Monthly Archives: November 2013

ART FOR ALL Open House/Holiday Sale, Advent Compline and Scripture Study, and more…

ART FOR ALL OPEN HOUSE AND HOLIDAY SALE: Come celebrate the season, share some holiday refreshments, and see the beautiful and creative arts and crafts made from “up-cycled” material at our ART FOR ALL weekly workshops this fall. Items include homemade jam, ornaments, earrings, paper cranes, and more, and would make wonderful gifts. Proceeds support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. The GCW “Green House” is located at 218 NW 2nd Avenue in downtown Gainesville.  Find our facebook event page here and help spread the word!

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ADVENT COMPLINE AND BIBLE STUDY: Beginning this Monday, December 2, and continuing on Monday Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec.16 (but NOT the 23rd) we will be sharing Advent Compline (Night Prayer), followed by a scripture study in which we take a closer look at the stories of Jesus’ birth .  On the 2nd we will focus on the infancy narrative in Matthew, and on the 9th and 16th we will look at Luke’s.  We will pay close attention to what these stories really say (and don’t say) and consider the implications for our understanding of Jesus in these two gospels.  The prayer time will last roughly from about 7:30-8, and the scripture study from 8-9; you are welcome to come just to one or the other.  Please join us, and invite any friends who might be interested.  All are welcome!  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com  for more information.

PRAYER SERVICE ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 1st: The Open Table community will be holding its monthly prayer service and potluck Sunday, December 1st beginning at 4pm at the Green House.  Please join us as we begin our Advent journey together.  All are welcome!  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information.

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday, and Friday Mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods are welcome—contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: Come help us prepare and serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information or sign up here.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Volunteers are desperately needed.  We have had almost no volunteers at any of the microfarm workdays this fall.  BAM is essential to the work of the Green House because it donates almost all that it produces to GCW.   Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: From Chapter Three of All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben, quoting Dorothy Day:

No one asked us to do this work.  The mayor of the city did not come along and ask us to run a bread line or a hospice to supplement the municipal lodging house.  Nor did the Bishop or Cardinal ask that we help out the Catholic Charities in their endeavor to help the poor.  No one asked us to start an agency or an institution of any kind.  On our responsibility, because we are our brother’s keeper, because of a sense of personal responsibility, we began to try to see Christ in each one that came to us.  If a man came to us hungry, there was always something in the ice box. If he needed a bed and we were crowded, there was always a quarter around to by a bed on the Bowery.  If he needed clothes, there were our friends to be appealed to, after we had taken the extra coat out of the closet first, of course.

 

–Dorothy Day

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ART FOR ALL Open House and Holiday Sale: December 7 from 1-4pm

Forget Black Friday!  Wait a week and join us for a very colorful Saturday sale, with lovely, eclectic, and unique gifts that you can feel good about.

On Saturday, December 7, from 1-4pm at the Green House, our ART FOR ALL crew is hosting an Open House and Holiday Sale. Come celebrate the season, share some holiday refreshments, and see the beautiful and creative arts and crafts made from “up-cycled” material at our ART FOR ALL weekly workshops this fall. Items include homemade jam, ornaments, earrings, paper cranes, and more, and would make wonderful gifts. Proceeds support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. The GCW “Green House” is located at 218 NW 2nd Avenue in downtown Gainesville.

Below are pictures of just some of the items you can see at the sale.  Also, here is the link to our facebook page for this event–please share this with anyone who might be interested! https://www.facebook.com/events/1432658193619342/

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Thanksgiving Week Schedule, and some things to plan for in December

THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE:  We will be holding our usual coffee shops on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and we are also adding an extra workday on Monday at the Microfarm (see below for more).  But then, the Green House will be closed Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen Sunday, December 1 with the Open Table monthly prayer service.  

MICROFARM MORNINGMonday, November 25 from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM we have added a special workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).  Volunteers are desperately needed.  We have had almost no volunteers at any of the microfarm workdays this fall.  BAM is essential to the work of the Green House because it donates almost all that it produces to GCW.   Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.  To any high school students looking for community service hours, please consider volunteering!

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, and Tuesday mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Again, high school students are welcome to volunteer for these, and/or we can find other jobs around the Green House—contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com.   Please note: no coffee shop Friday morning this week. 

ART-FOR-ALL: It’s almost time for the Open House and Holiday Sale!  Please join us on Saturday December 7 from 1-4pm at the Green House.  We will be selling the various items the Art-for-All crew has been crafting all fall –and which would make wonderful gifts!

