MISSION NEWS

Colorado Gives Day was a great success. The following is from their website:
Thank you, Colorado! Your donations on Colorado Gives Day 2019 resulted in $39.6 million for 2569 local nonprofits in just 24 hours. We also hit 165,000 in number of donations. Your enthusiasm and support of Colorado nonprofits is invaluable! 
PS –Dave Jarvis advised donations to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp totaled $80,531!!!!!

Celebration of Blessings Breakfast – A good time was enjoyed by 73 people who were served a delicious meal by Marv & Barb Sampson and Laura & Eric Minton (with help from Brycen & Tanner!). The Mission Team applied for and received an “Action Team” grant from Thrivent Financial, which paid for most of the food. Attendees donated $292 along with lots of canned foods, which SOTH in turn gave to Mercy Today Ministries to use where most needed and to help them stock the shelves of their food pantry. Thanks to everyone for their continued generosity!

Thanks to everyone who took an ornament from the Giving Tree. Your generosity and eagerness to assist those less fortunate enabled us to give both gifts and articles of clothing to 20 children in Fremont County. We are so grateful that Linda Freed continues to coordinate this project and makes sure that the presents are always delivered in time for Christmas. Special thanks to Linda!

Thanks again to everyone who was able to donate food for Loaves & Fishes’ Holiday Food Boxes. We donated 99 pounds of food! Please try to continue bringing donations of non-perishable food for our Loaves and Fishes boxes in the coatroom.  Hunger never takes a holiday. Monetary donations may also be sent to them or dropped off at 241 Justice Center Road. Their supplies decline while the population they help continues to grow. Your assistance is needed and appreciated. 

SOTH celebrated 21 years of presenting its Living Nativity on December 14th. It was a bit colder this year than the past few years. A lot of visitors enjoyed the brisk evening and opted to walk to the church. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to get things organized and make things come together. Hundreds of people
came to enjoy the Nativity. Many families have made this a Holiday tradition. Most visitors expressed their appreciation to SOTH for continuing to do this for the community. Visitors donated $427.71 and four boxes of non-perishable food, all of which was donated to Loaves and Fishes Ministries to assist with their programs. We are
blessed to be able to provide this gift to the community each year.

Ruth Circle meets again on Thursday, January 9th at 10 a.m. We will be starting a four-part Bible Study entitled “We are called!” Martin Luther used the word “vocation” or “calling” to refer to all aspects of human life. We are called to respond to God not just in our personal relationship with God but in our relationships with family and friends, in our work and in our communities. This study will explore stories from both the Old and New Testament. As we reflect on how our biblical forebears heard and responded to God’s call, we will gain insight into how God is calling us—and how God may be calling others through us. Session 1 is “Hearing God’s Call” and focuses on men and women in the Old Testament. Some of them heard and recognized God’s call clearly. Others struggled to realize that it was God who was calling them or exactly what God was calling them to do. Wonder what we’ll learn from their stories! Come and bring a friend.
OUR SOCIAL MINISTRIES:

LOAVES AND FISHES need help with the following: HOUSEHOLD USED FURNITURE! Any and all Baby Items, CLOTHING of all kinds, They can always use DISH SOAP AND CANNED TUNA (or in pouches) CANNED TOMATOES, CANNED BEANS, CANNED VEGETABLES, CANNED FRUIT, CANNED SOUP, CANNED PASTA WITH MEAT, PEANUT BUTTER, TOILET PAPER, MAC & CHEESE, CEREAL. Please bring any frozen foods directly to Loaves & Fishes. They can always use any non- perishable food, monetary donations, or household items. Paper goods are always appreciated, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, etc. The first Sunday of the month is designated as “Loaves & Fishes Sunday,” however you may donate your items at any time in the box provided in the coat room.

VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED!!!!

Pull Tabs from Aluminum Cans : Goes to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Colorado Springs.

Also: Paper/Cardboard: Please remove or shred personal information and put papers in a box or plastic bag before putting in the blue recycling bin, located at the end of our driveway entrance.

Aluminum Cans: Please consider donating your aluminum cans to the Humane Society.

Plastic Bags: Manna House could use those plastic shopping bags with handles. ( Loaves n’ Fishes also uses them, but their need varies. Please call them first.)

Cancelled Stamps: There is a basket on the table in the coat room for your cancelled stamps. Benefits TUBFRIM in Norway.

Box Tops: Please save your box tops which are given to the Mountain View Core Knowledge School, for their greatest needs. There is a container on the table in the coat room for your box tops.