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Art-for-All at the Egg-streme Spring Fair

Another opportunity to check out Art-for-All creations from this spring:  tomorrow (Saturday, April 19th) our own Kendera will be at the Yopp! Inc. “Egg-Streme Spring Fair” at 524 NW 1st Street.  We still have many items left, including crosses, aprons, paper cranes, decorated journals, and more.  At this fair there will be Easter egg hunts for all ages, music, food, kids crafts, bounce houses, faice painting, and an art sale–again, including a table of items from Art-for-All!  So come on down and look for Kendera, and have a great time while you are at it!    Check out the Yopp! Inc. website for more information about this fair.  Check out our Art-for-All page on this website for pictures of many of the items for sale.

Art-for-All Items Still Available; Mark your Calendars for our Easter Bible Study

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ART-FOR-ALL SALE ITEMS STILL AVAILABLE! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Spring Open House and Art-for-All Sale this past Saturday.  If you missed it, you’re not too late!  We still have many beautiful items left, which would be a wonderful gift for someone in your life, including homemade jam, beautifully decorated journals, adult and child-size aprons, painted crosses, candle holders, vases, jewelry, and more. Proceeds support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. You are welcome to stop by anytime the house is open for our events throughout the week (see below for schedule), or contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com to arrange another time to visit us.  The GCW “Green House” is located at 218 NW 2nd Avenue in downtown Gainesville.  Check out the Art-forAll page on our website to view pictures of many items: gainesvillecw.org/art-for-all

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS—EASTER BIBLE STUDY: We are so grateful to Marijka Ulanowicz for leading us in a wonderful Lenten Bible study the past several weeks, looking closely at the passion story in John’s gospel.  She has agreed to come back during the Easter season, to bring us through the Resurrection and the epilogue in John.  We have tentatively planned two more sessions:  Monday, May 5th and Monday, May 12th, both from 7:30-9pm. Please mark your calendars join us!  All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions.

 

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.  Holy Week might be a great time to visit us, if you have not done so before.

  •        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 

 

Prayer for the Lady Who Forgave Us

 

There is a long-suffering lady with thin hands

who stands on the corner of Delphia and Lawrence

and forgives you.

“You are forgiven,” she smiles.

The neighborhood is embarrassed.

It is sure it has done nothing wrong

yet, every day, in a small voice

it is forgiven.

On the  way to the Jewel Food Store

housewives pass her with hard looks

then whisper in the cereal section.

Stan Dumke asked her right out

what she was up to

and she forgave him.

A group who care about the neighborhood

agree that if she was old it would be harmless

or if she were religious it would be understandable

but as it is…they asked her to move on.

Like all things with eternal purposes

she stayed.

And she was informed upon.

On a most unforgiving day of snow and slush

while she was reconciling a reluctant passerby

the State people

whose business is sanity,

persuaded her into a car.

She is gone.

We are reduced to forgetting.

 

–by John Shea

 

Peace, and Blessed Holy Week to all of you.

Art-for-All Spring Sale Saturday! Last Lenten Bible study tonight! Join us!

ART-FOR-ALL SALE THIS SATURDAY!Join us Saturday, April 12, from 1-4pm at the Green House to celebrate spring, share some delicious refreshments, and see the beautiful and creative arts and crafts made from “up-cycled” material at our ART-FOR-ALL weekly workshops this spring. Items include homemade jam, beautifully decorated journals, adult and child-size aprons, painted crosses, candle holders, vases, jewelry, and more.  Mother’s Day and graduations are just around the corner—do you need a gift for someone special in your life? Proceeds support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. The GCW “Green House” is located at 218 NW 2nd Avenue in downtown Gainesville.  Check out the Art-forAll page on our website to view pictures of many items: gainesvillecw.org/art-for-all.  Find our facebook event page here and help spread the word!

 

FINAL LENTEN BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT—LOOK FOR TWO MORE SESSIONS AFTER EASTER:Tonight, Monday, April 7th, from 7:30-9pm is our final Lenten Bible study session, to look at the third segment of the Passion of John with our resident scripture study expert, Marijka Ulanowicz.  As usual, we will begin our time with a brief Lenten prayer service, and this will take the place of our usual Open Table prayer service for April.  All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions.  Also, it looks like there will be enough interest to meet again after Easter to explore the Resurrection and Epilogue in John, so look for information about these sessions in future updates.  They will most likely take place at the end of April/beginning of May.

 

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.
  • Art-for-All: Saturday from 2-4 PM

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:  

“Let the one among you who is without sin 
be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Again, he bent down and wrote on the ground.

And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8:7-11—from today’s Gospel reading

 

 

We’re back! No Bible Study this week, but otherwise back to regular schedule

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ART-FOR-ALL SALE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNEROur Art-for-All crew has been crafting some lovely items for our spring open house/art sale, which will be held Saturday, April 12, from 1-4pm, so mark your calendars!  More details in next week’s update; in the meantime, check out our updated Art-for-All page at gainesvillecw.org/art-for-all to view pictures of many of the items that will be available at the sale.  Also, you can find the facebook event page here.
NO LENTEN BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT; LAST SESSION NEXT WEEK, APRIL 7th
 Our Lenten Bible study group will not be meeting tonight, since our leader, Marijka Ulanowicz, is not available.  We will resume next Monday, April 7th with our final session, to look at the third segment of the Passion of John.  All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions.  Also, it looks like there will be enough interest to meet again after Easter to explore the Resurrection and Epilogue in John, so look for information about these sessions in future updates.  They will most likely take place at the end of April/beginning of May. 
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.
  •          Art-for-All: Saturday from 2-4 PM
MARCH THANK YOU’S: First, a huge thank you to Nick Farah for donating an industrial-size sink for our Green House kitchen to replace the old, leaky one.  Along with this, 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 Henderson and Daughter Plants and Produce for selling us citrus at a deep discount.  Thank you also to Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters for donating coffee for our morning coffee shops, and to Citizen’s Co-op for the big discount they give us on bulk organic flour for our bread.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 
The center of Christian life is discipleship. Discipleship means following and imitating Jesus in thought, word and especially in action. Like Jesus 2,000 years ago, our discipleship means confronting and resisting unjust systems — be they economic, political, or other. It means confronting and resisting unjust authorities — be they political or religious leaders. And it means accepting the consequences that the powers and principalities of this world will bring upon anyone who does not allow “business as usual” (economic injustice, racial stereotyping, unbridled consumerism, violent entertainment, destruction of the environment by mega-corporations, etc.) to continue.
 

Reminder: Green House closed for spring break next week EXCEPT for Monday Bible Study

This is just a quick reminder that due to Alachua County Schools spring break, the Green House will be closed next week  with the exception of our Lenten Bible study on Monday evening. 
 
The Lenten Bible Study will take place as scheduled on Monday, March 24 from 7:30-9pm, and we will be looking at the second section of the passion story in John’s Gospel.  All are welcome, even if you have not attended the previous two sessions.  Please note that there is no bible study on Monday, March 31, as our fearless leader, Marijka Ulanowicz, is not available that evening.  We will resume with the final section of the passion story on Monday, April 7.  Please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
We will not be posting a weekly update this coming Monday; look for our next regular update on Monday, March 31.
 
Happy Spring!

Lenten Bible Study continues tonight; House closed for Spring Break next week (except for Bible Study!)

