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Power of Community Part II

Snack-N-Wagon Reveal This Saturday!

Yes, if you have not heard, we have converted an old 1993 Beer Tour Bus into a mobile pantry to feed hungry kids in the summer time starting July 1st!  So many hands have been on the bus, removing seats, cutting in a service window, lowering the floor, installing cabinets and putting in shelving.  Within the  week it will be wrapped with the Snack-n-Wagon marketing and ready to roll down the street!  We are so blessed by the collaborative partnership that has happened between the Golden Rotary Club, the City of Golden, Food Bank of the Rockies and CFIA.  Golden residents have volunteered countless hours on the bus and have to be some of the most generous people I have ever met. This Saturday,  June 29th at the Farmer’s Market in Golden,  come check out the new bus wrap and take a tour of the Snack-N-Wagon! We’ll be next to the Tennis Courts on 9th Street from 8am-1pm.


(Pictured above, Don Bellavance and Todd Henderson doing their magic)

Check out the reveal video online now to get a feel for nature of this bus!


Community Garden Update



There was recently a work day at the community garden complete with a potluck lunch and garden party!  There are now tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pole beans, bush beans, summer squash, carrots, onions, lettuce and cilantro planted in the garden!  Once the produce is harvested, it is donated to local food banks in Golden as well as several senior centers. Do you enjoy gardening? Here are some ways that you can still get involved with the Together Church of Golden Community Garden plot:

  • Weeding: several times a week volunteers are needed to weed.
  • Pest control: killing bugs
  • Harvesting: between July and September harvesting needs to happen 2-3 times a week. It is recommended that folks do this together, so grab a friend and go collect some veggies for the Food Bank.

If you have kids, bring them along! There are a bunch of really cool plots in the garden this year- including a fruit orchard and bee hive! Check out their Facebook page  for up to date information and email Amanda Strouth ( for more information about getting involved!



Welcome new CFIA board members!


We also would like to welcome Jeff & Leslie Fox to the CFIA board!! They along with their two daughters (Sydney & Emily) moved to Golden about 2 years ago and Jeff works with Century 21 as a real estate agent, and Leslie works with Love and Logic, a parenting company based here in Golden. Jeff & Leslie will bring a very unique & needed strength and passion to the team. Their mixed love of mentoring younger folks and bringing the business community’s voice to the table when it comes to community need is a beautiful combination. This summer Jeff is starting a group called, The Gathering. It will be geared toward Christian businessmen & women and will meet monthly to have fellowship and discuss relevant topics in the work world.





Buffalo Bill Days Together Church Service  FEED-LOVE-CARE


Each year during the Buffalo Bill Days here in Golden, the Together Church has been invited by the City of Golden to hold a community service in Parfet Park. This year will be the 8th year the churches have gathered to celebrate and worship together. Now, if you’ve never heard of the Together Church of Golden, or are unsure about what exactly it is, hopefully this blog will help clear some of that up! The Together Church started about 12 years ago when a few pastors just started praying together, no agendas, no planning, no other reason but to pray. From those relationships that were formed, the churches started actually doing things together. Like combine resources to share a food bank (see for more info) or organizing community workdays to help Golden residents keep their homes safe, dry, and warm (see ). Currently there are eleven different churches with different backgrounds involved at some level with the Together Church. Come join the community of churches for our 8th annual Community Worship Service this year during Buffalo Bill Days at 9 am on Sunday, July 28th at Parfet Park. Take the opportunity to meet community members from Calvary Episcopal Church, Faith Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church of Golden, First Presbyterian Church of Golden, First United Methodist Church, Hillside Community Church, Horizon Christian Fellowship, Golden Church of the Nazarene, New Hope Community Church, Applewood Community Church, and Word Faith Chapel. CHECK OUT our fun new website featuring the FEED-LOVE-CARE focus we are celebrating TOGETHER at or get in touch with Dan Thoemke ( to hear the rest of the story!



Thanks for reading! We’ll keep you updated on what’s going on in the community of Golden!

Have a great summer!

The Power of Community

Happy Spring from Community Faith in Action!  After several late snows (and maybe even more to come!) we are enjoying this warmer weather- along with the rest of Golden! We recently moved offices and now have a great view of South Table! Come visit us at 1211 Cheyenne Street.




