Church Jottings 5/25/19

First Congregational Church of Prescott is holding an Art Fair on June 15th and is including any members interested in showing their work.   The theme is "Celebration of God's Gift to Art. Anyone with questions may contact Barbara McCollough at , 951-297-8311

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. The Phoenix Renaissance Orchestra will be having a concert in the sanctuary at Shadow Rock.This group has been rehearsing on their campus, and would love your support. There is no charge to attend but you are welcome to make a donation to their nonprofit organization if you wish.

Church of the Beatitudes invites its members to take FLAT JESUS (a paper doll Jesus on a stick) with them wherever they go this summer! They are instructed to snap a photo or two of his adventures and send them to and the pics will be posted in the newsletter and in church throughout the summer! 

United Church of Santa Fe will again host a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice each Sunday of Opera season (June 30 to August 25). Thanks to an anonymous donor, this outstanding program is in its sixth year! Tell your friends and help spread the word.  United’s summer worship is deeply enhanced through their singing. 

On Sunday, June 2nd, Shadow Rock will be marking the 20-year anniversary of their becoming an Open and Affirming congregation. There will be special guests during the worship service, followed by a family barbecue lunch.

The Southwest Conference bids Eli Johnson farewell with our good wishes as he leaves the conference staff to become Human Resources Trainer with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Eli has served the SWC for more than three years, first in Relational Communications and then as the Assistant to the Conference Minister.  To share your words of appreciation and gratitude with Eli, you may email him at   Eli’s last day in the office is May 31. The posting for Executive Assistant to the Conference Minister is available online HERE - to apply, send a cover letter and resume to - please indicate “assistant to the conference minister position.”

Now this from Jenni ("Minister of Trash" for Taos UCC):  On Saturday June 1, members will meet at Mondo Italiano at 10 am to carpool to pick up trash at Taos UCC-posted mile 35 to 36 on highway 64.  They will return to their cars and have lunch, an honored church tradition everywhere.

Patti Sutherland was selected to receive $100 from the Beyond Jesus project (a monthly drawing) sponsored by the Missions Team at Scottsdale UCC where the recipient is challenged to use the money to go out and do some good. Patti chose The Joy Bus charity. Founded by Jenifer Caraway, the Joy Bus mission is to relieve the daily struggles of home bound cancer patients with a chef inspired meal and a friendly face. The Joy Bus Diner is located at 3375 E. Shea and the food is not only delicious it is a 100% nonprofit restaurant supporting the Joy Bus charity.  The Joy Bus Diner is open Tuesday thru Sunday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.


A Dialogue on Race  was held at First Congregational UCC in Prescott in April. Around 100 gathered including the mayor, head of the state NAACP, and members of The Arizona Commission on African American Affairs.  The event impressed many people in the community interested in social justice issues. Pastor Jay heard from some of them and it reminded him of the church's importance in this community. "Though small in size, we are not afraid of tackling issues that would make others uncomfortable or nervous. Our ability to follow the “still speaking God” on issues of justice and mercy help us fulfill our mission in Prescott. We are rooted in Prescott’s history but progressing toward God’s shalom for all."

Rincon will be having a rummage and plant sale on Saturday, June 1st, starting at 7:00 AM until approximately 2:00 PM. Come shop!

Church of the Painted Hills invites you 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.” There will also be a presentation of a Proclamation and a display of orange shirts as a tribute to the victims of gun violence. 

When clergy in the UCC are called to a ministry in the wider world, they are invited to participate in a Four Way Covenant with their local congregation, the local Conference, the place of ministry, and themselves. Rev Dr Tina Campbell has recently been called to be the staff Chaplain on weekends at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a newly endowed position that will provide pastoral care for patients and families on Saturday and Sunday.  Her  Four Way Covenant is with Shepherd of the Hills, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Here’s some Memorial Day traffic jokes shared with you from Church of the Palms:

--What do you get when two giraffes collide? A giraffic jam.

--Why was the squirrel late for work? Traffic was NUTS.

--Have you seen the movie Jim Carrey made during a traffic jam? It's called "Me, Myself, and I-17".

--The best way to avoid holiday traffic is to not go anywhere during the holidays. 

During Santa Fe's Pride Weekend, United Church of Santa Fe will march in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 29. They'll meet in the PERA parking lot (corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta) at 11:00 am. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, wear comfy clothes and your United T-shirt. Sign up in the Community Room or RSVP to Shirley Clark 505-660-3161.

First Congregational Albuquerque will have a booth at Albuquerque Pride on Saturday, June 8. They’re looking for volunteers to help. Please contact Beth Benderman, 505-263-6884 or if you would like to help, can donate a case of water ,or the cost of one.