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Calling All Bakers For The Bridge

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It’s time to fire up the mixer and pull out the baking sheets. Sugar cookie cut outs with red and green icing. Powdered sugar coated snowballs. Pinwheels and bird nests. Fudge and cookie bars and pumpkin bread.

In addition to providing yummy treats for your family and friends, you can also help share Christmas cheer with those in need by donating your favorite homemade cookies, bars, or sweet bread creations.

This year’s Bridge celebration needs dozens of home-baked goodies as we host special families for a holiday dinner, entertainment, and gifts. The treats will be arranged on platters for dessert and add a homey-touch to the evening. In fact, organizers anticipate feeding 900 people each evening!

Sign up at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=WGZU8537

Drop off Location: Timberline Church Arts Room (just east of the main auditorium)

Drop off Dates: December 16 & 17: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm or December 18: 7:30 am – noon.

Thank you for helping us provide a sweet ending to this memorable event!

Changing Lives with The Bridge

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What are you doing this Christmas season to help someone else? It’s not too late to adopt a family or volunteer to help with The Bridge on December 18th and 19th. After all, the life that’s changed might just be yours.

Consider the story of Margie Bennett (watch the You Tube video ), a Bridge volunteer for the past two years. The first time she volunteered, she heard that the organizers still needed help and just showed up. As a social worker by profession, she spent the majority of her days working with the under-served in the community and therefore expected The Bridge event to be like a typical work day.

It was not.

Margie pointed out that the first time she volunteered she was questioning every aspect of faith including the very existence of God. It was a time of confusion and uncertainty. But as she served the people at The Bridge that night, she started to feel in her heart something that she’d never experienced before. It was an “amazing feeling of connectedness and love and caring.” It wasn’t until about three-quarters of the way through the event that it occurred to her that what she was experiencing was the undeniable and overwhelming presence of God in the room.

In that moment she became a true believer and realized that she was meant to be there. God had been calling her.  As a result, God turned Margie’s life around and transformed her, beginning with her conscious decision to become a Christian. Ten months later, Margie and her son were baptized at Timberline Church.

As Margie said, “I love The Bridge event. Amazing things happen there.  But it’s particularly significant for me because it turned my life around. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday and I can’t wait for it this year.”

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 How can you help? First, consider adopting a family this Christmas. As of a few days ago, 864 families were on the list but only 290 individuals or groups had signed up to help. (To sign up, go to www.TimberlineChurch.org, under “Peaks” along the top click on Love Embraces, click on Adopt-A-Family in the upper left corner of the new page, and then fill out the online form. )

If you can’t adopt an entire family, consider joining with others to help a family this Christmas. The same online form has an option for financial donations or gift cards. Or you can call the AAF office at 970-482-4387, extension 515, and volunteer to help out.

Last, but certainly not least, you could join Margie and volunteer to help at The Bridge on December 18th and 19th. Contact Ron Hedrick for more information.

Let’s change a life this Christmas!

Cooking with Love

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When cooking a meal for 12 guests, one would double or triple a recipe. When cooking for 1000 guests? You do the math.

On December 18 and 19, a crew of up to 35 volunteers will prepare a meal for 800 to 1000 people (including 200 to 250 volunteers) each night as part of The Bridge Christmas party outreach to local families in need. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., three shifts of volunteers will prepare, serve, and cleanup a feast of ham, green beans, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes, and platters of home-baked cookies, candies, and breads. The four ovens in the main kitchen will be filled to capacity as well as numerous large ham cookers plugged into available outlets throughout the church building. Over 2400 home-baked goodies from an additional 64 volunteers will be collected and arranged in the Arts Center. (For those with a baking gene, sign up at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=PMNP6895 to bring 3 dozen treats!)

The SERVE 6.8 Cooking Team has roots leading back to the first Bridge event three years ago, but really found a niche for service this summer when the High Park Fire ignited. For six weeks, volunteers daily assisted a main cook from Samaritan’s Purse to prepare a large breakfast, pack sandwich lunches, and serve an evening meal for the 45-member work crews. In addition, volunteers organized a weekly, Sunday evening potluck for 150 people to gather for food and fellowship. The highlight for many of the volunteers was the “share-out” session at the end of dinner each workday. Recovery crew workers shared stories about their progress that day as well as their timely opportunities to show God’s love to hurting home owners with no strings attached. It was encouraging for the volunteers to discover just how many loving people live in our community.Fort Collins CO Fire Relief for Samaritan's Purse

Six times so far in 2012, SERVE 6.8 volunteers have gone to a trailer park aty 2025 N. College to repair leaking roofs. One three of those days, a core group from the Cooking Team, known affectionately as “The Ladies,” set up a table in a park area and had a cookout for the workers and families from the community. In addition to serving delicious food, the team interacts with and loves on the neighborhood kids. The food aspect of the SERVE 6.8 ministry impacts community building as families discover they are not being beat over the head with religion and that volunteers really mean “no strings attached.”

Ron Hedrick, one of the leaders of SERVE 6.8, said the ladies of the cooking team “are indispensable to the ministry of SERVE 6.8. Being able to provide food to our teams and the people we serve is an important aspect of caring for our volunteers and our community. They do a great job in what are often less than ideal conditions.”2025 N College 10-27-12 (5)

The SERVE 6.8 Cooking Team has also helped with other projects including a Family Wellness Event to support local foster and adoptive families.

If you love to cook and would like to use your gifts to touch lives, contact Ron Hedrick. Even if you can’t commit to ongoing service, consider adding your name to the list of those bringing home-baked goodies for the upcoming Bridge Christmas parties.

After all, nothing tastes quite as good as a meal prepared with love.

Join us for a Christmas Party!

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The Bridge ministry of Timberline Local Outreach will be partnering with Adopt-A-Family this Christmas season to bring a Christmas feast to families in need. The Bridge provides an opportunity to journey with those in need by inviting them to a Christmas celebration and banquet with our church family.

Last year, the Bridge served 250 families in three nights. This year the Bridge will do that in two nights, hoping to reach about 1,100 people. Each night, it takes 230-250 volunteers to support the Christmas feast. Everyone attending the Christmas feast this year will have the opportunity to receive a free, professional family portrait as well as gifts for the kids and a gift card for the family.

Watch a video from one the volunteers last year, Margie Bennett.

In Luke 14, Jesus tells a parable about a man that prepared a great banquet. When his friends could not attend, he decided to invite “the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” He then scoured the countryside to be sure his house was full. In Mark, a similar story is told to illustrate the Kingdom of God, telling us that God loves all people and wants all people to attend his heavenly feast.

The Bridge ministry steps in the gap to help make the Christmas celebration happy and complete for those who are suffering financially and cannot provide for their families as they would like.

This year, the celebration will consist of a meal, entertainment, programs for the children and gifts to take home at the end of the party. As we serve and minister to our guests, we, too, are strengthened in our faith and experience God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Please join us in serving with the Bridge at this year’s Christmas Party!

When: Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19

Where: Timberline Church in the main auditorium

How you can help: Each night, the Bridge requires 250 volunteers in a variety of roles.  We particularly need people that can serve as table hosts for our guests.

For more information: Join the Bridge Team Party on November 30 at 6pm in the East Auditorium.

Contact us: localoutreach@timberlinechurch.org or call 970-482-4387 and ask to speak with someone with the Serve 6.8 staff.

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