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.
Santa Fe Community Foundation & One Great Hour of Sharing
To respond to the emergency needs—both locally and around the world—generated by the global pandemic, United Church invites you to support an All Church Outreach Fundraiser to provide funds for both local Santa Fe agencies and also global relief and health organizations. (This appeal is over and above our normal pledge and other regular giving.) All donations raised will be evenly split between the Covid19 Emergency Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation (that supports organizations such as the Food Depot, Adelante for students in need, etc.) and the multi-church global offering “One Great Hour of Sharing.”
The Santa Fe Community Foundation was chosen because they have the best “pulse” on local needs and the most effective use of funds to respond to those needs. “One Great Hour of Sharing” is our annual special United Church of Christ offering that joins with seven other Protestant denominations to support OGHS’s work around the world, including health care for refugees and immigrants, disaster relief (including the current Covid19 emergency), food, and small farmer programs.
We ask you to be generous. To donate by mail, please mail your check to United Church (1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe 87505), memo: “Emergency Offering,” or click the “give now” button and memo your contribution: “Emergency Offering.”
Bob Ansheles, Moderator
Pam Hyde, Stewardship/Finance Chair
Sam Elkind, Treasurer
Rev. Talitha Arnold, Sr. Minister
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: Please join the Outreach Team in welcoming Pam Homer as the new coordinator of the Casa Familia monthly dinners. On the first Wednesday of the month, volunteers provide entrees, salads, vegetable dishes, and drinks for dinner at Casa Familia. (Pam Homer: email@example.com)
- Interfaith Shelter: In mid-March United volunteers are present at the shelter and serve and/or provide food. (Marc Black: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jennifer Kilbourn: email@example.com)
- 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: email@example.com)
- 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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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, email@example.com)
Immigration Task Force
Contact Bonney Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
United’s 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.”