Church Jottings 9/1/19

The church that eats together stays together! (That's all UCC churches, right?) United Church of Santa Fe will start the new program year with a “Forkless, Finger Food Brunch” between services on Sept 8th.  Folks are invited to bring something that can be eaten by hand (mini-bagels, veggie sticks, muffins) or with toothpicks (fruit pieces, cheese, etc.). A clever and fun idea.

And on Saturday, United kids are invited to bring their favorite pet on a leash or in a carrier, or just bring a picture or a toy animal to Cathedral Park and join in the annual Fiesta Pet Parade! Participants should wear their  “Love God, Neighbor, Creation” T-shirt and show the rest of Santa Fe that “We’ve Got Faith in Kids!"

Since 2013, Church of the Beatitudes has served lunch to the clients at the Justa Center on Labor Day.  During the week, Meals on Wheels brings meals to the homeless seniors at the center, but they do not serve on Labor Day.  That's when CoB shows up!

United Church of Sun City offers two ways to stay fit.  Join Bill Zimmer every Monday at 7:30 a.m. in the Beehive for Tai Chi, a wonderful way to stay fit and improve your balance. There is no cost for the class! On Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m, join Parish Nurse, Lisa Dunbar, for her indoor walking group. All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged to join the group. Blood pressures are also taken by Lisa. All are invited! 

Shared Table at El Pueblito UMC in Taos NM distributes diapers and baby wipes to registered families on the second Wednesday of each month.  By tracking ages and weights of the children, Shared Table can have needed sizes on hand. Although no family receives a full month’s supply, participation by Taos UCC  hopes to change that, as well as to help more families.

The Service Project Craft Group at Church of the Palms serves the church and community with a variety of crafts.  You can craft (and chat!) with them on Wednesday mornings or at your own home.  They have materials, projects, patterns, and a variety of supplies for you!  In August they donated over 30 lap robes to the children of New Life shelter and the seniors at Immanuel care center plus 15 “twiddle mitts” to the Alzheimer's unit of Immanuel Campus of Care. They also have items for sale including insulated "Steering Wheel Covers” to keep your hands cool when your car sits in the hot sun and "Cool Ties” to help you stay cool when you have to go outside.

In August the Board and Faith Action Committee at First Christian Church in Las Cruces, NM approved the congregation’s membership in the New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light (NMIPL).  Over 80 congregations within NM are members and most faiths are represented.  The mission statement from their website:   “New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light works for climate justice by mobilizing faith communities, faith leaders, and people of faith to reduce the causes and consequences of global climate change through religious inspiration, education, outreach, implementation of sustainable practices and advocating effective climate protection policies.  Our core belief is that the active care of the natural world is integral to spiritual life and social justice.” 

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Student Pavilion Ballroom, Arizona State University, Tempe campus.

Attend the first Arizona Youth Climate Summit, led by Arizona Youth Climate Strike and GreenLight Solutions, for a day of workshops empowering students and providing them with new skills to address the climate crisis in their own communities.

The climate crisis is an emergency, and fighting climate breakdown will need multi-generational action to create a just and sustainable world that works for all of us.

Learn how to take action with a variety of sessions designed to engage youth with different forms of activism, such as lobbying, public speaking, writing, and civic engagement.  These sessions will be followed by a volunteer fair with several different environmental groups. Environmental historian and ASU Sustainability Scientist Paul Hirt will give an opening speech on the history of environmental activism in the US, placing the youth climate movement into its historical context.