News From The Churches

Shadow Rock, Phoenix
FABRIC RECYCLE DRIVE begins October 18th
Clean out your closets! Shadow Rock Preschool is holding their semi-annual Soft Goods Recycle Drive! Bring fabric of ANY kind in ANY condition on Sunday, October 18th, through Thursday the 22nd. We really mean ANY condition - rips, tears, stains are all ok! Any donations that are not resellable will be broken down to their fibers, cleaned, and recycled. The preschool is paid per pound collected, so they appreciate your contributions.

Scottsdale Congregational Church
Scottsdale UCC is looking for donations for I HAVE A NAME project--an exhibit of photographs by Jon Linton of the homeless on the streets of Phoenix. They are looking to collect $500 to frame the photos and stories in this exhibit. Jon will then give the exhibit to Scottsdale UCC and they would agree to let the exhibit travel around to other UCC churches that would be interested in displaying it as part of their Justice ministry to the homeless. 
For more information about the artist and this project, click on If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Susan Unmacht, 480-747-7614.

Desert Garden, Sun City
This year Desert Garden Church reaches two milestones in its service to the greater West Valley community:  35 years as an established United Church of Christ Congregation and
the 25th anniversary of the installation of our Rogers organ.
These milestones will be celebrated at Desert Garden Church on Sunday, October 25, 2015.  We invite all members past and present, friends and visitors to share in a morning of festive music and sharing of community outreach.

Casas Adobes Congregational Church, Tucson
Casas Adobes is hosting the Third Annual Morris B. Ewing Memorial Golf Outing on October 30th at SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club.  A portion of revenue from the event supports the Youth Fund of the Southwest Conference United Church of Christ.  Click here for additional details and here for the flyer.

Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix
Please join us on Sunday, January 24th, when Dr. Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor at Harvard Divinity School, will be preaching the 9     am worship service at Church of the Beatitudes. Dr. Cox is a permeant theologian and scholar on the interaction of religion, culture and politics. Some of his many written works include When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Decisions Today, The Future of Faith, and Religion in the Secular City. Click here to watch Dr. Cox discuss his text "The Future of Faith." 

United Church of Angel Fire, NM
The Firewood Angels cut, stack and deliver firewood to needy folks in the Moreno Valley. Preparations for Firewood Angels begin during the summer. This year three different groups of helpers from the Lutheran Church helped UCAF members to move massive quantities of logs from a donor in Hidden Lake. This amounted to about $3500 that needy folks did not have to spend. With all the help, we were able to supply the firewood needs of all our clients throughout the winter. This summer the Firewood Angels have cut, split and stacked 32 cords of wood and are well ahead of the game! Preparations are now underway to deliver wood to the needy before the first snow falls.

Rincon Congregational Church, Tucson
Rincon is hosting an event-filled weekend promoting Sacred Conversations On Race: Exploring Whiteness, October 23-25. Click here for details.

Join us for a special movie event, the groundbreaking documentary about the epidemic of rape in the military, "The Invisible War," November 20th at Rincon. Click here for the flyer!

The Good Shepherd UCC, Sahuarita
The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita  will welcome Dr. Larry L. Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, NYC  and Nautilus Book Award for 2014 for Earth-honoring Faith, on November 20th and 21st.  He will be joining us for a CREATION JUSTICE WEEKEND.
For more information, click here.

Rebel & Divine OWL Retreat
A young adult fall retreat will be held November 6-8, 2015, at Chapel Rock Camp in Prescott, AZ.  This is an opportunity for young adults to explore their values around sexuality using the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program.

First Congregational Church, Phoenix
Join the inaugural "First at First" event on the First Friday in November at First Congregation United Church of Christ. The event will run from 6-10 PM and focus on the Southwest Conference. There will be live entertainment, market vendors, and ways to connect with other churches in the conference!  We are still looking for artists and vendors.  If you are interested, please email  We invite your congregation to send a delegation to set up a table and talk about your church for the other attendees!

For more information, contact Nelson Kristoffer Mendoza at 602.509.5581 mobile or email

Sacred Space, Tucson
Sacred Space executive director Teresa Cowan Jones will co-present Capturing the Stories of a Compassionate City and Community at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions, the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions.

Click here to read more.

First Samoan Congregational Christian Church, Phoenix
Sina Ahsoon, secretary of First Samoan Congregational Christian Church in AZ, recently attended a meeting of the Church Building and Loan Fund (CBLF), a part of our national setting that works with building loans to new and young congregations.  Sina spoke to other new church representatives about how CBLF not only granted them a loan to purchase their building, but, when they ran into difficulties, worked with them to save their building.