The members of St. Andrew are cared for by a volunteer group known as the Telecare Callers. Once a month, Telecare Callers reach out to congregational members with a brief phone call just to keep in touch.
Telecare Callers met monthly to make sure all congregational members are included in the ministry and to offer support and assistance to each other. New callers are always welcome. Please contact the church office at 702-255-1990 to become involved in this worthwhile ministry.
Email Prayer Ministry
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
(1 John 5:14)
The St. Andrew Prayer Chain Group is dedicated to praying for anyone with a special need, whether it is an illness, surgery, a death, or any situation where God’s love and comfort are needed. The Prayer Chain prays for congregational members, their families, their friends, their neighbors—anyone who is need of lifting up to the Lord.
To join the Prayer Chain, or make a prayer request, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-255-1990.
The St. Andrew Barnabas Ministry Group is made up of church members who regularly visit our homebound members for conversation, prayer, and communion. These visits are very important for those who cannot attend church services, both for the fellowship and for the opportunity to receive communion.
Two-person teams visit congregational members and their care-givers each month or more frequently as needed. The Barnabas Ministry Group meets bi-monthly as a whole for mutual support, training, and review of those needing visits.
To become involved in this fulfilling ministry, please contact the church office at 255-1990.
Prayer Shawl & Quilt Ministry
Our Prayer Shawl & Quilt Ministry continues to grow as God shows us others who need his love and care through the shawls – caregivers, friends, neighbors, those who are ill, depressed, post-surgery, or unable to get out of the house.
Our prayer shawls are crocheted or knitted, the quilts lovingly sticthed, gifts made in prayer, as prayer, and for prayer.
Our prayer is that the shawls
... be a mantle and sign of God’s presence
... offer warmth to the weary
... surround the suffering with ease
... encircle those in pain with caring
... comfort those who feel alone
... remind us all of God’s abiding love.
Prayer Shawl & Quilt Ministry members meet monthly to share patterns, fellowship, and the joy of the ministry. Anyone interested in learning how to crochet and/or knit is more than welcome, too. Cash donations for the purchase of yarn are always appreciated. For more information about this ministry, contact the church office at 255-1990.
St. Andrew hosts four AA meetings weekly: Sundays at 7:30pm and Thursdays at Noon and 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall and a Meditation Group meets at 2:00 PM on Tuesdays in the Teen room.
“Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.” (Copyright © by The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.)
For more information about Alcoholics Anonymous, click on this link: http://www.aa.org.
As our first foray into Global Mission, St. Andrew entered into a relationship with the ELCA affiliated Lutheran Church in Guatemala, Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG). As part of this ministry, we have traveled twice to Guatemala to meet the ILAG staff, church members and the teachers and students of the school they operate in Guatemala City. We are in partnership with one of the ILAG churches in the City, El Divino Salvador del Mundo (The Divine Savior of the World). A second partnership has been developed with the ILAG church of San Marcos in Maya Itza in northern Guatemala. These partnerships are a covenant between St Andrew and the ILAG churches that we will pray for and spiritually support each other, learn about each other’s culture, and communicate in writing. Included is the commitment that we will visit them at least every other year and that we will provide some financial support.
Primarily through private donations we have provided funds to renovate a much needed room that will relieve the overcrowding in the current school building and will be used by El Divino Salvador del Mundo for children programs. We also funded the printing of new hymnals for ILAG and its churches. Learn more about ILAG at www.iglesialuteranaagustina.org/.
Below are downloadable files where you can view a presentation about the most recent visit to Guatemala by St. Andrew:
We launched the Volunteering in the Community (VIC) program a few years ago, organizing groups of members to volunteer at LSSN. This effort quickly expanded to include other charitable efforts in the Las Vegas valley, including Baby’s Bounty, Three Square’s Backpacks for Kids and the Assistance League’s Operation School Bell. As a result of this program, individual members are now helping out at LSSN and Baby’s Bounty on a regular basis. We still have groups that go to Three Square and Assistance League once a month between September and May, as they are driven by the school district calendar. We are always looking for other organizations that will attract our members and benefit from our ongoing assistance.
Other events may be organized on a periodic basis; for example, we may go serve meals at the Rescue Mission, or help LSSN at its Open Air Markets.
To find out more about the organizations we support, you may visit their websites:
Baby’s Bounty at http://babysbounty.org/
Three Square at http://www.threesquare.org/
Assistance League Projects at http://allv.org/projects.cfm#668
Lutheran Social Services at http://lssnv.org/
Las Vegas Rescue Mission at http://www.vegasrescue.org/
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church is blessed to be able to help those in need in our local communities through the auspices of LSSN. We operate a food donation center in the Narthex, organize special fundraising drives (such as Souper Bowl of Caring and the Christmas Musical program). Many of our members express the love of Christ through their volunteer efforts with LSSN as Board members and as volunteers in the food bank and offices.
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) began serving the Las Vegas community in 1985. For years LSSN has been a leader in social service programs and programs that alleviate poverty in Southern Nevada. LSSN’s Angels of Care program provides non-medical home care services for seniors and the disabled.
LSSN currently operates a supermarket-style, client-choice emergency food pantry, open air markets, and has started a senior meal program in partnership with Reformation Lutheran Church. LSSN’s goal is to provide over 400,000 pounds of food and 480,000 meals to over 7,000 households and individuals each year. The agency provides on-site nutrition education – helping over 500 families this year alone. The agency social services staff screens clients to identify public assistance programs they are eligible for, including temporary financial assistance to low-income households, and assists clients in moving from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency. The agency provides assistance in getting medical insurance and partners with agencies that provide medical services to the poor.
The agency’s career counselors work with clients to assess their work history, skills, training and potential barriers to employment and retention. On-site training is provided to help clients prepare resumes, matching them to employer requirements, dress for success, conduct job searches for opportunities matching their qualifications, practice interviewing techniques, and increase their practical skills with computers. Computer access is provided to explore job databases.
For more information about Lutheran Social Services of Nevada, click on this link: http://lssnv.org/. For information about the church’s efforts on behalf of LSSN, contact the church office at 702-255-1990.