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September Prayer Service/Potluck this coming Sunday, September 14

Just a quick reminder that our September “Open Table” prayer service/potluck is this coming Sunday, September 14 beginning at 4pm in the ministry building at Holy Faith Catholic Church. All are welcome! Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more details.

Corrected P.O. Box address for the Gainesville Catholic Worker

Dear Friends of GCW,

 
I am so very sorry, but I sent out the incorrect P.O. Box number in the information posted last week both in the letter from Johnny and the letter from the GCW community.  The incorrect P.O. Box number I sent was 12753, but the correct number is 12573.
 
Here is the correct address for the Gainesville Catholic Worker:
 
Gainesville Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 12573
Gainesville, FL 32604
 
Please update your address book accordingly, and if you sent anything that bounced back, we would appreciate you re-sending it.  I am so very sorry for this inconvenience.  It was all my error.
 
Apologetically, 
 
Allison from the GCW Crew

Gainesville Catholic Worker monthly “Open Table” prayer service/potluck

Dear Friends of GCW,
 
We are still in the process of figuring out our Gainesville Catholic Worker community projects for this semester; we hope to have more information for all of you within a week or two. 
 
In the meantime, one thing that has been set is the schedule for our monthly GCW community prayer service/potluck for this semester.  We will be meeting the second Sunday of each month beginning at 4pm in the Ministry Building at Holy Faith Catholic Church.  
 
The address for Holy Faith is 747 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32607.  If you enter the Holy Faith church campus from NW 43rd street, the Ministry Building is the first building on your left.  We will try to have someone near the front entrance to direct you to the conference room where we will be assembling.  A huge thank you to Holy Faith for allowing us to meet there.
 
The purpose of these “Open Table” gatherings, as we call them, is for us to come together as a community in prayer and fellowship.  All are welcome—you need not be a donor, supporter, or volunteer with GCW to participate.  We begin gathering around 4pm, and start the prayer service around 4:15.  We then share a light potluck supper together, usually beginning around 5pm.  You are welcome to attend just the prayer service or just the potluck if you prefer.  The atmosphere is very open, welcoming, and informal.
 
Here is the full list of dates of the gatherings for this semester:
·         September 14
·         October 12
·         November 9
·         December 14
 
We hope you will join us at our Open Table gatherings!  If you have any questions, you can write to us at gvillecw@yahoo.com.
 
Peace,
 
The GCW crew

A Letter from the GCW Community

Dear Friends of GCW,

It is with great sadness that we must share with you that the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker has been closed, and will soon be sold. This was an extremely difficult, but unavoidable decision.  However, the Gainesville Catholic Worker Community plans to continue on.  The community existed before the house, and we believe we can continue without the house in some fashion.

 The small group of long-time volunteers who have been working to keep things going over the past year has committed to stay together as a group, continue some projects, and perhaps begin new ones.  Some of the projects we plan to continue are: Art-for-All, the Microfarm, and possibly a regular meal at GRACE Marketplace (something we did over the summer on a weekly basis, and hope to continue on at least a monthly basis).  A new project we are considering is a women’s project at GRACE. 

The community will be anchored by a monthly prayer service and potluck.  All are welcome at these monthly gatherings, whether or not you participate in any of our projects or support the community in other ways.  Our next prayer service/potluck will be Sunday, August 24 at 4pm, at the home of Gloria and Dave Chynoweth.  Please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for directions, or call them at: (352) 283-8202.

We will keep you posted as details of our plans emerge; follow on our website and e-mails.  We encourage you to get involved, and we ask for your prayers during this difficult time of transition.  Financial gifts are also needed and welcome; checks can still be made out to the Gainesville Catholic Worker, and, for now, can be sent to: Gainesville Catholic Worker, P.O Box 12753, Gainesville, FL 32604.

We are eternally grateful to all who have made this community what it is, especially our founders Kelli Brew and Johnny Zokovitch.  We are also grateful to Johnny for allowing us to continue to use the house over the past year at considerable personal financial risk and sacrifice.  We owe our deep gratitude to Daniel Loya and Kendera Omanga, who put their lives and plans on hold in order to anchor the live-in community—without them, we would not have been able to keep the Green House going over the past year. Our deep thanks to Fr. John Phillips and the Holy Faith parish who have supported us so faithfully for many years and have pledged to continue to do so. 

