Church Jottings 10/6/18

Church Jottings are compiled by Holly Herman from your church newsletters - be sure to add Holly and Wende to your mailing list! Email longer articles to Wende or submit this online form.

Rev Susan Valiquette will be installed as the Associate Minister of First Church Phoenix on Sunday Oct 14th at 3PM. All churches are invited to send representatives.

Casas Adobes will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Oct 21st with a “sixties” potluck after church. Folks are invited to dress like the 60’s and enjoy games and 60’s music. Congratulations!

The Casas Adobes Forum is open to the wider community. On Oct 14th at 11:30 AM, the program will feature Karin Shipman speaking about her work aiding women entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries. Ms Shipman is a U of A professor teaching in the field of the social impact of economic development targeting the poor in developing countries.

Encanto unveiled its Pet Memorial Garden on Oct 7th. Cremated remains of pets, service dogs, and homeless pets are welcome. Contact the church for a request/memorial plaque form.

Desert Palm included its youth in a discussion and brainstorming session for ideas for enhanced service to its IHELP guests. On Nov 3rd they will host a Halloween Party and pass out gift bags. Starting in October, they will also send their overnight guests out with a sack lunch. IHELP is a Tempe program for the homeless who are housed nightly in local churches and who receive services designed to move them into jobs and housing.

Scottsdale UCC is celebrating 20 years of being an Open and Affirming congregation on Oct 13th from 10-12. Food, music, and children’s activities are planned. All are invited!

Huge Rummage Sale at Church of the Palms Oct 18-20!

Church of the Palms has recognized Carolyn Modeen as its first annual Social Justice Champion! In addition to holding up a PEACE sign at 99th Ave and Bell twice a month, Carolyn has instituted Fair Trade sales, participated in marches and rallies, advocated for gun legislation, spoken at Planned Parenthood events, and is an active participant in Grandmothers for Peace. This is only the start of the list. Congratulations, Carolyn. You are an inspiration.

Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque will focus the next six months on learning as much as possible about child hunger in their community. This is the first step in developing an advocacy and resource response.

Pastor Jocelyn Emerson and Gordon Nelson of St Paul’s UCC in Rio Rancho, NM recently attended a conference hosted by the Church Building and Loan Fund of the national church where they learned some tools of church revitalization and re-creation of ministry.

First Congregational of Albuquerque welcomes Rhonda Newby-Torres as their new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.

Documentary film maker Luis Argueta will screen his new film “The U Turn” at The Good Shepherd in Sahuarita on Tues, Oct 9th at 5 PM. The film tells the story of migrant women and children in Iowa that transform their lives by use of the U-Visa, part of The Violence Against Women Act created to protect victims of violence and abuse.

First Church Phoenix will host a booth at the Rainbows Festival in downtown Phoenix Oct 20-21. The festival celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ community.

Black Mountain UCC is assembling Church World Service Hygiene Kits on Oct 14th.

Church of the Beatitudes reminds you of the Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival 2018 performance on Oct 20th at 7PM. Over 300 singers! Tickets $25 by going to

The Javarita Coffeehouse at the Good Shepherd in Sahuarita will host Katia Cardinal, a well known female Nicaraguan singer, on Oct 12th at 7PM. Katia and her daughter Nina will sing songs of compassion, ecology, and social justice.

Casas Adobes and Church of the Painted Hills will walk in the Tucson CROPWalk on Oct 28th.

Casas Adobes and Rincon are both walking in the Tucson AIDSWalk on Oct 14th.

Taize services are starting up this fall at:

Casas Adobes on Oct 11th at 6:30PM

The Good Shepherd on Oct 10th at 5PM