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.

Thur. Apr. 2 through Wed. Apr. 8

All Face-to-Face events are Cancelled until further notice. 

Please practice safety and physical distance during this pandemic. 

Sunday Schedule
Virtual Worship Service: 10:00 AM
ZOOM:  Meeting #108-028-211

Given the precautionary measures being taken to curb the spread of coronavirus and to promote congregational fellowship we recommend hosting Zoom Meetings, FaceTime, Skype or other face-to-face platforms to create community during this time of social distancing. Consider hosing a virtual dinner party, discussion group or catch up with your UU friends and family using one of theses platforms.

UUCLC is using the free Zoom Meetings platform to host weekly Sunday Services. If you’d like to participate please read the following frequently asked questions about Zoom Meetings:

What do I  need to participate in Zoom Meetings? 
You can use your smartphone, Chromebook, iPad, laptop or desktop computer.
How do I download the Zoom Meetings Application?
Go to Zoom Support!
Android Users- Google Play to download Zoom Meetings App
iPhone/iPad Users – App Store to download Zoom Meetings App
Do I need WiFI access for Zoom? 
When your mobile device is running in 3G or 4G/LTE mode, the zoom app will only send a maximum of 1MB/min of data in accordance with Apple’s guideline for bandwidth usage for a data plan. It’s our recommendation to use WiFi when possible for the best overall experience.
In plain talk, no matter your device use WiFi otherwise you may use a lot of data.
 
How many participants can join a free Zoom Meeting? 
 If you have a Basic/Free you can have up to 100 video participants (including the host) in any of your meetings. These participants have two-way video, audio, and collaboration features.May 27, 2015
 
Note: If you have two people watching a Zoom Meeting on a single device that’s one “Zoom Meeting Participant.”  Therefore in order to make a Zoom Meeting, like a Sunday morning service, available to the greatest number of people please consider participating on Zoom Meeting on a single device per household. 

The Church is Cancelling

All Face-to- Face Events

Until Further Notice

A public health state of emergency has been declared by Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham urging government and non-govt entities to halt public gatherings. In accordance with that guidance, we are halting all gatherings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, effective immediately. We will close the campus and staff will work from home until further notice. We, the staff, care for all of our members and friends. We urge you to follow the guidance provided by state and federal officials for safety and well-being. Please remain alert to the quickly-changing news. As we have news affecting church operations, we will post that information on uuchurchlc.org. We will continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers.

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2020/03/11/coronavirus-new-mexico-governor-declares-health-emergency-events-canceled/5022347002/

Warmly,

Rev. Xolani “xk” Kacela, Ph.D., Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces | (he/him/his) | Mobile: 919-949-2002

Sermons Online

Listen here.

Upcoming Worship Services

Change-4-Change in Jan, Feb & Mar goes to Uncaged Paws

Good Friday Service

Please join us for a meditative service celebrating the Last Supper that features readings and music.

Building Humility and Empathy

Empathy and humility help us understand others while also acknowledging our biases.  Building empathy and humility is critical for self awareness and reflection, both of which take time and trust.

 Reflections by Carla Campbell, Rihanna Thomas and Vanessa Mendoza.

Next Roundtable

Sun, Apr 5, 2020, 10:30 AM, Library

Roundtable: CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE An Overview of Climate Change Issues

Presenters: Joel Brown and James Caufield

 

Attention

The Non-Auction Fundraiser

Unfortunately, the postponement of the auction until next year will be a burden on the church’s annual budget. I would like to reach out to everyone who was planning on spending money at the auction, to please consider donating to the church. This will help offset the loss of auction proceeds. Below is the link to the Church InFellowship to donate with a credit card. Choose the “Contribution to Non-Auction Fundraiser”.

https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/onlinegiving/givenow/step1

If you haven’t created an account yet you may do so from this link also.

If you would rather send a check, please make a notation on the memo of the check “Non-Auction Fundraiser” and mail to the church:

Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88001

Thank you for your consideration to donate to this fundraiser to help support your church. A big thank you to everyone who has already donated.

I hope everyone is doing well in these uncertain times. You are all on my mind and positive thoughts for everyone’s health and happiness. I look forward to seeing everyone in person on the other side of this pandemic.

Kathy Willoughby, Auction Chair

Change-4-Change  –  April through June

Due to the fact that we cannot collect “Change” virtually, the Social Justice Committee would like to remind everyone they can donate by signing up in InFellowship, selecting “My Giving” and then selecting the option “Change for Change”.  It’s very easy!  You can then select the amount and how often you’d like to contribute.  Please try it; but if you prefer, you can always send a check to the church address and note “Change for Change” on the bottom of your check.

The recipient is CrossRoads Center, Las Cruces Public Schools, High and Middle Schools.  Their mission is to serve students in the school system who have been long-term suspended from their home school due to school board policy violations.

