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United Church News - December 2022


Christmas services:

December 18 Christmas Cantata 10:00 am
December 24 Christmas Eve service 5 pm
December 25 Christmas Day Service 10 am


Southwest Singers Concert and Ice Cream Social: Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm


Ham & Potluck Christmas Party: Saturday, December 10 at 5 pm. Please fill out your reservation form (in the newsletter) and return it to an usher or in the collection plate so we can prepare for the dinner. Keep the ticket portion and bring it with you when you attend. 


Book Study: ON HIATUS IN DECEMBER Beginning Wednesday, January 4 at 10:00 am, we will begin a new small group discussion. We have called this a “Book Study” in the past, but it is not a book club or a discussion of the newest fad book. We use a book to begin the discussion, but the primary purpose of the group is to be able to share with each other where we are on this journey called Life. 


Forever 55 (+/-) Ladies' Luncheon - Thursday, December 1 at 1pm, George’s Lakeview Café. Begin the Holiday Magic! We will celebrate the Miracle of Christmas. 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 Vern Peterson or the church office for more information.


SilverSneakers: ON HIATUS AFTER DECEMBER 15 ​ Beginning in January we will resume our SilverSneakers Exercise Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, but we will be adding a new option. At 1:00 pm, we will have a slightly advanced Classic Silver Sneakers program. This will begin to focus more on strengthening and endurance using small weights, balls and stretch bands. At 2:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will be doing the exercise program we are participating in now, which focuses on strength and balance. I know from personal experience that this class has been very helpful in improving balance and in helping with simple activities like getting up and down from chairs. There will be an orientation class on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm to introduce the SilverSneakers program and expectations. Please tell your neighbors and friends about the opportunity to participate in a low-level exercise program. 


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


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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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