VOLUNTEER

Service Opportunities at St. Andrew’s!

There are so many ways to get involved at St. Andrew’s — whether you are serving at worship, at other on-campus events, in the community, or with our local and global partners.  We couldn’t do what we do without the many people who provide passion and talent. Be part of it! Take a look at the opportunities below and reach out to the contact person listed. We are so grateful for your support.

NOTE: Some volunteer opportunities are still on hiatus as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic reopening procedures. Please check with the contact person for more information about current opportunities.

Spotlight: Summer 2021 Opportunities at the Community Resource Center

  • Dinner and overnight shifts at the Hope for the Journey Home Shelter in Oakdale, August 8-14 – Details and sign up
  • Drive the van that brings families from the shelters to the Community Resource Center – Details and sign up
  • Volunteer at our School Supply Distribution events, August 16-18 – Details and sign up

Serve at St. Andrew’s

Contact: Deacon Stephanie Anderson-Telschow, sanderson@saintandrews.org

Many people make worship happen here at St. Andrew’s. From those who greet at the front door to those who make sure that the coffee is hot to those who ensure there is enough wine and bread for communion – we are so grateful.

Are you interested in being on the rotation of hospitality volunteers? It’s a great way to meet other St. Andrew’s members and use your gifts to serve this community. Please feel free to inquire about any of the below service opportunities without committing – we’re glad to talk through what these roles look like more specifically and discern together what might be a good fit for you!

  • Family Greeters: Are you and your family looking for a way to get involved? One easy way is to sign up as a family to greet on Saturday evening or Sunday morning! Families arrive 30 minutes before the service to open doors and welcome people to worship.
  • First Responders: We invite you to join our growing First Response Team! Make a difference in the lives of our members and keep our gathering space safe and healthy.
  • Ushers, Communion Hosts: You’re invited to join a rotating team to welcome guests, hand out bulletins, manage offering, and serve communion. We also invite you to consider helping prep communion before the service.

Funeral Support

Contact; Lisa Gundtner, Director of Funeral Ministries – lgrundtner@saintandrews.org

Funerals are one of the most significant ministries that we do as Christian faith communities and one of the most important places where we extend generous hospitality to those gathered. As families come together to grieve, to remember, and to renew their trust in God’s enduring promises, it’s important that we have robust and clear hospitality provided to ease their burdens and share Christ’s love.

Funeral volunteer tasks include greeting, ushering, and hosting the check-in table, and other duties. The time commitment is usually 2 1/2 hours, sometimes less. We can be very flexible with people’s availability – you would be added to an email list and can volunteer as you are available.

Community Resource Center (CRC)

Contact(s): Debbie Larson, dlarson@saintandrews.org or Carrin Mahmood, cmahmood@saintandrews.org (Hugo Shelter)

See the Community Resource Center Get Involved page for more information on serving — hosting at our Family Shelter, welcoming guests at the CRC, cooking and preparing meals, driving the van and more.

Children, Youth, & Family Ministry

Contact: Mary Post, mpost@saintandrews.org

Our children’s and youth ministries are strengthened by church members who serve our young people — and are blessed in return! We have a number of ways for adults to be involved, with these three primary ministry opportunities:

Dock Children’s Education: Our children’s education ministry that occurs during weekend worship services requires 25 volunteers each week! Lead a class one or more times a month, choosing the grade level and worship service hour you prefer. Volunteers lead about 30 minutes of classroom activities and discussion that follows a staff-led large group opening. Lessons are provided in advance and ready-to-go supplies are available in each classroom. Confirmation students are often available as classroom assistants.

Wednesday Night Alive: Each Wednesday our Youth and Sports Center is transformed into a community youth center! We rely on 6-8 volunteers each week to provide a safe, welcoming place for youth by being present and assisting with pizza and snack sales, games and activity space, or open gym time. Current volunteers include retirees, middle-aged couples, young adults, parents with babies – anyone who wants to invest in relationships with youth. Shifts of 2-3 hours are available between 2:45-7 p.m., either weekly or once per month.

