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Services Every Sunday of the Year | Volume 62, Number 12

December Light

Our 62nd Year

Newsletter of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces

For the Time Being —

Rev. Redfern-CampbellNotes from the Developmental Minister

I’m writing on Thanksgiving Day from San Antonio, TX.  Chuck and I are visiting his grandson Geoff, whom the Air Force recently transferred back to the States from the UK, along with Becky, his bride of one year.  Geoff’s mother Mary is here too.

Much has changed for our family since Thanksgiving 2016.  Last year around this time, Chuck was in England for the wedding.  It was a joyful family reunion, with Geoff’s parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews in attendance.  We couldn’t have predicted that within two months, Geoff’s Dad would die suddenly, unexpectedly, and way too soon.

40 days after Dennis died, we lost my Dad. That makes the holiday season a bittersweet time for us, and we know we’re not alone.  At UUCLC, 2017 has been a year marked by loss, with the deaths early on of five beloved members, and the serious illnesses of others.  Added to this, members of our community have experienced the deaths of children, both old and young.  We’ve lost parents, sisters and brothers, uncles, animal companions, and former spouses.  These losses, combined with the national political situation and its local consequences, have made 2017 an especially difficult and tender year.

The Thanksgiving holiday marks the threshold of the December festivals of Hanukkah, Yule, and Christmas.

Each of these, in its own way, marks the hinge of the year, the Winter Solstice, heralding the return of the light.  Spiritually, though, I’ve found it useful not to rush into these celebrations.  In early December, I prefer to dwell in Advent, the four-week season of preparation for the twelve-day season of Christmas.

Advent stands against denial.

It’s customary to think of Advent as “getting ready for Christmas,” but its true meaning is more complicated.   Properly understood, Advent is a season of longing, even desperation.  Its colors are subdued, deep purples and blues signifying reflection and repentance.  Its most iconic hymn is a cry for rescue:  “O Come, Emmanuel.”

In other words, Advent stands against denial.  It allows us to embrace December in all its poignancy and ambiguity.  It allows us to experience the full range of our emotions, without the need to cover them up or gloss them over.

Each Sunday in December, we’ll mark Advent by lighting candles on a special wreath. There will also be three “Advent Vespers” services on Wednesday evenings:  December 6, 13, and 20 at 5 p.m.  These will be quiet services, focusing on the contemplative dimensions of Advent, Hanukkah, and Solstice.  They’re meant to give you a break from hectic preparations, some time to pause and reflect on the deeper meanings of the holidays.  We hope that, in these simple services, you’ll find some food for your soul.

Love and blessings,
Sue
The Reverend Suzanne Redfern-Campbell

Upcoming Services

Services are at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM, unless otherwise stated. Note that there is only one service on December 24 & 31.

12/20/2017 5:00 pm

Advent Vespers

This will be a quiet service at 5 PM, focusing on the contemplative dimensions of Advent, Hanukkah, and Solstice.  Vespers are meant to give you a break from hectic preparations, some time to pause and reflect on the deeper meanings of the holidays.

12/21/2017 7:00 pm

Yule Service

One service at 7 PM. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces chapter of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) invites you to come and celebrate Yule. We will celebrate the Solstice and the “return” of the sun.

12/24/2017 10:30 am

Angels Among Us

One service at 10:30 AM. Fourth Sunday in Advent. Who in our world are the “Angels” – the messengers of hope, peace, joy, and love? Could they be our neighbors, our friends and relatives – or the stranger across town? Please “come as you are” to this Christmas Eve Morning service, as we explore these questions through story and song. See also “Carols and Candlelight” at 6:30 PM

12/24/2017 6:30 pm

Carols and Candlelight

6:30 PM candlelight service. Our Christmas Eve service includes carols, candlelight, and a story for all ages. We’ll also share the reading of the Nativity story from the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Please bring a plate of your favorite holiday treats to share.

12/31/2017 10:30 am

New Year's Eve Morning Service

One service at 10:30 AM.

Upcoming Roundtables

The Roundtable Discussion Group meets from 10:30-11:30 AM every Sunday, except the 24th and 31st of December, in the church Library.

Education never ends. Come join our discussions. Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and more about each other. If you have a comment or suggestion, email it to roundtable@uuchurchlc.org.

