The Good  Shepherd Patio Sale

The 2018 Patio Sale will be held on March 2 and 3rd.  Please start saving you lightly used clothing, home goods,
jewelry, furniture, yard items and so on.  Donations will be accepted starting Monday, February 26 through 
Thursday, February 28 -- MORNINGS ONLY.  Please leave all donations on the patio near the door to the Redman room.

Set-up February 26; work days February 27, 28, March 1. Sale days Friday, March 2 (8:00 a.m. to noon) and
Saturday March 3 (8:00am to close which may be as early as 10: a.m.)  

Storage space is now available and all donations are now being accepted.  

Call Tom Buinicky 398-7178 or Bruce Moulton 625-9543 for pick up. 

Remember one's person's trash is another person's treasure.

Attention Good Shepherd Golfers 

Time has come to start thinking about the 16th Annual Good Shepherd Golf Outing. We will be playing at Torres Blancas Golf Club on Monday March 5th right here in Green Valley.  Looking forward to seeing you for a great day on the golf course. Lots of fun, prizes and fellowship for everyone. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome, we will be playing a Scramble format, fun for everyone . Golf and cart is $46. Lunch will be on our own, order off the menu. Look for signup sheets and we look forward to seeing you on March 5th.
Thank you,
Ron Simon


The Good Shepherd Puerto Peñasco Trip 

Put on your sombreros and pack your sunscreen.  We're headed south to the beach!  


We are offering a three day trip to beautiful Puerto Penasco, Mexico February 19, 20, and 21, 2017.  The trip will be organized by Flo and Dick Mayer and lead by Rev. Randy Mayer and is open to all those that have taken the Good Shepherd Spanish Class (and their significant other) and to those who can't speak a word of Spanish.   If you are interested, please sign the sign up sheet on the narthex bulletin board at the church.  Call Dick or Florence Mayer if you have any question at 406 459-6298 or the church office.

Jim Dambauld, Wally Lawder, Suzy Ronstadt

Nancy McCallion and Danny Krieger

Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Orey

Holly Near

Common Ground on the Border Staff

Happy Traum


 Bonnie and Taylor Sims

Scattered Grass

Javarita Coffeehouse

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 Common Ground on the Border program in March.

Tickets can be purchased on t he night of the concert, at the door for $10 to $20 (depending on the show), or, a season pass can be purchased for $90.00 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.

See the 17th Annual Javarita Coffeehouse Concert Series

Oct 20:  Wally Lawder and Friends.  Wally is both a romantic, a social critic, and an award winning song writer.  His unique style of “folk-fusion,” and quiet lyricism heightened by his gifts as a guitarist bring great pleasure to audiences.   Tickets $10 


Nov 17:  Nancy McCallion and Danny Krieger are well known for their extensive repertoires of original music steeped in the traditions of Ireland, Appalachia, and Traditional Americana.  They have toured  nationally and internationally.   Tickets $10


Dec 8:  Under the Mistletoe with Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey are a dynamic duo, a perfect blend of hot jazz, sultry blues & cabaret.  Otey's piano and vocals are hot and steamy. Van Deurzen sings sweetly. Together they blend like a musical cappuccino with extra foam on top.,  Tickets $10


Jan 12: Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist.  An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity.   Tickets $20


Jan 13:  Common Ground on the Border Staff.  Enjoy a variety of  performances from Jesse Palidofsky, Walt Michael, Pablo Peregrina, Ted Ramirez, Lisa and Diane Van Deurzen-Otey and more.  Playing the blues, country, old time, Mariachi –you name it—it will happen. We’ll also enjoy hearing and seeing students from the Common Ground Classes.  Tickets $10


Feb 9:  Happy Traum.   Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene 1954-1971 is a night of beautiful songs, great guitar and plenty of stories from Happy.   Tickets $20.00


Mar 9:  Bonnie and Taylor Sims are a musical couple that make their home in the Rocky Mountains.  They are both stellar musicans and award winning songwriters that keep the Americana tradition burning bright.  Tickets $10


April 13: Scattered Grass. Talented veteran musicians from all over the country finally come together in  Tucson to create great hard-driving traditional bluegrass and gospel music in the style of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker, Osborne Brothers, Larry Sparks & others.   Tckets $10


2018 Progressive Theology Seminar



For many people, prayer is an essential part of their daily lives, connecting them with God, a force, or the universe, bringing them, among other things, assistance and protection.  Prayer makes their lives more meaningful, and in that meaning their worlds make sense.  They cannot imagine living without such an important facet of their lives, and as a result of their introspection, they live fuller, deeper lives and offer wider service to others.


In Amen, Gretta Vosper, a United Church of Canada minister and author of the controversial best-seller With or Without God, offers us her deeply felt examination of worship beyond conventional prayer, a new tradition built on love and respect rather than on the rituals of ancient beliefs.  She asks us to examine the diverse positions on prayer in the light of the harsh realities of unanswered prayer, the secular critique of supernatural intervention and the need for a deep sense of owner-ship for the suffering in the world.  With characteristic honesty, she calls us to submit the tradition of prayer to the test of integrity.  Can we draw from it useful principles for addressing human and global needs?  Or is it safe, and maybe even more effective, to get up from our knees and live out the answers we seek?


The Rev. Gretta Vosper is a United Church of Canada minister who is an atheist. Her books include With or Without God: Why The Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe in 2008, and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief in 2012. She has also published three books of poetry and prayers.

Vosper is a graduate of Mount Allison University, and received her master of divinity from Queen's Theological College in 1990 with ordination in 1992. She has been a minister with West Hill United Church in Toronto since 1997. Gretta Vosper is also founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity.

Gretta Vosper will be with us February 16-17, 2018.

We would enjoy having a few additional members to help with the planning and hosting for the February event.

Please contact Ed Hunt at if you can offer a few hours of support. Thank you.


    Friday:  6:30 registration

                 7:00 - 7:45    "What is Progressive Theology?"   Greta

                 7:45 - 8:30    Small group discussion & Q&A

   Saturday: 8:30 registration

                   9:00 -  9:45   Amen  Greta

                   9:45 - 10:30  Small group discussion & Q&A

                  11:15              Lunch

                  12:15 - 1:00   "Building a 21st Century Social Gospel"   Greta

                     1:00 - 1:30   Small group discussion & Q&A

See the registration form below for costs and payment information. 

Click here for the registration form.

Future Progressive Theology Seminars

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution and the widely influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story, nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. Diana regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues.

Diana will be with us in the spring of 2019.