PRAYER SERVICE ON SUNDAY: The Open Table community will be holding its monthly prayer service and potluck Sunday, December 1 beginning at 4pm at the Green House.  Please join us as we begin our Advent journey together.  All are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information.

ADVENT COMPLINE AND BIBLE STUDY: Mark your calendars for Mondays in Advent—December 2, 9, and 16 (but NOT the 23rd) from 7:30-9pm.  We will be sharing Advent Compline (Night Prayer) each of those Mondays, followed by a Bible study in which we take a closer look at the stories of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.  Please join us!

THANK YOU! A big thanks to Chris Jetté for buying and helping to install a replacement washer for us (our old one broke beyond  repair this past week).  Chris and his family also donated a dryer just a couple of weeks ago, so we are very grateful.  It takes a lot of laundry to keep the Green House going!

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

For the[Catholic] Worker, voluntary poverty is not taken on out of some sort of spiritual masochism…It is not a penance.  Neither is it required because the gifts and pleasures of the material world are evil in and of themselves.  Rather, voluntary poverty is welcomed so that we might live with integrity, in authentic solidarity with the poor—those we serve, those on whose behalf we speak out against injustice, those we empower to speak out for themselves.  Poverty is adopted gladly, because in it we discover liberation.  As we let go of the comforts and protections of the bourgeois world, we find ourselves free to make personalist choices without having to calculate their potential cost.  We have nothing left to lose.  As Dorothy Day wrote:

 

“Once we begin not to worry about what kind of house we are living in , what kind of clothes we are wearing, we have time…to remember that we are our brother’s keeper, and that we must not only care for his needs as far as we are immediately able, but try to build a better world.”

GCW Recognized, News for this week, and Looking ahead to Thanksgiving and Advent

GCW RECOGNIZED BY ACCHH: This past week, the Gainesville Catholic Worker received a Community Service Award from the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry.  The award was for being an Outstanding Faith-Based Organization providing services to the homeless. We are honored and humbled to be recognized in this way by the ACCHH.  Gloria and Dave Chynoweth represented GCW in accepting the award this past Thursday at the Breakfast on the Plaza sponsored by ACCHH.  The plaque is on display at the Green House.

ROUNDTABLE–THURSDAY, 11/21: We will be hosting our monthly roundtable on 11/21 from 6:30-8pm at the Green House.  We will share a potluck dinner, and discuss chapter 3  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.  Also, this will be followed by a GCW business meeting from 8-9pm for those who are interested in sticking around for that.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: We had another wonderful cafe this past week; thank you so much to all the volunteers who came out to help us serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere, particularly those volunteers who came for the first time. We can still use more volunteers this coming week, especially with prep. Preparation from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information or sign up here.

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 (volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible). We could still use more volunteers, particularly for cleanup which is from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Breakfast foods such as baked goods, hard boiled eggs, juice, etc. can be dropped off Monday, and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm, or the morning of each coffee shop at 7:15.  If you plan to bring food, please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.

MICROFARM WORKDAYSThis coming Saturday from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM will be another workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).  Also, each Thursday morning from 8-11:30 (including this Thursday, 11/21) is also a workday at BAM.   Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

ART-FOR-ALL: Every Saturday 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.  Our project this Saturday is more jam making, jar decorating, and card making.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THANKSGIVING WEEKPlease note that the house will maintain its regular schedule Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, with coffee shops both those mornings (11/25 and 26).  However, we will not be open the rest that week.  To any high school students out there looking for community service hours while you are out of school that week, perhaps you would like to help with coffee shop that Monday or Tuesday?  Or at the Microfarm on Monday morning, 11/25?  Or we can find other jobs for you to do around the house—just let us know by contacting gvillecw@yahoo.com

LOOKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER: We will be holding our Open House and Holiday Sale at the Green House on December 7 from 1-4pm, at which we will be selling the various items the Art-for-All crew has been crafting all fall (and which would make wonderful gifts!).  Also, mark your calendars for Mondays in Advent—December 2, 9, and 16 (but NOT the 23rd) from 7:30-9pm.  We will be sharing Advent Compline (Night Prayer) each of those Mondays, followed by a Bible study in which we take a closer look at the stories of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.  Please join us!

THANK YOU’S: We are so grateful to Strongtree and Sweetwater for the delicious fair-trade organic coffee, Porters Community Farm, Black Acres Microfarm, and the farmers from the 441 Farmer’s Market for the fresh produce, Doreen for the locally raised eggs, and Habitat Re-Store for the jackets and warm clothing.  Thank you, all, from the bottom of our hearts!

