Helping Hard Rock: January 2022

Hi all,
Happy New Year! Here is what’s going on with Helping Hard Rock.

For this next load, we will be focusing on collecting essential items, especially non-perishable food items and water. In the past, the Hard Rock staff have asked specifically for canned foods such as vienna sausage, sardines, beef stew, and corn, as well as saltine crackers. Other suggestions include peanut butter, canned soup, canned fruit, canned fish, canned beans, pasta, rice, applesauce, canned meat, cooking oil, granola bars, nuts, and whole grain cereal. Pop-top cans that don’t require can openers are preferred. The trip is currently scheduled for January 24. Drop off donated items during Sunday morning services, or on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.

For 2022, we are planning on changing the frequency of the trips to the Hard Rock chapter to occur three to four times over the course of the year. We are excited to continue our relationship with Hard Rock, but in addition we will also be building relationships with church fellowships on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. More information on that to come as plans develop!

We are also developing another conversation night in which we’ll be able to speak with a Native American leader. Conversation Nights are spaces for education and dialogue, where we can ask questions and grow in our understanding of the Native American perspective, and learn how we can love and serve them. You can check out a recording of our last Conversation Night at:

While we kicked off our new year on January 1st, the Navajo people celebrate their new year on October 1, which they call Gháájí’. This is the start of their harvest, and represents the beginning of a new cycle as they prepare for winter. Gháájí’ stands for “back to back” or “the joining of seasons.”
I am saying that anyone who has been joined together with the Chosen One is now part of the new creation. For in the Chosen One the old creation has faded away and the new creation has come into being. It is the Great Spirit himself who has done all of this! Through the Chosen One, Creator has removed the hostility between human beings and himself, bringing all creation into harmony once again. The Great Spirit has chosen us to represent him in the sacred task of helping others find and walk this path of peacemaking and healing – turning enemies into friends.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (First Nations Version)