HOUSE NEWS: Preparing for the weeks ahead, can you help?
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!