Mission, Outreach, & Service

We have a strong group of leaders on our Mission, Outreach and Service Team (MOS). MOS takes the lead on dozens of mission projects and opportunities. If you are already participating in a mission organization and would like other St. Andrew members to have the opportunity to be involved, please let the MOS team know! If you are looking for a way to get involved, check out the opportunities below. Questions? Contact Paul Heidger.

International Missions

Guatemala: Click here to learn more about our partner, Impacto Ministry. Click here to read about our trips planned for 2019. And click here to enjoy a video of the Abuelitos Land Update from Impacto. We also have a video from the Spring 2019 trip for you to view. Just click here!

Haiti: Haitian American Friendship Foundation

          Water for Life, Haiti

Pakistan: Presbyterian Education Board. Click here to see a video of the trip members of the Presbytery of East Iowa, including St. Andrew members Paul Heidger, Amy Nicholson, and Emily Nicholson took to the Pasrur Christian Girls' School and Boys' School. 

Mission Co-Workers:

Bernie & Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta (Indonesia)

Dr. Freddy Elbaiady (Egypt)

Drs. Lynn & Sharon Fogleman (South Sudan)

    Fogleman's Newsletter

    TMS Global Update March 21, 2019

Steve & Lisa Frey (Kosovo)

Perry & Beth Oakes (Bible Translation

Rev. Peter Tibi (South Sudan)

German Zarate-Durier (Columbia)

John Etre & Family (Beirut, Lebanon)

Andrew & Elizabeth Roberts (Papua New Guinea)

    March 2019 Newsletter

Andy Smothers (Bahrain)

Alex & Trish Ludvicek with MAF (Papua)

      an updated blog from the Ludviceks

Missions Completed:

Jessi Brower (11 countries through World Race)

Janet Holland  (Russia)

Lawton Family (Kenya)

Local Ministries & Agencies

St. Andrew has long-standing partnerships with several local human service agencies and ministries in the Iowa City area. They include:

Access & Inclusive Mission (AIM) (see below)

Agape Cafe

Alternative Christmas Gifts and Alternative Gift Market

Camp Wyoming

Compeer of Johnson County

Consultation of Religious Communities

CRC Website

Farewell Letter from CRC Outgoing 2018 President
Roxene Redenius

CommUnity Crisis Services & Food Bank

(Formerly the Crisis Center of Johnson County. Please click here to read about the name change.)

Deacon Ministries (Deacon Ministries.pdf)

Domestic Violence Intervention Project

Elder Services

Feed My Starving Children (Iowa City MobilePack)

Free Lunch Program (click here for newsletter)

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Lettuce Feed Others (see below)

Meals on Wheels

Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County

Rape Victim Advocacy Program

Saint Andrew Food Pantry Donation Bin

Salvation Army

Sewing for Others (SFO)

Shelter House


Young Life

Youth for Christ (Cedar Rapids)  

For information on any of these programs, contact MOS Team Leader, Paul Heidger

Lettuce Feed Others (LFO)

Lettuce Feed Others is a community garden outreach project at St. Andrew. The primary purpose of the garden is to grow local, fresh, organic food for the Johnson County Crisis Center food bank. A secondary purpose is to promote and encourage community members to learn gardening skills.

How Can You Be Involved?

With the move comes the opportunity to expand and diversify our space. Volunteers are always welcome (no experience necessary). Funds are also needed for things such as fencing infrastructure, irrigation systems, volunteer engagement with diverse populations, educational outreach programs, plant starts, and gardening supplies. For more information, contact Peggy Hausler at lettucefeedothers@gmail.com.

Access & Inclusive Mission (AIM)

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is an open and welcoming community to those of every race, ethnicity, age, gender, economic level, and disabling condition. We believe that human beings - every person, able or disabled - has value and worth because they are loved by God. Feel free to approach St. Andrew's AIM Committee with any questions or concerns or needed accommodations.

Come share your gifts! Please join us in worship and fellowship activities. We offer a warm welcome to ALL!  --  Marcia Murphy, AIM Committee Group Facilitator

To view AIM/MHI media, scroll down.

AIM Media

Mental Health Initiatives

Links to PowerPoint and Video Presentations

As a Christian and a person in recovery from mental illness, Marcia A. Murphy  is an advocate for people with psychiatric illness and a member of St. Andrew. She has developed several presentations to increase public awareness of the challenges faced daily by the mentally ill. Marcia believes that well informed religious communities can effectively offer hope through God's grace, inspiration through prayer and reading God's word, and support through the care of responsive, thoughtful congregations willing to act together in response to this great need in our society.


Breathing Life Into  Dust: What it means to be made in the image of God in terms of our mental health

The Plight of the Mentally Ill and How the Church Can Help

More God, Less Psychiatric Illness: Devotions for Those in Recovery from Mental Illness

(Read about the companion CD, Be Still, at this same link.)

Click here to view a video created by Marcia A. Murphy about her life story.