Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pizzas needed for Dorothy’s Cafe!

Pizza, pizza! Pizzas are needed for our last Dorothy’s Cafe of the semester tomorrow (Wednesday) and we have not had many folks sign up yet. Please follow this link to let us know if you can bring one (or two, or more!), or to let us know if you can come help make pizza, serve, and/or clean up. If you want to have a pizza delivered to the house from a local pizza place, the address at the Green House is 218 NW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, 32601.

Contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com for more information. Thank you!!

Last Week of the 2013 for GCW–can you help with our regular events or with end-of-the-year House work?

GCW HOLIDAY BREAK, AND CLEANING DAYS: The Green House will close for the Christmas Break on Thursday, December 19 after our roundtable discussion, and will reopen January 5 at 4pm with our Open Table prayer service for January.  As we close, we would like to give the House a thorough cleaning and have everything in order for the new year.  There are many tasks with which we could use extra help.  If you are available to stop by and help for a bit on December 19, 20, or 21 at any time between 9 AM and 6PM, please contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up.  Thank you!

ADVENT COMPLINE AND BIBLE STUDY: Monday December 16, from 7:30-9 at the Green House, we will be sharing our final Advent Compline (Night Prayer), followed by a scripture study in which we take a closer look at the stories of Jesus’ birth.  We have already looked at Matthew and also Luke chapter 1; this week we will look at Luke chapter 2.  All are welcome (you do not need to have attended the previous sessions).  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com  for more information.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ—PIZZA EXTRAVAGANZA! As per tradition, our last Dorothy’s Café of the semester, Wednesday, December 18th, will be a pizza party!   We will need volunteers to help make pizzas from 9:30-12 (bring your favorite topping if you wish) and others to drop off pizzas—homemade or from a local pizza establishment such as Big Lou’s, Italian Gator, Five Star, Satchels etc.  We will also need volunteers as usual to help with serving/cleanup from 12-3, and just cleanup from 3-4.  Sign up for any of these here, and if you are bringing pizza, please indicate how many.  Also, we will be showing appreciation at this last café for our many amazing volunteers—none of this could happen without you!

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.  Donations of breakfast foods are welcome—contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.  Please note there will be no coffee shop on Friday, December 20th.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Volunteers are desperately needed.  Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

DECEMBER ROUNDTABLE—FINISHING ALL THE WAY TO HEAVENAt our roundtable potluck this Thursday from 6:30-8pm, we will be looking at the final three chapters and afterward of All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben.  You do not need to have read the book to participate in the discussion.  Please join us if you can, and bring a dish if you are able (but come anyway, even if you do not have a dish to share!).

ART-FOR-ALL ITEMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Although we had a record setting sale at our Holiday Open House last week (thank you!), many of the beautiful Art-for-All items are still left.  Please consider dropping by any time the house is open for our events this week, or else contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com to arrange a time to stop by and finish your holiday shopping!

ITEMS NEEDEDWe are in need of blankets and also of big strong drinking glasses (garage sale or thrift store purchases welcome!).  Please contact gvillecw@yahoo.com if you can donate either of these items.

CHRISTMAS SNAIL MAIL LETTER: Our Christmas letter is in the mail!  We have also posted a copy on our website if you would like to read it.

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: From The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’s Birth, by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, HarperOne, 2007, pg. 166-167:

…[E]ach Advent is a time of repentance for the past and change for the future.  Do we think that peace on earth comes from Caesar or Christ?  Do we think it comes through violent victory or nonviolent justice?  Advent, like Lent, is about a choice of how to live personally and individually, nationally and internationally.
            Christmas is not about tinsel and mistletoe, or even ornaments and presents, but about what
means will we use toward the end of a peace from heaven upon our earth.  Or is “peace on earth” but a Christmas ornament taken each year from the attic or basemen and returned there as soon as possible?           

GCW Christmas Letter

 

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December 2013

Dear Friends of GCW,

2013 proved to be a roller coaster year at the Gainesville Catholic Worker, but with the help of friends who believe in what GCW stands for, we are getting back on track.  As the year end approaches we want to share with you some of our journey.

Our in-house residents for 2012-2013, Gloria and Clayton Grady-Schmidt, and Vickie Machado were a huge help with all of the projects of the Green House throughout the year.  In addition, Gloria and Clayton painted our lovely doors, and decorated the bench Mary Peer donated to help make the bus stop area an oasis. Also, our June guest/volunteer Oliver Crawford built the cheerful “Little Free Library” next to the bus stop.  Other highlights of the spring included a number of thought-provoking programs during the monthly roundtable discussions (including a presentation by Vickie), and our Art-for-All Spring Sale/Open House.

In August we learned that Johnny and Kelli would not be able to continue their leadership roles.  This was a heavy blow; after all, they had provided the inspiration, guidance and sheer hard work for so long.  How could the dream continue without them?  A group of volunteers and friends decided the answer was: how could we let that dream die?  Many prayers and much work later, we have begun the long journey back.

