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.


JUNE 2019 OUTREACH: HELPING HANDS MINISTRY

Since the program’s inception in 2011, Helping Hands has literally provided thousands of dollars in assistance to those in our midst who are in need.  Funds are used to help people based on their unique circumstances.  Past expenditures have included the purchase of baby food and diapers, hotel rooms, RTD bus passes, work boots and gloves, school supplies, eyeglasses and groceries.  Helping Hands has also offset the costs of medical care, moving expenses, utility bills, funeral expenses, mortgage payments and auto repairs.  Babysitters and laborers have occasionally been hired to support people in need.

The beauty of this program is that the funds have a full and direct impact on people’s lives.  There is no middle man, no administrative fees or other costs associated with the Helping Hands program.  Whatever is donated to Helping Hands goes to those needing help.  Please support Helping Hands with a designated gift or let Pastor Mike know if you are able to offer your time or personal services to help others.  If you or someone you know has need of the Helping Hands program, confidential requests can be made to Pastor Mike either personally or via request cards in the narthex.

Thank you to all who have supported Helping Hands in the past.  The program has become a significant part of our congregation’s ministry.  We know the need for an occasional helping hand is a reality for many and your support is appreciated.

HOLY HAMMERS/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME REPAIR OPPORTUNITY SATURDAY, JULY 27

The Holy Hammers coalition for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver has scheduled several summer home repair dates.  Five volunteers are needed to make repairs to an existing home located at 4725 St. Paul Street in north Denver on July 27.  The sign-up website is:  http://vhub.at/holyhammers.  Please contact Julie Prange for additional information.  The Holy Hammers coalition is also sponsoring a new Habitat home and there will be more construction opportunities available this fall.

Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

 

Metro Caring’s June Food Item of the Month CEREAL, GRANOLA BARS AND OTHER BREAKFAST ITEMS

The need at Denver’s food bank, Metro Caring, becomes even greater during the summer months when school is not in session.  There are no school lunch programs to feed children.  You can help families get a good start on the day with your food donations of cereal, granola bars or other nutritious breakfast items.  Please place your donations in the Metro Caring box in the narthex.  Thank you for your generosity!

GROCERY CARDS:

We are now enrolled into the new King Soopers Community Rewards Program that has replaced our King Soopers Gift Card Program. Instructions are available as to how to enroll in this new program. The present gift cards cannot be reloaded, however funds still on the card can be used. Your King Soopers purchases can still benefit Cross of Glory. Safeway reloadable gift cards are still available for $5. Contact Colette Kerlin. Need to add more money to your Safeway card? Go to the respective customer service desks or cash registers. You may use cash, debit or a credit card. If you reload at the cash registers, please make sure it is done prior to your order being rung up.

METRO CARING MAY FOOD FOCUS:

The Outreach Committee has designated CEREAL, GRANOLA BARS AND OTHER BREAKFAST ITEMS for those less fortunate. Please place your food donations in the boxes located in the narthex marked “Metro Caring.”

OUR OUTREACH FOCUS FOR JUNE IS OUR HELPING HANDS MINISTRY.

OUR OUTREACH FOCUS FOR MAY IS OUR HELPING HANDS MINISTRY. Since the program’s inception in 2011, Helping Hands has literally provided thousands of dollars in assistance to those in our midst who are in need.  The beauty of this program is that the funds have a full and direct impact on people’s lives.  There is no middle man, no administrative fees or other costs associated with the Helping Hands program.  Whatever is donated to Helping Hands goes to those needing help.  Please support Helping Hands with a designated gift or let Pastor Mike know if you are able to offer your time or personal services to help others. The program has become a significant part of our congregation’s ministry.

COME, JOIN CROSS OF GLORY’S BOOK CLUB TUESDAY, JULY 9

Well, our book club has finished four books now. Our next book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. We will meet next at Cross of Glory on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 PM.  The book can be ordered through Amazon. Other options include the library, book stores, etc.  Please consider joining us. Also come with ideas for our next book.  Questions please contact me.

Pam Lugo, 303-907-8410

lugopspe@gmail.com

EDUCATION – SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

We will take a summer break for Sunday School. The last Sunday School Sunday will be May 19.  We will keep the Children’s Sermons going!  We sure would love a few more folks to help with the Children’s Sermons.

Mark your calendars for August 2.  Round up some kids, grandkids etc.  We will be hosting Vacation Bible School on August 2.  Watch for more information.

Lynn Reid, Education Chairperson

STEWARDSHIP NEWS

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” Father James Keller

Hi everyone! I came across the above quote while searching the internet for Stewardship ideas. It comes from a website called Tithe.ly. This particular website hosts a variety of ideas for strengthening our stewardship values in the church, which are mostly rooted in generosity, gratitude and giving of ourselves for a higher good. If you get a chance, please take a look at Tithe.ly, I believe you’ll find it interesting and inspirational.

One of the most vital activities we get involved in is the Annual Summer Cook Park Yard Sale. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 15. It can be a lot of planning and a lot of work, but it comes with a lot of reward for Cross of Glory. We will be looking for people who can volunteer in different ways: donations, pricing items the week before, putting up the yard tent, moving tables and items outside, cashiers, customer service, grill chef, tear down, etc.

We hope you might enjoy helping out on a nice summer day. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc. We will be posting a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Your attention to this very important project is greatly appreciated!

Light a candle today! Thank you so much for all that you do for the care of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church! I look forward to seeing all of you soon!

God’s blessings,
Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

Metro Caring’s May Food Item of the Month: CANOLA OR OLIVE OIL

For 45 years, Metro Caring has provided a food pantry in the Denver community.  It also sponsors comprehensive, wrap-around programming to help families break the cycle of poverty.  Its’ Fresh-Foods Market offers shoppers dignity while saving them, on average, $250 per month in grocery costs. Classes on diabetes prevention and self-management, cooking and nutrition are among the services it offers.  Our food item focus for the month of May is canola or olive oil. Please place your donations in the specially marked boxes in the narthex. Thank you for sharing with those less fortunate.

MAY OUTREACH FOCUS: URBAN PEAK

Founded in 1988 by caring citizens in the Capitol Hill area, Urban Peak has been Colorado’s premier organization working with youth living on the streets. They provide five basic services for youth ages 15 through 24 who are on the streets or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  The services are at little or no cost to the youth and include an overnight shelter, a daytime drop-in center, street outreach, education and employment programming and supportive housing.

Originally established as a daytime drop-in center, Urban Peak soon opened a temporary overnight shelter in the basement of a church to address the needs of this special population.  In 1998, Urban Peak opened Colorado’s first and only licensed shelter for homeless youth.  Since then, Urban Peak has expanded the shelter, acquired three apartment complexes for transitional housing and established a Colorado Springs location.  They also operate the Spot Youth Center, a Denver daytime drop-in center that provides education and employment services.  In its last fiscal year, Urban Peak served 2,550 youth.

In addition to financial support, the following in-kind items are currently needed by Urban Peak:

Deodorant
Sunscreen
Men’s Boxer Briefs (medium or large)
Sunglasses
Baseball Caps
Flip Flops
Reusable Water Bottles (preferably new)
Body Wash (standard or large bottles)
Shampoo/Conditioner (standard or large bottles)
$5-$10 Gift Cards (King Soopers, Safeway, Target, Walmart, McDonalds, Starbucks, AMC or Regal Movie Theatres)

Your in-kind contributions can be placed in the “Urban Peak” box in the fellowship room.

Thank you for supporting Urban Peak!

STEWARDSHIP NEWS

Hello everyone! Spring is springing! And with that comes summer, Thank God, and with that comes our ANNUAL YARD SALE, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019.  I hope you will all place this very special neighborhood event on your calendar. We always appreciate a number of volunteers for the occasion. The funds we receive from this project help us in so many different ways. 

We will also be hosting a neighborhood COMMUNITY SHRED-A-THON on Saturday, June 1. Please spread the word to all your friends and neighbors. We will be keeping a lot of the boxes we acquire during the Shred-A-Thon for the sole purpose of providing them to many of you in the hopes you can fill them up with items you’re ready to let go of for the Yard Sale. 

It feels like it’s been a long winter for all of you in Denver. I hope the sunshine that our dear Lord provides to us brightens your days, warms your hearts and encourages all of you! God bless you all!

Hello everyone! Spring is springing! And with that comes summer, Thank God, and with that comes our ANNUAL YARD SALE, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019.  I hope you will all place this very special neighborhood event on your calendar. We always appreciate a number of volunteers for the occasion. The funds we receive from this project help us in so many different ways. 

We will also be hosting a neighborhood COMMUNITY SHRED-A-THON on Saturday, June 1. Please spread the word to all your friends and neighbors. We will be keeping a lot of the boxes we acquire during the Shred-A-Thon for the sole purpose of providing them to many of you in the hopes you can fill them up with items you’re ready to let go of for the Yard Sale. 

It feels like it’s been a long winter for all of you in Denver. I hope the sunshine that our dear Lord provides to us brightens your days, warms your hearts and encourages all of you! God bless you all!

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

EDUCATION – SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

Please join us on Easter Sunday Morning, April 21 at 9:15 AM for an Easter Egg Hunt.  All Kids are invited!

I also want to thank all of you for making our kids feel special and loved!  I appreciate all the helps with Sunday School, Children’s Sermons and just letting them know how special they are to all of us! HE HAS RISEN!!!!  

See you at the Easter Egg Hunt!
Lynn Reid, Education Chairperson

COMMUNITY SHRED:  SATURDAY, JUNE 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

It’s that time of year when Cross of Glory is providing you a way to dispose of the “piles” of information that you have been accumulating!  The truck will be at Cross of Glory on Saturday, June 1 for three hours, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  If your “piles” consist of cancelled checks, medical records, receipts with account numbers being displayed and any other general personal pieces, they qualify as being acceptable!  Feel free to dispose of newspapers, trash, and/or pop cans elsewhere! 

A suggested donation of $5 per box or trash bag is being requested.  However, a larger donation would be appreciated too.  Cross of Glory can be of help to you – and at the same time, Cross of Glory can benefit too!!

You still have nearly two months to build more “piles!”  Tell your friends and neighbors about your discovery of our Community Shred on Saturday, June 1!

APRIL OUTREACH FOCUS

In April, we will be supporting our two Colorado Lutheran camps – Sky Ranch and Rainbow Trail. Both camps provide outdoor ministry in the Rocky Mountains with a full array of services, including camping, retreats and special programs. They are gearing up for June through August, their busiest time of the year when they welcome youth for summer church camp. They hold special programs for confirmation groups, sponsor men’s and women’s retreats and have special family advent events. Family camping is also available at both camps.

Sky Ranch is located 55 miles west of Fort Collins. Rainbow Trail is southwest of Canon City. Both camps are actively working to improve their facilities. Sky Ranch is currently building a new retreat center which will be completed in September.  Rainbow Trail has been leasing the land the camp is located on from the National Forest Service. In recent years, they have been engaged in a land exchange program with the Forest Service to own their camp site. 

While both camps focus on youth, they provide positive nurturing experiences for all participants. They help people of all ages connect with God in a beautiful mountain setting. Who doesn’t enjoy singing camp songs around a campfire?  OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

METRO CARING

Metro Caring’s April Food Item of the Month PEANUT BUTTER. Metro CareRing operates one of the largest hunger relief programs in Denver.  It distributes food and personal care items to the needy, serving up to 500 people every day. Please share as you can to help those in need.  Please place your donations in the boxes marked “Metro Caring.”  Thank you for caring and sharing.

Hope of Eternal Life

Where are your accusers now, Oh Lord of all goodness? Where are the jeering crowds? Where is the ugly tree, the whip and sword, the nails and the cold, dark tomb?

We see the stone rolled aside, an angel proclaiming astonishing things. We see you now gloriously risen, resurrected and living among us.  We see that you have broken all the chains that bind us to the world.

You have saved your people from abandonment. You have turned the finality of death into the hope of eternal life.

Accept our songs of joy on this resurrection morning. Hear our prayers of praise and receive our gifts of thanksgiving. Forgive our foolishness and our contrary ways and our sinful natures.  

Come before all the world and show your almighty power, your endless compassion, your tender mercy and your undying love.

In your name we pray. Amen.
Barbara Palmer, Charter Member of Cross of Glory 

1995 Easter Sunday Worship Service, Atonement Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

MARCH OUTREACH FOCUS: LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Lutheran Family Services’ mission is to strengthen, heal and provide hope for individuals and families in the Rocky Mountain region. Established in 1948, LFS is a faith-based, non-profit organization providing adoption, foster care, older adult attentions and refugee services. They believe that all people, from the newborn to the most aged, are valued people. LFS attempts to recognize areas of need and find ways to serve those in our society who may otherwise be marginalized. They are a full-service adoption agency, working closely with clients to achieve cohesive families. This includes designated adoption (connection with a birth family prior to adoption) and international adoption services.

When a federally declared disaster occurs, LFS is involved in organizing and implementing broad-based disaster response efforts to address urgent needs of the people. They have supported Hurricane Katrina evacuees, various Colorado wildfire victims as well as helping with other situational needs. Services include physical supplies, emotional and spiritual care, funding to support disaster response case management and congregational hardship grants.

LFS works with families through their foster care program, placing children in foster care who have been abused or neglected. Each child’s individual needs are addressed when he/she is placed in a foster home that provides stable structure and love.  Unaccompanied refugee minor foster care is also available.

Since 1975, refugee resettlement services have been coordinated by LFS. This includes housing, employment, English language and cultural orientation. Cross of Glory was active in this program, sponsoring several refugees from Vietnam, Ethiopia and Armenia.

Older adult attentions and caregiver supports are additional programs provided by Lutheran Family Services.  With offices in five Colorado cities and Albuquerque, New Mexico, LFS has served thousands of people in the Rocky Mountain area. They are always in need of volunteers. Contact Katie Scherr at 720-541-6826 or katie.scherr@lfsrm.org for more information.

METRO CARING’S MARCH FOOD ITEM OF THE MONTH: TUNA OR CANNED MEAT

METRO CARING NEEDS YOUR HELP! While any non-perishable donation is welcome, Metro Caring is in particular need of tuna or canned meat. Please help Denver’s largest food pantry serve those less fortunate with your in-kind donation. Your generosity will make a huge difference in someone’s life!  Place your food donations in the specially marked boxes in the narthex, knowing your gift really is making a difference in our community.

Julie Prange, Outreach Chairperson

STEWARDSHIP

Greetings once again from the desert of Arizona! I hope this month’s newsletter submission finds everyone doing well and feeling blessed in the presence of Jesus Christ.

I recently observed the installation of the new church council members for the church I’ve been attending since down here in Surprise, Arizona, Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church. They used 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 as a starting point for the installation.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

In looking further into the passage, I read from my book The Complete Guide to the Bible, by Stephen M. Miller, which explains this particular passage as the following:

“Folks at the church of Corinth seem to rank their spiritual gifts. Perhaps it’s a bit like the perception some churchgoers have today that a preacher or a soloist has the more important spiritual gift, beating out the lowly nursery worker. Tell it to the kid with the messy diaper. That’s the point Paul makes. ‘The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 12:12). In other words, we’re all essential to keeping the body up and running. Well then, why are the next words out of Paul’s mouth a ranking of spiritual gifts – with his title on top? ‘First are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages’ (1 Corinthians 12:28). Some Bible experts say Paul’s list is a reaction to the Corinthian notion that speaking in unknown languages is the top gift; Paul lists that gift last. And some say the list is more about chronology. Christianity began with the apostles, and their work produced prophets, teachers, and other gifted leaders. This much is clear. Paul says if we don’t have love, it doesn’t matter what gift we have. ‘If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing’ (1 Corinthians 13:2). Spiritual gifts are only temporary, Paul adds. They’re intended to help draw people to Christ. But character traits, three in particular, ‘will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love’ (1 Corinthians 13:13).”

I hope the above gives all of us something to ponder. Wishing you all sunny days, warming up nicely as spring approaches, and remembering that FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE are what make giving to others more incredibly important and rewarding. Please know how much everyone’s attention to the body of our congregation, Cross of Glory, is appreciated and so very much needed.

God’s continued blessings to all!  Thank you!
Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

 

THE 2019 CROSS OF GLORY COUNCIL CHAIRPERSONS

Olive Keefer, President
John Test, Vice President
Vada Danforth, Treasurer
Lynn Reid, Education
Carin Davis, Fellowship
Steve Reid, Property
Julie Prange, Outreach
Pam Lugo, Secretary
Pat Lemster, Music and Worship
Helen Devantery, Stewardship