Sun, Dec 17, 2017, 10:30 AM in the Library
Roundtable: Community Schools

David Greenberg is the Presenter

“Community Schools as a movement of Transformation and Resistance” The community school movement developed to resist the top-down bureaucratization of schooling and to advance a grassroots vision for education. This presentation will review the background and history of community schooling, and will then discuss the local community school movement that is growing in our city. David Greenberg is the District Coordinator for Community Schools with LCPS.


Sun, Dec 24, 2017, 10:30 AM in the Library
Roundtable: not this morning

There is no Roundtable today.


Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 10:30 AM in the Library
Roundtable: not this morning

There is no Roundtable this morning.


Featured Articles

A Few Words About Stewardship

Our Thanks for Giving Service on Sunday November 26 was a big success. We asked the Committee Chairs and Program Directors to nominate one or
two people who made a significant contribution this year. We also asked the membership to nominate those members who have made a significant difference in the community. Here they are:
CommitteeHonoreesCommitteeHonorees
CaringBeth BannisterReligious EducationRenee Beltran, Rebecca Richins
Committee on MinistryRod Sauter, Hale Huber, Lola Wolf, Skip SheltonSocial JusticeJean Gilbert, Gillian Leng
Communications OutreachAnnette TurrentineSunday ServicesCassie Calway, David Steele
FacilitiesSuzy Rossman, Carol WinklerRoundtablePaul O'Connell
GalleryRachel Courtney, Lurene John, Barbara WilliamsGreetersPeggy & Joel Brown, Ilene & David Steele
Leadership DevelopmentTom Dormody, Marie SauterMinisterial SearchRenee Beltran, Peggy Brown, Nora Brown, Rachel Courtney, Elisa Sanchez, Susan Bagby, David Steele
MembershipJoan Dormody, Peggy DevlinThose who work in the communityCasa de Perigrinos: Diane Lee, Karl Kohl, Tom Packard
Humane Society: Jean Gilbert
Mentoring at Conlee Elementary: Judy Licht, Dan Townsend
Resist: Jan Townsend

Thanks to all who helped make this a wonderful celebration.

Charlie Scholz, Chair
Stewardship Committee

Together to Build Beloved Community

As you may know, our Committee on Ministry has been discussing and exploring what we can do as a congregation to build Beloved Community through greater collaboration on racial justice and through multicultural ministries. We are planning to invite our church lay leaders, paid staff and other interested church members and friends to a post-services luncheon to discuss racial justice and multicultural ministries in our congregation and broader community sometime in the new year.

We will work to build Beloved Community through collaboration on racial justice.

We hope that the board, committee chairs and paid staff will play an integral role in this discussion. This work is core to our faith community as Unitarian Universalists, and the Committee on Ministry hopes to build on the conversations begun in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop and the follow-up discussion led by the Ministerial Search Committee. We also hope to bring the spiritual energy from our recent experience at the Mosaic Makers Conference in San Diego to help us better minister to our congregation and our community.

We will be working out details over the next few months. We plan to coordinate efforts with the paid staff, the Board and other committee leaders. We will also work to ensure that we find a time on the church calendar that we can hold this luncheon so as to compliment the many other activities of our dynamic congregation!

Please contact me if you have any questions, need more information or would like to collaborate on preparing for this discussion.

Yours in shared ministry,

Rodney Sauter, Chair of Committee on Ministry

We Need a Hearing Loop

In 2011, Will Beattie surveyed 14 people, 8 with hearing aids. Half (7) reported problems hearing the minister at Sunday services, as did 8 from portable microphones. He recommended the purchase of a hearing loop. A few years later the EqUUal Inclusion also recommended the purchase of a hearing loop.

Hearing aids do not work well in large venues, such as a church (Faivre et al., 2016). For one thing, they are effective only to about a six-to-12 foot range (Sterkens, 2017), and turning up the volume may actually cause intelligibility to degrade(ibid).

Hearing Loops are extremely effective, but most people with hearing aids don’t know they exist. Two studies show extremely high satisfaction: Faivre et al. (2016) found 99% of subjects preferred the hearing loop; Kochkin et al. (2014) also found very high satisfaction and that 81% preferred a hearing loop to any other assistive listening device. They observe that “ur findings clearly demonstrate hearing loop systems dramatically improved consumer experiences with their hearing devices…for nearly all participants.” I have found no study reporting less than excellent results.

