Goals set at our Youth and Families Visioning Meeting

We are meeting this year to brainstorm about where we are with youth and family ministries and what we can do to revitalize and expand our programs and youth outreach.

Background

Fr. Martin had invited Valerie Reinke & Denise Brumbaugh from the Office of the Bishop to facilitate a February meeting of nearly 30 members of the St. Andrew’s community. They asked the group:

  • “What is your vision for children, youth & families at St. Andrew’s?”
  • “What are your goals/what do you want to achieve with regard to children, youth and families?”
  • “What are the existing strengths of St. Andrew’s in the realm of children, youth, family ministries?”
  • “What are the challenges that you face as you move forward with children, youth, family ministries?”

The group responses were captured on flip-chart pages and at the end of the session, everyone was asked to check those things that they thought were most important/that they felt strongly about.

Our Vision

“What is your vision for children, youth & families at St. Andrew’s?”

Our Goals

“What are your goals/what do you want to achieve with regard to children, youth and families?”Our Strengths

“What are the existing strengths of St. Andrew’s in the realm of children, youth and family ministries?” (listed in priority order)

Our Challenges

“What are the challenges that you face as you move forward with children, youth, family ministries?”

At the meeting, 14 persons volunteered to continue the conversation and help lead us ahead:

  1. Devyn Cameron
  2. Victoria Dodson
  3. Sunshine DeGennaro
  4. Tom Egnew
  5. Bob Ellis
  6. Rena Girard
  7. Jenny Glass
  8. Liz Herriges
  9. Colin McDaniel
  10. Matthew Moravec
  11. Lilith Piri
  12. Jessica Richards
  13. Zachary Tanaid
  14. Nicki Weekes

Fr. Martin has asked Colin McDaniel to convene this amazing and very representative group. You can follow the group’s work and the implementation of new or expanded programs at church on Sundays or on our website.

St. Andrew’s DOK chapter supports Days for Girls

As Daughters of the King, we take a vow of prayer, service and evangelism. As part of our service vow, our chapter has decided to get involved with Days for Girls.

Geri Schlosser and Virginia Gaub have been working with Days for Girls for years. They both like to sew, so their talents on the sewing machine have been much appreciated.

In February, we hosted a Days for Girls workshop after church. All women from the church were invited. Our turnout was small but we got a lot accomplished. Some of us sewed, some ironed, and the rest of us put together kits. It was also a potluck, so there was lots of good food.

Teri Mattsen was there to explain the program and to show us how to put to- gether the kits. She is the head of the Tacoma chapter of Days for Girls, her shop is located very close to St. Andrews. She explained that in many third world countries, girls have no menstrual supplies. They often miss school and just sit at home and wait it out. Many eventually drop out of school. Teri makes, with the help of many volun- teers, reusable feminine hygiene products that last three years. Her kits are distributed to places like Africa, India, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. The goal is to help end the cycle of poverty and keep girls in school.

Some of these kits reached West Bengal in India, and two DOK chapters, the Daughters of Faith, and our prayer partners, the Daughters of Hope. Our own Linda Rines, who is the DOK national treasurer, is also involved in Days for Girls. She sup- plied visiting Daughters from the National office, Grace Sears and Judy Bordelon, with kits when they attended a women’s conference in Bengal. The local women were very interested in them. This can also become a good business opportunity, or “Enterprise”. The women can learn to make the kits and sell them to create income. The Tacoma Days for Girls chapter is helping to set up an Enterprise in Northern In- dia. What a great way to break the stigma around menstruation and empower woman and girls.

We put together 59 kits that day. Teri said that we did great job and said, jokingly, that she only had to redo a few of them!

We have two more work shops scheduled: June 2nd and August 25th. They will take place after church at St. Andrew’s. Lunch starts about 11:30. Kit making, about noon. Please join us for a potluck, fellowship, and this incredible ministry of empowering girls and women in third world countries.

If you’d like to donate, they would welcome new, brightly colored washcloths and new, brightly colored underwear for girls, size 10-16. They also need one gallon ziplock bags.

We hope to see some of you there!

For more information about days for girls, check out the website at and on Facebook: Days for Girls, Tacoma WA chapter.