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Message from Julie Wood

March 18, 2020 0 Share

Dear friends at St. Andrew’s,

In the midst of this global crisis, we have a tremendous opportunity to reflect Christ in tangible ways. We can be a light in the darkness, we can serve with compassion amidst the chaos, and we can be the hands and feet of those who are ill or are living in isolation. Below are three ways we are planning to help others at this time; please think and pray about how you can join us.

First, we desire to care well for those in the St. Andrew’s community who are affected by the coronavirus. If you visit our CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE page here, you can:

  • Request help 
  • Request prayer 
  • Serve on our Crisis Response Team 
  • Serve on our Prayer Team 
  • Give generously (and even sacrificially) 

Secondly, we want to care for the community around us and we believe we are stronger TOGETHER. So with the help of our wonderful mission partner, Trellis, we are partnering with dozens of local churches in order to respond TOGETHER as Christians who are united in serving our local neighborhoods. To help, or to find help for your neighbors, go to lovecostamesa.org where you can:

  • Communicate needs that arise as a result of people in the community who
    • have the virus 
    • are in quarantine 
    • are seriously affected as a result of the various shut downs 
  • Sign-up to participate in helping meet those needs.  

Finally, as a Neighborhood Church with Global Impact, we have a unique opportunity to serve our immediate neighbors. We encourage those of you who are able and healthy to reach out to neighbors on your block or in your immediate area to find out if there are those who are unable to shop, leave their home, watch their kids etc. If you have their contact information, you can phone or text your availability. Alternatively, you can leave a letter at their residence. For your convenience, you can use this letter to complete and use as your own.  

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. –Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:14-16, ESV

Grace and peace,
Julie Wood
Minister of Serve    
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church   

FAQs: 
Q: How will contributions to the Coronavirus Crisis Fund (Disaster Relief) be allocated? 
A: 100% of the funds will be used to meet the tangible needs of those in our St. Andrew’s family and our ministry partners who have been affected by the crisis.

Q: What about the Project Hope Alliance food drive? 
A: PHA has asked that we purchase specific items in bulk and have them delivered to their office. This will be paid for by the St. Andrew’s Coronavirus Crisis Fund. However, if you have already collected items, please drop them off at the church office and we will sort and deliver them. 

Q: How can we help our local mission partners serve those with needs during this crisis? 
A: If you are healthy and not in a high-risk group, you can help by signing up for the Crisis Response Team here. As needs arise, we will organize a coordinated response. We also encourage you to go to our ministry partner websites and learn how you can help.

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