Shepherd of the Hills: Refugee family welcomed to Arcadia neighborhood

Shepherd of the Hills: Refugee family welcomed to Arcadia neighborhood

Thomas and Enge, along with another friend from Shepherd of the Hills, decided to join the church in sponsoring and welcoming a refugee family to the Arcadia neighborhood. Since the family’s arrival, the ladies have helped them grow and blossom into their new lives.  

Thomas works as the baby bed coordinator for Carry the Future, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for infants in Europe and the Middle East. Since its inception two years ago, 50,000 baby carriers and 600 baby beds have been donated to refugees. 

Knowing the refugees who arrive in America need a great deal of support, Thomas decided to pair up with Enge, as well as Welcome to America and Refugee Focus, to bring another family to Phoenix.  

The ladies were matched up with a family from Afghanistan that included a single mom and her four children. They had been living in Pakistan for five years and had survived the tragic accident of losing their father and husband.

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Mark Earlix Healing Circles at Scottsdale Congregational UCC

Mark Earlix Healing Circles at Scottsdale Congregational UCC

Friday, January 19, 7 pm
Friday, February 9, 7 pm
Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ
4425 N Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

The Healing Circle

Initially, Mark talks for a short while on Spiritual Healing. Then each person can receive a healing, blessing, or a blessing for someone that isn't present that isn't well.

All are welcome, bring family and friends. No registration is needed. Love offering only.

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Lenten Book Study at Sun Lakes UCC

Lenten Book Study at Sun Lakes UCC

Falling Upward – Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
Lenten Reflections and Book Study at Sun Lakes United Church of Christ 

In some church traditions, Lent is focused on penance and sin and the practice of giving up things as a form of sacrifice. Lent in the ancient tradition of the church was about the rites and rituals that prepared individuals for Baptism at Easter. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan and a Roman Catholic priest, notes that Lent is about change and transformation where the False Self is challenged by the hardness of failure and suffering which enables the True Self to be uncovered or rediscovered.

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Update from Taos UCC

Update from Taos UCC

Thank you all again for all of your support, your prayers, and your good wishes. 

Our first Christmas Eve Service was a beautiful candlelight service of readings and carols. 41 people attended. When we blew out our candles after singing Silent Night, one little girl shouted, “Let’s do it again!”  Her mother tells me they felt welcome here and will be coming back. Please pray with us for our church children and their families, that God will show us how to build the church they need.

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Forum: Battling Hunger in Tucson

The Forum at Casas Adobes Conregational Church
January 21st, 11:30, McNear Hall

The 2018 Forum series leads off with a presentation on Battling Hunger in Tucson. Food security is a global issue, but there is stark evidence of the problem here in Tucson. More than 187,000 people (15.4% of the area population) were identified as food insecure in a 2014 government survey.

Program speakers will be Marco Liu, Director of Family Advocacy and Outreach for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Curt Balko, Interfaith Community Services Food Bank Coordinator.

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Electronics Recycle Event

Electronics Recycle Event

Got new gadgets for Christmas? Time to clean house! The Shadow Rock Justice Action Team, partnering with AZStRUT will be collecting your "no longer needed" electronics on Saturday, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on Sunday, January 21, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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Common Ground on the Border Event

Common Ground on the Border Event

January 12th and 13th at the Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita

Common Ground on the Border & Border Issues Fair is a two-day event(January 12 and 13th), featuring classes in art, music and a variety of lectures. Common Ground on the Border and the Border Issues Fair, gives space for people to participate in the entire experience or just parts of it.

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Progressive Theology Seminar Featuring Gretta Vosper

Progressive Theology Seminar Featuring Gretta Vosper

At the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita—February 16 and 17

This year’s presenter is the Rev. Gretta Vosper, a United Church of Canada minister who has been stirring up the thinking of the church and theology in the 21st century.  She is a minister, author and atheist who is wanting to have a conversation about just and compassionate living where people can support each other with love and wisdom in a church with or without the god called God.  It should be a challenging and insightful conversation.  

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