"Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation."
Many children try to escape the violence in Honduras by heading north to the US border. One small organization, BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America-with ties to United) offers hope to underserved children in Honduras with three community bilingual schools. Please donate online at www.becaschools.org.
Compassionate Christmas Gifts
United is offering gifts that are tangible expressions of love for this world. The Outreach Ministry Team is hosting Compassionate Christmas Gifts in the Community Room on Sundays, Dec.7, and 14 after both services (9:45 am and 12:15 pm).
By purchasing these gifts you will offer God's gift of love while supporting United's ongoing commitment to reaching beyond our congregation, in honor of a friend or family member.
The following gifts will be available:
• Support legal aid for immigrants on the border - $25
• Support a resident at St. Elizabeth Shelter or Casa Familia - $50
• Support part of a public school field trip to the Santa Fe Watershed - $10
• Purchase an item that supports Esperanza - $15
• Purchase a care kit for child at Solace Crisis Treatment Center - $20
• Purchase a Church World Service blanket (disaster relief) - $5
• Purchase a Youth Service Trip Scholarship - $25
• Purchase a United Artists Calendar (support Outreach Ministries) - $15
Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate will also be available.
St. Elizabeth Shelter
Tuesday, Dec. 16-- 5:30 pm
Make December's dinner at St. E's extra special for Christmas. If you'd like to help, please sign-up in the Community Room or contact Michael Greene or Bill Hultquist (428-0703). Last month, 16 adults served and/or prepared food for 29 guests at St. Elizabeth Shelter.
Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 10:00 am
We meet at United to knit or crochet items for Outreach (Esperanza, Hospice, etc.). New members and everyone welcome! Refreshments served. Contact Mary Noonan (986-8809).
Casa Familia Dinner
Wed., Jan. 4 at 5:30 pm
The Outreach Ministry Team is continuing to support our new effort at Casa Familia (1604 Berry Ave.) on the first Wednesday of each month. We are in need of food (main dishes, side dishes, and desserts). Volunteers are invited to drop-off food at Casa Familia by 5:30 pm. Please sign up in the Community Room or contact Brandon (988-3295).
Intergenerational Service Trip
March 28 - April 1, 2015
The 2014 Intergenerational Service Trip to the Navajo Nation is scheduled for (Santa Fe Public Schools Spring Break). The trip includes service, education, and outdoor recreation. It's a trip that is focused on building relationships across generations, while serving a community in the Southwest.
We will stay at the Good Shepherd Mission sharing in worship, service, and reflection.
• Cost: $325
• Informational meeting following 11:00 worship on December 7.
• Registration and deposit ($165) are due on Friday, January 10.
If interested, please contact Brandon (988-3295).
OUTREACH GIVING in 2014
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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?”