Finally, we want to say a big THANK YOU to each of you who have supported us over the years in myriad ways—volunteering, financial gifts, prayers, and so much more.  This community would not have any hope of continuing without you.  Knowing that so many still do believe in the Gainesville Catholic Worker and all that it represents inspires us to keep the flame alive.  Peace be with you all.

Gratefully,
The GCW Crew

A Letter from Johnny Zokovitch

Dear friends and supporters of the Gainesville Catholic Worker,

It is odd writing this letter. You never think when you start something about how one day it will be over. I’m experiencing that right now as a father, sending my first child off to college. The other way I am experiencing this is the reason for my letter.

After 11 years, we’re closing down the Green House of the Gainesville Catholic Worker. It was a difficult, painful decision to make, but it is clear that we’re not in a position to keep the house open and functioning, for a variety of reasons. Despite the house closing, we do have a small group of long-time community members and volunteers who will continue with some of the projects that the house once hosted.

I’m in the process of putting together a last “Green House” newsletter—a retrospective if you will—to share some of what we lived and accomplished together over the past 14 years, 11 of those years with our community based out of the Green House (once called the Blue House until we painted the outside!). I think it is important that you know just what a deep, significant and transformative time these years have been for so many. And that you—each one of you—is responsible for the goodness and beauty that was created.

All I can say is thank you. Thank you for everything. For every prayer you said, every dollar you sent, every hour you spent with us, every kindness you showed, every generous and compassionate act or word that you contributed to our life at the Green House. There really are no adequate words for the gratitude I feel for each of you and all you did and gave. Thank you.

I once had a vision that I would live out my days at the Green House—that I would be the overly talkative, obnoxious old guy hanging around making lame jokes and spinning stories about the early days of the GCW. I thought that there was a good chance I would actually die there (after many, many years of course). But like the good book says, “to everything there is a season,” and the season of the Green House, as well as my time with the GCW, is passing away and something new is coming along.

Our last live-in community member left in late-July and our last guest moved out just a few days ago. We still have some work to finish up. Much of what we had we have donated to the new one-stop center for the homeless that began this year in Gainesville. Other items we have passed on to former guests who needed them or other folks in the community who will use them in their outreach efforts to help homeless people in our community. The house will be sold and that will mark the end of the experiment as we envisioned it back in 1999-2000, when we first began dreaming about what we might do.

If I may, I’ll ask one more kindness of you. If you have the means and can make one more gift to help us tie up loose ends and pay off some outstanding debts, we would appreciate it. We hope that when we sell the house, there will be money left over to cover these final expenses, but with the housing market what it is, we just hope that we can sell the house for enough to cover what we still owe on it and not incur any additional debt. If giving would be a hardship for you, please don’t feel you have to. Only do so if you have the means. Because no one will be living at the Green House any longer, please send any help to the new address: Gainesville Catholic Worker, P.O. Box 12753, Gainesville, FL, 32604. We have always trusted that things would work out, and for the most part, they always have. Getting through the pain of this ending and all that comes with it, we have faith that in this too, all will be well.

Soon, you’ll also be receiving a letter from the folks who will continue on the work of the GCW. I hope you’ll lend them your prayers and support as they share with you their plans for moving things forward. If you’re local and still want to be involved in the projects that will continue on—Art for All, a monthly prayer service, the microfarm, a monthly meal prepared and served at the new one-stop center—I hope you will.

I think I speak for every guest, every visitor, every volunteer, every live-in community member from years past, and of course, my own family, when I say what a blessing life at the Green House was. You helped to do that. So again, all I can say is thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

In peace,
Johnny Zokovitch

Can you help with meals for GRACE Marketplace?

Although the Green House is officially closed for summer rest, a group of volunteers here at the Green House has started preparing meals to take over to GRACE Marketplace. We prepare the meals at the Green House Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 and then drive the meals at 5 to Grace where we serve until about 6:30. If you are interested in helping with one or more of these “shifts” (prep and serving), we’d love to have you join us! Thanks to the continued donations of the farmers of the 441 Farmer’s Market, we are getting fresh produce to use for our meals. However, we could use additional cash gifts to help with the costs of other needed groceries.

