Service and Learning Committee
The Service and Learning committee is responsible for planning and overseeing the education program for St. Andrew’s, including Adult Education, Sunday School, Confirmation, Vacation Bible School, and the Advent Workshop.
Edwards School Backpack Program
The Edwards Elementary Ministry Team provides support to our neighborhood school by picking up food from the Food Bank of Iowa and filling bags September through May (excepting school holidays). They are delivered to school children at Edwards Elementary who are identified as “in need” of nutritional supplements over the weekend.
The Fellowship committee creates, coordinates and assists in strengthening fellowship among members and visitors. Typical activities include keeping supplies in stock for the kitchen and in keeping the kitchen in good working order. Assisting with fellowship after worship on Sunday and coordinating members to assist in serving as hosts each Sunday. We assist in hosting special occasions such as Rally Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving Pie Fest, Soup Suppers, Birthday Sunday, and assisting each other with special occasion dinners, picnics, receptions or anniversaries.
The goal for the Outreach Committee is to strive to fulfill the St. Andrew’s vision statement. Our vision commits us to reach out with compassion to those in need, to be inviting to others, to break down barriers and to reach across lines of status and culture, increasing our visibility in the community.
The committee’s goals are to:
- Encourage the congregation to reach out to invite friends, family, and co-workers to worship with us
- Send welcoming cards and literature to visitors
- Oversee the Welcome Table in the Narthex
- Advertise our church and special events through various media
- Facilitate the orientation and welcoming of new members into the congregation
- Coordinate the delivery of a meal to new mothers and those with health problems
Pine Ridge Ministry Team
The Pine Ridge Ministry Team collects and delivers donations to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Several trips are taken each year to deliver the large number of donations collected for several organizations on the reservation. The Pine Ridge Ministry Team also organizes a service trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year to assist with projects to help improve the area for residents.
This team has the responsibility for oversight of all church property matters. This includes a broad range of fiscal, remodel/repair, and client relation skills for the church building and grounds as well as oversight of our rental ministry properties. The Property Committee oversees the rental properties however a local agency does the property management including coordinating repairs and maintenance and finding renters.
Social Concerns Committee
This committee strives to show people the love of Christ through the promotion of social responsibility within the Christian faith of the congregation. We educate the congregation regarding needed action on social problems at the local, state, national, and international levels. We also study service organizations and facilitate in educating the congregation regarding the work of these organizations as well as offer recommendations of allocating church funds to such agencies.
Stewardship and Finance Committee
This committee has the responsibility of monitoring, coordinating, and communicating the financial status and needs of the congregation as well as local and national benevolence agencies. Its primary mission is to develop and call out from all members their talents to carry out the vision of compassion and outreach in all ministries of St. Andrew’s.
Tanzanian Ministry Team
The Tanzania Ministry team works closely with our partner congregation in Hedaru, Tanzania. Throughout the year this team raises money and collects items for the people of Hedaru. This ministry team also visits the Hedaru congregation regularly and works in partnership with them to find ways to continually improve the living conditions of Hedaru and the surrounding area.
Worship and Arts Committee
The Worship and Arts Committee works together to plan and organize all worship services throughout the year. This committee works in partnership with the choir, orchestra, organists, pastor, alta guild and members to create a beautiful worship experience year round.