This week I spent some time with Elder Tyler Vail who is serving in Boulder right now as a full-time missionary. Elder Vail has about 7 months left to go on his mission and when you meet him he seems like any other missionary but behind the kind smile and the quiet appearance, there is something major going on in Elder Vail’s life right now. Last week his parents, sister, brother, and dog barely escaped the flames that engulfed their home in Paradise California.
FOX 31 Denver spoke with Elder Vail on Wednesday about his experience. You can see that news report here.
In what has become an annual tradition, youth from the Boulder area congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came together to perform a service project that starts and ends with BLT.
They started at a local meetinghouse in Broomfield and split the area into sections. These young men and young women then went door to door asking if they could rake leaves. They asked that a canned food donation for FISH, the local food pantry, be donated in exchange for the service, but would rake leaves regardless of donation.
They raked for a total of 2 hours. In total, they collected 468 lbs of food and $361 for the food bank. They raked 374 bags of leaves. (more…)
There With Care is a national charitable organization that helps and supports families going through significant medical crises. Recently a representative from the Boulder chapter visited Sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints during a planned service project to share some of the specific needs the organization has.
That evening these wonderful sisters gathered donations and decorated grocery bags used by families being served by There With Care.
Julie Hess of There With Care shared these thoughts after the activity
I wanted to take the time, again, to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the mission of There With Care at your church this week. I so enjoyed getting to know this wonderful group of women and I am so impressed with their eagerness to help and to give back to their community. I loved looking through the decorated grocery bags and seeing everyone’s artistic style! As I mentioned, the families have let us know repeatedly that this extra bit of CARE demonstrated by decorating the bags really helps to boost their spirits. We are also so incredibly grateful for the large amount of grocery and baby items you were able to donate. WOW! I think that was one of our largest “wish list” donation yet! Please share with the women a big THANK YOU from There With Care!
Donations gathered for There With Care
Recently the Islamic Center of Boulder hosted an Interfaith event in partnership with the Boulder Mormon church. The Daily Camera, a local news publication covering Boulder Colorado, published a great piece about the event and its connection with the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Nature and Science.
Before the event the Boulder Atonement Lutheran Church hosted an interfaith dinner which was attended by a number of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders.
Below is an image of the piece on the Daily Camera website. Click on the image or click here to view the full write up.
With his car windows almost entirely blocked and every inch of space stuffed with plastic bags, Travis, a volunteer from “Keep Colorado Warm,” happily took on the challenge of stuffing more in.
Recently, the Boulder Stake relief society came together to donate an impressive amount of winter clothing to the IMPACT program which collects badly-needed items to protect the needy from Colorado winters. When Travis showed up in his small hatchback, he realized he may have underestimated the generosity of these women.
“He was a bit surprised by the size of our donation,” said Wendy Ericson, a member of the Boulder Stake. “Miraculously, he was able to stuff all 18 bags full of winter clothing into his little hatchback. … He was very gracious and thrilled to receive it.”
More than 430 items were donated, including 164 coats, 107 hats and 66 pairs of gloves. One sister even sewed several hoodies herself for the cause.
The sisters sorted all the items, something that made IMPACT “especially happy” for, and they enjoyed hot chocolate and donuts along with good company.
“It was a labor of love,” Ericson said. “I was so touched by the love and generosity of the sisters and the warmth it will bring to others.”
Young Single Adults from the Mountain View Mormon Congregation were invited to attend an evening of dinner, dessert and conversation to build relationships with their peers attending CU from other faiths on February 27, 2018.
Zach Parris, CU Lutheran Ministries pastor leads a weekly student dinner called Bread and Belonging. Once a month Pastor Parris tries to have one interfaith/ecumenical guest to share in the meal and conversation. (more…)