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.


STEWARDSHIP

Hello fellow members, I wanted to let you know that we’ll be sending out the 2019-2020 Time and Talent Sheet surveys and Financial Pledge Cards very soon. We ask that you prayerfully review and note the areas you are able and willing to provide help.  If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let me know. We so appreciate everyone’s willingness to offer your time and talents in pursuit of a loving, supportive and faithful congregation.

The needs of our congregation are many. The very first line of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It’s the beginning and the end of our Stewardship principles. God not only created everything, he owns everything. Our life is not our own. Our lives are on loan from God. He has provided our lives to steward for His glory and for our good.

As I think I’ve conveyed over my term as Stewardship Chairperson, some activities we do to practice stewardship may seem small and insignificant in the overall big picture. But they are no less important than anything else. We’ve seen example after example of congregants reaching out in love to support the overall management and care of our Church. We are forever grateful for any and all expenditures of service, service in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We look forward to receiving everyone’s Time and Talent Sheet surveys and Financial Pledge Cards back in a timely manner once you have received and have taken the proper amount of time to reflect and commit. We appreciate all contributions for the health of our Little Church with a Great Big Heart. God’s continued blessings to everyone!

Yours truly,

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairman

INTRODUCING HARVESTSHARE, A NEW AUTUMN OUTREACH PROGRAM

Fall is a time of harvest, a time to gather in what was sown earlier.  Cross of Glory is harvesting this year, introducing a new HarvestShare food program to help others.  A special flier detailing HarvestShare has been placed in member mailboxes and is also available from ushers on Sunday mornings.  Our goal is to deliver full food boxes to Metro Caring the week before Thanksgiving.  Vada and Danny Danforth have assembled an example of a HarvestShare food box which is on display in the fellowship room.  Check it out!  This fall, let’s share our bounty with others – HarvestShare.

Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

METRO CARING’S FOOD ITEM FOR OCTOBER: PEANUT BUTTER

Please share as you can to help those in need. Please place your donations of peanut butter or other non-perishable items in the boxes in the narthex marked “Metro Caring”, or in our BIG ORANGE BOX. Thank you for caring and sharing.

OCTOBER OUTREACH: THE HOLY HAMMERS COALITION, A FAITH PARTNER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF METRO DENVER     

Cross of Glory has been a participating congregation in the Holy Hammers coalition for approximately 19 years.  Holy Hammers has financially sponsored and built many Habitat for Humanity homes throughout the Denver metropolitan area since 1997.  The coalition also tithes financial support for Habitat homes around the world.

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  Since 1979, more than 600 houses have been built in the community.  In addition to new home construction, critical home repairs are also completed in the Denver area.  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and give hope to those desperately in need of affordable housing.

Construction on a new Habitat home sponsored by Holy Hammers will begin next month.  There are also other ways to support Habitat for Humanity.  You can shop at one of the five Denver area Habitat ReStores where you will find home furnishings and home improvement items at less-than-retail prices.  You can donate new or gently used household items as well.  The Habitat office has various volunteer needs, including help at their ReStores.  For more information, please contact Julie Prange.

            

STEWARDSHIP

Julie Prange, our esteemed Outreach Committee Chairperson, shared the following with me and I wanted to share it with all of you:

Take Time to THINK… It is the source of power. Take Time to PRAY…. It is the greatest power on Earth. Take time to LAUGH… It is the music of the soul. Take time to DO CHARITY… It is the key to Heaven. Take time to PLAY… It is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to LOVE and BE LOVED… It is a God-given privilege. Take time to GIVE… It is too short a day to be selfish. Take time to READ… It is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to BE FRIENDLY… It is the road to happiness. Take time to WORK… It is the price of success.

I’m sure we could come up with a few others. What might be one that you would consider? Thank you all, may God’s blessings continue to shower upon you!

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

RALLY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 “COME TO THE TABLE”

Please join us for Rally Sunday on September 8.  Our service will be held outside under the “Big White Tent”. We have many activities planned.  We have a special communion planned.  We will have a celebration picnic after worship.  Invite your kids, friends, grandparents – everyone!