A hearing loop is a life-changing experience

Many testimonials indicate a life-changing experience. The first time using a hearing loop, composer Richard Einhorn wept uncontrollably at being able to hear again. This was despite being at a musical: “I don’t even like musicals,” he said (Tierney, 2011). Kochkin et al. (2014) found that people were “…so impressed with hearing loop systems that 82% indicated they were ‘very likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to seek out ticketed venues utilizing hearing loop systems. ” Indeed, being able to hear might be more important than religious denomination: Shaw reports that “some seniors of other denominations attend hearing loop” (Shaw, 2012).

There are some difficulties to implementation: First, 20%-30 of hearing aids do not receive the signal. Second, hearing aid users have to be shown how to use the hearing loop function, and health care professionals must adjust the hearing aids for optimal use (Kochkin et al., 2014).

Initially we may only have a few users, though the number should grow as word spreads. “Hearing loops are a word-of-mouth technology, said Juliette Sterkens, AuD” (Shaw, 2012). At least one audiologist believes church attendance levels have been dropping because of hearing issues (Shaw, 2012, citing Dr. Linda Remensnyder), which seems only logical. “‘It’s the equivalent of a wheelchair ramp for people who used to be socially isolated because of their hearing loss,’ said David G. Myers, a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Mich., who is hard of hearing” (Tierney, 2011).

We now have a quote for installation of hearing loops in the sanctuary and the lobby for approximately $2100, if church members help with the installation. It seems a small price for giving access to our members who are hard of hearing.  ARG – The Acoustics Research Group

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Dec 2, 9 & 16 Time Out for Calm

During the holiday season (Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16) Reba Montera is offering a time out for meditation at her house on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3. No registration is necessary, people may come and go as they need to, and beginners to meditation are welcome. Call Reba with any questions.

Dec 5 Dining Out

Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 15, at Aqua Reef Restaurant, 141 N. Roadrunner Pkwy. (North of Lohman)  Please sign up by Wednesday, December 13, or send email to DiningOut@uuchurchlc.org.

Dec 21 Social Justice Film Series

Hablamos Espaňol will be shown in the church library at 7 PM in Dec. 21.

This film profiles Nashville’s Hispanic community and looks at Nashville’s status as a new destination city for refugees and immigrants. It explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home. Across the United States, mid-sized cities are experiencing unprecedented growth in their international populations. Together these communities are redefining the traditional international city on a smaller local scale. As our new neighbors rebuild their lives in Nashville, their experiences, contributions and conflicts impact the city, but they are challenged by isolation and barriers unknown to many Nashvillians. How Nashville addresses its changing demographic will be important for the future of similar communities across the country.

The Season of Advent for Unitarian Universalists of All Ages

What is Advent?

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations have chosen Advent as a time to engage our families in the actions and ideas behind the original meaning of Advent.

Candles and Wreaths: An evergreen wreath with five candles placed around the wreath frames the Advent ritual.  The traditional four candles of Advent often have specific colors.

Blue-represents hope and waiting

Red/Rose-represents joy

White-represents the Christ child for Christians. For us it also represents peace.

A Unitarian Universalist Ritual for Advent

Gather five candles and choose an area of your home where your Advent candles will not be disturbed.  Use a wreath or not to frame them and add a centering chalice candle for our Unitarian Universalist faith. The following set of wondering questions are meant to encourage you and your beloveds into conversation and mediation. Feel free to add, change or otherwise make this your own.

Links to coloring pages and other resources for Advent; https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/advent-colouring-pages and www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/advent and http://www.coloring-life.com/en/adult-coloring-pages-1018-en-advent-calendar.html

The 1st week of Advent is about hope

  • What does hope feel like to you?
  • What are you looking forward to? Why?
  • Hoping sometimes means we are waiting for something to happen. What are you waiting for?
  • What if, in addition to hoping, we worked to make it happen?

The 2nd week is about embracing our Universalist theology that all people deserve love

  • What does it meant to be loved?  How do we know that we are?
  • When someone harms us or those we love, how can we forgive and still say that person deserves to be loved?
  • For those of us with young children around the table, ask them to show you what love’s looks like? What can we do as a family to show what is inside our hearts?

The 3rd week in Advent is about joy

Remember your three year old self?  Have you ever had a dog or other pet?  Have you ever been moved so profoundly by happiness that you felt as if you could fly?  This is what experiencing joy can be.

