Church Jottings 8/18/18

Church of the Good Shepherd in Sahuarita is co-hosting the Week of Faithful Witness AT the Border. So far, about 100 folks are participating and national UCC staff Rev Traci Blackmon (Exec Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries), Rev Noel Andersen (UCC and CWS Coord for Immigrant Rights), and Sandi Sorensen (UCC DC Office Director) will be coming. Sounds amazing. Check the SWC website for details.

First Congregational of Prescott is collecting school supplies as well as donations toward a scholarship fund to help a local preschool assist parents with attendance costs.

Scottsdale UCC is heading to Mingus Mountain for family camp over Labor Day Weekend. First Albuquerque is going to Manzano Mountain State Park that same weekend.

Church of the Beatitudes is offering a 15-week course on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:45 beginning on Sept. 11th taught by Dr Charles Emerson on “Lost Scriptures, Lost Christianities” exploring books that did not make it into the New Testament. To register, email Dr. Emerson at

Some of you might remember an article a few weeks ago about Jon Mitovich, member at Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and trying to get pledges to support Family Promise. He has raised $10,000 of his $25,000 goal! Either pledge or pray for him!

Shadow Rock is starting a writing group on Sept 4th, 6-8pm, “Writing Down the Mountain”. Everyone is welcome.

Churches are starting up their fall book clubs. Here are some suggestions for your own reading:

“Churchill and Orwell” by Thomas Ricks

“Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Gann

“The Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor

“Let your Life Speak” by Parker Palmer

“Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

“The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantu