Church Jottings 5/19/19

This June, Desert Palm will turn 40 years old! In honor of that significant milestone their Banner Group updated the Desert Palm “Family Tree”.   Every few years new leaves with the names of new members are added to the banner.  The church celebrated the anniversary this past Sunday and hung the updated tree.  What a joy to see how full the "family" has become.

First Christian Church in Las Cruces continues to be active at El Caldito, the soup kitchen at the Community of Hope.  Although volunteers are welcome there any day, First Church normally goes on the 4th Tuesday of the month, arriving at about 8:30, preparing whatever food is being served that day, and then serving it to those who come for a hot meal.  

Jack Evans, poet and member of Church of the Beatitudes, will be a Theological Reflector at the upcoming 2019 General Synod in Milwaukee. He will be creating and performing a poem on June 24th to end the days' events. Jack shares, "I'm really excited to be representing the Southwest Conference and Church of the Beatitudes at this very special event." Congratulations Jack! 

Black Mountain UCC will continue an annual Pentecost tradition.  As the church celebrates the "Birthday of the Church", its members all wear red and pose for a group family photo.  

The BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage) bicycle drive is officially over at The Good Shepherd UCC (Sahuarita).  The result was the donation of more than 60 bikes plus bike parts, bike racks and related bicycle items. These will be used to support BICAS programs such as earn-a-bike, build-a-bike and bike training for children and young people.

Join Shadow Rock UCC on Friday, May 31st for an afternoon with astronaut Mark Kelly, a 2020 candidate to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. This special event is sponsored by Indivisible groups across Arizona to give the opportunity to hear from Mark Kelly, ask him some questions, and possibly meet and get a picture with him and his wife Gabby Giffords. A social hour will follow that includes music, appetizers. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are free, but seating is limited so you must have a ticket from Eventbrite for entry. No weapons or firearms are permitted. 

Church of the Painted Hills invites Tucson folks to get involved in the effort to stop gun violence. On Sunday June 9 at 6:00 pm St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church is hosting a screening of the documentary “Parkland: Inside Building 12” along with the presentation of a Proclamation and a display of orange shirts as a tribute to the victims of gun violence.