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 7 - What's Happening with Education   --   Dr. Manny Valenzuela, Sahuarita School District Superintendent


October 14 - Getting to Know Our Church Family   --   Randy Mayer - Pastor


October 21 - Getting to Know Our Church Family   --  Amy Dillemuth, Administrative Secretary


October 28 -- Getting to Know You   --   Edwin Andrade, Youth Minister   


November 4  --  Climate change    --   Connie Williams, Alliance4Action


November 11 -- Sahaurita Food Bank 


November 18 -- Celebration of Randy Mayer's 20th Anniversary with The Good Shepherd


November 25 -- No Forum  - Thanksgiving weekend


December 2 -- Father Sean on the Kino BNorder Iniative


December 9 -- Mission Group, Crossroads Mission and the Comedor 


December 16 -- Getting to Know You   --   Kay Kennard and Judy Thompson


January 6 --  International Immigration   --   Westy Egmont 


January 13 -- Promoting the Women's Retreat  --  Rebecca McElfresh, Gail Frank, and Carol St. John


January 20 -- Getting to Know you  --  Anahi Herrera, Children's Minister


January 27 -- Women in Prison   --   Grace Gamez of AFSC


February 3 -- 1st Sunday - Florence Immigration Project   --   Rick Ernst


February 10 -- Kiva Micro Loan Project   --   Roger Kleckner


Februay 17 -- American Immigration Issues   --   Alyson Ballt


February 25 -- Getting to Knw You   --   Kay Jean Moore and Jeff Vanderlee, Musicians


March 3 --  Book Review - "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World"   --   Rick Ernst


March 10 -- A4A-Education   


March 17 --  National Alliance for Mental Illness  --  Laurie Lautzenheiser


March 24 --  Mental Health Issues in Sahuarita and Green Valley  --  Barb Eyre


March 31 -- TBD


April 7 --  Social Services-Green Valley and Sahuarita  --  Joyce Finkelstein-Volunteer Clearing House


April 14 --  Food Bank


April 21 -- No Forum - Easter weekend


April 28 -- Earth Day  --  Susie Sanders



Seasonal Book Discussions


Members are encouraged to form small groups to discuss books before our spring lecturer.  Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, will be at The Good Shepherd February 22 and 23.   



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.

Small Group Ministry

Small groups are an important tool in developing Christian community and spiritual growth.  A new small group started last spring.  This group meets 6 months out of the year - Mondays at 10:00 a.m.  We meet at the home of Janet Carter.  You are invited to check out this small group on any Monday.  Two more weeks of celebrating Advent and Epiphany - Dec. 17 and Jan.7.  No meeting on Dec. 24 or 31.  On Jan. 14 we will start the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.  Questions – call Janet at 715-252-6875

Bible Study – the Basics

Starting Sunday, January 20 Good Shepherd will be offering a Basic Bible Study for those who have little or no knowledge of the bible or would like to brush up on their bible knowledge. The class will be held between services 10:20 a.m to 11:10 a.m. The first two weeks will be an introduction to The Old and New Testament with handouts.  After that we will be using a study guide.  Janet Carter will be leading the class. Questions?  Call Janet at 715-252-6875.



Javarita Coffeehouse: 18th Annual Concert Series

The Coffeehouse is held one Friday each month, starting at 7:00 pm 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,  season pass can be purchased for $70.00 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 12:  Katia Cardenal -- Katia is arguably the most prominent female musician in Nicaraguan history.  Accompanied by her daughter Nina, they will sing uplifting songs of compassion, ecology and social justice.  Katia's music reminds us that love and beauty are not only possible but essential for survival.  Tickets $10  

Nov 9:  Sparky and Rhonda Rucker are seasoned performers that are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.  
Tickets $10

December 14:  In  Arizona there is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than to experience a Mariachi group singing Feliz Navidad and traditional Posada music.  Cielo de Mexico is Southern          Arizona’s premier mariachi group with breathtaking arrangements and one of a kind vocalization, truly the next generation in mariachi evolution.   Tickets $10

Jan 18 - Tish Hinojosa:  Crrtics and audiences have long sung the praises of Tish Hinojosa in at least two languages.  An appealing yet eclectic singer/songwriter, she has forged a unique and admirable style  located somewhere between her Mexican roots, Texas upbringing, and her years as a Nashville tunesmith.   Tiickets $15

 Jan 19 - Common Ground on the Border Community Concert: Enjoy a variety of performances from staff and students that have created the     Common Ground community.  Expect everything from drumming, the blues, country, old time, Mariachi—you name it—it will happen.   A great conclusion to an amazing week.   Tickets $10


February 8:  Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan:  Acclaimed as "one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland" and "a stellar guitarist," Tommy O'Sullivan and his wife Saundra have become one of the best examples of what Irish folk should be.  They hail from Dingle, Ireland and own O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, considered Ireland’s best traditional music pub, according to National Geographic, TripAdvisor, and Rick Steves.   Tiickets $10

March 8 - Amber Norgaard, Sabra Faulk & Friends:  Singer and songwriters Amber and Sabra will bring a whole lot of music to the room as they take us on a musical journey that will show us the best of the blues, folk, country and rock.  Tickets $10

 Apr 12 - Pablo Peregrina will pack a whole lot of musical diversity into his show as he mixes things up from cumbias, salsa, cha-chas, original songs and of course rock and roll.   Pablo is a bicultural, songwriting troubadour and  humanitarian, well known for his passion and commitment to the migrant movement.    Tickets $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.