The Grow Together in Faith Team Announces 2018 Service September

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Good Shepherd routinely supports outside organizations that serve the poor or needy.  You may often hear of St. Francis Center, Covenant Cupboard, or St. Clare’s Ministries in conversation or in the weekly bulletin, but perhaps you haven’t visited or learned firsthand about their missions…yet.

You are invited to the 2018 Service September, an entire month devoted to getting involved at Good Shepherd through education and service.  Over the course of the month, the church will provide opportunities for you, your children, and grandchildren to get involved and learn more about these important organizations that serve our community.

Please mark your calendars:

Ingathering of Healthy Snacks, Benefitting Covenant Cupboard
From September 1 – 15, the Good Shepherd congregation is invited to collect healthy, packaged snacks and other non-perishable food items to be donated to Covenant Cupboard.  Located in our own backyard of Greenwood Village, Covenant Cupboard operates a food pantry for those who are facing food insecurity.  This ingathering is a wonderful opportunity for adults and children alike to help select snacks or food.  Most requested items are: canned protein (meats, nut butters), canned fruits or vegetables, soup and chili, past and rice, cereal and oatmeal, breakfast and nutrition bars, and dry beans.

Musical Concert Benefitting St. Clare’s Ministries
St. Claire’s Ministries offers short-term respite from the harsh realities of homelessness and poverty by offering a hot, homemade meal, clothing, spiritual support, and a caring community to those in need.  On Friday, September 14, from 5:00 – 8:00pm, St. Clare’s will offer a “Walk in Their Shoes” Food Tasting and special musical concert by “Never on Sunday.”  The Good Shepherd congregation is invited to attend and learn more about this important ministry.  Concert will be held at St. Clare’s. For more information and to RSVP, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44a9ad28a0fd0-walk

Tour of Covenant Cupboard and Food Sorting
On Saturday, September 15, you are invited to meet at Covenant Cupboard (children are welcome!) to help sort the donated food collected during Good Shepherd’s ingathering earlier in September.   Prior to sorting, a tour of the facility will be provided.  This is a great, hands-on volunteer opportunity that impacts the needy in our local community. Please watch for additional information and timeframes.

Meet at Good Shepherd to Assemble Birthday Bags
Following our work offsite at Covenant Cupboard, volunteers will return to Good Shepherd to assemble “Birthday Bags,” which will benefit clients served by Covenant Cupboard.  When a needy child has a birthday, Covenant Cupboard provides Birthday Bags: a tote bag filled with boxed cake mix, canned frosting, and a small toy (bubbles, a small book of stickers, etc.).  This allows all families, regardless of need, to celebrate the birthdays of their children.  With support from the Good Shepherd Outreach Committee, volunteers will meet in the Parish Hall on Saturday, September 15, immediately following the tour of Covenant Cupboard, and will assemble 50 birthday bags.  Please watch for additional information about this opportunity, as well as timeframes.

Tour and Volunteer at St. Francis Center
On Saturday, September 22, the congregation is invited to volunteer at St. Francis Center in downtown Denver.  This is a wonderful chance to see where Good Shepherd’s resources go and meet some of the people who directly benefit from our generosity!
Affiliated with the Diocese since 1983, St. Francis Center has quickly grown into a major homeless services provider in Denver.  Along with day sheltering, they offer health, education and employment services.  Transitional housing has been developed since 2001, notably the Cornerstone Residences.

You will join Karin Elsen, Good Shepherd Vestry member, and other Episcopalians who have made up the “Third Saturday Crew” for over a decade.  Volunteer opportunities will be helping guests select clothing, re-stocking the clothing room, and assisting guests with mail and storage.  Children, 16 and older, are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent.  There will be mature youth-friendly volunteer opportunities.  Please mark your calendars and watch for additional information. 

Service September offers something for everyone.  From children and youth, to adults and families, the opportunities to get involved are numerous.  We hope you are excited about these opportunities to learn and serve during the month of September.