Wow! 2018 already, and we have so much to look forward to in the coming year!
Wednesday night drop-in prayer for our church, staff, and ministries will resume on January 10th from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Conference Room. We will post the list of prayer topics on the church website and have copies at the Welcome Center. Also please join us in the Celebration Center from 6 to 7 pm on Sunday, January 14th to pray the prayer of St. Francis.
Don’t forget the Perspectives Class begins on January 16th in the Celebration Center. It’s not too late to sign up.
There will be some new opportunities for hands-on participation this year. Slammin’ Famine is February 16 – 18 at the McKee Center at The Ranch in Loveland. Children 5 and over are welcome to join with adults to fill manna packs which go to feed starving children around the world. This is such a fun time for all who participate! We are reserving 50 slots for Cornerstone this year. Sign up is open on the church website. Missions have committed $1000.00 toward the cost of the food we will pack. We need another $1500.00 to cover what 50 people will pack in the 2 hours they are there. Please make checks to Cornerstone with Slammin’ Famine on the memo line. On February 2nd there will be a fundraising concert at Foundations Church in Loveland. Christian artist Jason Gray will perform. All proceeds will go toward food for the Slammin’ Famine event. Go to slamminfamine.org to purchase tickets.
This year we will participate with Greeley Habitat for Humanity in a “faith build” in which many churches will be involved. Our church will provide a building team on one Saturday and a lunch for the builders on another Saturday. The groundbreaking will take place on January 18th, and the home for a single mom and her 4 children will be completed in May. There will be other ways to be involved as we move forward. Hopefully, this will be an annual event.
In March we will do a tuna collection for the Weld Food Bank. Be alert to tuna sightings around the church!
Mark your calendars for the morning of July 14th as we will participate in International Serve Day, an opportunity for our congregation to join many others in the Greeley faith community to complete projects for some of the non-profits in town.
We mourn the loss of our dear Shirley Forbes, but we want to assure you that her work in Tanzania will not be forgotten. Current commitments will continue to be met and hopefully, new projects will be undertaken in the future.
As your mission team, we want you to know that although we did cut the mission budget by 10% we are still in a position to continue support to all our missions. So when we put a notice out there for extra giving, we want you to follow your hearts and see these as “get to” not “got to” opportunities. Your giving to the church is generously supporting 33 missions. We never want you to feel that you must give more than that. Just give as you feel led, and know that you are loved and appreciated for not only your financial giving but for your hands-on giving of your time and talents for our church and for our community.
Until next time,
Jean, Dick, Shaunda, Pam, Alex, and Gary