**Photo Description: The Dance Troupe Vertical Movement makes it part of their ministry once a year to bring joy to prison through liturgical dance.
Last Year's Chow Hall Gala
It began with a vision of the evening. Everyone was to have a wonderful time. As the children’s song goes, we would make new friends, but not forget the old. Awareness would be raised about how the ministry of New Beginnings changes the lives of women behind bars such that they have an increased chance of success once they return to the world in which we live. Funding needed to be raised such that we might continue the current ministries that are a part of New Beginnings and begin funding the additional areas into which we are expanding. Finally, we wished to give thanks to all who support us.
The vision came to fruition as Second Acts Jazz took the stage--joining us for the first time. Thank you, Second Acts, for creating a mood of excitement. Next, Returning Citizens joined us. What a joy to see women who credit their success on the outside to the time they spent together in worship on the inside rejoined to celebrate New Beginnings. What joy to see them doing well--better than well as they came to celebrate and give thanks.
Next, friends of New Beginnings began to arrive. Friends brought friends. There was time for fellowship as Augustana Lutheran graciously donated their Fellowship Hall and Augustana’s Pre-School chef prepared a delicious meal. The two speakers were inspirational. Awareness was raised. Finally, and not least of these, our financial goal for the evening was met.
Thank you to all who donated prayer, time and talents, and financial support to this, our second annual Chow Hall Gala. Your donations change lives both on the inside of the prison walls and exponentially in the world outside. Accompaniment of women while they are incarcerated reduces recidivism, and, by extension, tax dollars in the long run.
Finally, I say thank you from the women still inside. They were not physically present at the gala; however, they too contributed. They give thanks to you for recognizing them as they made their presence known the best they could.
They made the place cards at each of your seats. They made the cards and knitted items at the Silent Auction. They prayed for us as we were gathered on that Friday evening. On behalf of the women of New Beginnings, and now, Nueva Vida, thank you for your continued support.
Card Distribution Ministry
"There is a boy here who has 5 barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people. Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about 5,000 in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. When they were satisfied, they gathered up the fragments left over. From the fragments from the 5 barley loaves left by those who had eaten, they filled 12 baskets."
Donations of all occasion cards come in from the Littleton to Longmont, ranging from 2 to 5 to multiple thereof. These individual donations together become a gift of 45,000 cards distributed to the inmates of Denver Women’s Correctional Facility each year.
Under the supervision of Pastor Terry, women of New Beginnings meet weekly to sort, stamp, and bundle cards to ready them for distribution. 3 times per year, the women are honored to distribute 15,000 cards to the general population of the prison. The women who receive cards then have the means to send them to friends and loved ones, including their children.
If you are interested in donating new cards for this ministry, please email email@example.com
Photo provided by: fineartamerica.com Artist: Adinah John
Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing."
The Vertical Movement Dance Troop has performed and taught liturgical dance under the auspices of New Beginnings Worshipping Community. It is a gift that continues to give as the women on occasion offer liturgical dance during worship.