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  • Choice Food Pantry

    St. Andrew, Mentor hosts a “choice” food pantry in partnership with Advent Lutheran Church to serve residents of Lake and Geauga counties. The pantry operates two days and two evenings per month to accommodate varying schedules. As opposed to getting a bag of set items, guests go through the pantry, which is organized like a grocery store, with a shopping volunteer, choosing food. The quantity of food offered is based upon family size. Pantry guests may shop up to four times per month. Whenever they visit, guests are offered options that include proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, fresh produce, and dairy products. During the summer of 2019, St. Andrew and Advent Lutheran Church hosted a joint cookout/celebration with their parishioners and pantry guests to recognize 10 years of the pantry partnership between the two churches. Since 2013, approximately 30,000 households have been served by the St. Andrew Choice Food Pantry.

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  • Crossweah Ministry

    Old Trinity, Tiffin has a ministry with Crossweah, a correctional facility in Tiffin. Before the ministry began, a parishioner set up a county-wide Opiate Task Force of various professionals. The Rev. Aaron Gerlach was asked by him to participate and offer a spiritual perspective, which eventually led to the Crossweah ministry. The ministry falls into three parts: Bible study, church attendance, and personal relationships. During Bible study, participants may choose what to focus on or it may be focused on the lectionary. Old Trinity and The Journey Church, a non-denominational church, are designated by Crossweah, however, permission to attend other churches is granted. A parishioner transports the men to Sunday service, and the women are transported by a taxi service that the church provides. Parishioners also attempt to help Crossweah clients find a church home upon release. Pam Easterday, a UCC pastor, also shares in the ministry

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  • Indoor Playground

    Youth at St. Mark’s, Shelby built an indoor playground to provide kids a safe area to play. As one of the youth members of the parish, Parker, was beginning his senior year, the Rev. Daniel Orr discussed with him what he wanted to do with Sunday School. Parker, who is interested in engineering, suggested a group effort to build a playground. In the city of Shelby, there is no area for kids to play downtown nor is there a playground at many of the churches within the city. The vestry approved this project and bought the supplies. Parker designed the playground; the Sunday School children (ages 3-17) all helped. The entire playground was painted by the youngest children. The goal is for the playground to serve children in St. Mark’s and children from neighboring churches as well.

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