Community Outreach & Creation Care

"Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation."

Knitwits
Tuesday, October 7, 10:00 am - Noon

  We meet the first Tuesday of the month at United to crochet and knit items for Outreach (families with newborns, veterans, etc.). New members and everyone welcome! Refreshments served. Questions? Contact Ursula Marrolli (843-425-2240).

Southside Ministry Opportunities
  For several months members and friends of United have attended listening sessions and witnessed the challenges and opportunities on the southside of Santa Fe.  Further, several friends and members of United live and/or work on the southside (the area southwest of the intersection of Cerrillos and Airport Rd).

Below are upcoming opportunities to volunteer and engage:
• Southside Community Block Party on October 11 from 11 am - 4 pm.
• Southside Tours Follow-Up Conversation on Sunday, October 12 (following 11:00 worship).
Please contact Brandon (988-3295) for further information or to RSVP.

Strengthen the Church Special Offering
Sunday, October 12

  As United celebrates 20 years of the Open and Affirming Covenant we collect funds for United Church of Christ to continue supporting churches that welcome all and affirm God's love for all creation. The Strengthen the Church offering will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop spiritual life in our youth and young adults.  If you are interested in donating but unable to be in worship on October 12th please send your donation to the church with "Strengthen the Church" in the memo line. Questions? Contact Brandon (988-3295).

St. Elizabeth Shelter
Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 pm

  This month's dinner at St. Elizabeth Shelter is Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 pm. We are always in need of extra hands (and food)! If you are interested in helping please sign-up in the Community Room or contact Michael Greene and Bill Hultquist (428-0703). Last month, 12 adults served and/or prepared food for 28 guests at St. Elizabeth Shelter.

Casa Familia
Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 pm

  The Children and Youth Ministry Team organized a service night at Casa Familia in September and it went so well that we are including it as a regular opportunity starting in this month. We are in need of food and servers. Please sign up in the Community Room or contact Brandon (988-3295).

OUTREACH GIVING in 2014
(so far)

Since January, the United Church has made these grants, donations, or programmatic commitments for various outreach ministries:

Global/National Ministries of the United Church of Christ:
• Per Capita support for Southwest Conf 2,790
• One Great Hour of Sharing 2,930

Local/Regional Outreach Ministries:
• United We Run 2,140
  Esperanza, St. E's, and Youth Shelters
• Navajo Nation Mission Trip 3,170
• Sapling Distribution 133
• Faith and the Environment Conference 2,258

TOTAL 13,421

Desert Faith Team

  Assuming we have completed all requirements, the GreenFaith 2-year Certification Program draws to an official close at the end of June. That, however, is deceptive, since we have not completed work in our priority areas of Water in a Drier Southwest, Energy and a Cleaner Environment, and Food and Transportation issues (Southside Santa Fe). This means the Desert Faith Team, before it disbands itself, will organize this next phase of United's vital ministry, probably carried out with task forces or standing committees assigned specific issues.  Thus we finish the GreenFaith program with a call to all members and friends of United who want to be involved in the next phases of creation care in these priority areas. If you want to be included, please write or call Larry Rasmussen: lrryrasmussen@yahoo.com; 505 231-0993.

 

United also advocates for human rights for GLBT persons and immigrants, the environment and other concerns.

Many members serve on nonprofit boards including our Senior Minister, Talitha Arnold, who currently serves on the Bioethics Committee for St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Alumni Board of Yale Divinity School, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. She was a founding member of the city Children’s and Youth Commission, President of Habitat for Humanity, and the Ministerial Alliance. Associate Minister Brandon Johnson serves on the Salazar Partnership Board and the Interfaith Leadership Alliance.




“... but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8