This is where you'll discover how to get more deeply involved with our Jubilee! community and the greater Asheville community...whether it's helping refugees, homeless folks or people of color; coming to a social celebration, movie night or drum circle; or joining a meditation, labyrinth walk or prayer circle.  Here are some highlights of what's going on right now.

Be a Santa for a Foster Child

It's that time of year again for being a Santa for a foster child  It is difficult to be separated from your parent(s) at any time of the year, but even more so at Christmas, which, for most, is a time of joy and celebration. We've made it easy for you to make a foster child's light up with joy this year...you can participate in our Christmas Giving Tree program either in person or online. Names/wish lists for 15 kids are hanging on the tree (donated by  Boyd's Christmas Trees), and the names/wish lists for the 15 others are online. All you have to do is a select a child, purchase the presents on their wish list, and bring the unwrapped presents in a bag or box to Jubilee!  by December 20th. A volunteer from Buncombe County Foster Care Association will come by to pick up the presents.  Click here for details and the online list.

Schedule Your Celebration Gift for the Season of Lights (AHSCKNYE)

Do you sing? Dance? Write poetry? Play the didgeridoo? Something else creative we've never imagined before?  We're looking for gifts for Sunday and Christmas Eve Celebrations during the Season of Lights (AHSCKNYE -- Advent, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year, Epiphany), from November 28th through January 2nd.  Get the Seeds of Celebration here. Contact Jay Joslin  at jay.joslin@gmail.com.

Check Out Our "Thank You" Web Page for Laura

Laura Collins has led us through some challenging times...and created amazing Sunday Celebrations for us.  Her last day as our minister of transition was November 21st, and Jubilants made videos and sent messages to tell her how much we appreciate her wisdom and wit.  Click here to check out Laura's web page.

Re-up Your Support of the Build Back Better Act

Thanks to everyone who responded to the Earth Team's request to reach out to state and national legislators to get  Build Back Better legislation passed in the House.  We've reached that milestone...and now have get it passed in the Senate.  Click here to learn how to turn up the pressure

Count with Us

If you like counting money, we've got a great volunteer job for you:  helping us count the donations at the end of each Sunday Celebration.  Contact Nan Woodard at nan.woodard@gmail.com to sign on.

Skills for Bridging the Divide

here's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Braver Angels, a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify America, and the Asheville branch of the American Association of University Women are offering a free online Skills for Bridging the Divide workshop on November 30th from 6:30-8:15pm. The event will share skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. If you have questions about the workshop, you can contact Johanna Manasse at jvm795@gmail.com or text her at 708.224.7199.  Learn more and register here.

Hands-on Opportunities to Get Involved

Now is a great time to get more involved with Jubilee!  Whether you have a lot of time or a little time, whatever your interests, there is something here to jump into:

  • Sunday Set-up ~ We need help preparing for Sunday mornings each week by setting up the chairs; sprucing up the hospitality room, altar and prayer table at the Western Wall; copying the bulletins; hosting a Zoom coffee hour; and more.  Email Bruce Mulkey to let us know how you want to get involved
  • We are revving up our Committees and Teams. Committees do the essential work of the organization (such as finances, fundraising, communications, facilities). Teams create opportunities for living out our shared mission and values (like the Arts Team, the Social Justice Team, the Outreach Team or the Spiritual Journeys Team). Click here to find out more.

And More...

These are just some highlights of what's going on at Jubilee! right now.  To get up to date on everything that's currently happening, read this week's newsletter on our newsletter archive site.