To sign up to volunteer, use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4daba72ca20-dinner

Pizza Extravaganza, Green House Summer Hiatus, and more…

This is our final regular weekly update of the 2013-14 school year.  Look for an end-of-the-year letter, plus more information about summer needs and projects soon.

 

GREEN HOUSE SUMMER HIATUS: In keeping with past GCW tradition, we will be taking a break for the summer to regroup and to prepare the House for a new school year.  Our last event for this school year will be Dorothy’s Café on Wednesday, June 4; the Green House will close after that. (The Microfarm will continue to need volunteers, though!)  We plan to re-open the Green House when the school year begins again in mid-August.  In the meantime, we have some ideas for special projects over the summer, so watch for news about those soon!

 

PIZZA CAFÉ JUNE 4: As mentioned above, our final Dorothy’s Café of the school year is this Wednesday, June 4.  And in keeping with tradition, it will be a pizza café!  We will need folks to help by bringing win pizzas—either homemade or from local places like Big Lou’s, Italian Gator, Five-Star, Satchell’s etc.  We will also need folks to come help us prepare some more pizzas on site.  Please let us know if you can bring a pizza either by emailing us at gvillecw@yahoo.com, or by checking out our facebook event page or our sign-up genius page and responding with how many pizzas you can bring, and what kind. 

 

METANOIA SEMESTERAs this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.

  • Coffee Shop: Monday morning from 7:30-9:30 AM
  • Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.  See above for more details.
  • Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

COFFEE SHOP THANK YOU’S AND MORE:  As we wrap up for this semester, we wanted to name a couple of folks who have regularly helped by providing food for our morning Coffee Shops: Cyndy & Katrina Griffin provided baked goods, eggs & sometimes fruit twice a month; Joan Albert also regularly provided baked goods; and Alicia Gutierrez provided fruit each Monday.  Along with this, we want to thank all of our regular volunteers at both the Coffee Shops and at Dorothy’s Café—too many to name, but you know who you are and you know none of this would work without you!  Thank you so much!

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:  

 

What we would like to do is change the world–make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And to a certain extent, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute–the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor in other words, we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world…

We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and dear God–please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as well as our friend.

–Dorothy Day, from “Love is the Measure” The Catholic Worker, June 1946, 2.

Thank you Eco-Stewards, Wrapping up for this school year, Pizza Cafe next week, and all this week’s news

Our weekly update is going out a day later than usual this week, due to the Memorial Day holiday.  Look for our final weekly update of the school year this coming Monday, and more information about summer needs and projects soon.

 

THANK YOU, ECO-STEWARDS!   A big thank you to Rev. Rob Mark and the entire Eco-Stewards group who visited us last week, and to our own Daniel Loya and Vickie Machado for connecting us with this group.  The Eco-Stewards helped with serving at Dorothy’s Café last Wednesday.  Then on Thursday we had a fantastic roundtable discussion with them, during which they shared more about how the Eco-Stewards program got its start, and some of the personal journeys of the participants.  The Eco-Stewards Program is a wonderful ecumenical movement seeking to help young adults connect their faith with care for creation.  If you would like to learn more, check out their website: http://ecostewardsprogram.wordpress.com/, or talk to Daniel or Vickie about it!

 

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

GREEN HOUSE SUMMER HIATUSIn keeping with past GCW tradition, we will be taking a break for the summer to regroup and to prepare the House for a new school year.  We are scaling back a little bit this week, with coffee shops only on Monday and Friday.  Our last event for this school year will be Dorothy’s Café on Wednesday, June 4; the Green House will close after that.  We plan to re-open when the school year begins again in mid-August.  We do have some ideas for special projects over the summer, so watch for news about those soon!

 

PIZZA CAFÉ JUNE 4: As mentioned above, our final Dorothy’s Café of the school year is next Wednesday, June 4.  And in keeping with tradition, it will be a pizza café!  We will need folks to help by bringing win pizzas—either homemade or from local places like Big Lou’s, Italian Gator, Five-Star, Satchell’s etc.  We will also need folks to come help us prepare some more pizzas on site.  Please let us know if you can bring a pizza either by emailing us at gvillecw@yahoo.com, or by checking out our facebook event page and responding there with how many pizzas you can bring, and what kind.  This week, May 28 will be a regular Dorothy’s Café, and we will still need volunteers for preparation and serving for that as well.  

