Outreach

 

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.

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Outreach Opportunities

(Financial donations can be mailed to United Church, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, SF, NM 87505 or click here to donate online.) 

  • United’s Shelter Lunches and Dinners for Persons Who Are Homeless: Each week United provides 100 lunches and 35 suppers from Felipe’s Tacos and Mucho Gourmet for the guests of the Interfaith Shelter, along with monthly dinners for the men at St. Elizabeth and the women and children at Casa Familia. You can help with a weekly or monthly donation (memo: “Shelter Meals).
  • Cards and Cookies for Hospital Workers! Support Hospital staff (nurses, doctors, maintenance workers, housekeepers) with cards of care and/or cookies. Drop them off at United (please list ingredients). We’ll take to hospital. Thank you
  • Masks and Monetary Donations for Good Shepherd Church in Navajoland: United sends regular financial support and masks to this congregation in the heart of Diné/Navajoland. Bring masks to the church and/or send your financial contribution online or via USPS (memo: Diné).

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November is a time for “Socks-Giving”!

As cold weather approaches, we invite you to donate new pairs of warm socks for children, women, and men in need. We’ll have a box outside the Church Office door, Mondays – Fridays (9:00 to 5:00). Thank you!

Calendars and Christmas Cards for Persons in Prison

Through December, the Outreach Team collects 2021 calendars and unused Christmas cards for the men at Santa Fe’s State Penitentiary. Please use the outside Church Office boxes, Mon-Fri. Thanks!

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Compassionate Christmas Gift (Virtual) Market

Advent is upon us, and that means that Christmas is not far off. In that spirit, please plan for United’s Compassionate Christmas Gifts that give compassion, joy, and peace to people and places in need. Click the “give now” button to donate. Please enter your amount in the “Compassionate Christmas Gifts” box.  After you click “Continue” please use the “Donation Note” box to let us know which organizations you are donating to and the amount.  Or please send us an email with that information (unitedchurchsf@gmail.com). Thank you!

Gifts available:

  •  Santa Fe Shelters for the Homeless:  $50
    Dinner for 8 Guests (St. Elizabeth, Casa Familia, Interfaith Shelter or Youth Shelters).
  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center:  $25
    Legal Services for Children, Youth, and Families.
  • Books for BOOKKIDS:  $15
    New book for Public School child (often with no books at home).
  • Church World Service:  $10
    Emergency Disaster Blanket (Global and National Relief Work).
  • A Child’s “Comfort” Backpack:  $20
    Through Solace Crisis Center, a backpack with pj’s, stuffed animal, and other things a child needs.
  • Iraqi Refugee Women’s Empowerment:  $25
    3 “teaching hours” of marketable skills for Yazidi, Kurdish, and Sunni Women in refugee camps, after fleeing ISIS in 2014, now facing Covid19 and political violence.

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When the pandemic is over and we can meet again in person,
United’s Communities of Ministry include:

  • St. Elizabeth Shelter Dinners: Volunteers prepare, serve, and share a meal at St. Elizabeth Shelter on the third Tuesday of the month. (Joanne Rhodes: geminijosie1@aol.com)
  • 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: pam505@cybermesa.com)
  • Interfaith Shelter: In mid-March United volunteers are present at the shelter and serve and/or provide food. (Marc Black: harbinger88@gmail.com; or Jennifer Kilbourn: jennifer.kilbourn.sfe@gmail.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. (unitedchurchsf@gmail.com)
  • 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: hank@speedycomputing.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. (unitedchurchsf@gmail.com)
  • 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, karendailey@centurylink.net)

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Immigration Task Force

Contact Bonney Hughes (bonney@speedycomputing.com) for more info.

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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.

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United volunteers with and has developed a relationship with the following organizations:

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.”

 

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