Mission & Outreach at St. Andrew
Our mission is to provide a loving Christian environment, welcoming all people. We embrace one another in our daily quest to accept God’s love, and with joyful hearts do God’s work in the world, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mission & Ministry
We at St. Andrew try to abide by the Five Marks of Mission in our worship and in our outreach programs. Here are some ways to get involved at St. Andrew:
The Gifts of Love
The Gifts of Love is a new ministry of the parish. It meets on the second Saturday of the month. It touches both our creative spirit and our need to pray for one another. Besides enjoying a little fun and fellowship our group enjoys making blankets, shawls and other gifts which are prayed over and then given to our extended church family who may need some extra prayers and blessings.
Otsego County Food Pantry
Each month from June through October we serve at the Food Pantry. This consists of packaging and distributing food to members of our community who are in need. Our next turn to serve is June 6 & 7.
The musicians from St. Andrew play music on the third Thursday of the month for the seniors that live at Aspen Ridge, an Adult Foster Care Home near the church, bringing a little fun to our neighboring seniors.
The second Sunday after Labor Day we participate in the Gaylord Area CROP Walk, an event sponsored by Church World Services. This annual walk raises money for our own Otsego County Food Pantry as well as other hunger and disaster needs around our country and the world.
Blessing of the Animals
Every year near the Feast Day of St. Francis, we hold a Blessing of the Animals. Pets from across the area come for a blessing and a celebration of all God's creatures. This year we held our blessing on Saturday at the Otsego County Animal Shelter and on Sunday at the church.
Every November we collect Christmas gifts for Otsego County children who might not otherwise have any gifts under the tree. This ministry is conducted under the direction of the Otsego County United Way program.
The Five Marks
The Episcopal Church operates within the Five Marks of Mission, which are:
1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth