Our little Tucson church, Northwest Community Friends Church, is remarkably active for a congregation its size. Bible studies, men’s breakfast, after school tutoring once a week, children’s activities primarily for children from group foster homes nearby and youth group are weekly occurrences, but on a monthly basis for the last 12 years, they have hosted GJs (God’s Java) coffeehouse. We have attended nearly every month while we’re in Tucson but last night was the end of the era, the very final GJs. I think I enjoyed it more than any other I’ve attended. It was made up entirely of open mic acts, meaning that anyone who wanted to perform was given the opportunity to do a couple of numbers. Lots of times, the instrumental music totally overwhelms the vocals on the feature bands but that only happened once last night. One little boy, probably about 6 or 7, played Over the Rainbow on his violin and another family group including two preteen to teenage boys on cello (played as a standing bass) and a fiddle and their parents was probably my second favorite act of the evening. Favorite act? A trio that called themselves “The Athletes”. The two boys on the left have attended our church most of the time we’ve been here. I’ll bet there’s a laugh a minute when they and their sisters are all home, as well as music all the time.
Earlier Saturday 12 or so people gathered for an all church work day. Ages ranged from twenties to 80s and lots of work was done. “Do it all as though you’re doing it for the Lord” seemed to be the motto of the day. Everyone worked hard, the grounds look better and the dumpster is overflowing!
Just to leave on a “wierd things you’ll only see in Tucson” note, I toured an open house Saturday afternoon. The lot is 30′ deep and 610′ long, I think. Can you imagine a two bedroom, 3 bath house on that lot, with 10′ setbacks from every side? It is one 10′ room wide and REALLY long! It seemed fairly spacious except for the living room.
I was standing at the entry door! And the master bedroom? Not much more room around the end of the bed than we have in Liberty.
Enjoy your space!