Our Outreach Ministry

Listed below are the community ministries which St. Andrew supports with volunteers and financial resources. Ministries listed in red type have available links.

Community Garden at St. Andrew

The mission of the garden is to promote meaningful stewardship of God's Creation, to support local mission agencies with fresh food for those in need, to enjoy the fellowship of working toward a common goal, and to further the general mission of St. Andrew by nurturing church, neighborhood, and community relationships.

If you want to see God's work in action, then you must see the Community Garden at St. Andrew. Walk the aisles and you can almost see the plants growing. We often take for granted the miracle of the process from seed to stomach, because we shop rather than grow our food. The love and care of the gardeners represents the faith of a mustard seed and transforms the garden into a representation of the loaf that fed 5000. God gives in abundance.

East Texas Literacy Council

East Texas Literacy Council (ETLC) trains volunteers to tutor individuals to learn to read. Twice a year tutor training is offered by ETLC using the St. Andrew facilities.

Habitat for Humanity

This international program offers decent and affordable housing to low-income families by allowing the family and community volunteers to partner together in the building of the home. St. Andrew participates in Habitat for Humanity by building houses in our community each year, serving on committees, supporting fund raising efforts, and other non-construction needs.

Longview Community Ministries

Longview Community Ministries, Inc. (LCM) serves as an organization to enable Longview congregations and groups to work together more effectively in the community through cooperative acts of service to assist persons in need, regardless of race, religion or creed.

Longview Community Ministries was formed to bring together local congregations, business and civic groups, and generous individuals, to help those in need in our community. All of our programs are administered by three part-time employees and are dependent on hundreds of volunteers, people just like you, who are willing to give of their time, talents or financial support to help those in need.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Front Desk
answer phone, register families
Interview and assist families
Meals on Wheels
Drivers and substitute drivers needed (St. Andrew delivers the second Tuesday of each month)
Brown Bag
Once a year on the third Saturday of July deliver groceries to families eligible for the food boxes but are physically unable to go to LCM
Food Box
Assemble food boxes for families
Coats for Kids
Task Force Committee and Fall distribution
Learning Lab
Teachers and facilitators classes

In times of crisis, Longview Community Ministries can provide food to hungry families, emergency shelter assistance and help meet special needs. If you would be willing to give a few hours weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, please call the LCM offices at 903.753.3561.

Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network

Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network, or LIHN, is an area-wide, church-based ministry that supports families without housing as they search for jobs, undergo job training, and obtain permanent housing. LIHN's goal is to provide a safe environment in which families without homes can stay together while they receive the assistance they need to get on their feet.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Sunday afternoon church classrooms are set up with beds, etc. for the guests and set back up as classrooms the following Sunday morning
Grocery Shopping
Shop for groceries needed for the week for the guests
Van Driver
Drive guests to (4:45 p.m.) and from church (6:00 a.m.) using the LIHN 15 passenger van
Dinner Preparation
Prepare a supper meal for the guests and evening hosts having it to the church by 5:30 p.m.
Evening Hosts
Stay at the church from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. with the guests
Overnight Hosts
Stay overnight at the church with the guests from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.
Take the used linens to the laundry and pick it up when finished
Day Facility
LIHN staff support, answer the phone, office duties

Presbyterian Children's Homes & Services

Since its beginnings in 1903 as an orphanage in Dallas, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services has been providing residential care and other services to children and families with no place else to turn. Training for prospective foster families is held at St. Andrew through out the year.

Red Cross Volunteer Center

In case of a future disaster, such as we saw in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, St. Andrew serves as a Red Cross Volunteer Center. We will offer a centralized location for volunteers to register to assist in providing services to victims of disaster.