In seeking to “Live God’s Love,” we strive to embody God’s care for the world through acts of charity. While some of our efforts take place as independent ministries of our congregation, mostly we partner with other organizations who are committed to addressing some particular need in our local or global community.
For many years, we have prepared and delivered Christmas Baskets overflowing with food for people in need in our community.
Here are just some of the ways in which we are committed to building up the world that God is calling us into, through partnerships with other organizations:
The Ecumenical Storehouse provides household goods to people in need. These goods are all supplied through donations. Volunteers pick up donations, answer phones, receive clients, and assist clients to get what they need. Our congregation has a long history of providing volunteers and financial assistance to this important work.
ADFAC focuses on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in our area by striving to provide a comprehensive scope of services with compassion: Short term assistance for basic needs; Affordable solutions for home rehabilitation, new construction and rental housing; Energy conservation; Children and youth education services; and Education via life coaching and/or referrals. While we regularly offer financial support and donations to ADFAC, our congregation also partners with ADFAC in determining how we may best respond to needs expressed directly to us: whether that might be with a referral to a better suited organization, or with direct assistance through our Family Services ministry.
Family Promise of Roane County is an affiliate of the national Family Promise program. This program helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence: with food, shelter, and support services. Our congregation is committed to serving as a host church with Family Promise of Roane County, and our Pastor currently sits on the Board.
TORCH works to serve the homeless and those who are not able to receive services elsewhere due to lack of documentation (i.e. No ID, no phone, no address –or other limiting factors). Our congregation supports TORCH with money as well as being a resource for providing for TORCH client needs through our Family Services ministry.
Founded in 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County is an ecumenical ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable houses with participating families; working with diverse individuals, organizations, and faith communities to serve others. Our congregation has provided financial donations as well as helped to support volunteers working on Habitat builds.
As the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion works with partners to alleviate suffering throughout the world. Our congregation keeps up to date with the ongoing work of Week of Compassion as well as gives money regularly.
FMC is a primary care medical clinic providing services – at no cost to the patient – to financially eligible individuals of Anderson, Roane, and Morgan counties who otherwise have no access to health care. They offer primary care, preventive care, referrals for specialty care, health education and nutritional management programs. Our congregation has provided donations and hosted several Pancake breakfasts over the years to help raise funds for this important work.
Methodist Medical Center’s volunteers support the staff and patients of our hospital and help promote service excellence. Many of our congregation’s members serve as volunteers at our local hospital, Methodist Medical Center: welcoming and providing information for patients and visitors.
We have also led worship services out in our community, including at NHC (National Healthcare Corporation) and The Courtyards Senior Living, as well as continued participation with the Oak Ridge Ministerial Association.