Welcome to the first newsletter of the Columbia Gorge Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. We have many exciting projects upcoming for this area. We look forward for suggestions from you to best meet the needs of our communities and to help the chapter grow and flourish.
Our chapter officers meet the first Wednesday of the month at Charburger in Hood River at 6:30 p.m. We are currently looking for new people to add to our board of officers serving the great Columbia Gorge. Please contact one of the current officers if you or someone you know is interested.
Last year, we raised nearly $20,000 for projects in the area and provided many hours of volunteer service to aide in Hands On projects. In addition thousands of hours have been provided toward fund raising. Some of the projects that were performed were:
Willie Funk fundraiser- health expenses
Johnathan Krenz- help defray schooling costs for seminary student
Monte Henderson- health expenses
Stevenson cookie fair- for local food bank
Parking lot sale to benefit Good Shepard Auxillary
The Dalles High School- furnish paint and supplies in upgrading of rooms
Sis2sis- funding for spelling bee
Boy Scouts- furnish a lecturn for Camp Baldwin
Children of Faith Preschool- playground upgrade
Portland Beavers- assist Lutheran Community Services
Christmas food baskets- provide $880 worth of food baskets to many families in the region.
As you can see many goals have been achieved through all your efforts and hard work. Future projects for this year include:
fixing up the visitation room for the Klickitat Division of Family Services in Goldendale.
We have planned a fund raiser for a 4 year old child that recently underwent heart surgery.
Our Join Hands Day will make improvements at The Dalles and Wahtonka High school with students, staff, administrators, local/ county police officials and parents.
Funds were already raised for The Pregnancy Crisis Center in Hood River.
We also hope to assist the Lutheran church in Goldendale who recently suffered a tragic fire of their building.
In the Fall we would like to host an Octoberfest. Plese send us any ideas that you have for this event. We would like to have participation by all the members.