Thrivent Action Team Grants

As a Part of the Dedication preparations

 

Thrivent offers Thrivent members the opportunity to do an Action Team project and will provide $250 and t-shirts to accomplish the projects.  You need to apply for the project at least 21 days prior to the event so any projects intended to help at Christ Serve Ranch prior to and including the dedication should be completed very soon.  Click here to be taken to the Thrivent site.  Here are some project ideas:

Add two Benches to the Fishing pier. Cost per bench is about $350. You would install the benches with our assistanceThis project has been taken by the family of Gene and Rose Meyer in honor of their parents.

Put in sign for the Prairie Restoration area: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated.

Support the Childrens' choir by providing music, entertainment, beverage and lunch for up to 200 youth who will be singing in the youth choir.  Thanks Julene for helping us out with this project.

Put in sign for the RV center area: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated.

Help make the concert Saturday evening possible. You can do this one as a service project on behalf of the youth attending the dedication. We are having a special concert Saturday evening featuring Kurt Johnson. Your project can include the cost of flying him here from Washington. Your service would be helping set up and take down the concert seating as well as cleaning up afterward.

We will be doing stargazing on Saturday late evening. We have someone who will help us see the stars through our telescopes. Your project would be an education project in which seed money would go for some new filters for the telescopes and for study sheets to help the participants better understand what they are seeing.

Here is a great service project. Put together a team of 5-8 people who will be available to transport elderly from their cars to various activities and around the ranch using golf carts and 4 wheelers. The seed money will be used for cart rental and to help cover cost of clothing to identify the volunteers.

Provide music for the adult choir. This project will cover the cost of the music the choir will be singing at the dedication. Thanks Miriam Mueller for helping us with this project.

Put in the sign for the Dinosaur Park exhibit: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated.

Help us demonstrate Christian stewardship through our recycling program on the day of the dedication. We will have about 1000 people there drinking water out of bottles as well as other beverages. Help us by putting up recycling signs and purchasing equipment and containers as well as the water itself. We will have over 4000 bottles of water that day.

Put in the sign for the 19th Century Farm Site: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated.  Thank You George Sagissor for putting together a team to work on this project.

Put in the sign for the Multi-purpose Building: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated.

Put in the sign for the Treehouse Village area: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated.

Put in the Ranch Layout sign: the sign will cost about $350.  Your project of $250 and your help in setting the sign would be greatly appreciated. Thank Julene Sagissor. We look forward to working with you on this project. It will help people know how wonderful the property is.

Landscape and plant around the entry sign to Christ Serve Ranch. We need to landscape and plant grasses and flowers by the signage. Your project of $250 will cover the cost of plants, grasses, and landscaping as well as a portion of the sign.  Thank you Shirley Koestler.  We look forward to having you help us landscape around the new sign.

Support the Sunday morning mission festival worship service. Your support will help cover the cost of the meal on Sunday noon and your help with parking, ushering and serving would be greatly appreciated.

Help to build a ramp for our horse outreach platform: The platform currently has only steps and we would like to have a ramp built that would allow wheel chair access. Your $250 would provide most of the materials and you can help with the construction.

Painting of the Ranch Cottage: Your project would include the cost of paint and the painting of the ranch cottage. We would like it done before the dedication.

Worship Service for the dedication: Your project would include some of the cost of the worship service folders. You would also help by ushering during the service.  Thank you George Sagissor for putting together a team to work on this project.

Sponsor Demonstration: Each of these demonstrations will require materials and volunteers. Each could be a project.

            Soils – Norman Prochnow and Jacques Breman will demonstrate techniques for investigating the soils of the Ranch and how soils are formulated and put into strata. Costs for a tent and volunteer help would be appreciated.

            Biblical animals – the local 4-H Club will have a number of Biblical animals for people to see. We will have Bible references for each of the animals. We are going to work out an arrangement that will allow them to come to the ranch for a special event. There will be costs for feed and volunteers will be needed.

            Equine College – Angela Montana, Gary Rehborg, Del Meyer will provide insights into how we use horses to get kids and families to communicate better. We will have a brochure available about programs for congregations and organizations. We will pay mileage to Angela and a gratuity to each of them. We may need 3 other volunteers to help in the arena.

            Mushrooms – Neil Pappenfuss will demonstrate how we plan to start our own mushroom farm at Christ Serve Ranch. We have set some tentative dates for the spring for cutting wood, drilling holes, and inserting the plugs. We will pay a gratuity and will need volunteers.

            Elephant Tooth paste and other fun experiments. Stacy is working on these. There may be a cost for materials. We will need 3-5 volunteers. There will be a cost for materials.

            Challenge Course –  No cost but we will need at least 5-8 volunteers.

            Microscopes – water of the pond. Project can cover cost of microscopes and also some chemicals that might be needed.. We will need 1-2 volunteers.

            Dutch Oven cooking- cost of food and will need several volunteers.