Weekly nUUs

Thursday January 18 through Wednesday January 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 12:30 AM —  free-play, snacks and art
Mindful Sundays for kids: 8:45 AM
Sunday school: 10:30 AM
Fellowship: before and after Worship

Next Worship Service

01/21/2018 9:00 am

Freeing the Church for Ministry

Services at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Looking back on her almost five years as the church’s Develomental Minister, Rev. Sue will share her reflections on the work we’ve done together since 2013, and some thoughts for possible initiatives in the future. This sermon will form part of her Annual Report to the congregation.

Next Roundtable

Sun, Jan 21, 2018 – Roundtable: Communities in Transition

Presented by Diana Bustamante

The Colonias Development Council, www.colonias.org, is improving the quality of life through the promotion, development, and cultivation of an equitable standard of living in colonia communities in southern New Mexico by nurturing transformative leadership through community and economic development.



Thank You from Your Ministerial Search Committee!!!

The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) is sustained by the deep, warm glow of the generosity and commitment we experienced in the congregational meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2018.  When the MSC presented the potentially stressful news that we felt our budget to be insufficient to bring in the number of candidates that we would like to interview to find our best ministerial fit, members of this community arose to the occasion.  You exemplified the commitment that you made to us in our mutual covenanting ceremony last Fall.  Just as we came to you with the honest perspective of what we need to best meet our commitment, you in turn stepped forward toward us and worked to donate more toward the Ministerial Search Committee budget, pledge more to sustain our beloved community, and model celebrating and lifting up what this place of worship means to us all.

We are grateful for your generosity and feel supported and appreciated by your continuing trust that we will do our best to meet our charge.  Thank you to all who contributed, who shared the gifts of their wisdom, experience, and time, and to those who have served or are stepping up to serve in church leadership.  UUCLC has a potent team of leaders and congregants! Thank you!

Your Ministerial Search Committee — Renée Beltran, Susan Bagby, Nora Brown, Peggy Brown, Rachel Courtney, Elisa Sanchez, Dave Steele

General Assembly

G.A. is the annual gathering of the Unitarian Universalist Association, its minister, and its members.  Business of the assembled is conducted along with outstanding workshops, worship services, ceremonies, and service actions.  Anyone may attend, and member congregations may send certified voting delegates.  If you wish to be a delegate, notify Rev. Sue or a member of the Board.

General Assembly 2018 – June 20-24, Kansas City, MO

All Are Called

Grounded in a deep belief that we are all prophets, Unitarian Universalists ask, “How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?” The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear. So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices, dismantling and transforming those which fail to recognize the full humanity of all people and to honor the interdependent web of life. Join us in Kansas City as we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and communities, and for each of us as individuals.

Calling for Office Volunteers

Naoma, our Congregational Administrator, will be working regularly on Sundays beginning January 21st. As such, she will need to take Fridays off. So! We are seeking volunteers to support the office from 12 noon – 4 pm on Fridays. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Naoma at 575-522-7281 or via email at office@uuchurchlc.org.

Money Counters!

Are you skilled with details, numbers, or finances?

The office, and the Finance Committee could use your support! We are currently looking for Money Counters! The time needed is once-a-week or as-needed.

Recently, the office updated our deposit system, and will host a Money Counter orientation in early February. Please contact Naoma at 575-522-7281 or office@uuchurchlc.org if you are interested in being one of the UUCLC Money Counters!

Change 4 Change

If you would like to nominate a worthwhile organization for “Change for Change” please send an email to change4change@uuchurchlc.org. You may take a letter to the church office addressed to “change 4 change.” Your email or letter must include the following eight items:

  1. The full legal name of the organization,
  2. Its correct mailing address,
  3. Its mission,
  4. A contact name and phone number,
  5. A 1-2 paragraph explanation about why you think the organization should receive three months of change from the church Sunday plate,
  6. Your name,
  7. Your email, and
  8. Your phone number.

Nominations must be received not later than January 31, 2018. The four recipients for 2018-2019 will be chosen at a Social Justice Committee meeting on February 4, 2018, 11:45 am, after Roundtable and second Service.

Highlighted Activities

Change 4 Change this Quarter

Asombro Institute for Science Education & Home of the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park

The Asombro Institute for Science Education, formerly the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, is dedicated to increasing scientific literacy by fostering an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert. To achieve this mission, they currently serve more than 19,000 K-12 students and 1,500 adults in New Mexico and West Texas with inquiry-based science education programs each year.

