Church Jottings 2/16/2019

Desert Palm UCC, Dayspring Methodist Church, Temple Emanuel and University Presbyterian have all joined together to take turns hosting a community dialogue. These events are quite simple and very “user friendly.” You basically sit across from someone you don’t know and respond to couple of simple prompt questions. These simple prompts help guide an intentional dialogue experience that has been bringing people from diverse backgrounds together, reminding us all that we have more in common than we might think! Come out on Wednesday evening (7PM), February 27th as Desert Palm hosts for the first time! 

Goshen College, a small liberal arts college affiliated with the Mennonite church, is sending one of their choirs and a chamber orchestra on a tour of the Southwest. They will be presenting a concert at First Congregational UCC (ABQ) on Monday, February 25 at 7:30 PM, and you are invited to attend! 

On Feb 21st at 6pm, the trio Fiddlesticks will perform at United Church of Sun City. The group plays a fusion of classical , bluegrass, country, gypsy, jazz, soft rock and light blues. Instruments include violin, fiddle, bass, and guitar. There’s ice cream after!

Desert Palm reminds us:

Tempe Empty Bowls, Feb 22nd at 6th St and Mill, Feb 23rd at the Tempe Library

Buy a bowl for $10, eat a free bowl of soup, and support Tempe Community Action and United Food Bank

This Sunday, Congregational Church of the Valley will launch a drive to support the Healthy Packs program which supplies healthy weekend snacks (and sometimes vouchers) to at-risk students who often don't receive necessary nutrition when they are away from school over weekends and holidays. The goal is to support 10 students for a year with $2000 in giving.

The Good Shepherd (Sahuarita) member Tom Wilsted is looking for good bikes for Bicas Tucson(Bicycle Intercommunity Arts & Salvage), a non-profit agency geared to serving cyclists of all ages.  Bicas offers a range of programs for young people including training to ride, maintaining a bike as well as earning a bike for those who cannot afford one.  It maintains a workshop with all bike tools where you can bring your bike to repair it yourself with support from a trained mechanic as well as individual new and used parts for purchase. 

Shepherd of the Hills is helping their Girl Scout troop collect supplies for “period packs”. Feminine hygiene products are in demand for low income girls.

Big rummage sale at Black Mountain UCC on March 1-2. Live in southern AZ? Well, the men’s group at The Good Shepherd in Sahuarita is holding their patio sale on March 1st. Plan to shop!

You're invited to hear author and activist, Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on Friday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Dayspring United Methodist (1365 E. Elliot Rd. in Tempe). Her topic is "The Unacceptable Casualties of Christian Theologies: How We Can Stop Turning Women's Bodies into Battlefields." Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door.

“Our Evolving Story: Integrating Religion and Science” Retreat will be held at The Church of the Palms. It’s coordinated by the Lifelong Learning Board who has contracted with Sr. Sharon Zayac, OP for a weekend presentation. Sr. Sharon’s ministry has focused on the new Cosmic Spirituality and Eco-Spirituality. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a teacher and preacher on this topic. Program schedule: Friday, February 22, 6–8 pm with reception to follow and Saturday 9 am–3:30 pm (lunch/breaks included). Sunday morning Sr. Sharon will be speaking at Church of the Palms. Cost is $25 and all are welcome.

Church of the Painted Hills is helping the Tucson Monastery, a migrant shelter, with needed supplies, money, and volunteers.