Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pre-Lenten Retreat, Date Change for “Setting Boundaries” Presentation, February Thank You’s, and all the week’s events

PRE-LENTEN RETREAT, PRAYER SERVICE, AND POTLUCK:  This coming Sunday, March 2, we are taking some time to prepare for Lent by coming together for a half-day retreat.  This will begin at 1pm, and will be held at the home of Lynn Chacko and Jade Allen (a.k.a. Black Acres Microfarm).  We will end our time together with our usual Open Table monthly prayer service and potluck, starting around 4pm.  All are welcome to join us for the retreat, the prayer service/potluck, or both.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com  for more information, or for directions to Lynn and Jade’s home.

DATE CHANGE: SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” ON MARCH 13th by MARSHALL KNUDSONAs we shared last week, the director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries.”  However, the date has been moved up; this presentation will now be held Thursday, March 13 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any other interested members of the community.  More details to follow in future updates.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.

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 such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉAs usual, we will be serving 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 click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  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).

HOSPITALITYWe have begun offering hospitality to our guests on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm, with haircuts, showers, respite and drinks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daniel at 863-207-3670, or gvillecw@yahoo.com

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

FEBRUARY  THANK YOU’S: We are grateful to Porters Community FarmBlack Acres Microfarm, and the farmers at the 441 Farmers’ Market for all the produce they have donated to GCW this month, and to Henderson and Daughter Plants and Produce for selling us citrus at a deep discount.  Thank you also to Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters for donating coffee for our morning coffee shops, and to Citizen’s Co-op for the big discount they give us on bulk organic flour for our bread.  Finally, a huge thank you to Lauren Barlis and Angela Lynch for volunteering to be bread sponsors for us!

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

–Mt 5:43-48

Roundtable this week: welcoming Kurt and Alex, and special presentation by Alex

MONTHLY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION-THURSDAY, 2/20, 6:30-8pm: This coming Thursday will be our monthly roundtable discussion/potluck, and it will be a special one indeed as we formally welcome two new members to our community: Kurt Naperschat and Alex Templeton.  In addition to this, Alex will be our speaker for this roundtable.  Originally from Thomasville, North Carolina, he describes himself as a traveling Catholic Worker.  He interned at the Simone Weil/Peter Maurin House in Dubuque, Iowa, and most recently served a fledgling CW community he helped to form in Yuma, Arizona.  The title of his presentation is: “The Future of the Catholic Worker Movement.”  Please join us to welcome Kurt and Alex, and to hear Alex’s presentation.  If you are able to bring a dish to share, that would be helpful, but if not, come anyway!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “SETTING BOUNDARIES” ON MARCH 27 by MARSHALL KNUDSON: The director of the Alachua County Crisis Center, Marshall Knudson, will be coming to share a special presentation on “Setting Boundaries” on Thursday, March 27 from 7-8:30pm at the Green House.  All of our volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any other interested members of the community.  More details to follow in future updates.  Check out the facebook event page for this presentation here.

HOSPITALITY: We have begun offering hospitality to our guests on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm, with haircuts, showers, minor first aid and respite and drinks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daniel at 863-207-3670, or gvillecw@yahoo.com

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 such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: As usual, we will be serving 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 click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGSCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30 or for the monthly weekend workday this Saturday, 2/22 from 8:30-11:30.  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).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:  

What is Love?
Loving someone does not simply mean doing things for them; it is much more profound. To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance; it is to understand them, understand their cries and their body language; it is to rejoice in their presence, spend time in their company and communicate with them. To love is to live a heart-to-heart relationship with another, giving to and receiving from each other.”
– Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche

Bread Sponsor Needed, Hospitality Thursdays, and More…

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR GCW BREAD?  One of the favorite parts of Dorothy’s Cafe is our home-baked bread but it takes a lot of flour! We are still looking for anyone willing to “sponsor” our bread by purchasing bulk flour from the Citizens Co-op. The Co-op has been so kind to extend to us a discount so it comes to just $22 for a 20 lb bag of organic whole wheat or white flour. Sugar, yeast, salt, and beans are also appreciated. Ask for details on ordering.  Contact gvillec@yahoo.com for more information.

OTHER GCW NEEDS:

  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Very sturdy large drinking glasses (not small juice glasses). Thrift store or garage sale finds are very welcome!
  • Spoons
  • Tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • Old white sheets for the Art-for-All crew

HOSPITALITYWe have begun offering hospitality to our guests on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm.  The first day was a success with the House crew offering haircuts, showers, minor first aid and respite and drinks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daniel at 863-207-3670, or gvillecw@yahoo.com

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 such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉAs usual, we will be serving 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 click here to sign up.  PLEASE NOTE: We will not need quite as many volunteers this week, as a group from United Church of Gainesville is coming to help; this is reflected in the sign-up link.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  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).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst
oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.

Isaiah 58:7-10

Welcome to two new members, Looking for a bread sponsor, and all the week’s news…

WELCOME KURT AND ALEX! We would like to extend a warm welcome to two recent additions to the live-in community at the Green House: Kurt Naperschat and Alex Templeton.  Kurt has been participating in the GCW community for some time now.  He is originally from this area, but spent much of his life traveling around.  We feel blessed that he has made his home with us now.  Alex also is a “ramblin’ man.”  Born in Thomasville, North Carolina, he now travels around as a full time Catholic Worker, most recently in Yuma, Arizona.  We will have a more official welcome for both Kurt and Alex at our roundtable later this month on Thursday, February 20th, and Alex will be our speaker so you can come hear more of his story then, if you like.  Watch for details in future updates.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR GCW BREAD?  One of the favorite parts of Dorothy’s Cafe is our home-baked bread but it takes a lot of flour! We are looking for anyone willing to “sponsor” our bread by purchasing bulk flour from the Citizens Co-op. The Co-op has been so kind to extend to us a discount so it comes to just $22 for a 20 lb bag of organic whole wheat or white flour. Sugar, yeast, salt, and beans are also appreciated. Ask for details on ordering.  Contact gvillec@yahoo.com for more information.

OTHER GCW NEEDS: As mentioned last week, we are still in need of more very sturdy drinking glasses, and also more spoons.  Thrift store or garage sale finds are very welcome!  Also, the Art-for-All group needs old white sheets.  And finally, we could use some tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc.) for the House if you have any to spare.

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 such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, baked goods, and fair trade coffee are welcome.  Contact gvillecw@yahoo.com to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉCome 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 click here to sign up.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  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).

ART-FOR-ALL: Art-for-All is meeting this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Green House.  If you enjoy crafting and turning up-cycled items into something beautiful, please join them!  No prior crafting experience required.  Children are welcome.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. And there too a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. The range tends to narrow down, but it gets much more real. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.

From a letter written by Thomas Merton to Jim Forest dated February 21,1966.  The full text of this letter is published in The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters by Thomas Merton edited by William Shannon, published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. Merton would have been 99 years old this past week.