Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sign up to help with Dorothy’s Cafe next week!

Dorothy’s Cafe starts back up next week!  Follow this link to sign up to help, or email us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information.

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GCADP EVENT AT THE GREEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY

GCADP EVENT AT THE GREEN HOUSE THIS  SATURDAY: Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GCADP) invites you to meet Florida Death Row exonerees Herman Lindsey and Seth Penalver. This “meet and greet” social will be on Sat, Nov 2 from 7-9pm at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House. Refreshments provided by GCADP.  Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death and spent 18 and 3 years, respectively, on death row in Florida before proving their innocence and gaining release.  They will give a brief talk, at 7:30 pm, sharing their stories. The rest of the evening will be an opportunity to meet them and share fellowship with them.  They will also be speaking Sat, Nov 2, at 3:30 pm in the library at St Augustine’s Catholic Church and Student Center, 1738 W University Ave, and Sun, Nov 3 at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Mennonite Meeting House,  1236 NW 18thAve. Each event will have a different primary speaker; the public is encourage to attend both.  Call Miriam Elliott at 352-378-1690 for more information.

 DOROTHY’S CAFÉ STARTS BACK UP NEXT WEEK!  We are still planning to restart Dorothy’s Café, serving a nutritious lunch in a welcoming, hospitable atmosphere, next Wednesday, November 6.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, and serving/clean-up is from 12-3.  Can you make a regular commitment to volunteer?  If so, or for more information, please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com

 COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 (volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible).  Volunteers and breakfast foods continue to be needed!  Food can be dropped off the evening before each breakfast (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings) from 6-8:30pm, or the morning of each coffee shop at 7:15, or you can contact Daniel at daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com to arrange an alternate time

 MICROFARM MORNINGSEach Thursday morning from 8-11:30 will be a workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).   Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

 ART-FOR-ALL: Saturdays from 2-5pm at the Green House, come help craft items for our upcoming open house and holiday sale. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are welcome.  This week’s project is recycled paper earrings and paper cranes.

 QUOTATION OF THE WEEKFrom the introduction of All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben:

[Dorothy] Day had spent the first thirty years of her life in an internal battle between an intense drawing to Christian faith (specifically, Roman Catholicism) and an equally strong, deeply personal identification with the sufferings of the poor and the struggles of working men and women under capitalism.  Until she met [Peter] Maurin, she saw no way to bring these two things together…Then, after an agonized prayer for guidance… Day found Maurin at her tenement door…Out of all [Peter’s] talk came a vision for what was to become the Catholic Worker movement, the answer to Day’s prayer.

HOUSE NEWS: Volunteers Needed, and Time Change for Coffee Shops

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Green House.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDWe need more volunteers for pretty much everything we have going at the Green House right now, particularly the Coffee Shops and the Microfarm workdays.  Also, if we are to restart Dorothy’s Café next month as we hope, we need some commitments for regular volunteers (Wednesdays—preparation from 9:30-12, serving and clean-up from 12-3).  Please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com  for more information, or to let us know if you can make a regular (or irregular) volunteer commitment to any of our projects.

COFFEE SHOP: Please note we have decided to adjust the serving time for our Coffee Shops (previously known as “Breakfast”) to 7:30-9:30am, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, with volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15am, if possible.  The number of guests we are serving has continued to be quite high, so please keep the gifts of breakfast foods coming!   Food can be dropped off the evening before each breakfast (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings) from 6-8:30pm, or the morning of each coffee shop at 7:15, or you can contact Daniel at daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com to arrange an alternate time

MICROFARM MORNINGSEach Thursday morning from 8-11:30 will be a workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).   Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

ART-FOR-ALL: Saturdays from 2-5pm at the Green House, come help craft items for our upcoming open house and holiday sale. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are welcome.  This week’s project is cinnamon and bread dough ornaments.

