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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.
 

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”

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.

Pre-Lenten Retreat, Date Change for “Setting Boundaries” Presentation, February Thank You’s, and all the week’s events

PRE-LENTEN RETREAT, PRAYER SERVICE, AND POTLUCK:  This coming Sunday, March 2, we are taking some time to prepare for Lent by coming together for a half-day retreat.  This will begin at 1pm, and will be held at the home of Lynn Chacko and Jade Allen (a.k.a. Black Acres Microfarm).  We will end our time together with our usual Open Table monthly prayer service and potluck, starting around 4pm.  All are welcome to join us for the retreat, the prayer service/potluck, or both.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com  for more information, or for directions to Lynn and Jade’s home.

DATE CHANGE: SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” ON MARCH 13th by MARSHALL KNUDSONAs we shared last week, the director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries.”  However, the date has been moved up; this presentation will now be held Thursday, March 13 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any other interested members of the community.  More details to follow in future updates.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉAs usual, we will be serving a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information, or click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

HOSPITALITYWe have begun offering hospitality to our guests on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm, with haircuts, showers, respite and drinks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daniel at 863-207-3670, or gvillecw@yahoo.com

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

FEBRUARY  THANK YOU’S: We are grateful 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.  Finally, a huge thank you to Lauren Barlis and Angela Lynch for volunteering to be bread sponsors for us!

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

–Mt 5:43-48

Roundtable this week: welcoming Kurt and Alex, and special presentation by Alex

MONTHLY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION-THURSDAY, 2/20, 6:30-8pm: This coming Thursday will be our monthly roundtable discussion/potluck, and it will be a special one indeed as we formally welcome two new members to our community: Kurt Naperschat and Alex Templeton.  In addition to this, Alex will be our speaker for this roundtable.  Originally from Thomasville, North Carolina, he describes himself as a traveling Catholic Worker.  He interned at the Simone Weil/Peter Maurin House in Dubuque, Iowa, and most recently served a fledgling CW community he helped to form in Yuma, Arizona.  The title of his presentation is: “The Future of the Catholic Worker Movement.”  Please join us to welcome Kurt and Alex, and to hear Alex’s presentation.  If you are able to bring a dish to share, that would be helpful, but if not, come anyway!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” ON MARCH 27 by MARSHALL KNUDSON: The director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries” on Thursday, March 27 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any other interested members of the community.  More details to follow in future updates.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.

HOSPITALITY: We have begun offering hospitality to our guests on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm, with haircuts, showers, minor first aid and respite and drinks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daniel at 863-207-3670, or gvillecw@yahoo.com

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: As usual, we will be serving a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information, or click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGSCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30 or for the monthly weekend workday this Saturday, 2/22 from 8:30-11:30.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:  

What is Love?
Loving someone does not simply mean doing things for them; it is much more profound. To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance; it is to understand them, understand their cries and their body language; it is to rejoice in their presence, spend time in their company and communicate with them. To love is to live a heart-to-heart relationship with another, giving to and receiving from each other.”
- Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche

Bread Sponsor Needed, Hospitality Thursdays, and More…

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR GCW BREAD?  One of the favorite parts of Dorothy’s Cafe is our home-baked bread but it takes a lot of flour! We are still looking for anyone willing to “sponsor” our bread by purchasing bulk flour from the Citizens Co-op. The Co-op has been so kind to extend to us a discount so it comes to just $22 for a 20 lb bag of organic whole wheat or white flour. Sugar, yeast, salt, and beans are also appreciated. Ask for details on ordering.  Contact gvillec@yahoo.com for more information.

OTHER GCW NEEDS:

  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Very sturdy large drinking glasses (not small juice glasses). Thrift store or garage sale finds are very welcome!
  • Spoons
  • Tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • Old white sheets for the Art-for-All crew

HOSPITALITYWe have begun offering hospitality to our guests on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm.  The first day was a success with the House crew offering haircuts, showers, minor first aid and respite and drinks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daniel at 863-207-3670, or gvillecw@yahoo.com

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉAs usual, we will be serving a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information, or click here to sign up.  PLEASE NOTE: We will not need quite as many volunteers this week, as a group from United Church of Gainesville is coming to help; this is reflected in the sign-up link.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst
oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.

