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United Church News - January 2022

SouperBowl of Caring: Starts January 1, 2023 thru February 12, 2023 Can we top the 2022 campaign food pantry items collected 4690 and beat the competition? The “Silver Ladle” sure looks nice situated at United Church! All soup cans, bowls, packages and donations will be given to Valley View Food Bank.

HEALTHY LIVING, LEARNING AND CONNECTION: Lisa Dunbar, our Parish Nurse, has begun a new Wednesday morning group at 10:00 am in the Meeting Room. The group is using a book called The Six Conversations by Heather Holleman. It focuses on learning about loving conversations and connecting with other people. Come join in the fun of sharing together as we learn and practice loving communication.

Forever 55 (+/-) Ladies' Luncheon - Thursday, January 12, 2023 at George’s Lakeview Café. We'll celebrate the New Year. RSVP to Hedy Hall, Activity Fellowship Committee or the church office at 623-933-0058.

Men's Breakfast - On the first Tuesday of every month at 8am at George's Lakeview Café. Contact the church office for more information.

SilverSneakers: January 5th is the orientation day for the next series of classes. Two classes will be offered in January, the Classic Class and the Strength and Balance Class. Join us on January 5 at 2:30 pm in the Beehive for the orientation meeting to find out which class is best for you. January 10th is the startup date for the new classes to begin: 1:00 pm is the Classic class, 2:30 pm is the Strength and Balance class. Come and join us in the Beehive on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

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


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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