Still beautiful in Tucson

We woke up this morning to clouds, but the sun is shining brightly now. It really doesn’t matter what the weather is, it’s still a beautiful day in Tucson. We get to look out our bedroom and living room drivers’ side windows and see the mountains and there are desert surroundings just up front. When the sun goes down, we see the beautiful sunset colors reflected back from the mountains to the east. Behind us is the church building for Northwest Community Friends Church, “our” church in Tucson. Who could ask for more?

Our week begins with worship with the small community of Friends. We pick up our silenced phones to go to church (they also contain any version of the Bible we could want) and walk around the side of the building to the front door. They cater to us winter visitors here by not expecting us to remember everyone’s names, so inside we pick up our name tags and our coffee and visit with our friends before worship begins.

Each week our activities vary, but at some point I will make my way to the church office to see if Pastor Adam Kemper has anything for me to do. I’ve offered my services as an office helper and so far my duties have been mainly computerized. I’ve helped straighten out a few spreadsheets and started a couple of documents, besides making some new name tags. It’s all fun and so far, relatively easy stuff. LeRoy has some handyman jobs awaiting when we get back from our Quartzsite trip this week.

Wednesday mornings some of the women of the church have had a study group but this year our leader said she was just tired and didn’t feel she could do it any longer. Rather than let it die, I offered to find something for us to study and moderate the group. We started last week with an overview and will begin a video study by Andy Stanley, Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith, this week. It should prove interesting and helpful for us, I think.

Thursday mornings LeRoy is up bright and early for a men’s breakfast. He gets both good food and fellowship with the men of the church.

Once a month on a Saturday night, an event called GJs Coffeehouse takes place in the sanctuary.  Last night the featured performers were John W. Martinez, a senior majoring in classical guitar at the University of Arizona, and a band called Come Thirsty. The guitarist was absolutely amazing, playing mostly his own compositions, I think, but unlike any accoustic guitar I had ever heard. The band performed Christian music, most of which I had never heard but all very good. The open mic performers? Well, two out of three were enjoyable and the other enjoyed himself, so I guess that was successful as well.

This week we will travel to Quartzsite, AZ for a converted bus rally. As in years past, there will be quite a few Silver Eagles like ours but also several other brands of buses. We always enjoy our time there: good friends and good food are hard to beat! After the rally, we’ll head on to Yuma to visit LeRoy’s cousin’s husband. We met up with them a few years ago when they were in CA and have shared enjoyable times. However, Beverly passed away this fall so this time we will just see Brian. I hope to get over to Mexico while we are there and get new glasses. I guess time will tell!

Have a beautiful day, wherever you are!

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