Pastor John will lead the October Pastors’ studies. On October 2nd, we will explore the La Convivencia en Al Andalus, a time when Islam, Judaism and Christianity peacefully coexisted and flourished in Medieval Spain. On October 9th, 16th, and 23rd Pastor John will present The Jesus Fatwah, Love your (Muslim) neighbor as yourself. Much of what passes as information about Islam is disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah (from Living the Questions), Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith. The Wednesday Pastors’ Study is from 10:00 to 11:30 am in Rooms 9/10. There will be no Pastors’ Study on October 30th.
It just keeps happening! Closet clutter is vanishing as we gather unwanted household items to bring to the church between October 28th and 30th (8:00 am to 2:00 pm each day) for the Fall Rummage Sale on November 1st and 2nd. We know that the sale will transform those donations into cash to fund church missions and projects. When we explain that to friends and neighbors...Presto! They offer to donate their clutter. But the best magic of all is how the hard work of transporting items, sorting, setup, selling, and clean up becomes fun when you are working with others on this worthwhile event. Call the church office (297-1181) to volunteer.
Note: Please mark the size on bed and table linens you donate.
Now is the time for everybody to come to the aid of the Rummage Sale. Last year the CACC-UCC Rummage Sale was able to help 12 deserving organizations. This year we need you to make it happen again.
Playing a treasure hunt game can make the rewards astounding. Your goal is to find a minimum of five to ten items each week! Here are your categories as “clues” for your search: jewelry, clothing, shoes, purses, kitchen, appliances, housewares, linens, electronics, clocks, lamps, frames, arts, office, books, medical, personal care, luggage, toys, pets, crafts, sports, tools, furniture and holiday. Have fun with your adventure.
Just think, it doesn’t need to cost you anything to share a little of your blessings. God calls us to make good use of the gifts he has given us. Now is your time.
Set-up week: Oct. 28th-31st (Mon-Thurs)
Donations: Oct. 28th, 29th and 30th only by 2:00 pm
Sale: Nov. 1st and 2nd. (Fri. and Sat.)
On November 3rd, we will once again remember our passed loved ones (animal loved ones, too) with a table of remembrance between services. Pictures, mementos, and notecards can be shared at this special display in honor of All Saints Day and Los Dias de los Muertos. Special Mexican treats will be served at our table of remembrance. This will be a time to remember those who have loved us, whom we have loved and those who have impacted our lives.
Tuesday Morning Spiritual Life Group: Gospel of Mark with Pastor Michael Bush.
We will meet beginning Tuesday, November 5th at CACC-UCC from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. We will have time for prayer. We will look at the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, and seek to discern what it means to seek the “Reign (Kingdom) of God” in our own time and place. We will share questions, insights, joys, and struggles. We will close with a time to pray for and with each other. This will be an ongoing group. You will be asked to covenant to be part of the group for six weeks, and then we will have the option of renewing the covenant. Come and see!
Two short classes, a walking tour and an opportunity to join are available for any and all who want to know more about this church and what membership means to us. Interested? Have questions? The short classes will be on two consecutive Sundays, November 10th and 17th, in between worship services from 9:15 to about 10:00 am in the Chapel, focusing on CACC-UCC and United Church of Christ’s beliefs, mission, and history.
The next Sunday, November 24th, will be a tour of the church. If you decide to become a member, we will welcome New Members during the services on Sunday, December 1st! To sign up, please call the church office (297-1181) or sign up in McNear 9/10.
On Sunday, Nov. 10th, author Jan Cleere will present Legacies of the Past: Arizona Women Who Made History. Jan has written numerous award-winning non-fiction books about the lives of western pioneer women. Her program will highlight stories of women who had an impact on the history of the territory and the state. The Forum meets in McNear Hall at 11:30 am. The one-hour presentation is free and open to the public.
Fall into God’s peacefulness. Taizé is an alternative form of worship that includes soothing music, spirit-filled readings and silent meditation by candlelight. There is no sermon. Taizé services are on the second Thursday of each month in the CACC-UCC sanctuary, from 6:30 to 7:15 pm (music continues until 7:30 pm). All are welcome to this unique spiritual experience. Feel free to bring a friend!
We have not had a raspado (Mexican sno-cone) in a while, so let’s ride to Sonoran Delights on West Congress and enjoy one. The ride is an easy loop that follows the Santa Cruz River Trail and is 14.1 miles in length.
