I was in college when I first started visiting former St. Andrew's with my now husband Jason and the folks that I was not related to, quickly became friends. When our children were young, we started to attend former St. James so they could attend Sunday school and before long these folks became our friends too. When the two parishes merged, it was like a great big family reunion for us and it has been so great having everyone under one roof for a multitude of reasons. We are stronger together and can spread our mission further to the people that need it. I love that folks here are exceedingly generous with their offerings of time, energy and money and without these things, our mission couldn't happen.
Our family here at Saints James & Andrew has a big heart, supporting our neighbors and community in all that we do here. Being part of this wonderful family and being able to be part of the gifts we can offer is key to what inspires my family to be generous in our giving of time, energy and money. This year we’ve all had to adapt- probably to more things we can count on our hands, and for the most part without complaint.
Life is hard right now, there is nothing easy about 2020 and those that were hit hard before, have been hit harder. Our mission teams have responded and adapted what we offer to the wider community, with take out meals every Sunday and Monday. Many of the folks that receive these meals also pick up needed items at Whitney’s Pantry, and I can’t imagine how these folks would make it through without these offerings. It stinks that our community has a need for them, but I am glad we have energy and love to offer it to folks.
The sheer amount of love for our community and neighbors that Saints James and Andrew has is awe inspiring, and I hope that all that we offer will inspire you to offer your time, energy and money too. If it’s not about love, it’s not about Jesus. Amen
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