Church Jottings 4/6/19

The churches of the SWC met at First Church Phoenix for their Annual Meeting this last weekend. And, several churches gathered on Sunday to march in the Phoenix Pride Parade. Fellowship, Justice, Education and Mission, a UCC winning combination . . .

Join Shadow Rock UCC for a free screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic and narrated by actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)on Saturday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. From coastal cities to America's heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act. Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community! 

First Congregational UCC (Prescott) is holding a Taize Vesper Service on Ap 17th. A soup supper at 5:45 and service at 6:30.

Throughout Lent, Church of the Beatitudes has witnessed the interpretive dance of Kathleen Brazie during worship. What an honor to experience her artistry during this season of introspection.

Scottsdale UCC is starting an antiracism/anti-Islamic book study on Thursday mornings at 10 AM beginning Ap 25th. The book used is No God but God: The origins , evolution, and future of Islam by Reza Aslan.

Church of the Painted Hills and Casas Adobes are actively supporting the Tucson Monastery in its mission to refugees by providing donations and volunteers.

Additionally, The Good Shepherd (Sahuarita) is actively supporting the migrant shelter at Rincon UCC which recently re-opened sheltering 24 guests at a time.

Rev Lynne Hinton will provide sabbatical coverage at First Congregational UCC (Albuquerque) beginning in May.

Desert Palm, as well as many other Tempe churches and residents, participated in the Tempe Empty Bowls project this spring. The effort raised over $20,000 which will be shared between the United Food Bank and the Tempe Community Action agency.

Black Mountain UCC is beginning an association with Family Promise, a nonprofit working with homeless families. Black Mountain will begin by providing meals and activities with children.

The Youth Yard Sale at Encanto Community Church raised almost $2800 for youth activities and camp scholarships!

Shepherd of the Hills begins 6 months of celebration of its 60th anniversary with a special service on April 28th. Pastor Emeritus Rev Steve Davis will preach.

Casas Adobes members may hike together on April 13th at the Saguaro East National Park. An “easy” 4-mile trek, so they say.