Share Generosity

We encourage members of our congregation to continue to make payments of their pledges, via mail and via InFellowship online at:      

https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/UserLogin/Index?ReturnUrl=%2fonlinegiving%2fgivenow%2fstep1

Contributions

For those who have no account with us Giving can be done on line at: https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/OnlineGiving/GiveNow/NoAccount/

To mail your pledge/contribution to the church, the address is:

2000 S. Solano Ave., Las Cruces, NM, 88001

Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the UUCLC is maintaining full staffing, although staff are working at their home base. We feel it is important to continue paying fair compensation to all staff during this period. To support our ongoing ministry, we encourage you to maintain your financial commitment to the congregation. Remain calm; do not panic over your finances.

If you have been separated due to the pandemic, please let us know. We are here as your faith family and have resources.

We invite you to read the memo below from the UUA on congregational finances and best practices.

http://www.uuchurchlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid-19_staffing_and_finances_memo3.pdf

Dear UUCLC Community

Part of our church’s mission is to care for each other and our community.  At this time, we are dealing with a great deal of uncertainty and, perhaps, anxiety about the public health issues facing us.  Remember we are in this together!  Open your hearts, act with kindness and care, and reach out to other congregants to check on their well-being.  If you need help or want to connect, email or call me. My information is in the church directory. Or contact the caring committee (Katie Fitzgerald), other Board members, or Reverend Kacela with your concerns. Take care of yourself and take care of one another. Let’s work together to maintain our sense of community until we can be together again.

Ilene Steele, President, Board of Directors

Dated Activities

Cancelling All Face-to-Face Events Until Further Notice

Every face-to-face event and gathering is cancelled at this time!

The Tombaugh Gallery

The exhibit, scheduled to run through April 24, is CANCELLED.

 

“Beyond Words – One Word Two Visions’’

Featured artists are C. C. Cunningham and Noël Sandino.

Noel and C.C., both abstract artists, admired each others’ work and came up with a unique idea for the Tombaugh exhibit. They decided to create a list of 18 words and challenged each other to paint their own vision of each word. C.C. described the process: ”With a sense of discovery, playfulness, emotion, and thoughtfulness we developed a body of work illustrating how we as process, abstract artists responded to our challenge.”

Noël Sandino, a native of California, moved to New Mexico in 2017. Drawing has always been a part of her life. She taught art at the elementary level and worked as a professional decorative painter and muralist, building a lucrative business. After retiring she began printmaking studies and started painting on canvas. She teaches printmaking workshops and has many shows and awards to her credit. She is currently president of ArtForms of Las Cruces and is a member of the Agave Artists co-op in Mesilla.

C.C. Cunningham grew up in eastern Oklahoma exploring the hardwood forests and rolling hills, creating small sculptures out of local red clay, and pastoral scenes from moss, twigs, and pebbles. After working in social services, rearing children and building a successful business in Denver, she moved to New Mexico in early 2000. Inspired by the beauty of the Desert Southwest, she started her career as an artist, including incorporating red desert sands in her highly textural pieces, recognizing the connection with her earthy childhood creativity.

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. 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. Visit the gallery on Facebook.

Thu Apr 2, 2020 — Wed Apr 8, 2020

04/02/2020

10:00 am--2:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Tombaugh Gallery: Beyond Words - One Word Two Visions – Tombaugh Gallery

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

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

1:00 pm--4:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Bridge at Anna's – CANCELLED

5:00 pm--5:45 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Beginning T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

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

04/03/2020

All Day – Office Closed – Admin. Offices

10:00 am--2:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Tombaugh Gallery: Beyond Words - One Word Two Visions – Tombaugh Gallery

04/04/2020

10:00 am--2:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Tombaugh Gallery: Beyond Words - One Word Two Visions – Tombaugh Gallery

10:00 am--2:00 pm – SNMUU Collaborative CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

4:00 pm--7:00 pm – AUCTION: Cactus Hike and Supper CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Private Location

04/05/2020

10:30 am--11:30 am – Roundtable: CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE An Overview of Climate Change Issues – Library

11:45 am--2:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Child & Youth Faith Formation Committee – Edu. Bldg. Blue Room

04/06/2020

All Day – Office Closed – Admin. Offices

11:00 am--2:00 pm – Spring Elderberry Luncheon CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

04/07/2020

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

5:00 pm--5:45 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Beginning T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

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

5:45 pm--6:45 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Music Director Setup Time – Sanctuary

6:45 pm--8:30 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Choir Rehearsal – Sanctuary

04/08/2020

10:00 am--2:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Tombaugh Gallery: Beyond Words - One Word Two Visions – Tombaugh Gallery

10:00 am--4:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: UU Bee Quilters – CANCELLED

12:00 pm--1:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Lunch Bunch – Library

1:30 pm--3:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Social Justice Committee – Library

5:30 pm--7:00 pm – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Sunday Services Committee Meeting – CANCELLED