Thursdays – Facing Life with Death

Eight consecutive sessions, beginning Thursday, October 4, at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM with the last session on November 22; Religious Education Building. This program facilitates a process of personal reflection, learning, and spiritual growth focused on the topic of death and dying. Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal, Director of Religious Education.

Nov 9  Lighting the Way

This workshop will be held in the Religious Education Building Great Room from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Friday, November 9.

Registration: or 575-288-5125.
Cost: $55  (to cover all materials – includes pre-cut support, hand colored papers, glue, pre-cut mat, instructional handouts).
Artist/Teacher:  Award winning artist, Laurel Weathersbee of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who has 15+ years experience teaching water-media, fiber arts and collage.

No art training or background required. Participants will use a variety of hand-colored collage papers–to create a beautiful work of glowing farolitos (luminarias). Finished work will be suitable for framing or to use as an image for your own greeting cards. All materials are provided: you won’t need anything but your own resource materials or ideas. Materials include a pre-cut 11 X 14 mat – if you want to hang your collage, you’ll be able to place it in a standard 11 X 14 frame.

We will spend the first part of the morning talking about color, value, texture and balance. Then, using the prepared materials, create unique and beautiful works focused on the New Mexican traditional farolitos that line our walkways and rooftops during the Christmas season. Plenty of parking. Bring a sack lunch. Refrigerator available. Bottled water and all art materials will be provided. Here is a class handout explaining the history of farolitos and the materials that will be provided for the workshop.

Nov 16  Candle-making Class

Friday, Nov 16, in the RE Great Room. Two sessions: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm for adults, cost is $ 5.00 for materials. 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for kids, cost is free (paid for through Religious Education). Each session is limited to 10 people, so sign up early!

Make several dipped tapers, either rainbow striped or your choice, also twisted or braided candles.  Makes wonderful gifts for family and friends! Contact Sara Thomas, 575-520-2674.

Nov 16 Dining Out

November Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 16, at TBD. Please sign up by Wednesday, November 14, in the church lobby. You may also contact if you have questions.

Nov 18 Caring Committee Commissioning

Sunday, November 18, 10:30 AM service. The Caring Committee will be commissioned. Commissioning is a ritual that formally acknowledges the Caring Committee as the congregation’s care team. We encourage all committee members to come and participate in the ritual.

Nov 18 Jamie Anderson Concert

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Jamie Anderson

Sunday, November 18 at 7:00pm, Mark Sukonarak will open Jamie Anderson’s concert. Tickets for the concert are $20 (more if you can, less if you can’t). No one will be turned away.

Singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries, including several concerts in Las Cruces. She’s folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, pop without the meat dress, and jazz without the weird chords. Jamie’s music has been featured on Good Morning America, the Dr. Demento radio show, NPR’s Car Talk, and stations all over the world. She loves being a musician, so she doesn’t really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on. Jamie will have CDs and books available for purchase. They make great gifts! For more information, send email to

Nov 18 Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Sunday, November 18, after the 10:30 AM church service. The Hospitality Committee, with help from so many of you, will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner. Turkeys and a vegetarian entrée will be provided.  If you plan on attending the dinner, please bring a complementary dish to share.  Watch for the signup sheets for this meal because we need to know what you can bring and how you can help us. Thanksgiving dinner on this particular Sunday has been a tradition of this church since it was much smaller and the dinner was held along the Rio Grande.  The Hospitality Committee looks forward to your attendance at this dinner.

Nov 22 Thanksgiving Dinner

Another wonderful opportunity to share Thanksgiving dinner with your church community.  This Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov 22, is sponsored by Jan Thompson. Look for more details closer to Thanksgiving.