Monthly Archives: May 2014

Thank you Eco-Stewards, Wrapping up for this school year, Pizza Cafe next week, and all this week’s news

Our weekly update is going out a day later than usual this week, due to the Memorial Day holiday.  Look for our final weekly update of the school year this coming Monday, and more information about summer needs and projects soon.

 

THANK YOU, ECO-STEWARDS!   A big thank you to Rev. Rob Mark and the entire Eco-Stewards group who visited us last week, and to our own Daniel Loya and Vickie Machado for connecting us with this group.  The Eco-Stewards helped with serving at Dorothy’s Café last Wednesday.  Then on Thursday we had a fantastic roundtable discussion with them, during which they shared more about how the Eco-Stewards program got its start, and some of the personal journeys of the participants.  The Eco-Stewards Program is a wonderful ecumenical movement seeking to help young adults connect their faith with care for creation.  If you would like to learn more, check out their website: http://ecostewardsprogram.wordpress.com/, or talk to Daniel or Vickie about it!

 

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

GREEN HOUSE SUMMER HIATUSIn keeping with past GCW tradition, we will be taking a break for the summer to regroup and to prepare the House for a new school year.  We are scaling back a little bit this week, with coffee shops only on Monday and Friday.  Our last event for this school year will be Dorothy’s Café on Wednesday, June 4; the Green House will close after that.  We plan to re-open when the school year begins again in mid-August.  We do have some ideas for special projects over the summer, so watch for news about those soon!

 

PIZZA CAFÉ JUNE 4: As mentioned above, our final Dorothy’s Café of the school year is next Wednesday, June 4.  And in keeping with tradition, it will be a pizza café!  We will need folks to help by bringing win pizzas—either homemade or from local places like Big Lou’s, Italian Gator, Five-Star, Satchell’s etc.  We will also need folks to come help us prepare some more pizzas on site.  Please let us know if you can bring a pizza either by emailing us at gvillecw@yahoo.com, or by checking out our facebook event page and responding there with how many pizzas you can bring, and what kind.  This week, May 28 will be a regular Dorothy’s Café, and we will still need volunteers for preparation and serving for that as well.  

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com. 

  •          Coffee Shops: Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •          Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •          Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

MAY THANK YOU’S: Our continued thanks 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 Doreen Starr for the locally raised eggs.  Thank you also to Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters for donating coffee for our morning coffee shops, and to Henderson and Daughter Plants and Produce for selling us citrus at a deep discount.  We are so grateful for everyone who supports the work of the Green House!

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

In honor of our friends from Eco-Stewards, once again some words of wisdom about care for creation:

 

Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.

 

–Pope Francis, Audience May 21, 2014

This quotation was shared on http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/  –a website worth checking out!

Also, for an interesting article on Dorothy Day’s voice for the land, click here.

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Eco-Stewards Roundtable this Thursday, and all the week’s news

ROUNDTABLE THIS THURSDAY! Please join us this Thursday, May 22 from 6:30-8pm at the Green House for our monthly potluck (beginning at 6:30) and roundtable discussion (beginning at 7pm).  Members of the Eco-Stewards Program will be sharing a presentation with us as part of their immersion experience.  The Eco-Stewards Program is a grassroots organization building a community of young adults (ages 20-30) who want to explore the connection between their faith and the call to environmental stewardship.  Eco-Stewards can participate in annual, weeklong place-based programs as well as summer internships at PCUSA camps and affiliated organic farms.  The Eco-Stewards program is supported by Presbyterians for Earth Care, Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, and Presbyterian Church (USA) Environmental Ministries.  The Eco-Stewards will be sharing with us about their work and their “eco-journeys.” We are happy to welcome them to Gainesville.  If you are able to bring a dish to share, that would be helpful, but if not, come anyway!

 

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

GREEN HOUSE SUMMER HIATUSIn keeping with past GCW tradition, we will be taking a break for the summer to regroup and to prepare the House for a new school year.  Our last event for this school year will be Dorothy’s Café on Wednesday, June 4; the Green House will close after that.  We plan to re-open when the school year begins again in mid-August.  We do have some ideas for special projects over the summer, so watch for news about those soon!

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.

