Church Jottings 7/20/19

Do you live in the Tucson area?  Do you have a van or a vehicle that can transport 4 or more people? ICE has changed their transportation system and now is only dropping off people to the Monastery (which will soon be moving to downtown). The Rincon Refugee Center needs help picking people up from them and bringing them to the Rincon Migrant Shelter. Transport is usually in the afternoon. SO we need drivers with large cars who can help in the afternoons OR a van we can use for an extended period.  Contact

August 11 after worship. IIeana Jaramillo, Senior Outreach Director at First Congregational in Albuquerque will present a forum on how to obtain affordable health insurance through beWellnm.  She will discuss how an individual or family can purchase affordable health insurance if they do not have insurance through an employer.  beWellnm is the marketplace for affordable health insurance; the place where New Mexicans can shop, compare and buy health insurance.  Don’t miss the opportunity to have the most current information!

The Sahuarita Food Bank, a project of The Good Shepherd UCC, received very ample stores of non-perishable food last fall, winter and spring. Thank you! But summer has arrived and kiddos are at home needing lunch and snacks. We are in great need of protein-rich foods such as peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned meat ravioli. Canned fruits and vegetable are in short supply, as is canned pasta sauce, and mac and cheese.  If you would rather give us a check, please make it out to the Sahuarita Food Bank.

Sandy True and Chuck Chapman of Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque are building a soccer field for the youth in Sandy’s ministry in Dominican Republic. The church has taken up a collection to buy soccer balls/equipment for the youth. We would like to open up the donations to anyone else who might want to contribute. Soccer balls are $20. Please feel free to give however you are led. Jill Crawley will be collecting the donations. If you have any questions, please contact Jill at 505-480-1354 or

For the last several years, The Church of the Painted Hills (CPH) has hosted a picnic at Rose Canyon in the Catalina Mountains. This picnic is open to all members and friends of CPH. We have reserved the beautiful Lizard Rock Group Picnic site for the entire day of Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 8:00am until 7:00pm. This site features a large ramada with many tables and charcoal grills, running water, and ample space to spread out for conversation, games, and recreation for adults and children. The altitude at the site is 7,000 feet, so it is always cool and comfortable. The occasional rain shower can provide refreshment, while the large and sturdy ramada provides excellent shade and protection. Clean restrooms and ample parking are close to the picnic site. A brisk, paved walk down to Rose Canyon is a possibility for those motivated for exercise, sightseeing, and even fishing. You are invited!  Ride-sharing is available, as needed. Contact the office at 624-5715 or

The documentary film on climate change, From Paris to Pittsburgh, shown at Scottsdale UCC last week, has inspired them to act.  Folks are invited to write a postcard after church to the Arizona Corporation Commission, letting the Commissioners know that you strongly support a rule requiring Arizona's public utilities to up their game and aggressively INCREASE THE CLEAN ENERGY STANDARD they must follow. (The current standard to obtain 15% of Arizona's energy from clean sources by 2025 has already been met.)

Church of the Beatitudes' sanctuary renovation has begun! This week saw demolition of sanctuary walls and soda blasting of the exterior to prepare the surface for a fresh coat of paint!

* St. Baldrick’s is a national non-profit organization that raises money for all types of childhood cancer research. Every year in July they produce the national event “Brave the Shave” where shavees who reach their goal fundraising amount shave their heads in solidarity with young cancer patients. This year Brave the Shave is on July 25th at Aveda Institute Phoenix in Tempe. JJ and his daughter Anastasia from Desert Palm are attempting to raise $1000.00 and will shave their heads on July 25th if able to make their goal! I think we should all help and ask for pictures!  Please click on this link to make your donation.

From Church of the Palms:

Q: What holds the moon up?

A: Moonbeams.