Church Jottings - June 8

United Church of Santa Fe’s “United Artists” meet on Thursdays to share talents and learn from each other. The group is open to all artists. 

The Good Shepherd’s Sahuarita Food Bank took advantage of the Safeway/Albertson’s Monopoly game when the congregation brought its coupons and game cards to the church. Several free food items helped restock the shelves. 

Pastor Jayne Hubbard of Black Mountain UCC happened to see an interview on Oprah of the author of her Book Club selection The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. It’s the story of his arrest, conviction, years on death row, and eventual acquittal.  She was so moved by his story that the whole church is reading it this summer. I’ve added it to my list. 

Speaking of books, First Congregational of Albuquerque will start a 5-week series using the book Lovingkindness by William Miller. Pastor Sue Joiner says the book drew her in and she wants to share it with her congregation. 

Beginning on June 1, Church of the Red Rocks will be reading "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams.

The AZ Poor People’s Campaign meeting on Tuesday, June 12th at 6 PM at First Church Phoenix will have speakers and discussion around the theme of “Everybody’s got the right to live: education, living wages, jobs, housing”.

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque’s Activity Team isn’t letting up this summer! There’s bowling on June 17th and an all family game night on June 22nd. 

The Shadow Rock Preschool is looking for a teacher for its 4-year old class starting this fall. The school operates Mon-Thurs and hopes to find a candidate with a bachelor’s in early education. 

Blood Drive at Shepherd of the Hills on June 17th from 8-1:30, 5524 E Lafayette, Phoenix. 

First Church Phoenix will hold a film screening of Come Sunday on June 21st at 7pm with discussion to follow. The film centers on what happens when a bishop’s desire to question established rules clashes with the rigidity of organized belief. Discussion will be facilitated by Revs. Tony Minear of Beatitudes and James Pennington of First Church   

Dr. Leland Fairbanks, member at Desert Palm, was honored at the USPHS (US Public Health Service) Symposium in Dallas this week for his leadership in promoting anti-smoking laws.  

Rincon UCC is starting a new Ministry of Creation Care to be led by Rev Karen MacDonald and assisted by Rev Delle McCormick. 

Scottsdale Congregational has an innovative outreach program called the Jesus Beyond Project. Each month a person’s name is drawn from a “hat” and given $100. That person “takes Jesus beyond the walls of the church” and uses the money to finance/support their own personal mission idea. They then report back to the congregation. 

Church of the Palms is starting another 5-week series on White Privilege beginning Sunday, June 24th at 1:30. 

Casas Adobes will hold Taizé services on June 14th and July 12th at 6:30 pm and invites you to rest in the presence of God and soothe your soul. 

Desert Garden recently sent $1000 each to the Dysert Community Center to be used toward a summer program for underprivileged youth and to Eve’s Place, an agency providing services to victims of domestic abuse.