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)
Immigration Task Force
The Immigration Task Force will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 pm. We’ll review and reconsider the Mission and Goals Statement and task spreadsheet that we devised one year ago. All welcome. For further information, please contact Bonney Hughes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ariel, a young man seeking asylum and living in Santa Fe, is looking for work (construction, yardwork, etc.). He speaks mostly Spanish; Faith Yoman can provide transportation and interpretation, if needed. Please call Faith (310-5712) with job leads. Thanks to all who wrote cards to the asylum seekers at the Cibola detention center!
Interfaith Shelter Week
Sunday, Feb. 9 – Saturday, Feb. 15
Can you cook a casserole? Make a big salad? Help welcome guests at the Shelter? Donate funds for ingredients for others to cook? All are great ways to love our neighbors this winter through United’s week at Santa Fe’s Interfaith Shelter week. Each night, we need food for 125+ people. Also “Shift Workers” to serve dinner, welcome guests, etc. (5:30 to 9:00 pm). Sign-ups begin in January or contact Coordinators Avril Ekstrand (831-236-6353); Jennifer Kilbourn and Marc Black (email@example.com, 505-490-9119). (There’s also a “cook morning” at Talitha Arnold’s home on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 9:30. Sign up to come!) Orientation sessions for all volunteers are Sunday, Feb. 2 (12:15, after 11:00 worship) and Sunday, Feb. 9 in 9:45 Forum.
Coordinator Needed for Monthly Casa Familia Dinner
Casa Familia is Santa Fe’s shelter for women and children who are homeless. United has committed to provide a monthly dinner on the first Wednesday of the month. Our current volunteer coordinator, Monika McKennie, is moving in February, so we need a new coordinator. Put some prayer around it and step up to help! (Karen Dailey, Outreach Chair – 819-8868)
United’s New Carbon Offset Program
Want to join with other United friends to help mitigate climate change? You can help “offset” your travel carbon footprints through the United Church. When you travel or even just drive to work, keep track of your mileage and then make a donation to United that will be passed on to two New Mexico groups that address climate change: NM Interfaith Power and Light, and Tree New Mexico.
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.”