Miracle Ranch Children’s Home
Located near Tecate, Mexico, Miracle Ranch has become an important outreach ministry to our congregation. Hand-on ministry, including maintenance and repair of the facilities, bringing needed food and supplies, and helping take care of the babies and children takes place during a week-long mission trip in the summer, and several weekend and day-trips throughout the year. St. Andrew’s spearheads collection of specific needed items (such as school supplies, or blankets) and members and friends offer regular financial support to help this vital organization keep running.
St. Andrew’s is a member of The Interfaith Shelter Network, which provides housing, services and resources to homeless men, women, and families in a rotational shelter. St. Andrew’s hosts two consecutive weeks per year. In addition to housing, St. Andrew’s members and friends volunteer to provide meals, haircuts, transportation to a laundromat, and more.
Golden Share is a food purchasing co-op program in which St. Andrew participates and serves as a distribution site. Golden Share provides a variety of nutritious monthly food packages at greatly reduced cost. Both members and non-members in the community participate in this program. Sign up online or contact Beda Johnson.
Lutheran Retreats, Camps, and Conferences (LRCC) is our local Outdoor Ministry comprised of Camp El Camino Pines located in Frazier Park and Luther Glen near Yucaipa. St. Andrew’s members typically attend camp at Luther Glen. In addition to traditional church camp, Luther Glen is the location for our annual Men’s Retreat and has served as the location for a women’s retreat as well as family camping. LRCC staff also provide staffing for our annual Vacation Bible School and congregations in Pacific Beach and San Clemente provide housing for staff and campers during summer Beach Camp.
Lutheran Border Concerns Ministry
LCBM has a three-fold mission: HELP those living south of the border with their spiritual and material needs. INFORM those living north of the border of the needs of their brothers and sisters south of the border. ENCOURAGE Christian congregations in the USA to help meet the needs of the Hispanic people living in their neighborhoods. St. Andrew’s donates money, blankets, food, and warm clothing to LCBM.
Emanuel Orphanage (Tijuana)
This orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico is a boy’s orphanage with about 50 boys. St. Andrew’s provides regular donations for clothing, blankets, food, and cleaning supplies.
Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO)
TACO is the Social Ministry Organization housed at First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego. TACO provides services to homeless and working poor residents of downtown. Hot meals are served twice a week, and hygiene items, blankets, and warm clothing are provided. No housing is provided on site. TACO also offers medical, pharmaceutical, dental, accupunture and legal clinics and offers counseling services. St. Andrew’s members and friends volunteer to serve the meals, offer professional services, and donate items as requested from the TACO staff.
Agape House is our Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at San Diego State University. St. Andrew’s provides financial support, hosts an annual Chili Cookoff, and participates in their various fundraisers and events throughout the year. Many St. Andrew’s members have served as members and officers of the Campus Ministry Council.
Employment & Community Options
Employment & Community Options provides services to low-income adults with intellectual disabilities. Each Thursday morning St. Andrew’s provides kitchen space for groups learning to live more independently. The groups learn basic cooking skills and interact with church staff and other volunteers. In addition to providing space for their groups, St. Andrew’s provides some financial support to E&CO.
Each Christmas, St. Andrew’s provides members and friends with an alternative to the usual buying frenzy. You can give a donation to a local or national charity in honor of a loved one. The ELCA Good Gifts Catalog offers numerous ways to help individuals and communities throughout the world. Donations may be made to other organizations, as well. Gift Cards are provided for participants’ use.
In addition to the ministries mentioned above, St. Andrew’s provides financial support to numerous other ministries and organizations:
ELCA World Hunger
Oaks Indian Mission Our High School Youth Group (SALT) will be visiting Oaks in 2016 as one of their summer Mission Trips.
For His Children (Ecuador)
Home of Guiding Hands
Camp Attitude (Oregon)
Survivors of Torture, International