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com. 

  •          Coffee Shops: Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •          Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •          Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

MAY THANK YOU’S: Our continued thanks to Porters Community FarmBlack Acres Microfarm, and the farmers at the 441 Farmers’ Market for all the produce they have donated to GCW this month, and to Doreen Starr for the locally raised eggs.  Thank you also to Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters for donating coffee for our morning coffee shops, and to Henderson and Daughter Plants and Produce for selling us citrus at a deep discount.  We are so grateful for everyone who supports the work of the Green House!

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

In honor of our friends from Eco-Stewards, once again some words of wisdom about care for creation:

 

Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.

 

–Pope Francis, Audience May 21, 2014

This quotation was shared on http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/  –a website worth checking out!

Also, for an interesting article on Dorothy Day’s voice for the land, click here.

Eco-Stewards Roundtable this Thursday, and all the week’s news

ROUNDTABLE THIS THURSDAY! Please join us this Thursday, May 22 from 6:30-8pm at the Green House for our monthly potluck (beginning at 6:30) and roundtable discussion (beginning at 7pm).  Members of the Eco-Stewards Program will be sharing a presentation with us as part of their immersion experience.  The Eco-Stewards Program is a grassroots organization building a community of young adults (ages 20-30) who want to explore the connection between their faith and the call to environmental stewardship.  Eco-Stewards can participate in annual, weeklong place-based programs as well as summer internships at PCUSA camps and affiliated organic farms.  The Eco-Stewards program is supported by Presbyterians for Earth Care, Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, and Presbyterian Church (USA) Environmental Ministries.  The Eco-Stewards will be sharing with us about their work and their “eco-journeys.” We are happy to welcome them to Gainesville.  If you are able to bring a dish to share, that would be helpful, but if not, come anyway!

 

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

GREEN HOUSE SUMMER HIATUSIn keeping with past GCW tradition, we will be taking a break for the summer to regroup and to prepare the House for a new school year.  Our last event for this school year will be Dorothy’s Café on Wednesday, June 4; the Green House will close after that.  We plan to re-open when the school year begins again in mid-August.  We do have some ideas for special projects over the summer, so watch for news about those soon!

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.

  •          Coffee Shops: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •          Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •          Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

In honor of our friends from Eco-Stewards, some words of wisdom about care for creation:

 

We do not need to plan or devise a “world of the future”; if we take care of the world of the present, the future will have received full justice from us. A good future is implicit in the soils, forests, grasslands, marshes, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans that we have now, and in the good things of human culture that we have now; the only valid “futurology” available to us is to take care of those things. We have no need to contrive and dabble at “the future of the human race”; we have the same pressing need that we have always had – to love, care for, and teach our children.

 

–Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

 

Last Easter Bible Study, Metanoia Semester, Roundtable NEXT week, and all the week’s news

FINAL EASTER BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT: We are so grateful to Marijka Ulanowicz for leading us in a wonderful Lenten and Easter Bible Study, looking closely at the passion and resurrection stories in John’s gospel.  The final session, focusing on the epilogue in John, is TONIGHT, Monday, May 12th from 7:30-9pm at the Green House. Please join us!  All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions.

 

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS—ROUNDTABLE NEXT WEEK: Please join us next Thursday, May 22 from 6:30-8pm at the Green House (NOT this Thursday!) for our monthly potluck and roundtable discussion.  Members of the Eco-Stewards Program will be sharing a presentation with us as part of their immersion experience.  The Eco-Stewards Program is a grassroots organization building a community of young adults (ages 20-30) who want to explore the connection between their faith and the call to environmental stewardship.  Eco-Stewards can participate in annual, week-long place-based programs as well as summer internships at PCUSA camps and affiliated organic farms.  The Eco-Stewards program is supported by Presbyterians for Earth Care, Presbyterian Church Cam and Conference Association, and Presbyterian Church (USA) Environmental Ministries. The Eco-Stewards will be sharing with us about their work and their “eco-journeys.” We are happy to welcome them to Gainesville.

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.

  •           Coffee Shops: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •            Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •           Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

“Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World”/ “Mother’s Day Proclamation”

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

–Julia Ward Howe, 1870

 

 

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