Mission Opportunities

How to Engage in Missions at Burks UMC

Our Mission is to connect people with Jesus Christ, His Church, and His purpose for our lives.

We at Burks believe there is no better way to serve God than by serving others. We strive to be an Acts 1:8 church by reaching out to help others in the Hixson/Soddy-Daisy communities (Jerusalem), Chattanooga area (Judea), United States (Samaria), and other countries (ends of the Earth). "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth." Acts 1:8

Here you will find the current mission areas actively engaging Burks friends and members in hands on help. We encourage everyone to find places to share your gifts and time.

You may contact the person listed on any mission by email and ask for more information, or to join in the work of that ministry. There is a Mission Table in the church Narthex, across from the coffee bar, where you can leave donations as indicated and gather additional information. You may also call the church Office Manager, Bindy, at 423.842.4219 with questions and she will direct you to the appropriate person who can help.

Bethel Bible Village

A Christian organization providing safe, nurturing, and Christ centered homes for children of families in crisis. There are many volunteer opportunities that are well suited for both individuals and small groups. The Bethel Bible Village store on Hixson Pike will receive donations of well cared for furniture, toys, clothing and household items.

Contact: Donna Hashway


Bethlehem Center

A faith based agency dedicated to transforming lives and revitalizing inner city communities through character development, education/literacy, and leadership development. Volunteers are needed to tutor students, prepare summer meals, or work in the Bethlehem Resource Center.

Contact: Teresa Steele


Burks Community Cupboard

Provides food to people in short term need in our community on an ongoing basis. The cupboard is located in the grassy area in front of Burks main entrance. Volunteers help restock and organize the Cupboard. 

Contact: Debbie Bruggink 


Family Promise

An organization dedicated to helping homeless families with children achieve and sustain independence through community partnerships. Family Promise clients may graduate from the program into permanent housing, and if that is the case, household donation items are requested at that time. Volunteers are needed to welcome and assist with this life changing ministry.

Contact: Jim Knight


Habitat for Humanity

A Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent, and affordable homes for low-income families in the Chattanooga area. Volunteers assist with construction projects or help with support activities such as the Habitat ReStore. Donations for the ReStore need to be delivered to one of their retail locations.

Contact: Jim Rochelle


Knit Wits

A group of people that serve both the Burks congregation and our entire community. They gather and share as they make beautiful and comforting items such as hats, scarves, shawls, and afghans. Every creation is made with love and prayerful concern for the recipients. There are a variety of organizations who receive these creations, as well as people from the Burks UMC community. If you want to be part of a mission that serves and is prayer focused, this group is for you. If you knit or crochet (or would like to learn) join the Knit Wits on the second Monday and third Tuesday of each month at Burks.

Contact: Elaine Edwards


Carolyn Rochelle


Mustard Tree Ministries

An organization dedicated to helping the less-fortunate people of Chattanooga become reconnected with God, family, and the community. Volunteers from Burks prepare and/or serve a meal to these friends on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 -8:00 pm. Food donations are usually brought to the Burks UMC church office, and the need for each month is publicized in the bulletin and online weekly newsletter (called the iBridge.) You can sign up to receive the iBridge by calling the Office Manager, Bindy, at 432-842-4219.

Contact: Debbie Bruggink


Northside Neighborhood House

This organization promotes the independence of residents north of the Tennessee River by providing education and assistance. The NNH helps the community through three programs: Emergency Direct Assistance, Education, and Thrift Stores. At Christmas, we provided food boxes for NNH clients, and periodically there are other special projects that are shared by the congregation. Donations for their thrift stores are requested to be delivered directly to them. There is one on Dayton Pike in Soddy Daisy, near the Wendy's.

Contact: Brooke Arnold


Ronald McDonald House Charities

An organization that provides a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill or injured children and supports programs that improve the health, education, and well-being of children. Volunteers serve meals, provide assistance at the welcome desk, work in the family room, or participate in various other activities.

Contact: Sarah Bonneau


Sack Packers

Sack Packers is a team making a huge difference in the lives of local school children affected by weekend hunger. Each week, volunteers prepare sack packs containing basic food items that children love and depend on to provide them with enough food to get through the weekend. The sack packs are delivered to a local school where they are distributed to children in need each Friday.

Contact: Saundra Sharpe


Soddy Daisy Food Bank

An all-volunteer organization focused on gathering and sharing food with families and individuals in need. Volunteers pick up, sort, and distribute food as required. The collection barrel for non perishable, healthy food is a large blue barrel near the water fountains in the main lobby. Food may be brought in any time the building is open.

Contact: Mel McMahen


Time Sharers

A group of people volunteering their time and talents at local assisted living and nursing home facilities such as Manor House, Regency House, Morning Pointe, and Soddy Daisy Health Care. These helpers play piano, sing, play games, read aloud, or simply visit with residents. Each facility may have other volunteer opportunities that match your gifts and skills.

Contact: Debbie Davis


Welcome Home Chattanooga

This service provides shelter and care in a home setting for those who have a terminal illness and lack viable options for end of life care. They partner with area hospices who provide the professional medical care. Their mission is also to teach others about the holy ground of caring for those who are dying. In addition to volunteer opportunities, ongoing needs include cleaning supplies such as laundry detergent, fabric sheets, toilet paper, and paper towels. To donate items bring them to the Missions Table in the Narthex at the church, across from the coffee bar.

Contact: Pat Marshall


UMCOR - United Methodist Committee on Relief

Burks supports UMCOR through donations of money, materials and time to the UM Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur, AL and the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. We take bi-monthly day trips to the Decatur Warehouse to help with facility work, cleaning buckets, UMCOR kits, and Christmas Shoeboxes. Once a year we go to Sager Brown for a week of service, working at the Depot and in the local community performing tasks that accommodate a full range of worker skill levels and abilities.

Contact: Neil Carriker



Jan Ivey


Firewood Ministry

Men@Burks and Burks Youth provide firewood to help folks stay warm for the winter. Men cut, split and haul hardwood. Youth will market and help deliver the wood. Donations from those wishing to purchase firewood for their own use or for a facility, benefit Burks Youth program. Those who heat with wood and are in need may request assistance, and donate as they are able. Delivery is made freely available to meet critical needs, or those receiving firewood may pick it up. For a donation, those purchasing firewood for themselves or a facility may request delivery. Free emergency wood is available 24 hours a day outside the main entrance at Burks UMC for pickup.

Contact: Joe Nichols