Monthly Archives: January 2013

HOUSE NEWS: Breakfast volunteers needed, and a brand new issue of our newsletter

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

muffinsBREAKFAST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our new breakfast project, Breakfast@theGreenHouse, has been going incredibly well. Originally we expected that we would have 10-20 guests joining us each morning, but instead we’ve been averaging close to 25 folks and had 39 last Thursday! We think that for people who are sleeping outside each night, especially when it is cold, to come in and have a light breakfast next to a roaring fire, maybe read the paper and have a hot cup of coffee, is just what is needed. What we need now is some extra volunteers to help handle the larger than expected groups we’ve been getting. What would be ideal is to have an extra volunteer on for each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning. If you’re looking for a regular volunteer opportunity, think about joining us on any of those days, any time between 7-9am. Let us know if you can help out and we’ll add you to the volunteer schedule.

NEW NEWSLETTER READY AND ON ITS WAY! We’ve just printed the latest edition of our hard-copy newsletter, Conspire. For those of you on our mailing list, you should receive your newsletter in the mail some time in the next week to ten days. But if you just can’t wait, you can see a PDF version online by clicking here. In it you’ll see our new schedule for the semester, the latest house letter, a reflection on our food policies, a reflection by Kelli on her Camino experience, and more.

SCRIPTURE PRESENTATION AT HOLY FAITH: Johnny will be giving another presentation in his ongoing Scripture series at Holy Faith Catholic Church (747 NW 43rd Ave) this coming Saturday, February 2. His presentation is entitled, “Examining a Gospel: Jesus’ Mission in Luke,” and will take place from 9:30am until noon. Everyone is welcome.

In addition to the help needed at breakfast, we’re also looking for volunteers for both the morning and afternoon shifts at the cafe each Wednesday. Join us anytime between 9:30am and 3:30pm in helping to prepare, serve and clean-up at what is our largest meal each week. Also, thanks to everyone who made it out to the microfarm for our workday on Saturday! Hope to see many of you this week…

HOUSE NEWS: Valentine’s Day cards for sale and Microfarm Workday on Saturday!

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

The Art for All gang after their planning meeting last week.

The Art for All gang after their planning meeting last week.

We’re off to a good start with our new Breakfast @ the Green House project. We’re getting around 20 folks each morning coming by for breakfast, and we appreciate the contributions of baked goods and fresh fruit that several of y’all have already made, as well as the folks who have come to volunteer. If you’re looking for a regular weekly volunteer opportunity, we would love to have a few folks we know we can count on week in and week out. We’re doing breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, so any regular weekday slot that works for you would work for us. Just let us know!

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS AVAILABLE FROM ART FOR ALL: This past Saturday (as well as this coming Saturday), the Art for All folks made many beautiful, creative Valentines for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. If you’re looking for a special one-of-a-kind hand-made Valentine for that someone special, we’ve got one just for you. Remember that all sales go to support the artist that made the card or the house. And if you want to come and make your own, Art for All will be meeting this Saturday from 1-4pm, with Kendera and Mary again leading a workshop on card-making (including Valentine’s Day cards). If you have extra cardstock at home, drop it by the house whenever you can. Everyone is welcome to attend and help out, including families and kids!

MONTHLY WORKDAY AT THE MICROFARM: We are so lucky to be working with Lynn and Jade on their microfarm, located just a few blocks from UF. The Microfarm provides tons of produce to the house to use for the Breakfast @ the Green House project, Dorothy’s Cafe, and for distribution. Last week we used in the meals or distribute for free kale, cabbage, leeks, starfruit and more to people who are looking to supplement their diets with good, nutritious, fresh vegetables and fruits that they cannot always find, get access to or afford. So come out this Saturday, January 26, anytime between 9am and noon and help us harvest, plant, build and do some general maintenance at the microfarm. Everyone is welcome. This is a great activity for families too, with a number of small children and teens usually helping out. The microfarm is located at 415 NW 32nd Street (just turn north onto 32nd Street off of University Avenue). Come help for an hour or all morning! And if you want to help weekly, we have a regular Thursday workday too…

