Weekly nUUs

Thursday April 18 through Wednesday April 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: 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM (unless otherwise noted in the service schedule below)
Roundtable: 10:30 AM in the Library
Childcare: 8:45 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 April, May & June goes to Las Cruces Public Schools PROJECT LINK

Next Roundtable

Sun, Apr 21, 2019, 10:30 AM, Library

Roundtable: Reality Reconciles Science and Religion: (Video)

Presenter: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids, Carol Felsing, and Richard Wright

The challenges ahead threaten to overwhelm. What an honor to be engaged in the GREAT WORK of fostering a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship! Supporting one another through the stages of grief and inevitable challenges along the way is surely medicine for our collective soul.



Calling All UUs!

Calling All UUs!  Calling All UUs!

We will begin visiting our neighbors that surround our campus to inform them of the upcoming demolition at 2002 S. Solano. The intent is to let them know what we’re planning so they won’t be caught off-guard. In the process, we’ll be handing out flyers with information about the church.

We need you to help in this effort, which takes place this Thursday and Friday. We’ll gather at 1:30 pm for pre-planning, then head out into the neighborhood from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Please email Charlie Scholz or Rev. Kacela minister@uuchurchlc.org for details. We’ll have a sign-up sheet in the office. Please stop by.


Palm Sunday

45-second video by Rev. Xolani “xk” Kacela, Ph.D.




The Auction is April 27!  PREBIDDING continues this Sunday, April 21, before and after services, in the GALLERY.

DONATIONS of wine, beer, and water may be made in the RE this Sunday, April 21, — drop them off into the Red Wagon.  Fill in the donation list at the same time.  Also, bring donations the night of the Auction.

Raffle tickets and gate tickets are available online at http://www.uuchurchlc.org/member-utilities/.  Baskets will be on display this Sunday, April 21, and the night of the Auction in the RE.  You can also buy raffle tickets there.  Gate tickets may also be purchased at the Auction.  Come have fun and help our church.


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. Currently we have walkers, crutches, raised potty chair, bedside potty chairs and an electric wheel chair (may need some repair). Several members have different types of medical items in their homes that they will loan.

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 caring@uuchurchlc.org

The Caring Committee currently meets every other month. The next meeting is May 8, at 5:30 pm, to discuss current needs in the church community.


Service Opportunities

As we continue to grow and thrive, the church has an array of places where you can plug in, connect with others, and support the church!  If you think you might be interested in one of these positions, or would like more information on them – please email Naoma at office@uuchurchlc.org.

Position Title

Time Allotment

Archivist 1-10 hr/mo
Communication Officer – Content Designer 1-3 hr/wk
Communication Officer – Mail Coordinator 1-3 hr/wk
Communication Officer – Social Media 1-3 hr/wk
Data Entry 1-2 hr/wk
Document Manager 1-2 hr/wk
Instrumentalist 3-5 hr/wk
Money Counters 1-2 hr/wk
Photographers 1-4 hr/mo
Receptionists 1-2 hr/wk
Service Associates 1-5 hr/wk
Sound Technician 3-5 hr/wk
Sunday Materials Support 1-3 hr/wk
Volunteer Coordinator 1-3 hr/wk

Highlighted Activities

Apr 21  Religious Education – Children and Youth Program

Expanding Love, Building Identity, Exploring Beliefs

Happy Easter!

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

10:30 am  Gather in the sanctuary for a shared time of worship.

  We will have our annual Easter Scavenger Hunt following worship.

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


Apr 21  Beverage Donations for the Auction

We need DONATIONS of red, white and rose wines, beers, and water for the Auction.

Please bring your donations on Sunday, April 21 to the RED WAGON in the RE great room.

Each donation should have a form filled out for credit in the catalogue of what you brought.  The items will be listed on your auction statement for tax purposes. A donation form is available on the website at uuchurchlc.org/members/member-utilities or you can sign the list when you drop off your donations. You can also bring donations the night of the Auction but we can organize better if we have them ahead. Thank you to all the volunteers and beverage donors for your help.


