except Friday.  If you bring your baked goods in a container you would like back, please be sure your name is on the container.  It would be helpful if you would package these individually.  The students are loving being able to come to St. Andrew’s where they feel safe and protected.

Let’s fill up St. Nicholas Chapel: Feed my lambs, tend my sheep.
 In his sermon several weeks ago, Marc said how great it would be if every parishioner would buy at least one extra canned or boxed food item each time you go shopping and bring it to church each Sunday – not just our parishioners, but those of the Hilton churches, and not just the Hilton churches but all of the Newport News churches – as a way of feeding those in need. We are going to start by inviting the Hilton churches to join us (Hilton Presbyterian is already on board) in filling up St. Nicholas Chapel. Canned vegetables, soups, fruits, meats, and pastas; boxes of cereal, pastas, and crackers; and jars of peanut butter and jelly are always needed. Specific needs are: canned tomato sauce, carrots, peas, baked beans, pork & beans, fruit; packages of pudding; and boxed or packages of mashed potatoes. As the donations begin to grow, we will make them available to THRIVE Peninsula and other outreach organizations that have food pantries.  

Turkey Sandwich Day
Due to continuing Covid restrictions, we will not be preparing the bag lunches for the Downtown Christmas Party. The planners of this annual event are having to restructure their plans to include small gatherings of no more than 40 to 50 people; and based on last year’s attendance, they are only expecting 200 participants. We are, however, going to do our part by putting together “snack bags” with homemade cookies, packages of Nabs, and packages of granola-type bars. How you can help -- We are looking for some artsy-craftsy folks who would be willing to decorate the bags for the snacks. We will provide the bags – we just need decorators! We would like to have this part of the project completed by Friday, December 10. If you are interested in helping with this part of the project, please contact Bill Wilds (liturgical.asst@standrews-episcopal.org or 595-0371).




Last Published: October 20, 2021 2:13 PM