St. Andrew's takes seriously our baptismal call to "love our neighbor as ourselves" and to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being." We participate in several outreach ministries. We invite you to participate with us!
Angel Tree Project:
Every year, members of the parish purchase Christmas presents for children with incarcerated parents. Other members generously donate money, which enables us to host a Christmas party in the Parish Hall in early December for the children. The party includes a catered brunch and a very special Santa Claus and featured volunteers making our guests welcome, helping the children create Christmas cards, taking photographs to give to the children, and assisting Santa with the distribution of presents. After the party, members of our congregation deliver presents to children who can not attend the party. Our parishioners, working on behalf of the incarcerated parents, make Christmas special for 50-60 children and their families. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Archdeacon Chris Wrampelmeier.
Called to Care Ministry:
The members of this ministry are available on an as-needed basis to anyone in the parish who could use it. Examples of Called to Care in action include a cheerful phone call, a visit or a card -- either at home or in the hospital; an extra hand, a ride to a doctor appointment, help buying groceries or a check-in when times are tough or lonely. We can't help if we don't know you need it; a referral by a caring friend, family member, or neighbor to Sharon Stones (in the church directory) or the Church Office [(806)-376-6316] is sufficient to let us know. Most needs are covered by caring relatives and friends in the parish - but we would hate to find out someone could have used help but didn't know where to find it. We welcome more caring people in Called to Care ministry. If you would like to find out more about Called to Care, or want to volunteer, please contact Sharon Stones.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA):
St. Andrew's hosts and provides logistical support to the local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Meeting on the first Monday of each month, DBSA provides educational resources and peer support in a safe and comforting environment for people who deal with depression and bipolar disorder, and their families. Meetings are open to the public. Click here for more information
Evensong, Taize, and Music Concerts:
Under the leadership of Music Director Margaret Lacy, St. Andrew’s opens its doors to the community through Evensong, Taize services and community music concerts.
- EVENSONG – One of the great traditions in the Anglican/Episcopal Church, Evensong sets beautiful choral and instrumental music to the Evening Prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer. Our own St. Andrew's choir has been joined by guest performers, including the Amarillo College Concert Choir and concert violinists and cellists.
- TAIZE-- St. Andrew’s, along with Polk Street United Methodist Church, Chalice Abbey and others, hosts Taize (contemplative services with music) on a rotating basis. The Friday evening services are open to the public and attended by an ecumenical Christian group.
- WOWW -- St. Andrew’s hosts outreach for K-5th children of the Texas Panhandle in cooperation with FASO, Window on a Wider World (WOWW), and Panhandle PBS. Artists engaged for the FASO concert season now stay an extra day to teach and perform live for Panhandle area students in the nave. Panhandle PBS streams the concerts live into classrooms through their broadcast system. The recorded concerts are then made available for up to one year to teachers and students in the classroom for all of Region 16. Thanks go to the Bivins Foundation, the Amarillo Area Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and to generous contributions from parishioners and the community for making this vision a reality.
Faith City Ministries / Pack-a-Lunch:
Since 2012, St. Andrew’s has participated in the “Pack-a-Lunch” ministry. As part of a monthly rotation with a few other churches, St. Andrew’s packs and distributes sack lunches to homeless individuals on the third Sunday of the month. Approximately 200 bags are prepared each month. During some months we deliver on two Sundays. The ministry was organized by Faith City Ministries to fill a gap left because they do not serve meals on Sundays. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Barbara Whitton.
High Plains Food Bank:
St. Andrew's is a contributor and supporter of the High Plains Food Bank. Some St. Andrew's members have served on the board of the Food Bank. St. Andrew's also makes financial contributions to the agency. In addition, food, egg cartons and paper grocery bags are collected throughout the year for the the food bank. For more information click here.
The Hunger Project:
Since 2007, St. Andrew’s has been a Global Investor in The Hunger Project ($5,000+ annually). This contribution has honored resolutions passed at the national and diocesan conventions of 2007 in which churches were asked to allocate 0.7% of their annual budgets to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to significantly reduce abject poverty around the world.
