It’s that time of the year when we ask the members of Catalina to help us make the holidays a little brighter for the 80 recipients of the weekly Snak Pak Program at Blenman Elementary School! The children are out of school for two weeks and the weekly food we pack just doesn’t last through the vacation. So we will, once again, supplement it with donations from our congregation. The families are very appreciative and it’s something we can do so easily. There will be collection boxes in the Narthex and in The Refuge on December 7 and December 14. This year we are collecting soup, pasta and pasta sauce. Please select pasta sauce in metal cans, the children carry their own bags home, so glass is not a good choice! We thank you in advance for showing the love of Christ to these families through your donations.
Donations are due by December 10. Collection boxes are located in the entrance to the sanctuary and in fellowship hall. Please only donate NEW items. The complete information about Holiday House is here. You can email Brenda Halferty if you have questions.
Terracycle is a program that takes waste and re-purposes it as raw materials for the manufacture of new products! You can read about it here. Terracycle also sends us a contribution for the items we submit! These contributions go toward our summer youth missions trips. The guidelines for what we can receive have changed. Click below to see the new guidelines!
Catalina is continuing its tradition of participating in the Angel Tree prison ministry. As in the past, we will be providing a clothing gift and a fun gift to 100 children on behalf of their incarcerated parents. Catalina has always enthusiastically supported this ministry which brings the Gospel of Jesus to prisoners and their children. In addition to buying a gift for a child, many volunteers are needed to prepare caregiver letters, angel tags, and Christmas cards. Volunteers are also needed to decorate the Angel Trees, collect, wrap and deliver gifts.
This year, the one to two hour work sessions have been scheduled not only in the evening but also in the morning and afternoon to allow and encourage more people to participate. Volunteers for telephone and computer work are also needed. If you have questions, wish to participate or learn more, you can contact Ina Smalzer, Catalina’s Angel Tree coordinator by phoning 520-327-0725, emailing email@example.com, or leaving a message in the church office.
Prepare caregiver letters: October 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in H32.
October 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in H32.
Prepare angel tags, gift books, and Christmas cards:
November 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in H32.
November 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in H32.
November 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in H32.
Decorate Angel Trees with angel tags: November 22 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Help on Angel Sundays: November 23 and November 30 in all services.
Collect and arrange returned gifts: December 7 after 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.
Wrap gifts: December 7 Youth Group from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in H230
December 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in H230
December 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in H230
December 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in H230
Family gift bags will need to be moved from H230 to H232: December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Deliverers pick up gifts: December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in H232.
December 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in H232.
Deliver gifts: Complete no later than December 21st
Bike Month at Catalina……we have two big events for those who are into ride bikes or those who want to get started. The city of Tucson sponsors an event called “Cyclovia Tucson”. The city will block off to automobile traffic from 4th Ave at University, north to Blacklidge from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are encouraging those who ride to come following the church service and ride your bike or even walk if you wish and enjoy time with family and our community. There will be food and music along the course.
And on Sunday, November 9th we will have our 2nd Annual “Ride Your Bike to Church Sunday”. It’s great exercise and a way to save gas, while we enjoy the great Tucson weather and support our environment.
The Blenman Snak Pak program, which provides week-end food for 80 Blenman Elementary children, is in need of volunteers. This is the 5th year we have been the Community Partner for Blenman in this endeavor. The time commitment is once a month on a Thursday morning during the school year. The volunteers drive to the Food Bank and pick up several boxes of food and take them to Blenman Elementary School where we have a spot to pack the snacks in 80 bags to be distributed to the children on Friday morning. If this sounds like something you would like to help with, or if you need more information, please call me, Sheri Pingry, at 299-0579.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Catalina will be starting a new grief group beginning Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Our sessions will be based on the Grief Share program, a Christian-based program that includes video and discussion. Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with the first hour being devoted to viewing the video and the second hour to discussion. You are welcome to participate for the full two hours or any part of it. If you stay for discussion, you don’t have to share unless you want to. It’s often helpful just to listen to others to see how they’re coping. And if you feel you don’t need or want the support of others, you can help them see what you have done to integrate your loss into your own journey.
I’ve heard people say they don’t want to join a grief group because it will be depressing. Far from it, you will leave feeling energized and hopeful, knowing that you are surrounded by others of faith who “get it.” Please call the church office at 327-4296 to register and share in a cup of cold water (Matthew 10:42).
One of my primary responsibilities as Associate Pastor here at Catalina is Evangelism, or perhaps better described as welcoming, and assimilating new members into the life of the church. This doesn’t happen automatically; it takes effort and being intentional by all our members, not just a Pastor or a committee. Our “welcoming committee” has been fairly inactive; in fact, it has been dormant for some time. This is where you come in…..if meeting new people, and working on a fun team appeals to you then I’m recruiting you. I need at least 10 people to be the core group of this team. We would probably meet once a month as we get started, but after that we could probably do most of our work by email.
Our most important duty will be to train and help the entire congregation become more aware of how we can become more welcoming. I know, we all think that we do a great job of welcoming newcomers into our midst, but this is a new era and a new generation, and the old ways need to be reviewed and updated.
So can you help? Let me know by emailing me….firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to me on a Sunday morning. You don’t have to be a member of Catalina to serve. We certainly could use some “new eyes” in helping us understand more clearly how to reach folks for Jesus. If you feel you can’t serve on this committee, we would still appreciate your input. What do you say? Can I count on you?