Weekly nUUs

Thursday February 14 through Wednesday February 20

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 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 January, February & March goes to CIVIC

Black Women and the Sacred

“Since the beginning of chattel slavery in this country, black women have been magically making something from nothing, conjuring up lives for themselves and their families with nothing but crumbs, dust and ashes…” Let’s look at some ideas.

Next Roundtable

Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 10:30 AM, Library

Roundtable: Nurturing a Shared Ministry

Presenters: Rodney Sauter and the Committee on Ministry

Our Committee on Ministry has been retooling in order to better help the congregation nurture and grow our shared ministry. We invite you to join us in conversation as we work with the congregation to evaluate the current state of our ministry and how best to move forward together.



Barking nUUs and the Cat’s Meow from Animal Advocates of the Social Justice Committee


We want to encourage ALL members of the UUCLC to carefully review ALL of the nominees for our church’s Change for Change program.  We have been informed that a description of each of the nominees for the next cycle will be available to the congregation soon.  Stay tuned!

Change for Change is a wonderful way to reach out to the wider community and help to brand our congregation and Unitarian Universalism as a faith community that gives a darn!

The Animal Advocates group within the Social Justice Community respectfully requests that you give our nominee—“Uncaged Paws”—serious consideration for one of your votes.  Did you know that 63,000 precious animal lives are ended each year in the state of New Mexico because these animals find themselves in the predicament of being homeless?  Uncaged Paws is dedicated to aid homeless, at risk, and shelter animals through a variety of programs including—transporting dogs and puppies to other states where there is greater demand, supporting mobile spay-neuter clinics, promoting micro-chipping to aid in the recovery of lost animals, and many other initiatives.

We encourage everyone who can to come to the SJC open meeting on February 17th at noon to hear presentations by the nominee organizations and to cast your vote for the organizations you would like to see the congregation support.  If you cannot be present for this meeting, you can vote absentee by writing a note list the organizations you wish to support, signing printing and signing you name to the note, and then sealing it in an envelope and then signing your name across the seal.  You can mail your absentee vote OR drop it off at the church office OR ask someone to bring the sealed vote to the February 17th meeting.

Thank you, one and all!—Dave Steele and Jean Gilbert (on behalf of the Animal Advocates)


Can You Spare an Hour to Help at the Auction on April 27?


Pick the activity you would like to help with

  • food,
  • bar,
  • silent auction,
  • raffle ticket sales,
  • etc

and pick your time slot to help us out at the upcoming auction.

If EVERYONE volunteers an hour or so during the evening, EVERYONE will be able to participate in the fun-filled evening!

The sign-up table will be located in the breezeway (weather permitting) each Sunday before and between services.


Thanks in Advance for Your Loving Support


On Wednesday, February 13, Tamara Kacela, Rev Xolani’s wife, will have foot surgery to remove a potentially cancerous growth. This will be a day surgery and Tamara is expected back on in the evening.

A CareCalendar has been setup to help arrange food deliveries and visits. To access Tamara Kacela’s CareCalendar site, visit https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/279341 and enter the following information in the appropriate spaces:

  • Calendar ID   :   279341
  • Security code:   3733


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

Feb 17  Religious Education – Children and Youth Program


Expanding Love, Building Identity, Exploring Beliefs


9:00 am – 12:30 Child care is available with snack, play and stories.

10:30 am  We gather in the sanctuary for a brief shared time of worship.


Trust in others, trust in ourselves.

Learning to trust others is an important element in building community and completing different types of work together.

Communication skills, learning how to use each person’s gifts/talents, being truthful, sharing goals, all add up when building healthy communities.


STEAM project this week:  Pipe Cleaner and Tin Foil: each person is given equal amounts of pipe cleaners and foil.

Their task is to create anything from the materials. They must work together on the creations and incorporate everyone’s design in the end product.

  • STEAM projects: S(science) T(technology) E(engineering) A(art) M(math)


Senior Youth Project:  https://www.uua.org/international-justice/un/spring-seminar

Equity in Action, Gender in an intersecting world.  Spring UU UNO seminar.

Check out the Our program, this year we are sending one youth and one adult advisor to New York City in April.

Our ability to sponsor this trip comes from the generosity of the Virginia Butler Memorial Fund.

Questions about the program?  Contact Susan Freudenthal susan@freudenthal.net, Director of Religious Education.

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


Adult Faith Formation Classes

Look for these exciting adult classes coming soon:

  • Rev. Xolani Kacela will be offering a series on Leadership called “Harvesting the Power”.
  • First Wednesdays Discussion Group continues and will use a variety of sources including “Soul Matters” to stimulate conversation.
  • Other small group learning opportunities will be offered in the spring.


Feb 15  Dining Out


February Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 15, at Chala’s, 2790 Avenida de Mesilla.

Call Frances or Gordon Hill for information or email Gordon Hill at diningout@uuchurchlc.org


Feb 16 Celtic, Folk & World Music Concert


with FOUR SHILLINGS SHORT, Saturday, Feb 16, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, 3845 N. Swan St., Silver City, NM, 575-574-2170 for info http://www.uufsc.com

$10 suggested donation, Benefit for the UU Social Justice Committee.

Four Shillings Short play Traditional music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic collection of world instruments: Hammered & Mountain dulcimer, Mandolins, Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Recorders & Tinwhistles, Banjo, Guitar, Charango, Psaltery, percussion, vocals & even a Krumhorn.

“Four Shillings Short takes you on a musical journey through time and across the seas as they perform everything from Traditional Irish tunes and airs to Indian Ragas.” (The Foothills Sun-Gazette/ Exeter, CA)


Feb 17 Early Spring Cleaning


We need to clean out the large trailer storage unit, the one next to the RE building. We need that space to store things that are currently stored in the Rental Property which is going to be demolished.

