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Giving Thanks through Service

There is just so much to be thankful for! I am grateful for a season in our calendar year where we are reminded to think about and be thankful for the blessings in our lives. As we approach this Thanksgiving season, we can remember all the gifts that have been given to us and, in turn, we can pass on what has been given to us through service to others. This week's newsletter has been dedicated to providing you with many opportunities to serve this Thanksgiving season. Please take a few moments to view the opportunities below and prayerfully consider what you and your faith family can do to give back.


We also have a great feature story about ways civic, church and ministry leaders are getting together to have conversations about serving schools in South Placer County with Impacting Our Community.


Thankfully serving with you,


Megan McCleary

Serve Sacramento Director

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Impacting Our Community: South Placer County

Over 70 pastors, ministry leaders and school district representatives came together at Life Community Church last Wednesday for the Impacting Our Community lunch. Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan shared about ways the faith community can engage with city and schools to have a prosperous city. Derk Garcia, superintendent of Roseville City School District, spoke about the importance of building into the lives of children and Ron Severson, superintendent of Roseville Joint Union High School District spoke on the importance of making sure each high school student in the district is college ready. There was a time for church leaders to have conversations about what serving their local schools might look like. The event ended with a powerful time of prayer.


South Placer County prospers with the efforts of people who wish to love and serve their community. We recognize Life Community Church for hosting the meeting and the efforts of Steve Lindner (Life Community Church), Gary DeGenarro (Rock of Roseville) and Art Quezada (Impact Church) for their ongoing leadership in this group. We are excited to see schools and communities in South Placer county prosper with the efforts of Impacting Our Community!

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Service Opportunity: Winter Sanctuary

Each winter, cold-and-wet weather conditions threaten the lives of nearly 800 homeless men and women who live on the streets in Sacramento County. Winter Sanctuary is an opportunity for faith communities engage this issue by opening their doors to the homeless in this Winter season. Under the leadership of Sacramento Steps Forward and Capital Christian Center, area congregations collaborate to provide shelter, warm meals and fellowship from the end of November to March 31st.


Currently, Winter Sanctuary is still seeking host congregations to serve homeless guests for the following dates. There is an urgent need for the dates to be filled in December


December 8-9; December 12-13; December 21-28

January 5-7; January 12 -14; January 23-24; January 31

February 11, Feb 27-28

March 9 -11; March 21; March 23-25; March 28; March 30-31

For more information about the program and how to get your congregation involved, please email Sacramento Steps Forward's Program Coordinator, Andrew Geurkink at ageurkink@sacstepsforward.org

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Adopt-a-family for thanksgiving and christmas

Serve Partnerships Unlimited is an organization that connects, equips and mobilizes Christian partnerships that serve the on-going physical and spiritual needs of our community. Adopt-a-Family is one of many partnerships that SPU facilitates in the Sacramento Region. They have identified families in need through ministry partners in the community that have a year-round relationship with these families and verify need. Would you consider sharing the Love of Christ this Holidays Season in some very tangible ways?


If you are interested in this service opportunity, please visit the Adopt-a-Family website here where you can find further information and sign up to serve!

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Service Opportunity: World relief donation drive

World Relief is seeing a significant increase in the arrivals of refugees to the Sacramento area. There is an URGENT NEED for donations of key household items so these arriving families can begin to establish a home in the US. From now until Thanksgiving, World Relief is calling on local churches in the Sacramento region, in a spirit of gratefulness for God's daily provision, to lead the way in meeting this urgent need through acts of Christian generosity.


Donations that are needed:

1. Kitchen Tables and chairs
2. Couches
3. Lamps
4. Dressers
5. Coffee tables and end tables (end tables are used for bed side tables for the lamps to go on too.)

If you are interested in organizing a drive at your church, or to donate, please contact Heather Burton at hburton@wr.org or 916-978-2652.
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More Ways to serve this Thanksgiving:

Keep up to date on what we are doing by visiting our website and following our facebook,instagram, and twitter accounts. We are looking forward to sharing this Season with you!