Meeting God, One Another, and the World
“It is not good for the human being to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)
God created us to live in community: to gather together to be known, to be cared for, to be challenged – and to discover how God is calling us into deeper relationship with God, each other, and the world.
United’s study and fellowship groups are a great way to explore this trinity of relationships. These groups meet throughout the month in various ways and for diverse reasons, sometimes at the church, sometimes in homes or local restaurants. They’re a great way to make new friends, grow in faith, and serve the world.
Congregational Care Team
Chair: John Shaffer (505-466-4372)
The Congregational Care Team serves the United Church congregation in several ways. We provide and deliver food for those dealing with illness, hospitalizations or other life transitions (like having a baby!). We also send notes of condolence, healing, encouragement, joy and support to church members and friends undergoing change. Hospital visits are made when folks become hospitalized. And finally, each month one Care Team member serves “On Call” as back up contact for our pastors, particularly when both are away or unavailable. Team members rotate between these assigned activities monthly. The team meets 9-10 times a year to review parish needs and concerns. It is a dedicated, active group that is truly blessed to contribute to the life of our church.
“Pretty Good Guys,” “Doubting Thomases,” “Jacob and Friends”
Are you interested in a Men’s Group at United? Whether for study, fellowship, service, or all the above, United’s Men’s Groups have always been a chance for men to connect, develop friendships and deepen their understanding of God’s presence in their lives and the life of this world. If you’re interested or have ideas, please let Talitha Arnold know. (No, she’s not male but she is good at getting things going 🙂 Thanks!
Family Fun Nights (and other times, too!)
Talitha Arnold (505-988-3295)
Children of all ages (and their parents, too) join in monthly special events like the August “Kick-off Barbeque,” Game Night, Halloween Party, Breakfast with St. Nick, Connecting with Creation, etc. Click here for the monthly calendar.
Santa Fe River Clean-Up
Talitha Arnold (email@example.com)
Volunteers from United Church give some love and care to the portion Santa Fe River that we adopted.
Swinging Seniors – TBA
Shirley Clark (505-660-3161); Dave Wilkison (505-400-0504)
United Artists is a group of members and friends who come together to share fellowship and artistic talent at all skill levels. We practice painting, drawing, and other art forms. Sessions are held in the Learning Center on Thursday afternoon each week from September through May and we gather at sites in and around Santa Fe when weather permits. The first Thursday each month is devoted to brief lessons in design and technique. Regular attendance is not required.
Women’s Study Group
Ann Barker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eight to twenty women meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month from September through May. Books from a variety of different cultures and faith traditions enlarge our understanding of the world. Recent selections have included I’ll Go and Do More (a biography of Navajo leader Annie Dodge Wannetka); Zealot by Reza Aslan, Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea, and And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini.
This year a group of young adults (self-defined) met for potlucks, cleaned up a portion of the Santa Fe River, and volunteered at St. E’s. Our discussions touched on faith issues, life’s challenges, and the joy of living in Santa Fe. Attendance ranges from 6 to 20 per gathering.
Ideas for new groups or gatherings are always welcome! Please let Talitha Arnold (505-988-3295) know of your interest.