Monthly Archives: September 2011
DOUBLE DOSE OF ART: First, the Green House Knitters are in full swing on Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm. Come and work on a project of your own, create something for our friends who live on the street (especially for when the weather turns cold), or learn how to knit and crochet. Plus, the Knitters are gearing up for a new project to begin Monday, October 3rd–making amazing rugs out of old t-shirts. THEN… On Saturday, October 1st we are double-booked with artists for Art for All. Fiber artists Mary Peer and Linda Gardner will be teaching “urban flower”-making – creating sweet flowers from salvaged fabric to use as pins or hair decor. And UF Arts major Brittany Acocelli will be starting a painting project. Try to arrive right at 1 to learn to create something beautiful with paint. Flower-creating will be ongoing between 1 and 3:30.
LEARN HOW TO COOK LIKE A GCW CHEF! We’re in need of chefs-in-training for Dorothy’s Farmers Market Cafe on Wednesdays. If you would like to learn to bake delicious bread and create tasty meals form local produce, consider volunteering to be an assistant cafe chef during the month of October. Chefs must be able to start at 9:30am and stay till at least 11:30am on Wednesdays. Contact Kelli with questions or to sign on!
MARK IT DOWN ON YOUR SCHEDULE: We’re very excited to announce our Roundtable for October! Roundtables are happening on the first Thursday of each month this semester, from 6:30-8pm, and include a potluck dinner. University of Florida professor Whitney Sanford and graduate student in religion Vickie Machado (our very own) will be co-leading a roundtable discussion on “Mindful Living”, Thursday, October 6th at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House. They will lead the conversation with Dr. Sanford’s current work with Gandhian intentional communities as well as Vickie’s summer experience with the environmental faith group, EcoStewards. Hope you mark it down for next week and join us!
READY FOR SOME MORE FOOTBALL? We’ll be showing the Gators versus Alabama at 8pm on Saturday night for any guests and friends who want to join us. We’re really grateful to TiAnna and the youth group at Holy Faith Catholic Church for providing some of the food and joining us for the festivities!
Thanks to all of you for your care and support of the Green House. We couldn’t do this work without you. For a list of needs or to make a contribution to hep keep the work going, just drop by or email us. We’re a little stretched right now and welcome any way you can help!
We’re very excited to announce our Roundtable for October! Roundtables are happening on the first Thursday of each month this semester, from 6:30-8pm, and include a potluck dinner.
University of Florida professor Whitney Sanford and gradate student in religion Vickie Machado will be co-leading a roundtable discussion on “Mindful Living”, Thursday, October 6th at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House. They will lead the conversation with Dr. Sanford’s current work with Gandhian intentional communities as well as Vickie’s summer experience with the environmental faith group, EcoStewards. Look for more information o our website in the weeks leading up to the Roundtable.
Please bring a dish to share if you are able.
It was a good and busy week at the GCW and we’re thankful to all of you who could join us for the various goings-on. From all the folks who gathered for football on Saturday to everyone who dined and helped at Dorothy’s Cafe on Wednesday, from the opening gathering of knitters on Monday to the crafters and artists who filled the dining room on Saturday–we’re so excited to have a full schedule, so much going on and so many helping out. Special thanks this past week to Karen, Linda, Jan and Alan for the food used for the football game party!
ART FOR ALL NEEDS RIBBONS: Kelli asked me to write and ask folks to donate ribbons (full ribbons, bits of ribbons) for an upcoming project. You can drop the ribbons off anytime.
SLIGHT TIME CHANGE FOR FRIDAY PRAYER: If you ever do Breakfast Brigade, or want to start your day off reflecting with others, feel free to join us on Friday mornings at 6:45am (note the slight change; we’re doing it right after Brigade and we’ve been getting done closer to 6:45) for a half-hour of reflection, discussion and centering prayer.
JUSTFAITH PROGRAM BEGINS: This Tuesday we start the JustFaith program at the house. If you want to learn more about JustFaith, click here. Classes have been offered the past two years in Gainesville through Catholic Charities. We have a group of about 12 doing the program this year. (Registration is closed…)
ACT IN SUPPORT OF FARMWORKERS: Earlier this week we received word from our friends in Immokalee about the latest campaign to achieve justice for farmworkers in our state. Click here to see an action alert about what you can do.
Hope some of you will join us this week to volunteer or just say hello. If you can help with Brigade or Cafe, drop us an email and let us know you’ll be there!
We had about 25 people drop by yesterday to enjoy part or all of the Gator game against Tennessee. These football game viewing parties are certainly not the most important thing we do at the house, but we think it is a nice opportunity to have our friends gather, relax, enjoy one another’s company and participate in the ritual along with the rest of Gainesville. Special thanks to Jan, Alan, Karen and Linda for the snacks yesterday!
From Wendell Berry:
It is not possible to look at the present condition of our land and people and find support for optimism. We must not fool ourselves.
