UPDATE: November 6
Several interesting things happening this week at the house and in the community. One brief item we want to share with you concerns Wednesday Night Live, the every other Wednesday event at the house run by some of our most committed long-time volunteers from UF and Santa Fe CC. Kelly Jones, one of the coordinators of WNL, writes:
“Wednesday Night Live is an event that began after a group of us took an alternative spring break trip to Washington, D.C. working on, and experiencing, issues of homelessness back in 2005. We wanted to come back and make a difference in Gainesville, and we thought it might be nice to have a fun night where people could just come, hang out, and relax. WNL happens twice-a-month (with a few exceptions), on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House. We serve a home-cooked dinner and show a movie, and we try to make it a relaxing and fun experience for all the guests who come. We’ve been really short on volunteers since several members of our original group have recently moved away. If anyone is interested and able to help, we could use assistance with cooking and setting up, serving, and cleanup. Please contact me, Kelly Jones. at email@example.com if you’re able to help.”
WNL is one of the gatherings at the house that people just seem to love. Join them if you can!
We also again want to invite you to prayerfully consider whether you may be interested in or feel called to living at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House for the Spring 2008 semester, January thru April 2008. We call it the “Metanoia Semester,” and in a nutshell, it is an immersion experience into our life at the GCW–living in community, practicing a commitment to a life of spirituality and a life of solidarity with people who are marginalized in our society. We had 5 people join us this semester for Metanoia, and we think we’ll have a few spots open in the spring for 2-4 new people to join us. To read more about the Metanoia Semester, click here. If you are interested, contact Johnny at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 219-8419 as soon as possible. The deadline for applying is Friday, November 16 and we’ll let folks know if we have room by Tuesday, November 20.
Here’s what is going on this week at the house:
THIS WEEK: Join us for a simple vegetarian dinner Tuesday thru Friday, 6pm.
TUESDAY – Scripture Study, 6-7:30pm. We’re studying the book of Exodus–oppression, revolution, liberation–all that good stuff. Click here to read a little summary of what we’ve been studying so far. We share a simple meal just before we study so feel free to come hungry or even bring something to share.
WEDNESDAY – Morning prayer at the GCW, 7:15-45am. Join us for a simple, reflective morning prayer each Wednesday at the house. Johnny leads this week’s reflection.
Homeless Night Out on the Plaza, 3-11pm. GCW community member Alfred Cason will be speaking at this year’s event.
Wednesday Night Live, 6pm – 9pm (see italicized above
THURSDAY – Roundtable discussion and dinner. This week’s topic is “Hypnosis and Healing,” presented by Dave Chynoweth. Dave is a former professor at UF at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and heads up Friday’s Breakfast Briagde at the GCW with his wife Gloria. He is a man of many interests, an expert on sustainability issues, and has visited and studied alternative communities across the United States. Dave is currently studying the use of hypnosis in therapy and will share some of what he has learned with us. We discuss and converse while sharing a delicious meal at 6pm. Bring a dish–salad, bread, some fruit, anything–to share if you can. If you can’t, no worries; just show up!
FRIDAY – Breakfast Brigade, 4:15-7am. Join us in preparing a homemade breakfast of fresh-baked cinnamon-raisin bread, hard-boiled eggs, and fresh fruit, which we share with our friends at three area labor pools. (Also on Tuesday mornings.)
SUNDAY – Dorothy’s Cafe. The JustFaith group from St. Anastasia Church in St. Augustine will be preparing the food this week and bringing volunteers. We can usually use a little extra fresh, in-season fruit (the citrus crop has started to roll in), and a few extra volunteers, anytime between 2-7:30pm: 2-4pm is set-up; serving between 4-6pm; and clean-up from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us if you can!
the GCW community Gainesville Catholic Worker
218 NW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601