Isaiah 58:7-10

Welcome to two new members, Looking for a bread sponsor, and all the week’s news…

WELCOME KURT AND ALEX! We would like to extend a warm welcome to two recent additions to the live-in community at the Green House: Kurt Naperschat and Alex Templeton.  Kurt has been participating in the GCW community for some time now.  He is originally from this area, but spent much of his life traveling around.  We feel blessed that he has made his home with us now.  Alex also is a “ramblin’ man.”  Born in Thomasville, North Carolina, he now travels around as a full time Catholic Worker, most recently in Yuma, Arizona.  We will have a more official welcome for both Kurt and Alex at our roundtable later this month on Thursday, February 20th, and Alex will be our speaker so you can come hear more of his story then, if you like.  Watch for details in future updates.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR GCW BREAD?  One of the favorite parts of Dorothy’s Cafe is our home-baked bread but it takes a lot of flour! We are looking for anyone willing to “sponsor” our bread by purchasing bulk flour from the Citizens Co-op. The Co-op has been so kind to extend to us a discount so it comes to just $22 for a 20 lb bag of organic whole wheat or white flour. Sugar, yeast, salt, and beans are also appreciated. Ask for details on ordering.  Contact gvillec@yahoo.com for more information.

OTHER GCW NEEDS: As mentioned last week, we are still in need of more very sturdy drinking glasses, and also more spoons.  Thrift store or garage sale finds are very welcome!  Also, the Art-for-All group needs old white sheets.  And finally, we could use some tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc.) for the House if you have any to spare.

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉCome help us prepare and serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information, or click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. And there too a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. The range tends to narrow down, but it gets much more real. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.

From a letter written by Thomas Merton to Jim Forest dated February 21,1966.  The full text of this letter is published in The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters by Thomas Merton edited by William Shannon, published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. Merton would have been 99 years old this past week.

Sugarcane Sale and Superbowl Gathering

A couple more things to add to the weekly GCW update that was sent out yesterday:

 Sugarcane Sale: Jade Allen from Black Acres Microfarm has some sugar cane stalks to sell.  They are $1.50 a piece or 2 for $2.  All proceeds go to support the Gainesville Catholic Worker.  So, if you’ve ever wanted to have some sugar cane of your own, stop by sometime this week, anytime the house is open for our usual activities, or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to arrange an alternate time.

Superbowl Gathering: Following The Open Table community prayer service this Sunday 2/2, we are going to be having a little Superbowl gathering at the Green House.  So join us at 4pm for prayer, or stop by afterwards.   If you can, please bring some Superbowl-type snacks to share (but come anyway!).

Email us at gvillecw@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Prayer service on Sunday, GCW needs, January thank you’s, and more…

PRAYER SERVICE ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2ndThe Open Table community will be holding its monthly prayer service and potluck Sunday, February 2nd beginning at 4pm at the Green House.  All are welcome!  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information.

GCW NEEDS: We are in need of more drinking glasses, preferably very strong, sturdy ones, and also more spoons.  Thrift store or garage sale finds are very welcome!  Also, the Art-for-All group needs old white sheets that aren’t being used anymore for a project they are working on.

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉCome help us prepare and serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information, or click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

JANUARY THANK YOU’S: We are grateful 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.  Thank you also to Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters for donating coffee for our morning coffee shops!

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:

 

O God,
let something essential and joyful happen in me now. something like the blooming of hope and faith,
like a grateful heart,
like a surge of awareness,
of how precious each moment is,
that now, not next time,
now is the occasion
to take off my shoes,
to see every bush afire,
to leap and whirl with neighbor,
to gulp the air as sweet wine…

 

–from “Let Something Essential Happen to Me” by Ted Loder, Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle, Fortress Press, 1984, 2005.  For the full text, click here

 

Two chances to help at the Microfarm this week!

TWO CHANCES TO HELP WITH THE MICROFARM THIS WEEK:  In addition to our usual Microfarm Morning at Black Acres Microfarm on Thursday morning, 1/23,  from 8-11:30, this coming Saturday, 1/25 from 9am-12pm will be the monthly Microfarm Workday for January.  Contact Jade Allen email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions and/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).  BAM provides much of the produce we use at the Green House so they are essential to the work we do.  Please come help if you can! 

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉCome help us prepare and serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information, or click here to sign up.

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday, 1/25, from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christmas 1957, in a sermon about Jesus’ command to love one’s enemies.

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