"Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation."
We offer many opportunities to live out your faith, embody God’s love, and allow for hope to emerge throughout Santa Fe and the world. We invite you to join us in service to the world!
Interfaith Shelter Week Thank You
A special thank you to those who served as group leaders, cooks, prayers, servers, door checkers, sleeping bag distributors, and overall disciples during United's Interfaith Shelter Week! Thank you for your willingness to walk in God's love.
Intergenerational Mission Trip
The 2013 Intergenerational Mission Trip to the Navajo Nation is scheduled for April 6-12 (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.
Please keep the following individuals in prayer:
Charles Lee, Russell Stowers, Sophia Mulholland, Sharon Elias, Jasmine Elias-Ballard, Jack Lain, Kim Straus, Jose Lain-Straus, Eli Poppele, Nina Palaez, Elizabeth Armishaw, and Betsy Bueschel.
St. Elizabeth Shelter
Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 pm
This month's dinner at St. Elizabeth Shelter is Tuesday, April 16 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 Brandon (988-3295). Last month, 15 adults served and/or prepared food for 40 guests at St. Elizabeth Shelter.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Sunday, April 28
Each year United sets aside one Sunday for the United Church of Christ's One Great Hour of Sharing, which is part of Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM). This offering allows the United Church of Christ, in partnership with other organizations, to provide support for advocacy, emergency aid, mirco-credit, and other resources to those in need.
On Sunday, April 28 we will take-up a special offering and reflect on this important work. If you are unable to be in worship on April 28 please send donations to the church office. Questions? Contact Brandon (988-3295).
Outreach Funds Raised for Rev. Arnold's 25th Anniversary Celebration
The celebration of Talitha's 25th anniversary at United was full of laughter, reflection, and fun! Leading up to the event United also raised $7,500 to fund two Outreach projects at United. The funds will be split between the following projects:
· The Olive Tree Project in Israel-Palestine, an initiate supported by the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) joint Board of Global Ministries. The project seeks to replant olive trees in areas in areas that have been torn apart by violence resulting in environmental destruction.
· An upcoming environmental project at the United Church of Santa Fe.
Desert Faith/Greenfaith Certification Report
Last May United embarked on a 2-year certification program with GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners in Action for the Earth. A Team was organized to initiate and monitor actions to be carried out in consultation with the church's Ministry Teams.
The Team has conducted audits in the following areas: Energy, Food,Water, Waste, Toxins, Grounds Maintenance, and Transportation. Proposals are being developed for each of these. All are in keeping with United's 2009 "Whole Earth Covenant."
If you have questions or thoughts about the GreenFaith work, please contact Team Members: Donna Clark, George Duncan, Sharon Elias, Steve Hamilton, Craig Hoopes, Roger & Linda Knapp, Jana Loyd, Mary Jane Parks, Royce & Carolyn Stewart, Dave Wilkison, and Pastors Talitha Arnold & Brandon Johnson.
Larry Rasmussen, Chair, Desert Faith Team
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?”