It is altogether conceivable that we may go right along with this business of “business,” with our curious religious faith in technological progress, with our glorification of our own greed and violence always rationalized by our indignation at the greed and violence of others, until our land, our world, and ourselves are utterly destroyed. We know from history that massive human failure is possible….
On the other hand, we want to be hopeful, and hope is one of our duties. A part of our obligation to our own being and to our descendants is to study our life and our condition, searching always for the authentic underpinnings of hope. And if we look, these underpinnings can still be found.
Below is an excerpt from an action alert that Interfaith Action of SW Florida is circulating:
“…Instead of engaging in dialogue, Publix’s PR Department continues to distort the nature of the Fair Food program. As Oscar from the CIW explained, “They argue the Fair Food initiative needs to put the penny in the price, when that’s exactly how the program already works; they suggest the CIW wants Publix to pay workers directly, when that’s not what we are asking. Publix would simply pay a penny-per-pound premium — much like Publix-brand fair trade coffee — that tomato growers would distribute to their employees in their normal paychecks.”
Publix’s guarantee to customers is that “We will never knowingly disappoint you.” If you are disappointed by Publix’s refusal to even learn about the Fair Food Program, please call and let them know. Let Mr. Crenshaw that you are tired of misleading PR statements and hope that he will do the right thing. Call today:
Office of Mr. Crenshaw: 863-688-1188, ext. 52347
Consumer Relations: 1-800-242-1227…
ART FOR ALL: First Art for All gathering is this Saturday, from 1-4pm! Come and make beautiful art or work on crafts projects under the guidance of one of our local artists.
HELP WITH THE UF-UT GAME THIS WEEKEND? On select Saturdays this fall, we’ll be showing the Gator game for our friends who would otherwise not have a place to watch it. We’re still looking for a group of folks to help provide some “party food” for this week’s game, UF vs Tennessee, which is at 3:30pm on Saturday. We also always welcome help with set-up (3pm) and clean-up (around 6:30pm). If you or your group can provide any food or drink, or if you can join us, email John at email@example.com. And everyone is welcome to come and join us in watching the game!
As always, let us know if you can help out with Breakfast Brigade or Cafe this week and we’ll put you on the schedule. Thanks!
Thanks to everyone who came out to help last week as we added in the first Dorothy’s Farmers Market Cafe of the semester as well as the first Roundtable. We had a great group of volunteers on Wednesday, and a delicious first meal: black beans and rice with peppers and onions, mango salsa, deviled eggs, homemade wheat-flax bread with honey butter and muscadine grapes. It was a feast. We’re going to be a little short-handed possibly this week, especially in the afternoon, since one of our regulars is going to be gone. If you can help out anytime on Wednesday, let us know. And if you’d like to commit to a regular volunteer gig at the cafe this semester, we would love it!
So, after adding in the cafe and Roundtable last week, we’ll be adding a few more things to our regular weekly schedule this week and next…
CENTERING PRAYER AND REFLECTION: Each Friday after the Breakfast Brigade, at 7am, house members gather for a short community prayer consisting of 20 minutes of centering prayer, a short reflection and some sharing. The prayer is open to anyone, so if you do Breakfast Brigade or find yourself still downtown at 7am Friday, feel free to drop in an join us.
ART FOR ALL RETURNS! The Art for All project resonated with so many people last year that we have decided to continue it. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 17 (note that this is next Saturday, not this-coming Saturday), from 1-4pm, we’ll start a new series of project for personal enjoyment and the end-of-semester art sale. Local artists and crafters will join us each Saturday to teach new skills, provide some guidance and encourage folks to get creative. For one upcoming A4A project, we’re looking for donations of T-shirts in all conditions and colors. You can drop them by the house anytime (leave them on the front stoop if no one is home).
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME (GATOR) FOOTBALL? We’ll be hosting four viewing parties for Gator football games during the season, with the first one being on Saturday, Sept. 17, vs. Tennessee. We usually get a good turnout of folks who don’t otherwise get to relax and watch the game and we try to make it a really enjoyable experience for all. We’d like to have groups “sponsor” each of the games we’ll be showing this year (others are Oct. 1 vs. Alabama; Oct. 29 vs. Georgia; and Nov. 12 vs. South Carolina). Sponsoring typically includes providing some party food (chips and dips, chili, pizza, iced tea, etc.), helping with set-up and clean-up, and hanging out for the game (if possible). If you or a group of folks you know are interested in sponsoring one of the football game parties, let us know, especially if you think you can help with the Sept. 17 game.
NEW BROCHURE PRINTED AND ONLINE: We printed up our new brochures for the semester this past week and have copies at the house. Help us spread the word by picking up a couple when you are at the house and sharing them with friends, putting them out at your church, etc. The new brochures have the schedule for the fall semester plus general information about all of our projects, history, philosophy, etc. Click here to see the GCW Fall 2011 Brochure online.
As with every week, let us know if you think you’ll be able to help out and when. You can drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week! And happy Labor Day!