Mission & Outreach at St. Andrew
Our Mission Statement:
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 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
Every other month 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 second Sunday of the month is "Patriot Sunday." A special collection is taken and supplies that are needed by the residents of Patriot Place in Gaylord are purchased and delivered.
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 first 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 on the first Saturday of October, in honor of Feast of St. Francis, we hold a Blessing of the Animals at the Otsego County Animal Shelter . Pets from across the area come for a blessing and a celebration of all God's creatures. A Blessing is also held at the church the following Sunday.
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 and Toys for Tots.
Prayers of the People
Pray for those who are ill or otherwise in need:
Myrna Tarr, Jeff Lamson, Larry Fortier, Rev. Gerry Rehagen, Rev. Sharon Voelker, Boughner Family, Truax Family, Greg Pitrago, Sebastian Harris, Carol Greene, Kim Henderson, Carol “KC” Keyser, Larry Robinson, Bill Lee, Pat Monahan, Ruth Munger, A.J. Nye
Pray for our shut-ins:
Becky Hodge, Patsy Dawson
Pray for our Church:
Our Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Michael Curry
The President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Jennings
Our Bishop Provisional the Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland
Our Priest the Rev. Pamela Lynch
Our Vestry and other Lay leaders and our Parish family
Pray for our Community:
The people of Gaylord and the surrounding communities
Our Police, Sheriffs and State Troopers
For the hungry and homeless that they may find food and shelter
Pray for our Country:
Our President Donald Trump
Our Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Our National and State Congresses
Our Military men and women throughout the world