Sundays at 9:00am: Christian Education Class for all ages
Sundays at 10:30am: Worship in Sanctuary
Mondays at 6:00pm (1st & 3rd): Mind Wholeness Ministry Spiritual Support Group
Thursdays at 6:00pm: Bilingual Prayer Vigil
Mind Wholeness Ministries: Spiritual Support Group
Mind Wholeness Ministries of First Christian Church offers a spiritual support group for people and families facing mental health challenges. Anyone desiring spiritual and/or emotional support is invited to this group.
The group meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
The Rev. Mary Alice Do facilitates the groups and is working with our denomination’s National Benevolent Association to help churches become welcoming and supportive of people affected by mental health challenges.
Bilingual Prayer Vigil
Vigils of accompaniment and hope are a time to pray for our hospitality guests; those affected by the political, humanitarian, and legal complexities of the border; others experiencing challenges; and to lift our concerns for our lives and the world. All are welcome. The prayer vigil takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm in the chapel.
UA Campus Pantry!
Our Forward Together discernment process emphasized a more intentional consideration of the University community. Through our listening campaign, we have connected with the Campus Pantry at the University of Arizona. The University community faces challenges with food insecurity among its student populaton. In an effort to partner with these neighbors, we will receive donations for the Campus Pantry beginning November 1. This marks a change in our food collection focus from the Community Food Bank to the Campus Pantry. Please note the different kinds of food requested from the Campus Pantry (click here to view the list). Donations will still be received in the welcome area.
Arizona Justice for our Neighbors (AZJFON)
Thursday, November 14, 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Iglesia Luterana de San Juan Bautista, 1130 E Bilby Rd, Tucson, AZ 85706
AZJFON is an Arizona non-profit organization affiliated with the National Justice for Our Neighbors organization which is an immigration ministry of the United Methodist Church. We are based here in Tucson and provide low cost immigration legal services for low income families as well as engaging in educational and advocacy efforts. We have been in operation since February, 2018. Our office is located at Iglesia Luterana de San Juan Bautista on Bilby Rd. We hold monthly legal clinics at Nueva Esperanza United Methodist Church and are scheduling other legal clinics at other locations in southern Arizona. We have recently initiated monthly clinics for victims of gender-based violence and other crimes.
We are excited to hold an open house to introduce our new office, executive director and plans for expanded legal services. This event will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. It is a drop-in event with opportunity to talk with our staff and board members.
As of Friday afternoon, Casa Alitas does not need us to receive guests at the FCC shelter this week.
But, Casa Alitas invites all First Christian Hospitality Ministry volunteers to serve at the Casa Alitas Welcome Center on Ajo Way. If you have received the Safe Interactions training at First Christian, you do not need to undergo the Casa Alitas Safe Environment training. However, you are asked to take a tour of the welcome center to learn in what areas you may wish to volunteer. Please contact Pastor Ailsa to let her know you are coming and find out where to park.
Faith Floods the Courtroom
Tuesday, November 19
· Mass Meeting
Wednesday, November 20th
· 8 AM Interfaith Prayer Service outside Court
· Fill the courtroom for the trial
· Hold vigil outside the Federal Courthouse (detailed agenda to come for those who RSVP)
CROP Walk: Thank you!
Thanks to all who walked and who contributed to a successful CROP WALK this year. The total donation so far is $701 from FCC. It was a special 50th Anniversary of this event started by Jim Logan of Catalina Baptist Church and our very own George Tolman of First Christian Church for Church World Service. In Tucson we have been walking since 2002 – 17 years – with a total of two hundred sixty-four thousand two hundred eighty-eight ($264,288) dollars thus far before adding this year’s contribution.
So if you missed giving there is still time by giving to First Christian Church with a reference in the memo line for CWS/CROP. Seventy-five (75%) percent goes to Church World Service and twenty-five (25%) percent stays in Tucson to feed hungry people through the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Free Kitchen.
Special thanks to our walkers and water table ready helpers: Pastor Ailsa Guardiola González, Krysia González, Sabah Al-Hassani, Laura Allen, Susan Harris, Judy and John Indermark, Debbie Munhall, Sharon Sorensen, and Tavis Tessler. Because FCC won the t-shirt design contest one hundred ($100) dollars was included with our contribution, Susan receiving a CWS scarf as well for submitting the winning design.