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.


CROSS OF GLORY LUTHERAN CHURCH ADVENT/CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Advent, the season of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas, begins on Sunday, December 1. We begin the expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas Day.

Sunday, December  1 – First Sunday in Advent
• Sunday School – 9:00 AM; Worship Service w/Holy Communion – 10:00 AM
Lighting of the Prophecy Candle

• Sunday Advent Evening – 6:00 PM – We are hoping to “light up” the lives of some of our shut-ins by stopping by and singing a few Christmas carols.

Sunday, December  8 – Second Sunday in Advent
• Sunday School – 9:00 AM; Worship Service w/Holy Communion – 10:00 AM
Lighting of the Bethlehem Candle. COG Choir presents Christmas Cantata.

• Congregational Meeting – Following worship service. New church council representatives  will be elected to serve in 2020.

• Sunday Advent Evening – 6:00 PM – We will “light up” the lives of some of our shut-ins by stopping by and singing a few Christmas carols.

Sunday, December 15 – Third Sunday in Advent
• Sunday School – 9:00 AM; Worship Service w/Holy Communion – 10:00 AM
Lighting of the Shepherd’s Candle. 
• Sunday Advent Evening – 6:00 PM – We will “light up” the lives of some of our shut-ins by stopping by and singing a few Christmas carols.

Sunday, December 22 – Fourth Sunday in Advent
• Sunday School – 9:00 AM; Worship Service w/Holy Communion – 10:00 AM
Lighting of the Angel Candle.
• Sunday Advent Evening – 6:00 PM – We will “light up” the lives of some of our shut-ins by stopping by and singing a few Christmas carols.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son!”  The reason for the season is Jesus!  Jesus is the greatest of the Christmas presents!  Christmas is about God choosing to become one of us!

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
• Candlelight Worship Service with Holy Communion at 4:00 PM
(Note the service time to allow those with night driving difficulties to attend)

Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
• Worship Service with Holy Communion at 10:00 AM for EVERYONE to celebrate our Savior’s birth.
Lighting of the Christ Candle

OUR OUTREACH FOCUS FOR DECEMBER IS OUR HELPING HANDS PROGRAM:

We all know that life can be challenging at times and the holiday season can be especially difficult.  Helping Hands is our own special assistance program designed to help people right in our own community.  The program has provided support in various ways since its inception eight years ago.  Assistance has included financial help with medical expenses or utility bills, groceries, lodging, transportation and other unique needs.  Because this program is our own, there are no administrative costs associated with Helping Hands.  Any designated gift goes directly to those in need. 

If you or someone you know is in need of Helping Hands support, please contact Pastor Mike or complete a request form (located in the narthex).  All requests are confidential.  Also consider supporting the Helping Hands program with your time or service.  If you are able to help, please let Pastor Mike know of your availability.

METRO CARING DECEMBER FOOD FOCUS:

The Outreach Committee has designated YOUR CHOICE for those less fortunate. Please place your food donations in the boxes located in the narthex marked “Metro Caring.” A Big Orange Box, located outside, can be used for donations of any kind – anytime!

DECEMBER OUTREACH: WE ARE CROSS OF GLORY …THE LITTLE CHURCH WITH THE BIG HEART!

I wish you had been there…

…when I took 15 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and a large box of filler items to the processing center.  I was greeted at the door by two men who were delighted to see our shoebox gifts, saying they definitely were in need of them.  I told them that our church had been involved with Operation Christmas Child for many years and they were so appreciative of our ongoing support.  As I got ready to leave, they asked if we could pray over the shoebox gifts.  We laid hands on the shoeboxes and the prayer was beautiful, thanking God and asking Him to deliver each shoebox to the right child.  They also asked God to bless all who had been involved with our shoebox gifts. Thank you, Carin Davis, for applying for a Thrivent Action Team Project that funded the shoebox gifts. Thank you to those who paid for the shipping costs of those gifts. Thank you to those who assembled the shoebox gifts or brought in filler items to complete other shoebox gifts. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY, TOUCHING CHILDREN IN FARAWAY PLACES.

…when, on cold, wet days, I gave out Blessing Bags to people on the street. One man was  sitting on a medical walker at an  intersection not far from our church. walked over to him with the blessing bag in hand and he was so grateful to receive it. The next day, another man was standing on a corner with a sign facing traffic from a different direction. I pulled into the empty parking lot behind him and waited for him to see me. Meanwhile, a truck opened its window and handed the man a warm sweatshirt.  What a beautiful sight to witness the generosity of a stranger!  The homeless man then turned and saw me. He hurried over for the blessing bag and said, “God bless you and have a happy holiday season”. Sixty blessing bags were assembled last September as a Thrivent Action Team Project. Think of the people whose lives have been touched by those 60 gallon Ziploc bags. THANK YOU FOR GIVING GOD’S LOVE TO PEOPLE ON THE STREET.

