The weather is chilly and Marj is making chili so please join us for a ride through Continental Ranch. The ride will be an easy 12.0-mile loop on bike trails and lanes with one mile on a lightly traveled road. We will meet at the Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N. Silverbell Rd. at 10:00 am. After the ride we will go to Marj and Charlie Wippermann's house for a chili lunch. Marj will make her chili, which is scrumpdillyicious and a veggie recipe. Please wear a helmet and bring a water bottle. For additional information, contact Charlie or Marj Wippermann at 373-4248. Direction maps to the school and bike route maps are available in the church office.
The 2018 Forum series leads off Sunday, Jan. 21st with a presentation on Battling Hunger in Tucson. Food security is a global issue, but there is stark evidence of the problem here in Tucson. More than 187,000 people (15.4% of the area population) were identified as food insecure in a 2014 government survey. Program speakers will be Marco Liu, Director of Family Advocacy and Outreach for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Curt Balko, Interfaith Community Services Food Bank Coordinator. They will provide insight into current issues impacting food security and probe the nature and extent of hunger in the Tucson area. The presenters will describe local measures and programs in place to address the problem and what further action is necessary to alleviate a pressing need. The Forum convenes at 11:30 in McNear Hall. The one-hour program is free and open to the public. Invite your friends to learn about a topical issue. Light refreshments provided.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national "grass-roots" movement which allows young people to participate in justice work to feed local people in need. 100% of the funds and non-perishable food collected by CACC-UCC youth this year will go to benefit Interfaith Community Services (ICS) and Youth On Their Own (YOTO). This year's collection will happen on February 4th, so save the date. Wear your favorite sports-team attire to either service and come to the "kick off" celebration waffle brunch. The salsa-making contest returns with the CACC-UCC chili pepper crown on the line once again. The kick-off brunch is between services at 9:15. Be a "game changer" and help support our youth on Super Bowl Sunday. More information will come in the February Tidings.
Join us for our potluck on February 13th at 12:00 noon and learn about computer security. Are you worried about computer/internet security? Are you unsure what to do when you get a pop-up on your computer? Have you heard about phone scams, or been a victim of one yourself? Learn more about what to do at our February luncheon when Stephen Crawford gives a 30-minute presentation about what he does best – Solving Computer Anxiety. Stephen has over 30 years of experience with computers, and he will cover many of the topics which give us so much worry. Bring a dish to share and your table service, then sit back and get informed about how to protect yourself on the internet.
Save the Dates for these Upcoming Forums, on Sundays, after services:
Jan. 21: Battling Hunger in Tucson
Feb. 18: Political Districts Drawn Independently and Fairly
Mar. 18: Healthcare: Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid
Apr. 15: Downtown Tucson Revitalization
Don’t forget to use the tax credit for Keeling Elementary when you file your Arizona State Taxes next year, for 2017. Tax credits are dollar-for-dollar credits which benefit local schools and non-profits. Pick up a pamphlet in the Narthex, church office and at coffee hour. John Cioffi is available for questions at (310) 780-6038.
ICS helps seniors, disabled individuals and people in financial crisis achieve stable, healthy and independent lives. Casas Adobes UCC contributes money and food items every month to ICS. Here are additional ways you could help out:
- Donate new or gently used children’s books for children to take home after visiting the ICS food bank.
- Sign up for the We Care Golf Classic, November 11, 2016.
- Continue donating peanut butter, cereal, spaghetti, and canned goods.
- Go to www.icstucson.org to find other volunteer opportunities.
ICS accomplishments this year:
- Empty Bowls raised $72,000 for ICS.
- Arizona Gives Day on April 5, 2016 raised $8,705 in ONE day.
- ICS boasts 750 volunteers.
- ICS food bank helped over 28,000 people this year.
- Over $1.8 million worth of food was distributed through ICS food bank.