HOUSE NEWS: Let 2010 begin! Join us for an open house this Friday!
Officially, our new schedule for the Spring 2010 semester (January thru May) starts next week. But this week we wanted to share a few quick updates and some information with you as you consider your commitments, projects and plans for the coming months.
Last semester, after talks with a handful of our long-time supporters and community members, we came to the insight that it was time for us to start reflecting on the future of the work of the Gainesville Catholic Worker. It’s been over 10 years since we started most of the projects which comprise the GCW, and it’s been 6 years since we’ve been in the Green House (nee the Blue House). The work can sometimes be so hectic and fast-paced that we don’t always do a good job of evaluating what we’ve done and where we’ve been, as well as considering where we are going and what we are striving to be. So we’ve decided to use the next several months as a period of discernment to revisit the original mission of the house, to consider what we’ve learned and experienced, and to reflect on where we want to go from here. We’ve made a few changes, including some slight tweaks to the schedule, to help us do this. We ask that you keep us in your prayers and we invite your feedback on what your experience has been as a part of the extended community that makes up the GCW.
EPIPHANY OPEN HOUSE: This Friday, from 7-9pm, join us at the GCW for an Epiphany open house celebration. We’ll have hot apple cider and a few other goodies, and we’re hoping many of you will bring something to share too! If you’ve never been to the house or it’s been awhile, come and see our new paint job (90% complete); if you’re a regular at the house, come and let us know how your holidays were! We’d love to see you!
GCW COFFEE SHOP: Our regular schedule starts next week, and one new addition to the schedule will be a Tuesday and Thursday Coffee Shop at the house for our friends looking for a good cup of coffee and refuge from the cold. We’ll be doing the coffee shop from 1-3pm on those days. To help make this work well, we’re looking for a nice gift of a large coffee maker from someone! If you have the means and can help us out, let us know. And for other folks looking to contribute, we’ll be looking for good, fair-trade coffee and tea and other related necessities to keep our supply regularly stocked, and a handful of folks that can act as “baristas” at the coffee shop. Let us know if you’re interested. Thanks!
THURSDAY CHANGES: In addition to the coffee shop on Thursday, we’ll be hosting a Mass and potluck dinner on the First Thursday of each month, as well as a monthly Roundtable discussion (instead of weekly) with potluck dinner every Third Thursday.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE GCW: First, and most importantly, we ALWAYS love to have volunteers who can make a regular weekly commitment to the various projects that happen at the GCW, especially Dorothy’s Cafe. Knowing that we have a handful of regular volunteers who know what they’re doing and can help manage other volunteers is always a big plus for us. So, if you’re looking for a regular volunteering gig, think about what we offer and let us know what you’d like to do. Secondly, we started asking people to sign up to volunteer with the Breakfast Brigade each week at the end of last semester, and we’re going to carry it over and expand it for this semester. Each week when we send out the Monday email (and Facebook message) letting folks know what is going on, take a look at it and email (or call) us and let us know what you’d like to be scheduled for. This process seemed to deepen the experience for folks, as well as make projects more manageable too.
Finally, if you were away for the holidays, welcome back! We can’t wait to see you and hear about any adventures you may have had. And as always, thanks to all of you for your kindness, support and generosity. We are especially grateful!