Weekly nUUs

We gather to inspire spiritual growth, to care for each other and our community, to seek truth and act for justice in the world.

Thursday July 18 through Wednesday July 24

Events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For more details, please visit our home page and scroll down to the calendar on the bottom left of the screen.

Sunday Schedule

Worship: 10:30 AM (unless otherwise noted in the service schedule below)
Roundtable: 9:00 AM in the Library
Childcare: 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM —  free-play, snacks and art
Mindful Sundays for kids: 9:00 AM
Sunday school: 10:30 AM
Fellowship: before and after Worship

Upcoming Worship Services

Change-4-Change in July, August & September goes to Jardin de Los Niños

Next Roundtable

Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 9:00 AM, Library

Roundtable: The City of Las Cruces and Asylum Seekers

Mayor Ken Miyagishima



2019 Contribution Statements Mailed

Contribution Statements for the 6 months ended June 30, 2019 will be mailed this week. Some of you received yours at church on Sunday.

The Finance Committee thanks you for your generous contributions that are so important to the mission of our church. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces does good work because of your support.

Please review your statement for accuracy.  If you have questions you should call the office.  If you have not paid your Auction bill and need a copy of it, please contact the office.

Please note: The mailing address for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces is 2000 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001.  We no longer have a PO Box.

The Finance Committee thanks you,

Shirley Davis, Chair of Finance Committee


Caring Committee

The Caring Committee provides free help to members and friends of the church who have emergencies, needs for transportation, temporary meals after an illness or surgery. We also provide other types of assistance and loan out durable medical supplies.  We have recently received a Polar Care cube recommended for use on shoulders. We provide rides to church, to medical appointments and procedures when members cannot supply their own transportation. We sometimes take members home from the hospital and we make home, hospital and nursing home visits. We send cards and make calls to those in need.  If you have a need for help, either as an emergency or a planned issue, you can contact us by calling Katie Fitzgerald or email her at  WeCare@uuchurchlc.org.


Our Social Justice Ministries

All ministries welcome the involvement of the congregation!

The Social Justice Committee has finalized a summary of its current ministries and contact information for new or existing church members and friends who may be interested in joining any of our activities.  It was designed to BRIEFLY describe each activity and to provide a contact person for more information. Please visit our webpage at http://www.uuchurchlc.org/social-action-program/our-social-justice-ministries/

Highlighted Activities

Jul 21  Religious Education – Children and Youth Program

Expanding Love, Building Identity, Exploring Beliefs

This month in our Sunday Faith Formation classes, we will continue using the Soul Matters themes, this month it is


9:00 am – 12:00 noon  Child care is available in the Religious Education building

10:30 am  Joy — session three

Today we will explore the joy that can be found around us, be it flowers or a belief in God/goddess/humanism.

Our seventh principle will be explicitly lifted up.

STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, math) challenge

Resources for the journey


The Happy Kid Handbook – Practical Parenting


All summer sessions, at 10:30 am, include Chalice lightings, a time to share Joys and Sorrows, centering, stories and projects (STEAM). For more information about each week’s session, click on the links.  All are welcome!

See you on Sunday!  –  Visitors are welcome at all times.


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.

For information, call Frances or Gordon Hill, diningout@uuchurchlc.org


Jul 26 – 28  Annual Church Campout in the Gila

The annual church camp-out in the Gila is a tradition that goes back many years and is organized by members of the congregation. For planning purposes, we need an approximate count of the people attending. There will be a display every Sunday in the RE Great Room with a sign-up sheet and brochures. The brochure gives an excellent overview of the camp-out and includes a map and directions to the site. You can also sign-up by email to campout@uuchurchlc.org containing your name, the number of adults & children in your group, and your email address or phone number in case we need to contact you.

The site is on BLM land managed by the forest service, but is not an official campground and has no amenities. We will rent port-a-potties, You will need to bring water for drinking and cleaning, but you will be able to refill your containers with drinkable water from faucets in the campgrounds on Lake Roberts.

The camp site does come with a Ponderosa pine forest, wild flowers and animals, old Indian ruins and other interesting places to hike. Spectacular geological formations, and majestic mountains that block calls to your cell phone. You will have a peaceful weekend.


Aug 7 –  Sep 4  Two Peas in a Podcast

Facilitated Conversation by Rev Xolani & Tamara Kacela

Two Peas in a Podcast is an adult enrichment program offered to spur conversation and engagement among UUs about important and, hopefully, interesting topics. The intent of the facilitators is to spur deep thinking and personal growth on subject matter we often think about, but may not have many opportunities to discuss openly and vigorously.

