A popular New Year’s resolutions is to start volunteering in the community and giving back by tithing and donating to charities. Such opportunities are all around us, in the world, in Iowa and right here in Fort Dodge.
One of the ways New Covenant Christian Church gives back locally is by helping the homeless. The church will be serving at the Beacon of Hope men’s shelter, which runs solely on the donations of others, on the second and fourth Thursday nights of every month. In addition, Moxie, which includes youths in grades 7 – 12, will be serving at the shelter on Sunday, Jan. 13 and will continue that volunteer service one Sunday a month.
For more information, contact Steve Garrison at (515) 570-4006. For more information about Moxie, contact Pastor Josh at (515) 955-6222. For all other information about New Covenant Christian Church, visit the website at www.ncccrd.org, or stop by at 3318 Fifth Ave. S.
Grace Lutheran Church members are giving back at national and global levels this year. The youth group ARISE is going on a mission trip to Denver, Colo., this summer, from June 9 – 14. There are only 12 spots available, and youth group leaders are anticipated the vacancies will fill up quickly. Sign-ups are starting soon. So anyone interested should contact the church.
You don’t have to leave town to help out abroad, though. The Grace Women will resume their quilting for Lutheran World Relief this month. The group meets the last Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m., making quilts through the afternoon. Last year they donated more than 100 quilts. For more information stop by 211 S. Ninth St., or browse the church’s website at www.graceelce.com.
Sometimes giving can mean something as simple as lending an ear. At St. Olaf Lutheran Church, all are invited, regardless of age, to the St. Olaf Seniors monthly meetings to gather for food and fellowship. S.O.S. meets the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is provided, and a different topic is covered every time, it could even be a field trip to an interesting location. For more about the church or the group, go to www.stolaff.org, or visit the church at 239 N. 11th St.
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