MISSION NEWS

“We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.”
         Winston Churchill


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.


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.