HOUSE CLOSED DURING SPRING BREAKNext week, March 24-30, we will be closing the house for Alachua County Schools Spring Break, with the exception of our Lenten Bible Study on Monday, March 24.  We will be back to our regular schedule the following week.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES TONIGHT: Marijka Ulanowicz (who has an M.A. in scripture from Washington Theological Union) will continuing her Lenten Bible Study for us tonight, Monday, March 17.  She will be taking us through a close reading of the passion narrative in the Gospel of John.  Each session will begin with a brief Lenten Prayer Service.  Here is a full list of the remaining dates:

Monday, March 17, 7:30-9pm: First segment of the Passion in John

Monday, March 24, 7:30-9pm: Second segment of the Passion in John

***note: no session on Monday, March 31***

Monday, April 7, 7:30-9pm: Third segment of the Passion in John

If there is interest, we will follow up with two more sessions in late April/early May looking at the Resurrection and the Epilogue of John’s Gospel.  We are so grateful to Marijka.  Please join us—you won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity!   All are welcome, even if you were not present for the first session last week.

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.
  •         Hospitality Afternoon: Thursday from 1-4 PM
  •         Art-for-All: Saturday from 2-4 PM

THANK YOU MARSHALL KNUDSONWe are so grateful to Marshall Knudson, director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, for leading us in a wonderful conversation about boundaries last week.  Thank you to all who attended, as well!

ART FOR ALL SPRING SALE—SAVE THE DATEOur Art-for-All crew has been crafting some lovely items for our spring sale, which will be held the afternoon of Saturday, April 12.  More details soon!  Also, the Art-for-All crew could use some more fabric scissors; contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com if you have some you would like to donate.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

from the prayer “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”

Reminder–Please join us for the special “Setting Boundaries” presentation tonight!

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” TONIGHT by MARSHALL KNUDSON: Just a quick reminder that the director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries” tonight, Thursday, March 13 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  We are sure that this will be an immensely helpful and informative evening.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as any other interested members of the community.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.  If you have any questions, contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Special “Setting Boundaries” presentation Thursday, Lenten Bible study begins today (Monday 3/10), and more…

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” ON MARCH 13th by MARSHALL KNUDSONAs have previously mentioned, the director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries” on Thursday, March 13 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  We are sure that this will be an immensely helpful and informative evening.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as any other interested members of the community.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY BEGINS TODAY: We are so pleased to announce that Marijka Ulanowicz will be leading a Lenten Bible study for us on several Mondays during Lent.  Marijka has an M.A. in scripture from Washington Theological Union.  She will be taking us through a close reading of the passion narrative in the Gospel of John.  Each session will begin with a brief Lenten Prayer Service.  Here is the full schedule:

  •             Monday, March 10, 7:30-9pm: Introduction to the Gospel of John
  •             Monday, March 17, 7:30-9pm: First segment of the Passion in John
  •             Monday, March 24, 7:30-9pm: Second segment of the Passion in John
  •             ***note: no session on Monday, March 31***
  •             Monday, April 7, 7:30-9pm: Third segment of the Passion in John

If there is interest, we will follow up with two more sessions in late April/early May looking at the Resurrection and the Epilogue of John’s Gospel.  Thank you so much to Marijka for agreeing to do this.  Please join us—you won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity!   

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.
  • Hospitality Afternoon: Thursday from 1-4 PM
  • Art-for-All: Saturday from 2-4 PM

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods. Such an act of resistance requires enormous intentionality and communal reinforcement amid the barrage of seductive pressures from the insatiable insistences of the market, with its intrusion into every part of our life from the family to the national budget. . . . But Sabbath is not only resistance. It is alternative. It is an alternative to the demanding, chattering, pervasive presence of advertising and its great liturgical claim of professional sports that devours all of our ‘rest time.’ The alternative on offer is the awareness and practice of the claim that we are situated on the receiving end of the gifts of God. 

from the preface of Sabbath As Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, by Walter Brueggemann

Don’t forget—Lenten Bible Study begins this Monday!

