Thursdays through October - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall Parking Lot Join us at Thursday Night Community Meals, albeit a bit different than before! With all the safety precautions in place, participants will be invited to not only drive-thru and pick-up a hot meal, but drive-in and enjoy fellowship and conversation tail-gate style in our specially-marked, physically-distanced parking lot.
Carlos Gantchoff has been named the new Director of the Community Resource Center (CRC) at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church effective immediately. Gantchoff brings more than 30 years of experience in community service and education, and is passionate about empowering the underprivileged and underserved. He is excited about being part of the CRC, which offers hope and support while providing basic needs (food, clothing, supplies) and supportive case management to assist families in crisis. “I saw in this community and in this congregation a genuine love for people,” stated Gantchoff, 54. “People here are looking for good work, good things to do for others. We have the same mission and goals we can accomplish together. I think we will be lions moving in the same direction for good.” “We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the team!” said Kyle Jackson, St. Andrew’s Executive Pastor of Serve and Care. “Carlos has spent his life seeking after justice and working with those who have been hurt by life's circumstances. His camping ministry and teaching with underserved communities uniquely suits him to this role. Please join me in welcoming Carlos Gantchoff!” That camping ministry was in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where Gantchoff in his 20s ran a children’s camp for underprivileged children for 10 years. After obtaining an education degree, he taught at the same elementary school he had attended as a child in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I taught the underserved community in that school that they are worth something,” he said. “I was one of the underserved when I was their age. I wanted to make sure kids like me knew that they can be amazing people. I used to tell them, ‘You have to be better than me, and I’m pretty good.’” Gantchoff was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Scottsdale, and flaunts his [...]
Please help support kids as they begin this next school year. The CRC will once again be providing kids with the supplies they need to have a successful learning experience. You can be a part of this by donating a new school backpack. You can bring your donated backpack to the CRC on Tuesday, August 11, or Thursday, August 13, between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or to the outside worship event on Saturday, August 15. Backpacks will be filled with school supplies, blessed and distributed in our community for a new year of learning!
In partnership with the Mahtomedi Food Shelf, St. Andrew’s has begun Curbside Food Distribution for neighbors in need. Distribution occurs Thursday from 11am - 1pm in the parking lot outside the Great Hall at the St. Andrew’s Campus in Mahtomedi. Distribution includes shelf stable pantry items and refrigerated goods, along with a limited supply of personal needs items. For more information or to be connected with resources, contact the Community Resource Center at 651-332-8881.
MAHTOMEDI, MINNESOTA – The St. Andrew's Community Resource Center in Mahtomedi has been awarded the 2019 Award of Excellence in Homeless Coordination/Assistance from the National Association of County Community and Economic Development Association in recognition of the St. Andrew's Family Shelter in Hugo, Minnesota.
In the past two years, St. Andrew’s volunteers have swarmed the new shelter, demolishing the interior, painting, drywalling and installing windows.
The new shelter depends on support from 13 other churches, and Mason is looking for others. The member churches will provide hundreds of volunteers needed to staff the shelter.