Volunteers are urgently needed at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp (RMMC) any time from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10. Mennonite Disaster Service and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp are collaborating in a disaster mitigation project to stop the spread of the spruce beetle to other trees on the camp property. You can help fell, limb and remove logs. Also chip branches, debark trees that cannot be removed, split and stack firewood. All skill levels are welcome! Accommodations, meals and tools will be provided. Please contact Corbin at RMMC to let him know when you are available (719) 687-9506
Bike Ride raises storm shelter funds.
Friday, September 4, dawned overcast with a light drizzle and 38 degrees in Granby, Colorado. The weather, however, couldn’t quite dampen the excitement of 17 bike riders participating in the Silver 25 Cycle Ride.
The ride was organized by Brad Shelly who approached Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) earlier in 2015 about his plans to turn his bike riding passion into a fundraiser for MDS. He planned to donate any money raised to the MDS Storm Shelter Project.
For Shelly, the ride was more than just a fundraiser, it was also the 25th anniversary of being cancer free. Every five years since he battled cancer in 1990, Shelly has held a fundraiser for organizations that were part of his journey with cancer.
In 1989, just before being diagnosed with kidney cancer, Shelly had done an MDS assignment in South Carolina. It was during and after the assignment that a sequence of events were set in motion leading Shelly to later learn that he had cancer. The cancer was caught in time.
“As the riders took to their bikes and started riding the weather began to improve,” Shelly said in a short reflection piece written for the Denver First Mennonite Church newsletter where he attends church. “By lunchtime in Kremmling it was felt we might make it through the day without any rain.”
Shelly said that each rider chose the distance that he or she was comfortable riding, some 30, 50 or 80 miles. “Going up Rabbit Ears Pass wasn’t as much fun as coasting down into Steamboat Springs, but each ended the day with a sense of accomplishment,” he said.
“Friday evening everyone gathered for a meal together and reminisced about the day’s ride. Saturday was a free day each to their own choosing spent in Steamboat Springs at the air show, farmers’ market, taking walks or bike ride, breakfast or lunch at Winona’s and naps! Saturday evening was spent going out for pizza and a Shelly tradition of ice cream,” he continued in his report.
“Sunday morning we were blessed with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine! The ride back to Granby wasn’t all downhill, but was enjoyable even in spite of the strong headwinds,” he said.
According to Shelly, the Silver 25 Ride was felt by all to be a great success! A weekend of good fun, fellowship and safety on the roads are things that we were thankful for. Over $8,300 was raised for MDS Storm Shelter Project.
MDS is working to install storm shelters in new homes built by MDS in Mid-western states prone to tornadoes and high wind storms.
“Thank you, too, for the many who contributed to this endeavor and for your prayer support. We couldn’t have done it without you!” Shelly said.
The participants in the bike ride included, Peter Conrad, Don and Treva Finks, Tom and Ruth Friesen (Tom was our bike mechanic), Theda Good and Dawn Kreider, Ernie and Roberta Kandel, Keith Mullett, Erin Shelly, Eric, Anne, Kaelyn and Taylor Shelly, and Brad and Marylou Shelly.
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