Resource Guide, November 2016
Volume 9
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Gratitude, defined as the quality of being thankful, is a lovely word. For me, it conjures up images of warmth and kindness. It’s warm because it shifts the focus away from ourselves and instead sharpens our focus on the external. When we practice gratitude, it radiates out from us like the sun’s rays, beaming down upon others. When we express our gratitude, it goes forth quietly and inspires good works, which in turn create more gratitude. One of my favorite random acts of kindness is paying for the person in line behind me. This small act generates a sense of gratitude in the person behind me, who may then continue the chain, paying for the next person in line. Gratitude is a renewable energy source – the more you recognize and radiate gratitude, the more things you will find for which to be grateful.

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and being grateful. Gratitude should know no season, though. It’s an intentional daily practice that requires conscientious thought and effort. It’s a form of quiet reflection, looking back on the moment, day, month, or even the year, and acknowledging those things for which you are grateful. It should be viewed not as an obligation, but as a celebration. Some days, you will be grateful for big things – a new job, an answered prayer; on rough days, you may be grateful for smaller things – a smile from a stranger, the sun peeking out after the rain passed. Gratitude doesn’t have to be big and bold; often times its quiet unassuming. There’s always something to be thankful for, though. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

May God bless you this holiday season and may you find much for which to be grateful. As this holidays approach and the year draws to a close, I am reminded it was another year of blessings that were granted, not guaranteed, and not to be taken for granted. For that, I am grateful.

Grateful to be on this journey with you,

Kelley

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • FurniShare's Grand Opening
  • Give to the Max Day - Thursday, November 17
  • Spotlight on Holiday Blessings opportunities
  • Celebrating 10 Years of Service - Dwight Crisman
  • Fare for All Thanksgiving Holiday Packages Available
  • Carver County Workforce Services Update
  • Clearinghouse Volunteers Needed / Ministry Needs
FurniShare Celebrates Grand Re-opening on November 15
Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of FurniShare in our new location in Market Square in Chanhassen!  Our new facility allows us to maintain a larger inventory for both our neighbors in need and our neighbors looking to purchase furniture for their home.

Stop by, say hi, enjoy light refreshments, and take a peek at our new home! We've got some great merchandise!

Please join your friends and neighbors on November 17, 2016 for Give to the MAX Day and help Love INC continue to change lives. #GTMD16

Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 17 by visiting GiveMN.org today to schedule your donation. 

Your generosity on this day makes a difference that will be felt long after the 24 hour event is over!

THANKSGIVING BLESSING OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND!

Help provide meals for families in need this holiday season! We have several ways you can help make Thanksgiving a blessed holiday for our neighbors.

1. Bring a frozen turkey and join us for a free workout on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. at the Chaska Community Center Upper Gym.  You'll use the frozen turkey as the weights for the workout, so bring gloves. Frozen turkeys may also be dropped off between 8 - 10 a.m. that Saturday at the Lodge at the Chaska Community Center. 

2. Donate food items. The Lodge at the Chaska Community Center is collecting the following items to be included in the Thanksgiving food packs.
  • November 14 - 18: boxed jello or pudding or jello/pudding cups

3. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the Thanksgiving food packs to families. Volunteers should arrive at the Chaska Community Center at 10 a.m. to begin making deliveries. Sign up here to help deliver food baskets.


View the Thanksgiving flyer from the Chaska Community Center

4. You can also donate financially to help. Your $30 gift will provide a meal for one family. We have three convenient, easy ways to contribute.
  • CLICK HERE To donate online.
  • Text the message "Table" to phone number 41444.
  • Mail a check with "Table" in the memo to Love INC, 1600 Bavaria Rd., Chaska, MN 55318.

Celebrating 10 years of service
Love INC extends a loving THANK you to Dwight Crisman for his ten years of dedication and service to our organization. Over the years, Dwight has done a little bit of everything as a Love INC volunteer. He'll be missed. Please join us in wishing him well as he retires.
Fare for All Thanksgiving Holiday Package Available November 17
Fare for All will be offering a Thanksgiving Holiday package for purchase on Thursday, November 17, from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Crown of Glory Lutheran Church (1141 Cardinal St, Chaska). The holiday package is $30 and includes 20 pounds of food to feed a family of 8.
  • 8 - 10 pound turkey
  • Hormel pork tenderloin
  • 2 pounds Tyson chicken wings
  • pork sausage
  • 2 bags green beans
  • pumpkin pie
Carver County Workforce Services Update

Carver County Workforce Services, located at 602 E. 4th St. in Chaska,  offers job seeking assistance to clientele looking for any level of employment.  They have many programs and services available to job seekers. Program eligibility differs depending on the program, but job seekers do not have to be eligible for a program to receive job search help. They also assist local area employers with recruitment and on most days, there are employers in their office wanting to speak with job seekers. Meeting with employers is open to the public and does not require pre-registration. Employers, dates and times vary so please access a current Employer of the Day calendar on their website, then click on November EOD link. 

Phone: (952) 361-1711.
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. through Memorial Day. 
Phone: 
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Touchpoints

"Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not people."  - Ephesians 6:7
Clearinghouse Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help in our Clearinghouse. Volunteers answer telephone requests for help, assess and analyze the client's needs, and then make appropriate referrals to the various Love INC ministries and partner organizations. You must have a personal relationship with jesus Christ, agree with the Apostle's Creed, and be available to commit to one 2.5 hour shift each week. The ability to speak Spanish is a plus, but not required. If you are interested, please complete our Clearinghouse Volunteer application

MINISTRY NEEDS

The Linen Closet at Chaska Moravian Church is in desperate need of sheet sets in all sizes. New or gently used sheets may be dropped off at the church.
FurniShare is in need of full and  queen size mattresses and box springs. Mattresses and box springs must be free of stains, rips and tears. Donations may be dropped off at our FurniShare location (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) Wednesday thru Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Russell St. John, Chair
Dave Ruegg, Vice Chair
Tim Erhart, Treasurer
Mike Sindelar, Pastor
Mike Fahey
Tim Helmeke
Peter Isabell
Gary Rzonca






STAFF:
Now Hiring, Executive Director
Alicia Kaiser, Resource & Training Coordinator
Kelley Stokesbary, Communications  Coordinator
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR 
SPONSORS!
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