Golden is such an amazing town to live in and it is such a privilege to participate in the many partnerships and collaborations that the folks in this city promote. We see the value of the diversity of strengths & talents that are needed to start and complete a project. We see (and hope for) the sustainable change that occurs as a result of the unity of the various organizations & residents. Here are a few updates on several projects that are currently going on in the Golden community.


Neighborhood Rehab Update.

There has been a lot of movement lately with NRP.  A few weeks ago there was a workday with nine people working on repairing a roof and trailer skirting in north Golden.  The project went great and these folks really got after it.  Thank you, Graham our project manager, Jeff C., Robert, Jeff P., Terry, Alan,  Dave, Dan W. and Dan T.   Another volunteer project has been planned for a few people to work on a painting project in the next few weeks. Based on the needs that we continue to hear of, our goal is to have an organized project day once a month, giving folks an opportunity to serve their neighbors.  There are more projects coming our way!  If you are interested in volunteering or receiving more information visit

You saw our last post about the beer bus that we plan to convert to a mobile food pantry?



The Snack-N-Wagon has also been gaining support through a Facebook campaign that the Golden Backpack Program initiated, where people from all over the community and world have been voting daily in support of these efforts.  We have won a $20K grant from Walmart for the rehab of the bus and it’s initial program costs!   This bus will travel Monday-Friday July 1st-August 31st to two sites within Golden to feed hungry kids.


Chaplaincy Update

The Golden Chaplaincy has now been serving Golden police officers for 6 years and there has been opportunity for expansion and additional trainings for other police departments who are interested in starting or strengthening their police department‘s chaplaincy program. This training is a “3-Phase “ training that helps the chaplain learn the culture of law-enforcement as well as the skills necessary to serve those who serve us with clarity. Edgewater & Wheat Ridge are two other departments that have shown interest in developing a chaplaincy program.  We have begun this process with these two departments and hope to be into the training phases soon.  To learn more about Golden Chaplaincy go to,


Welcome to Golden

We would like to welcome some amazing folks to the Golden community: Applewood Community Church,  the Summers Family, and CFIA’s newest board member, Thom Norlund!


Applewood Community Church 

This church has been in the neighborhood for quite some time (20 years!), the Together Church of Golden welcomed these amazing folks into the group of churches represented.  We are looking forward to an on-going relationship with them.  Welcome Applewood!!


Summers Family


The Summers just recently moved back to CO after a short stint in Texas where they had their first daughter, Mallory.  As YoungLife directors, they are both passionate about teenagers. Olly says, “I firmly believe in the pure representation of the Gospel that YoungLife can bring to students and adults” and this example through his YoungLife leader in high school was central to his own experience. After being in Colorado for just over two months, Olly has this to say about the Golden community, “In my short stint on staff, I have seen so much eagerness, excitement, and opportunity to do something great here in this community. God is certainly on the move and the talents and passion of all the people I have met so far are astounding. If you are at all eager to get involved any way you can, please feel free to contact me and I would love to get together for a cup of coffee, round of golf, or duck hunt.” You can get to know the Summers and welcome them to the Golden community by emailing them at

Thom Norlund

Thom is CFIA’s newest board member!

As a Colorado native, Thom spent his youth in Granby and later in Golden. After spending several years in Texas working in private industry and consulting, he has returned to the Golden area. When weather permits, he retreats to the mountains of Colorado for camping trips or to Missouri to visit his grandchildren.  Thom is currently the President and Principal Partner of Tenor Global.  Tenor Global serves business, government, education (K-12 & collegiate), non-profit, not-for-profit and faith-based sectors of the economy. Tenor Global specializes in leadership development, strategic planning and deployment, customer-focus and advocacy, the use of data and organizational knowledge, employee development and engagement, process management and improvement, benchmarking, and tax and accounting services. Tenor Global has worked with several organizations that have become state and national role-models and award recipients for Performance Excellence.  Thom’s experience includes senior leadership positions in corporate environments, ministry, and church leadership. He has been a member of the board of directors with four non-profit organizations, chairman of two non-profit boards, and senior advisor to several other non-profit groups.

Thom finds his inspiration for ministry in the book of Nehemiah where God provided instruction for the rebuilding the city of Jerusalem and from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (describing the body of Christ). From these scriptures, Thom believes that churches are responsible for (re)-building and demonstrating the body of Christ. Through intentional collaboration, everyone’s unique talents, skills, and resources can be organized to serve communities, nations, and the world.