Part of our day will be committed to the annual “God’s Work, Our Hands” program. We will put blessing bags together while our hot dogs are being grilled.

There is other “fun” stuff being planned….But I want that to be a surprise…

JOIN THE FUN!!!!

Lynn Reid, Education Chairperson

RALLY SUNDAY FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATION

We all love Kelli Dankenbring’s son, Carson. Believe it or not, the time has come for Carson to receive his first communion! I (Pastor Mike) have enjoyed spending preparation sessions with Carson and his family at the Dankenbring home. Join us Sunday, September 8, when Carson, on Rally Sunday, will receive his first communion.

We know our congregation wants to celebrate with Carson. As you continue to mentor him in faith, be with him especially on Rally Sunday as we congratulate him on yet another step in his faith journey.

Congratulations, Carson! We love you! We celebrate with you on your wonderful day!

RALLY SUNDAY SPECIAL SERVICE PROJECT

Join us on September 8 for a special Rally Sunday Service Project.  Congregations across the country participate in service projects in September as part of the ELCA’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” community service effort.  Cross of Glory will be participating too, along with help from our friends from Prince of Peace!  We will assemble blessing bags with various items that can be given to the people we often see holding signs for money at major intersections.  Plan now to stay after church that day to be part of the blessing bag assembly team, and to take some of the blessing bags with you afterwards.  A picnic lunch will add to the day’s fun.  Funds for this blessing bags project are generously provided by Thrivent Financial as an Action Team Project.  For more information about Thrivent Financial, please talk to me, Julie Prange, Carin Davis or Jan Reich.

Julie Prange, Outreach Chairperson

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH FOCUS CROSS OF GLORY’S HELPING HANDS PROGRAM

We know there are people that occasionally need help to get them through the rough patches of life.  Cross of Glory’s Helping Hands program meets the needs of those closest to home – people right here in our own community.  Past helping hands disbursements have provided food, lodging, transportation and other supports to meet urgent and unique needs.  Unlike most non-profit organizations that provide assistance or service to others, there are no administrative expenses associated with our program.  Therefore, any money designated to Helping Hands goes directly to those who truly need a helping hand.

In addition to monetary support, we also are in need of people to provide Helping Hands support in other ways.  Can you drive someone to a medical appointment or buy groceries for someone who is housebound?  Can you walk a dog for someone who can’t?  If you are able to offer your time or services, please make Pastor Mike aware of your availability.  The need is real, and so is our support.  Please consider being an active participant in our Helping Hands program.

Also, if you or someone you know has a special need, please complete a Helping Hands card available in the narthex or contact Pastor Mike to make a request.  All assistance from the Helping Hands program is kept confidential.  Don’t hesitate to be a part of Cross of Glory’s Helping Hands program – either as a provider or as a recipient.  Helping Hands has become a significant part of our congregation’s outreach ministry since its inception in 2011.  Thank you for your loving concern for others.

Metro Caring’s September Food Item of the Month DRIED BEANS OR PASTA

These food staples help stretch meals for those who have limited food budgets or resources.  Metro Caring has been serving the Denver community since 1974.  In its last fiscal year, Metro Caring provided food to over 23,000 individuals.  You can drop off your donation in the “Metro Caring” box in the narthex.  Thank you for giving generously to help others less fortunate.

CROSS OF GLORY/METRO CARING BIG ORANGE BOX

As announced last month, we are expanding our efforts to provide food donations to Metro Caring.  We now have a “Big Orange Box” outside our building for friends and neighbors to drop off food donations day or night.  Jim Van Someren, development manager for Metro Caring, will be attending our worship service on September 8 when we bless our “Big Orange Box.”  We know the donations placed in that container will bless those in need.  We look forward to hearing Jim share information about Metro Caring’s food bank and social services.  Thank you, Cross of Glory, for being a faithful supporter of Metro Caring for DECADES!

Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism 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