It has been a yearly tradition at Smoky Hill United Methodist Church in Centennial, CO to provide lunch each summer for those without homes. Due to COVID, this year the meal had to be a sack lunch. On July 9th, 150 lunches consisting of turkey and cheese sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies, and water were provided to our friends without homes. Congregation members donated the items and a small group put the lunches together at church and then handed them out in downtown Aurora. The lunches were gone in an hour. Smoky Hill has a long-standing partnership with Aurora Warms the Night
, and this year we have provided several evenings of sack dinners, monetary donations, hygiene items, and over 200 street kits of snack food that could easily be passed out to those in need on the streets of downtown Aurora. Smoky Hill is currently collecting new and gently used towels and underwear for men and women to be used with the Shower Truck
. It is the goal of the Smoky Hill Mission Team to provide outreach to our community, and with the help of the congregation we will continue to partner with Aurora Warms the Night to help those in need.
Submitted by Sharon Davis, SHUMC Mission Co-Chair
How are you connecting with your community this summer? The Community Engagement team of the Mountain Sky Conference encourages you to pick a project, volunteer in mission, start a new group, work on leadership development – the possibilities are endless. Then, sometime between today and September 1, tell us about it! Selected stories will be celebrated via Mountain Sky communication vehicles such as Ministry Crossroads. As we continue to build our connection, we celebrate the ways that faith communities are engaged. By sharing how you are involved, you inspire others and share knowledge with those communities that have the same challenges and opportunities as you! Check out our link for more details and feel free to share across the Conference