Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands but yours, No feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ's compassion must look out on the world.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.
- Poem attributed to St. Teresa of Avila
What We Do:
In our church profile, we present a congregation "driven by its passion for doing good works in the world. Among our top four priorities is "expanding outreach ministries that provide direct services to those living on the margins of society.
The principal ministries through which our members reach out in love to help those in need are summarized below. If you would like to be involved with any of these ministries, you may contact the person listed to discuss how you may help or to obtain more information.
St. Timothy's host Ministry Sunday, where the objective is to focus on one outreach ministry and collect an offering to financially support that ministry. For more information on how to participate in Ministry Sunday contact Judith Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Local Joining God
Parishes within our diocese have joined with other dioceses within the Episcopal Church on a shared journey of learning to live more deeply into God's mission for us. We believe that God is already out ahead of us in our communities. Contact Sherri Bishop at email@example.com
Men of St. Timothy’s (MOST) Christimas Tree Sale
Men of St. Timothy’s provide outreach funds from MOST Christmas Tree Sale and help provide trees,etc. to members of the Lone Oak Community. Work includes collecting orders and money for trees and wreaths then journeying to North Carolina to pick up trees and return to Signal to deliver them usually around the first Sunday of Advent. Contact Joe Galbraith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Southside Abbey is an emerging congregation in downtown Chattanooga http://southsideabbey.dioet.org/ It meets at 6:10 PM on Friday evenings upstairs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown. Needs meals prepared one each month…either 1st or last Friday of the month. Contact Eric Broeren at Southside Abbey or Judith Miller at email@example.com
St. Timothy’s Pantry
St. Timothy’s Pantry is located in the Sunday School Supply Closet (Room 15) downstairs. It contains food items, toilet paper, personal hygeine supplies and other easily accessible food items. Regular deliveries are made to Metropolitan Ministries and Signal Mountain Social Services. A new addition is for students at Chattanooga State. Donations may be left in the baskets outside the parish hall. Contact Diane Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Timothy’s Thrift Shop
St. Timothy's Thrift Shop is the oldest continuous mission of the parish, operated since the 1950s by the Women of St. Timothy's. The Thrift Shop is a service to the community, but, also funds programs and outreach to a number of worthy causes, both inside and outside the parish. Most of the sorting, pricing and selling is done by volunteers. The shop is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Joselyn Willis at email@example.com
Empty Bowl Initiative
The “Empty Bowl Initiative” collaborates with Chattanooga Area Food Bank to help alleviate hunger through the production of bowls, sell of bowls and special event fund- raisers. Contact Lolly Durant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Promise is formerly The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Family Promise is coming back to St. Timothy’s! Please sign up to help our church host homeless families from Sunday, September 9-Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, April 15 through Sunday, April 22. We need plenty of volunteers to make our guests feel welcome at St. Timothy’s. Consider volunteering to set up or take down beds, greet and host families, or stay as an overnight host in the church. For more information visit familypromisechattanooga.com To sign up contact Leigh Althaus at email@example.com or Erin Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neema Resettlement Outreach is a program founded by Father Peter Kanyi in order to provide critical services for refugees and immigrants to successfully intergrate into American life. Literacy classes, transportation, housing, health care, education, and employment opportunities are just a few of the services that Neema Resettlement Outreach addresses in partnership with local placement agencies. Contact Mark Hackett at email@example.com
St. Isidore’s Ministry
St. Isidore’s ministry focuses on several areas, all linked by a mission to feed the hungry in our community. We cook and deliver warm meals every 4th week to families in need identified by Signal Mountain Social Services; this meal ministry is done in conjunction with three other Signal Mountain churches. Cooking and delivery are coordinated by Laura Witherspoon and Sherri Bishop. We also deliver a frozen meal at that time which serves as a second meal during the week; frozen meals are prepared couple of times a year by our volunteers under the direction of Judith Miller. We receive “excess” bread from the Bread Basket which would is frozen and would otherwise be discarded. We store this and distribute it to those in need. This activity is managed by Sandi Pierce and Ann Johnson and bread is frequently delivered by Marti Roberts and Joe Galbraith. We have a food pantry downstairs in the Sunday School area. This is managed by Diane Welch and receives donations of nonperishable items from parishioners. This food is used by St. Isidore’s for cooking or for distribution to our families, transported to Metropolitan Ministries for their pantry, and transported to Chattanooga State for their food pantry for students in need. The church garden is managed by Lolly Durant and has served as a source of fresh produce for St. Isidore’s cooking, produce delivery to our families, produce delivery to Metropolitan Ministries, and produce for our parishioners. Finally, St. Isidore’s holds a BAKE SALE on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, supported by the entire parish. This fund raising event serves to support our ministry throughout the year. We don’t know where God might be leading us next! If you would like to participate in any of this areas, we would love to hear from you – no special skills needed. Contact Laura Witherspoon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvation Army Christmas Angels