THANK YOU!  Thank you so much to all those who have recently sent in financial gifts to the house!  We greatly appreciate your generosity, which has made it possible for GCW to stay afloat for the time being.  For those able to make a regular commitment for the future so we know what we can count on, we appreciate it, but one-time gifts are very welcome as well—every little bit helps!

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: At our roundtables this semester, we are discussing the book All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben, so we thought we’d share a quotation from that book each week.  This is from the forward (written by Kate Chatfield):

The message of the gospel is meant for all people and the beliefs and values of the Catholic Worker were never meant to begin and end at the walls of an “official” House of Hospitality… As Christians, we are all called to perform the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy at a personal cost.  We are all called to be peacemakers.  We are all called to live lives of voluntary poverty.  We are all called to build a new world within the shell of the old and to serve God by serving the common good.

Peace,

The GCW crew

Grand Opening! Gainesville’s Own “Little Free Library”

Last June, our West Virginian volunteer, Oliver Crawford, made a long term dream come true.  He built a free little library for our parking lot oasis!

Little Free Libraries are a place neighbors can share their favorite literature and stories. As the sign says, “Take a book, leave a book.” What a nice way to connect people over a good book! And it’s just perfect with the beautiful painted park bench (thanks to Mary Peer, and Gloria and Clayton Grady-Schmidt) and Maggi’s lovely butterfly flower donation.

Do you have a favorite book you would like to donate? If so, just drop it by the Green House between 6:30-8pm on Sunday, Monday, or Thursday evenings, or anytime we are open for an event (see our schedule for this week).  We have bookplates for you to fill out with your first name and a sentence or two about why you liked the book. Or you can download your own here.
Also, we may have the only solar-powered library in the country. Oliver installed a solar panel on the roof which lights up the library for a few hours after dark!
Little Free Library and Oliver

Oliver with the Free Little Library he built–Thank you, Oliver!

Roundtable this week; Dorothy’s Cafe Restarting next month!

Dear friends, 
 
Here’s what’s going on at GCW this week and beyond: 
 
BREAKFAST: The word has been getting out about breakfasts, and we had many guests this week.  We will be continuing to serve on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 7-10am. Please keep the gifts of breakfast foods coming!  We need items such as hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, baked goods, fair trade coffee, juice, and more.  Food can be dropped off the evening before each breakfast (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings) from 6-8:30pm, or you can contact Daniel at daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com to arrange an alternate time.  Also, Daniel is one of our most stalwart volunteers, but he recently injured himself and will not be able to help with breakfast until he is healed, so we really could use some extra volunteers.  Let us know if you’re able to volunteer on a regular or one-time basis!

MICROFARM MORNINGS: Each Thursday morning from 8-11:30 will be a workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).  BAM donates almost all it produces to the Green House so it is a crucial part of what we do.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com)or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.  Check BAM out on facebook at https://www.facebook. com/pages/Black-Acres- Microfarm/175375829288542

 
ROUNDTABLE–THURSDAY, 10/17: We will be hosting our first roundtable of the semester from 6:30-8pm at the Green House.  We will share a potluck dinner, and discuss the prologue, introduction, and first two chapters of the book All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker.  All are welcome, even if you have not read the book!  One or two copies are available at the house if you would like to borrow one…and we could use some extra copies too, if you have one to lend.
 
ART-FOR-ALL: Saturdays from 2-5pm at the Green House.  The focus will be on crafting items (including home-made jam) for our upcoming open house and holiday sale. No crafting experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are more than welcome and will be able to work on crafts of their own.  This week’s project is fabric ornaments.

DOROTHY’S CAFE STARTING BACK UP IN NOVEMBER: We are planning to restart Dorothy’s Cafe on Wednesday, November 6.  Prep will be 9:30-12 and serving 12-3.  We are looking for volunteers, especially those who can make a regular weekly commitment.  We are also looking for small groups that want to “sponsor” one individual cafe.  Please contact gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information.

