Hello My Dear Friends,
I stand and applaud the 78 or more volunteers who came and made our Thanksgiving Community Banquet a wonderful event! Everyone came with a beautiful servant’s heart and just got to work. One of our Spanish ladies told me with tears in her eyes how thankful she was that God had guided her to our church to be part of this event! You can view pictures of this event by clicking HERE.
Though we did not meet all of our goals so many good things transpired. We wanted to serve 400 people. My best calculation puts our total at 175 – 200 community people. I think a good baseline is that for every 1000 flyers distributed we may get 100 people. Thus, next year, in addition to passing out flyers to our church members and families in the Academia Mauricio Saravia, I probably need to distribute close to 3000 more flyers to get 300 people in attendance. This is certainly a tight rope walk in the dark as you never know how many people will respond.
We had volunteers galore and they came from everywhere. Of the 78 who signed in 28 were from Grace Covenant Church in Lakewood, 19 were from our own church Gracia y Vida, 10 were from the Crossing Church of the Nazarene in Westminster, 6 were from Risen Lord Lutheran in Conifer, 4 were from Mission Hills in Aurora, 2 were from Red Rocks Community Church (I think in Lakewood), and 1 was from DFC (thanks Mom!). The remaining individuals did not identify a church. So we exceeded our goals of new volunteers (25) and we were well staffed at every possible juncture.
We raised $879 and had expenses of $696.36 which gave us a net income of $182.64 for the event. In addition, we received 23 Walmart cards valued at $25 each. That is equivalent to another $575 donation. Those cards were all given away to community members in attendance.
Despite a lower than hoped for attendance, 14 people responded to the invitation to place their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins! The next day, after Pastor Jim Christy preached a stirring message from Jeremiah, another man came forward with tears streaming down his face to receive Christ. That man has now returned for a second Sunday and we are hopeful that he will continue to come to church.
Though there are many more things I could say I will conclude by saying that of all the Thanksgiving events we have done up to this point I personally feel this was by far the best one just in terms of being able to connect with the hearts of people. Please send me your observations and constructive criticisms and I will do my best to include those in my next e-newsletter which, God help me, I will get out by the end of next week.
To all who served, gave and prayed THANK YOU SO MUCH! These events are not possible without the assistance of your labor of love. Together we are Bringin’ Good Outta da Hood!
Brother Scott Carranza
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