Thanks for reading & we’ll keep you updated in the coming months about these projects!



Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire


Sometimes it’s just good to stop, remember, and celebrate. 2012 was definitely a full year for Community Faith in Action and we would like to remember some of the things that happened this past year with you!

  • Hannah Groth started working part time as an assistant with CFIA and she was able to just jump right into everything going on in Golden these days! Her main focus is communication between community members, whether that’s getting coffee or emailing information. She has really enjoyed getting to know the leaders and community members in Golden.
  • We also really focused this past year on documenting and communicating the various relationships and projects that have added so much value to this organization. We were able to fine-tune our mission statement (To facilitate collaboration and partnership that unifies and supports sustainable change within community), communicate our vision and values we operate under, collect the past 3 years of financial information, combine this and so much more on our new website! We were also able to begin a partnership with an online giving site (, soon to be and also participate in Colorado Gives Day on December 4th.
  • Another significant project we’d like to take time to celebrate is Neighborhood Rehab Project. This started 2 years ago as a one day project with lots of volunteers who had a passion to help their neighbors keep their homes safe, dry, and warm. This year we had over 140 volunteers who worked on over 30 homes and put in over 1,100 hours! We were able to raise about $8,150.00 from grants and private donations to go towards this project day. We developed a website,  to communicate this vision and passion. There was so much need, and so much interest in helping, that we decided we needed several on-going teams to participate in NRP workdays throughout the year! If you have any interest in giving a Saturday every couple of months to help keep residents in Golden safe, warm, and dry, check out our website!
  • We also would like to celebrate our partners and good friends through the Together Church of Golden. The folks that we meet with to plan together, listen to one another, pray for each other have been such a huge part of the heart and soul behind Community Faith in Action. This past year, starting in March, every church prayed for the church designated for that month. This was such a valuable experience to partner with each other’s congregations weekly.  This year we will be praying for our golden schools.  One each month for all the churches to focus on.
  • We can’t forget the Golden Chaplaincy Program success with companies like EDS Waste Solutions, Staging Denver, and the Golden Police Department. Hundreds of hours were dedicated by chaplains in service to employees and their families within these organizations.   It is so wonderful to see how the services of a chaplain are being utilized in the workplace.  We are currently helping Edgewater PD, Wheatridge PD and other agencies on the western slopes create and train for a chaplaincy program.  For more information about these services go to:
  • We are looking forward to a new project and partnership between Neighborhood Rehab Project and the Golden Rotary Club’s Golden Backpack Program! Every weekend during the school year the GBP provides food for 500-600 kids. In the past few years during the summers a free lunch has also been offered at a local elementary school, but an average of 90 kids came, which leaves around 500 kids that normally take food, without. With a release date of July 1, 2013, there will now be an alternative for those extra 500 kids: the Snack-N-Wagon! With a recent donation of an old brewery bus, there are now plans in action to rehab the bus into a mobile food pantry called the Snack-N-Wagon that will go to 2-3 sites each day, Monday-Friday, around lunch time in the summers and provide kids food in their own neighborhoods. There is still much to do regarding this new and exciting project, but we have a great start with lots of great minds thinking through the best ways to feed hungry kids in Golden!

Well, those are just a few things that we want to celebrate with you!

Have a great week!



Be A Tool!

Check out our new logo and marketing slogan! Three days until “The Big Day” 125+ volunteers from the Together Church of Golden, Lions Club, City of Golden Employees and people who love their community working on 40+ projects throughout Golden!


Neighborhood Rehab Day is almost here! Sept. 8th


It is not to late to get involved in the Together Church of Golden Neighborhood Rehabilitation Day!
Saturday Sept. 8th 9:00-4:00 pm

To volunteer- click here Sign Me Up! and all the details will be sent to you. If you don’t email, call 720-373-9605.

To donate toward the project click here I Want to Give Financially and you will be directed to our secure PayPal Site.

We plan to work on and around approx. 45 single family homes, working along side homeowners to address safe, dry and warm issues.

Community Faith in Action is a non-profit organization who’s mission is:

To facilitate collaboration and partnership the unifies and supports sustainable change within community.