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Interfaith Community Shelter Meals

Members of our St. Bede’s congregation will prepare and serve meals this year at the Interfaith Community Shelter (Pete’s Place), 2801 Cerrillos Rd, the week of December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018.

Ideally people will help from 5 – 9 pm, but any help is welcomed. We will be serving at least 100 people each night, so think big if you’re cooking or buying food. Checks to support the purchase of food are also welcome.

Sign up sheets will be kept in the office and also will be placed at the back of the worship space for the Sunday services.

We especially need a leader for each of these evenings: Jan. 4, 5, and 6.

Trudy O’Toole and Carol Neelley are the coordinators this year.

Trudy’s contact info:

(575) 642-1554

Carol’s contact info:

(575) 770-0544

Sunday Forums, 9:15 am

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November 12 – 9:00 am and Noon

We will have two Town Hall meetings on Sunday, November 12, at 9:00 am and noon, with news about our construction project. All are invited. These will be multi-media presentations in St. John’s Catherine Room, and you will be pleased with what you see. Please plan to come to either one.

St. Bede’s Book Club

Please join us beginning Monday, January 8, at 12:00 pm for four weeks of reading and discussion of the award-winning New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by NYU law professor Bryan Stevenson.

This committed lawyer made a difference in a broken justice system in the American South, and he was himself changed as he learned the importance of compassion and mercy in the pursuit of true justice. Discussion will be held on four Mondays through February 5, with the exception of the Martin Luther King holiday on January 15.

Please read chapters 1 – 4 for the first meeting. Discussion will be led by Trudy and Denny O’Toole. Discounted books may be preordered from Rickie Sherill at 955-8550 or , or purchased from other outlets. For further information, please contact Njeri Nuru-Holm, .

Car Seats for Refugee Children

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7

At the recent Adult Forum sponsored by the Justice and Peace Committee, Mi’raj Bukhari-Frayer, leader of the Santa Fe Refugee Collaborative, brought us up to date. The refugee families from Syria and other countries have endured unspeakable hardships – torn from their homes, seeing family members killed and the resulting trauma, but they are adjusting to life in America. Language barriers and employment challenges are at the forefront of what they face.

Parishioners of St. Bede’s have been providing much-appreciated support in numerous ways and the most recent request is for car seats and booster seats for the children. While few have vehicles, they need these items when transportation is provided by volunteers. The specifics:

for infants, rear facing,
for toddler to 5 year-olds, forward facing
for 5 to 7 year-olds, booster seat

If you have had any one of these for visiting grandchildren and it is no longer needed, please bring it to the Common Room where you’ll find the large turquoise box. Target currently has booster seats on sale for under $20. If you wish to purchase one.

A repeated request is for cleaning supplies for our newcomers who take pride in keep their living spaces clean and orderly.

Spanish Classes

holaBeginning Tuesday September 27, Betty Scannapieco will offer a new Spanish class for beginners at 12:30 pm.

There are currently Spanish classes for intermediate level every Tuesday at 1:30 pm and for advanced conversational level at 2:30 pm.

If you are interested in joining any of these classes, please contact Betty at 995-0757.

St. Elizabeth’s Dinner Shopping and Delivery

ste dinnerFor nearly 30 years, St. Bede’s has participated in a ministry that involves shopping once a month (first Thursday) at Sam’s Club for a dinner for St. Elizabeth’s on Alarid St. We deliver the items (which are always the same) but we do not prepare the dinner. We have enough volunteers that you need do this only once, or perhaps twice, a year.

ste dinner 2If you have a Sam’s Club card, we need you! If you don’t, we’ll pair you up with someone who does. You can work either singly or in pairs, and you can choose a month that is convenient for you. The cost of the groceries is around $100. You can either donate this amount or fill out a form to be reimbursed. The ministry is funded by the Outreach Committee.

If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Judith Beery at 490-5818, or judith2bee@gmail.com. Kathy Christison is the co-chair.