S-kehg Si’alim! The newsletter of Southside
(Good Morning in the O’odham Language) Presbyterian Church
Looking Ahead... Volume 5, Issue 2
About a *Finding common ground issue:
month ago, the Elders with one another in Volunteer 2
and Deacons making a difference in Opportunities
gathered on a our community. Financial Update 2
Friday evening for a *That we all might have CSM Needs 2
joint retreat to get to a deeper sense of Young Adult Event 2
know one another discipleship to Christ Meetings List 2
better, to think about *Solar panels and water
Children, Youth & 3
what it means to be harvesting. Family Events
leaders at Southside, to play a Southside trivia *To know each other on a more personal level. VBS 2011 3
game aptly named “Who Wants to Be A South- *Outreach to neighborhood. Youth Mission Trip 3
sider,” to set goals for 2011, and to express our *To increase our youth group in numbers and in Sunday School 4
hopes and dreams for Southside. We wanted to spiritual growth. Teachers
share our thoughts with you as we all contribute to *Continued growth and positive impact in the Tween & Youth 4
the ministry here at Southside. If you have any community and ongoing service to God. pictures
thoughts or feedback feel free to let your Deacon *To have more ethnically diverse peo- Congrats Grads! 5
or one of the Elders know. ple/families join.
Congrats Retirees 6
Our 2011 Goals *Growth in outreach to neighborhood.
*Gain a better understanding of the difference Library News 6
1. Strengthen the Southside Community Borderlands 6
*through pastoral care between stewardship and finance as it relates
Theatre Event for
*through equipping and enabling Deacons to Southside. Coalition of
and Elders for their tasks within the church and *Joyful spaces and joyful intergenerational Arizonan to
community. Abolish the Death
their mission in the world Penalty
*through expanding our inclusiveness *My wish for Southside in this year is to
expand its ministry and partnerships with the Kathy Jackson 6
particularly in regards to the LGBTQ community Fund
2. Develop and Implement an eco-friendly plan to local community.
improve and maintain the church facility. *My wish for Southside is to continue caring Presbytery 7
3. Strengthen and grow our children and youth and enjoying each other. Continue nurturing the
program community. Overall giving quality, the best to it
Michael Adee to 7
4. Strengthen our relationship with the community all. speak at St.
*I would hope that we could develop the Mark’s
Our Hopes for 2011 beginning of strong neighborhood connections-
Elders & Deacons 7
*Discernment of God’s wishes for our ministry at we could be seen as a part of it but at the
Samaritans & 8
Southside. same time separate. Witness
*I hope that Southside, as a community, can help *A wish that Southside continue to water the Operation
build solutions, not band-aids for our church life, seeds of joy and peace in each member and in Streamline
community support and care with each other. the world around us. May Day March 8
*Unity. *Goal for the coming year- Strengthen and ECO Update 9
*More variety in worship with emphasis on quiet grow the children and youth program, Our Name 9
and solitude. activities, connections. Community Notes 9
*I would like to see the church and its leadership *Have a healing and spiritual & PCM Event
improve on the way in which we include all congregation-wide process that leads us to a
members into our community (planning, worship, more full inclusion of LGBT people in our church.
In Faith, Pastor Alison
Volunteer Opportunities @ Southside
*Cross Street Ministries (Formerly Showers Program): Mondays & Fridays from
6:00am to 10:00am: There are a variety of jobs that you can help. Call Doug
*Food Preparation & Serving on Mondays and Fridays: We invite anyone
to bring a dish or two in the morning around 6:30 or 7:00am. If you are able to
stay and help serve food, we start serving at 7:00am. On Wednesdays, there is a
group that meets to prepare food at church around 11:00am.
*Clean-up/Dish washing: As we get food ready in the morning and as we
run out of food in the serving line, the dirty dishes are brought to the kitchen.
Volunteers start around 7:00am and leave by 9:00 or 9:30am.
Day Labor Center Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are always needed at our
Day Labor Center. Contrary to popular belief, no Spanish is required! Come and stand in solidarity with our workers.
Volunteers are needed to help negotiate employment with employers and the workers, as well as a variety of other
tasks. Please contact Kristina Beckman-Brito (email@example.com) if you are interested. The Day Labor Center runs
Monday-Saturday from 7:00-11:00am. Help is especially needed on Saturday.
