In this Issue: Events and Opportunities

Homeless Memorial Vigils * 12th Day of Christmas Festival *
 * 2018 MLK Day Events *  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity * and more!


T he true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 
- John 1:9

T o the Churches of New Mexico
  
B eloved
G race to you and Peace from our Lord Jesus Christ.  

In this season of Advent, I pray you are deepening your practice of holy anticipation.  Let us share with the world the REAL NEWS that we have received from our ancestors and are bold to proclaim. 

AT CHRISTMAS - December 2017          
Peter Millar, Edinburgh. 

In the global turbulence, we pause to be silent, to speak from deep places.
And so - no calm acceptance
of homeless millions, of a planet in tears, 
of shock politics, of the trajectories of hate.
We have seen further and the vision holds-
for the truths of Christmas remain true, 
confirming the joyful fact that all is not degraded in our human story.
In each new day, rich in surprise, we recapture the possibility of reaching out in love,
of rejecting fake news, of belonging together.
Look and see!
The candles are lit, celebrating REAL NEWS,
                          that hatreds fail,
                          that healings happen,
                          that barriers are broken,
                          that the arc bends toward justice.
Truly our days are infused with Light and Goodness and Mercy shine brightly within them.     
                      
May it be so. Amen.   
~~~~~~~
 
Rev. Susan J. Quass, Executive Director NMCC

NM Coalition to End Homelessness
Memorial Vigils
NM Coalition to End Homelessness 
  
SANTA FE:  Wednesday, Dec. 20, 3:30-4:30pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church,  417 Agua Fria St.

Join the Santa Fe community as we gather to celebrate and honor the lives of those who have experienced homelessness and passed away this year.  We will meet at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the courtyard.

ALBUQUERQUE:  Thursday, Dec. 21, 12:30-3:00pm
Health Care for the Homeless Memorial Wall.  1217 First St NW, ABQ, NM 

Join the Albuquerque community as we gather to remember those who passed away this year who had experienced homelessness.  At 12:30 pm we will meet at the Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless Memorial Wall (1217 First St. NW, NW side of the building) for company and a brief ceremony. At 1:00 pm we will begin our SILENT March to The Rock at NoonDay (2400 2nd St. NW). At 2:00 pm we will hold the Memorial Vigil at The Rock at NoonDay and refreshements will be provided after the Memorial Vigil.
More INFO
NM InterFaith D ialogue
NM Interfaith Dialog

Thursday, Dec 21, 5:00pm.  SHARING HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
NM interfaith Dialogue invites you to attend and share from your tradition.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church,  9504  4 th St NW- ABQ

The 12th Day of Christmas 
     6:00 pm --  January 5, 2018 

Christmas Festival Lecture & Concert presented by
Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico
Selections from Handel's Messiah & Bach's  Christmas Oratorio
     The Cathedral of St John,  318 Silver Ave, SW ABQ
 
Start 2018 With One of These Events
          J-Term 2018     January 5, 6, 12, 13

Fridays 7pm-9pm and Saturdays 9am-3pm.

This course will look at the gospel in light of its historical, pastoral, and prophetic realities  and connect them to contemporary history, spirituality and life in the Church/world.
   Faculty: Megan McKenna  FLYER
   More information: 505-873-4399 X229   Christina Spahn   

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Grant Chapel AME
2 2nd Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Community
Commemorative  Breakfast
Jan 15: 7:30am-9:30am
  Marriott Pyramid North Hotel,  5151 San Francisco Rd NE 
    Sponsor: Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church.     505-293-1300

NAACP
 Santa Fe

2018 Dr. MLK Jr. Day Observance -Santa Fe
Jan 15, Noon-2:00pm
State Capitol,   490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Sponsor: NAACP Santa Fe:    505-867-5340


NM MLK State Commission

28 Years Pursuing the Dream

Jan 15, 1:00pm- 3:00pm
C ongregation Albert,
  3800 Louisiana Boulevard NE, ABQ
Sponsor: Dr. MLK Jr. Multicultural Council 505-688-4162

2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
    Events will be held Jan 19-25  FLYER

Thursday, Jan 25  at 6:30 pm    Cathedral Basilica, First Presbyterian and Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal Pastors Panel discussion on current topics respective to their church at Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal, Santa Fe, 505.982.5619.  Info : Rose Garcia at 505.831.8243

Thursday, Jan 25  at 7 pm.      ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
TO CONCLUDE THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHIRSTIAN UNITY
   Prayer Service and Presentation featuring ValLimar Jansen at St. John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge NE, ABQ. 505.293.0088.  Sponsor: Archdiocese of Santa Fe Ecumenical & Interreligious Commission

Monday, January 22, 2018 LAM-NM 
Bishop's Legislative Luncheon & Issues Briefing 

9:00am Registration & Issues Briefing
United Church, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe.

12:30 Luncheon:    La Fonda Hotel       
$$ REGISTRATION Deadline Jan 18.

Thank you 2017 Volunteers
 VOLUNTEERS MADE THESE EVENTS POSSIBLE IN 2017
 
CIRCO For the Commu n ity 

                   Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

One Body-Many Members: Oct 29

Office & Event Volunteers in 2017 have included:
George Huggins, Kay Huggins, Bob Aubrey, Sheri Aubrey, Deani Travnicek, Carolyn Good, Jean Campbell, Sharon Littrell, Seth Finch, Bert Scott, Ruth Hoffman, Randall Partin, Rob Woodruff, Debbie Steffen; Fonda Kirchmeyer; Willard Hunter , and many others. 
Intern:  Greer Aeschbury- Spanish Translation

2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
   
New Mexico Conference of Churches
Has the following opportunities for volunteers 
        • Event Planning Teams
        • Graphic Artist:  Mapping our Churches Project
        • Data Clerk: Mapping our Churches Project 
        • English/Spanish Translators: brochures and bulletins
        • Office Assistant w/ Internet Skills: building an ecumenical calendar 

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