Church Jottings 9/8/18

Celebrate with Shepherd of the Hills on Sept 16th at 3 PM as they install their new pastor, Rev Rock Fremont. All SWC churches are invited to send representatives.

Some churches “adopt” part of a road to maintain. United Church of Santa Fe has adopted part of the Santa Fe River. A clean up crew is set to go to work on Sept 15th.

The Good Shepherd in Sahuarita has eight “Amigos” Groups which are open to all members. The groups meet for potlucks, outings, picnics and more. The purpose is to build relationships within the church family.

First Congregational of Prescott is collecting Neighbors in Need funds in Sept to support the new Hope Station in Nogales. Hope Station is a NIN approved project that provides aid to recently deported migrants including DACA recipients whose renewals were declined.

Church of the Red Rocks is hosting Dr Karla Suomola on Sept 21st at 3pm who will speak about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr Suomola will go back a century to look at how decisions made by Western powers impact the conflict today.

Church of the Beatitudes has put together an NFL Charity Football Pool. There is a $20 buy-in and all winnings will go to the charity of the winner’s choice.

Our Faith, Our Voice, Our Vote is the UCC campaign to encourage everyone to vote. Rincon will hold non-partisan voter registration drives after church on Sept 20 and Oct 7. October 9th is the deadline to register for this November election.

Congregational Church of the Valley will be entering a team in the Walk the Walk Event to End Homelessness on Sept 22nd at the Phoenix Zoo. This 1k walk/race, wearing flip flops will raise awareness and funds for homeless AZ families. The event hopes to break the Guinnness World Record for the most people completing a 1k walk in flip flops. Each entry fee covers a T-shirt, flip flops, and zoo pass for the day.

The September food challenge at Black Mountain UCC is TUNA! Goal is 50 cans by month end to benefit the Foothills Food Bank.

Desert Palm is looking to hire a Director of Youth Ministry. Contact the church for information

Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque has an interesting adult ed discussion group called “Let’s Not Go There”. Topics change every week but involve deep discussion of difficult issues in a safe space.

Shadow Rock Founding Pastor Rev Dr Bill Smith passed away on Labor Day. Service is at 10:30 am on September 15th at Shadow Rock. .

The Church of the Palms Social Justice Team compiled a 2-page list of its activities during the last year. Areas of action included LGBTQ Equity, Immigration and Refugee resettlement, Palestinian/Israeli understanding, Homelessness, Religious and Racial Appreciation, Environmental Issues, and Gun Violence. Don’t ever think that a “retirement church” is boring! Thank you!

The Good Shepherd in Sahuarita has received a $5000 grant from the national church for support of its two immigrant families.

Church of the Red Rocks hosts a “Be The Church” TED-type talk series on the first Thursday of the month at 5 PM. Speakers from both the church and community who are passionate about any given topic are invited to speak their passion for no more than 20 minutes and then open for Q and A.

First Congregational UCC of Flagstaff celebrates its 60 years of service on Sept 23rd.