Community Outreach Committee
This diaconate committee provides opportunities for members of St. Andrew to assist with community needs. If you are looking for a place to serve and get involved, please consider joining this committee. Some of the activities are:
Apple Tree Project – members of the congregation “pick an apple” and purchase a gift card that will provide school clothing for a child in need.
Our Daily Bread Gift Bags – the committee collects toiletry items that are donated to Our Daily Bread for Christmas Gift Bags for the clients.
Give-A-Meal-A-Month – monetary donations and food are collected each month for distribution to the Denton Food Center.
Diaper Drive – Coming in September, the Outreach Committee is, again, partnering with Interfaith Ministries of Denton for the annual diaper drive. Diapers sized from newborn to adult will be collected. Please watch the bulletin and The Shield for details.
Our Daily Bread
Many in Denton turn for help to this community soup kitchen housed at St. Andrew. The kitchen staff always needs volunteers, and there are other avenues to serve as well. To volunteer, visit their website, http://www.ourdailybreaddenton.org/, and follow the directions under Volunteering. Please contact Bob Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Birthday Endowment Fund
This endowment was established in 2007 and provides income to fund mission efforts not covered by the annual mission budget. Income has been used in previous years to send children and sponsors to Mo-Ranch’s Worship and Music Conference, as well as for mission projects such as water filtration systems for people in Guatemala. Traditionally, members contribute an amount equal to the number of years being celebrated. So on your next birthday remember this endowment and contribute toward making a lasting difference in the lives of others.
The Treehouse After School Program is a mission of St. Andrew that cares for children of low-income families who are not otherwise able to afford after-school daycare. Students are picked up at their elementary schools by the St. Andrew bus and brought to our recreation building. They are fed a nutritious snack, helped with homework, and allowed time for recreation, crafts, reading, and other activities each day.
The program is dependent upon volunteers both to provide our daily snack and to help the director with set-up and supervision of the children each day.
If you are interested in volunteering to provide snack and/or to help in the afternoons, or if you would like more information about the Treehouse, please contact the director at email@example.com or through the church office.
Community Service with Smiles on Day of the Dead
On Saturday, October 28, from 11am-3pm, St. Andrew will be assisting Texas Health Presbyterian Denton in providing a free flu vaccination clinic during the Day of the Dead festivities. We need some enthusiastic volunteers to help us administer 300 vaccines this year and entertain the many visitors to our space. Help is needed to set up, staff, and take down the St. Andrew booth. Face painters are needed all day, as well as those who can blow balloons into animals and give out treats to our visitors. We need people of all ages, both male and female, to help us. Please volunteer by emailing Roger Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denton Wassail Fest and Lighting Festival
Friday, December 1, will officially kick off the Christmas season in Denton with the beloved Lighting Festival and Wassail Fest! We are already looking forward to the luminarias lighting our walkways, the heavenly sounds of music from three choirs wafting across our lawn, a living manger scene from our youth, the delicious scent of Liz’s cider filling the air, and the peaceful calm of those visiting our decorated and lit sanctuary! It takes a huge effort and we need YOU! Each part of the Festival needs creative and energetic workers of all ages and sizes! Please email or call Judy Stoughton at email@example.com or 940-383-2682 to volunteer!
Holiday Home Tour
Last year a group of St. Andrew members discovered what fun it is to be a docent for the Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by Downtown Neighborhood organizer Randy Hunt. The Home Tours raise money to purchase the old-fashioned lamps which are gradually replacing lamps down Oak and Hickory streets, and some of which will soon grace St. Andrew’s sidewalks. The Home Tours require only a few hours of time during the Lighting Festival on Saturday, December 2, between 1pm and 5pm. We’ll collect tickets and chat with visitors in homes. In exchange, the docents are invited to a preview party on Friday night and receive complimentary tickets to see all of the homes! Some St. Andrew singers formed a beautiful group of carolers last year and they would welcome additional voices this year as they stroll the streets and homes! Contact Judy Stoughton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-383-2682.