Metro Caring’s June Food Item of the Month

CANNED SPAGHETTI SAUCE PACKAGED SPAGHETTI NOODLES
Thank you to all who bring food items to BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. Throughout the month of June, Metro Caring is accepting cans of spaghetti sauce. Please no glass jars. Packaged spaghetti noodles go nicely with the sauce too!
Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

JUNE OUTREACH FOCUS

HELPING HANDS MINISTRY
Our June Outreach Focus is our own Helping Hands Ministry. Jesus showed us so many examplesand ways to follow in his footsteps.  We are Rooted in the Word. If your needs are few or many, please let Pastor Mike know how our church family can help you. If your abundance is small or large, please offer up what you can. 

JUNE OUTREACH

EVANGELISM
How great it feels (Rejoice), to be able to get outside, go for a walk and visit neighbors and friends.  Looking ahead toward a healthier world, we at Cross of Glory will have the opportunity to get out and about in our own neighborhoods. How we can be Reaching out on your block to invite folks to come to church with you and of course, within the Cook Park neighborhood as well. 

Our dear friend Nancy Barlow and I will be meeting soon to put a plan together with tools to help us grow Cross of Glory. Speaking of Helping Hands…

BACK TO CHURCH

It seems like the last couple of weeks, there is a general sense that we are moving away from the concerns of the virus.  Half of Americans have been vaccinated and the consensus is that those vaccinated will not get Covid. Public gathering places are opening again with less stringent requirements about masks and social distancing.  Having said that, the virus is STILL problematic, even deadly, among nations and people where vaccinations have not been administered.

Since Easter, Cross of Glory has been open to worshippers.  With each passing week, we have seen more members venture into our sanctuary.  There is still a sizable number of our church friends who are choosing to stay at home on Sunday mornings, waiting for greater confirmation of the virus being a memory. Let us respect each other’s perspectives on the disease, welcoming those who return to our sanctuary with continued safeguarding AND reaching out lovingly to those in our parish who choose to be away for a time.

Would you please share with us your intent about returning to Sunday morning worship?  As summer is upon us, we certainly have the option of moving outdoors for church.  Would you come to church IF we were worshipping outdoors (as opposed to indoors)?  If several of you still choosing at this point to worship at home say, “Yes,” then, in joy, we will indeed do the added setups necessary for worship outdoors, trusting that (1) you will come and that (2) setting up (and taking down) worship items for the outdoors will be utilized. Please share your thoughts with Mary Lemke, our Music and Worship Chairperson at lemkemj@comcast.net and/or Pastor Mike at quilargo@aol.com.

And as always, please let us know how you are doing.  Pastor Mike continues to be open to meeting with you (upon your invitation) in your home, at church, wherever, you are most comfortable. We have navigated this past year well, learning along the way.  As Covid comes closer to being behind us, let us continue to exercise good judgments.  NO ONE in our congregation contracted the virus…a credit to you!  We are in the home stretch!  Let us move into these next months at church with care and with anticipation of safer and sanctuary times ahead!  

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT

One thing is clear: We have a lot of work to do!  Even now, as many of us already feel we are doing what we can, even now as many of us feel we are emerging from the grasp of the pandemic, even now as we are beginning to see the breadth and depth of the work before us.  We have a lot of work to do!  Now is not the time to rest long in the new warmth of SPRING nor forget these last months of darkness and how close a thing our passage to higher ground may be.  I believe our ancestors are encouraging us to go on: to keep doing all we can to heal the world.  Look for the passion and the possibility! And help where you can!  How you can! When you can for, we have a lot of work to do, and we need to do it together.

TAKE CARE, BE SAFE AND WEAR YOUR MASKS.
Danny Danforth

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT

One thing is clear: We have a lot of work to do!  Even now, as many of us already feel we are doing what we can, even now as many of us feel we are emerging from the grasp of the pandemic, even now as we are beginning to see the breadth and depth of the work before us.  We have a lot of work to do!  Now is not the time to rest long in the new warmth of SPRING nor forget these last months of darkness and how close a thing our passage to higher ground may be.  I believe our ancestors are encouraging us to go on: to keep doing all we can to heal the world.  Look for the passion and the possibility! And help where you can!  How you can! When you can for, we have a lot of work to do, and we need to do it together.

TAKE CARE, BE SAFE AND WEAR YOUR MASKS.
Danny Danforth

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT…

A few words from your President Danny Danforth

I don’t know if you have a spiritual “to do” list, but since we are all works in progress, I am betting that you do, even if you have never written it down or thought of it in that way.  I believe we all have a sense of where we are engaged with the Spirit. Where things are happening in our lives, where we are growing.  We know where these places are for us because they are where the energy of curiosity and commitment are focusing us to change. This energy moves us forward intellectually.  It lays more questions before us.  It updates our “to do” list with more things to learn, more mysteries to explore, more ways to find and share happiness and peace.  Spiritual growth is not about having more to do, but about doing what comes naturally.  

Follow your heart where it is taking you and you will do more than you ever imagined possible.

TAKE CARE, BE SAFE AND WEAR YOUR MASKS.
Danny Danforth

STEWARDSHIP: ZOOM WORSHIP MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

For over a year now, not being physically able to be in our sanctuary, we have been worshipping from our homes with the help of ZOOM technology.  I want to thank Steve Reid for putting this together during this time of Covid.  I also want to thank Vada Danforth, working from home, for her assistance as a co-host for Pastor Mike and Steve as she assists people to join our worship services. We are on our way to a new and wonderful way to worship and keep everyone connected even from afar…

Plans are being made for when we worship at Cross of Glory either in our sanctuary or outdoors when it is warm enough.  Training is in place for individuals to help with the ZOOM broadcast.  ZOOM worship will continue regardless of how and where we worship.  We would like to thank Julie Blakely, Craig Pizinski, Don Pieratt, Angel Torres, Steve, and Trevor Wilson for their interest in learning more about the ZOOM projections/cameras now as we begin preparing for more worship opportunities at Cross of Glory.  More help will be needed and appreciated.  IF you are available, please let me, Steve Reid, or Pastor know.  

Metro Caring’s May Food Item of the Month: PEANUT BUTTER

Thank you to all who bring food items to BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. This month, Metro Caring has asked for donations of PEANUT BUTTER.  Maybe jelly will be requested next month!!!

Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

MAY OUTREACH FOCUS: PROJECT ANGEL HEART

Looking for something different for dinner tonight?  Denver Restaurant Week runs until Sunday, May 2, this year.  To make it even more fun, this year you can make a charitable contribution to Project Angel Heart while enjoying a wonderful meal. 

They are hoping to raise $100,000 during Denver Restaurant Week. Project Angel Heart has a single donor who will match all donations that are $30 or more.

This organization, Project Angel Heart, serves over 3,000 Coloradans with life-threatening illnesses. They make about 550,000 customized meals every year to give better nutrition to those suffering with diseases. The goal is for people to feel better and hopefully recover from their illness. 

More than 200 restaurants in the Denver Metro area are participating. A list from ‘A to Z’ can be found online at Denver.org/restaurantweek. Dining options include outdoor, to-go and delivery. Enjoy a meal and help someone out at the same time. What could be better?       

 

APRIL 2021: LETTER FROM YOUR PRESIDENT…

To All Our Cross of Glory Family and Friends,

YES, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR TO REMEMBER.  I know it was hard not worshiping at the Church, but it did keep everyone safe, and we did not lose anyone to the Covid-19 virus. We also learned new computer skills that we didn’t have before. A BIG THANK YOU to the many people that taught us those new skills.

Now, that over one third of us have had our Covid-19 shots, we come closer to resuming regular activities again at Cross of Glory, including opening our building in time. We will still have Zoom for the ones who wish to stay at home to watch.

So, keep your lawn chairs in your car so on those SUNNY days, we can worship in our rose garden in our back patio.

Please take care and wear your masks.
Danny Danforth, Council President

STEWARDSHIP

CHURCH SCHEDULE
Returning to worship in our sanctuary for Easter is being considered.  There are several things that need to be addressed before that can happen. Safety is our first priority! We must have individuals working with projections/camera in our sanctuary and someone working with our continued Zoom broadcast.  Training will be provided.  Please let me or Pastor know if you can assist.  Your help would be appreciated.

REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2021

This event will be here soon.
Start saving all your none published information (NPI) documents for our Shred-it Event
Saturday, May 15, 2021 (Starting at 10:00 AM and Ending at 12:00 PM).
A truck will again be on site to dispose of all NPI information right here at Cross of Glory.
Spread the word to your family and friends to let them know the details.

Annual Yard Sale – Date TBA
It’s Spring!  Begin going through your things and set them aside for the Yard Sale.
Watch for the date to be announced!  I will let you know as soon as a date is set.
Thanks so much.
Shelly Blakely, Stewardship Chairperson

APRIL OUTREACH FOCUS: URBAN PEAK

During the summer of 1990, I was traveling home to Arkansas from Wisconsin. I had my 10- year-old nephew and my two, very young daughters with me. We had to stop for the night near Rochester, MN. As we walked into the rural motel, the desk clerk was sending a teenage girl away. It appeared she had all her earthly belongings with her and no method of transportation. 

Do you have those things we have left undone, haunt you?  I continue to think of that young girl, hopefully now in her mid-40’s. What could I have done to help her then?  What can I do now?

The mission of Urban Peak in Denver is “ignite the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives.” Young people seeking shelter get basic needs met, support and guidance. Urban Peak has an Outreach Team working to meet young people living on the streets of Denver. In addition to shelter, Urban Peak has an Education Program, covering the cost of GED exams and more. It also offers Employment and Training Services. 

For April, our focus for Outreach will be to help youth in need. Please support Urban Peak. 

Metro Caring’s: April Food Items of the Month COOKING OIL, TUNA AND/OR CANNED MEATS, CHICKEN, SPAM

The wonderful folks at Metro Caring need cooking oil this month. They have asked we continue bringing canned meats – tuna, chicken, and everyone’s favorite, SPAM. Please be generous with these food items and place them in our Big Orange Box, BOB, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. 

ADDITIONAL REQUEST

As we look forward to a Blessed Easter and Springtime, please keep in remembrance the tragic loss of Officer Eric Talley.  Personal donations can be made to:

Boulder County Injured and Fallen Officers Fund
c/o Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Undersheriff Tom Sloan
5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301

Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson                    

MARCH 2021

I’m sending out a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to send in your Time and Talent Sheets and tithings. We are the best “LITTLE CHURCH WITH THE BIGGEST HEART!”    Most of the little/big ministry jobs are covered.  Just a reminder, if you see an upcoming event that you are interested in providing support, it is never too late to jump in.   Please reach out to the committee chairperson, come, and join the party. Yes!!! Party even if you do nothing but be there to show your support.  Be assured you will have a great time!   We have a Shred-it event coming up soon. Come and join everyone there. Get to know your Cross of Glory family!

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”                                            Acts 20:35

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CONNECT TO “ZOOM”

With the help of ZOOM technology, Steve Reid, Pastor Mike, YOU – AND our computers, phones or IPADs – we are proud to announce we are watching our worship services, Tuesday Night Bible Studies, Church Council Meetings and other possible meetings…at home!

Our thanks and appreciation to everyone making the effort in successfully following the instructions to connect to our ZOOM services, studies and meetings.   IF you are not participating with us yet…and are interested in doing so…here is how it works:  First of all, we need your email address!  IF we do NOT have it, please send it to Pastor Mike (Quilargo@aol.com) and Mary Lemke (lemkemj@comcast.net).   A day or so, prior to our worship service and our Bible study, information will be sent to you for that worship service, study or meeting. It will include a blue link beginning “https.” Simply click on the blue link and you should be connected.  If not, give us a call.  

SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS! THEY WILL THANK YOU.

FEBRUARY 2021 STEWARDSHIP

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I have received about thirty Time and Talent sheets from you so far.  I think we can do better.  I realize there are many ministry jobs listed and it looks a little overwhelming, but even if each of us just selected one or two small jobs, before we know it, the jobs will be filled!  Please, help us to be prepared to come back to the church when we get the GREEN LIGHT.  If you need a Time and Talent and/or confidential Pledge Card for 2021, please let me know.  There is still time for you to return your sheets committing your talents to Cross of Glory’s ministry.  I cannot wait to see all of you real soon.

JANUARY OUTREACH FOCUS: SAME CAFE

The SAME Café (So All May Eat) restaurant is dedicated to serving healthy food to everyone, regardless of one’s ability to pay.  SAME Café was only the second of its kind in the U. S. when it first opened its doors in 2006.  Since then, similar restaurants have been established throughout the country.  The menu is diverse and changes daily.  There are typically two types of soups. Salads and pizzas are offered in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.  All meals are prepared in-house, with most of the food coming from local sources.

The restaurant, located at 2023 East Colfax Avenue, serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  SAME Café is open to the public. There is no set price for a meal.  The SAME Café does however have a transparent budget that includes the following:  The cost of food is $1.94 per meal; the average donation per patron is $4.74 per meal while the TOTAL cost of the meal (including food, staff and rent), averages $11.80.  Patrons pay as they can.  Some patrons provide volunteer services in lieu of cash payments.

A SAME Food Truck campaign was launched in 2019 as a means of serving nutritious food to people who are not able to get to the restaurant.  The food truck program is dedicated to bringing healthy food to six Denver-area “food deserts” (places where healthy food is difficult to access due to expense and distance).  A secondary goal of the food truck program is to educate people about hunger, food and justice through presence in the community.   The SAME Café also has a “Cook to Work” program that prepares students for entry-level employment in a commercial kitchen.  The program has no time limit for completion and is provided at no charge to the student.  The SAME Café has many volunteer opportunities.  Additional information is available at https://www.soallmayeat.org.

Metro Caring’sJanuary Food Items of the Month: CEREAL, GRANOLA BARS, OTHER BREAKFAST ITEMS

 Cereal, Granola Bars or Other Breakfast Items. The need for food assistance in the community remains high at this time, with many people unemployed or struggling to make financial ends meet.  While cereal, granola bars or other nutritious breakfast items are requested in January, any food donation is welcome and appreciated.  All in-kind donations are taken to Metro Caring, one of Denver’s largest hunger relief programs.  You can drop off your donations any time in “BOB”, our Big Orange Box, located near the front entrance to the church.  Thank you for your generosity!

Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

STEWARDSHIP

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!!!  My New Year’s resolution is – We will be back together in our Home – Cross of Glory!!! And with that being said, we really need a plan in place to make sure ministry is covered. Please fill out (and mail to Pam Lugo, our Cross of Glory Financial Secretary) your 2021 Time and Talent Sheets and your confidential Pledge Cards as we start back to being  in our building. You are the Church; We are the Church!!!   2021 will be a Great Year!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AN UPCOMING EVENT IN 2021

Start saving all your none published information (NPI) documents for our Shred-it Event
Saturday, May 15, 2021 (Starting at 10:00 AM and Ending at 12:00 PM).
A truck will be on-site to dispose of all that information right here at Cross of Glory.

This is a great time to spread the word to Friends and Family to start saving.
THANK YOU

Financial help always is a responsibility as we grow our ministry.  Thank you for sending your offering tithes by mail weekly, or if you are able, for a whole month to Cross of Glory, 1991 South Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80224. Some of you have contacted your bank to make arrangements to have checks directly mailed to Cross of Glory on a regular basis through their free online programs.  You are helping our church pay its bills and get ready for our return.   Again, THANK YOU.

Shelly Blakely, Stewardship Chairperson

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT:

TO MY CHURCH FAMILY:
As we enter the Advent season, the beginning of our church calendar, we prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, baby Jesus.  What a joyous way to start our year.  Our Savior came to Earth in the flesh to save us from our sins.  Hallelujah and thanks be to the Father for this eternal gift.

The church year has begun, but the church council year is coming to an end.  This year has been a privilege for me serving as your president of the council.  Thank you for your confidence and faith in me to be your leader this year.  And many thanks to the hard-working council members and for their assistance that made my job a pleasure.  And, of course, thanks to Pastor Mike who has been my counsel over the years and especially the past year.  I will miss being a part of the council but will still be here at Cross of Glory and ready to help where I can.