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Current Outreach Projects

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

Next Outreach Team meeting
Sunday, October 20 at 11:45 a.m. in the Parish Library. If you are involved in outreach, would like to be, or would just like to know more about what we're doing, please join us!

Hilton Area Churches Blood Drive
The next blood drive will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2:30 to 6:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Avenue.

Newport News Four Oaks Day Service Center (Homeless Day Service Center)
Hampton Roads Jobs For Life will be conducting classes at the Day Center. They are in need of folks who can give at least two hours a week to mentor - to walk beside individuals to help them regain their dignity through work as they transition through their life challenges. Also, on the third Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m., starting July 19, there will be a Getting to Know One Another Luncheon. We need volunteers to just come and get to know folks...to listen and build relationships...not offer advice unless asked for. If you are interested in either opportunity, contact Charles Cheek at hamptonroadsjflnetwork@gmail.com.

Menchville House Annual Dinner
Menchville House’s annual dinner, catered by Outback Steakhouse, will be held on July 23 at Menchville Baptist Church, 248 Menchville Road, Newport News. The doors open at 5:30 PM and dinner is at 6:30.  If you would like to attend, please call 833-5980 to make your reservation.

St. Augustine's Feeding Program
In light of the recent closure of St. Paul's and the end of its steadfast outreach in downtown Newport News, many of us may wonder who or what can fill that void and help meet the needs of the community. Perhaps one of the organizations poised to do just that is the Saturday Lunch Program of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. From the church's website, "A concerned group of parishioners met in 1988 to solicit ideas regarding a program to feed the hungry in the East End area. It was decided that there was a great need and that the congregation would fund this effort."  Twelve hungry people attended the first Saturday event in 1988; however, on an average Saturday in 2019, it serves nutritious meals to between 80 to 100 people. Now, St. Augustine's is asking us for the kind of support and generosity it has come to rely on in the last 30 years. There are several ways we can help them continue to feed the hungry in our city. First, we've been invited to attend "Celebrating the Saturday Lunch Program" on Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 PM at Queen Street Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton.  Tickets cost $40 and must be purchased by July 31. Questions? Contact: Valerie Price at sister3813@gmail.com or Rose Parker at rozebud48@gmail.com. Second, we've learned that St. Augustine's happily welcomes volunteers to help with their feeding program every Saturday.  (In fact, their rector and the lunch program coordinator already know to be keeping an eye out for the possibility of volunteers from St. Andrew's.)  As we at St. Andrew's continue to discern God's plan for our own building and its future use in our community, I hope we might remember in our prayers the people of St. Augustine's whose decades-old feeding program depends on the support of many in order to fulfill critical needs for some of the most vulnerable in our city. -- Lindsey Nicolai, Chair, Outreach Team

St. Andrew's Outreach Grants
Your pledges and donations to St. Andrew's enable us to make grants that serve our neighbors - right here in Newport News and across the world. The Vestry earmarked $10,000 of St. Andrew’s 2019 budget for outreach. The Outreach Team has approved the first grants from those funds, totaling $5,000. The remainder of the funds will be granted by the Outreach Team in the fall. Click here to learn more.

Food donations
With the closing of St. Paul’s in downtown Newport News, we are no longer taking our food collection there.  BUT, we still want you to bring at least one item of food with you each Sunday.  With the approval of the Outreach Team, our donated food items will now be going to the Newport Harbour Neighborhood Network Community Center where a daily afterschool program and summer camp programs are run by Christina Myers, the Resident Services Coordinator.  This center is highly thought of by several members of our Outreach Team who have already had the opportunity to interact with the center.  The center has senior citizens and young mothers with families who desperately need food. Please try to remember to bring food items with you each Sunday. Here is a list of the items needed the most:

  • individual packages of cookies, chips, crackers (for children’s snacks)
  • individual mini boxes of cereal
  • canned tuna, chicken, soups (especially those labeled “Healthy”), vegetables
  • boxed pasta and noodles for easy meals

 

Last Published: July 15, 2019 8:11 AM