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER THIS SEMESTER: Now that you’ve settled in to your class schedule or work schedule, we hope you’ll consider making a regular weeky commitment to help out with one of our projects this semester too. We rely on regular, committed volunteers and we’d love to have you join us and make a place to be with us in your schedule. Here are some ideas for regular volunteer opportunities:

  • Dorothy’s Cafe - We need help preparing the meal between 9:30am and noon, serving the meal between noon and 3pm, and clean-up between 2:30-4pm every Wednesday. Any shift or part of a shift would be a great help!
  • Chores at the Microfarm – Each Thursday, between 8am and noon, we need help planting, harvesting, and caring for the crops at the microfarm. Come for an hour or all morning. The microfarm is located near the corner of University Avenue and 34th Street and easily accessible from campus. For both individuals and groups, we have a monthly workday each 4th Saturday of the month too.
  • Breakfast at the Green House – Each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we’ll be serving a light breakfast at the Green House. Come help prepare food around 6:30am any of those days (or earlier, contact us and we’ll tell you when prep begins on any specific day), help us serve for an hour or two between 7-9am, or help clean-up toward the end. It would be great to have an extra person helping any day of the week.
  • Art for All – Every Saturday from 1-4pm, work together with others or help others learn as we undertake art and craft projects for personal use, gifts and to sell.
  • Individual projects - Can’t commit to a regular volunteer gig? Or looking for something to better suit your schedule? Let us know and we’ll work with you to find ways for you to contribute that work for you and us.

HOUSE NEWS: Now serving breakfast 4 days a week!

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Author Rosalie Riegle (in white shirt) with Kelli, Vickie and Gloria.

Author Rosalie Riegle (in white shirt) with Kelli, Vickie and Gloria.

We were so happy to have Rosalie Riegle, author and oral historian of the Catholic Worker movement, with us last week for the First Thursday Roundtable. Thanks to everyone who made it out for the evening. Rosalie has two new books out, both focusing on the stories of people who have committed acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace and justice, and gone to prison because of those acts. Many of our Catholic Worker friends from around the nation are featured in the books. We have a copy at the house of one of the books in case you want to drop by and borrow it. You can find more of Rosalie’s books on Amazon by clicking here.

NOW SERVING BREAKFAST AT THE GREEN HOUSE 4 DAYS A WEEK! Last week we began offering a light breakfast with coffee and tea 4 days a week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at the Green House. The coldest part of each day is usually right after dawn (although we’re experiencing some unseasonably warm winter weather now!), and many of our friends have no place to go between 7-9 in the morning. We hope that this breakfast will provide a warm, welcoming start to each day for folks. It would be great to have an extra volunteer each day of the week, so if you’re looking for a regular volunteer opportunity, think about joining us from 6:30am to 9:30am, or any time in that framework on any weekday (except Wednesday). We only expect 10-20 diners each morning, so it is an excellent time to visit and talk along with helping do the work. If you can’t volunteer but would like to help, we’d welcome donations of homemade baked goods, hard-boiled eggs, fair trade coffee, or fresh fruit too. Thanks!

ART FOR ALL STARTS THIS SATURDAY: Art for All starts up this Saturday from 1-4pm, and we’ll be doing it every Saturday this semester. For the next two Saturdays, Kendera and Mary will be leading a workshop on card-making (including Valentine’s Day cards). If you have extra cardstock at home, drop it by the house whenever you can. Everyone is welcome to attend and help out, including families and kids!

MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO VOLUNTEER AT THE GCW THIS SEMESTER: We hope you’ll consider making a regular weeky commitment to help out with one of our projects this semester. We rely on regular, committed volunteers and we’d love to have you join us and make a place to be with us in your schedule. We need help at the daily breakfasts, Wednesdays at Dorothy’s Cafe, Thursday mornings at the microfarm, Saturdays at Art for All, and more. Let us know if you can commit so we can schedule and plan accordingly.

COMMUNITY PRAYER SERVICE AND POTLUCK DINNER: Join us and others from our local community for an intimate, quiet prayer service, followed by a potluck dinner on Sunday, from 4-7pm. Bring a dish to share if you can. This month’s prayer service and potluck is at Hurley House, the big pink building behind St. Augustine Catholic Church and Student Center.