Apr 27  Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

by Debby Irving.  Want to figure out how to live up to our potential as a church in creating an inclusive, vibrant church that draws people from all cultures to find their spiritual path and create the beloved community we hope to become?  Then come join us in this book study and experience a wake-up call for white people who want to consciously contribute to racial justice rather than unconsciously perpetuate patterns of racism.

Carla Campbell and Jane Asche will facilitate a discussion based on reading this book at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday morning, April 27 (the fourth Saturday of the month).  The book can be bought on Amazon for as little as $11.97 for paperback or you can purchase the Kindle Version for $8.69.  Carla and Jane both say, “the book gave me a whole new understanding of the twin partners of racism and privilege and what we can do to change the story in our community.  Register by emailing susan@freudenthal.net Susan Freudenthal, Director of Religious Education


Apr 28  Annual Passover Seder for All Ages!

All ages will be hearing the story of Passover and participating in a small Seder ceremony in class.  Elements of the Seder include introducing the Seder Plate, ceremonial foods and the connections to Unitarian Universalism.


Apr 30  MDD Board Offering Grant

The board is soliciting applications for a Chalice Lighters grant.  The grant application form is available online.  Applications are due to the MDD board by April 30.


May 1  First Wednesdays Discussion Group

Lunch Bunch

12:00 Noon in the Library. Bring your lunch and join us for a lively conversation using the May Soul Matters theme: Curiosity.


May 5  National Bike Month Annual UUCLC Bicycle Blessing

Meet in the UUCLC Parking lot, bike parking rack, on Sunday, May 5, at 10:10 am, between services. Join us, and our choir, in kicking-off National Bike Month in Las Cruces.

Each year we gather at our bike parking rack to bless riders and their bicycles. This is an opportunity to welcome cyclists in our larger community to our church for a blessing and to receive our well wishes for their safety. The blessing is open to all riders of all abilities and all types of bicycles. It’s open to non-cyclists or cyclists that didn’t bring a bicycle! Basically, it’s open to everyone!


May 11  UU/Community Yard Sale

Sponsored by Womenspirit

We invite you to participate in our UU/Community yard sale on May 11 at the UU Church from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. There are two ways to do this.

  1. sell the items yourself and keep the profits. You will need to pay the table fee of $15 to the UU Church office during office hours. Tables are first come, first serve so get your table fee in early!
  2. donate items to the church for us to sell. Proceeds will benefit asylum seekers as part of our church wide project. Part of the proceeds will also go to Womenspirit, which is providing yard sale volunteers. If you are donating to the church, Items to be donated can be accepted at the white storage shed, on these dates and times: Sunday, April 28, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Sunday, May 5, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Thursday, May 9, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and Friday, May 10, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  If you have large items that need to be picked up the week before the yard sale, please call Sara Thomas.

We are also still looking for a few volunteers to work from 7:00 am to 9:30 am and 9:30 am to 12:00 noon.  If you can help, please contact Sara Thomas to sign up.


May 12  Save the Date!!!

Dave and Ilene Steele would like to invite the congregation to join them for cake and faux Champaign (aka sparkling cider) to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sunday, May 12, from 11:30-ish am (immediately following second service and round table), in the RE Great Room.


Jun 1  Camp Chalice Needs A Few Good Youth Counselors!

In case you haven’t heard, the UU church of Las Cruces is holding a summer day camp June 3 – 7

We are hiring energetic and dedicated youth as counselors for our summer day camp. Camp will be June 3 – June 7. It is being held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, The camp is for children ages 5 – 10 years. Camp hours are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm with extended hours if needed.
Counselors will be responsible for facilitating small group conversations and activities, supervising art projects, leading active games, and creating an atmosphere conducive to our liberal religious values. We are a supportive and welcoming LGBTQ community.
Each counselor will receive a stipend of $60.00 for the week and must be 14 years or older.
There will be a mandatory paid day of training on Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon.
For more information and for an application contact Susan Freudenthal at susan@freudenthal.net
Attention Youth, ages 11 – 13 years! If you would like to be a counselor-in-training or know someone who would be, you are welcome to join us for the week. Counselors-in-training will receive half off the cost of camp ($63.00). Please contact Susan Freudenthal susan@freudenthal.net for an application, or office@uuchurchlc.org
Attention Adults! Are you interested in serving the congregation through participation in the summer camp? Can you share your passion for music? Yoga? Art? STEM? Games? Please contact Susan Freudenthal susan@freudnethal.net You are welcome to speak with me directly on Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursdays at church.


