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 June 13 through Wednesday June 19

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 April, May & June goes to Las Cruces Public Schools PROJECT LINK

What Does Humanism Mean Today?

Revisiting an award-winning sermon by Rev. Dr. Barry M. Andrews that explores the meaning of humanism and its various forms and how we might use it as a means of good and positive change.

Next Roundtable

Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 9:00 AM, Library

Roundtable: What Are Dona Ana County Specialty Courts?

Presented by Joel Cano, Magistrate Judge.

Specialty Courts in Dona Ana County.  What are they and what is their purpose?



Office Hours Update

Our interim Office Administrator is Jaylynn Melendez.
Office hours are Tuesday -Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
If you need additional office assistance Jaylynn can be reached Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Please keep in mind she will be out for lunch sometime during the day.
If Jaylynn is away please leave a note or voicemail and she will get back to you.

Rev. Kacela will be in the office on Wednesdays only, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.
He’ll be working from home Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
You can still make an appointment for office visits by calling or emailing him directly minister@uuchurchlc.org


Words of Appreciation

The Social Justice Committee is proud to share some of the notes we recently received from just a few of our SJC ministries:

From Border Servant Corps (Hospitality for Refugees)

“Dear UU Church of Las Cruces, We sincerely appreciate your continued support with donations (love the Undie Sundays!) and meals and volunteers.  We are blessed to have such a generous community as we welcome families seeking asylum.”

From J Paul Taylor Detention Center (Monthly dinners or Cooking Classes)

“Thank you for… coming & spending your time with us… for sharing your experiences with us… for being so generous… for joining us… for showing the boys that life is not over for them… for all you do!”


Asylum Seekers Events Update

We are continuing our efforts to provide Central American asylum seekers with healthy meals upon their arrival in Las Cruces and while they receive hospitality at Peace Lutheran Church. In June we will provide:

Dinner, Tuesday, June 25,  4:45 pm – 6:30 pm at Peace Lutheran Church 

This will be the 20th meal provided by UUCLC members. Sign-up sheets will be in the RE Great Room on Sunday, June 23.

Although Undies Sunday was June 1, we will happily accept at any time underwear in small sizes for men, women, and children.

The Border Servant Corps and the asylum seekers themselves greatly appreciate our help. This is gratifying work. If you’d like to be part of it, please contact Susan Bagby


Another Way to Help Asylum Seekers

If you have a houseful of Spanish language books (or lots of credit at COAS), please consider donating them to the asylum seekers housed at Peace Lutheran. You can put them in the box with underwear donations in the RE Great Room, or take them directly to Peace Lutheran Church. In much demand are Spanish Bibles, small Spanish/English dictionaries, bilingual books for all ages, books by Latin American authors, classics, board books for little ones, poetry, etc. These folks love to read and they need diversion during their long journeys. Thank you!


Join the AIM Team

Did you know that our congregation is AIM certified? In fact, we were the second congregation in the entire UUA to become certified as having met the requirements for being an Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) congregation. We spent a little over 2 years with a Task Force of 6 to 8 people plus the minister and the RE director presenting a series of workshops, Roundtables, and Sunday services learning about ableism and how to welcome and include people with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities in the fullness of congregational life. We made some improvements to the building and grounds, bought some equipment (PocketTalkers, sound equipment, TV monitors, large-print hymnals), re-designed seating in the sanctuary, added a few more parking spaces reserved for people with mobility limitations, and then took a congregational vote to seek final certification.

Being accessible and inclusive is an ongoing ministry. There are always new things to learn and more improvements needed.

I invite you to join our AIM Team to evaluate our progress, seek input regarding current needs, and ensure that UUCLC will be re-certified for AIM at the end of this year. Please contact me if you are interested. People with disabilities (visible or unseen) are especially urged to join the Team, but those of us temporarily able but keenly interested in the subject are also very welcome.


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

Jun 16  Religious Education – Children and Youth Program

Expanding Love, Building Identity, Exploring Beliefs


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

10:30 am  Beauty and the Imperfection of Wabi Sabi

What does it mean to be perfect?

Name some things that can be perfect. — One definition is meeting a specific checklist of exact standards.

Is anyone perfect all the time?


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

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.


Jun 19 – 23  UUA General  Assembly, Spokane, WA

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, WA. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.

The Power of We

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.


Jun 21  Dining Out

Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 21, at Aqua Reef Restaurant, 141 N. Roadrunner Pkwy. (North of Lohman).  Please sign up by Wednesday, June 19.  For information, contact Frances or Gordon Hill at 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 –  Dog Days of Summer (adult program)

There 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.

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


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 June, 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 June 13 — Wed June 19, 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

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

6:00 pm--7:00 pm – Shape Note Singing – Lobby


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


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


All Day – Father's Day – Admin. Offices

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

9:00 am--10:00 am – Roundtable: Project Save a Kitten – Library

10:30 am--11:30 am – Religious Education: Beauty and the Imperfection of Wabi Sabi – Edu. Bldg. (entire)

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


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

4:30 pm--5:30 pm – Care Committee Meeting – Library

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


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

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

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