Church Jottings 11/10/18

Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque is hosting singer-songwriter Jamie Anderson on Nov 17th at 7:30PM. Jamie is unique..... folk without the Birkenstock’s, country without the big hair, pop without the ‘meat’ dress, and Jazz without the ‘weird chords’.

Church of the Beatitudes sponsors a monthly “Jazz Coffee House”. On Nov 18th at 6PM, Josh Wilson Jazz will perform a Brubeck Brew. $5

Casas Adobes Forum Series will sponsor a presentation by U of A media specialist Ari Espinosa on the planet Mars. The presentation will focus on the HiRSE 3-D camera which has greatly expanded knowledge of the planet. Nov 18th at 11:30AM. Open to the public.

Black Mountain is starting a Dining for Women chapter. The group’s goal is to learn about and support NGOs that serve the needs of women and children in developing countries. Members prepare and enjoy a meal from that country, learn about an NGO operating there, and donate what the meal would have cost to the agency being highlighted. Open to both men and women. First meeting is Nov 17th. RSVP and get more info by contacting

Shepherd of The Hills is collecting diapers for the Diaper Bank of Southern AZ. The agency provides diapers to a variety of nonprofits that serves the homeless, families in crisis and refugees.

Just one story from Rincon, which is housing refugees/asylum seekers released from ICE detention.

  • Last night three local musicians, including a Rincon early childhood learning staff member, arrived at dinner time to serenade our guests with mariachi hits and other fun and sentimental music. Our guests gathered around in rapt attention singing along and laughing as they heard familiar music being played by total strangers. The musicians stayed and shared a meal with our guests, followed by more music and song. The kindom of God is like three musicians who give up their gigs to play music for migrant families.

Rincon will hold a Congregational meeting in early Dec to discuss and decide the future of its migrant shelter ministry. Prayers of Thanksgiving go out to Rincon for its generosity of time and talent these last weeks.

The Sahuarita Food Bank, a ministry of The Good Shepherd UCC, is hoping to raise $30,000 in ‘Turkey Bucks’ from donations at the Safeway on Duval Mine Rd. If you are in the area, stop and donate a few ‘bucks’.

St Paul’s UCC in Rio Rancho, NM is studying Diana Butler Bass’s book “Gratitude” which is the focus of their congregation this month.

First Congregational of Albuquerque is holding a 4-week event using Contemplative Prayer and Reflective Writing as Spiritual Tools during the four Saturday mornings of Advent from 10-11:30. Call the church office if you would like to participate.

Shepherd of the Hills will be hosting an interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:30 on Nov 21st.

United Church of Santa Fe is baking and decorating cookies to deliver to their neighboring Fire Station as a special thank you to their EMTs.

First Christian in Las Cruces is providing hams, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pies to the La Casa shelter in Las Cruces.  La Casa houses battered women and their children. They serve a Thanksgiving dinner to all of their residents and they expect to serve 60 – 80 people.