Monthly Archives: November 2011

HOUSE NEWS: Our thanks, Art for All sale, First Thursday Roundtable – this week!

Jennifer and Arthur

Jennifer and Arthur enjoying an afternoon at the Green House

To see a complete list of what is happening this week, click here.

Belated Thanksgiving wishes to all of you from all of us at the GCW! The great orator, William Jennings Bryan, once said: “On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence.” Everything we do at the GCW, we know how dependent we are on you–our volunteers, our guests and friends, our contributors. For all that you do to hold us up and encourage our work, we give thanks. We cannot do it alone; we have created a place of welcome, compassion and care, by working together. So in this post-Thanksgiving time, we say thank you–thank you for your prayers and your support, for all the notes of encouragement; for your steadfast presence at the house and in our lives; for the manner in which each of you embody compassion every day in your relationships, at work, in your families, in your places of worship, and elsewhere; for your financial support of the GCW, the donations and contributions you make, not only from your surplus but often at personal sacrifice; and finally thank you for being part of the GCW family.

FIRST THURSDAY ROUNDTABLE AND POTLUCK DINNER FOCUSES ON EDUCATION: We’re excited to have Roundtable favorite Diedre Houchen with us to lead this month’s Roundtable. The topic for this month’s Roundtable is, “Limiting or Lifting: Educating our children for the world we want or the one we have?” We’ll have a broad discussion about the purpose of schooling, how that purpose is actualized in public education and current trends in educational policy. We’ll ask the question, what is the heart of education and how do we make sure we guard that vision for America’s children? Diedre is a doctoral student in education at UF, former coordinator for the youth-oriented Food and Farm Preservation Project at Florida Organic Growers, and author of the article “Uneasy Justice: Apartheid, Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa.” If you can bring a dish to share, great! Roundtable is on Thursday, from 6:30-8pm.

ART FOR ALL SALE: Join us for our second “annual” holiday sale and open house! GCW members, volunteers, guests and friends from the street, under the direction of local artists and crafters, have created a variety of beautiful and unique artwork and crafts this fall. Part art therapy, part cottage industry, part celebration of creativity and community–the process and results have been enjoyed by everyone involved. The creations are eclectic and employ skill, attention and creativity to transform used, everyday items into something beautiful and useful. All proceeds go to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. These items make great holiday gifts while supporting the dignity and creativity of the artists and crafters. The sale will take place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 1-5pm both days at the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker, 218 NW 2nd Avenue. Please help us advertise the sale by spreading the word, inviting your family and friends to come, forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, etc. If you want to help at the sale and open house, let us know! We especially need help with donations of light, Christmas-style finger foods for the sale/open house. Let Kelli know if you can help out by emailing her at gvillecw@yahoo.com.

BREAKFAST BRIGADE HELP: We don’t have anyone signed up to help this week at the Breakfast Brigade on Friday, 4:15-7am. Let us know if you can make it and help out!

HOUSE NEWS: Upcoming Events!

This week, we take a semi-break to enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend. No cafe on Wednesday, Brigade on Friday or Art for All on Saturday… We’ll be taking a deep breath before we plunge into a busy few weeks as the semester draws to a close. Here are a few events to look forward to in the coming weeks:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 - FIRST THURSDAY ROUNDTABLE AND POTLUCK DINNER: Our last Roundtable of the semester will be hosted and led by Diedre Houchen, a doctoral student in education at UF, former coordinator for the youth-oriented Food and Farm Preservation Project at Florida Organic Growers, and author of the article “Uneasy Justice: Apartheid, Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa.” We’ll announce the topic of the Roundtable in next week’s email. Diedre is a favorite Roundtable presenter at the GCW, always offering provocative and engaging issues for discussion and reflection. Bring a dish to share if you can. Roundtable is Thursday, from 6:30-8pm.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3-4 - ART FOR ALL SALE: Join us for our second “annual” holiday sale and open house! GCW members, volunteers, guests and friends from the street, under the direction of local artists and crafters, have created a variety of beautiful and unique artwork and crafts this fall. Part art therapy, part cottage industry, part celebration of creativity and community–the process and results have been enjoyed by everyone involved. The creations are eclectic and employ skill, attention and creativity to transform used, everyday items into something beautiful and useful. All proceeds go to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. These items make great holiday gifts while supporting the dignity and creativity of the artists and crafters. The sale will take place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 1-5pm both days at the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker, 218 NW 2nd Avenue. Please help us advertise the sale by spreading the word, inviting your family and friends to come, forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, etc. If you want to help at the sale and open house, let us know!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 - END OF SEMESTER PRAYER SERVICE AND POTLUCK DINNER: Join us as we thank everyone who has been part of the GCW for this past semester and especially as we recognize any volunteers or friends who will be moving on from Gainesville. This prayer service and potluck dinner allows the opportunity to reflect on our time together, give thanks for our community, and celebrate. We hope you can join us! Prayer service will begin at 6pm with potluck meal to follow. Bring a dish to share if you can!

We have three more cafes left (last one is on December 14) and three more Breakfast Brigades (last Brigade is on December 16), until we go on break for the Christmas holiday. If you haven’t had a chance to help out, we would still love to have you join us!

HOUSE NEWS: Art for All Sale – Save the date!

hand knit or sewn flower pins made from scrap yarn and fabric

For list of what is happening this week, click here.

ART FOR ALL SALE COMING UP: Join us for our second “annual” holiday sale and open house! GCW members, volunteers, guests and friends from the street, under the direction of local artists and crafters, have created a variety of beautiful and unique artwork and crafts this fall. Part art therapy, part cottage industry, part celebration of creativity and community–the process and results have been enjoyed by everyone involved. The creations are eclectic and employ skill, attention and creativity to transform used, everyday items into something beautiful and useful. All proceeds go to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. These items make great holiday gifts while supporting the dignity and creativity of the artists and crafters. The sale will take place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 1-5pm both days at the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker, 218 NW 2nd Avenue. Please help us advertise the sale by spreading the word, inviting your family and friends to come, forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, etc. If you want to help at the sale and open house, let us know!

SWEET POTATO GLEANING: If you have some free time, join us on Tuesday of this week at 2:45pm, to glean sweet potatoes. We’ll meet at the house at 2:45pm and walk to a downtown garden where we’ve been invited to glean sweet potatoes. Hope you can make it!

SCRIPTURE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: Johnny will speaking at St. Augustine Catholic Church and Student Center, 1738 W. University Avenue, at 7pm on Thursday on justice and scripture. Feel free to drop by.

HOUSE NEWS: Volunteer opportunities aplenty!

For list of what is happening this week, click here.

If you have ever thought about volunteering at the house but haven’t gotten around to it, now’s a great time to do so! Volunteer opportunities abound–help out at the cafe, Breakfast Brigade, Art for All, football game parties, or in the parking lot garden! Click here to see a full list of what we do.

Thanks to everyone who showed up last week for a great discussion around the Occupy Wall Street movement, with about 40 folks in attendance!

Have a great week!

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