HOW WE GIVE
Outreach: Our Community Outreach Commission is one of the most active endeavors in our St. Timothy’s family. Serving others and putting our faith into action is a cornerstone of our Christian ministry. This outreach includes but is not limited to the Carriage House Sunday breakfast, ECW Thanksgiving Bake Sale, Imagination Station Science and History Museum, Lobster Sale fundraiser, Food Basket Ministry, Pet Food Ministry, Summer Food Drive, and the Augustine Literacy Project. We have also participated in multiple mission trips over the past ten years to Panama, though none is currently planned. St. Timothy’s was instrumental in forming Hope Station and gave birth to the now relocated Community Soup Kitchen. Our Carriage House Sunday breakfast is a great demonstration of our faith in action. The Community Soup Kitchen is not open on the weekend, and St. Timothy’s volunteers stepped into action to fill that gap, using an old building on our property to offer a breakfast on Sunday morning to any comers. We participate with other are churches in the Cristmas Day meal and the annual Prayer Luncheon. Our annual Lobster Sale funded a Habitat for Humanity building, and our annual (79 years) ECW Bake Sale and luncheon distributes its profits to the community.
Inreach: Our Pastoral Care Commission supervises several ministries that reach out to our own congregation. The St. Francis Guild sends several people on monthly teams to visit our shut-ins and those in hospital or recovery, and as necessary they take meals to families of newborns or bereaved. Teams of Lay Eucharistic Ministers take consecrated wafers and wine to shut-ins on Sundays, making more than 300 visits per year. Our frozen food ministry creates meals that are available for parishioners to deliver to anyone in the community who has a need. The commission also offers get-togethers to welcome newcomers several times a year and a pre-Christmas tea to show the congregation’s appreciation for all the staff and volunteers who serve in the parish office or at the altar. Members of the commission also coordinate bereavement receptions when needed.
We pride ourselves on our hospitality, and we like to have fun. A team of male chefs cooks breakfast for the parish once a month (except summer), and parish pot-lucks are well attended. Our Parish Life Commission coordinates parish picnics, celebrates St. Timothy’s Sunday, and hosts receptions for special events. One special event we hold about every five years is the Jack Gray Lecture. Partially endowed by former rector Jack Gray, this series is an opportunity for us to bring to our community interesting speakers on stimulating topics. Our last speaker was Amy Butler, who discussed challenges of Christian church growth and possible solutions.