St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (Kimberling City) and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church @ Hideaway continue to join together in mission, especially to the local community.
Loaves and Fishes
Many of those in the Ozarks work in the hospitality industry that shuts down for several months leaving no paychecks for families. We assist with free hot meals for those in need.
Loaves and Fishes at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church began in 2014 under the auspices of Love, Inc. and under the direction of our members. A number of churches in the area committed to one evening of the month with our church deciding upon Monday evening. The purpose of this meal was to serve the needy whose employment was seasonal and would, therefore, be out of work for the period of time from January through March. All were welcomed and fed, second helpings offered and carry-outs were given when the food supply allowed. Prayer was always offered before the meal. Friendships were formed as volunteers from Hideaway and Kimberling City locations with the help of the Gateways Girls and St. Mark's Episcopal Church prepared, served, mingled with the guests, and cleaned up after the meal. Due to the limited space in the dining hall at St. Mark's and at the Hideaway locations, all shared in this project at Kimberling City. This sharing provided another avenue of making Christian friends with more of God's people. In 2016, a total of 1200 meals were shared in the 13 weeks the meals were served. So many people volunteered, the facilitator’s schedule included not only people for all the necessary tasks, but substitutes in case someone might not be able to make it on a given night!! Everyone wanted to be involved! It is important to note that the scheduling was carefully rotated to include everyone wishing to be a part of the activity.
Toys for Tots
A nationwide program that our church serves locally to help collect, sort, wrap, and distribute toys to those in need at Christmas.
St. Andrew participated with Love, INC. (Love in the Name of Christ) with the distribution of clothes and toys to needy families for many years. The participations from members and friends from both locations have been outstanding in the areas of both donations of the gifts and time spent on location. Time on location includes several stages. In the recent past, the first stage was helping to go through the files and make telephone calls to find the people who qualified for assistance. This stage is no longer necessary due to technology. Next came the stage where the area had to be set up with the clothes and toys by age and size. Finally, the days came when the people arrived...and, the volunteers were there with smiles to assist them as they were taken from station to station to select the appropriate gifts and clothing items for their family members.
Throughout this yearly process as many as 14 people from our two locations would give as many as 210 hours helping with this worthwhile project. Again, much care was given between St. Andrew and Love, INC. to ensure volunteers were recruited from both locations and all volunteers were welcomed and recognized for their participation.
Give someone a fish and they eat for a day. Teach someone to fish and they eat for a lifetime. Legacy Gardens provides space and help to grow vegetables and flowers to enhance lives and health.
Legacy Gardens includes two gardening spaces for the community to use for planting. One space is on the Kimberling City church property, and the second one is in Reeds Spring. The dirt used for the gardens was donated by Hansen's and some of the seedlings were donated by the students at Reeds Spring High School. The sprinkler system for both gardens was donated by members from both locations. A combined total of 76, 4' by 4' spaces are available for people to plant their choice of either flowers or vegetables at either location. But, they must sign up for their space each year. Spaces are allotted until they are all assigned. A facilitator oversees this project and, along with help from people from both locations, makes sure that the sprinkler system is functioning properly and all is well with the project.
Many families and individuals go hungry every day. In addition to a budgeted financial gift to the Food Pantry, on the first Sunday of each month a freewill offering is taken.
Super Bowl Sunday gives us the opportunity to give a little bit more, when we “vote” for our favorite team with $$. All of the money collected is donated to the Food Pantry.
One Great Hour of Sharing
On Palm Sunday and/or Easter Sunday, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, as well as other PC(USA) churches and Christian churches all over, observe One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour’s mission is to empower, provide water, supply food and give relief from disasters all over the world.
Gateways Group Home
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is so blessed to have within its membership a family who operates a home for young woman ages 10-19 which provides treatment in a compassionate, structured and supervised environment. The purpose is to help the girls in their progress in becoming productive and independent members of society. Within a homelike setting, with a focus on independent living and life skills, the young women are provided with individual and small group counseling and other programs that promote their personal growth.
They attend most regularly at the Kimberling City campus but also attend special events at Hideaway. Members at both locations enjoy a number of different types of associations with the girls from birthday and Christmas parties to taking them to doctor visits and special outings. We have even had the privilege of having the girls fix special dinners for us at the Home. They are a big help at special events such as the Valentine's Day Dinner and Loaves and Fishes where they assist in serving and clearing. These special times provide a reciprocal enjoyment and blessing for all of us.
Back to School Readiness Fair
Many families live at or below the poverty line. In order to help raise children out of those situations, education is a critical part. We support the effort with school supplies to eliminate stumbling blocks.
This is another of our mission projects that falls under the auspices of Love, INC. Families sign up to receive free school supplies which are donated by the churches, then sorted by item by volunteers from the churches. We have for many years participated in each step of the program during the months of June, July and August. The easy, but essential first step is buying and amassing the school supplies. The nitty-gritty begins at the High School when the sorting begins--pencils here, erasers there, etc.!
Then comes putting the supplies in to the back packs and stacking them according to age and school as requested. The final stage is the third day when the students and their parents arrive to claim the filled back packs! Needless to say, this process takes lots of volunteers and lots of hours. And, Kimberling City and Hideaway can always be counted on to be there to help!
In a time of disaster who thinks of basic hygiene needs. We partner with John Calvin Presbytery and other churches providing basic hygiene necessities to those who have lost everything.
The idea for the Hygiene Kits came from the request from the Presbytery for disaster relief. Although one kit is sent to each meeting of the Presbytery in Springfield, it was decided to complete more kits to distribute locally. At this point in time, 36 kits have been assembled and given to Christian Associates to be given to the homeless, to PEEP's (Peers Encouraging and Empowering Peers) to be given to people recovering from alcoholism and addictions of various kinds and to Burrell Detox Center.
No matter where in the country you live there are always families in true need. We adopt families for Christmas providing gifts that boost spirits and fill needs of some of those families.
Everyone looks forward to the selecting of the bells or the angels off the tree at Christmastime--shall I buy the clothes or the toys this year--or, both? Then the wrapping, marking and delivering to the families who were previously selected according to needs. We know it is important to those receiving because their Christmas would be quite slim without the help, but our part in it, our buying, wrapping, and giving, is such fun and so rewarding for giving, not receiving, is the true spirit of Christmas. And, again, this is not a budgeted item, these are gifts given out of love to single moms and their children from all our members and friends.
The Parish Nurse Program began in November, 1999. This role has been one of extreme importance in the nurture and care of the sick. It is the role of the Parish Nurse to stay in close contact with the pastor and those who are ill, whether at home or in the hospital, to be sure that the needs of all are attended to in a timely manner.
When a person is ill, it is so important for that person to know there is someone who not only cares about them, but is qualified to answer their questions or find the person who can. It is a source of comfort to those in the congregation to know that the Pastor and the Parish Nurse are both there to give comfort to us and to pray for us in times of sickness. We are fortunate to have not only the designated Parish Nurse, but 5 additional trained people.
There are those in the community and congregation that can’t or shouldn’t do many repairs around their homes. We have the teams to help at no labor cost.
Mission Possible is a Small Group who developed an outreach mission-- that of helping church members, families, and the community with projects the person(s) cannot handle safely without assistance. In the brochure they have developed, they mention the following as some of the areas in which they might serve others: transportation to doctor appointments, shopping, minor home repairs and simple yard tasks, change light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries, to name a few.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
30 James River Rd
Kimberling City, MO 65686