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United Church News - October 2023


Art Silent Auction in the Beehive: The art was donated to United Church with 100% of each sale supporting our church missions. Purchase for your home, office, or for the upcoming Christmas gift giving season. Paintings will be displayed through October 15 so have fun with your bids and help make this great event a success!

Energize Your Life: 2 - 3 pm on Monday, October 2 in “the Beehive”
Attend this free presentation by Ginger Dawson, SilverSneakers Instructor and American Council of Exercise-Group fitness instructor. Hear some news about what our bodies need in terms of exercise (especially as we age) and how to begin a sensible plan of exercise, regardless of your current physical status. “Everybody needs exercise, but not all exercise is right for everybody.” Learn how to define your limits and begin the gradual path to improving your quality of life. 

Resiliency: Resiliency is defined as the capacity to spring back, rebound, and overcome adversity. We all have some resiliency, but what can we do to increase our resiliency so that in the face of overwhelming circumstances, we can not only get through it, but can come out stronger and wiser. Come join a 6-week interactive class about resiliency. We will be meeting in the Beehive on Sunday afternoons from 12:30—2:00 pm. The class will begin on October 15 in the Beehive and will be using the workbook by Nan Henderson MSW called The Resiliency Workbook—Bounce Back Stronger, Smarter, and with Real Self-Esteem (the group will meet in the Meeting Room on October 29).

​Healthy Living, Learning, and Connection Wednesdays at 10 am: Lisa Dunbar, our Parish Nurse, facilitates a group currently using the book, The 30-Day Praise Challenge by Becky Harding. It guides you in praising God for 20 minutes every day for one month. All are welcome.

Forever 55 (+/-) Ladies' Luncheon - 1 pm on the second Thursday of each month at George’s Lakeview Café. Join us; about 5 to 10 people meet monthly. RSVP Hedy Hall (Activity Fellowship Committee) or the office at 623-933-0058.

Men's Breakfast - On the first Tuesday of every month at 8am at George's Lakeview Café. About 5 to 10 people meet monthly.  Contact the church office for more information.

SilverSneakers: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm through September28

Fall schedule, Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Classic Format 1 - 2 pm beginning October 3
Strength & Balance 2:30 - 3:30 pm beginning October 5

Walking Group - Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 pm in the sanctuary

​Bible Study - Thursdays at 11 am 

​Tai Chi - Mondays at 7:30 am

AA meetings - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7 pm


THE NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP LINE, 1-800-971-0016, is a phone number for seniors (60 years of age and older) who can call once a day, every day, if they would like social interaction or ask health questions. They can even request a volunteer to make an outgoing call directly to a loved one who might be in need but is reluctant to reach out.  Trained volunteers are available to take the calls and each year they make and/or receive 100,000 phone calls with seniors.  The Friendship Line is sponsored by the Institute of Aging (IOA).  This service is free. 

THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE, 1-800-273-8255, provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

VALLEY VIEW FOOD BANK was founded in March 2007 by Jesse Ramirez. Jesse served at the West Side Food Bank in Surprise, Arizona for 21 years before starting Valley View Community Food Bank. From its first 500 square foot location to now, Valley View Community Food Bank currently provides nutritious food boxes at four locations.

More than a food bank, Valley View Community Food Bank is committed to doing as much as possible to serve the needs of our diverse community. Their mission is to serve those in need with compassion and respect while providing the resources for wholesome nutritious food. Valley View Community offers a safe, positive environment where those seeking help can easily find the resources they need to feed themselves and their families. Valley View Community Food Bank is a 501 (c) 3.

To donate, go to feedingaz.org/ways-to-help/. To volunteer to help pack boxes or deliver food in the Sun Cities, call Martha Ovalle, Volunteer Coordinator, at 602-486-4285. For more information, contact Jesse Ramirez at vvcfb@yahoo.com.

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