Connecting the World and Church – Sandra Anderson

It is such a honor and blessing to interview Mrs. Sandra Anderson! She is the Ministry Development Coordinator at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Through her hard work and dedication, St. Mary’s is connected with so many incredible local and global organizations and ministries.  Sandra’s huge heart, tireless work, and love for Christ, is an inspiration to us all!  Her work is reflected in the success and involvement from the parish not only in community, but also within the parish.  I am so thankful and grateful for all her hard work, and for those amazing people like her who teach and inspire us to share the beauty of Orthodoxy with the world .

Hello my name is : Sandra Anderson

My patron saint is: St. Alexander August 30th

My favorite book as a child was: “A Child’s Garden of Verses” now I highly recommend “From I-Ville to You-Ville (drawn from teachings of Elder Paisios)

My job is: Ministry Development Coordinator at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church

The ministries I am involved in are: My job is to create and coordinate the ministries here at St. Mary’s; however, I too must be a servant. Some ministries I participate in are: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry as co- founder and assistant administrator, Orthodox Christian Fellowship as a guest speaker,  Healing House (shelter for woman and children) Project Homeless Connect and Youth Connect on steering committee for both( these are events catering to homeless adults  and youth serving over 2000 adults and 150 youth ). Philoptochos and Visitation

What I love about my job is: The blessing of being able to create opportunities for my fellow parishioners to serve God and to fulfill the gospel of Matthew 25:31-46. To help put a face on orthodoxy by working in the community outside the parish so that we are not “a well-kept secret”. Watching how God uses our gifts to His glory when we minister to one another.

Ways you can get involved in the various ministries at your parish: Most parishes already have ministries they are involved with, so contact the leaders in those ministries. If you want to get connected in the community, go to the web and type in “homeless shelters” and the city you live in. You will get lots of information on many different places that provide services to the needy. Or just go to your local Salvation Army. These are two great ways to get started. Remember Christ tells us that the poor will always be with us so that means there are always ways to serve. I can’t say enough about how blessed you will feel by serving others as a family unit. It will bring you closer to God and to each other. If you don’t have “family” nearby remember, your parish is your family of brothers and sisters in Christ, so get out there and share His light with others!

If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: Get a good prayer book, a bible and use them Remember, You are the people of God; He loved you and chose you for his own. So then you must clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility ,gentleness and patience Colossians 3:12

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