JANUARY 2021 Newsletter

My View

Pastor Jim Chapman

Imagine

Isaiah 43:18-19

I am ready for 2020 to be over!

It has been a difficult year by any measurement. My family and I have had COVID. There was a tough presidential election. Many Americans have suffered job losses, civil unrest, illness, and much distress.  And so many people are just mad!  I think that we can all agree that we are eager for a new year!

In the midst of uncertainty, God’s Word offers a soothing promise: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing!” This promise was given to Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet. In his time and place, life was hard. Ungodly rulers reigned. The international scene was chaotic, and the Jewish economy was in a shamble. For most Jewish people, God had disappeared. It's probably fair to say that many Americans feel the same way in 2020. Chaos reigns and God is gone.

However, Isaiah 43: 18-19 positions a different view that is so refreshing. Despite circumstances, God is always about new things and new ways. It is a fundamental part of how His creation works. Even if pandemics strike, stock markets collapse or jobs evaporate, God is doing new things! Sometimes, this is hard to grasp. Instead, we should expect God to do his best work right in the middle of chaos.

In 2020, COVID was a gut punch for Christ’s Body Ministries. We had to make significant adjustments which greatly pinched our ministry. At the time we were inconvenienced. In hindsight, it was a blessing. God carved out a new ministry path that none of us could have envisioned. That’s how God works, bringing new ways to bear where they are never expected.

At Christ’s Body, we are imagining new ways in 2021 for us to be more effective ministers to the homeless. Imagine with me for a moment a “caravan of care”; an entourage of outreach vehicles that would include a shower trailer, food truck and a clothing vehicle. They all would be mobile, deployable to any homeless camp or site in Colorado. This caravan could give us amazing opportunities to be the caring hands and feet of Jesus towards those who are sick, alone or marginalized!

Imagine this: outreach teams visiting every homeless person in Colorado with words of the Gospel and a sandwich and water bottle. We might also throw in a sleeping bag and blanket! What a difference that moment might make in the life of a homeless person.

This is just a couple of the “new things” in 2020. Dr. Seuss got it right when he said, “you’ll never get bored when you try something new.”   This is particularly true when it comes to God’s work.

We would love it if you considered jumping in with us in 2021. Imagine 2021 and God’s promise to be doing new things.

Blessings,

outreach into the new year!

We are excited to continue developing and refining our outreach efforts as we embark on a new year!

As we continue to spend time in homeless encampments, parks, and church partner sites, we are learning the ins and outs of outdoor street ministry as we approach mid-winter.    Regardless of temps, we’ve still been blessed to be able to bring vital food, resources, conversation, the Truth of the Word, and connection to our homeless friends.  We’ve also been provided with a new sanctioned camp partnership, featured in the article below.

Over the past several months we’ve learned that having partnerships that enable a consistent schedule is paying off in that we are better able to follow up with friends each week.  Whether it be wrapping up loose conversations and questions, following up on prayer needs, or any needed other requested items for follow-up – we are able to visit with folks on a routine basis.  As part of this process, we continually are able to point folks to the life-giving truth of the Gospel.

We are so thankful for how God has provided in this season and continues to bring resources and encouragement to us that we are, in turn, able to provide to our homeless friends.

Our outreach schedule is below.  If you would like to get involved with any of our outreaches, please contact us at 303.860.1272 or visit our website at www.christsbody.org

joyous time at our civic park food and fellowship

Tuesdays 12 PM-2 PM: “Grab-n-go” at CB: Outdoor Food, Clothing and Pastoral Care

Tuesdays 4:45 PM-6 PM: Dinner at SOS tent city near Denver Community Church

Wednesdays 10AM-12PM: Civic Park Food, Clothing and Fellowship

Wednesdays 4 PM-5PM:   Dinner and fellowship at Mission Arvada

Thursdays 12 PM-2 PM: “Grab-n-go” at CB: Outdoor Food, Clothing and Pastoral Care

Thursdays 4:45 PM-6 PM:  Dinner at SOS tent city near Denver Community Church

Fridays 9 AM-10 AM:  Our Pancake Breakfast at various camp locations in Denver

Saturdays 10 AM-11AM: Breakfast at various homeless camp locations

a new "safe outdoor space"

We are excited about the opportunity that we have been given to partner with the Colorado Village Collaborative through May of this year!  Two evenings per week, our outreach teams go to a sanctioned “Safe Outdoor Space” camp to bring food, clothing, bibles, prayer and fellowship to this camp in downtown Denver.

The Safe Outdoor Space is a “winter” camp meaning that it has winter tents and heated tent pads (PHOTO, RIGHT).  The camp is designed to temporarily house homeless individuals through the COVID pandemic who were previously living in scattered encampments on the streets of Denver.   The SOS camp is a fenced-in camp that has 24-hour staff (from Colorado Village Collaborative) and also offers health screening, case management, showers, and laundry from various non-profit partners.     

a fresh new look at encampments (SOS)

We are excited at the opportunities of serving at this camp!   As we continue to serve at regular intervals here, we look forward to the potential to build relationships, help our friends acquire needed resources, and best of all point to new life and the hope that can only be found in Jesus!   

fresh new services offered at 850 lincoln!

We are opening services up at 850 Lincoln COVID-style…

We have been going out to where the homeless are but have heard from friends on the street that they miss coming to our location. There is also hope on the horizon that we can open our doors again to people on the street once enough people get vaccinated for COVID.

Our plan is to continue to go out to the camps almost daily, but a couple of days a week we will have people come to Christ’s Body as well.  We want to open it up in a limited capacity, outdoors, for safety at first so we can better connect with the folks who used to come to CB daily. Just this week we kicked off our new services, opening our garage, where people can get food, talk to a pastor and get clothing. By February the hope is to offer haircuts as well. It is with great anticipation and open arms that we look forward to having more people back on our property!

food, clothing and conversation at home base (photo, left)

If you would like to come down to help us serve the homeless on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are looking for a couple of volunteers on those days to help out.  This is a great opportunity to uniquely minister to people who need to be shown the love of Jesus. Call Tiffany at (303) 860-1272 or visit our website at www.christsbody.org for volunteer opportunities.

Pastor Jim 

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."  - Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

Contact

Christ's Body Ministries

850 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203

info@ChristsBody.org

Tel: 303-860-1272 | Fax: 303-860-0703

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Our day shelter is available for breakfast from 10:00 am to 11:15 am., Lunch from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Bible study is from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, haircuts on Tuesday 10:30 am. – 12:00 pm. The clothing room is open from 11:00 am. Tues, Wed, Thurs. Free showers and one load of laundry are available for those on the list. Thursday, key community connecting services, referrals and counselors are available. Friday we offer a Chapel service at 8:15 -8:30 am followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30-9:15. Lunch is served at 10:00 -11:00 am. 

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