December 2017

Refuge Newsletter


Refuge December 2017 Newsletter

What is new at The Refuge?
Great is His Faithfulness!
Finishing up Thanksgiving, and looking to Christmas... I can't help but continue to be amazed at How Faithful is Our God. I recently did an interview for an article and had to recount a bit of the vision for starting The Refuge. To think... God believed in a young immature high school boy to entrust with a vision. That happened in 1999! What a crazy ride. You can hear that story here (if you haven't before...) His faithfulness to keep The Refuge going is such a testimony to me. 

Be sure  to look for our window paint in the next week... We have less space this year, but Bill and Austin will still make it awesome!

Accepting Donations:
  • Video Games. Arcade? We are always looking to add to our video game collection. Do you have system you don't use? Games? Controllers? We are also open to adding an arcade game to our room.
  • Notebooks, Folders, and school supplies.
  • Basic Toiletries (body wash, deodorant)
  • Gift Cards to be used for specific needs (Dick/Shoe Dept./Kohls/Target/etc)
  • Board Games
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Consumable for Food Program (Cups, Bowls, Plates, Etc.)

Studio Night... Tomorrow (12.5)

Look for some new jams soon on our soundcloud... here.

Guitar lessons are still available for those who are interested.
We are also looking for more helpers in the studio. It would be great to use that space more often.

Youth Cafe is Open!

Spread the word. Youth Cafe is open last Friday of each month. 
December: Mike Sweigard and folks from CWC
January: Josh Sorber and folks from Harvest
Febuary: Hoovers

**Anyone want to make bake goods? We will be accepting them each month. **
Christmas Caroling!
Each year we visit two local nursing home to sing Christmas carols.
This year we are heading out on December 22nd. Meet at The Refuge at 5:30. We will head to the Mansion first...then Manor Care. 
Afterwards we return to The Refuge for goodies and hot chocolate. 
Amazing turn out for our annual Thanksgiving Feast. We had over 60 people and had so much fun. Thanks to all who helped set up, serve, prepare food, and donated. Every year we love to hear what the kids are thankful for.... so many of them are thankful for The Refuge. Your giving becomes a blessing to the kids.
Wood Shop Coming...
Jacob and Tom Mowery, along with some kids from scouts, have been doing some awesome work on the basement room. There were no one sees... they have been working hard to prepare the room for a wood shop. They just finished up their part. Now we are looking for electrical work. We will also be looking for any input on setup, instruction, etc...
New Shirts are In. 
Suggested donation of $10. 
Let us know if you would like one.
Prayer Requests
  • Pantry Donations are always welcome
  • Activity Volunteers (Sewing, Crafts... What can you do?)
  • Helpers for specific projects ( We will be announcing a work party day very soon for end of December or early January)
  • We are looking for new Christian volunteers. See box below.
Art Instructor?
How about this awesome collage? Austin and a few other kids have been decorating this space in the art room. At the end of the month we are losing Amy K. Amy K has been running our art space. She will be off to take care of her new baby! Woohoo! That means we are looking for someone to run our art space. Love art. Love kids. Love Jesus... Know someone who does? Let us know. 

Thinking of Getting Involved? See This.

We are always looking for help in these areas:
Kitchen cleaning/dishwashing
Building maintenance and grounds keeping

We are looking for someone that would love to help run our rec space. Kids love to play dodgeball and other games back there. Love kids. Love activities. Love Jesus. Get in contact with us..
Important Dates:
  • 3rd Tuesday of Every Month: Refuge Will be closing at 7pm for Staff Meeting. Staff Meeting will run 7-8pm.
  • 1st Tuesday of Every Month: Studio is Open
  • 2nd Thursday of Every Month: Refuge Board Meeting. 5-6pm.
You can check out an article by our friends at Sparkfun about The Refuge. See it here. 
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