Sign up to provide Christmas gifts for a child in need. Help Diane Welch gather and sort gifts. Program runs November and collected items are due early December. Contact Diane Welch at email@example.com
St. Timothy’s Garden
A plan in is place to have a fall garden to help the need to feed the hungry in our community. For more information as to how you can help. Contact Lolly Durant at firstname.lastname@example.org (See St. Isidore's Ministry)
Outreach Ministries Connected to St. Timothy’s
The Chattanooga Community Kitchen first opened its doors to a feeding program in 1982. Since then, it has expanded to cover a city block, providing food and wrap-around services to the homeless and needy of Chattanooga seven days a week, 365 days a year. Every year the Community Kitchen serves more than 130,000 meals and also provides onsite health care, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services. It also provides a safe place for families during the day. In a given year, the Community Kitchen houses twenty homeless families in on-site apartments; helps dozens of single mothers offset the increasing costs of moving their families into permanent housing and helps hundreds of individuals find employment and permanent housing. All of these services are provided at no cost to the homeless and needy individuals. Find out more at www.homelesschattanooga.org.
Chattanooga Food Bank
The mission of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is to gather and share grocery products with our neighbors in need. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank distributed nearly 8.8 million pounds of food to more than 125,000 families in need last year, and over 13,600 emergency food boxes were shared. For more information, call 423-622-1800 or visit www.chattfoodbank.org
Haiti Children’s Nutrition Program
A Haitian-led non-profit organization working to fight malnutrition and create sustainable solutions to end poverty in Haiti.The mission is to raise a healthy generation of Haitian children, who can in turn, raise Haiti from poverty. 1 in 3 children in Haiti faces the long-term effects of growth retardation due to acute malnutrition. 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty and many die from conditions or situations that would have been preventable or minor elsewhere. Several people from St. Timothy’s have been on mission trips to Haiti and The Rev. John Talbird, a retired Episcopal priest is an ongoing supporter of the CNP. For more information contact Kemmer Anderson at email@example.com or Alison Chimley at firstname.lastname@example.org
A non-profit residence community for adults with physical disabilities. The mission of Hosanna is to provide a secure, home-like Christian residence for physically disabled people living together, encouraging their fullest possible development, physically, socially, intellectually and spiritually. Sixteen residents, who are too high functioning to be in a nursing home, live in two houses on 7 acres in Hixson. All of the residents are working toward independent rewarding lives. Some are working full or part-time, some are in school, some do volunteer work, some are in rehabilitation programs and some are still mending. Some of the residents are able to pay their full rent, but most require scholarships. Volunteers are a big part of Hosanna’s ministry. While the work performed helps Hosanna reduce its costs, the interface with the residents is of equal value. For more information visit www.hosannacommunity.org 19 Signal Mountain Social Services A private, nonprofit social services agency dedicated to meeting the nedds of families and individuals living in Hamilton County 37377 zip code during times of crisis and challenge. St. Timothy’s Youth do a Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Men of St. Timothy’s provide Christmas trees and the parish provides Christmas gifts for the needy. Contact Diane Welch at email@example.com
Begun in 1979 as a ministry of the Episcopal Commission of Southeast TN (ECSET), Metropolitan Ministries’ continuing goal is to prevent homelessness and provide greater stability to the marginalized in our community. Clients’ emergency financial needs are mitigated by a team of over 25 volunteers who negotiate with clients’ creditors and make pledges that guarantee their stability for at least the coming 30 days. Assistance areas include third party payments for rent arrearages; utility arrearages; food vouchers; prescription payments, and local and out-of-town travel. The MM Supportive Services Project provides clients with on-site consultation and enrollment in programs that portend more ongoing stability without their having to travel to several different agencies to access those services. Clients are assisted Monday – Wednesday on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Wednesdays are reserved for clients age 62 and older.) The Ministry is located at 1112 McCallie Ave., right across from Warner Park. For more information, see: www.metropolitanministries.org
Welcome Home of Chattanooga
Welcome Home of Chattanooga is a home for those who have a terminal illness and have nowhere to go for end of life care. They provide shelter and family type care, partnering with area hospices who provide the professional medical care. To contact directly call 423-355-5842 or visit www.WelcomeHomeofChattanooga.org. To contact for ways you can help reach out to Snowe Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org