 
WISH LIST: Our continued thanks to those who have been sending in gifts.  Besides financial gifts, here are some of the items the Green House can use right now: towels, blankets, socks, scarfs, winter hats, any first aid stuff, and small size toiletries.  Thank you so much!
 
Peace,
 The GCW crew

A Message from the Art-For-All Crew

Hi all,

We are happy to announce that the Art For All group is ready to get going with meetings on Saturdays from 2 – 5 pm at the Green House starting this coming Saturday, October 12. We will be focusing the next two months on crafting items (including home-made jam) for our upcoming open house and holiday sale. No crafting experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are more than welcome and will be able to work on crafts of their own. Please join us and spread the word!

A schedule of craft session is below. Also below is a wish list of needed items.

Thanks,

Beth, Mary, Lynn, Kendera, Bill, Linda and Elizabeth

 

Art For All Schedule

All meetings are 2 – 5 pm

October 12: Wood ornaments

October 19: Fabric ornaments

October 26: Cinnamon and bread dough ornaments

November 2: Recycled paper earrings and cranes

November 9: Jam making and card making

November 16: More jam making, jar decorating, and card making

November 23: Fabric and paper gift bags

November 30: Finishing up and preparing for sale

December 7: Community Open House and Art For All Holiday Sale!

With Bake Sale! Time to be announced.

 

Wish list:

For jam making:

Mason jars (can be used) and mason jar lids (new only); fruit pectin

For crafts:

White school glue; paper (for card making); old Christmas cards; old calendars; fabric scraps; ribbons

 

HOUSE NEWS: Now serving breakfast on Mondays, too!

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Green House.

BREAKFAST: Thank you for all the support we have received this past week as we reopened the Green House!  We are happy to report that everything went really well.  So well, in fact, that we have decided to serve breakfast on Mondays, in addition to Tuesdays and Fridays, all from 7-10am.  Please keep the gifts of breakfast foods coming!  We need items such as hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, baked goods, fair trade coffee, juice, and more.  Food can be dropped off the evening before each breakfast (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings) from 6-8:30pm, or you can contact Daniel at daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com to arrange an alternate time.

MICROFARM MORNINGS: Each Thursday morning from 8-11:30 will be a workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).  BAM donates almost all it produces to the Green House so it is a crucial part of what we do.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com)or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.  Check BAM out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Acres-Microfarm/175375829288542

ART-FOR-ALL is back, Saturdays from 2-5pm at the Green House.  The focus will be on crafting items (including home-made jam) for our upcoming open house and holiday sale. No crafting experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are more than welcome and will be able to work on crafts of their own.

ROUNDTABLE NEXT THURSDAY, 10/17: Next Thursday, October 17 (NOT this Thursday!) we will be hosting our first roundtable of the semester from 6:30-8pm at the Green House.  We will share a potluck dinner, and discuss the book All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker.  All are welcome, even if you have not read the book!  One or two copies are available at the house if you would like to borrow one.

THANK YOU, ALL GCW SUPPORTERS!  And finally, a HUGE thank you to all who have been sending in gifts to the Green house!  We really need your support and your prayers right now, if the Green House is going to continue its work and mission.  Did you know that GCW is the only active Catholic Worker in Florida right now?  Alll the more reason to try to keep the flame alive.

Peace,

The GCW crew

 

 

Microfarm Workday and Art for All Today!

We are pleased to say that our first week of re-opening the Green House has been going really well so far!  

Just a quick reminder that our Microfarm workday is TODAY Saturday, October 5.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

Also, the Art for All crew has decided to meet TODAY, Saturday, Oct. 5 as well.  If interested, join them at the Green House at 2pm.  Children are welcome!

Finally, we will post a fuller update on the activities of the past week and those coming up this next week tomorrow, but for now just fyi the breakfasts were so successful this past week that we have decided to add breakfast on Monday, in addition to Tuesday and Friday.  Thanks to all who have been helping with that!

Peace,

The GCW crew