The Hunger Project's mission is to identify the root cause of chronic hunger and then pioneer strategies to transform the conditions that give rise to it. The greatest root cause is extreme discrimination against women and girls in countries where hunger is most widespread and severe. All of THP's initiatives focus on empowering women and girls to be safe, healthy, educated and have a say in decision-making.
On an annual budget of roughly $18 million The Hunger Project's programs currently reach 19 million villagers in 11 countries in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Interfaith Campaign for the Homeless:
Each year, St. Andrew’s purchases two tables for the Beans and Cornbread kick-off luncheon for the major fundraising for this organization. Barbara Whitton, St. Andrew's Pastoral Associate, served on the steering committee for ICH which, together with the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, raised and distributed more than $300,000 to the following agencies: Amarillo ISD – Families in Transition; Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs (ARAD); Another Chance House; Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle – Pearl Longbine Youth Shelter; City of Refuge Day Labor Program and City of Refuge Prison Aftercare Program; Downtown Women’s Center Abba and Haven houses; Downtown Women’s Center Transitional Housing; Family Support Services’ Domestic Violence Shelter; Guyon Saunders Resource Center; Martha’s Home; Salvation Army; Sharing Hope Ministry – Patsy’s Place. St. Andrew’s total contribution to ICH in 2014 was $7,001.00.
One of our important Adult Liturgical Ministries, Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring Holy Communion to scores of hospitalized, homebound or institutionalized parishioners throughout the year. For more information contact the Rev Robert Pace.
Meals on Wheels:
Each Spring, members of the parish volunteer to bring Sunday lunches to people who have difficulty getting out and feeding themselves. Volunteers included the members of our EYC.
Panhandle AIDS Support Organization (PASO)
St. Andrew's provides, free of charge, space for members of this organization to meet twice a month in our building. This non-profit agency offers education to the general public and emotional support to those persons infected with HIV disease in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. For more information contact Barbara Whitton, or refer to the agency's website at: http://panhandleaso.org/
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Scholarships:
Each year the church provides scholarships to support the education of one or more deserving children and to support the ministry of both the school and the church. We have provided scholarships for two children for the 2015-16 school year.
Summer Reading Camp:
Starting in the Summer of 2016, St. Andrew's is partnering with volunteers from elementary schools in our neighborhood (Bivins and Wills) to host a reading/writing camp for children. This camp is open to all children, and will have a special emphasis on helping those who need individual attention and instruction. The camp will feature one-on-one instruction for every child for the entire two weeks. For more information, contact the Rev Robert Pace.
Our Thanksgiving Day celebration is a wonderful time of fellowship and outreach. Every Thanksgiving we begin the morning at 10:30 in our nave with worship, then we move into our parish hall for the joyous Thanksgiving feast. We are thankful to the generosity of the Brister family, who provide ham and turkey to feed the all who show up for a meal this day. Parish members provide the rest of the meal, and we serve food for approximately 100 people. At our tables, we welcome parishioners, parishioners’ family members, guests, strangers, and employees and clients of the Downtown Women’s Center. The Downtown Women’s Center provides housing and services to overcome homelessness and addiction. There is always an abundance of food at this gathering, so, having our community come together enables all those who attend the meal to take home food for the evening, which is a great blessing for all. For more information, or to volunteer contact Archdeacon Chris Wrampelmeier.
Trunk or Treat:
Around the time of Halloween each year, parishioners and the EYC (the church's youth) decorate the trunks of their cars in the church parking lot and hand out candy to hundreds of children from surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, we serve hot dogs, chips, cookies, and water, providing a free meal to the "goblins," and "princesses" and their parents as they make their way through our parking lot. This past year, as in the miracle of the loaves and fishes, fewer than 30 trunks served approximately 1,000 people. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Edee Aikman.