This is a light week for the GCW. Thanksgiving week is a time that a lot of churches, social service agencies, et al, mobilize to reach out to folks who are struggling, and therefore, it has been a week where we scale back a little and let others do their thing. So note below that many of our regular projects won’t be happening this week, especially after Wednesday. We’ll return to our regular schedule after Thanksgiving.
Thanks to the nice group of high school students from Holy Faith Catholic Church for their work at Dorothy’s Cafe yesterday. We heard absolute raves from many on the homemade chicken soup, especially from one of our regulars Matt, who said that he has been praying for chicken soup for the past few months.
Six of us from the GCW also went up to the annual vigil and action to close the School of the Americas in Columbus, GA this past weekend. The school trains soldiers from Latin American countries and many of those trained there have been implicated in horrific violations of human rights in their home countries–assassinations, torture, disappearances and kidnappings, rape, etc. Over 25,000 gathered for the protest, which happens each November around the date that 6 Jesuit priests and their co-workers were assassinated by graduates of the school in 1989. Kendera and James from the house got to carry a banner and march at the front of a long funeral procession remembering the victims of the soldiers trained at the school. You can see Kendera and then James briefly in this slideshow by a photographer at the Columbus newspaper: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/175/story/180372.html. For more about the history of the School of the Americas, click here.
And lastly, this Thanksgiving week, we thank all of you for your care and support and for being part of the GCW community. You are a witness and inspiration to us and we are so grateful for each one of you.
TUESDAY – 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. NO Scripture Study this week.
WEDNESDAY – NO Morning prayer this week.
THURSDAY – NO Roundtable discussion and dinner. Folks from the house will be having a small gathering for a family-style Thanksgiving dinner. (NOTE: This is NOT a big meal shared by a lot of people like Dorothy’s Cafe; St. Francis House and others provide a big meal on this day).
FRIDAY – NO Breakfast Brigade today.
SUNDAY – NO Dorothy’s Cafe.
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