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The Thrift Shop

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St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop had its beginning nearly forty years ago in a tiny upstairs room in St. Peter’s parish hall. It now occupies spacious, welcoming quarters in St. Andrew’s parish hall. The shop offers gently used household items, including some furniture, toys, books and clothes for the whole family. The quality is high; the prices low. Profits fund gifts to local charities as well as contributing to St. Andrew’s maintenance. Each year four or five charities are selected for substantial donations. In 2016 they will be Hospice of St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and St. Mary’s Caring. For those in need--families who have lost everything to a fire, for example--in cooperation with Social Services, the shop provides free clothing and household needs to help reestablish their life. The shop’s mission is to serve our community in many ways, and to support St. Andrew’s work and outreach. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. till noon; Saturday 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. The telephone number is 240 925-7445.

Please Visit the St. Andrew's Thrift Shop Website for the latest Thrift Shop News

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Winter Shelter Project

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“Let us pray, for all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble; for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.”BCP (p. 392).

The Winter Shelter Project, known as “Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many or WARM began in St. Mary’s County in 2009, has ecumenical support and strong leadership in host churches.  It begins in early November and finishes in March to cover the coldest weeks for those in need of safe and warm space. The guests stay at the site from 5:00 PM overnight until 7:00 AM. The logistics of the program keep evolving every year so that it runs as smooth as possible for each guest and volunteer. There is a Host Parish Coordinator at each location who develops the schedules for meals (breakfast and dinner), Shift Monitors, Laundry Helpers, and Check-In Reception.

Getting Involved in WARM is a great volunteer ministry experience because there is something for everyone to do based on their interest, ability and time limitation.  Listen for news about the program’s volunteer needs in November to sign-up either to assist at our parish or at another host site.  It will be an experience you won’t forget.  

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Community Groups

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 For more than twenty years, the Parish Hall has been one of the meeting places for St. Mary’s County’s AA, AL-ANON, and NA groups on Thursdays, Fridays, Sunday and Monday nights, Our goal to provide safe, comfortable and accessible space for members of our community and visitors who are interested in these 12-step programs.

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Children and Youth In Action

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The children and youth at St. Andrew's participate in a variety of service projects during the year.  Among their recent projects, the youth have collected food for the Food Pantry, dog and cat food and supplies for the shelter, and books for the Friends of the Library book sale. 

 

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Vacation Bible School - VBS

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One of the best things about summer is Vacation Bible School at St. Andrew's. For 2016 the theme is "Surf Shack." The children will enjoy crafts, games and music in support of their study of the Bible.

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Sanford Concert Series 

                                                                                        

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Established in 1999 by artistic/series Director, Lyn Schramm, The Sanford Concert Series was the dream of St. Mary’s county resident, Col. Henry Sanford, a member of the American Guild of Organists, who bequeathed his Rodgers organ to St. Andrew’s in the hopes that it would enhance and increase the music opportunities in the Southern Maryland area, and serve as a magnet for local and professional musical talent.

The dream is now a reality, as musical talent ranging from jazz and blues to choral classical is performed in the acoustically superb St. Andrew’s founded in 1767. The Series provides people in St. Mary’s County and neighboring areas the opportunity for informal yet intimate appreciation of music and the performing arts. Concerts are offered in December, with Christmas Concert a great highlight, and in winter and spring.

The Christmas Concert can include talent from the Washington National Opera, acclaimed women’s ensemble, Two Rivers Harmony as well as performances by other instrumental groups.

The series also showcases young talent from our area by presenting an annual concert entitled, “Sounds of Tomorrow,” held on the second Sunday in June. The performance opportunity is designed to provide a stage for talent in a “solo” or “recital” environment. “Sounds of Tomorrow” auditions current high school students 18 and under.

In addition to Lyn Schramm as Director, Robin Witte acts as Assistant Director to the Series.

Robin Witte. With her move to St. Mary's County in 2000, she met the Sanford Artistic/Series Director, Lyn Schramm at St. Mary's Ryken High School in 2002 and began assisting her with the SMR Choir, as well as the 2004 SMR Spring Musical of "Once upon a Mattress". Currently the Deputy Class Desk on the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft program with the Navy at NAS Patuxent River, Robin brings her technical integration skills and intertwines them with the fine arts to assist our series director.  

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Annual Outreach Projects

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The annual appearance of the Angel Tree confirms that it is indeed Christmastime. Each of the small cards adorning the tree, provided by the county's Social Services agency, represents a child for whom Christmas will be bleak without our help. St. Andrew's members take the cards with their wish lists, and return them, attached to wrapped gifts, in time for delivery to families in need.

As Thanksgiving approaches, checks for turkeys appear in the Sunday collection plate, cans and boxes of traditional Thanksgiving fare fill the basket just inside the church doors. The weekend before Thanksgiving, donations from Episcopal churches come together, are sorted and bagged, with the help of our young people, and delivered around the county.

In addition to the special holiday collections, St. Andrew's always has a basket filling with food donations for the community pantry at Church of the Ascension. During the summer, emphasis is on being sure children who usually receive food at school have nutritious meals.

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Getting Involved

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 There are numerous volunteer opportunities for all interested.  Some of the opportunities are:

Are you new or visiting? Please fill out this form to let us get acquainted!

You may wish to use an Internet based Parish contact form which is forwarded to the Rector and the Parish Administor.  There are two:
  
Visitor Contact Form 
and 
Request Information about St. Andrew's Parish Form.

The Thrift Shop:  Selling, sorting and pricing are the duties of a wide range of volunteers from our parish as well as other volunteers who enjoy the ministry.  Contact the Thrift Shop to learn more about open volunteers positions.

The Winter Shelter Project:  Look for announcements in the weekly parish email and the parish newsletter to learn how you can help at St. Andrew’s or one of the other host sites.

Children and Youth in Action:  If you would like to guide and children and youth in learning about mission and ministry or doing an outreach to the community project, contact the parish office to learn who to contact.

All Community Outreach Projects:  Projects and volunteer opportunities are announced weekly in the parish email and monthly in the newsletter.  Participation in any one of the annual projects is greatly appreciated and truly helps where help is needed.

Gifts for Mission and Outreach:  St. Andrew’s and the Diocese of Washington are always thankful for those you are called to offer monetary gifts for the purpose of world mission as well as local outreach.  Contact the Rector or parish office for details. 

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