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

Dorothy Day often identified the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ as the basis for everything the Catholic Worker is and does.  This somewhat startling claim is based upon the fact that, with numerous mystics and theologians before her, Day saw in the Mystical Body of Christ an expression of an indissoluble, eternal interconnection of human beings with God and with each other…

…No longer is it merely a matter of law that we should care for the weak, minister to the poor, protect the exploited.  Rather, as St. Paul points out, it is…a matter of what we might call enlightened self-interest that we do so.  This is because if any part of the Body suffers, we all suffer.  Whether we see it or not, every time human life is diminished, every time a woman or man agonizes needlessly, every time hope is extinguished, every time injustice prevails, we are each in a fundamental and profound way wounded.

…[T]he traditional “corporal works of mercy”…cease to be what they always risk becoming in conventional “charity”—a condescending legalism in which one doles out a tithe to the “unfortunate” (with one eye on a promised heavenly reward).  Rather, those works are a necessary response to family, to the Head of the family Himself, the incarnate Christ meeting us—as Mother Teresa has often put it—“in His most distressing disguise.”

Our needs this week, Lots of thank you’s, and more…

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We really could use more volunteers for pretty much every project running at GCW right now, but particularly Dorothy’s Café—especially the preparation shift (9:30 AM -12PM).  Can you make a regular (or irregular) commitment to volunteer?  Let us know or find out more by emailing gvillecw@yahoo.com.

CAN YOU HELP?  It’s November, and property taxes for the Green House are coming due.  At this time, we do not have enough to cover them along with all of our other regular expenses.  Can you help with a special gift?  We can also use help from folks who are willing to make a regular commitment to give, so that we know what we can count on in order to keep the Green House and all our various endeavors going.  Contact at gvillecw@yahoo.com to let us know or for more information.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: Our first week of bringing Dorothy’s Café back went very well, again aside from a slight shortage of volunteers for the preparation shift.  We’ll be back at it this week, with preparation from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information or sign up here.

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COFFEE SHOPSWe are still having coffee shops on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 (volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible). We could also use some volunteers just for cleanup, from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Breakfast foods such as baked goods, hard boiled eggs, juice, etc. can be dropped off Monday, and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm, or the morning of each coffee shop at 7:15.  If you plan to bring food, please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.

MICROFARM WORKDAYSThis coming Saturday from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM will be another workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).  Also, each Thursday morning from 8-11:30 (including this Thursday, 11/7) is also a workday at BAM.   Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

ART-FOR-ALL: Every Saturday from 2-5pm at the Green House, come help craft items for our upcoming Open House and Holiday Sale, which is coming up December 7 from 1-4pm.  No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are welcome.  This past Saturday, the Art for All crew made lots of blackberry jam! Lynn Chacko contributed over 36 cups of pesticide-free blackberries from Black Acres Microfarm. Check out the pictures here. Our project this Saturday is more jam making, jar decorating, and card making.

THANK YOU STRONGTREE ORGANIC COFFEE ROASTERS for the generous gift of a lot of coffee for our morning coffee shops.  We are ever so grateful.  If you don’t know about Strongtree (https://www.strongtreecoffee.com/) you should check them out!  They are another local roaster of organic, fair-trade coffee.

MORE THANK YOU’S:  We would also like to thank Porters Community Farm (https://www.facebook.com/PortersCommunityGardenSseedProject) for the beautiful kale they donated for Dorothy’s Café this past week, and also Black Acres Microfarm (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Acres-Microfarm/175375829288542) for the sweet potatoes and chayote squash.

AND A HUGE THANKS FOR THE NEW STOVE AND DRYER!!!Two different friends have recently given us some very generous gifts!  One friend who wishes to remain anonymous gave us a stove to replace the one that died over the summer.  Also, Chris Jetté and family gave us a dryer (we didn’t have one before).  Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

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

Metanoia—Begin by Turning

To be sure, [making the difficult but liberating choice to embody reality in our own lives] will inevitably start with repentance (the New Testament’s “metanoia”), because—confronted with reality—we must recognize in grief and humility that we are all part of the massive, insidious revolt against truth…Until we are able to name our disease, we cannot be healed or become sources of healing for others.

