Monthly Archives: April 2013

HOUSE NEWS: Join us on Friday…or Saturday…or Monday….

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

Lots happening over this last stretch of days before we take a one-week break between semesters! Here’s what you need to know, and we hope you can join us for one or more of these events!

Citizen's Coop, 435 S. Main Street, Be there on Friday night for the Art Walk and visit our table!

Citizen’s Coop, 435 S. Main Street, Be there on Friday night for the Art Walk and visit our table!

TOMORROW, FRIDAY APRIL 26, WE’RE ON THE ART WALK! We’re so grateful to Citizens’ Coop for including our artists and crafters from Art for All in this Froday’s Art Walk, taking place from 7-10pm at a variety of locations downtown (click here to see and print out a map). We’ll have a table at Citizens’ Coop, displaying and selling items made by our cadre of artsists and crafters who gather each Saturday at the Green House to make beautiful things from recycled materials. So if you have a chance to drop by the table and say hello and maybe purchase something, we would be so grateful!

DROP BY CITIZENS COOP AND HELP SUPPORT THE GREEN HOUSE: And speaking of Citizens Coop… Don’t forget to that all this month (five more days!), Citizens Coop is featuring us, The Green House, as the object of their “Be the Change” campaign. Set up at each register in the store is a glass jar and information about the Green House. Customers can drop their change into the glass jars and at the end of the month, the Coop will direct all the proceeds to us. They’ll be doing this every month, focusing on a different group, and we’re lucky enough to be the very first one! So drop by the Coop, pick up some great food, and drop your change in the jar! Come on Friday night at visit the Art Walk table and drop some change in the jars!

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, MONTHLY WORKDAY AT THE MICROFARM: If you have not visited Jade and Lynn’s microfarm, you don’t know what you’re missing! They have done incredible things at Black Acres Microfarm, and each month, we host a workday at the farm to help give back for all the produce they send our way each week for us to share with people who don’t get much good, healthy food. Come this Saturday and help out with basic farm chores, anytime between 9am and noon. BAM is located at 415 NW 32nd Street, near to the Publix Shopping Center on 34th Street and University Avenue.

From left, Tamra (former GCW live-in community member), with Gloria and Vickie

From left, Tamra (former GCW live-in community member), with Gloria and Vickie

MONDAY, APRIL 29, END OF THE SEMESTER PRAYER SERVICE AND POTLUCK: Each semester we are so lucky to have a group of people make a commitment to live and work at the Green House, and when it the semester ends, it is always hard to say good-bye. So at the end of each semester, we host a special prayer service and potluck dinner, to thank these young folks and send them off with our blessing to continue the work they’ve begin here wherever their journey may take them. So on Monday, April 29 at 6:30pm, we invite you to join us in saying good-bye and thank you to Vickie, Gloria and Clayton. Vickie has lived with us for two years now, and volunteered for several years prior to that.

Clayton, at the cafe

Clayton, at the cafe

Gloria and Clayton also volunteered for several years and spent the past year living at the house. We hope you’ll come, share stories and memories about them, and join us in blessing them as they move on from Gainesville into new and exciting endeavors. If you can bring a dish to share, that would be great! The prayer service will begin at 6:30pm with the potluck dinner to follow. And besides our live-in community members, we always like to give thanks to anyone who has spent time volunteering at the Green House during their time in Gainesville. So come by and let us know if you’ll be leaving after this semester or over the summer can we give you a proper thank you!

NEEDED: TUESDAY MORNING VOLUNTEERS! We’re short-handed on volunteers for Tuesday’s breakfast and could use 1-2 regulars, between 7-9am. (We could also use a second volunteer on any of the weekdays beginning with May and running through June!). Let us know if you’re interested and can help out.

ON BREAK FROM MAY 5-12: We’ll also be taking a short break, May 5-12, while UF and Santa Fe are on break between semesters. We’ll start back up with a summer schedule for May and June on Monday, May 13th. Check the website soon for more info on what will be happening during May and June.

Thanks for all your support!

HOUSE NEWS: Roundtable on intentional communities this Thursday

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

First off, a quick thank you to everyone who helped out this weekend preparing for and then participating in the big Art for All Open House and Sale. We had a great turn-out, much pie was eaten, and many folks helped support the house by buying some of the items created this past semester at Art for All. We’ll continue to display items throughout the next two weeks, so if there is something you might like to purchase, stop by any weekday and you can look at what is left (someone is always on duty between 1-5pm, but you can stop by anytime). We’ll also be displaying at the Art Walk on Friday, April 26, so come by and see us then (more info in next week’s email). You can click here to see some of the items created at Art for All.

