Friday, February 10, 2017

On April Fool's Day...Jazz, Tamales, Networking, Holy Conversing

One definition of a circus is an eclectic collection of artistic, creative and athletic performances. Another definition is out-of-control chaos and disorder. Sometimes the first definition can act to counter the second definition.  At least that is going to be the case in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 1 (yes, April Fool's Day), when the New Mexico Conference of Churches (NMCC) holds its Second Annual Circo for the Community fundraiser.  After all, "When life is a circus, the NMCC throws a party to benefit the community!" There will be two principal elements of creativity at this fundraiser: jazz musicians and skillful cooks (the women's collective Mujeres en Acción).  "Enjoy great networking and holy conversing; and be entertained by smooth jazz with a faithful, you might meet the new director for the New Mexico Conference of Churches!" says the NMCC.

Here are more details about the fundraiser, which will be held at First Presbyterian Church (I-25 and Martin Luther King Blvd.) on April 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 for individuals and $250 for a table of 8  Buy Tickets  via Paypal or send a check made out to NMCC, to  1019 Second St. NW Albuquerque, N.M, 87102. A third option is to buy the ticket at the door, but please indicate your intention to attend by filling out the form at the bottom of this link.

This year the recipients of your donations (including designated contributions and the price of admission) are:

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, a Santa Fe based effort, mobilizes grass roots promotion of reasonable gun laws as well as educates the public about gun safety and the high emotional and financial costs of gun-related violence against children and adults.

Catholic Charities Migrant Work (Albuquerque) has been working with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants for years; they currently work with families from all migrant designations to insure graceful new beginnings. 

New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light works for climate justice through churches and faith communities offering inspiration, education, implementation of sustainable practices and advocating for effective climate protection policies.

New Mexico Interfaith Hunger Coalition brings together the advocacy expertise of Bread for the World with the imaginative and nimble capacities of local food banks to work on their goal of ensuring that all New Mexican families have access to healthy and nutritious food. This is a Coalition in-formation and financial support is critical.

And of course, the New Mexico Conference of Churches--your community binding together Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Community of Chirst, The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Roman Catholic Church, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church…all who seek to be obedient to Christ.s call to strive for unity, justice, peace, and the integregity of creation. Together we are people of faith ministering to bring healing and hope to New Mexico.

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