Alpine Echoes- Winter 2016 ECHOES News Dec 2016_WEB

ALPINE ECHOES UPCOMING PROGRAMMED EVENTS All are welcome. To register, visit or call (800) 350-6289. JANUARY 13-15, 2017 Elementary 1 Winter Weekend JANUARY 20-22, 2017 Elementary 2 Winter Weekend JANUARY 27-29, 2017 High School Winter Weekend FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017 Junior High 1 Winter Weekend On Angel’s Wings Who can take anyone’s gently-used donated clothing, couches, lamps, jewelry, toys, art and sports equipment and turn them into camp scholarships and funding for special camp projects? Well, the Alpine Angels of course, and there is a whole army of them! 2 016 was the 35th anniversary of the Alpine Angels thrift store ministry started back in 1981 by Marilyn Porter. One of her sons had dedicated his life to Christ at Alpine a few years before, and then late one night she woke her husband FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017 Junior/Senior High Combo Winter Weekend FEBRUARY 24-26, 2017 Junior High 2 Winter Weekend MAY 12-14, 2017 Give-a-Day Volunteer Work Weekend You can see why customers feel appreciated. Join us as we celebrate Alpine’s 60th year in 2017! Stay tuned for more information on reunions and celebrations. WINTER 2017 with an idea that seemed God-given: to open a thrift store that would help provide needed scholarships for other kids to attend camp. Thirty five years later with over $2.1 million raised, Alpine Angels thrift shops, The Alpine Attics, are currently going strong in their Simi Valley and Lomita locations. In fact, there has been so much support in Alpine’s surrounding mountain community, through ongoing donations of items for these stores, that the search is on to open a third store near Alpine itself. (We’ll keep you posted on that!) Kimberly Plantenga is the current volunteer chair of this extensive endeavor. Her background in bookkeeping, knowledge of business, and dedication to the cause of children encountering Jesus, made her an inspired choice when Marilyn stepped out of that role five years ago. There are currently over 150 volunteers that make this ministry happen: some are treasurers, cashiers, inventory stockers, merchandise fixers, donation picker-uppers…and that’s the short list. One of these dedicated volunteers, Ed Urban, age 95, has been volunteering at the Lomita store for over 20 years to work on any broken toys along with about 20 other dedicated volunteers who each spend 4-5 hours each Monday afternoon (and some more often) in a specific area, sprucing up the donations to make sure items are in good shape and in working order. Harriot Hill, manager the Lomita Attic, and Dick Hodnefield, manager of the Simi Valley Attic, work diligently to oversee the daily operations. Debbie Johnson and Verna Parker handle the money at (continued on page 2)