After making plans for the month of September, we re-opened the Green House on October 1.  Graciously, two former community members, Kendera (with her daughter Moraa) and Daniel agreed to come live at the house at considerable sacrifice to themselves. Daniel’s devotion to cheerfully continuing so many house duties despite a serious knee injury (sustained playing soccer shortly after the house re-opened), and Kendera’s gentle presence and creativity have made the House a warm, welcoming place.

We kicked off our fall by offering “Coffee Houses” two and soon three times a week, offering hot coffee, a light meal, and a newspaper in a quiet, comfortable environment. In November, we added Dorothy’s Cafe back to the weekly schedule, serving wholesome, home-cooked meals made with care to people who often go without truly sustaining food. The Art-for-All group has also been active this fall, crafting items for our holiday open house and sale, which was a great success.  Black Acres Microfarm, run by community members Lynn Chacko and Jade Allen, continues to be a wonderful source of fresh produce for the Green House as well.

We are so grateful to our many friends and supporters who continue to make this work possible. From the farmers who donate their produce, the volunteers who do laundry or chop vegetables, the bakers who donate bread, the friends who gets the house a washer, a dryer, and a stove when one breaks, we are constantly amazed at the generosity of so many. The love and compassion each of you bring shines in this House for all who visit and we truly can’t thank you enough.  As we head into the new year, we ask for you continued support, including financial gifts. We wish you and your families a blessed Christmas and New Year.

 Gratefully,  

The GCW Crew

Need help with Dorothy’s Cafe tomorrow (Wednesday, 12/11)

A quick request: we had thought we had Dorothy’s Cafe covered for tomorrow, Wednesday December 11th, but the group that was planning to come help is no longer able to do so.  If anyone out there is able to volunteer to help out, we’d very much appreciate it! Prep is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up is from 12-3, and final clean-up is from 3-4.  Any time you are able to share would be welcome!  Follow this link to sign up, or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Advent Compline/Bible Study Monday, Art-for-All Items Still Available, and more…

ADVENT COMPLINE AND BIBLE STUDY: Monday December 9, from 7:30-9 at the Green House, 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.  Last week we looked at Matthew; this week and next we will focus on Luke.  All are welcome!  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com  for more information.

ART-FOR-ALL ITEMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Thank you to all who stopped by our Open House and Holiday Sale this past Saturday!  It was a wonderful afternoon, and we enjoyed seeing many of our friends.  Many of the beautiful Art-for-All items were sold, but there are still many wonderful things left!  Please consider dropping by any time the house is open for our weekly events, or else contact us at gvillecw@yahoo.com to arrange a time to stop by and finish your holiday shopping!

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—ALL SET FOR THIS WEEK; PIZZA CAFÉ NEXT WEEK: This week a group from Jacksonville is coming to help out with Dorothy’s Café, so we are all set on volunteers.  However, next week will be our last café of the semester, and per tradition we will be doing a pizza café.  Watch for more details in our update next week!

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Volunteers are desperately needed.  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 (very centrally located in the heart of Gainesville).

 

GCW BUSINESS MEETING: Our December business meeting was pushed back from last week to this coming Thursday, December 12 from 7:30-9 at the Green House.  All are welcome.

GCW HOLIDAY BREAK, AND CLEANING DAYS: The Green House will close for the Christmas break on Saturday, December 21.  As we prepare to close, we would like to give the house a good cleaning and have everything in order for the new year and the new semester.  There are many tasks with which we could use extra help!  If you are available on December 19, 20, or 21 at any time for an hour or two, please contact gvillecw@yahoo.com and we can set up a time for you to stop by and help out.  Thank you!

CHRISTMAS SNAIL MAIL LETTER TO GO OUT THIS WEEK: Our Christmas snail mail letter will be sent out later this week.  If you would like to receive a copy and do not think you are already on our address list, or would like to give us your updated address, please contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.  We would also be happy to send you a copy via email!

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:

In one of her “On Pilgrimage” columns, Dorothy [Day] explained that [Catholic Worker] anarchism in another way, playing of St. Augustine’s famous adage: “To us at the Catholic Worker, anarchism means ‘Love God and do as you wish.’”  Of course, for the Christian, to truly love God is to wish to follow God’s will, not one’s own.  So, in the end—if Day’s statement is to be taken seriously—Catholic Worker anarchism is a sublime paradox: In the name of absolute freedom, we must voluntarily renounce that freedom for the will of God and the common good, becoming the servant of all.  We must become like Christ, washing feet at the Last Supper.  And, in so doing, we will discover for the first time the true meaning of freedom.

Don’t forget about the Open House and Art-for-All Holiday sale!

Don’t forget about the Open House and Art-for-All Holiday Sale tomorrow, Saturday December 7 from 1-4pm at the Green House, 218 NW 2nd Avenue in Downtown Gainesville