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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up here.
COFFEE SHOPS: We 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 email@example.com to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.
MICROFARM WORKDAYS: This 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.