Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Outreach focuses on serving the needs of our greater community, region and world. The Social Ministry Committee guides the outreach programs at St. Andrew’s, which involves itself in these ministries in a number of ways including:
Through the S.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a national association of Lutheran churches, St. Andrew’s gives a portion of its budget to help the larger church in its mission. The church also allocates part of its budget to the Newberry College Fund and Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary.
Donations to Local Charities
Each year through the Social Ministry Committee, St. Andrew’s donates money to local charities such as Oliver Gospel Mission, Sister Care, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Home Works, Transitions, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Free Medical Clinic, and others to support their daily service and mission.
Lutheran Hunger Appeal
Members are encouraged to give regularly to this national appeal and others like it through the ELCA.
Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
Monies donated to this fund are used to help indigent individuals or others we may know of who need assistance.
St Andrew’s provides free meeting space for various support groups, such as Al-Anon, Alcoholic Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous. Please visit their websites or the church office for more information.
Non-perishable food items are donated by St Andrew’s members and are then delivered to our sister church, Virginia Wingard Methodist, for their local food pantry and to Harvest Hope Food Bank for distribution.
Refugee Resettlement – The “Welcome House”
The former parsonage (the house at the end of the parking lot) is now used by Lutheran Services Carolinas as a Refugee Resettlement House. In a joint effort between LSC and St. Andrew’s, this home is provided to people from across the world who have suffered persecution in their homelands. The Welcome House offers a temporary safe place to vulnerable refugees and helps them transition into a new life and culture before placement into permanent housing.
Back Packs for Food Program
St Andrew’s partners with Harvest Hope Food Bank to provide backpacks full of non-perishable food for children at E.E. Taylor Elementary to take home over the weekend. St. Andrew’s provides financial support for the food and volunteers from the church help sort, pack, deliver and pick up the back packs.
Each year St. Andrew’s participates in this synod-wide project designed to “get church members out of their seats and into the streets to serve their neighbors in need”. On one Saturday in the spring almost a hundred volunteers from St. Andrew’s gather and then spread out to work on several projects such taking a home cooked meal to the prison, visiting the home bound, food programs, distributing Care Kits to the homeless, working for Home Works, and more. Serving people is in the DNA of St. Andrew’s and most churches, but this one day of service unites the Lutheran community and inspires projects that sometimes take root and grow into bigger, year-round efforts. It’s also a day that brings people together as a church community, committed to a common goal: serving others to the glory of God.
St. Andrew’s hosts Family Promise twice a year. Family Promise is a one-week shelter for families who are temporarily experiencing homelessness. Host churches provide the families with an evening meal, sleeping space and a common area where they can relax together.
The people of St. Andrew’s serve on a regular basis at the Washington Street United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen and the Transitions facility downtown. Volunteers are always welcome.
Through the Rev. Charles Dawkins and KAIROS Ministry, members of St. Andrew’s participate in weekend retreats that help inmates examine their lives and their relationships with Christ. We also provide at least one meal and worship annually for approximately 200 inmates at the Broad River Correctional Institution.
Various One-Time Events and Drives
St. Andrew’s participates in or carries out a number of one-time events or drives through-out the year, such as Serving Those Who Serve, clothing drives, charity walks, Lowman Home luncheons, etc.
Partners Across the Sea
St. Andrew’s Lutheran church, through the South Carolina Synod, is proud to be partners with Makusi Lutheran Church of the South Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The ELCT is a rapidly growing church in largely rural areas. German missionaries first worked in Tanzania around 1900 with the first being Rev. Ernst Kaellner. Our relationship with Makusi is in the early stages. It began when the South Carolina Synod partnered with Water Missions International to raise enough money to construct a water purification system. St. Andrew’s asked: Why can’t we do this ourselves? The people gave $50,000 to Water Missions International who is still in the process of completing “our” project. Clean water is a major problem for the people of the area of Makusi. This summer Pastor Trump will travel to visit with our partners, and even preach at their worship service. We will continue to explore ways to partner with these fellow Christians.