  • How does joy come to into your life?
  • How many ways can we bring joy into our lives?
  • Pay attention, be ready, in this season of Advent, joy may found almost anywhere.

The last candle is lit on Christmas Day and is meant to light the way for peace

Peace, the quiet dark nights in December, the feelings of goodwill to all, the lull as we wait for the New Year to begin.  It is sometimes an easier task to begin with peace in our homes than to think about what we may bring to the world.  But, thinking back to the Advent themes of  hope, love, and joy, we may find a path in spite of ourselves. Sit with your thoughts, ask yourselves and those you trust about this;

  • How can I be at peace with myself and those I love?
  • What responsibilities do I have for living in a peaceful world?
  • Neighbors of differing faiths, with different histories, different politics, different emotions, hold fast to the vision of peace

May it be so.

Infinite Possibilities

Sally Atkinson

Board Report

Oh We Give Thanks

Once again, the Stewardship and Finance Committees, Staff, and Board of Trustees finalized a balanced budget. We squeezed a little there to add a little here – just like always. We weren’t able to include all the “dream items” in the final document – sigh…… However, I’m excited about some of the line items we did include.

As a result of the dedicated work of our Congregational Administrator, Sexton and the Facilities Committee, we have a multi-year plan for preventive maintenance and upgrades to our structures and capital items. You may ask why we’re doing so much work on our existing structures if we plan to build in the future. The answer is: “We must ensure we have safe, accessible and user-friendly facilities until we begin to build.”

When you look at the budget for 2018 (recently sent to members in a special emailing), you’ll see that we’ve allocated money to remove dead trees from the property, repair the sanctuary roof, purchase and install a commercial router so all our buildings are served with WiFi, upgrade microphones for the sanctuary, improve exterior lighting, exit lights and alarm systems (smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide), as well as identify buildings with easily readable signage. You can expect to see many facility upgrades in future budgets.

Ministerial moving and settlement costs are a significant, one-time expense in the 2018 budget. The Unitarian Universalist Association recommends we allocate 14% of the incoming minister’s annual salary and housing allotment toward relocation; you’ll see that number reflected in the emailed budget.

This year, we divided the Minister’s Package into two separate categories: Developmental Minister and Settled Minister. Reverend Sue’s salary and benefits will continue as per her current contract until she leaves in July 2018. The Settled Minister will begin in August, and will have salary and benefits for last five months of 2018. With the help of the Ministerial Search Committee and the Negotiating Sub-Committee, we have developed a fair and generous salary and benefit package. The best news: We can afford it!

Many thanks to everyone who pledged during the budget drive! Your generosity is greatly appreciated! If you haven’t submitted your 2018 pledge yet, please do so.

We thank all of you for your gifts!

In Faith, Sally Atkinson and your Board of Trustees

Expanding Love, Building Identity, Exploring Beliefs
Susan Freudenthal

Vision creates something out of nothing. Carey Nieuwhof

Dear Friends,

So often our vision of the winter holidays disconnects itself from the reality of it all.  What is your vision this winter?  How do we communicate this with our families, both chosen and not?  Maybe this year, revisit some of those old family traditions.  Look at this as an opportunity to envision a different way to celebrate.  Perhaps you always have the same food?  Try adding a new one.  Invite someone new for coffee and conversation.  Have you tried giving experiences instead of “things” yet?  Maybe this is the year to try.

As our world grows ever more difficult to navigate, let this be the year of visioning a new hope.  Happy Winter Yule Hanukkah Christmas!

For a really interesting podcast on Unitarian Universalism and Christmas traditions, check out  “The Pamphlet Podcast”  http://www.pamphletpodcast.org/ A podcast uncovering Unitarian Universalism hidden histories.

Holiday Worship for All Ages will be on Sunday, December 17th followed by Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Eve services. We will sing, tell stories and honor the miracle of every birth including that of Jesus. We may even decorate a thing or two.

A word about Kwanzaa; did you know that the Unitarian Universalist Association funded Kwanzaa’s founder? As a way to make amends for dismantling grants meant for the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus in the 1960’s, Kwanzaa was created for African American families based on the  appropriation of specific African countries cultures to boost the pride of African American children.  The holiday is meant to be observed in the home as a personal exploration of traditional values and Unitarian Universalist principles.

Our religious education sessions resume on Sunday, January 7th at both services.