ROUNDTABLE THIS WEEK ON INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES: This week, we’re really excited to have back with us Whitney Sanford, UF professor of religion, to talk about “Sustainability, Autonomy, and Resilience: Lessons from Intentional Communities.” The roundtable will be on Thursday at 6:30pm at the Green House. Here’s a short description: “Intentional communities such as Catholic Worker Houses and Farms, ecovillages, and Transition Towns, demonstrate alternatives, including voluntary simplicity, regional economies, and community responsibility. What can we learn from these communities, and how do these lessons translate beyond these communities?” Bring a dish to share if you can!

COMMUNITY PRAYER SERVICE ON SUNDAY: This Sunday, we’ll be hosting a community prayer service and potluck dinner at the Green House, from 4-7pm. A small group of folks have been meeting monthly to worship together, plan activities and share a meal. Everyone is welcome to join us. Bring a dish to share if you can!

DROP BY CITIZENS COOP AND HELP SUPPORT THE GREEN HOUSE: All this month, Citizens Coop is featuring us, The Green House, as the object of their “Be the Change” campaign. Set up at each register in the store is a glass jar and information about the Green House. Customers can drop their change into the glass jars and at the end of the month, the Coop will direct all the proceeds from us. They’ll be doing this every month, focusing on a different group, and we’re lucky enough to be the very first one! So drop by the Coop, pick up some great food, and drop your change in the jar! Thanks! (You can see more about it here, http://www.citizensco-op.com/community/be-the-change, although the site is down right now for some reason.)

Thanks for all yor support!

HOUSE NEWS: Come have a piece of homemade pie and enjoy the Art for All Open House this Sunday

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

art for all -2smART FOR ALL OPEN HOUSE (WITH HOMEMADE PIES!) THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 14: Each semester, a group of artists and crafters from among our house community, former guests and community members, volunteers, and friends who live on the street meet every Saturday to encourage each other’s creativity. They make beautiful objects of art and wonderful and useful crafts from a whole host of found and recycled items–old calendars, t-shirts, bottles, magazines, and such. These items get “up-cycled” to make vases, gift bags, rugs, paper flowers, ornaments and more (click here to see some Art for All creations). And at the end of each semester, we host an Art for All Open House to share with the larger community these beautiful works of love. The Art for All Open House will be this coming weekend, on Sunday, April 14, from 1-4pm. Stop by to see the work of these artsists and crafters, enjoy a slice of homemade pie, and maybe pick up a Mother’s Day (or graduation) gift. Please invite friends and others!

DROP BY CITIZENS COOP AND HELP SUPPORT THE GREEN HOUSE: All this month, Citizens Coop is featuring us, The Green House, as the object of their “Be the Change” campaign. Set up at each register in the store is a glass jar and information about the Green House. Customers can drop their change into the glass jars and at the end of the month, the Coop will direct all the proceeds from us. They’ll be doing this every month, focusing on a different group, and we’re lucky enough to be the very first one! So drop by the Coop, pick up some great food, and drop your change in the jar! Thanks! (You can see more about it here, http://www.citizensco-op.com/community/be-the-change, although the site is down right now for some reason.)

A WINDOW INTO THE WORLD OF THE GREEN HOUSE: Kelli wrote a really beautiful piece that I think captures a slice of our life at the Green House. The post is on her blog, What We Need Is Here, and it is entitled “Mercy.” You can find it by clicking here. Check it out when you have the time.

INTERESTED IN LIVING AT THE GAINESVILLE CATHOLIC WORKER FOR A SEMESTER? Each semester, we accept 3-6 students, recent grads, and other aduts who are interested in exploring life and work in a gospel-based community, standing with and working alongside people whom our society marginalizes, and deepening one’s sense of the intersection between spirituality and social justice. The GCW Semester gives individuals the opportunity to experiment with and practice a life of simplicity, solidarity, service, community, spirituality and more. It is a “total immersion” engagement in the life and work of the GCW. If you or someone you know might be interested in living and working with us for the Fall 2013 semester, we’d love to share information and talk. Email us and we’ll send some information to look through and set up a time to meet.

Hope you’ll stop by this weekend, Sunday from 1-4pm, and share a piece of pie with us!