Here at St. Timothy's, we are called to serve as part of our discipleship, reaching out with compassion and unconditional love to those in need as the hands and feet of Christ. God has equipped us for every good work, providing for us abundantly in both physical and spiritual needs, so we gladly give back by helping our neighbors. Join us in these missions and become active in your faith.
The Community of Good Neighbors in Buffalo, in partnership with Resurrection Village, is looking for donations to purchase food, medical care, and other necessities for their food pantry ministry, as well as for urgent building maintenance including electrical work to keep them safe. Donations can be given by using the Upstate New York Synod Title.ly form below and choosing the Community of Good Neighbors drop-down where it says "give to." You can also call 716-892-2489 to give or mail in your support to 3 Doat Street, Buffalo, NY 14211. The CGN is also looking for donations of gloves, masks, bags, and cleaning supplies. If you'd like to donate supplies or become a volunteer, please contact Pastor Miranda Hammer at 716-393-8884 or by email at email@example.com.
Please support the Community of Good Neighbors, which is continuing the amazing legacy of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Click the button below to read the letter written to area congregations and visit their website, cgnbuffalo.com, to learn more. Please also pray for them as they build their new worship community and serve those in need.
Please join Lutheran World Relief in sewing masks for the poorest communities across the world.
Many do not have the option of social distancing, cannot work from home, and often don’t have clean water for hand washing. This is their best line of defense and they need your help.
Pledge toward their goal of 75,000 cloth face masks and mail them in by boxes of 25 by October 1st.
There are a few specifications that they ask:
1. Use tightly woven cotton fabric,
2. Make sure the ties and/or elastic are affixed firmly to the mask,
3. No symbolism is used on the fabric due to the social conditions in the countries in which they will be distributed.
4. Other information including a pattern and instructional video, shipping details, and the pledge form can be found on their website, lwr.org/masks.
Gifts to the ELCA World Hunger are being matched to $101,000! This is a great chance to double your impact and reflect Christ’s light to people in need across the world. This ongoing need rarely gets coverage due to its unchanging status, but here are some statistics that reflect just how important our work in this area is:
· 821 million people around the world - that's more than 1 in 10 - can't access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
· According to the most recent estimates, 736 million people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. That's 10% of the world's population.
· At some point in 2017 (the most recent year available), more than 40 million people in the United States were unsure where their next meal might come from.
· 39.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2017. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $25,094.
Donate today to contribute to sustainable solutions that get to the root of the cause by:
You can also mail in a check payable to ELCA World Hunger to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009, or by calling 800-638-3522.
For references and further information, please see:
The COVID-19 crisis is heavily impacting many in our community, our nation, and our world. As part of our mission, St. Timothy is encouraging its members to donate to the ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund. This is divided among congregations that are disproportionately at risk, congregations that are best positioned to help their communities, and sanitation provisions for people globally. Please consider uplifting these communities with your support.
Lutheran Charities is on the front lines, supporting community-based organizations that help people reach their full potential. They enable these organizations to provide for the hungry, unsheltered, lonely, and those in need of hope. With fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, Lutheran Charities is entirely dependent on your gifts to continue supporting these critical ministries, which are in even greater demand in these times. 100% of your gifts go directly to those who need our support - nothing is taken for expenses. Thank you for your support.
Ben Richard, a Grand Island resident and St. Timothy congregant, was in a severe car accident in which he sustained multiple injuries. We are glad to hear he is steadily improving and getting stronger through rehab. Please consider supporting him and his family by helping them pay their medical bills.
St. Timothy's is collaborating with both the Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and Niagara Falls organizations for their Faith Build Coalition, "bringing people together to put faith into action." We participate in building homes, pray for the families who are being helped by this initiative, and donate funds to allow their work to continue. If you're interested in volunteering for Habitat Buffalo either to pray or to build, please add your name to our sign-up sheet or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our parking lot, you'll find a Hearts for the Homeless donation bin. Hearts for the Homeless is a missions organization that provides meals, clothing, information on services, companionship, and hope for the homeless in Buffalo.
In the bin, you can place used items including clothing, shoes, textiles (blankets, towels, curtains, etc.), and footwear, as long as they are clean, dry, and odorless. If the material is torn, stained, or is unwearable due to broken zippers and missing buttons or if you have single shoes, these are also accepted and are sent to be recycled. If you're looking for a place to donate old stuffed animals or Halloween costumes, this is a great option!
Please note that during the COVID pandemic, they have a limited capacity and are asking for only gently-used items that can be sold in their thrift shop, including housewares. The shop serves a low-income community in Buffalo and all the proceeds after expenses go to their mobile soup kitchen. Please also continue supporting them in prayer and through monetary support as they continue feeding the needy. Click here to donate.
St. Timothy is also home to two support groups: Love & Loss for those experiencing grief and Steady Love for caregivers and those who live with chronic illness. We open our doors to the community and welcome people in need regardless of religion, denomination, or absence of belief. For more information, visit our support groups page here.