Serve Day 2020 – July 11
On Saturday, July 11, thousands of Christians around the world will share God’s love through serving others. This year will look different from previous years so that we can all stay safe from the coronavirus. Rather than participating in a large communal event, we encourage everyone to engage in micro serve events as individuals or with your family. Think of ways you can serve friends, family, neighbors or the wider community. Some ideas include weeding a neighbor’s garden, sending a card or phoning someone you know who is feeling lonely, picking up litter on your street or at a local park, lending a book you’ve enjoyed to a friend, taking treats to healthcare workers or first responders, or donating to a good cause. Use your imagination, stay safe, wear your Serve Day shirt if you have one (talk to Carla Ikenouye if you need one) and take a photo with your phone, if possible. Then send your photo to David Haining at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can all enjoy a photo slideshow of our congregation serving as the hands and feet of Jesus. If you have a need you would like help with, contact Carla Ikenouye at email@example.com or 970-356-2121 and she will match you up with a willing servant!
Virtual Habitat for Humanity Hope Builders Breakfast – July 22
Due to the Covid-19 virus, the annual Habitat fundraising breakfast will be virtual this year. Our Habitat friends are producing an exciting video that will premiere on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 a.m. on their Website, on YouTube and on Facebook. Early risers can catch the premiere, or you can watch at your leisure anytime for the next week. Dick Monfort, CEO and owner of the Colorado Rockies and a longtime advocate for Habitat for Humanity, will once again be the keynote speaker. We’ll also hear from Thomas Spratte, 2020 Faith Build homeowner, and Jaclyn Wildenberg, 2020 Women Build homeowner. Special guests will be Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, and Clive Rainey, the very first Habitat volunteer. Click to join Carla Ikenouye’s Virtual Table to learn more about the great work of Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity and to donate toward their efforts. You can also mail a check to Habitat at 104 N 16th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631; please note Carla Ikenouye in the memo line.
Habitat for Humanity Faith Build
Work should begin soon on the 2020 Faith Build. Look for an email in the near future with more information about our date to build.
Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement
As members of a pro-reconciling, anti-racist church, we Disciples of Christ actively pursue social justice. Many resources are available to help us recognize the systemic racism in our society and understand the Black Lives Matter movement so that we can be a bridge to a better future for all people in our community. These bestselling and award-winning books provide needed context and hope for a better way forward: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (also a movie starring Jamie Foxx), How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A helpful resource for parents is The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences by Carolyn Helsel and Y. Joy Harris-Smith. This powerful song written and performed by Tom Prasada-Rao is available on YouTube: $20 Bill (for George Floyd).
GIA Clothing Bank Reopening July 1
The Clothing Bank will reopen for business on Wednesday, July 1. Reduced operating hours will be Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m-2 p.m. State reopening guidelines will be followed, and all donated clothing must be newly laundered. Donations may be taken to the Clothing Bank at 228 N. 9th Avenue or placed in the bin in Fellowship Hall.