Reaching out in love to those in our community and beyond
The community of St. Timothys is committed to social justice, and works actively to aid those in need, as well as to change the systems that keep people in poverty
St. Timothys Food Closet
Our food closet is open on the third Friday of each month, from 1-4 P.M. Requests for assistance must be made ahead of time by contacting the church office.
Most of our food supply is purchased through the NE Iowa Food Bank, with supplemental items being purchased elsewhere.
We welcome donations of food, funding, non-food items (such as cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, pet food) and your time. There is a drop-box for your donations in the entry area outside the sanctuary.
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The Garden Club began in 2013 and expanded in 2014. It provided about 700 pounds of fresh produce to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and our own Food Closet. People from the neighborhood are encouraged to work alongside St. Tims members in tending the garden and sharing the harvests.
Partners In Education
St. Timothys is a partner with the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence (formerly Grant Elementary) in Waterloo. This school is located in an area of need. Ongoing ministry opportunities include: mentoring students, collecting Hy-Vee grocery store receipts, helping with periodic bake sales, and donating hats and mittens for the students in the winter.
Christmas Adopt-A-Family and Mitten Tree projects
Each December, we gather up gifts and basic clothing needs for families and children. Gifts are purchased and wrapped, usually for 3 to 5 families. Mittens, scarves, hats, underwear, and socks are collected for our Mitten Tree – to be given to children at our Partner school.
Every Tuesday, a free meal is served in Scott Hall at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. St. Timothys participates with other metro churches in donating the food and serving the meal. We take our turn the third Tuesday of every other month.
The CROP Walk is a Church World Service project. Each year in October, walkers from St. Timothys join those from other churches to raise funds to alleviate hunger and its causes worldwide. Usually a portion of the proceeds are used for local agencies; with the rest going to worldwide needs.
Mission Ingathering, formerly known as Thanksgiving Ingathering, marked forty years of making a difference on Saturday, November 2, 2019. “The Mission Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address humanitarian problems locally and around the world, including hunger, poverty, and disaster,” according to the Ingathering statements. It’s a way “to show the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs.” What began as a small collection of blankets, kits, animals, and corn on the campus of Westmar College, has grown into an Iowa Conference collection that annually raises nearly $1 million in financial gifts and in-kind donations.
There are five sites for Mission Ingathering, usually held on the first Saturday in November. Our closest one has been held at First UMC in Cedar Falls. Members and friends are encouraged to give out of their abundance, whether in cash, or animals, or crops, or crafts, or quilts. On the Iowa Annual Conference website, enter “Ingathering” in the search tool for schedules and more information.
Cedar Valley Pridefest
Cedar Valley Pridefest is an annual two-day event that highlights the diverse gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community of Eastern Iowa in a positive and informative manner in an effort to promote acceptance, understanding and equality. It’s usually held in late August, on West 4th Street in Waterloo. Members of St. Timothys gather at our booth there to greet and welcome festival attendees.