Adult Forum

On Sundays, from September through April at 10:15, join us for lively discussions on topics that range from border issues, ethical conundrums, health care challenges and even gardening challenges. Always informative, often fun and an opportunity to get to know others in The Good Shepherd community.

Book Groups

We have both co-ed and women’s group meeting during the year to discuss a wide variety of books. See the church calendar or newsletters for more information.

Seasonal Book Discussions


Javarita Coffeehouse: 16th Annual Concert Series

The Coffeehouse is held one Friday each month, starting at 7pm at The Good Shepherd UCC (17750 S. La Canada in Sahuarita).  This year we will have the added attraction of two concerts during our Border Issues Fair/ Common Ground on the Border program in January. Tickets can be purchased on the night of the concert, at the door for $10 to $25 (depending on the show), or, a season pass can be purchased for $100.00 per person for all 8 shows.  This is an all-volunteer organization and a ministry of The Good Shepherd UCC dedicated to supporting and enjoying live acoustic music.  Questions?  Contact Randy Mayer at 625-1375.

Oct 14 - Chris Proctor is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion who takes the instrument to new heights as he weaves Americana, Appalachian, Jazz and Celtic music into his own brand that is breathtaking & haunting.    $10 tix

Nov. 11 - Jazz Meets Blues features Lisa and Diane Otey-VanDeurzen as they take 3 or 4 musician friends on the road & present a magical, musical conversation between jazz & blues.  $15 tix

Dec 9 - Amber Norgaard and Friends bring a whole lot of music to the room as this nurse-turned-singer/songwriter brings her piano, guitar and friends to perform some original music and Christmas tunes as well .  $10 tix

Jan 13 - Guy Davis is a spell-binding, authentic bluesman cut from the cloth of the old seasoned masters.  He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But more than anything he is dazzling performer with a one of a kind voice.  $20 tix

 Jan 14 - Common Ground Faculty Concert enjoy a variety of performers from Jesse Palidofsky, Walt Michael, Pablo Peregina, Ted Ramirez and more.  Playing the blues, country, old time, ranchera, mariachi---you name it—it will happen.  $10.00 tix

 Feb 10 - The Sonoran Dogs is the Southwest’s best bluegrass band as they mix up a great blend of knee-slappin’, banjo-strummin’ fun and pay homage to the people and places of the great American Southwest.  $10 tix

Mar 10 - Tom Russell is a distinct brand of songwriter with few peers, and equally strong performer who stretches the audiences mind as he deftly takes them on a journey through history, culture and a cast of characters that find themselves in song. $25 tix

 Apr 7 - Pablo Peregrina and ZUZI! Dance Company—A Night of the Arts Pablo will not only bring musician friends and his high energy eclectic music, but he will also bring members of the ZUZI Dance Company as they share a 25 minute 'Frida Kahlo: Blood and Gold' performance that received rave their sold out performance at The Tucson Botanical Gardens.  $10 tix

Chris Proctor

Lisa and Diane Otey- Van Deurzen

Amber Norgaard & Friends

Guy Davis

The Sonoran Dogs

Tom Russell

Pablo Peregrina

ZUZI! Dance


Sahuarita Food Bank at The Good Shepherd

Sahuarita Food Bank at The Good Shepherd UCC

The Vision:

Sustainable food security for all. This inspires the work we do.


The Mission of the Sahuarita Food Bank:
Through the acquisition and distribution of food; education and advocacy; and working with other community partners; we strive to meet the nutritional needs of the hungry and address the causes of hunger.

Services Offered by Sahuarita Food Bank include:

  • Government Food Boxes
  • Donated items
  • Milk & EggsSharing food with others at the Food Pantry
  • Food from our community garden

Sahuarita Food Bank is located at:

The Good Shepherd UCC
17750 S. La Canada Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Hours of Operation:

Client Hours:
Thursday  3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday  10 a.m. to noon

Donations are accepted:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday Mornings


The Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans do not have a formal membership structure.

We welcome all who want to participate.

 For specific dates and other details, see our website:

There are many ways people support the work of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans:

  • Come to a meeting
  • Desert searches for migrants needing assistance
  • Leaving water at specified locations in the desert
  • Humanitarian visits to Mexico to aid returned migrants
  • Preparing food packs for searches
  • Maintaining search vehicles
  • Public education
  • Writing letters and articles
  • Fundraising
  • Make a tax deductible donation


Green Valley, Arizona is just 40 miles from the border. Today, migrants escaping high unemployment and poverty in Mexico and Central America slip north - mostly on foot - across that border, desperate to find work and new lives. Powered by hope, generally uninformed, they walk toward great hardship and often death.

In the spring of 2005 a loose coalition of Green Valley area men and women came together to give humanitarian aid to migrants in distress. Mainly retired professionals of varying backgrounds and beliefs, they called themselves the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans.

We are your friends and neighbors. We believe that providing aid to another human being in distress is a fundamental human value, and that there should be no more deaths in our desert. We look forward to the day when our assistance is not needed.

Immigration issues are huge and complex. They are not likely to be resolved soon.


To save lives in the Southern Arizona Desert.