At St. Andrew’s, part of our mission is ministering to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of those in our church, our community, our region, and the world.
Due to the political reality in Baja California and Mexico, Miracle Ranch is not caring for any children at this time. We continue to be in touch with Directors Cesar and Cheryl Uribe, and pray for a change in their situation.
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.
Lutheran Retreats, Camps, and Conferences (LRCC) is our local Outdoor Ministry comprised of Camp El Camino Pines located in Frazier Park and Luther Glen Farm near Yucaipa. St. Andrew’s members typically attend camp at Luther Glen Farm. 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.
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.
The political reality in Baja California and Mexico has affected Emmanuel Orphanage. Currently no children are being cared for and we are unsure of their future.
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, accupuncture 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.
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 including but not limited to: