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.
Summer Drive for the Food Depot!
Through August, we are collecting non perishable foods for the Food Depot that supplies
much-needed supplies to schools, shelters, and agencies throughout Northern New Mexico. What’s needed: larger-size containers of canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, and rice for groups like Kitchen Angels that prepare many meals every day; family-size packages of food, especially high protein foods (dried beans, canned meats, meat containing foods such as chile con carne, soups, stews); baby foods such as powdered formula, dry cereal, and jars of prepared baby food; and diapers.
Monetary donations are also welcome, as the Food Depot can stretch every dollar farther than we can. Please make checks to United Church or go online to unitedchurchofsantafe.org (memo: Food Depot). We’ll deliver the donated foods and monetary donations to the Depot regularly.
Help Decrease Climate Change
Through United’s Carbon Offset Program
Now that travel and even driving to work is starting again, keep track of your mileage and then make a donation to United that is passed on to two New Mexico groups that address climate change: Tree New Mexico and NM Interfaith Power and Light. For more information, please check United’s website (unitedchurchofsantafe.org). In 2020, $700 was donated to each organization. Thank you for your generosity! For more information, please speak with Larry Rasmussen or Talitha Arnold.
- United’s Shelter Lunches and Dinners for Persons Who Are Homeless: Each week United provides 100 lunches and 50 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).
- 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).
(Financial donations can be mailed to United Church, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, SF, NM 87505 or click here to donate online.)
Friday Dinners for Covid-19 Unit Staff a Big Success!
Thank you to Dr. Louise Abel and all the volunteers who provided homecooked dinner once a week for the medical staff of the Covid-19 Unit. The number of patients is down to a handful, and so the dinners are no longer needed. Thank you!
Thank You for Letting Love Flow!
One Great Hour of Sharing Raises $4,030
Many thanks to all who donated generously to this interfaith, international relief, refugee, and development offering. If you would like to make a donation, please go to unitedchurchofsantafe.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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: email@example.com)
- Interfaith Shelter: In mid-March United volunteers are present at the shelter and serve and/or provide food. (Marc Black: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jennifer Kilbourn: email@example.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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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: email@example.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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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, email@example.com)
Immigration Task Force
Contact Bonney Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
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.
United volunteers with and has developed a relationship with the following organizations:
- St. Elizabeth Shelter
- Casa Familia
- Santa Fe Watershed Association
- Communities in Schools of New Mexico
- Interfaith Community Shelter
- Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families
- New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
- Youth Shelters
- Solace Crisis Treatment Center
- Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe
- New Mexico State Penitentiary Volunteer Services
- Santa Fe Dreamers Project
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.”