Jan 19 Dining Out

5:00 pm, on Friday, January 19, at India Hut, 1605 South Solano Drive, one block north of Missouri Avenue. Please sign up by Wednesday, January 17. For information, contact Frances or Gordon Hill at DiningOut@uuchurchlc.org

Jan 20 Imbolc

Join Desert Spirit CUUPs on January 20th in the Religious Education Building for the celebration of Imbolc. We will be journeying inward as part of the deep winter hibernation. The event will include meditation and sharing about the subconscious, as well as connection to earth and each other. We’ll begin with potluck at 6 pm. Bring a dish to share and your own plates/utensils/cups. Ritual will begin at 7 pm. Any questions? Contact Renee Beltran at 575-635-6683 or at reneebeltran94@gmail.com.

Jan 21 The Week in Lifelong Learning

Sunday 9:15 AM

  • Religious Education building, Senior Youth Room. Adult Enrichment:  Common Read; Centering facilitated by Susan Freudenthal (see further description in the next article)
  • Beginner’s Meditation for all ages facilitated by Eric Brekke

10:30 AM Worship in the sanctuary. The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan “Try to do as little as possible.”

Rainbow Children: ages Prek-2nd – The theme of this session is “Our search for beliefs comes from sources of love.”

Emersons: ages 3rd-5th grade – Gratitude is a spiritual orientation connected to the experience of joy and the practice of generosity. This session cultivates an “attitude of gratitude” as a practice that leads to spiritual health and well being.

Junior Youth: middle school ages – Unitarian Universalism is a living tradition. We expect that what we find to be true may change over time as new life experiences shape our search. This session guides participants to “seek the truth in love” again and again as part of their own search for meaning.

Senior Seminar: high school ages – Deep conversations about life, loss and religion.

Wednesday 5:30 PM Navigators, children of all ages and identities are welcome to participate.  A pot-luck supper is followed by a nature/earth based theme and activity.  Once a month the group meets with an animal rights activist from the congregation.

Friday 4:30 PM The Rainbow Playgroup, Religious Education building. We  welcome all children and their parents to come and play.  We are committed to the inclusivity of all identities.

Countdown to the Common Read Series Begins

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal contact susan.freudenthal@gmail.com to sign up.

Three consecutive Sundays; January 21, 28 and February 4, 2018 at 9:15 am. – Congregational meeting scheduled for January 14. 

Participants are expected to order the book for themselves. Scholarships are available, please ask ahead of time.

Jan 21 Women’s March

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday Navigators U.S.A.

Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 5:30 pm in the Great Room. This group is open to children of all ages and gender identities.  https://navigatorsusa.org

Every Friday Rainbow Playgroup

Continues to meet at 5:00 pm in the Great Room. All are welcome!

Art Show

Now and Then

McKeown 2006
McKeown 2015

It’s rare that artists get to feature their older works right next to their newer pieces, but that’s what is happening during “Now and Then” as part of ArtForms Artist Association’s For the Love of Art Month at Tombaugh Gallery. The exhibit opens Wednesday, Jan. 31 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 25. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Artists include Dani Anderson, Linda Choate, Rebecca Courtney, Kathleen Deasy, Jeri Desrochers, Penny Duncklee, Les Fairchild, Marty Galster, Carrie Greer, Rosemary McKeown,  Noël Sandino, Mel Stone, Roy van der Aa and Rhoda Winters.

Thu Jan 11 — Wed Jan 17, 2018


10:00 am--2:00 pm – Tombaugh Gallery Show – Tombaugh Gallery


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

4:40 pm--5:40 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

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


4:30 pm--7:00 pm – Rainbow Playgroup – Edu. Bldg. (entire)


9:00 am--10:00 am – Choir Sings – Sanctuary

9:00 am--10:00 am – Choir Sings at First Service – Library

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

10:30 am--11:00 am – Choir Sings at Second Service – Sanctuary

10:30 am--11:30 am – Roundtable: Sanctuary Congregations – Library

10:30 am--11:30 am – Second Service – Admin. Offices

11:30 am--12:15 pm – Luncheon: Annual Membership Meeting – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

12:15 pm--1:30 pm – Annual Membership Meeting – Sanctuary


9:00 am--12:00 pm – Ministerial Search Committee – Tombaugh Gallery

10:00 am--2:00 pm – Office Closed – Admin. Offices

6:30 pm--7:30 pm – Leadership Development Committee – Admin. Offices

7:00 pm--8:30 pm – NAMI Connection Support Group – Library


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

4:40 pm--5:40 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

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

6:45 pm--8:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal – Sanctuary


10:00 am--2:00 pm – Tombaugh Gallery Show – Tombaugh Gallery

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

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

6:00 pm--8:00 pm – Board of Trustees – Library