Cross of Glory has many outreach opportunities for you to participate in with us. Our goal is to support initiatives that are meaningful to our community and congregation.
Super Bowl LIV is a thing of the past, but the soup donations brought on by the big game challenges are still with us. The first challenge was to have 49 different kinds of soup brought in on the first Sunday of the challenge. (Sorry, 49ers, for your loss.) Another challenge was to accumulate 605 cans of soup in recognition of the distance from Denver to Kansas City. (Congratulations, Chiefs!) All challenges were met, and we have witnessed a soup blow-out!
The final count is yet to be completed but we know we have far surpassed all soup challenges. We even had help from others in the community near and far, including a young friend of the congregation who has lived on the streets himself for years. How amazing is that?? Thank you to all who so generously provided designated funds, soup donations, or gave of themselves to shop for the best soup bargains in town. Your love and concern for others is truly inspiring and heartwarming.
Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson
Metro Caring’s March Food Item of the Month TUNA OR CANNED MEAT
Metro Caring is the largest food pantry in Denver. Our food donations are greatly appreciated and make a real difference in people’s lives. In addition to food pantry services, Metro Caring takes a holistic approach to fighting hunger by offering cooking and nutrition classes, utility and tax assistance, and employment-readiness training. This month, our food focus item is tuna or canned meat. However, any food donation is welcome. Please place your donations in the specially marked boxes in the narthex. Thank you for sharing with those less fortunate.
MARCH OUTREACH – HELPING HANDS PROGRAM
Cross of Glory has had a strong, steadfast outreach program for decades. However, in 2011 we realized that there were people right in our own community who had needs that we could additionally address. The Helping Hands Program was created to help those people and has been a true blessing to many people over the past nine years. The needs are varied and the help is appreciated. The greatest need in recent times has been financial help with health care expenses. Other needs have also been met, including the purchase of school supplies, groceries, RTD bus passes, eye exams, even diapers! There has been help with utility bills and car repairs.
You can support Helping Hands with a designated gift or by letting Pastor Mike know if you are able to offer your time or personal services to help others. If you or someone you know needs assistance from our Helping Hands Program, confidential requests can be made to Pastor Mike either personally or via request cards in the narthex. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Metro Caring February Item of the Month SOUP! SOUP! SOUP!
With Super Bowl LIV in early February, it’s logical for us to stock Metro Caring’s shelves with cans of soup this month. Our challenge is to have 49 different kinds of soup donated on Super Bowl Sunday, and to accumulate 605 cans of soup by the end of the February. It’s a good thing 2020 is leap year – we have an extra day to meet this challenge! Any kind of soup will bring good, warm nutrition to hungry individuals on a cold winter’s day. Please place your soup donations, or any other food items you care to give, in the Metro Caring boxes in the narthex. Thank you for giving generously!
Julie Prange, Outreach Chairperson
FEBRUARY OUTREACH – THE DELORES PROJECT
The Delores Project, our February outreach focus organization, works with individuals experiencing barriers to housing. Each year, the organization serves approximately 450 individuals, providing 20,000 nights of shelter to unaccompanied women and transgender individuals aged 18 or older. The Delores Project has several major programs, one of which is its Emergency Shelter. This is not a domestic violence shelter. Through a lottery system, dorm-style beds are available for homeless individuals for a one-week stay. Guests must meet certain intake requirements, perform a daily chore and meet curfew hours.
Another program of The Delores Project is its Community Re-entry Program. This serves homeless women and transgender individuals following release from the Department of Corrections. An individual must be referred by a community re-entry specialist for a predetermined length of stay. These individuals work with their re-entry specialists to find a more permanent stable housing solution while staying at The Delores Shelter. They must also perform a daily chore and be in by curfew.
Steps to Stability is a program providing long-term nightly shelter and case management services. This comprehensive program is geared towards women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness who do not have access to case management services elsewhere. A transitional advocate works with guests to assess their strengths and needs. An individualized plan is developed, the goal of which is to have guests develop an external network of support to sustain a stable, healthy life. Reliable shelter, this with onsite support services, empowers guests to overcome challenges by completing small steps to achieve larger goals. Only guests staying at The Delores Shelter can apply for this program.
Arroyo Village, a collaboration of The Delores Project and Rocky Mountain Communities (an affordable housing developer), is a unique community. This low-income, permanent supportive housing project was made possible through a federal program. Arroyo Village includes a new shelter facility as well as 35 units of low-income permanent housing. Supportive services are available to help ensure ongoing needs of individual residents are met. In addition, 95 units will be operated by Rocky Mountain Communities, offering affordable housing for individuals and families in the workforce.
