“We could have a substantial impact”

When people come together anything is possible. This article shares a glimpse of that.

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On June 12, 2014 I received an incredibly sweet email from Bryan Newman, a gentleman I interviewed for the article:

Thank you so very much for writing a great article of the Risen Savior Spring Food Drive. I don’t know how it could have been better.

You were a joy to work with and I hope we will have the opportunity to do so again. I will be sure to contact you the next time we provide a

noteworthy service within the Chandler community. On behalf of all of us at Risen Savior Church & School, thanks again.

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Risen Savior collects, donates 3.6 tons of food

Published in SanTan Sun News June 7, 2014 issue

Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School’s four-week food drive yielded 3.6 tons of food for the Chandler Christian Community Center’s Chandler Food Bank and the congregation is deeming the community outreach program a success.

“Knowing that there are some in the Chandler area that struggle to even put food on the table while our cupboards are full was just unacceptable,” says the Rev. Ron Burcham, Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School senior pastor. “We also knew that as individuals, we could make a difference, but if we pooled our resources and asked for God’s blessing we could have a substantial impact.”

The program began the first week after Easter and concluded Sunday, May 18. In conjunction with the drive, Burcham prepared a four-week sermon series about feeding people in need, whether spiritually or through food assistance.

“It was marvelous,” says food drive cochairman Bryan Newman.

The sermon focused on the Miracle of Five Loaves and Two Fish, with a message that not just one person can feed 5,000 people, but together, as a congregation, a huge difference can be made. To make his point and to encourage the congregation to donate, Burcham displayed the collected food on the altar.

“We had people dropping food by the church every day of the week,” he says. “What a privilege to witness the generosity of God’s people and their desire to make a difference in someone else’s life.”

Six members of the congregation gathered after church the last day of the drive to begin counting what was collected.

“It took the six of us five hours to box and move the food outside of the sanctuary to be picked up from the food bank,” says Newman, who added that the food filled one and a half trucks and a van.

He says they collected 8,241 food items that had an estimated value of more than $16,000. The donations weighed 7,244 pounds, which is equivalent to 3.6 tons of food.

“That is enough to provide about 5,660 meals,” Newman says.

More than $1,000 in donations from the congregation was also collected during that four-week food drive.

Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School plans on continuing its services for the community.

“This is the first move in doing that,” Newman says.

The congregation, located at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., has been generating ideas on how to further help the community, including providing turkeys to the food bank.

“I am extremely proud of our congregation,” Burcham says. “They gave freely and generously from their hearts. As a result, they are a blessing to others and in the end it was a blessing for each member as well.”

For more information about the congregation, call (480) 895-6782 or visit http://www.rslcs.org.

Blessed

I am so incredibly blessed to have such amazing people in my life, people who completely enrich my life in so many ways.

Yesterday was an amazing day. It started off with catching up with two incredible people while I covered an event for work. This couple – Judy and Dave – know how to brighten my day and mood.

As we were talking, laughing and sharing hugs they asked if I would like to be a member of their board as their media person.

I am flattered, honored and overjoyed that they asked me – that they thought of me to fill that spot.

I believe in their organization Wounded Warrior Anglers with my entire heart and soul. Those feelings are so strong because of their passion for helping other men and women.

To become a member of their board will only enrich my life as I continue to witness the wonderful things they do for our military men and women and their caregivers.

An afternoon with my mom is always a great way to spend a Saturday. We spent time talking, preparing dishes for Easter and spending time with each other. Later my little sister came over with her beautiful golden retriever, who also enhanced the day as he craved attention from everyone.

As the day turned into night and everyone grew tired, I finally traveled back home awaiting Jason’s arrival from work.

The time we spent, the conversations we had and the bonding we shared before crawling into bed for the night was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

I am so fortunate to have such loving people in my life, people who constantly make me smile and appreciate the life I live.