How do you give back to others?

At St. Andrew’s, we are fortunate to have a group of members extremely committed to mission work.  Our projects have spanned from giving back to not just our local community, but those around the world.  Below find a description of some of our current and past projects!

CROP Walk
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. The funds help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs. In addition, 25% of the funds raised go to local food banks. This year, St. Andrews hosted the Mt. Airy CROP walk which used the walking path around Watkins Park. 54 participants from six area churches as well as a Cub Scout pack participated and raised $5,164.

Kairos
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. During the weekend of November 1-3, St. Andrews supported the men’s Kairos ministry at the Maryland Correctional Institution – Hagerstown.

Frederick Rescue Mission
Once a quarter, volunteers from St. Andrews share the gift of food and fellowship with 30 male residence of the Frederick Rescue mission. This Christ-centered recovery program is designed to help men reclaim their lives following homelessness and/or addiction.

Gambella Project
In 2017 St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Mt. Airy, MD) launched the Western Gambella Bethel Synod (WGBS) Theological Empowerment Project in response to an urgent appeal from the WGBS leadership for help to improve and expand their only theological training school. With the support of other churches in the Baltimore Presbytery, New York and North Carolina, St. Andrews collected thousands of theological reference books and Bibles. Volunteers spent over 400 hours sorting and preparing the 6,150 books which were sent to the Theological Book Network (TBN) for shipment to Ethiopia. The books are still being held by the TBN because the school has not been able to build a library suitable for the books.

The next stage of the project is to build a proper library to house the books. St. Andrews, in memory of our dear friend Elder Ed Pollock who spearheaded this project and recently passed away from pancreatic cancer, is leading the fundraising to complete’s Ed’s work.

Located in Southwestern Ethiopia, WGBS is a part of the Mekane Yesus Church which grew out of over 100 years of Presbyterian missionary service there. WGBS which is currently supported by PCUSA missionaries Michael and Rachael Weller, serves the 150,000 to 200,000 Nuer people living in that region. Due to violence in the South Sudan, hundreds of thousands of refugees have flooded into Ethiopia. The church is ill-equipped to deal with this situation, and is in desperate need of seminary resources to train pastors.

Frederick Rebuilding Together Project
We made repairs to the home of an elderly woman who lives on the west side of Mt. Airy.  Projects included replacing the kitchen floor, repairs to the deck, and other miscellaneous repairs.  People participated during the time period as their schedules permit.ted  What we did not finish on that day, we finished in the evenings the following week. Everyone invited to participate, including teens.

A is for Africa
A local nonprofit organization in Mt. Airy collected used shoes to raise money to help support the Matim Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania.   Collections of shoes took place in the Congregation foyer for several months.