@ BurksUMC
A “Hearty Thank You” to Burks Congregation for the UMCOR Shoeboxes outpouring! We will accept them through September 9th!
What’s Coming Up Next?
Mission Moments are coming to Wednesday Night Connexion!
Come to Wednesday Night Connexion, September 26th to hear about Mustard Tree Ministries here in Chattanooga.
Dinner begins at 5:30 and the presentation will begin at 6 pm.
Where Can I Serve?
Burks UMC is an active, missional
community of faith. We currently
have friends involved all over Chattanooga, and through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), all over the world.
Our Ministries Include:
Mustard Tree Ministries
The Bethlehem Center
Bethel Bible Village
Family Promise
Men @ Burks
Knit Wits
Chattanooga Community Kitchen
Soddy-Daisy Food Bank
Sack Packers
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers in Medicine
Northside Neighborhood House
Ronald McDonald House
Time Sharers
Boy Scouts
American Heritage Girls
Burks Child Development Center
You may obtain a contact person currently for any of these ministries by calling the church office at 423-842-4219 or if email is preferred they are below.
Here’s to you,
finding your calling,
here at Burks UMC! 
 Hospitality Ministries 
Would you be great at greeting folks as they come in the building on Sunday Mornings?
Would you be willing to hold an umbrella and walk folks in from the parking lot, or wear a hat and greet them there on a cold day? 
Could you help direct curious faces at the hospitality desk? 
Would you be an usher and help friends feel comfortable and welcome inside the sanctuary? 
Would you love to serve at the coffee bar? Or bake fresh goodies to serve there? 
What about the nursery, when we have lots of little ones wanting to play and rock? 
Maybe talking to folks isn’t your thing, but you would write a note to visitors or those in need of prayer and let them know we care. 
Are you good at technology? Would you like to serve as a volunteer on the Burks Media Team and rotate through services monthly working in the sound/projection booth? 
All of these opportunities and more exist for you at Burks UMC!  
Contact for  
Hospitality Ministries: 
Contact for Media Ministries: 
We schedule volunteers with
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 groups and individuals.
Contact: Donna Hashway
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
Up and coming Volunteer opportunity. More Information coming! 
Contact: Pat Marshall
An Organization dedicated to helping homeless families with children achieve and sustain independence through community partnerships. Volunteers transform classrooms into guest rooms, provide meals and serve as overnight hosts for the families.
Contact: Jim Knight
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 Habitat ReStore.
Contact: Jim Rochelle
A group that serves 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. If you know how to knit or crochet great! If not they would love to teach you. They meet the second and third monday of each mont
Contact: Elaine Edwards
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 folks on the second Tuesday of each month.
Contact: Debbie Bruggink
This promotes the independence of residents north of the river by providing a hand up through education and assistance. The NNH helps the community through three programs: Emergency Direct Assistance, Education and Thrift Stores
Contact: Catherine Gander
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
A team making a huge difference in the lives of local schoolchildren affected by weekend hunger. Each week, these persons 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 needy children 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 and sort and distribute as required.
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 Hour, Regency House, Morning Pointe, and Soddy Daisy Health Care. These persons play piano, sing, play games, read aloud, or simply visit the residents. Each facility may have other volunteer opportunities that match your gift and skillT
Contact: Debbie Davis
A full service medical clinic providing primary and preventive health care to low income individuals and families of Hamilton County, Tn who otherwise have no access to public or private health insurance. Volunteers are needed for many non-medical jobs. Medical professionals are also needed.
Contact: Jan Ivey

As a Methodist congregation we support UMCOR through donations of materials and time to the UM Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur, AL and the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. 


We take day trips to the Decatur warehouse the third Friday of every other month to help with facility work, cleaning buckets, UMCOR kits, Christmas shoe boxes, and other mission support activities.  To participate in the Decatur warehouse trips.


Contact: Neil Carriker
Once a year we go to Sager Brown for a week of service there, where we stay in on-campus lodging.  We work at the Depot and in the local community doing tasks that accommodate a full range of worker skill levels and abilities.  The next trip is November 4-9, 2018 and is for ages 16 and up.
Contact: Jan Ivey