Find Fellowship in Activities

Group activities like those listed here bind us together in fellowship, community, spirituality, shared interests and values.  These are some of the activities available to church members and attendees. Unless otherwise stated, all events will be held at the church.  We invite newcomers to take part in these activities.

Bridge Group

The Unitarian Universalist bridge club, called “Bridge at Anna’s,” plays bridge on the first, third, and fifth Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the church lobby. If you want to play, contact Nancy Anderson at Bridge Coordinator a few days before so we know the number of players.

Chess players in the church great room
Chess at the Unitarian Universalist Church

Chess Club

This is an inter-generational, multi-cultural, multi-abilities game that develops problem solving skills and strategic thinking. Our chess club meets weekly. Contact Greg Mauldin by telephone 520-1866 or 802-9020 or by email at gmauldin@2000@yahoo.com. Learn more about chess in Las Cruces; visit Endgame Chess on Facebook.

Choir

Music is thriving in our congregation! Our music program and musicians regularly enhance our Sunday services. They occasionally provide special music for services. Music brings great joy to our members and enhances our services. We urge everyone to take part in the church’s music programs.

Contact Catherine Massey our Director of Music, if you want to play or sing at a service or even in a small concert environment.

You are welcome to join the choir if you are willing to attend weekly 1 3/4 hour rehearsals and sing during the designated Sunday service; early or late service on alternating weeks. The choir rehearses every Tuesday during the school year from 6:45-8:30 PM in the sanctuary. Throughout the church year, with a break during summer months, the choir generally alternates between singing at the 9 am and 10:30 am service. Several times a year the choir sings at both services and may also be asked to offer music for weddings, memorials, and other important occasions.

Special Music Programs

We always look for musically talented people both inside and outside the church. If you are a hesitant or shy musician, you will find a truly welcoming and encouraging place to play or sing music. Come and play hymns, solos, duets with friends or other musicians. You will be warmly welcomed. For more information or to volunteer your musical talents, contact Catherine Massey,  Director of Music at music@uuchurchlc.org.

Dining Out

Once a month on a Friday evening, we get together to enjoy fellowship in a local restaurant. All are church members and attendees are welcome. Contact Frances or Gordon Hill at DiningOut@uuchurchlc.org.

Desert Spirit CUUPs

The Las Cruces chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans practices and educates others on Earth-centered spirituality. We host public presentations and workshops on the third Saturday of each month, called “Fill Your CUUPs,” as well as rituals to celebrate the cycles of the seasons.  All meetings, rituals and events are open to everyone interested in learning and/or growing in their spiritual path.  Events held at the church unless otherwise noted. To suggest a topic or for more information, email desertspiritcuups@yahoo.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/desertspiritcuups.

Elderberries

Elderberries are a seventy-five or more years young fellowship group that meets periodically for food, fun and conversation.

Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch is a group of people who like to meet weekly for brown-bag lunches. Bring your lunch to the church library on any Wednesday at 12:00 noon and enjoy the company of fellow Unitarian Universalists.

Middlers

The Middlers are a group of “youngish” adults who meet and eat together for fun, fellowship and conversation. Our usual gatherings are held on the second Sunday of every month unless noted otherwise.  This is an open group and  newcomers are welcome.

MoonSisters Group

This women’s group meets once monthly. Contact Susan Wells for more information or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Quilting Bee

The UU Bee Welcome quilting bee meets every Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the church lobby. The Bee is open to all levels of quilters, both members and non-members. It welcomes all styles of quilting work from machine-quilting to hand-quilting to appliqué.  The purpose of a quilting bee is to offer a chance for quilters to spend time together as they work on their personal quilting projects. We also exchange tricks of the trade, encourage and support each other, share new ideas, deepen friendships, and generally have a good time. A $1 donation per quilter is given at each session to cover the cost of utilities. Please contact Chris Ramsey at Quilting Bee Coordinator.

ROYALS

The ROYALS (Riding Out Yonder At Leisurely Speeds), a women’s bicycling group, meets the third Saturday of each month, except December, for three rides. April through September rides start at 7:30 am and October through March rides start at 9:00 am. There are no rides in December.

All rides begin at the Mesilla Visitor’s Center parking lot and end with a brunch at The Bean. Our rides include the Leisurely Ride (6-10 leisurely paced miles), the Standard Ride (20-25 moderately paced miles) and the Training Ride (30-35 fast paced miles). You must wear a helmet. http://rideonroyals.blogspot.com/.

SASSy Women

A women’s group with a monthly potluck and social action/purely social agenda. Our potluck is the last Sunday of each month and there are various other social activities throughout month: hikes, movies, out-of-town trips, etc.

Shape Note Singing

Shape note singing is something anyone can do. Singing is a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) in three or four parts. It is music for group singing, not performance music. Singers face each other in a hollow square and take turns leading songs. t has a distinctive sound: modal, open chords, octave doubling, unusual harmonies. It is usually sung at full volume in an exuberant outpouring of sound and feeling. Our Shape Note Singers meet twice a month in the church lobby. Contact Judy Licht at ShapeNote@uuchurchlc.org.