Confirmation: More than 325 middle school youth are part of our three-year Confirmation journey of learning and faith discovery. In addition to large group sessions, youth gather in small groups with an adult guide who serves as a facilitator and mentor to dive deeper into the topic and guide the conversation. Guides have a blast and grow in their own faith, too! The commitment is for 14-16 weekly gatherings through the year, with Sunday afternoon or Wednesday evening options. Substitutes are also needed.

Environmental Stewardship Team (EST)

Contact: Betsy Thorson, bthorsondvm@gmail.com

The Environmental Stewardship Team is looking for new members that have a heart for the environment. Our goals are to: Inspire, Educate, Encourage and Act – to improve our care of God’s Creation. We want to make a difference in our own lives, at SALC, and in our neighborhood, city and beyond. We would love to have more people join us in becoming better stewards of the earth and all creation. Our meetings are once monthly, on the third Monday, at 7 PM. They usually last  60 – 90 minutes. We currently meet via Zoom. Anyone interested could email Betsy at: bthorsondvm@gmail.com.

Garden Ministry

Contacts: Terri Franzwa, tlfranzwa@gmail.com and Theresa Schrankler, tmschrankler@gmail.com

Our work is to plan and tend gardens and planters so that our outdoor spaces are appealing and in keeping with our church’s mission and values. We care for creation and want members and visitors to feel welcome and at peace. The Facilities Dept. is in charge of landscaping and we work closely with them.  We are grateful for all the help we can get. All skill levels and physical abilities are needed.

Care Visitation Ministry (CVM) is a group of trained volunteers who have the gift of visiting with people on a 1:1 basis in their homes. CVM members visit, pray, offer communion and follow-up with our attendees, helping them to stay connected to St. Andrew’s when for a variety of reasons that might be difficult. This ministry is for all age groups –  those who are struggling with illness or those who simply desire the benefits of a visit from a faithful volunteer.

The CVM team includes pastors, our parish nurse, and many trained volunteers.  This is not home health care, but a home-based ministry for health education and spiritual support. It’s a comprehensive faith and health approach to serving each other as Christ intended. Contact: Dana Gabor, Faith Community Nurse,  651 762 9106.

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry gives volunteers the opportunity to use their gifts to create prayer shawls (knit or crochet) for people in need in our community.  Work can be done remotely, with guidance from our Prayer Shawl ministry lead Jackie O’Neill.

Details, patterns and the history and mission of this ministry are available here:  http://shawlministry.com/

 Want to get involved? Contact Dana Gabor, St. Andrew’s Community Nurse,  651.762.9106.

 

Serve With Our Partners

Habitat for Humanity

https://www.saintandrews.org/serve/local-missions/habitat-for-humanity/

Contact: David Engh – drengh@gmail.com

Habitat for Humanity is a great way to put your faith into action! 2021 is the 30th year that St. Andrew’s has helped a family achieve home ownership. Volunteers play a huge role in the success Habitat for Humanity. St. Andrew’s gathers groups to help with building and repairing homes. No prior experience needed – there are lots of different important roles to fill.

TreeHouse

https://www.saintandrews.org/serve/local-missions/treehouse/

TreeHouse is a Christian organization offering living hope, guidance, and unconditional love to teens dealing with tough issues such as depression/suicidal tendencies, substance abuse, truancy, teen crime, self-injury and sexual activity. Balanced programs meet the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs of teens. TreeHouse provides a safe environment and mentorship for teens to receive support, guidance and practical skills in making better choices today to live as healthy adults tomorrow. Programs are free and include transportation to and from TreeHouse, which is housed in St. Andrew’s Youth & Sports Center building.

Lutheran World Relief

At St. Andrew’s, we are all about loving and supporting our community, especially people in need of safer, more dignified shelter and those facing homelessness.  Over the years, our work with the Community Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity and Mission Jamaica has allowed us to bring the love of Jesus Christ to people in need of a place to live.

Now we have an opportunity to do even more of this work globally, by expanding our partnership with Lutheran World Relief (LWR).   LWR has a long history of caring for those affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises — not only providing supplies for recovery and rebuilding, for providing hope for the future.

We invite you to be part of LWR’s ministry and help rebuild homes for people around the world.  Donations of all size are welcome:  $25 provides a tarp, $100 provides a repair kit, and $500 rebuilds an entire home.  Click here to make an online financial donation.