We will meet at 9:00 am at the end of Sweetwater Dr., which turns off the east bound frontage road between Camino del Cerro and Prince Rd. Go past the Sweetwater Wetlands (west of I-10) about .4 mile to a small parking area. Please wear a helmet and bring a water bottle.
For additional information, please contact Charlie or Marj Wippermann at 520-373-4248. Direction maps to the Sweetwater parking area and bike route maps are available in the church office.
Please save the date for the All Church Picnic which is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th at 11:30 am. This year we will be serving pulled pork and several vegetarian/vegan dishes as the entrees.
Please sign-up during Coffee Hour on September 29th, October 6th, and October 13th. When you sign-up, let us know how many will be joining us for the picnic and what dish you will be bringing to share. It will be great fun to see our church family and friends as they return from their summer vacations and retreats. Please join us!!
Springs in The Desert: Thursdays Evenings for Thirst Quenching at Casas Adobes UCC
6:30 pm each week
Taizé Service on Second Thursdays, Spiritual Life Group other Thursdays
Many people have experienced a deeper sense of God, connection with fellow travelers on the spiritual path, greater self-awareness, strength for life’s journey, and inspiration to put faith into action by gathering weekly for a time of prayer, study, and engaging conversation (and sometimes food, too!). Our souls, minds, and bodies are thirsty for such spiritual nourishment!
Building on the Spiritual community already in place with the second Thursday evening Taizé services (which gathers this month on Oct. 10th), a new Spiritual Life Group will meet beginning Thursday, October 17th, at CACC-UCC 6:30 to 7:30 pm, facilitated by Pastor Michael. Our time will open with prayer. We will move through the Gospel of Luke to help us discover what it meant to follow Jesus then, and how we can continue to receive the Spirit at work in our lives and world now. We will share questions, insights, joys, and struggles. We will close with a time to pray for and with each other. This will be an ongoing group. You will be asked to covenant to be part of the group for six weeks, and then we will have the option of renewing the covenant. Sign up through the Office or in McNear 9/10.
Blessing of the Animals (two days) – Friday, October 4th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturday Oct 5th, 8:00 to 10:00 am: Drive through pet blessings celebration of God’s creation, St. Francis of Assisi, and our animal friends.
Save the date for a July Potluck Luncheon! Stay connected with friends this summer and attend the potluck luncheon on Tuesday, July 9th. The membership team always makes it fun! Enjoy a salad bar and an ice cream bar (lettuce, dressing, and ice cream provided). Bring salad or ice cream toppings and your table service. Bring your friends and be entertained! The fun starts at 12:00 noon till about 2:00 pm. Sign up Sundays June 30th and July 7th in the courtyard.
Look for the answer to the question “Who Is My Neighbor?” at Vacation Bible School 2019. During this week the children will explore who their neighbor is through Bible stories such as the Good Samaritan. Our neighbors are next door, on the other side of the world, and every place in between and we will discuss how to be a neighbor to one and all. June 9th through 14th (Ages 4-11). Registration is open - click below to download VBS Packet. Volunteers always welcome. See Pastor John for information.
Join us for this fun event! Try your hand at Pysanky, the Ukrainian way of using wax and dyes to color eggs, at an Easter-time workshop in Rooms 9/10 of McNear Hall. Beginners and oft-timers are welcome. Basic instruction will be presented, plus pattern ideas will be available to all attendees.
The 7th Annual Ewing Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 20th benefits our Scholarship Fund and provides scholarships for our youth for post high school education. Among the numerous ways you can participate, here are two:
Registrations to play are now available: $100 per person or $360 for a foursome, includes breakfast, lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart. Sign up to play today! OR
Pay not to play - make a donation to the scholarship fund! Any amount is appreciated. For donations of $100 or more you can sponsor a hole on the course. The sponsored holes will include a sign with your name on it!
Questions? See David Huisjen or George Gluski. Thank you for your support!
This month’s hike will be a 4.1 mile loop in Saguaro East National Park. This is an easy, level hike following the Shantz, Loma Verde, and Pink Hill trails. We will start at the Broadway Trailhead, which is on the south side of Broadway Blvd. between Freeman Rd. and Camino de Codorniz. Meet at the church at 7:00 am to carpool or at the trailhead at 8:00 am. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring water and snacks. For more info, please contact Charlie or Marj Wippermann at 373-4248.