Weekly Update: February 9-15

Featured Events:

Spring Break 2013 Service and Justice Trips 2nd Collections
The second collection at all of the masses at St. John’s Church this weekend will go towards supporting CCSJ sponsored Service & Justice Trips. Students will share about their experiences on trips at the end of mass.

Hearts on Fire
Have you been wondering what to do with your life after graduation? Are you unsure about your major? Please join Campus Ministry in welcoming John Parsons, the founder of the Omaha Street School to Creighton. Mr. Parsons will discuss his passions, and what inspires him on his journey. Following Mr. Parsons’ remarks, there will be an open dialogue with a number of Creighton Faculty and alumni to discuss what captivates them every day! This event will take place in Lower St. John’s from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Events this week:
Spring Break 2013 Service and Justice Trips 2nd Collection
Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage
Hearts on Fire
Share the Love fundraiser
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Needs Volunteers
Collecting Donations for Urgent Macy Water Relief
Vatican II Lecture Series: The Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium)
The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor
Sustainability Council Meeting
Heartland Social Justice Organizing Conference
Annual International Banquet
Transition Omaha Monthly Meeting

Events More than One Week Away:
Juan Diego Center Naturalization Workshop
House Cleaning
Next Chapter Book Club Facilitators Needed
Coaches Needed for Omaha All Stars Basketball Spring Session
RecycleMania
Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration Open

Service and Justice Opportunities

Saturday, February 9th
Spring Break 2013 Service and Justice Trips 2nd Collection
The second collection at all of the masses at St. John’s Church this weekend will go towards supporting CCSJ sponsored Service & Justice Trips. Students will share about their experiences on trips at the end of mass.

Sunday, February 10th
Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage
You are invited to come and join the Q’anjoba’l Maya community as they celebrate the Santa Eulalia Festival. Admission is free. The cultural evening will include: traditional Maya music and dance presentations, Mayan social dancing, foods, beverages, and arts and crafts for sale
This event is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program and Office of Multicultural Affairs at Creighton University. A mass will take place at 2:00pm at St. John’s Church. The event will follow in Skutt Student Center Ballroom from 3:30pm – 8:00pm. Special thanks to:
Futuro Latino Fund of the Omaha Community Foundation for funding the purchase of the Maya Dance Regalia and IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity a partnership between the Archdioceses of Omaha and the Dioceses of Huehuetenango Guatemala.

Hearts on Fire
Have you been wondering what to do with your life after graduation? Are you unsure about your major? Please join Campus Ministry in welcoming John Parsons, the founder of the Omaha Street School to Creighton. Mr. Parsons will discuss his passions, and what inspires him on his journey. Following Mr. Parsons’ remarks, there will be an open dialogue with a number of Creighton Faculty and alumni to discuss what captivates them every day! This event will take place in Lower St. John’s from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 12th
Vatican II Lecture Series: The Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium)
Susan Wood, SCL, Ph.D. from Marquette University will deliver the second lecture in the Vatican II lecture series on Lumen Gentium-The Constitution of the Church.
Topic: Sacramental Character of Church. This event will take place in the Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. For more information please visit http://www.creighton.edu/vaticanii/spring2013events/index.php

Share the Love fundraiser
“Share the Love” a service-learning fundraising event; Dinner ($5)—Silent Auction—Bake Sale…proceeds will supplement cost of service-learning trip to the border. This event will take place from 6-7:30pm at the College of Saint Mary, Mercy Meeting Hall, located at 7200 72nd Street.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Needs Volunteers
Our Community Partner, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, need volunteers for helping stock and organize cookies! The dates are 2/12 and 2/13. Times are available from 11:00-7:00. Any amount of time is appreciated!
Location: Doll Distributing in Council Bluffs, IA
Requirements: Please contact Machaela Morrissey at 712-328-2338 if you can help out! No paperwork or training required.

Wednesday, February 13th
Collecting Donations for Urgent Macy Water Relief
Hundreds of people in Macy, Nebraska have no safe water to drink due to several water main breaks last week detailed in this news story: http://www.kcautv.com/story/20877898/hundreds-in-need-of-drinking-water-in-macy-nebraska. Creighton University Ministry and Heart Ministry Center are partnering to collect bottled water, hand sanitizer, and monetary donations to help the residents of Macy.
How to help:
By noon drop off the following at the sites listed below:
· cash or checks (made payable to “Heart Ministry Center” with “Macy Water Relief” on the memo line) – note that Heart Ministry Center can buy water for $3 per case
· bottled water (any size)
· hand sanitizer (any size, unopened)
Drop-off Locations (generally 9 am – 4 pm best) include Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ, Harper Center 2067), Campus Ministry (Lower Swanson), and Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC, Criss III, room 262).
We plan to deliver supplies next Wednesday afternoon. For more information, contact Ken Reed-Bouley at the CCSJ at krb@creighton.edu or 280-2754.

Thursday, February 14th
The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor
This year’s Kripke Symposium will raise the question of the relationship between the Bible and its concern for the poor in its ancient economic context and concern for the poor in our contemporary economic context. The symposium will thus address the role of the poor and the economy in the biblical tradition from historical and social perspectives, and offer theological and ethical responses from contemporary contexts.
The symposium will be held on February 14 and 15 from 8:30 – 5:00 in Harper Center room 3029.

Friday, February 15th
Heartland Social Justice Organizing Conference
Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17
Join organizers from United Students Against Sweatshops, Students Abolishing Slavery, and other amazing groups for a weekend-long organizing boot camp in Lawrence, Kansas! We will be strengthening our skills needed to mobilize large numbers of students, develop new organizers, and win campaigns for social justice! We will learn what strategies have worked for students coast to coast to fight for an end of human trafficking, labor abuses, and social injustices. This conference will take place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. To register visit http://goo.gl/HDyoP or join the Facebook event for live updates at http://goo.gl/L8w8L

Sustainability Council Meeting
The goal of our organization is to bring effective sustainability strategies to Creighton University, integrating this important movement into what we teach, how we live and work at the University and extending this to our daily lives. This meeting will take place from 2:00pm – 3:00pm in Eppley 107. For more info visit http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability

Saturday, February 16th
Annual International Banquet
The International Student Association (ISA) will be hosting their Annual International Banquet! Please join us for a taste of international cuisine and culturally enriching performances by our Creighton students as well as outside performers.
This event will take place in Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30. Show and dinner starts at 6pm.
Tickets: $10 for students $12 for Faculty and Staff

Sunday, February 17th
Transition Omaha Monthly Meeting
“Transition Omaha” meets monthly, the third Sunday of the month, to engage the community and heighten awareness around economic instability, climate change, and the move from oil dependency to local resilience. Each month a related topic is presented followed by an opportunity to practice the open space concept. This event will take place from 2:00 – 3:30pm at First Unitarian Church of Omaha located at 3114 Harney Street.

Upcoming Events:

Juan Diego Center Naturalization Workshop
Saturday, March 2nd
Juan Diego Center is hoping to host another naturalization workshop on Saturday, March 2nd from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (at the latest). Please contact Erin Fichter if you can volunteer that day by emailing ErinF@ccomaha.org at your soonest convenience.

House Cleaning
If there are any students or groups of students wanting to serve an individual of the Omaha community, we are looking for students who would be able to assist a man in the community move out of his home who is unable to do so on his own. Please contact ChristopherWilliams@creighton.edu

Next Chapter Book Club Facilitators Needed
Adults interested in a rewarding experience enhancing the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Make a difference in the life of a these individuals by meeting once a week for an hour with a small group at a local coffee shop or gathering place and reading and discussing a book selected by the group. Book club participants will enjoy social connections often missing in their lives and the delight of expanding their literacy. Facilitators will be provided with CPR, First Aid and Facilitator training. For more information about becoming a Next Chapter Book Club Facilitator, please contact Denise Gehringer dgehringer@olliewebbinc.org or 402-345-5220 x 33.

Coaches Needed for Omaha All Stars Basketball Spring Session
We are in need of Volunteer Coaches for our OAS league this spring. We ask that coaches commit to all 6 weeks (7 including the New Coaches Training) so as to provide consistency to the athletes. All leagues have a returning coach who would be able to provide support and guidance throughout the session.
1) Children’s League at 6 – 6:30pm (arrival 5:45p): Mondays, March 4th, 2013 – April 8th, 2013 – 2 COACHES NEEDED!
2) Adult Leisure League at 6:30 – 7:30pm (arrival 6:15p): Mondays, March 4th, 2013 – April 8th, 2013 – 1 COACH NEEDED!
3) Adult Competitive League at 7:30 – 8:30pm (arrival 7:15p); Mondays, March 4th, 2013 – April 8th, 2013 – 1 COACH NEEDED!
4) Adolescent Leisure League at 6 – 7pm (arrival 5:45pm); Thursdays, March 14th, 2013 – April 18th, 2013 (except March 21st due to the site being closed) – 3 COACHES NEEDED!
5) Adolescent Competitive League at 7 – 8pm (arrival at 6:45pm); Thursdays, March 14th, 2013 – April 18th, 2013 (except March 21st due to the site being closed) – 2 COACHES NEEDED!
Monday evening leagues are held at the Great Plains PVA (7612 Maple). Thursday evening leagues will be held at Dundee Elementary School (310 North 51st Street. Omaha, NE 68132).
New Coaches Training will take place from 6 – 7pm at Ollie Webb Center, Inc. on Monday, February 25th. This training is mandatory for all new coaches. For more info or answers to questions email Lisa Dougherty at ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org

RecycleMania
DID YOU KNOW?
Five plastic bottles (PET) recycled provides enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet or enough fiber fill to fill one ski jacket, according to the National Recycling Coalition and the U.S. EPA
Join us in the RECYCLEMANIA competition, a fun and friendly recycling competition among colleges and universities across the country! Creighton’s goal is to improve the amount that we recycle, as we have every year for the past four years. Last year, we recycled approximately 100,000 pounds of material during the 8-week competition. Help us do better than that this year!
More information on the competition and information on what can be recycled can be found here: http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability/recycling/recyclemania/index.php

Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration Open
Friday, March 22nd
Building on the success of the past four years, on Friday, March 22, 2013, (8:00am – 2:30pm for Volunteers; guest intake from 8:30am – 2:00pm), with the support of Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. This is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 170 sets of dentures), and more. Last year, more than 500 guests connected with significant services at Creighton’s Kiewit Fitness Center, assisted by more than 800 volunteers.
General volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, greeting, directing, registering, and serving food, among other positions that help the day flow. Most volunteers will serve as “navigators” and assist guests in filling out a basic intake form and staying with them through the process of accessing services. Health care professionals who can offer their skills are also needed (registration information is provided on the website). Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. Go to http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/volunteer-registration/ to register.
For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/ (including video reflections). Contact Patrick O’Malley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-1290 or patrickomalley@creighton.edu.
Registration will be open until volunteer capacity is reached, so please register at your earliest convenience.

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