As Christians, God calls us to set our hearts on God and trust God, to believe in Jesus and his Way of sacrificial and life-giving love. We are called to worship, pray, learn, repent, reconcile, welcome and share Good News in community. We are also called to seek and serve the most vulnerable and strive for justice, peace, and dignity for all. The novel coronavirus crisis is challenging us to balance our need to be together and to support efforts to slow the spread of the virus so that our capacity to care for people does not become overwhelmed, as well as trying to keep our most vulnerable members safe.
At the Bishop's direction, we will not gather in person for worship or other purposes at St. Andrew's at least through April 30, 2020.
A Morning Prayer liturgy with sermon that can be prayed at home, along with music links, can be found on our home page. An individual can pray the entire service on their own. A couple or family can pray the service with one person taking the Leader role and the other(s) taking the People role. Different people might read the different readings and the sermon. People may also want to gather via videoconference to pray the service together. We have all we need to worship God and be together in prayer anywhere and everywhere!
Resources for worshiping with children can be found at the Worshiping With Children blog.
The Diocese of Iowa will be offering live-streamed worship on Sunday mornings and throughout Holy Week. Connection information, bulletins, and other resources or prayer, worship, learning, and sharing faith during this time can be found here.
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) will very regrettably not be able to meet at St. Andrew's during this state of emergency. Please see the AA Des Moines page for information about alternatives. We are very sorry not to be able to host these important gatherings at this time.
Resources to support mental health and coping with COVID-19 can be found here.
The church's expenses are nearly the same as always despite our not being able to use the facilities to meet in person. Contributions are especially welcome at this time, either through the parish's online giving page, or by sending checks to St. Andrew's, 5720 Urbandale Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310. Thank you!
Many people are losing access to food, shelter, and childcare because of school and program closings and economic disruptions. Here are some things we can do to help:
Increase contributions to our Orange Bucket, which supports the Food Bank of Iowa. Click "Give with Tithe.ly" and select “Orange Bucket” under the “Give to” line. You can also mail checks to St. Andrew's, 5720 Urbandale Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310 or give directly to the Food Bank. They need volunteers too!
Donate to the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) online or at 1435 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. DMARC runs food pantries all over Metro Des Moines and are working to make sure they can get food to people in need during this crisis. They get 17% of their food from the Food Bank of Iowa, but they will need to purchase more food to meet the expected increase in need. They do not need food donations or more volunteers at this time because they are trying to minimize the number of people involved.
Call your state and national legislators and urge them to increase SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) benefits, streamline access to SNAP and Medicaid, and implement prohibitions against evictions and foreclosures during this emergency, and take other actions to directly help those affected directly and indirectly by this crisis. You can find the names and contact info for your representatives here.
Check in with people you know about helping with money and childcare.
Please contact the parish office (515-255-2101) with other questions or to speak to the priest.
Keep calm, wash your hands often, pray, stay home as much as possible, and stay in touch!
In God’s Love,