The Delores Project is always in need of various in-kind donations. They have an Amazon Wish List for purchase of specific items. A complete list of currently-needed items is also available from ushers at our worship services. In-kind donations can be placed in the specially marked box in the fellowship room.
NEW YEAR’S THOUGHTS…
Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.
Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it.
It’s important for parents to live the same things they teach.
Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks within.
The choice you make today will usually affect tomorrow.
If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will believe it.
The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.
Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.
WHEN GOD SENDS YOU HELP, DON’T ASK QUESTIONS
She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside. The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”
She bowed her head and asked God to send her some HELP. Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag. He got off his cycle and asked if he could help.
She said: “Yes, my daughter is sick. I’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”
He said, “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was open. She hugged the man and through tears said, “Thank You, God, for sending me such a very nice man.”
The man heard her little prayer and replied, “Lady, I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.”
The woman hugged the man again, sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a Professional!”
- God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but He’ll ask how many people you helped get where they needed to go.
- God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
- God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.
- God won’t ask how many friends you had, but He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
- God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.
- God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but He’ll ask about the content of your character.
- Always put yourself in others’ shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, It probably hurts the other person, too.
OUR OUTREACH FOCUS FOR JANUARY IS OUR ELCA GOOD GIFTS PROGRAM.
ELCA Good Gifts provides community support in 77 countries. Each community identifies its own specific needs and priorities. The ELCA Good Gifts program then gives the community the exact support it has identified, distributing sponsored gifts to communities where the need is the greatest for each particular gift. By stocking a health clinic for a week, Cross of Glory members have already committed to buying chicks, a rooster, pigs, goats, and a share of a cow. Sponsorship is easy! A full list of gifts and payment instructions is posted on the Outreach Committee bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall or in our January newsletter. Cross of Glory will be submitting one large Good Gifts order in late January. Let’s stock the farm or improve the health in a community!
Here’s a sampling of the gifts you can sponsor:
Fruit Tree Seedling $10
Solar-Powered Lantern $30
Vaccinations for a Child $30
Mosquito Net $10
Water Filter $30
A full list of gifts is posted on the Outreach Committee bulletin board in the fellowship room. Sponsorship is easy! You can pay cash or make your check payable to Cross of Glory and simply put it in the offering plate. Be sure to identify your chosen gift(s) on your check or offering envelope. Cross of Glory will be submitting one large Good Gifts order in late January. Let’s stock the farm or improve the health in a community! This is God’s Work, Our Hands.
METRO CARING JANUARY FOOD FOCUS:
Metro Caring is the largest food pantry in Denver. It takes a holistic approach to fighting hunger by providing other services such as nutrition and cooking classes, diabetes programs, ID and tax assistance, and public benefits enrollment.
Our Metro Caring food focus item for January is shelf-stable milk/milk substitutes. However, any food donation is helpful. Please help those in need by giving generously. Collection boxes are located in the narthex or you can feed “BOB”, our Big Orange Box. (BOB is always hungry!) Also, be sure to take home a Cross of Glory reusable grocery tote bag, available from the ushers or inside “BOB”. Thank you for helping others!
Julie Prange, Outreach Chairperson
Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited to introduce Shelly Blakely as the 2020-2022 Stewardship Chairperson! Shelly will bring a whole new level of creative energy to the task, reminding all of us that everything that we have is as a result of our most merciful God! Sharing our time, talents and treasures is one of our best expressions of our faith. I want to thank everyone who was able to fill out their 2020 Time and Talents Sheet. This will greatly help Shelly. I’d also like to thank Vada Danforth for all her help in receiving and compiling the sheets this year!
I will be one of Shelly’s committee members, so guess what…. I will continue to remind all of you about the upcoming Summer Yard Sale! I know it seems like it is so far off, but now is the time to get yourself a box, set it aside, and begin filling it with any items you are ready to donate. We so appreciate your attention to this matter as it is one of Cross of Glory’s main fundraising efforts.
Thank you, Shelly, for stepping up to the call of Stewardship Chairperson! I know everyone appreciates your willingness to help as we know you are one busy lady with family and business life.
I want to thank everyone for all of your support over the last two years. Serving Cross of Glory has been such an honor! Happy 2020!
Blessings and JOY,
Helen Devantery, Stewardship Committee