Monday, June 06, 2016

Announcements for Week Ending 6/11/2016

Reminder: Taizé Service this Tuesday, June 7th at 6:45 PM in church ~ all invited! Contemplative prayer 9:30 AM, June 11 ~ House of Prayer ~ All welcome

Reminder: Guatemala Project send off fiesta here Saturday, June 18, 5 PM including blessing of a Jeep Cherokee donated by a Tucson Samaritan who attends Southside Presbyterian, greetings from indigenous friends, and welcome to Domingo Alvarez Ajanel, health leader and president of the 22 associated rural communities with whom we work. Thanks to parishioner Robert MacArthur, who donated frequent flier miles to make Domingo’s trip from Guatemala possible.

Putt-ing Kids First event June 10th!
Please join the Blair Charity Group for a fun-filled family evening at Golf & Stuff June 10th from 6pm to 10pm.  The all-inclusive price covers all attractions food and beverage and supports the mission of the Blair Charity Group and Arizona Basketball Academy and its summer camps and monthly clinics.   Our two camps this summer will serve over 200 Tucson area kids in a program that combines basketball skills taught by current and former University of Arizona Basketball team members as well as former and current NBA players with a unique approach to incorporating life skills training.  We offer these camps and clinics to kids at no cost and our fund raising efforts support that mission.   Please see Peg Van Norman for tickets or purchase online at

SIGN UP TO VISIT OPERATION STREAMLINE with the Social Action Committee on June 28!  Every weekday at the Federal District Court in Tucson, up to 70 immigrants receive prison sentences after being charged with the felony of “re-entry after deportation.” This is your chance to witness en-masse legal proceedings.
Sign-up sheets located in back of church.

Thanks to everyone who brought in lifesaving water and wonderful gifts of socks (great quality!) for desert walkers as we devoted last Sunday to welcoming the stranger among us. We also assembled 100 migrant food packs for distribution by Tucson Samaritans.  Artist Deborah McCullough and spouse Ed, both active Samaritans, delivered all our gifts, a full-to-overflowing carload.  Debbie writes, “Ed and I successfully unloaded everything with the help of a young migrant recently arrived sitting in the shade at Southside.  It was a generous gift from your church.  On behalf of those who will benefit and whom we will probably not meet personally, thank you.”

From now to June 19, please bring a limited number of supplies for Guatemala Project: reading glasses in great condition (150 to 3 00 magnification); adult and prenatal vitamins with minerals, children’s chewable vitamins with iron (iron is essential due to pervasive anemia).  For anything else, please check with Coordinator Ila Abernathy. We will haul supplies down in a jeep Cherokee donated by Samaritan Michael Hyatt. And don’t forget to join us Saturday, June 18th at 5 p.m. to bless the jeep, welcome community leader Domingo Alvarez Ajanel, who joins us from Guatemala, and celebrate the continuing adventure.