Church Jottings 6/2/19

The Rincon Migrant Shelter has six interns that started on Tuesday, May 28th! These interns will be serving 16-20 hours a week and will receive supervision and training on immigration and migrant issues. We are very excited to have them aboard!!

This summer, the Growth Team at Black Mountain UCC is hoping that some of its members will be willing to be a witness on a Sunday morning for a few minutes to share what God and the church have done and are doing in their life.  What a wonderful way to bring the "family" together.

The 50th Anniversary Committee at Church of the Palms has been working hard toward the culmination of their 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, November 3, 2019. But their events and donations so far have allowed them to construct the Labyrinths, add the Peace Pole, and have the beautiful lighted cross added to the sanctuary. It is the Committee’s hope that an Associate Pastor Endowment Fund can be created with future proceeds (after giving 20% to Mission).

Albuquerque Pride Fest is June 8th and First Congregational UCC ABQ will march and have a booth at the fair!

Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix opens their doors each summer for heat respite to the homeless.  For 8 weeks this summer, First Church Phoenix will provide 200 sandwiches a week to provide lunch to those escaping the worst of the summer.

Rincon UCC recently contacted the Stitch Witches at Casas Adobes to help supply blankets for immigrants as they travel from Tucson to other places in the U.S. The blankets are given to the immigrants to help keep them warm on the buses as they travel. After some research, it was determined that purchasing blankets which were on clearance from Kohl's (along with a 30% off coupon) was more cost effective then making them - Casas was able to provide 34 blankets to Rincon. Way to help each other!

Pastor Alison Harrington from Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson has shared how the faith community can respond to the upcoming trial of Dr. Scott Warren for “doing that which our faith traditions demand of us.”  Join the Interfaith Prayer Circle on June 5th at 8:00 am for an Interfaith Prayer Circle in the plaza in front of the courthouse that morning as the jury is arriving. Clergy from across the state and the nation are also invited.  After the vigil, those who are able will head into the courtroom to fill every seat with a religious leader.

On June 9th, St Paul’s UCC in Rio Rancho, NM will have some special guests. The dancers of Surgite, a sacred dance company will be visiting, showing through movement and dance some ways of interpreting Scripture, understanding our relationship with God, and understanding our relationships with each other. In the book of Acts, St. Paul teaches us that, “in [God] we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28), so a physical expression of our faith is indeed appropriate!

The Sierra Vista Community United Church of Christ (AZ) held “Honor Our Heroes Sunday” on June 2. The service recognized our veterans, military, and other law enforcement agents who protect our city, state, and country. The service included a Border Patrol Honor Guard.