Cross Street Ministries Financial Update
Needs In the spirit of disclosure of our financial circumstances, here are figures for
Men’s Jeans March and for the year to date:
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste March 2011 Year to Date 2011
Paper bowls, plates, spoons & forks Income $14, 833 $63, 541
Combs Expenses $16, 668 $48, 894
Razors Totals ($1, 835) $14, 646
By Susan P. Halversen, Elder for Stewardship & Fi-
Peanut Butter & Jelly nance
Socks May is upon us, and that means summer is
Coffee, Creamer & Sugar just around the corner. Moms will be celebrated on the
second Sunday of the month. Most of our snowbird
friends have gone home for the season, to be missed
by all. School will be out soon, giving kids and teach-
Empty water bottles ers a break. Students will be graduating from college and entering the job mar-
Hangers ket; other adults may be taking the step of retirement, looking forward to new
pursuits. The writer of Ecclesiastes put it thusly: “To everything there is a season,
June 12: Young Adult and a time to every purpose under heaven.” As we go forward into a new month
Outing to Tucson and a new season in the church year, let us find ways to discover and fulfill the
Padres purpose Christ has for each of us, in the Southside community and in the larger
Join other young adults (those in
their 20-30s) from the Presbytery Meetings in May:
for an evening at the Tucson
Adult Ed Committee Monday, May 2 @ 6pm, Library
Padres game on June 12. Tickets
Congregational Nurture Tuesday, May 24 @ 6pm, Library
are $6.50 per person. All young
ECO Committee Sunday, May 15 after worship, Library
adults are welcome, including
Deacons Tuesday, May 17 @ 6pm, Library
families with children! Join us for
Facilities & Maintenance Thursday, May 19 @ 6pm, Library
dinner at 5:00pm at Kino Park.
Personnel Committee Tuesday, May 3 @ 7:45am, Bentley’s
The game starts at 7:00pm. To
Samaritans Every Tuesday @ 7pm, Kiva
RSVP, contact Rachael in the
Session Reports Deadline Thursday, May 5 @ 5pm
church office. This event is
Session Meeting Tuesday, May 10 @ 6pm, Library
sponsored by the Presbyterian
Stewardship & Finance Tuesday, May 3 @ 5:00pm, Pastor’s Office
Upcoming Children, Youth & Family Events
Sunday, May 1 @ 5:30pm:Youth and their Parents Potluck Dinner at 5:30pm at Southside to discuss Mission.
Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am - 1:00pm: Lunch and VBS planning: Vacation Bible School
is back and we need your help! Volunteers of all ages, gifts, and talents are welcome,
whether you can help for a couple hours or all week, we are happy to have you! Come
learn what this year's VBS is all about and how you can be one of our amazing helpers.
Sunday, May 8, 15, 22 after worship: Youth sell T-shirts and
Bracelets for Mission Trip Fundraiser
Sunday, May 22 after worship: Youth and Parents lunch and
meeting after church in the Library to discuss mission
June 18 from 8:30-11:00am: Invite the neighborhood to VBS day.
Volunteers are needed!
June 20-24: VBS setup week: Many hands make for lighter work. See Tyler to
June 27 – July 1: Vacation Bible School is for all kids age 4 (by
June 1, 2010) through age 12. No fee is charged for the
program. We will go to Hometown Nazareth, where Jesus was a
kid and play games, sing songs, makes crafts, watch dramas and
eat yummy snacks in this exciting, challenging, super-fun VBS
Our Tween Group, the Jesus Champs will resume with a pool party in July, date to be announced!
June 3-7: Youth Mission
Trip to LA
Information about the Youth Mission Trip to LA Mission Trip: We will leave
Friday, June 3 at noon and will return on the night of Tuesday, June 7. We will
visit Homegirl Cafe, learn about Homeboy Industries, and get to know a "homie"
(Homeboy Industries assists at-risk, formerly gang-involved youth and the recently
incarcerated to become contributing members of the community). We will also
Summer Fun Coming work with The Door Hollywood (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and
Reflection) on a service projects with various organizations, visit a church, and
Soon! have fun in LA.
Vacation Bible School Group Goals for LA Mission trip:
-Learn how people are bettering their communities in LA
2011 -Learn different ways God is working in the city
June 27-July 1 -See and help in different parts of the city
9:00 am- noon -Learn about racial and economic diversity in LA
-Understand what Homeboy Industries does, what it’s all about
Hometown Nazareth: Our Group Covenant for the Mission Trip: We will …
Where Jesus was a -Be enthusiastic and understanding -Be active participants
-Be willing to step out of our comfort zones and open up
kid! -Be respectful, caring, and kind -Not shun people and not pull pranks
Registration forms will be -Have fun, laugh, and enjoy our time together
mailed soon. Thank you for your generous support of our mission trip through donations made
See Tyler for more at the Easter Sunrise Breakfast! Please continue to support the trip through the T-
information. shirt and bracelet sales!
Thank you to Our Tween Game Night & Service
Dedicated Sunday School Opportunity at the Ronald
Teachers! McDonald House
A huge thank you to our amazing
volunteer Sunday School teachers this
year: Dave Gooden, Mary and Rene Fernandez, Margaret
Slaughter, and Holly Thomas-Hilburn. Their love and dedication are
a wonderful gift to the church and to the children! Our dear Holly
will be having her baby and going off the Sunday School rotation in
June, so we are seeking another caring individual or pair to teach
Sunday School once a month! Please consider this stepping into this
important role. Serving the church by teaching the children's Sunday
School is a fun and rewarding experience! Please contact Tyler Le
Peau if you are interested.
Youth Serving at the Easter Breakfast
Thank you for your generous support of our mission trip through
donations made at the Easter Sunrise Breakfast!
mission trip to
LA, see page 3.
Preschool: 8th grade: Jordan Claussen, daughter
Eric Andrew Le Peau, son of Phil and Tyler of Wayne and Sarah Claussen and
Le Peau, graduated from The International granddaughter of Linda Ray, graduated
School for Peace. Future plans include from Emily Gray Junior High School. She
learning guitar, going to Davis Elementary plans to attend Tanque Verde High
School, and becoming a race car driver! School in the fall.
High School: Amanda Wright, Darik
Marissa Owens, granddaughter of Melvin,
daughter of Tracy Owens Mary Ellen & Ken grandson
and granddaughter of Bill Kennon, of Mary
and Pearlene Captain, graduated from Ellen & Ken
graduated from Rincon High Palo Verde High Kennon,
School. She plans to attend School, Tucson. graduated
the University of Arizona to She plans to from Coconino High School,
study psychology. attend Pima Flagstaff. He plans to attend
Community College. Northern Arizona University.
Vincent Ernest Grossi, College & Graduate School:
friend of Mariah Smith, Isaac Backus, son of Rob Backus, graduated from the
graduated from Desert University of Vermont School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Christian High School, Future Plans: Spend the summer researching pulsars in India
Tucson. His future plans and begin graduate work at the University of Washington,
include pursuing an Fall 2011.
where he will be living on Dyan Melvin, grandson of Mary Ellen & Ken Kennon,
a farm as apart of the WWOOF graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(World Wide Opportunities on (MIT), BS in Engineering. He has employment in Santa
Organic Farms) program. His goal is to Barbara, CA for an international company.
learn more about sustainable
agriculture through hands-on Karan Stewart graduated from the University of Arizona in
experiences in other cultures. December with a Master of Arts degree in Language,
Mariah Breann Smith Reading, and Culture. Future plans include catching up with
graduated from family, friends, and sleep.
Desert Christian High
School, Tucson. Her
future plans include
pursuing ministry Hale Thomas-Hilburn graduated from the University of
work in orphanages in Arizona with a Master of Arts degree in Educational
Russia. She plans on Psychology from the College of Education in December 2010.
returning to the United Future plans include welcoming a new addition to their family
States to become more active in the in the coming months.
deaf community, while pursuing a
career working with children and
families as a counselor.
Rachael Eggebeen graduated from the University of Arizona
with a Master of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies and
from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts
degree in Biblical Studies and Theology. Future plans include
exploring opportunities to use her degrees.
Teena Cross retired (at least for the present) from Healthsouth Rehab Institute of Tucson. Her last day was April 29
after a 44 year nursing career. Her future plans include taking a time of rest.
Available from the Public Library: Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless
Compassion. New York: Free Press, 2010: In this artful, disquieting, yet surprisingly jubilant
memoir, Jesuit priest Boyle recounts his two decades of working with homies in Los Angeles
County. “An astonishing book . . . about suffering and dignity, death and resurrection, one of
my favorite books in years. It is lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe and
left me in tears of both sorrow and laughter."—ANNE LAMOTT, AUTHOR OF GRACE
(EVENTUALLY) (From Amazon.com)
Borderlands Theater Fundraiser for
the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish
the Death Penalty
Space may be reserved for any of these dates for the
play White Tie Ball as a fund raiser for the Coalition
of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty: May 5, 6,
7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 pm and May 8,
15, and 22 at 2:00 pm. The play will be performed
at Cabaret Theater, Temple of Music and Art (330 S.
Scott). Kathy Norgard needs a check for each space
for $20 made out to CAADP (checks can be sent to
4133 E. Roberts Pl., Tucson 85711) and include a note
saying which date the buyer plans to attend. Then the
purchaser needs to call the Borderlands Theater Box
Office (882-7406), which is open from noon to 5:00
pm daily to reserve their date. The buyer needs to tell
the person at the box office "I just purchased the
number of tickets from CAADP for White Tie Ball,"
and their name(s) will be put on a will call list. For
more information about White Tie Ball, see Borderlands
Support the Kathy Jackson Memorial Fund
By Connie Trecartin, Financial Secretary
In addition to regular giving to Mission and Ministry, there are several
funds to which you can give. One of these is the Kathy Jackson
Memorial Fund, which was established by Bernice and George
Jackson in memory of their daughter Kathy. Contributions to this fund
are used for camping scholarships, so that our youth can enjoy going
to Montlure Camp or other church camps. Current Camp Registration
fees for Summer 2011 per child: Senior High Camps ($425), Junior
High and Niners Camps ($400), and Juniors Camps ($375).
Presbytery de Cristo Divided on Book of Order
Amendment that Would Open Ordination to LGBT
By Josefina Ahumada
Presbytery de Cristo voted on Amendment 10A at its April meeting conducted at
St. Andrew’s Church in northwest Tucson. Commissioners from Southside Pastor Alison, Jason Chavez, Lupe Chavez, and
Josefina Ahumada joined with pastors and Elders across the presbytery to consider amendment 10A that would
replace the Book of Order language that articulates standards for ordination. The presbytery members divided on
their vote 62 Yes to 62 No; resulting in a negative vote.
Amendment 10A was approved by the 219 General Assembly. In accordance with church governance, the
amendment is to be ratified by a majority of the U. S. presbyteries.
Proposed replacement language for G-6.0106b, approved by 219th GA:
Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all
aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-
14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of
office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and
commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation
W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to
As of May 6, 85 of 147 presbyteries have voted yes, with 87 votes needed to ratify Amendment 10a. With
two votes to go, our Church is close to becoming a Church of "full inclusion." The change in the standards for ordination
would open ordination to all members of the church and place the responsibility for determining fitness for ordination
on the local examining governing body.
Southside has a long history of practicing full inclusion in its ordination of Elders and Deacons called to serve.
The congregation is currently engaged in an ongoing conversation on how best to deepen our commitment to the full
inclusion of LGBT members in the life of the congregation and its witness to the greater community.
June 19: Michael Adee to speak at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church
Michael Adee, M.Div., Ph.D. will preach at the 9:30 am service at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church on
June 19. Michael is the Executive Director and Field Organizer for More Light Presbyterians. He is also
an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe New Mexico. Michael has spoken at hundreds of
national, regional, and local conferences and meetings, on college and seminary campuses, and in
communities of faith across the country. He weaves insight, compassion and humor into his presentations.
Elder Responsibilities Deacons
Kristina Beckman-Brito Social Justice Josefina Ahumada 85713, 85732, 85714, 85733
Debbie Bergman Clerk Sally Curd 85716
Leslie Carlson Communications Tom Strong 85710, 85718, 85750
Lupe Chavez Children & Youth
Marlene Jose 85701, 85702, 85706
Dorsett Edmunds Worship
Wayne Claussen 85641, 85711, 85730, 85747
Rene Fernandez Children & Youth
Nancy Murphy 85705, 85740, 85715
Anne Gooden ECO
Karen Pust 85719, 85712
Susan Halversen Stewardship & Finance
Holly Thomas-Hilburn 85745, 85749
Doug Larson Social Justice
Kim Brown 85614, 85746, 85757, 85735
Kevin Moore Facilities & Maintenance
Treena Parvello Congregational Nurture Alyce Sadongei 85652, 85704, 85737
Suzanne Rabe Personnel Sterling Vinson 85653, 85654, 85741, 85742, 85743, 85755
Hale Thomas-Hilburn Adult Education **To determine your Deacon, find the zip code in which you live.