…when I delivered 14 HarvestShare food boxes along with other food donations the week before Thanksgiving. Four people came out from MetroCaring with carts to unload my car.  I wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces when they saw what we were giving.  There was real joy as they pushed the overloaded carts into the building, struggling to keep all the food on the carts.  Their comments included, “This is terrific” and “Thank you so much” and “Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at your church”.  Our food donation that day weighed in at 447 pounds!  Estimating the cost of each HarvestShare food box to be a minimum of $25-$30, I am sure our total contribution to Metro Caring that day was well over $400.  Isn’t that astounding?  Thank you, Vada and Danny Danforth, for the inspiration and vision of HarvestShare.  Thank you to those who created HarvestShare food boxes or donated canned goods. THANK YOU TO ALL FOR SHARING WITH THOSE WHO HUNGER.

Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

METRO CARING’S NOVEMBER FOOD ITEM: CANNED FRUITS OR VEGETABLES

Food donations of any kind are always appreciated. Please place your donations in the “Metro Caring” boxes in the narthex or in BOB, our “Big Orange Box”. Know that your generosity helps others less fortunate. Don’t forget to use your Cross of Glory grocery tote bags to bring food donations to church. More bags are available from ushers should you need them or want to give them to others.

NOVEMBER OUTREACH: Second Wind Fund

Founded in 2002, the Second Wind Fund has served over 5,800 children and youth at risk for suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death for individuals between ages 10 and 24. While other suicide prevention organizations offer broad suicide prevention education and awareness, the Second Wind Fund takes a different approach to this serious mental health issue. They have an innovative program that matches children and youth, ages 19 and younger, with a licensed therapist in their community. Up to 12 counseling sessions are made available to youth at risk for suicide. Referrals to the program typically are generated by school mental health staff, but home-schooled youth or those no longer in school are also eligible for counseling services. Second Wind Fund’s program helps referred youth discover hope and healing in their lives.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoebox filler items are currently being collected.Empty shoeboxes are also available for anyone who wants to create a complete shoebox gift. Filler items can include school supplies, small toys and personal care items.Please do not donate candy, toothpaste, war-related items, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls/snacks, liquids vitamins, aerosol cans or breakable items, as these items cannot be included in shoebox gifts.You can place your filler items in the special donation boxes in the fellowship room. The deadline forOperation Christmas Child donations is Sunday, November 17.

HARVESTSHARE OUTREACH

This fall harvest campaign focuses on creating food boxes in your home to give to families in need. The food boxes should be brought to the church no later than November 17.  They will be delivered to Metro Caring that same week in order to be available to families prior to Thanksgiving. A special information sheet that provides details on this new program is available from our ushers. A sample box is also on display at the church.

STEWARDSHIP

Hello Everyone, Please be on the lookout for the 2020 Time and Talent Sheets and Financial Pledge Cards being placed in your mailbox in the narthex.

Please return your T&T Sheet to Vada Danforth, Stewardship Committee member, and your sealed Financial Pledge Card to Pam Lugo, our Financial Secretary. It would be most helpful if those are returned no later than November 17.  Thank you! In addition, I want to urge those who do grocery shopping at King Soopers to consider establishing a King Soopers Loyalty Card in the name of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church. The King Soopers Community Rewards Program provides for a certain percentage of purchases to be credited back to our charitable account. There is information available on establishing these accounts and/or changing your existing card to designate Cross of Glory.   Please  contact  Colette Kerlin or me if

you have any questions. Thank you!

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

THANKSGIVING…

• Thanksgiving isn’t just a day, it’s a way we can live our lives every day.
• The more you are thankful, the more you attract things to be thankful for.
• God gave you a gift of 86,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?
• The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
• All things we receive from God work together for good. We praise and thank Him in trials and triumphs, scarcity and plenty knowing He sends exactly what we need.

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing: in everything give thanks…1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

COME JOIN OUR BOOK CLUB

Cross of Glory has a group of individuals who have been meeting regularly at Cross of Glory discussing various books.  They have finished six books now. Their next selected book is Roll Around Heaven: An All-True Accidental Spiritual Adventure by Jessica Maxwell. The book can be ordered through Amazon. Other options include the library, book stores, etc. 

The Book Club is taking a break until after the first of the year. The start date will be determined at that time. Please consider joining them. Also come with ideas for their next book.  If you have any questions, please contact Pam Lugo at 303-907-8410 or lugopspe@gmail.com.

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