June 19 – 23  UUA General  Assembly, Spokane, Washington

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.

The Power of We

What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.

This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. The antidote to a time of dangerous dehumanization is a love that connects us to our deeper humanity. Come to Spokane to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the Power of We.

Excellent Programming

GA will offer more than 100 programming selections over the course of five days. This year, in addition to Theme-Based Programming, the schedule will feature Role-Based Track Programming, including time for discussion among attendees, sharing inspiring models and stories, and concrete suggestions for how to further the work or “take it home.” More programming details are available at www.uua.org/ga.


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. This is a unique opportunity to share life experiences with friends old & new in a place where the web-of-life is not an abstract concept.
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.
Last year we moved to a new site about a mile away from Sapillo Campground. The new 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.


August –  Dog Days (adult program)

Looking Ahead to Summer…

This will be two midweek daytime series during the “dog days” of summer. We will meet, talk, watch and read all in the resplendent air conditioned coolness of the Religious Education building. Program details will be announced soon!


Sep 6 – 8  WomenSpirit Retreat

The 18th annual WomenSpirit Retreat will be held Friday, September 6 – Sunday September 8.  For more time to relax or explore on your own, come for an unstructured day prior to the retreat on Thursday, September 5. WomenSpirit welcomes all adult women from the community and the Las Cruces Unitarian Universalist congregation in the beautiful Sacramento Camp and Conference Center near Cloudcroft, NM.

The retreat 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 health, movement, art, music, hiking and other adventures. 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.

Registration opens in June. Scholarships available. Invite a friend along!  Questions, contact Sara Thomas.


Community Quick Hits

Short updates for the UUCLC community by Rev. xk

Check out my blog: Concurrent with the ongoing Waking Up White book study that is facilitated by Jane Asche and Carla Campbell, I have also written my latest blog-post on the topic of anti-White supremacy and anti-racism in the UUA. Please take a moment to read it and post your comments. Here is the link: http://www.masteringyourownfaith.com/blog/2019/3/17/p-funk-got-to-give-it-up

The Tombaugh Gallery


New Show beginning May 5

Jill Somoza will be showing a group of recent paintings from May 5 through June 7.  The gallery will host an opening reception on Sunday, May 5, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and will also feature the poetry of Joe Somoza.

Jill Somoza’s paintings are abstract, acrylic on vinyl. The vinyl is stretched over irregularly shaped panels made of wooden slats. Most of the paintings consist of multiple, connected panels. She chooses clear vinyl (rather than canvas) for its translucent quality. The paintings stand a few inches out from the wall so that light can penetrate and give them a sense of airiness.

For more details and further information 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 Apr 18 — Wed Apr 24, 2019


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

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

10:30 am--2:30 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

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

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

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

5:30 pm--9:00 pm – Chess Club – Edu. Bldg. Blue Room

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

5:30 pm--9:00 pm – Chess Club – Edu. Bldg. Blue Room

6:00 pm--7:00 pm – Tenebrae Service – Sanctuary


All Day – Passover Begins at Sundown – Admin. Offices

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


All Day – Easter Sunday – Admin. Offices

8:30 am--12:00 pm – Auction Events Early Bidding – Tombaugh Gallery

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

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

10:30 am--11:30 am – Roundtable: Reality Reconciles Science and Religion: (Video) – Library

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


All Day – Earth Day – Admin. Offices

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


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

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

10:30 am--2:30 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

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--8:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal – Sanctuary & Lobby

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

10:30 am--2:30 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

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

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