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This will be a quiet month for our group as we take a step back and reflect on where we have been and where God may be calling us to go. We will have only one official GCW event in December: our “Open Table” prayer service and potluck—and the potluck will double as our group meeting for the month. (Please note that the potluck/prayer service has been moved to the first Sunday of this month instead of the second.)
We expect to pick back up with more activities in January, including our monthly meal at GRACE Marketplace on January 24, and also the return of our monthly roundtable discussions. Watch for more details in our January update.
Below you will find details about the prayer service/potluck as well as a couple of other opportunities to help out in the community that have come to our attention. Also, you will find some information about the olive sale at Black Acres Microfarm—a wonderful gift idea!
· Sunday, December 7, 4:00 PM—“Open Table” Prayer Service and Potluck Dinner: Celebrate the season of Advent! Join us for prayer and fellowship in the ministry building of Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville FL 32607 (the ministry building is the first building on your left as you enter from NW 43rd Sreet). 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. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or just to let us know to watch for you.
Service opportunities in the community:
· Holiday donation sorting at Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities has informed us that many donations are arriving this holiday season which need hands to sort and prepare for getting them to their destination. They have fewer volunteers right now and could use a hand. If you can be available for some part of a day, please contact John Barli at 352.372.0294.
· GRACE Marketplace: Among the many needs at GRACE Marketplace, one thing we have heard that is needed is men’s work boots. Also, there are still some openings on their meal calendar if you are part of a group that would like to do a meal. Visit their website at http://gracemarketplace.org/ for more information.
Black Acres Microfarm Olive Sale!
· Our Catholic Workers at Black Acres Microfarm have home-grown olives for sale. These would make a wonderful gift, but hurry, as supplies are limited! $6 for a 1/2 pint jar, or 4 jars for $20. All proceeds go to GRACE Marketplace and Catholic Charities. Contact Lynn Chacko at email@example.com or Jade Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Check out pictures of the olives on their facebook page.
QUOTATION OF THE MONTH:
“Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent…If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.”
–Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, pg. 187
This coming Sunday, November 16, from 9am-3pm, GRACE Marketplace is hosting an event called “Day of GRACE.” It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about GRACE Marketplace and find out how to get involved. Many of us in the GCW communty plan to attend; hope you can, too!
Follow this link to a flyer with more details:
Or, check out their facebook event page:
Hope to see you there!
“For centuries the church has confronted the human community with role models of greatness. We call them saints when what we really often mean to say is ‘icon,’ ‘star,’ ‘hero,’ ones so possessed by an internal vision of divine goodness that they give us a glimpse of the face of God in the center of the human. They give us a taste of the possibilities of greatness in ourselves.”
— Joan D. Chittister in A Passion for Life
“Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.”
— Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos
Our October GCW “Open Table” prayer service/potluck is this coming Sunday, October 12 beginning at 4pm in the ministry building at Holy Faith Catholic Church. All are welcome!
We will gather around 4, and begin the prayer service at 4:15. The potluck will begin around 5pm. Folks are welcome to attend just the prayer service or the potluck, or both. Our theme this month is “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace: Celebrating St. Francis.”
Contact us at email@example.com for more details.
October 1, 2014
Dear Friends of GCW,
Today is a rather bittersweet anniversary. One year ago today we were re-opening the Green House for a new year. It was quite a year, full of blessings and miracles, but a challenging year as well. As we have previously shared, this past summer it became apparent that the Green House could not continue as it was, and it closed in August. However, we are beginning a new year, and a new chapter, exploring new ways of continuing on as a community together. We hope you will join us for this journey, and help us see if we can keep the flame of the Gainesville Catholic Worker alive.
Below is some information about our activities being planned for October. Our most immediate need is for volunteers to help prepare and serve a meal at GRACE Marketplace this Saturday, October 4. See below for more details, and contact Beth Hinrichs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Saturday, October 4, 4:15 PM—Serving Dinner at GRACE Marketplace: Individuals will be preparing corn bread and chili in their homes and meeting at GRACE at 4:15 in order to begin serving at 4:30pm. Contact Beth Hinrichs at email@example.com for recipes and more details.
· Sunday, October 12, 4:00 PM—“Open Table” Prayer Service and Potluck Dinner: Our activities as a Gainesville Catholic Worker community are anchored by a monthly prayer service and potluck on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the ministry building of Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville FL 32607 (the ministry building is the first building on your left as you enter from NW 43rd Sreet). 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. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or just to let us know to watch for you.
· Saturday, October 18, 8:30 AM-12:00PM—Microfarm Workday: Black Acres Microfarm (BAM), owned and run by two of our community members Jade Allen and Lynn Chacko, has been a special part of the Gainesville Catholic Worker for some time now. Food produced on the farm will be used for our GRACE meals, and donated to places that need it, like GRACE, Catholic Charities, etc. Come out and enjoy a Saturday morning in the fresh air helping on the farm, which is very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville. Contact Jade Allen at email@example.com for more information and/or directions to BAM.
· Sunday, October 19, 2:00-3:00 PM—Visit to GRACE Marketplace: If you have never visited GRACE Marketplace (Gainesville’s new one-stop center to serve people who are homeless), here is a great opportunity. Some members of our GCW Community are going with one of the local JustFaith groups to tour GRACE. All are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
· GRACE Women’s Group: The other project that some members of the GCW community are in the process of organizing is a Women’s Group at GRACE Marketplace. Details are still being firmed up, but if you are interested in participating and/or supporting this project, contact Sr. Marlene Payette at email@example.com.
QUOTATION OF THE MONTH:
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.
The GCW Crew
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Dear Friends of GCW,
P.O. Box 12573
Gainesville, FL 32604
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 email@example.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.
The GCW Crew
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.