Building and GroundsManages the maintenance of all property owned by the parish and endeavors to keep St. Andrew’s in excellent physical condition. The committee schedules clean-up days and volunteer efforts. Anyone willing to serve in a hands-on capacity is invited to participate. Landscape is a sub-committee. Contact John Montgomery.
Christian Formation for AdultsPromotes awareness and opportunities for deepening the Spiritual Life of the Parish through a variety of programs and groups, making the Parish aware of outside spiritual growth experiences, and the development of new experiences to transform the lives of God’s people. Contact Jim Hoover.
Community ConnectionsFacilitates the dissemination of information about the Parish through various media including print, social media, and the Parish website. Contact Steve DePeder or Susan Craighead.
FinanceEvaluates current expense and income patterns and prepares the annual budget for adoption by the vestry. The committee also reviews the accounting procedures, reporting by the treasurer and bookkeeper, and the annual audit. The committee also recommends adequate insurance coverage for risk management. The Trust Fund is a sub-committee. Contact Ron Williams.
Inreach/Parish LifeProvides opportunities for members of the Parish to care for each other in times of need (illness, grief, unemployment, birth, death, other times of change) In addition, this committee coordinates greeting and events/procedures for inviting, welcoming and incorporating new members. Contact Kurt Wiesner.
HospitalityCoordinates “coffee hour” after both services; supports and facilitates receptions, special meals for the Parish, and various social events; maintains supplies and expendables. Contact Bobbie Sieja.
OutreachOutreach is reaching out to others, particularly those in need. It is becoming involved in greater communities. Our primary ministry is to encourage parishioners and parish groups to engage in outreach ministries that will meaningfully and transformatively engage us with people in the outside world. We encourage both financial and hands-on support. We also work to achieve inter-faith unity through reaching out to other religious groups. Contact Deacon Tom Craighead.
Be the hands and feet of Christ Through Direct Involvement
Whether you are looking for a one-time event or an ongoing commitment, these are opportunities that we know to be effective in providing services and making good use of our time, talent, and treasures. Outreach Committee normally meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 pm in Room 3, the Phil room (second floor just past stair well). Sometimes the meeting is rescheduled or cancelled, so please check with Deacon Tom in advance. For more information or if you have an outreach opportunity you would like to suggest, contact Deacon Tom Craighead:
Prepare and Serve a Sandwich Board Meal
Time commitment: a morning/early afternoon second Thursday each month
Who Benefits: low-income and homeless residents of the Aurora area
Host PADS clients
PADS provides interim housing, support services and employment assistance www.dupagepads.org
Time commitment: 2 to 4 hours one night/morning during winter and summer at area churches
Who Benefits: people in local community in need of a meal and a safe place for the night\
Serve a Downers Grove Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Commitment: a few to many hours on Thanksgiving, also food and table preparation on preceding days
Who Benefits: our fellow parishioners and people in local community
Sunday worship service (Skilled nursing facility) http://burgesssquare.com/
Time commitment: an hour any Sunday at 10 am to assist one of our Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Who Benefits: You will as the residents are so joyful and thankful, your spirits will be lifted! Residents are primarily elderly and needing skilled nursing.
St. Andrew’s Vacation Bible School
Time commitment: anywhere from a few hours to many tens of hours for planning preparation and teaching
Who Benefits: Four year olds through 5th grade children in the local community as well as the children of St. Andrews learn about and experience God and Jesus
Provide a ReVive Christmas Basket for a family in Chicago
Commitment: several hours of shopping and monetary investment to purchase gifts each November
Who Benefits: low-income families and seniors in Chicago at Christmastime
Bake cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry
Time commitment: Baking cookies for spiritual retreats held in state prisons; generally two or three times per year
Who Benefits: Inmates seeking to rebuild their lives, especially spiritually
Prepare and serve a meal for St. Leonard’s House residents
Time commitment: a few hours Sunday afternoon twice a year at different times during year;
Who Benefits: St. Leonard’s House residents who are rebuilding their lives post-incarceration
Participate in the CROP Walk
Time commitment: an hour the afternoon plus securing sponsors; 2017 date to be determined, but generally in September/October
Duties available: be a walker and secure sponsors. Sponsor walkers with monetary commitments.
Who Benefits: people around the world and in our community who are suffering from hunger
StewardshipCommunicates to the Parish the need for funds to support the annual budget and financial needs of the Parish. Stewardship is what holds our Parish together as we share our talents, time and treasures. And, here is a short video explaining what Episcopalians think about Stewardship. Contact Janie Bouzek Cross.
Policy and ProceduresResponsible for maintaining and distributing the policy manual to vestry members. All parishioners can have access to a copy in the administration office or on the website Downloads. The committee is also responsible for reviewing and maintaining the procedures for yearly performance review by making recommendations to the vestry. It is anticipated that there would be no more than four meetings per year, each approximately one hour in length. Contact Ron Williams.
Children and Youth MinistrySupports and enables ministry to and by the children and youth of the Parish and ensures qualified leadership.
The children’s program includes formation, nursery, special events, and children’s music programs.
The youth progam includes formation, confirmation classes, and activities designed for spiritual growth within the parish and in the community. For more information, see Children & Youth. Contact Dorinda Hicks.