Relief Society

Service Opportunities

November Just Serve Spotlight

If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the community, we are again focusing on the St Francis Food Pantry. The missionaries and others in our stake have already volunteered to help stock and restock the shelves and have been greatly appreciated.

When we asked Cindy, the Director, and Founder of the food pantry, what their current needs are, she told us that they would really like donations of Small Frozen Turkeys or Small Frozen Whole Chickens to give to families for Thanksgiving.

Secondly, the food pantry is also in need of Sweaters and Coats for Adults - sizes Med/Lg/XLg and Gloves sizes Med/Lg/XLg. These can be gently used items.

Any of the above donations can be delivered to the St. Francis Food Pantry located at 160 Hubbard Way, Suite F (near the Peppermill) on weekdays Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can text or call Cindy at 775 507-4555. You can also bring any donations to Cheryl Woodman (775 848-1200) or Marilyn Johnson (775 544-0885). For other service ideas, go to just.serve.org

Just Serve October Spotlight - Rancho San Rafael Park  

Our October JS Spotlight of the month is an outdoor service opportunity at Rancho San Rafael Park at their  Nevada Farms and Families area, formerly known as Great Basin Adventure park. This is an exciting time as the new Park Ranger, Celia Walker, joins Park Ranger, Bob Holland.  The two are very enthusiastic about increasing volunteer activity in the NFF to help maintain this beautiful area. 

The Parks Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Evans, noted that “the Rancho San Rafael  Regional Park and the LDS church share a long history of countless service projects  and volunteer events together.” If you as an individual or you and your family would like  to sign up to serve for one time or more frequently; or if you have an idea for a project  or would like to get a group together for a beautification project, please reach out to  Denise Evans at devans@washoecounty.us or call the San Raphael park at  775-785-4512 for more information. Denise Evans would be happy to talk on the phone  or meet with you. 

Hours and times to serve are flexible. The service projects are suitable for all ages.  The Nevada Farms and Families area is open during regular park hours with no  admission required. For more details about the NFF area or are looking for other  service opportunities go to JustServe.org. 

Just Serve At Home October Spotlight - Help Refugees Improve Their English  

The Northern Nevada International Center resettles refugees from all over the world.  The adults must begin working right away but need English skills to survive and  integrate into their new surroundings. The volunteer will present a one hour session 1 -  2x a week online. The NNIC is providing a computer in each home for distant learning.  Materials will be provided or you can use your own resources.    For further details, you can contact Marilyn Johnson by text or phone 775-544-0885 or  email her at marilynandwalt@gmail.com. You can also find details on justserve.org

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September 2020
Hello Wonderful Sisters,

We hope this email finds you all doing well. We wanted to reach out to make sure you were all aware that Debbie Rice and her family moved to Utah this summer. We miss Debbie, but are excited for the Rice family to live close to their family. Debbie was released as 2nd counselor and Shelley Gregory was called to serve in this position. Tracey Thomas of the Peavine Valley Ward has accepted the call to serve as secretary. We are excited to work with Tracey and wanted you to be aware that future emails from our presidency will be from Tracey (thomastr9@gmail.com).  

The Reno Nevada Mission would like to get the word out to all sisters in the Stake about their Facebook page “Come Unto Christ in Reno.”  If you click on the “like” button when you are on the page, you will then follow them and these wonderful missionaries would love the support by the Stake members liking and posting in order to help the missionary efforts in our area.  Let us be reminded by the teaching in Alma 37:6 “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass…”  Technology is the new missionary way and possibly a small and simple thought by a member on this Facebook page will touch the heart of someone who is seeking truth.

We have felt impressed to highlight, on a monthly basis, a JustServe project to encourage and help the sisters in our Stake get enthusiastic about the service opportunities available in our area.  We have asked Marilyn Johnson, JustServe Specialist, to highlight a service need in our community each month.  We ask that you please include this in your weekly/monthly emails that you send out to the sisters in your wards. Our hope is that this JustServe spotlight will help the enthusiasm grow.  

Attached is a service opportunity for St. Francis Food Pantry.  It would be great to encourage sisters to serve with a friend or as a family, and to invite their ministering sisters to join with them — reminding them to only participate if they feel comfortable due to Covid-19 restrictions.  This will be an easier way for the sisters to see service opportunities that are on the JustServe website — it will now be right in front of them in the emails they are already receiving.   

We are humbled by all that you do and thank you for making ministering a priority.  We know that ministering is inspired and is a part of our lives for many reasons, but our testimonies of it have increased exponentially by what we are experiencing with this world wide pandemic.  We share a beautiful quote reminding each of us to not to let Satan win during this time of isolation and social distancing: 

“One of Satan’s strongest tools is to isolate us from each other, to turn our thoughts away from those around us and, in so doing, prevent us from reaching out to others and finding strength through unity.”  – Julene Butler

We love you and we appreciate all that you do.  Please reach out if there is anything we can do for you.  We love it when we hear from you!

With Appreciation,

Reno Stake Relief Society Presidency

Cheryl Woodman

Sheri Terrasas

Shelley Gregory

Tracey Thomas

November Just Serve Spotlight

If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the community, we are again focusing on the St Francis Food Pantry. The missionaries and others in our stake have already volunteered to help stock and restock the shelves and have been greatly appreciated.

When we asked Cindy, the Director, and Founder of the food pantry, what their current needs are, she told us that they would really like donations of Small Frozen Turkeys or Small Frozen Whole Chickens to give to families for Thanksgiving.

Secondly, the food pantry is also in need of Sweaters and Coats for Adults - sizes Med/Lg/XLg and Gloves sizes Med/Lg/XLg. These can be gently used items.

Any of the above donations can be delivered to the St. Francis Food Pantry located at 160 Hubbard Way, Suite F (near the Peppermill) on weekdays Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can text or call Cindy at 775 507-4555. You can also bring any donations to Cheryl Woodman (775 848-1200) or Marilyn Johnson (775 544-0885). For other service ideas, go to just.serve.org

Just Serve October Spotlight - Rancho San Rafael Park  

Our October JS Spotlight of the month is an outdoor service opportunity at Rancho San Rafael Park at their  Nevada Farms and Families area, formerly known as Great Basin Adventure park. This is an exciting time as the new Park Ranger, Celia Walker, joins Park Ranger, Bob Holland.  The two are very enthusiastic about increasing volunteer activity in the NFF to help maintain this beautiful area. 

The Parks Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Evans, noted that “the Rancho San Rafael  Regional Park and the LDS church share a long history of countless service projects  and volunteer events together.” If you as an individual or you and your family would like  to sign up to serve for one time or more frequently; or if you have an idea for a project  or would like to get a group together for a beautification project, please reach out to  Denise Evans at devans@washoecounty.us or call the San Raphael park at  775-785-4512 for more information. Denise Evans would be happy to talk on the phone  or meet with you. 

Hours and times to serve are flexible. The service projects are suitable for all ages.  The Nevada Farms and Families area is open during regular park hours with no  admission required. For more details about the NFF area or are looking for other  service opportunities go to JustServe.org. 

Just Serve At Home October Spotlight - Help Refugees Improve Their English  

The Northern Nevada International Center resettles refugees from all over the world.  The adults must begin working right away but need English skills to survive and  integrate into their new surroundings. The volunteer will present a one hour session 1 -  2x a week online. The NNIC is providing a computer in each home for distant learning.  Materials will be provided or you can use your own resources.    For further details, you can contact Marilyn Johnson by text or phone 775-544-0885 or  email her at marilynandwalt@gmail.com. You can also find details on justserve.org