Volunteer with Samaritans Bear Witness at Operation Streamline
By Leslie Carlson Operation Streamline
Since 1 July 2002, Tucson Samaritans have continues every day--year
been rendering humanitarian aid to migrants in after year--in the Tucson
distress in the Tucson sector of the borderlands, Federal Courthouse.
providing medical care, food and water. Around 70 migrants, picked
Samaritans is a ministry of Southside. Volunteers up in the desert, usually on
are needed who can help in a variety of ways: their way to specific jobs in
*Desert patrols to provide aid the USA, enter the
*Search and rescue efforts courtroom in shackles and
*Desert cleanup days handcuffs to appear
*Help supply aid centers on both sides of before a federal judge
the border Monday through Friday at
*Contribute money and supplies 1:30 p.m. They are then
*Assemble food packs for migrant aid sentenced or returned to
*Attend Operation Streamline (more Mexico. It is important to
information on the right) attend these court sessions
*Provide information to others to be with the migrants in
Samaritans volunteer trainings are held on solidarity and to bear
the first Sunday of each month from 1:30 – 5:00 witness to this kind of
pm at Southside in the Kiva. Weekly meetings are "justice" in the borderlands.
held at 7:00 pm each Tuesday at Southside in the All Southsiders are invited
Kiva. Please consider volunteering for this important work. For to come and to bring others too. Bring personal ID, and
more information go to: www.tucsonsamaritans.org. do not wear t-shirts or other clothing with slogans.
May Day March
On Sunday, May 1, members of the
Southside Worker Center and members of Southside
marched for workers rights in Tucson. Photos
submitted by Sandra Anderson and Leslie Carlson.
By Anne Gooden
With more oil washing up on the Gulf Coast in this country, the threat
of nuclear disaster along with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the
attacks on the EPA by our Congress, it seems as if Mother Earth is trying to
tell us something. We explored the humble steps we can start in our own
lives and in the life of the church to take a little better care of Mother at the
presentation Gardening, Food, and Sustainability by the Community Food
Bank on March 26.
At this meeting, Alison revealed the plans donated by the Drachman
Group for a garden in our empty, dusty lot on the south side of the church. A
couple of weeks later, a kind and generous donor from our congregation
gave $25,000 to help make this garden a reality. The plan is to create a
children’s garden with a shady arbor at one end where children can play
and an active vegetable garden at the other end. The vegetable garden is already started and looking good due to
a drip watering system installed by the day laborers as part of a training by the Food Bank.
Not only will this garden provide the children with some safe, shady outdoor space, it will provide an outdoor
area where small groups of adults can meet in comfort during much of the year. It will also provide much needed
shade for the south side of the church to cut down our electric bill. We are exploring grey water systems and water
harvesting systems to help sustain the garden and to conserve our most precious desert resource, water.
In April, some of the ECO group attended a meeting of the new Tucson chapter of the Interfaith Power and
Light group (an interfaith group working to combat climate change) at St. Frances Methodist Church on Saturday, April
9. I am very excited at the opportunity to interact with other faith groups in Tucson (rather than having to drive to
Phoenix). By working with other groups in our own neighborhood, we can share ideas for projects and can support
and inspire each other. If all the congregations in Tucson began encouraging their members to embrace a greener
lifestyle, think of the possible impact!
This Earth Day, even with all the environmental problems we are facing in our world, I think there is renewed
hope at Southside that we can make a difference and that we can use our resources to teach our children reverence for
the beautiful earth which is our Mother.
ECO’s next meeting is planned for May 15 after church in the Library to discuss the plans for the garden and
what our next steps should be.
Our newsletter name is S-kehg Si’alim, which means “Good Morning” in the Tohono
What’s In a Name? O’odham language. The Southside worship service always includes a prayer in O’odham,
and several years ago Alice Paul began a tradition of wishing us Good Morning, and taught the congregation how to
say: S-kehg Si’alim! Corinne Chavez and Corinne Redhorn continue this tradition, and we are blessed to be able to
hear the O’odham language in prayer every Sunday. Here is a phonetic spelling to help you pronounce the greeting:
Community Notes June 5: PCM Fundraiser:
Samaritans/NMD Trainings: Samaritan trainings will be held Join us at the Gaslight Theatre on
on the first Sunday afternoon of each month in the Kiva. Sunday, June 5 for the production
Complete information about Samaritans may be found at of The Curse of the Pirate’s Gold.
ww.samaritanpatrol.org. Tickets are $20 each with
proceeds to benefit Presbyterian
Weekly Protests: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm in front of the
Campus Ministry (PCM). The show
Federal Building (300 W. Congress Ave): This time, place,
begins at 7 PM, doors open at 6:15 PM. This is a
and purpose was established in the early 1980s by Father
Presbytery wide event so get your tickets early.
Ricardo to protest the government's position against the Civil
Please contact Sue Samoy at 721-2372 if you are
Wars in Central America. Fridays, 5:00-6:00pm, corner of
interested in obtaining tickets.
Euclid & Speedway: Women in Black.