As the winter progresses, the children and youth will remain focused on a theology of love.  This will include anti-racism anti-oppression work throughout the remainder of the program year.


What’s coming up this fall for adults?

Adult enrichment and family programming happens all the time and all over this campus. Tai Chi, Bridge, Navigators, Friday Playgroup, Lunch Bunch, Quilters, SASS, Roundtable and Social Justice Movie Nights. What catches your interest?

How can we feed your soul or transform your world?

Susan Freudenthal and the Rev. Sue Redfern-Campbell

Later this fall, a new crop of Adult and family enrichment experiences will offered. Notices will appear in the weekly NUUS and in the Great Room.

A book study Waking Up White by Debby Irving, lead by Rev Sue Redfern-Campbell.

A  workshop series using the Gil Rendle book Leading Change in the Congregation co-lead by Rev. Nancy Anderson and Rev Sue.

What Moves Us? an exploration of Unitarian Universalist theologies using personal experiences and reflections to help us articulate the spiritual power of our shared faith. Lead by Susan Freudenthal.

And what would you like to see?  To learn, to lead?  Let me know via email to dre@uuchurchlc.org or leave a message with Naoma in the office.

In gratitude,
Susan Freudenthal, Director of Religious Education


Adult Exploration depends on you!  What interests you?  Are you willing to lead or co-lead a book study?  A conversation? A class?  Fill out a request/proposal and I’ll help you make it happen.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ldBkScTcz8T6wl_t68EbJ8O-FdxD9RI1rDXx991mMko/edit?usp=sharing

MUSIC NOTES

Catherine Massey

MUSIC NOTES, by Catherine Massey

As we begin to move into the season of winter observances, and with Christmas music playing on the radio and in Starbucks everywhere (way too soon), there is still time to pause and be filled with gratitude.  In fact it may be one of the best ways of turning away from hatred, fear and sorrow.  Henry David Thoreau said, “I am grateful for what I am and have.  My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

I’m grateful for all of those who help me with this job that I love.

I am ever grateful for all of those who support and contribute to our congregation’s music program, and who help me with this job that I love.  At the risk of leaving someone out, and in no particular order, I would like to recognize some of those people here, beginning with three committees.  Our ministerial search committee, who is undertaking one of the most demanding and important processes possible, with good cheer (so far), endless patience (again, so far), and a depth of talent and compassion.  Our stewardship committee, led by Charlie Scholz, carries out yet another vital role and an underappreciated one.  My church salary, upon which I rely, is made possible by their work each year.  And the Sunday Services committee, led by Haney Pearson, who collaborate to create worship every week of the year, brainstorming lay-led services, providing Worship Associates, and jumping in whenever needed to lead the services that bring us together and feed our souls.  While I’m at it, I am grateful for Cathy Small, who has tended the chalice table for years now, and for Gillian Leng, who beautifully took that task over in Cathy’s absence.

Unsung heroes have helped to bring and take care of world-class musicians who have performed in concert at our church.  This past year, that included Roy Zimmerman, Legends of the Celtic Harp, and Emma’s Revolution.  Irene and J.D. Schultz have always helped me with refreshments and ticket sales at these events.  Haney and Lyn Pearson usually host them in their home, and Haney, Mark Sukontarak, James Caufield and Rod Sauter have helped me set up for sound. Jan invited Emma’s Revolution and organized all the details for their concert and performance in worship, while Sally Atkinson negotiated our contract with them while I was away.

Thanks to everyone who helps throughout the year.

I can’t let an opportunity slip by to thank those who help throughout the year, especially when I am not present:  Nancy L. Anderson and David and Nancy Carlson.  Mark Sukontarak was in charge of all music for worship during my summer vacation and is always a generous sharer of his talent with our congregation.  He has earned many jewels for his heavenly crown.  Of course, I can’t say enough about our choir.  Week after week they work very hard to bring music to worship and to community events that help us connect our minds and hearts, and they are the bedrock of our music program.

To be continued next month!

-­-­Catherine Massey
Director of Music
UUMN Credentialed Music Leader

Many Thanks

greetersThank you to all our greeters!

