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.

Upcoming Forum Schedule 


October 29 -- Green Valley Fire Department - Nurse Practitioner Program   


November 5 -- 1st Sunday - Open Discussion on Patriotism - Rick Ernst


November 12 -- Sahaurita Food Bank - Kurt Keim


November 19 -- Alternative Gift Fair - He Intends Victory, Ugandan School - Margorie Holstrom


November 26 -- No Forum  - Thanksgiving weekend


December 3 -- 1st Sunday - Topical Open Discussion - Rick Ernst


December 10 -- Mission Team - Rick Irvin


December 17 -- Mission Team - Christmas Fund


January 7 -- 1st Sunday - Topical Open Discussion - Rick Ernst


January 14 -- Racial Justice -- Fred Ginnochio


January 21 -- Border Community Alliance - Jerry Haas


January 28 -- Art Spirit - Carol St. John


February 4 -- 1st Sunday - Topical Open Discussion - Rick Ernst


February 11 -- Progressive Theology, an introduction to Gretta Vosper - Ed Hunt


Februay 18 -- Progressive Theology, an review of Gretta Vosper's seminar - Ed Hunt


February 25 -- TBD


March 4 --Carbon Pollution Solution - The Mission Team


March 11 -- To be Announced - Doug Bland


March 18 -- TBD


March 25 -- No Forum - Easter weekend


April 8 -- 1st Sunday - Topical Open Discussion - Rick Ernst


April 15 -- TBD


April 22 -- TBD


April 29 -- TBD


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

Members are encouraged to form small groups to discuss books before  our spring lecturer.  Gretta Vosper, a UCC pastor in Toronto West Hill United, will be at The Good Shepherd February 16 and 17.  She will be including information from her current book Amen.   A limited number of copies can be purchased in the church office for $15. 

Being Mortal 

by Atul Gawande

A couple of years ago Atul Gawande wrote this transformative book. It has everybody talking…especially people of a certain age who are feeling very mortal!

Here’s what others have to say about the book:

     “Beautifully written…In his newest and best book, Gawande has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging
     and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem ra-ther than a human one.” – The
     New York Review of Books

     “An urgently important book—one not just about dying and the limits of medicine but about living to the last with 
     autonomy, dignity, and joy.” – Katherine Boo

Join us for the four Sundays in February during the education hour (10:15 am) as we dig more deeply into the issues of medicine and mortality in America and discover together ways to make the most of our remaining time on planet earth!
If you haven’t read the book, get it today and plan to be enchanted and engaged.

David Dethmers will led the class. We will meet in the Mesquite Room (Classroom 2).


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 $20 (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 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. Tix $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 Faculty Concert:  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. Ticktes $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. Tix $10

 Apr 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. Tix $10

Lawder and Friends

Lisa and Diane Otey- Van Deurzen

Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger

Holly Near

Common Ground on the Border Staff

Happy Traum

Bonnie & Taylor Sims

Scattered Grass


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.