Church Jottings 9/14/19

United Church of Santa Fe hosts Craig Hella Johnson’s powerful and ultimately uplifting oratorio on the life and death of Matthew Shepard, the young gay man who was killed in a hate crime in Wyoming in 1998. United’s Choral Director Bradley Ellingboe conducts Coro Lux (his Albuquerque-based choir) in the Santa Fe debut on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3:00 pm. Info and tix:

The Good Shepherd in Sahuarita invites you to the Community Climate Rally on Friday, September 20 from 8 am – 10 am in Green Valley on the corner of Esperanza Blvd and La Cañada Drive. The rally is in support of the ‘Global Climate Strike.’  "Paris to Pittsburgh”, a National Geographic climate solutions film, will be shown at the Green Valley Library at 10:30 am following the Climate Rally.  

Rev. Nathan Watts Installation Service.   Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3 pm, First Congregational Church of Flagstaff.  Reception to follow the service.

Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque displays a Community Bulletin Board to help the COGS community connect with each other in a variety of ways including:

  • Posting a “wanted“ or “for sale “itemLooking for a job? This is a location you can post what you’re looking for and ask the community for networking help

  • Posting an open invitation for someone to join you for things like attending a special exhibit at the museum, having a new members luncheon, Or just about anything you can think of that may be of interest to an individual or subset of the community.

  • Posting a business card with services offered so congregants may try to support the business members in our community.

  • Posting a need for help with seasonal projects or special needs that an individual may not physically be able to complete on their own

The Hospitality Coalition in Las Cruces, NM is regularly taking items to the shelters in Ciudad Juárez in order to support migrants, shelters, the city, and volunteers in Juárez as much as possible. First Christian DOC/UCC is helping collect items to provide to this network. 

In anticipation of Scottsdale UCC's  60th Anniversary Celebration in October, they will enjoy a speaker from each one of their 6 decades during Sunday worship for the next 6 weeks. They will be sharing about their experience of the church during the decade when they first came.  What a fun idea!  

Strikes for climate are being organized in concert with the U.N. Summit in September.  That includes a march in downtown Tucson.  So here’s the call from Rincon’s Creation Care group to students and adults to step away and out to the streets in support of Earth, our home, on Friday, September 20, 11:00 a.m., downtown Tucson, 88 E. Broadway.

A quiet protest of prayer will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17th at ICE Headquarters, 2035 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix at 11 a.m. The prayer and mission statement are led by the clergy from Shadow Rock UCC, and are most meaningful, with immigrant families sitting near the prayer circle. It is a short service, lasting about 10 minutes, with a variety of churches represented.  Parking is available about half a block south of the ICE building at the Central United Methodist Church which is located on the SE Corner of Palm Lane and Central Avenue. This peaceful act of protest is held on the 17th of every month, and a sign-up sheet is posted in the atrium. 

Church book groups are starting back this fall.  Here are a few books to check out:

  • The Moment of Lift- Melinda Gates

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman

  • The Leopard at the Door- Jennifer McVeigh

  • Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane- Lisa See

  • American Wolf-  Nate Blakeslee

  • Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People- Nadia Bolz-Weber