Social Awareness

Food Pantry

The mission of St. Mary’s Food is simply to “Feed the Hungry.” The pantry maintains both a non-perishable and perishable items and provides food to needy families in Washington County, TN. Foods boxes are distributed on the First and Third Saturday of every month (8:30am – 9:00am). The food pantry operates on generous donations (food donations and cash) from parishioners of St. Mary’s, as well perishable food donation, that are close to expiration, from the local Food Lion on a weekly basis.

Parish Twinning

St. Mary’s Twinning Program is very active with two projects: Casa Laura Vicuña, a girl’s orphanage in Quito, Ecuador, and Visitation Clinic in Petite Riviere de Nippes, Haiti. Groups from our parish, including priests, deacons, and others, have personally visited each site. These projects are funded by the generous donations to St. Mary’s Twinning via various church fundraisers and fundraising projects by JPIC. Call the parish office for more information.

Melting Pot

Volunteers from St. Mary’s prepare and serve lunches for homeless and indigent persons two days each month at The Melting Pot, located on the campus of Munsey United Methodist Church in Johnson City. The program is coordinated by Munsey and Good Samaritan Ministries. Call the parish office for more information.

Justice-Peace-Integrity of Creation (JPIC)

Justice-Peace-Integrity of Creation (JPIC) promotes a spirituality that leads us as individuals and as church to celebrate life, act on behalf of justice and peace within the integrity of creation, and participate in the transformation of the world. Not only personal change is promoted but also structural change that will better defend, promote, and enhance life and allow the Kingdom of God to become more of a reality in our lives and in our world. Our sale of Fair Trade coffees, teas, and chocolates not only help the producers of these products but all profit is contributed to the support of the Parish Twinning ministry. Call the parish office for more information.

Respect Life Committee

St. Mary’s Respect Life Committee values and celebrates the life of every person from conception through a natural death. We are committed through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead the parish community to a greater awareness of the many life issues through educational programs and opportunities for service. Please contract the parish office for more information.

Family Promise of Greater Johnson City

Family Promise of Greater Johnson City is an established network of churches and community agencies responding to the needs of homeless families with children. In particular, this response provides an opportunity for homeless families to remain together as a family while addressing the challenges that confront them in obtaining housing. These families receive counseling, services, and opportunities on issues related to each family’s specific needs. An organized coalition of local churches provides temporary food and shelter for families involved in the program. Call the parish office for more information.