To do this we need your help.

On Sunday, February 17, after the Second Service, we will open that storage unit for two hours to allow you to take whatever you want.

Everything must go.

If you want it for yourself, take it.

If you want to donate it to someone else, take it.

Anything left after the two-hour limit will be taken to the dump.


Feb 17  Cast Your Vote for Change 4 Change


Organizations who are being considered for the next 4 quarters of “Change 4 Change” will make brief presentations this Sunday, February 17, at 12:00 noon ( -1:00pm) in the RE Great Room.  Come listen, enjoy a lunch, and cast your vote to select the four organizations who will receive all of the coins collected each Sunday at our two services.


Feb 21 & 28  Great Decisions 2019 (Foreign Policy Association)


Thursdays, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm,  Red Room RE Building

The true focus of the Great Decisions discussion group is the critical examination of all issues and opinions, each recognized as equally valid.

The first topic for this series is: Refugees and Global Migration By Karen Jacobsen.

  • A short video will be shown to introduce the material.

Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal, Director of Religious Education

To register for all classes, please email Susan Freudenthal  susan@freudenthal.net


Feb 23  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 three Saturday mornings, February 23, March 23, and April 27 (the fourth Saturday of each month).

The book can be bought on Amazon for as little as $11.97 for paperback if you order early to allow time for delivery from a 3rd party dealer 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


Feb 23  Worship Services Training


The Sunday Services Committee is recruiting lay service leaders, associates and assistants to participate in worship. A training will be held on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 am till 12:00 noon. If you are interested in this opportunity, or if you are interested in the worship experience in general, and would like to attend, please contact Katya Gonzalez, Maggie Locatelli, Haney Pearson, or a staff member.


Feb 23  Tombaugh Day at Museum of Nature & Science


Clyde W. Tombaugh and his wife Patricia “Patsy” were founding members of our church, longtime attendees and supporters. Our gallery was named in his honor, and is adorned with a stained glass window depicting his life.

The Museum of Nature & Science will host “Tombaugh Day” from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 23. This is a free, family event that is open to the public.

Every year the museum honors the work of local astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. This year’s event will include a special presentation from Tombaugh’s son, Alden Tombaugh, at 10:00 am. Alden Tombaugh will discuss the lifetime works of his father, including his discovery of Pluto and contributions to the development of research centers in southern New Mexico. At 11:00 am, Solar System Ambassador and NASA IT Specialist Richard Pacheco will talk about how astronomers create color images to interpret data from astronomic investigations.

Apache Point Observatory will join the event this year with the NMSU Astronomy Department and Museum of Nature & Science, providing hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages. Solar observation telescopes will be set up at the main entrance to the museum at 411 N. Main Street for safe viewing of the sun. Astronomers of all ages and abilities are invited to attend.

Admission to the Museum of Nature & Science is free. The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Tuesday through Friday and from 9:00 am to 4;30 pm on Saturday.

For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-522-3120.


Mar 6  Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne in Concert


Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne, of  Legends of the Celtic Harp, will be in concert in the sanctuary on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 pm.  They will share the beautiful sounds and images of Celtic harps, rare instruments, and wondrous stories.  Tickets will be available at the door for $20, or pay what you can.


Mar 7  Temple Mount Saini Presents: Abby Stein


FREE Event, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N Stanton, El Paso, TX 79902

Amid a shifting tide of tolerance, a transgender Jew searches for faith and community.
From rabbi to Jewish educator, author, parent, and activist for trans rights.
Honors & Awards

  • LGBTQ Pride Award 2018
  • Footsteps Leadership Award
  • The Jewish Week 36 Under 36
  • NY Mag 50 Reasons to Love NY
  • Faith Leaders Leading the Fight for LGBTQ Equality

For more information visit https://www.templemountsinai.com/ or call 915-532-5959


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.


The Spokane region is the gateway for adventure and exploration in the Intermountain Northwest. Located driving distance from Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, Spokane is nestled in natural beauty.

Spokane is located on interstate I-90, 110 miles from the Canadian border and 18 miles from Idaho. It is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis.

Spokane International Airport (GEG) is serviced by Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United Airlines. Nonstop service is offered to 17 destinations, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, and LAX.

Spokane is accessible by rail via Amtrak’s Empire Builder route (Chicago – St. Paul/Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle). It is also reachable by Greyhound Bus.

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.

  • Financial Aid Available

The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to as many attendees as possible. Go to uua.org/ga in the month of March to learn about scholarships to support delegates – particularly those from marginalized groups – and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).


February Calendar Connections

 Click on the name on each event for more information or inspiration.


Unitarian Universalist:

National & Cultural:

For Fun and On the Fringe:

The Tombaugh Gallery

The Tree of Life


A collection of artwork by Maria Cristina will be featured at the Tombaugh Gallery during the month of February.

The show will end on Sunday, February 24.

All forms of nature are represented, from the tiniest creatures to towering mountains, from the bottom of the sea to the boundaries of the universe. In this collection Maria Cristina attempts to capture some of the aspects of that stream of life.

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 Feb 14 — Wed Feb 20, 2019


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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--9:00 pm – AUCTION EVENT #50: An Evening with Rocky and Bullwinkle – Private Location

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


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

10:30 am--11:30 am – Roundtable: Nurturing a Shared Ministry – Library

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

11:45 am--1:30 pm – Social Justice Annual Meeting: Change 4 Change – Sanctuary & Religious Ed. Gr. Rm.

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


All Day – Presidents' Day (Office Closed) – Admin. Offices

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

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

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

7:00 pm--8:30 pm – NAMI Connection Support Group – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


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

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

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


8:30 am--12:00 pm – Wednesday Morning Play Group – Edu. Bldg. Green 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

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