Local Church Stands In The Gap For 4 Local Nonprofits
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Across the United States, the twin crisis of the pandemic and economic downturn are depleting donations and could force as many as a third of nonprofits to close for good, officials said. But here in Chattanooga, one mission-minded church is filling a gap for four local nonprofits: The Bethlehem Center, The Chattanooga Community Kitchen, The Chattanooga Rescue Mission and Hope for the Inner City.
This past Christmas Eve, Silverdale Baptist Church asked its congregation to give a special gift to benefit local mission partners who minister to the neediest in our community: the hungry and homeless.
Silverdale raised over $32,000 over Christmas to help these local mission partners. On Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Oaks Coffee House's upper room, Silverdale Baptist Church will present these funds to these local partners to help them effectively reach the community.
"Unexpected support like this shows the faithful heart of Pastor Tony and the Silverdale Family," says Jens Christensen from Chattanooga Community Kitchen, "these funds will help meet urgent needs and keep meals on the table throughout the cold, wet days ahead."
"As a church, we want to bring God's peace and healing to Chattanooga," says Tony Walliser, lead pastor at Silverdale. He goes on to say, "We believe that through serving our community, assisting the poor, caring for the sick and educating the next generation, we can positively impact people's lives and families."
Officials said, "Silverdale is committed to reaching our community for Christ and partners with over thirty local nonprofits throughout the year and funds them through our members faith missions offerings and 100 percent of Oaks Coffee House's profits.
"Silverdale Baptist Church exists to lead people into an authentic relationship with Christ so they will worship God, grow in their faith and serve the Lord in our community and world. Join us for worship every weekend on-campus and on-line; visit silverdalebc.com for service times and locations."