Once again, a quick reminder that Marijka Ulanowicz will be leading a Lenten Bible study for us on several Mondays during Lent.  Marijka has an M.A. in scripture from Washington Theological Union.  She will be taking us through a close reading of the passion narrative in the Gospel of John.  Each session will begin with a brief Lenten Prayer Service.  Here is the full schedule:

  • Monday, March 10, 7:30-9pm: Introduction to the Gospel of John
  • Monday, March 17, 7:30-9pm: First segment of the Passion in John
  • Monday, March 24, 7:30-9pm: Second segment of the Passion in John
  • ***note: no session on Monday, March 31***
  • Monday, April 7, 7:30-9pm: Third segment of the Passion in John

If there is interest, we will follow up with two more sessions in late April/early May looking at the Resurrection and the Epilogue of John’s Gospel.  Thank you so much to Marijka for agreeing to do this.  Please join us—you won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity!   

Lenten Bible Study, Special Presentation March 13, and more…

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY BEGINS NEXT MONDAY: We are so pleased to announce that Marijka Ulanowicz will be leading a Lenten Bible study for us on several Mondays during Lent.  Marijka has an M.A. in scripture from Washington Theological Union.  She will be taking us through a close reading of the passion narrative in the Gospel of John.  Each session will begin with a brief Lenten Prayer Service.  Here is the full schedule:

Monday, March 10, 7:30-9pm: Introduction to the Gospel of John

Monday, March 17, 7:30-9pm: First segment of the Passion in John

Monday, March 24, 7:30-9pm: Second segment of the Passion in John

***note: no session on Monday, March 31***

Monday, April 7, 7:30-9pm: Third segment of the Passion in John

If there is interest, we will follow up with two more sessions in late April/early May looking at the Resurrection and the Epilogue of John’s Gospel.  Thank you so much to Marijka for agreeing to do this.  Please join us—you won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity!   

MARK YOUR CALENDARS—SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” ON MARCH 13th by MARSHALL KNUDSON: As have previously mentioned, the director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries” on Thursday, March 13 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  We are sure that this will be an immensely helpful and informative evening.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as any other interested members of the community.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.

VICKIE MACHADO TO REPRESENT GCW AT DOROTHY DAY CONFERENCE: We are grateful that Vickie Machado, a member of the GCW community and past resident of the Green House, has consented to represent us at a conference entitled “Dorothy Day: A Saint for our Time” to be held at St. Thomas University in Miami this coming weekend.  We look forward to hearing all about it.  Thank you, Vickie!

REGULAR SCHEDULE DURING UF/SFC SPRING BREAK; POSSIBLE BREAK DURING ALACHUA COUNTY SPRING BREAK: We have decided to keep our regular schedule this coming week, although it is UF/SFC spring break.  We may, however, take a break during the spring break for Alachua County Schools during the last week of March—more on that in future updates.  For now, if you are in town and have time to volunteer this week, we could use your help!  Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule; 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.
  • Hospitality Afternoon: Thursday from 1-4 PM
  • Art-for-All: Saturday from 2-4 PM

THANK YOU LYNN AND JADE: A huge thanks to Lynn Chacko and Jade Allen for hosting our pre-Lenten retreat this past weekend.  We were blessed to spend time in the olive grove at their microfarm, on a most beautiful spring-like day, considering the call and command of Sabbath.  Over the next few weeks, we will share some of the material from that retreat in our “quotation of the week” section, starting with a prayer by Fr. Edward Hays that we used during our prayer service at the retreat.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:  

Lenten Psalm of Awakening

Come, O Life-giving Creator,

   and rattle the door latch

   of my slumbering heart.

Awaken in these fortified days

  of Lenten prayer and discipline

  my youthful dream of holiness.

Call me forth from the prison camp

  of my numerous past defeats

  and my narrow patterns of being

  to make my ordinary life extra-ordinarily alive,

  through the passion of my love.

Show to me during these Lenten days

  how to take the daily things of life

  and, by submerging them in the sacred,

  to infuse them with great love

  for you, O God, and for others.

Guide me to perform simple acts of love and prayer,

  the real works of reform and renewal

  of this overture to the spring of the Spirit.

O Father of Jesus, Mother of Christ,

  help me not to waste

  these precious Lenten days

  of my soul’s spiritual springtime.

 

–from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: A Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual by Edward Hays (Notre Dame, IN: Forest of Peace, 2008),  185.

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