St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, will hold a Silent Auction from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 13 to support its outreach ministries. There will be live music, heavy homemade appetizers, beer, wine and soda and plenty of items up for bidding. Tickets are $10 per person and are available now or at the door.
St. Andrew’s is known for its outreach ministries to the less fortunate in Destin. They have five on-going programs for the homeless and those near homelessness. Proceeds from the auction go to support these ministries:
• Bag lunches are provided every day of the week to anyone requesting one. Last year they provided 1,887 bags.
•Every Monday a hot lunch is served. They serve approximately 1,400 each year.
• The food pantry also provides food to all who request assistance. In 2012 food was provided for 1,408 families and individuals.
•The church has an indoor shower that is open three days a week. Last year almost 2,000 showers were taken, as counted by the number of towels used. Members wash and dry the towels.
• The church also provides and repairs bikes — for many it is their only form of transportation rather than walking. Each year St. Andrew’s provides about 200 bikes that are repaired and given out by its members.
If you would like tickets for the silent auction or would like further information on these ministries, contact the church office at 850-650-2737.