            In biblical usage, however, metanoia is not just a sorrowful recognition of brokenness.  It is a deliberate, conscious turning from that brokenness toward wholeness, an about-face from death to life, from darkness to light.  In a very real sense, all the particulars of Worker life, thought and action can be seen as movements of such metanoia, conscious choices to turn in a new direction (the direction of reality), and so confront the lies of Babylon not only by denunciation but also by the simple living out—on one’s own responsibility and at personal cost—of the truth of the New Jerusalem.

The new faces of GCW

It has now been a little over a month since we re-opened the Green House, and so far things are going very well, considering the great transition we have been undergoing.  We thought you might like to know some of the names and faces that are behind the scenes at the Gainesville Catholic Worker right now.  There is a group of about a dozen of us who are trying to keep things going, with some of us assuming specific responsibilities, and some helping in a more general way.  Here’s a list of all the folks who have taken responsibility for various projects/needs at this time:

Coffee house: Mary Peer

Dorothy’s Cafe: Beth Hinrichs

Finances: David Cheny

Communications: Allison Blay

Publicity: Linda Gardner

Home Maintenance: Chris Jette

Home Chores and Volunteer Coordinator: Daniel Loya

Hospitality and Art-for-All: Kendera Omanga

Roundtable and meeting coordinator: Dave Chynoweth

Black Acres Microfarm (and other food gathering): Jade Allen and Lynn Chacko

For all those who have offered support and encouragement over the past month, we are very grateful.  We are into month two of this experiment, and we can still use all the help we can get, whether it is financial gifts, volunteering, or simply prayers and spiritual support.  We thank you all for believing in the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

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Press coverage of GCADP speakers this past weekend

Check out the articles from The Gainesville Sun and The Independent Florida Alligator about Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey, the two speakers Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty brought to town this weekend (and who stayed at the Green House this past weekend and spoke there on Saturday):

http://www.gainesville.com/article/2013131109915

http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_5a79e9e2-450d-11e3-ab8c-001a4bcf887a.html

Also, here is a two minute video summary from The Alligator:

http://www.alligator.org/multimedia/video/article_def64c20-44fd-11e3-b351-001a4bcf887a.html

 

 

GCADP Event TONIGHT; Dorothy’s Cafe starts back up this week

GCADP EVENT AT THE GREEN HOUSE TONIGHT!  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 tonight– Sat, Nov 2 from 7-9pm at the Gainesville Catholic Worker House (The Green House—218 NW 2nd Ave).

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 18th Ave.  Call Miriam Elliott at 352-378-1690 for more information.

PRAYER SERVICE TOMORROW: The Open Table community will be holding its monthly prayer service and potluck tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 3 beginning at 4pm at the Green House.  The theme month will be “Cloud of Witnesses.”  All are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ STARTS BACK UP THIS WEEK!  This Wednesday Nov. 6, we are bringing back Dorothy’s Café to our weekly lineup, serving a nutritious lunch in a welcoming, hospitable atmosphere.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, and serving/clean-up is from 12-3.  Can you volunteer this week?  If so, click here to sign up, or for more information, please contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com.

COFFEE SHOPSWe are still having coffee shops on Monday, 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 WORKDAY AND MORNINGThis coming Saturday from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM will be the monthly workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM).  Also, each Thursday morning from 8-11:30 (including this Thursday, 11/7) is also a workday at 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.  Our project today (Nov. 2) is recycled paper earrings and paper cranes, and next Saturday (Nov. 9) it is jam making and card making.

THANK YOU SWEETWATER ORGANIC COFFEE for the generous gift of a lot of coffee for our morning coffee shops.  We are ever so grateful.  If you don’t know about Sweetwater (http://www.sweetwaterorganiccoffee.com/) you should check them out!  They are a local roaster of organic, fair-trade coffee.

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

In a very real sense, the whole of Catholic Worker theory and practice comes down to a single question: How does one live a consistent, fully human life?…

In beginning to formulate an answer to that question, the Worker does not start with anything new or “original.”  The assumptions about the nature of reality in which its response is grounded are not things created by Dorothy Day or Peter Maurin; they are all to be found in Hebrew and Christian Scripture, in the teaching of the Church, and in nearly two thousand years of Christian faith and practice…

…Indeed, what is singular about the Worker’s response to these assumptions is that it dares to believe that they can be enfleshed in the way we live our lives together, do our work, and structure our society…

That the men and women of the Catholic Worker have, in a unique way, “made up their minds” to attempt to put into concrete practice truths that Christians down through the centuries have affirmed in the abstract goes a long way toward explaining the character and charism of the movement.