Church Jottings 12/29/2018

Rincon UCC is responding to a surge in immigrant releases by opening 20 beds for up to a week starting Dec 28th. Tucson folk, please call the church to see how you can help!

Many of the refugees from Central America are housed for a day or two in Tucson waiting for transportation to their sponsor’s home all around the country – in many places where it’s very cold! These men, women and children, even infants, need warm clothing, particularly coats and jackets. Most of them are diminutive, so the emphasis is on small and medium sizes for both men and women (and all children’s sizes). Casas Adobes is aiming to gather 50 coats in the next couple weeks to meet the need.

Church of the Red Rocks is starting a new service in January called Spirit of the Rocks. It will meet on Saturdays and will focus on the life of Jesus in a more participatory way with music, meals, and conversations about life and Faith.

On Tuesday, January. 15 at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary of Desert Garden UCC is the annual concert by organist, Claudia Marsollier, her husband Dennis, and musically talented children, Eric and Giselle. The concert is free, so invite friends and neighbors.

The Good Shepherd in Sahuarita is offering Spanish classes starting Jan 14th. Contact the church for details.

Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque is starting a new ministry in January, making blankets for St Martins Hopeworks, a homeless ministry. The double layered flannel blankets require lots of tying and little sewing and make a great family project.

On Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, United Church of Santa Fe hosts internationally-known composer Libby Larsen in a Festival Choral Workshop on Saturday and a Sunday 3:00 pm concert, directed by Bradley Ellingboe. The Sunday concert proceeds benefit Santa Fe’s Casa Familia Shelter and Albuquerque’s Roadrunner Food Bank. Info and registration: The festival is open to all, so spread the word!

Church of the Painted Hills is beginning a book study of Walter Brueggemann’s “Interrupting Silence”. The study illustrates Bible stories of people breaking repressive silence and speaking out.

Shadow Rock will hold an Electronics Recycling Drive on Jan 19 & 20. If you got new stuff, recycle the old!

Doane College Choir will be at Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque on Jan. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. to perform what is sure to be, an outstanding concert. The choir of 50 is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the country. Doane College is located in Iowa, and is affiliated with the UCC. The concert is free and all are invited.

Doane Choir will also be at Church of the Red Rocks on Jan 13th at 2PM, and at United Church of Santa Fe on January 17th.

Talitha Arnold is a regular panelist on KSFR’s “Santa Fe Forum,” airing Monday, January 14, 6:30-7:00 pm MST on 101.1 FM in Santa Fe, and podcast at

Roberta Behrens, of Shepherd of the Hills, donated over a dozen handmade, by her, baby quilts topped off with a precious little beanie baby bear in their own gift bag as a Christmas holiday donation to ICM of 2018. Thank you Roberta, for your generosity and for sharing your gifts and talents!

Mark your calendar for a Red Cross Blood drive on January 13, 2019 from 8AM to Noon at Shepherd of the Hills. To make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit and use Sponsor Code: Shepherd

First Church Phoenix invites you to a service of installation for their new Associate Minister, Susan Valiquette, on Jan 13th at 1:30.