Mission and Outreach at St. Timothy
Recognizing that, as members of the Body of Christ, we are part of a Church that comprises far more than our congregation, we at St. Timothy have committed ourselves to a wide range of Christian services.
We are mission partners with the newest congregation in the ELCA’s New Jersey Synod, Elect Saints Lutheran Church of Hamilton. Elect Saints is a vibrant congregation, most of whose members are recent immigrants from Liberia, West Africa. We’ve been pleased to help support them in their ministry. Learn more at www.electsaintschurch.org.
We also provide financial support for Lutheran missionaries serving overseas. Members of St. Timothy have participated in the NJ Synod’s Bosnia Servant Trips in which Lutherans promote peace between Christians and Muslims in that war-torn region. We support the efforts of Lutheran World Relief (www.lwf.org) and the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
Our Women of the ELCA collects gifts for merchant sailors far from home through the Christmas at Sea program of the Seafarer’s International House, a Lutheran agency which ministers to sailors far from home (http://www.sihnyc.org/).
Interfaith Ministry in Wayne
St. Timothy supports interfaith ministry in Wayne by way of two organizations: the Wayne Clergy Fellowship and the Wayne Interfaith Network. Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish religious leaders comprise the Wayne Clergy Fellowship. The Wayne Interfaith Network maintains a food pantry at Packanack Community Church and assists needy families in Wayne with clothing, housing assistance, and seasonal food distributions. Several parishioners are members of WIN’s board, and we regularly collect food for the WIN pantry. St. Timothy is also the base of operations for WIN’s annual Thanksgiving basket distribution. We plan to serve as a host congregation for Passaic County Family Promise, a program that provides interim housing, transportation, training, and other support for homeless families. We also support Your Grandmother’s Cupboard, an agency founded by a former member of St. Timothy that provides household essentials for the poor.
Church World Service/CROP
Each October, St. Timothy participates in the CROP Walk, organized by the Wayne Clergy Fellowship. Adults and older youth walk a 5 mile route around Packanack Lake, raising awareness and funs for international relief, development, and alleviation of hunger. Our younger Sunday School children do a mini-CROP Walk, raising funds to fight hunger by walking on a shorter route on St. Timothy property. St. Timothy also supports CROP’s parent organization, Church World Service, through Blanket Sunday.
Each Mothers’ Day, we make donations in honor or memory of our mothers to provide blankets for the poor in distant lands. For more information, go to www.churchworldservice.org.
Christmas Gifts under the Jesse Tree
Every year during Advent the members of St. Timothy purchase gifts for children affiliated with the Center for Family Resources, home of the upper Passaic County Head Start Program. Each donor picks a child’s name, purchases and wraps a gift of clothing, and places it under the Jesse Tree. The gifts are delivered in time for Christmas.
Heart ‘n Hands Mission
Wayne Interfaith Network
Wayne Clergy Fellowship
Family Promise of Passaic County
Eva’s Kitchen Stew Sunday
Head Start of Passaic County