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In the Community and Around the World

We have a targeted network of agencies and and ministries that we as a church and individuals are actively involved in. There are ample opportunities to serve through these agencies and ministries in a variety of ways: a weekly commitment, a one-time opportunity, or something in between. Contact the church office (303.733.4936 or shirley@firstcrcdenver.org) for more information.

Kids Hope USA

One caring adult mentoring an at-risk child for one hour once a week through one church's relationship with one school. First Church adults mentor students at McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School one hour each week during the school year. Each year the school asks if we have more volunteers will to be Kids Hope mentors because they have more children who could use this one-on-one care.Volunteers are needed for this 2016/2017 school year!

Contact: Bob DeMasters bdemast@comcast.net

www.kidshopeusa.org


Crossroads Bible Institute (CBI)

CBI offers a series of faith-based correspondence courses to people in prison. Each lesson that an inmate completes is corrected by a trained CBI instructor who also writes the student a personal letter of encouragement. CBI instructors can do this ministry at their convenience from their homes. Contact: Shirley Van Heukelem (shirley@firstcrcdenver.org) for more information and to find out how you can become a CBI instructor.

www.crosssroadbible.org

A participant writes, "Thank you for being here to be part in teaching me His Word and for helping me grow in Christ. I know I have a new life now and there are no words that can thank you enough, nor Jesus who put you all at C.B.I. in my life, for it."

Cascade of Hope

Victor & Sandra Perez minister to the needs of people in SW Denver by offering ESL, basic computer training, and citizenship classes on weeknights. They hope to offer other resources that are difficult for recent immigrants to obtain through normal channels because of the language barrier, such as GED, and drivers license classes.Victor is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. His goal is to establish a multicultural church through reciprocal witnessing of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that will come together as one body to worship, exalt and glorify God.

Cascade of Hope is looking volunteers to help in a variety of ways, including providing snacks for their evening ESL and computer classes, becoming an ESL or computer instructor or classroom assistant, or simply befriending a person or two who attends these classes. Contact Victor at adventemb@msn.com or 303.639.6007.

Denver Area Youth for Christ Juvenile Justice Ministry

Chaplain Claire Froehlich has been working in the Juvenile Justice Ministry with Youth For Christ (YFC) since June 2009. Claire has a passion for discipleship and helping at-risk youth come to know the life-changing love of Jesus Christ. She serves on the YFC Juvenile Justice Ministry team as a chaplain at Mt. View Youth Services Center.

Claire offers tours of Mt. View Youth Services Center, where people meet some of the girls, learn about YFC's ministry, and have the opportunity to become a mentor to one of the girls. Contact First Church for more information.


Volunteers in Action

Volunteers in Action

Volunteers in Action is a non-profit agency that serves the local community by equipping and enabling Christian volunteers and churches to be Christ's transforming presence in the lives of people in the greater Denver area. Much of the social justice work done by members of First Church funnel through this agency. Contact your Grow Group deacon or Donn Hansum or Kelli Schuttinga at the VIA office for information on how you can get involved in one of their ongoing service opportunities.

www.volunteersinaction.org

World Renew and Disaster Response Services (DRS)


Disaster Response update: Louisiana ~ David is a 53-year-old gentleman with disabilities who was also recovering from back surgery when severe flooding hit Louisiana in August 2016. after prayer with World Renew Team members, He said, “When I came here, I was sure there was no God. Now I think there may be a God after all.”

In August 2016, David, and 90 percent of the residents in Denham Springs, about 40,000 households, experienced the worst U.S. disaster since Super-Storm Sandy in 2012.

Rebuild Livingston asked World Renew DRS to conduct a needs assessment, and over the course of two weeks in January 2017, DRS volunteers interviewed more than 1,400 individuals and families in Denham Springs. This was a record for a county-wide World Renew DRS needs assessment: It was more than any single assessment taken after Hurricane Katrina or Super-Storm Sandy. Since then, Rebuild Livingston has continued to get calls from residents alerting them to even more needs in their community.

