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.


 

Metro Caring’s July Food Item of the Month: MILK/MILK SUBSTITUTES (SHELF-STABLE)

Metro Caring is the largest food pantry in Denver.  In 2018, they served over 68,000 people. There continues to be great need in our community.  In addition to food, Metro Caring takes a holistic approach to fighting hunger by providing other assistance as well. Our food item for July is shelf-stable milk/milk substitutes. Please help those in need by giving generously. Please place your donations may be placed in the Metro Caring box in the narthex. 

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.

JULY OUTREACH FOCUS: THE HanHee KIM WORLD MISSION CENTER

This Mission Center was founded in 1993 by our Christian neighbors, the Korean Baptist Church, in memory of Pastor Lee’s wife. Mrs. HanHee Kim’s vision was to help the poor and neglected children of the world. The “Children of Jesus” (COJ) ministry of the mission center has endeavored to introduce 150,000 needy children to Jesus. The COJ ministry has annual mission trips to Peru, touching the lives of many youth and teaching them of God’s love for all children. Cross of Glory has been a part of that vision, sponsoring Nayda Sutta Guispe in Peru for a number of years. Nayda recently completed high school and therefore no longer qualifies for the COJ program.  However, she continues to attend church.

We are now sponsoring a 12-year-old boy, Jefferson Javier Fasa Vi Chota. He lives with his parents and a younger brother in Iquitos, Peru.  Jefferson’s father is a fisherman and his mother is a homemaker. Jefferson likes to study and would like to be a policeman when he grows up.  He attends church regularly and his prayer request is for him and his family, and especially for his mother to get closer to God. They live in extreme poverty. Our financial support provides Jefferson with food, school uniforms, school supplies and basic medical support.  Please support Jefferson and his family with your prayers and designated financial gift to the HanHee Kim World Mission Center.  For additional information, talk to Pastor Mike or Julie Prange.

STEWARDSHIP

“I choose to look at the personal gain of a beautiful day, but also so much personal interaction with other members and people from the community.” – Colette Kerlin

Well said, Colette! Colette is describing her time a couple of weeks ago as she worked as the cashier for the annual Yard Sale. Colette, thank you so much for sharing your time, your caring, and your enthusiasm for the day…I agree wholeheartedly, and I believe many others do as well, with exactly what you wrote. The day, the event, everything, was about more than just the proceeds — just like the Yard Sale is about so much more than just a simple neighborhood project!

We earned approximately $1,000 during the day for our Outreach programs! So many members made their way to the big event – and on behalf of everyone at Cross of Glory, please accept our deepest gratitude for your willingness to be a part of it. Thanks to everyone who supplied donations! And we are grateful too for all of our shoppers, with Esther Vreeland, accompanied by her daughter-in-law, being among them!

Thank you to Kelli, Scott and Jacobie Dankenbring for your help with the water bottles. Sandra Keefer and sweet Kenley, so much help throughout the week, were there with donations, pricing, and all around great company! Pam Lugo, John and Cherry Test (and Poppy), Caroline Wheeler and her husband Rob, Jean Binks, Mary Lemke, Doreen Eubanks, Bonnie and George Frank, Vada Danforth, Julie Blakely, Shelly Blakely, Katrina Creason, Dee Mayer, Char Brauckmuller (how extended is this family?), Jamie Winter, Angel Torres, Pastor Mike, and my husband, Jim, thank you so much for your participation!

And that’s not everyone!

There’s Trevor Wilson, The Grilled Cheese Man. Delicious sandwiches. Very Generous man too. Thank you, Trevor! You brought so much enjoyment to that corner of Oneida and Panorama!

Then there were the youth of the Korean Church, who showed up in droves in the early morning hours of the day, along with their church caretaker, Billy, who put up a tent for all of us. Helping out along the way, with a smile, love in heart, and an eagerness for life.

And last, but certainly not least, there are our neighborhood friends, Nancy Barlow and her husband, KC Keefer, who show up, jump in, and are always there to do whatever they can to help.

We know the Yard Sale can be pretty labor intensive, and we understand it’s not easy for everyone to be able to participate. But we know all of you are with us in spirit!

It was a beautiful day! Thank you, God, for giving us everything we need…and may we always embrace God’s continued blessings…

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

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

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