And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
– Paul’s letter to the Corinthians –
The United Church of Santa Fe strives to “Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation.” There are several opportunities to move beyond the physical walls of United by being God’s hands and heart in this world.
United’s Communities of Ministry:
- St. Elizabeth Shelter Dinners: Volunteers prepare, serve, and share a meal at St. Elizabeth Shelter on the third Tuesday of the month. (Joanne Rhodes: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Casa Familia Dinners: On the first Wednesday of the month, volunteers provide entrees, salads, vegetable dishes, and drinks for dinner at Casa Familia. (Monika McKennie: email@example.com)
- Interfaith Shelter Week: In mid-March United volunteers are present at the shelter and serve and/or provide food. (Marc Black: 505-490-1256; or Jennifer Kilbourn: 505-490-9119)
- Communities in Schools: Volunteers commit to at least one hour per week at a local partner school. Over the course of the academic year volunteers build meaningful relationships which empower children to stay in school and achieve their potential. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- United Advocacy Day at the State Capital: Once a year, members and friends of United meet with New Mexico State Legislators to talk about legislation pertaining to poverty, housing, and the environment. (Hank Hughes: 505-660-8845)
- Intergenerational Service/Mission Trips to the Borderlands and Navajo Nation: The trips are usually in January (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend) and March/April (public schools spring break). They include service, education, relationship building and outdoor recreation. (email@example.com)
- Equal Exchange Sale: Our sale of coffee, tea, almonds, and chocolate supports co-op farmers around the world. Takes place on the third Sunday of each month; proceeds to Outreach. (Karen Dailey, 819-8868)
United’s Fauré Requiem Concert (Nov. 3)
To benefit the National Wildlife Foundation
United’s Festival Choir, directed by Bradley Ellingboe, offers the Fauré Requiem with soloists Hayden Eberhart, soprano, and Edmund Connolly, baritone, plus Music Director and Pianist Jacquelyn Helin and a 6-piece ensemble. A suggested donation of $20 benefits the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Wildlife Federation. All welcome!
November is a time for “Socks-Giving”!
As cold weather approaches, United will hold a sock drive: Sundays, Nov. 3-24. Please bring new pairs of warm socks for children, women, and men in need and put them in the Community Room box. Thank you!
Calendars and Christmas Cards for Persons in Prison
Toiletries for St. E’s Christmas Bags
Sundays, Dec. 1 and 8, the Outreach Team collects 2020 calendars and unused Christmas cards for the men at Santa Fe’s State Penitentiary. Please use the Community Room boxes for all these items. Thank you! In December (through Sunday, Dec. 15), the Children’s Ministry Team is collecting individual-size, new toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush) for the Christmas Bags the children assemble for the guests of St. Elizabeth Shelter. (Please do not donate items like razors, mouthwash, medication—which can’t be used.)
Compassionate Christmas Gifts
November is upon us, and that means that Christmas is not far off. In that spirit, we invite you to plan for United’s Compassionate Christmas Gifts that give compassion, joy and peace to people and places in need. The full market will be Sundays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center: $25 – Legal Services for Children, Youth, and Families.
Santa Fe Shelters for the Homeless: $50 – One night at a shelter. (St. Elizabeth, Casa Familia, Interfaith Shelter or Youth Shelters)
Church World Service: $10 – Emergency Disaster Blanket. (Global and National Relief Work)
A Child’s “Comfort” Back Pack: $20 – Through Solace Crisis Center, a back pack with pj’s, stuffed animal, and other things a child needs.
Youth Work Service Trip Scholarship: $25 – Toward a youth scholarship on an upcoming trip.
Iraqi Refugee Women’s Empowerment: $25 – 3 “teaching hours” of marketable skills for Yazidi, Kurdish, and Sunni Women who fled ISIS in 2014 and are currently in refugee camps in Northern Iraq.
The Interfaith Shelter is open and volunteers are needed to help weekly or monthly in the evening. For more informaon contact Pat Roach 988-7357 or Betsy Bueschel 820-0659.
United volunteers with and has developed a relationship with the following organizations:
- St. Elizabeth Shelter
- Casa Familia
- Santa Fe Watershed Association
- Communities in Schools of New Mexico
- Interfaith Community Shelter
- Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families
- New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
- Youth Shelters
- Solace Crisis Treatment Center
- Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe
- New Mexico State Penitentiary Volunteer Services
- Santa Fe Dreamers Project
About Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, William Sloane Coffin said, “I doubt if in any other scriptures of the world there is a more radical statement of ethics.”