Christmas Giving Opportunity

In the past few years, the Social Ministry team has shared about a distinctive opportunity in Colorado to support the non-profits you may support throughout the year on one special day.  This program is called Colorado Gives and will happen on one day only:  December 10th.  The Community First Foundation and FirstBank each donated $500K to this effort in order to celebrate and increase philanthropy throughout the state.  The non-profits who are approved to be a part of this program receive a pro-rata share of the $1 million incentive fund, based on the total donations for that day across the state.  Some of the organizations who are in the mix for this year are:  Manna, Rainbow Trail, Boys and Girls Club, La Plata Family Centers, KSUT, San Juan Symphony, for example.  You can browse the local and statewide organizations and schedule your donation to happen automatically on December 10th.  The website is:

We hope you may consider this opportunity.  Blessings to you as you prepare for the birth of our Lord.

Bread for the World – Offering of Letters Update:  Dr. Condie Goes to Washington!

Wanda Ellingson and John Condie were in Washington D.C. at the beginning of November with their son Ian.  They took the opportunity to hand deliver the letters that all of you wrote to our national legislators.  They visited the offices of Representative Scott Tipton in the Canon House Office building and met with one of his staff, Matt Atwood.  They also went to the Russell Senate Office Building to the offices of our two senatorsAt Michael Bennet’s office, they visited with staffer Margaret Mullins, and at Cory Gardner’s office they met Kyle Green (pictured below, far right, along with Wanda Ellingson and John Condie). 

Everyone was very attentive and took notes to pass along to their bosses.  Bennet’s office even provided an intern to accompany them to the Capitol on the senators’ underground train.  She then guided them to the Speakers Balcony, a treat, since it is not a normal part of the public tour.

The Social Ministry Committee would like to thank everyone for contributing their time to this year’s Offering of Letters.