UPDATE: Metanoia, Lent, the Democratic Party, Welding Help, This Week’s Schedule, and it’s Al’s Birthday
Thanks to all of you who came out to welcome Youssef and Alicia into our community as part of their Metanoia semester with us. Inviting new people to join us always gives us a chance to hear why it is that other people joined us long ago, stayed on with us, and keep coming back.
Hearing those stories–from students, homeless folks, retired people and others–is really a humbling and powerful experience. Lent, the season of repentance and renewal just before Easter, begins next Wednesday, February 6. Johnny is one of a handful of authors featured in a Lenten reflection booklet from Pax Christi USA, Invited to Transformation: Reflections for Lent 2008. We have about 50 copies available at the GCW House for anyone who is interested in using it as a resource for reflection and prayer during the Lenten season. You can email Johnny (firstname.lastname@example.org) or pick up a copy at the house anytime for free or feel free to make a donation which will go back into supporting the GCW house. If you want to order more than a few copies, you can purchase the booklets from Pax Christi USA at www.paxchristiusa.org.
And in the wake of Obama’s victory in South Carolina, a slew of local elections in Gainesville on Tuesday, and leading up to the Super Tuesday primaries next week, we are really excited to have Susan Bottcher, Democratic Party activist, join us for the Roundtable this Thursday. Susan will share some analysis on the presidential primaries, discuss the issues, offer insight on what the results for the City Commission races mean to us locally, and answer questions folks have about the elections, the process, and more. We are really exicted to have her join us and hope you can too.
Did you ever notice how close the words “revelation” and “revolution” are? Johnny would say that there is no coincidence there, since the stories of our scripture (revelation) really are about the “revolution” of the heart which the Catholic Worker is all about. We know that there is so much bad, BAD bible study out there, boring and irrelevant, but we promise that what you will find at our Tuesday scripture study will be so much more than you ever thought, maybe even transformative. Join us on Tuesdays at 6pm as we study perhaps the most radical, mind-blowing words of Jesus in The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew’s gospel, chapters 5-7.
We’re also in need of a few things at the house in case anyone has the means:
- Teas of all flavors and kinds
- A welder to fix our kitchen sink
- Drinking glasses (made of sturdy, strong glass)
Call Johnny at 219-8419 or email us here if you can help with the welding; drop off teas and glasses at the house. Thanks!
And Wednesday is Alphonso’s birthday! Remember to wish him a happy birthday if you are around the house at all this week. . . Look for more information below on the rest of this week’s activities.
TUESDAY – Breakfast Brigade, 4:15-7am. Join us as we prepare and share a breakfast of local hard-boiled eggs, homemade cinnamon raisin bread and fresh, in-season fruit with the workers at three area-labor pools. Scripture Study, 6-7:30pm. Join us for a simple meal followed by the beginning of our study of the Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew’s gospel. We’ll be looking at the last half of the Beatitudes, 5:7-12. Click here for some info about last week’s study, 5:1-6.
THURSDAY – Roundtable and potluck, 6-7:30pm. Join us for a conversation on politics, particularly the presidential primaries, the impact of the local races for city commission, and more. Susan Bottcher, Democratic Party activist, will join us to share analysis of the presidential candidates, the campaigns so far, local government and more. Please bring a dish to share if you can.
FRIDAY – Breakfast Brigade, 4:15-7am. Join us as we prepare and share a breakfast of local hard-boiled eggs, homemade cinnamon raisin bread and fresh, in-season fruit with the workers at three area-labor pools.
SUNDAY – NO cafe this week as we take our traditional Super Bowl Sunday off. Each year, First United Methodist hosts a Super Bowl blow-out for folks from the streets, etc on the first Sunday in February–so we take it off. Next cafe: February 10.
Your friends at the GCW
Gainesville Catholic Worker
218 NW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601