Jul 7 Undies Sunday

Please remember Undies Sunday, July 7. Your donations of small sizes of underwear for men, women, and children are welcome and very much appreciated.

Jul 19 Dining Out

July Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 19, at D. H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro (formerly St. Clair Winery), 1720 Avenida de Mesilla. Please sign up by Wednesday, July 17.  For information contact

Jul 26-28 Annual Campout

The annual church campout will be July 26-28 near Lake Roberts in the Gila National Forest. This is a fun event for people of all ages. Park your RV, pitch a tent, car camp, or rent a room at the nearby Lake Roberts Motel or Spirit Canyon Lodge. Most people head up to the camp site on Friday afternoon, although some just drive up Saturday morning and just stay for the day.

Saturday morning begins with Elwin Nunn’s famous pancakes. Mid morning people have the opportunity to join in one of two group hikes to points of scenic interest in the area: an easy hike or a longer, moderately more difficult hike. Both will end around lunchtime. Alternatively, you can check out Lake Roberts, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, or other regional attractions. Or you can stay at the camp site and relax. Saturday afternoon folks usually gather in the common area to socialize or play games. It is also during the afternoon that the children in attendance are given the task of building the effigy of Sam McGee for the evening campfire.

Early Saturday evening is the pot luck dinner. After dinner we will again gather around the campfire, where we will have the traditional reading of the Robert Service poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. After the poem, there will be more socializing, roasting marshmallows and making smores, and maybe even some singing. If you play a musical instrument, you’re welcome to bring it. If it’s a clear night, you can also do some stargazing.

Sunday morning we will gather in circle for an informal service. Bring something to share, such as a poem, reading, or meditation. There might also be some singing.

The campout has been an annual church tradition since the early 80’s. It is a great opportunity for the children of the church to get to know the older members, and for church members to get to know each other better. Many children of church members have grown up going to this campout, and some have come back as adults with their own kids. Many deceased church members have had their ashes scattered in the area. Come be a part of this special church tradition!

There will be a sign up list and brochures in the Education Building great room every Sunday until the campout. Contact Jim Basler Sr., Jim Basler Jr., or Charlie Welch if you have questions.

Sep 6-8 WomenSpirit

WomenSpirit registration is now open. The 18th annual WomenSpirit Retreat will be held Sept. 6th- 8th, 2019.  For more time to relax or explore on your own, come for an unstructured day prior to the retreat on Thursday, Sept. 5th. Open to all adult women from the community and congregation, the retreat is set in the beautiful Sacramento Camp & Conference Center near Cloudcroft, NM.

WomenSpirit starts Friday afternoon with activities to relax and socialize while enjoying the natural setting. After a hearty meal, women meet for formal opening ceremony and later gather around a fire. On Saturday, a full day of classes are offered on Dance, Drum, and Zills, Interconnection Begins Within, Creative Writing, Silk Painting, Lotion, Potion and Herbs, Ukulele, and Hiking.  Take advantage of a massage for a reasonable fee.  The traditional Saturday Night Talent/No Talent Show brings laughter, tears, reflection, and joy.  On Sunday, the weekend winds down with a closing ceremony and goodbyes.

Download registration form here or look for printed copies Education Building great room or the church. You can also find the registration form on the WomenSpirit page of Lifespan Learning in our website.

Scholarships available. Invite a friend along! Join our NEW Facebook group: Questions? Please contact Sara Thomas.

Oct 6 Installation Celebration

Please keep Sunday, October 6, free in your calendar so that you can celebrate Reverend Xolani’s installation ceremony and reception. Both ceremony and reception will be at Peace Lutheran Church beginning at 4 PM. The Installation Committee welcomes all contributions to the Minister’s Installation fund to help offset the costs of the event. If you desire to make a contribution, you may put a check, clearly labeled “Minister’s Installation,” into the Sunday plate. Members may give online through their InFellowship account, persons who do not have an InFellowship account may give here. In all cases, select “Minister’s Installation.”