Greeters in November were: Jack Welch, Gayle Trantham, Jane Asche, Jo Ingle, Diane Taylor, Robert Severance, Haney Pearson, Judy Licht, Chuck Campbell, Susan West, Shirley Davis, Diane Lee, Joel and Peggy Brown, Tom Packard, Skip Shelton, Linda Peterson, James Caufield, Carol Winkler, Jan Thompson, Beth Bannister, Janet Pitt, Rita Decker, and Jean Gilbert.  Peggy Devlin and Joan Dormody, Greeter Coordinators

Generous Giving

We give a sincere thank you to church friend, David Hall.  During the past month David has provided special gifts in memory of Barbara Myers and Clyde Eastman as well as our Minister’s Discretionary Fund and KRWG Fund. David has been a friend of our congregation for many years and we very much appreciate his support. (Jack Welch)

It is very easy to make a gift to the church through InFellowship. Donations in memory of members and friends become part of our Endowment Fund. These are gifts that keep on giving.

The Tombaugh Gallery

Masks, Maidens, and More

An exhibition of art gourds opens at the Tombaugh Gallery on Sunday, December 3.

The Tombaugh Gallery, presents Masks, Maidens and More, a multi-artist show, highlighting the work of four highly skilled New Mexico gourd artists:  Joanna Bradley, Sylvia Hendrickson, Karen Phillips, and Kathe Stark. The exhibit opens on Sunday, December 3 with an artist reception from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The artists will demonstrate the art of this ancient craft at 11:45. A diverse range of items will be available for sale during the show, including functional, spiritual and whimsical objects in varying price ranges. It will be an ideal time to purchase ornaments as well as a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone in your life.

Tickets for a drawing to win a piece of gourd art made by Kathe Stark will be available for purchase at the gallery with the drawing to be held at the conclusion of the show on Friday, January 26th.

The Tombaugh Gallery is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, with regular gallery hours:  Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

For details, contact Gallery@uuchurchlc.org, or call the church at 522-7281.The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM and is open Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Visit the gallery on Facebook.

Monthly Events

Unless otherwise stated, all events will be held at the church. Please check the church’s online calendar to ensure the most recent times and places for these events.

Newcomers are invited to participate in these activities.

Bridge Group plays bridge on the first, third and fifth Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the church foyer. If you want to play, be sure to contact Pat Temple bridge@uuchurchlc.org a few days before so we know the number of players.

Desert Spirit CUUPs is a Las Cruces chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. We practice and educate others on Earth-centered spirituality. We gather monthly on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 6 pm for a potluck and either ritual or an informative class. All events are open to everyone interested in learning and/or growing in their spiritual path. Events held at the church unless otherwise noted. Visit http://www.facebook.com/desertspiritcuups or email lascrucescuups@gmail.com.

Dining Out: A different restaurant every month and dinner with church members. Signup sheets are in the church lobby on the welcome counter. You should signup not later than the Wednesday prior to the dinner. Look in the church newsletter “The Light” for the exact time, date and location or contact DiningOut@uuchurchlc.org for more information or to reserve a place for the dinner.

Lunch Bunch is a weekly lunch-time get together. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch to the church library every Wednesday at 12:00 noon and enjoy the company of fellow Unitarian Universalists.

MoonSisters Group: This women’s group meets once monthly. Contact Susan Wells for more information or visit the group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/342484072516356/

Navigators USA Chapter 55, Las Cruces is a coed, secular and inclusive educational and outdoor activity program. Our local group offers an alternative scouting experience for children and youth that emphasizes diversity, inclusiveness and all the lessons that Nature has to offer. For more information, contact Patrick Igo (patrickigo@yahoo.com or 860.751.9150) or Laurel Irwin-Atchison
(LaurelIrwin@comcast.net or 575.650.0705).

Quilting Bee: The UU Bee Welcome, meets every Wednesday from 10:00 to 4:00 pm in the Foyer. 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 provide an opportunity for quilters to spend time together as they work on their individual quilting projects and exchange tips of the trade, encourage and support each other, share new ideas, deepen friendships, and generally have a good time. A $1 donation per quilter will be given at each session to cover the cost of utilities. The contact person is Chris Ramsey.

Unitarian Universalist Children’s Playgroups (all are welcome): Parents/caregivers must remain on site with their children. The members of the group plan outings, holiday celebrations and other activities together. Contact Susan Freudenthal, DRE, for more information.

Monthly Calendar: To get the information you need about the many and varied activities of our church, go to http://www.uuchurchlc.org/ and scroll down the page to the calendar and events listings.