“We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.”
Save the Date – Celebration of Blessings Breakfast is December 8th following the early service. The amazing Sampson family will prepare & serve the meal. Donations of non-perishable foods and money will be accepted for Mercy Today Ministries.
Another Successful Bake/Food Sale! Due in part to better weather and larger attendance than 2018, members of SOTH donated $476.58 at this year’s sale. This will be given to Harrison K-8 School in Canon City, this year’s beneficiary, to use where most needed. Thank you to everyone at SOTH for supporting the Mission Team’s annual sale. Your contributions of time, baked goods, foods and your generosity are what make this affair successful. Thanks again for supporting this worthwhile event!
Colorado Gives Day is December 10th
It's the 10th anniversary of Colorado Gives Day. Join thousands of Coloradans to support our State’s non-profits on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The $1.5 Million Incentive Fund made possible by Community First Foundation, First- Bank and other community members boosts the value of every donation. Go to https:// www.coloradogives.orgtomakeyoursecureonlinedonations. You can even schedule your donations ahead of time to post on 12/10. Credit card and processing fees are covered by the event sponsors. More than 2300 Colorado nonprofits, including our own Rainbow Trail Camp, are registered on that website.
Ruth Circle meets Thursday, December 12th, at 10 a.m. This month, rather than a regular lesson, it is a creative Advent devotional with Isaiah entitled “Watch, Wait, Create”. Come enjoy fellowship and learning. We will also share some “goodies”. We continue to collect cereal for Mercy Today Ministries. The Circle donated 15 boxes of cereal and two boxes of instant oatmeal to Mercy Today Ministries during October.
Living Nativity – This year is the 21st anniversary of the most important community outreach of SOTH. It takes place on Saturday, December 14th, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Please check the signup sheet in the Narthex to see where help is still needed before, during and after the event. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about this event.
“Giving Tree” - Remember to bring in your wrapped gifts by December 15h to al- low sufficient time for distribution before school lets out. Don’t miss your chance to brighten a child’s Christmas. This year we have a larger number of children to provide gifts for. So, if you haven’t picked your child’s “tag”, please do so soon. Don’t miss out!
Thank You Thrivent Financial for approving our Action Teams and awarding Shepherd of the Hills the $250 “seed money” used to purchase some of the food for the breakfast and another $250 to help with expenses of our Living Nativity. Yet an- other blessing to celebrate here at SOTH! Thanks also to all who are able to donate nonperishable food and money for Mercy Today Ministries.
ELCA Good Gifts offers a unique way to put meaning back in Christmas shopping. Catalogs are available in various places in the Narthex. Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping each year. Consider substituting one traditional gift with one from the ELCA Good Gifts catalog. There are great gifts for those on your list who have everything and might appreciate a “non-traditional gift” that will benefit others less fortunate. Place orders online at www.elca.org/goodgifts.