We invite you to listen to the four podcasts in advance of actual program dates. During the sessions, we will listen to an excerpt of the assigned podcast. It will be followed by a brief discussion between the facilitators that highlights significant points. Then, we will open the discussion with focused questions and close with a few takeaways.

In most cases, the transcripts are available on the websites for those who need them. We hope you’ll join us for these lively conversations. We’ll gather in the library.

Schedule  –  Wednesday evenings

August 7, 6:00 pm  – “This is Your Brain on Sex” broadcast on On Being with Krista Tippett, April 5, 2018; 52 minutes


August 14, 6:00 pm  – “Emotional Labor – The Invisible Work That (Most) Women Do” broadcast on Dear Sugars, May 5, 2018, 45 minutes


August 28, 6:00 pm – “Sheila Johnson — A Billion Dollar Business Woman” broadcast on WSJ Secrets of Wealthy Women, January 8, 29 minutes


September 4, 6:00 pm – “Seth Godin: Taking the Leap…Picking Yourself” broadcast on Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon, January 22, 62 minutes



Aug 14  Caring Committee

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 14, in the library at 5:30 pm. Contact us by calling Katie Fitzgerald or email her at  WeCare@uuchurchlc.org.

The Caring Committee provides free help to members and friends of the church who have emergencies, needs for transportation, temporary meals after an illness or surgery, and loan out durable medical supplies. We provide rides to church, to medical appointments and procedures. We sometimes take members home from the hospital and we make home, hospital and nursing home visits. We send cards and make calls to those in need.


Aug 15 – Sep 5  Philosophy 101 and “The Good Place”

Thursday afternoons, August 15, 22, 29 and Sept 5.  Time 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Philosophy 101 and “The Good Place”, a discussion group based on the philosophical dilemmas offered in the sitcom about life about death. Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal


Sep 6 – 8  Learn Ukulele  at WomenSpirit

Learn Ukulele with Joy Goldbaum at WomenSpirit 2019. This is a true beginner’s workshop for people who don’t think they are musical and have never played a ukulele. Unite with your inner musician. Learn some chords and strums, and then we’ll play a few songs. By the end of the workshop you will be comfortable playing simple tunes, and be able to perform at the Talent/No-Talent show that night if you want to. Everyone can learn to play the uke — it is easy and fun. Ukes provided!

WomenSpirit Retreat will be held September 6 – 8, at the Sacramento Camp and Conference Center near Cloudcroft, NM. For more time to relax or explore on your own, come for an unstructured day prior to the retreat on Thursday, September 5. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, WomenSpirit is open to all adult women.

Like our new group on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/960098697522875/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=157740317656593

Contact Sara Thomas with any questions.


Sep 15  Committee Volunteer Fair

On Sunday, September 15, between and after services, all committees, subcommittees, task forces, programs, and anyone else seeking members or volunteers for church-related matters, is invited to host a table in and around the breezeway.  Educate about, and recruit for, your committee or activity.  Contacts: Joy Goldbaum or Mari Cowley.

The Tombaugh Gallery

The gallery will be closed in July and August

When shows resume, gallery hours will be Wednesday – Saturday, 10 – 2.

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, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Visit the gallery on Facebook.

Thu July 18 — Wed July 24, 2019


10:00 am--11:15 am – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

1:00 pm--4:00 pm – Bridge at Anna's – Lobby

4:00 pm--5:00 pm – Meditation Group – Private Location

5:30 pm--6:30 pm – Hospitality Committee – Library

5:40 pm--6:30 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Closed – Admin. Offices

5:00 pm--7:00 pm – Dining Out – Admin. Offices


8:00 am--12:00 pm – Auction Workshop – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

9:30 am--12:30 pm – AUCTION: Eco-Printing with Leaves – Private Location

2:00 pm--5:00 pm – AUCTION: Bridge at Nancy's – Private Location

6:00 pm--9:00 pm – Desert Spirit CUUPS – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


9:00 am--10:00 am – First Service – Sanctuary & Lobby

9:00 am--10:00 am – Roundtable: The City of Las Cruces and Asylum Seekers – Library

10:30 am--11:30 am – Joy session #3 – Edu. Bldg. (entire)

10:30 am--11:30 am – Sunday Service – Sanctuary & Lobby


12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Closed – Admin. Offices


10:00 am--11:15 am – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

5:00 pm--6:30 pm – Membership Committee – Library

5:40 pm--6:30 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

6:45 pm--8:00 pm – Rio Grande Insight Meditation Sangha – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


10:00 am--4:00 pm – UU Bee Quilters – Lobby

12:00 pm--1:00 pm – Lunch Bunch – Library

7:00 pm--8:30 pm – CoM Meeting – Library