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NOTE: As of 6/1/20, due to compliance with Summit County Public Health "Business Social Distancing Protocol," all guests and volunteers wear masks except when they are eating. If the weather is nice we set up tables outside for people to eat, and then come in and take a shower. We are social distancing inside and limiting to no more than 10 people at once.
Lord of the Mountains welcomes the homeless and others in need of a hot lunch, shower, laundry and internet access each Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Many of our clients are passing through Summit County and come to Day Services just a few times. Others are seasonal workers who are looking for a job or waiting for the resorts to open. They come for Day Services occasionally as they try to make ends meet. A few of our clients are regulars who have been coming to us often over the years. Many are unable to hold steady jobs due to mental, physical and/or learning disabilities.
Clients are referred by Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) for Day Services. We average about 10-20 clients per session, but our numbers vary greatly. Since 2012, we have served approximately 100 individuals each year, for a total of about 900 visitors.
The Community Dinner provides food for lunch. With funds raised at Lord of the Mountains and dedicated to Day Services, we purchase supplemental food, detergent, toothbrushes, razors, shampoo and soap. We have one washer and two dryers, plus a commercial hot water tank to best accommodate our clients’ needs.
It would not be possible for Lord of the Mountains to host Day Services without volunteers who come from our congregation, other faith groups who worship in our building and the Summit County community. Before our clients arrive, volunteers warm the food for lunch. They welcome clients as they come in and enter information in the registry. The afternoon is spent engaging with the clients as they shower, eat lunch, do laundry and nap. Clients will often help at the end of the day by putting the towels in the washer, cleaning up the kitchen and taking out the trash.
Volunteers are always needed. A signup sheet is in the narthex or you can contact the office.
The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) Food Pantry is available to individuals in Summit County who need food assistance. Members of Lord of the Mountains provide food and household items such as pasta, beans, rice, diapers and toiletries to the food pantry on a regular basis. A shopping cart is in the narthex of the church where you can leave your donations.
A member of the church periodically delivers the donations to the food pantry. With the high cost of living in Summit County, it is important for us to remember that, as Christians, we are called to feed the hungry.
Every Tuesday evening, members of the greater Summit County Community join together to provide a healthy dinner and fellowship to people who live and work in Summit County. The dinner is open to all, with a mission to help individuals and families who may not be able to afford enough food to meet their needs. The attendees represent a cross-section of our community, including people who are under-employed, homeless, hearing impaired, elderly and seasonal workers. Many children come with their families to the dinner each week.
Each quarter, Lord of the Mountains supports the Community Dinner by providing volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up after the meal.
Although the Community Dinner is now a project of Rotary, it was begun by Deborah Hage, a member of the Outreach Committee at Lord of the Mountains, who had a dream of providing a meal where everyone is invited. She received start-up funds from Summit Rotary and Lord of the Mountains, while the Elks Lodge opened their hall for the project.
In early March of 2009 the first dinner attracted 50 people. Over the years, Community Dinner volunteers have served over 90,000 meals. Local churches, resorts and other civic and non-profit organizations provide volunteers.
Recycling "Green Team"
Lord of the Mountains celebrates Earth Day in a worship service that includes scripture, prayers and hymns that stress the connection between our Christian faith and issues such as water use, resource conservation and recycling. The Green Team also periodically posts noteworthy articles about environmental stewardship on our bulletin board.
We invite everyone to participate in this important program.
Love One Another Fund (LOAF)
A contribution to the Love One Another Fund is a thoughtful way to commemorate an occasion or honor a loved one, while helping people who need one-time financial assistance. The pastor and one member of the executive council approve fund distribution amounts and recipients.
Consider making a contribution to LOAF in memory of a loved one, or in honor of events or holidays, or to celebrate accomplishments, anniversaries, graduations or birthdays. Donations to LOAF are listed in the Sunday bulletin, but your gift can be given anonymously if you prefer
Envelopes for LOAF contributions are available in the narthex or you can contact the office.
Fair Trade Markets sell craft items produced by workers and artists from different countries all around the world. The markets ensure workers and artists are paid a fair amount for their wares. With fair wages, they are able to use their skills and talents to become self-sustaining, support their families and improve their communities.
Lord of the Mountains purchases high quality, handmade Fair Trade items from several non-profit organizations. We do not mark prices up when we resell them at bazaars we host at least once a year in November (and sometimes at Easter). Members of the congregation look forward to purchasing unique holiday presents while supporting the fair trade effort.
Volunteering to help set up and display our products (household goods, jewelry, accessories and foods) is a fun way to get to know generous and talented members of our church and to be apart of the true meaning of Christmas - giving during the holidays.