“It’s very common for people who have been through a disaster to not know where to turn in their community for assistance,” said Bob Laarman, Director of World Renew DRS. “On the other side, it’s difficult for a local recovery group such as Rebuild Livingston to figure out who in their community needs help and what those needs are. This is where World Renew DRS comes in. We can act as the bridge between survivors, who, if they don’t get additional help, are at great risk of falling through the cracks, and the local recovery organization that is eager to help their community members.”

The information from World Renew’s needs assessment surveys was given to Rebuild Livingston, and the agency is hard at work securing funding and resources, and caring for their neighbors. The organization’s top priority right now is to meet the urgent needs of flood survivors who were identified during the assessment. This includes connecting people with resources such as safe housing, beds, food pantries, diapers, and critical emotional and spiritual support. Rebuild Livingston is also making plans to address long-term needs, including home reconstruction for hundreds of households.

“Even through the difficult experiences, many flood survivors expressed unwavering faith and are confident that God will provide,” said Barb Bracko, World Renew DRS volunteer who served in Denham Springs. “Their faith is an inspiration and a beacon of light in the darkness that surrounds them. Although their earthly possessions have been lost, their eternal treasure has multiplied.”

Please pray for David and survivors of this flood as they seek the strength they need to recover and rebuild. Pray they will experience the peace of Christ as they continue their journey of recovery. Pray also for Rebuild Livingston, as they work with their community to help their neighbors.

Will you encourage disaster survivors like David by volunteering with World Renew DRS? As a volunteer, you can be part of changing stories from loss to hope in Christ’s name. In Denham Springs, plans to host and coordinate out of town volunteers to help with reconstruction are still underway. However, there are more than a dozen more communities like Denham Springs in the U.S. and Canada that are also recovering from natural disasters, some of which occurred more than a year ago. Visit worldrenew.net/volunteer to search for volunteer opportunities, and learn more at worldrenew.net/aboutdrs.

World Renew Volunteers at Work ~

World Renew responds to the needs of people around the world who suffer from poverty, hunger, disaster and injustice.

Word Renew's DRS volunteers give of their time and talents to help clear debris, assess needs, and rebuild homes after natural disasters strike in North America.

First Church partners with World Renew by holding offerings to fund a variety of their programs.

Contact: the church office (connections@firstcrcdenver.org) for more information on how you can serve through World Renew

www.worldrenew.net

Living Water International (LWI)

Living Water International (LWI)

LWI volunteers demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and to experience "living water" - the gospel of Jesus Christ which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. Each year, a team from First Church spends a week in Honduras or Nicaragua helping a community dig a well.

First Church partners with LWI by holding offerings to fund the wells these teams install. Each well costs about $5,000.00. Contact: Al Wassenaar (awassenaar@cox.net ) for more information about upcoming projects.

www.water.cc

Join us for Long Scraggy Mountain Ranch WORK Day: May 6, 2017


Long Scraggy Mountain Ranch in Pine CO offers facilities for children's camps, camping, church conferences, family reunions, and similar gatherings in a rustic mountain setting. This property is owned by the youth ministries of the Denver area Christian Reformed churches. There are opportunities throughout the year to help in the maintenance of the grounds. Contact board members: Milly Travis, Jon Waanders

http://longscraggy.org

Mile High Ministries

Mile High Ministries mobilizes our communities and equip leaders for God's transformational work among the poor.

Our work is accomplished through initiatives such as transformational housing for homeless families, legal advocacy for the poor, and training leaders for lives of service. The initiatives include:

  • Joshua Station - a faith-based community helping families make the transformation from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment.
  • JAMLAC - Justice And Mercy Legal Aid Clinic address the practical leagan needs of people struggling with poverty and oppression in the Denver metro area.
  • Issachar Center - The Issachar Center for Urban leadership equips young adults from and for low-income urban communities for transformative servant leadership.


http://www.milehighmin.org/