Community Outreach & Creation Care

"Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation."

Knitwits
Tuesday, November 4, 10 am - Noon

  We meet at United to crochet and knit items for Outreach (families with newborns, veterans, etc.). New members and everyone welcome! Refreshments served. Questions? Contact Mary Noonan (986-8809).

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).

St. Elizabeth Shelter
Tuesday, November 18 at 5:30 pm

  This month's dinner at St. Elizabeth Shelter is Tuesday, November 18 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.

Sock it to 'Em
November Sock Drive

  Beginning Sunday, November 2 the Outreach Ministry Team will collect socks for Health Care for the Homeless. New socks are needed for men, women, and children. Look for the collection bin in the community room!

Compassionate Christmas Gifts
  What kind of holiday are gift are you looking for this year? Are you looking for love, peace, hope, or joy?

  Look no further! 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 out beyond our congregation, in the 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.

Border Trip 2015
January 16-19

  This January United is offering an opportunity for a group to travel to the Southern Arizona/Northern Mexico border to engage in service work and learn about the complexities of immigration. We will work with ministry partners in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.
• Dates: January 16-19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend)
• Total Cost $350 (deposit of $110 due by Dec. 1)
If you are interested please 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. The cost is $325. Registration and deposit ($165) are due Friday, January 10.
  If interested, please 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