HOUSE NEWS: New semester, new project and author Rosalie Riegle at the Roundtable on Thursday!

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

Happy New Year and welcome back! We’re excited to start a new semester at the GCW and we hope you’ll make plans to include us as a regular part of your life over the next few months! Read below for some exciting things happening at the house and think about joining us for a weekly volunteer gig this semester…

doing timeAUTHOR ROSALIE RIEGLE AT THE ROUNDTABLE THIS THURSDAY! We are so excited to start off this new semester with a very special guest for our First Friday Roundtable Discussion and Potluck Dinner. We’re thrilled to have with us author Rosalie Riegle, who will be sharing with us from her new book, Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family and Community. In this oral history, more than seventy-five peacemakers describe how they say no to war-making in the strongest way possible–by engaging in civil disobedience and paying the consequences in jail or prison. Many are Catholic Workers, devoting their lives to the works of mercy instead of the works of war. They are homemakers and carpenters and social workers and teachers who are often called “faith-based activists.” Rosalie co-founded two Catholic Worker communities in Saginaw, MI, taught English and Women’s Studies at Saginaw Valley State University, and published two oral histories of the Catholic Worker movement. She has participated a bit in Catholic Worker nonviolent resistance and was arrested in several low-key actions in Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington, D.C. We hope you can join us at 6:30pm on Thursday! Please bring a dish to share if you can.

NEW PROJECT AT THE HOUSE: Since ending the Breakfast Brigade in June 2012, we’ve been looking for a new project. After some consultation and informal polling regarding needs in the community, we have decided to start offering a light breakfast with coffee and tea on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings each week at the Green House. The coldest part of each day is usually right after dawn, and many of our friends have no place to go between 7-9 in the morning, so beginning this Thursday, we’ll serve a light breakfast along with coffee and tea in a warm, welcoming environment each morning at the house. If you’d like to volunteer to help on any of these mornings regularly, let us know. Or if you’d like to help by donating homemade baked goods some time for us to serve at the breakfast, we would be so grateful! Email or let us know if you’d like to help!

ART FOR ALL PLANNING MEETING: Art for All workshops will be offered every Saturday, between 1-4pm, this semester. There will be a planning meeting this Saturday at 1pm at the house for anyone who would like to be involved. If you have ideas nd would like to help us brainstorm, we would love to have you join us. Everyone is welcome, this Saturday from 1-4pm.

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER THIS SEMESTER: We hope you’ll consider making a regular weeky commitment to help out with one of our projects this semester. We rely on regular, committed volunteers and we’d love to have you join us and make a place to be with us in your schedule. Here are some ideas for regular volunteer opportunities:

  • Dorothy’s Cafe - We need help preparing the meal between 9:30am and noon, serving the meal between noon and 3pm, and clean-up between 2:30-4pm every Wednesday. Any shift or part of a shift would be a great help!
  • Chores at the Microfarm – Each Thursday, between 8am and noon, we need help planting, harvesting, and caring for the crops at the microfarm. Come for an hour or all morning. The microfarm is located near the corner of University Avenue and 34th Street and easily accessible from campus. For both individuals and groups, we have a monthly workday each 4th Saturday of the month too.
  • Breakfast at the Green House – Each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we’ll be serving a light breakfast at the Green House. Come help prepare food around 6:30am any of those days (or earlier, contact us and we’ll tell you when prep begins on any specific day), help us serve for an hour or two between 7-9am, or help clean-up toward the end. It would be great to have an extra person helping any day of the week.
  • Art for All – Every Saturday from 1-4pm, work together with others or help others learn as we undertake art and craft projects for personal use, gifts and to sell.
  • Individual projects - Can’t commit to a regular volunteer gig? Or looking for something to better suit your schedule? Let us know and we’ll work with you to find ways for you to contribute that work for you and us.

Hope to see you this week and all semester long! And a special thanks to all of you who sent us Christmas cards, special gifts, and more during the holiday season! We are so grateful!

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