May 29, 2017

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Mission

At St. Andrew’s we participate in Christ’s Great Commission through the work of the Mission Team, through the mission activities of various St. Andrew’s groups, and through support for our PC(USA) denominational missions. 

Members of the congregation know that as we work to share the love of Christ on the local, national and global levels, we also come to know Christ’s love more deeply ourselves. Many, though not all, of our mission activities are described on this page.
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MISSION TRIP TO CHINLE, ARIZONA
Our church is planning a second mission trip to Trinity Presbyterian Church located in Chinle, Arizona October 7 - 15. Trinity is a congregation living on a Navajo Nation reservation. This struggling congregation was close to closing 5 years ago, significantly damaged by arsonists and wildfires last summer.   This is an opportunity for our church to continue our ongoing friendship/partnership between our churches. This year we will help finish the renovation of the Trader’s House, which is used to house visiting doctors, join the Trinity congregation in worship and fellowship.  If you are interested in going on this trip sign up during coffee fellowship time or contact Linda Sorensen.

 

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LIGHT THE PATH TO CHINLE GALA Talent Show & Silent Auction, Saturday, September 14, 7p.m. in Morgan Hall.  Light refreshments will be served. Cost: $10 per person.  The Mission Team asks that all donated items for the sale and silent auction be turned in to the church office by Thursday, September 12, 2p.m.  All monies raised will go towards purchasing solar lights from the Unite to Light program which will provide lights to the Navajo Nation families living without electricity.  Sign up on Sunday – to provide entertainment or to attend - during coffee fellowship time.

 

 

Local MissionsSanta Barbara Food Bank: Each Sunday we collect non-perishable food items for the Santa Barbara Food Bank. Food donations can be left in the black container in the narthex.

Transition House: Members of the congregation prepare and serve dinner at Transition House the third Friday evening of each month. For information about joining us, contact Bob Parsons

 

Our mission giving also supports various local agencies, including Little Cottage at Cottage Hospital, Unite-to-Light, St. Vincent’s Paths, Doctors without Walls, Domestic Violence Solutions, and the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.

St. Andrew’s groups such as Presbyterian Women’s circles and Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF) also enjoy working together on mission activities together throughout the year. Whether they are gleaning food in a local orchard or attending Presbyter or Synod conferences, members from PW and PYF engage in mission with joy and energy.

 


PC(USA) Mission ProgramsIn addition to the congregation’s local involvement, we support and participate in mission activities through our denomination, PC(USA). Through our connection to the denomination, we share in supporting specific mission co-workers, we give to seasonal special offerings, and we have access to mission resources so that we can better steward our resources of prayer, worship, advocacy, and education.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

Disasters strike without sufficient warning.  Through our participation in PDA, we help to send trained workers and resources promptly and efficiently into areas after earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, explosions, or floods. Our connection to PDA also helps us stay informed about the immediate needs of disaster survivors and their loved ones.

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program:
We support Presbyterian Peacemaking through our special offerings, and also look to this denominational branch for guidance what it means to live out Christ’s beatitude “Blessed are the peacemakers” in twenty-first century Santa Barbara


Through the denomination, we also support two mission coworkers: Alice Winter (Colombia) and Janet Guyere.

 

More more information on our mission coworkers, read the PC(USA) Mission yearbook in the church library, or check back here for updates.

 

Every year, we also take special offerings. Those offerings include One Great Hour of Sharing on Palm Sunday, The Pentecost Offering in June, and the Peacemaking Offering in October and the Christmas Joy Offering. Each year, we learn about local and global missions as we contribute to these offerings, a percentage of which stays here in Santa Barbara for mission programs, and a portion joins with offerings from congregations across the country for work in the broader world.