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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 SHOPS: Monday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer or to bring food. Please note there will be no coffee shop on Friday, December 20th.
MICROFARM MORNING: Come help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30. Volunteers are desperately needed. Contact Jade Allen via email (email@example.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 HEAVEN: At 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to stop by and finish your holiday shopping!
ITEMS NEEDED: We are in need of blankets and also of big strong drinking glasses (garage sale or thrift store purchases welcome!). Please contact email@example.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?