UPDATE: December 3 – 9

Dear friends,

December is one of those transitional months at the GCW. Since December marks the end of the fall semester at UF and Santa Fe, we always end up saying good-bye and thank you to several really wonderful student volunteers and members of our community. While this is not an item for this week, because it happens early next week, we wanted to make sure and give folks a chance to put it on their calendars in case you can join us. On Tuesday, December 11, at 6pm, we’ll host a special celebration to thank the folks who joined us for the Metanoia semester at the house this fall. Jake and Holly will be moving on to new places after the holidays while Kendera and Al will stay on at the GCW and become long-term community members. We want to take this opportunity to thank them for their presence with us, their work, and all that they have brought and meant to our community over these past months. All are invited to join us for dinner and a “sending ritual” next Tuesday and honor Jake, Holly, Al and Kendera.

Many of you know that we practice an economic model at the house where we believe that if everyone gives a little, we find that we always have enough to be able to do what we need to do here at the GCW day in and day out. Right now, we’re struggling a little financially. During this holiday season, if it is possible for you to contribute a little something extra to help us make ends meet, know that we would be very grateful. We have no “staff” at the GCW, no one gets paid, we get no money from the government or grant organizations. With you, we do this work because we believe in it and we trust that what we need will be provided so that we can go on doing what needs to be done. So in whatever way you can help, we say thank you. You can send checks made out to the Gainesville Catholic Worker to: GCW, 218 NW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 or drop them by the house. Note that we are NOT a tax-exempt organization, so any contributions you do give are not tax-deductible. (If you want to know more about why we are not tax-exempt, feel free to email us at gvillecw@yahoo.com and we’ll share with you our thinking on this.)

Especially join us if you can for the Roundtable this week! Good friend to the GCW, Amy Finn-Schultz, will be joining us to talk about the L’Arche movement, made up of folks with developmental disabilities and those who live and work alongside them. L’Arche is an extraordinary community and the stories Amy and her friends will share will be enlightening and moving.

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY – Tonight at the Hippodrome at 7 and 9pm, we highly recommend the movie “No End in Sight,” sponsored by the CMC. This movie dissects the people, issues and facts behind the Bush Administration’s decisions regarding the war in Iraq and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war. (Sliding scale $3-10)

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. This will be Gabby and Rachel’s last BB they’ll be leading for the fall semester, so come and join them and let them know how much we have appreciated their commitment this semester!

Scripture Study, 6-7:30pm. Join us as we start to wind down our study of Exodus this semester. We’ll share some about what has most stuck with us during this study, what we’re going to take away from it, what studying Exodus has meant for us in how we want to live our lives, etc.

WEDNESDAY – Morning prayer, 7:15am. Holly will share a reflection this week.

Wednesday Night Live, 6-9pm. Join with a group of young adults and students from UF and Santa Fe to prepare and serve a “fun” meal at the GCW, and show a movie. Come anytime during 6-9pm to help out.

THURSDAY – Roundtable discussion and dinner, 6pm. Amy Finn-Schultz, JP Mahoney, and Larry Miller from Harbor House, a L’Arche community, will share with us at the RT this week. L’Arche Harbor House is a faith-based, intentional community in Jacksonville. It is home to adults with developmental disabilities and assistants who share daily life with them. It is part of the international movement of L’Arche, founded by Jean Vanier in 1964. Three of the main tenets of L’Arche are relationship, sign and transformation. Amy is the community leader/director of Harbor House, JP is an assistant, and Larry Miller is a core member. Feel free to bring a dish to share or 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.

SUNDAY – Dorothy’s Cafe, 2-7:30pm. We do not have a host for this week’s cafe so we are in great need of food and on-site help. This week’s main item will be vegetarian chili. We’ll need 200-250 servings of vegetarian chili so let us know if you can help and how many servings you’ll bring. If you want a good recipe for vegetarian chili, email us here at gvillecw@yahoo.com and Kelli will send one along. We’ll also need contributions of fresh, in-season fruit so let us know if you plan on bringing any fruit and how much too. Set-up is 2-4pm, serving 4-6pm, and clean-up 5:30-7:30pm. Thanks!

In peace,

the GCW community

Gainesville Catholic Worker
218 NW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601

352.271.6941

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