  •          Coffee Shops: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •          Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •          Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

In honor of our friends from Eco-Stewards, some words of wisdom about care for creation:

 

We do not need to plan or devise a “world of the future”; if we take care of the world of the present, the future will have received full justice from us. A good future is implicit in the soils, forests, grasslands, marshes, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans that we have now, and in the good things of human culture that we have now; the only valid “futurology” available to us is to take care of those things. We have no need to contrive and dabble at “the future of the human race”; we have the same pressing need that we have always had – to love, care for, and teach our children.

 

–Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

 

Last Easter Bible Study, Metanoia Semester, Roundtable NEXT week, and all the week’s news

FINAL EASTER BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT: We are so grateful to Marijka Ulanowicz for leading us in a wonderful Lenten and Easter Bible Study, looking closely at the passion and resurrection stories in John’s gospel.  The final session, focusing on the epilogue in John, is TONIGHT, Monday, May 12th from 7:30-9pm at the Green House. Please join us!  All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions.

 

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS—ROUNDTABLE NEXT WEEK: Please join us next Thursday, May 22 from 6:30-8pm at the Green House (NOT this Thursday!) for our monthly potluck and roundtable discussion.  Members of the Eco-Stewards Program will be sharing a presentation with us as part of their immersion experience.  The Eco-Stewards Program is a grassroots organization building a community of young adults (ages 20-30) who want to explore the connection between their faith and the call to environmental stewardship.  Eco-Stewards can participate in annual, week-long place-based programs as well as summer internships at PCUSA camps and affiliated organic farms.  The Eco-Stewards program is supported by Presbyterians for Earth Care, Presbyterian Church Cam and Conference Association, and Presbyterian Church (USA) Environmental Ministries. The Eco-Stewards will be sharing with us about their work and their “eco-journeys.” We are happy to welcome them to Gainesville.

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.

  •           Coffee Shops: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •            Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •           Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

“Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World”/ “Mother’s Day Proclamation”

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

–Julia Ward Howe, 1870

 

 

Easter Bible Study Tonight! …and all the week’s news

EASTER BIBLE STUDY TONIGHT AND NEXT MONDAY: We are so grateful to Marijka Ulanowicz for leading us in a wonderful Lenten Bible Study, looking closely at the passion story in John’s gospel.  She has agreed to come back for an Easter Bible Study, to bring us through the Resurrection and the epilogue in John.  We have planned two more sessions: TONIGHT,  Monday, May 5th and  Monday, May 12th, both from 7:30-9pm at the Green House. Please join us!  All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions.

METANOIA SEMESTER:  As this school year draws to a close and we consider our options for the future, we are realizing we need more committed live-in community members in order to move forward.  In the past, GCW has offered internships called a “Metanoia semester” to folks interested in an immersion experience of living and working at the GCW, in order to learn more about what we are and why we do it.  If this is something that interests you for the fall or spring of next year, contact Daniel Loya to learn more, at 863-207-3670 or daniel.loya.apd@gmail.com.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Here’s the short version of this week’s schedule of regular events; for more details click here or contact gvillecw@yahoo.com.

  •        Coffee Shops: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 AM
  •        Dorothy’s Café: On Wednesday with prep from 9:30 AM -12 PM, serving from 12:30-2:30 PM, and cleanup from 2:30-3:30 PM.  Click here to sign up.
  •         Microfarm Morning: Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Contact Jade Allen via email (jadesallen@yahoo.com) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions.

 

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK 

Not the kingdom of death

Christ is risen! 

We give thanks for the gift of Easter

            that runs beyond our explanations,

                        beyond our categories of reason,

            even more, beyond the sinking sense of our own lives.

We know about the powers of death,

                        powers that persist among us,

                        powers that drive us from you, and

                                                from our neighbor, and

                                                from our best selves.

We know about the powers of fear and greed and anxiety,

                                                and brutality and certitude.

                        powers before which we are helpless.

And then you…you at dawn, unquenched,

                        you in the darkness

                        you on Saturday,

                        you who breaks the world to joy.

Yours is the kingdom…not the kingdom of death,

Yours is the power…not the power of death,

Yours is the glory…not the glory of death.

            Yours…You…and we give thanks

                        for the newness beyond our achieving.

Amen.

 

from Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann