Weekly nUUs

Thursday July 19 through Wednesday July 25

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: 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

Upcoming Worship Services

Change-4-Change in Jul, Aug, and Sep goes to the Holy Cross Retreat Center

Next Roundtable

Sun, Jul 22, 2018, 9:00 AM, Library

Roundtable: Stand Up, Speak Up, Take a Stand

Presenters Elisa Sanches and Angelica Rubio

With the alarming rise of intolerance, hate and xenophobia, it is time for all of us to take a bold and decisive stand.  What will you do? What can we do together?  How does colonization keep us prisoners? “Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”  Elie Wiesel



Office Closed for “Summer Break”

Naoma will be Out of Office from the 22 – 29 of July, and during that time the office will be closed for “summer break”. Messages will be checked every other day during this time by volunteers. If there are any facilities emergencies during this time, please contact Robert Severance. If there are any pastoral care emergencies during this time, please contact Rev. Nancy J. Anderson or the Caring Committee (caring@uuchurchlc.org).


A Moment for oUUr Financial Well-Being

Have you ever sat down to a delicious cup of tea and found yourself wondering, “What is the Finance Committee, and why do we need one?” Well, we have too (of course) – and so thought that we’d take a moment to share three fun facts about Finance Committee with you!

We, the UUCLC Finance Committee:

  • are a committee of the Board of Trustees, and exist because the bylaws says UUCLC needs us to!
  • work diligently (an average of 138 service hours per month) to ensure the financial well-being of UUCLC.
  • track best practices from the UUA, and are always on the look-out for ways to make it as easy and rewarding as possible for you to financially support UUCLC.

If you have any questions for or about the Finance Committee, please email us at finance@uuchurchlc.org.


Naoma’s Notes

I want to thank the generous volunteers who filled in for me the week I spent in the Grand Canyon with my family this past month. They (Robert Severance, Mark Sukontarak, & Carol Winkler) made it possible for you all to still access the church – and for me to take a vacation! I am grateful for each of you. Again, thank you!


Hospitality Updates

Hospitality has upgraded some things and wants to share! Recently, Hospitality noticed that some monies from the mason jars had grown legs and walked away. Since your donations to us are important we looked into new and improved donation boxes and found just what we were looking for! We were delighted to find affordable, attractive, and secure boxes which you will note in two locations in the Great Room each Sunday. We want to thank you all who contribute to Hospitality with baked goods, volunteer hours, and finances!


2019 Calendars

We are already starting to receive calendars for 2019.  Please remember that people who can’t afford groceries and have to be served by Casa de Peregrinos certainly can’t make contributions to non-profit organizations like others of us can do.  They LOVE to receive our calendars.

Keep the calendar you most like and bring the extras to Jan Thompson on Sundays.  If you can’t find her, put the calendars under the welcome table in the RE building.

Highlighted Activities

Pastoral Care

During Rev. Sue’s absences in July, Joel Courtney will be helping to provide pastoral needs for the congregation.

If you have any urgent needs, please contact Joel at 575-650-0773.

Joel will also be available from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm each Saturday at Milagro Coffee, 1733 E. University Ave. Please feel free to stop by, chat, and share a coffee or tea.


Choir Retreat and Ingathering

Choir Retreat

The choir will have our annual potluck retreat on Tuesday, August 14, in the church lobby beginning at 6:30 PM.  We will reflect, look ahead, and maybe play a game or two.  Anyone interested in joining the choir is welcome.

First Rehearsal

Our Ingathering Choir Rehearsal will be on Tuesday, August 21, from 6:45 until 8:30 PM.  Anyone who wants to sing and who is willing to attend rehearsals and sing with us in worship may join.  Questions?  Contact Catherine Massey, Director of Music.


Shape Note Singing Service

Join us for a service on Sunday, August 19,2018, in which we share and celebrate Shape Note, or Sacred Harp, singing, with Eric Morgan, the Hand Family, and our UU Shape Note singers.  This style of singing, and the Sacred Harp Hymnal, have been part of our American democracy for generations.  Come to listen and sing!


WomenSpirit Retreat

Learn EcoPrinting at WomenSpirit 2018. EcoPrinting is an alchemical process that brings plant material into contact with paper and fabric, resulting in fortuitous beauty. Instructed by Katy Stuckel, MFA graduate from NMSU. Stuckel is interested in imprints from organic ephemeral materials.

WomenSpirit will be held September 14 – 16th at the Sacramento Camp and Conference Center in the mountains near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The retreat is open to all women 18 years of age or older from Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces and also to those from the community at large. This year there is an option to arrive one day early.

Registration is open until August 31st. Download the registration form from the UUCLC website at http://www.uuchurchlc.org/lifespan-learning/adult-programs/womenspirit-registration/ or pick up a hard copy in the RE Great Room.  Contact Sara Thomas with any questions.

Like “WomenSpirit UUCLC” on Facebook.


Feeding the Spirit: A Hogwarts Summer

9:00 am – 12:00 noon: Childcare is available all summer

10:30 am: A Hogwarts Summer meets following a brief worship in the sanctuary.

July 22: Transfiguration

Defined as a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state; imagining our perfect selves.

Unitarian Universalists don’t all agree whether magic is real or not.  But we do believe that each one of us can change ourselves as long as we continue to learn and grow.  UU Transfiguration!

July 29: Muggle Studies #2

In the Harry Potter series, sometimes muggles are treated with respect and sometimes they are not. For example, some wizards think muggles are stupid.

Others think they are extremely clever because they live in a world where they need to use technology instead of magic.

We will look at several examples of technology and make our own frost!

All ages are welcome to join us!


Dining Out

Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 20, at Lorenzo’s, 1753 E University (East of McDonald’s). Direct questions to DiningOut@uuchurchlc.org.


Annual Church Camp-out in the Gila Forest

Things you might need at the Camp-out:

  • Water for drinking, washing, and possibly cooking. You can refill containers with drinkable water from outdoor faucets at campgrounds on Lake Roberts (about 5 miles from our campsite).
  • Water containers including a basin to wash in or prepare food. Bottled drink or canteen if you plan to hike or go on walks
  • Bottled drinks .if you want something besides water
  • sun screen, sunglasses, shady hat, umbrella,
  • Flashlight
  • Shelter: You must provide your own shelter; motor-home, camper trailer, tent, lean-to. some people have slept in ther car or the bed of their pickup.
  • Bedding: sleeping bag, blankets, pillow
  • Clothing: Jacket or sweater. It can get chilly in the evening or after a rain. Comfortable walking shoes or boots, clean change of clothes, sleepwear.
  • Camp stove or small grill if you plan to cook food. If you have neither, you probably will find someone willing to share.
  • Pots, pans, dishes, silverware, paper towels, wash cloths & towels  needed to prepare & eat meals
  • Food for meals & snacks.

Saturday morning pancake breakfast will be provided courtesy of Elwin Nunn.

  1. Saturday evening is potluck. Bring something to share
  2. marshmallows, hot dogs, etc. to roast on the campfire,
  3. condiments: syrup for your pancakes, salad dressing, ketchup., mustard, etc. as needed
  • Foldup chairs if you want to sit down some time during the weekend
  • Fold-up table if you have one.  We will bring several, but  won’t have enough for everyone
  • If you play a musical instrument that doesn’t need to be plugged into an electrical outlet and it’s smaller than a piano, bring it with you. You will be voted “most popular camper” by the campfire singers.
  • The important things I forgot to mention.

Directions from Las Cruces

  1. Go west on I-10 from Las Cruces to Deming.
  2. Go north on Rte 180 to the City of Rocks turnoff.
  3. Turn right on Rte 61.
  4. Go about 25 miles until Rte 61 meets Rte 152.
  5. Turn left on Rte 152 and go 8/10 mile and turn right on Rte 35.
  6. Stay on Rte 35 for about 18 miles.
  7. You will cross a broad meadow with ranch facilities and a large grove of tall pines.
  8. Immediately after the pines, turn left at a cattle guard
  9. and follow the “UUs” signs to find our group.

Remember we are moving to a new campground this year to avoid large groups with noisy ATVs. If you see the sign for Sapillo campground, you missed your turnoff. Turn around and go back 1.7 miles.


J Paul Taylor Outreach Ministry of the UUCLC

Dear Friends, attached to  this letter are the reports by Elwin Nunn from the first three classes in cooking which we have conducted at the JPTC. They are, in their way, masterpieces of understatement, but I think you can all read between the lines and discern the absolute joy we have experienced in this work. What I would like to do is a brief overview of how we got here, some of the incidents along the way, reactions from the JPTC Staff and the New Mexico CYFD and our hope for expansion and elaboration of this (so far) thriving ministry.

As most of you know, the UUCLC collaborated for many years with the JPTC (2004 – 2014) to bring many programs and projects to the young clients there. This effort came to an abrupt halt several years ago when the church was told volunteer programming was suspended because of personnel shortages and security issues.  At one point a sizable proportion of the congregation had had some involvement in the programs there; as many as 70 members, I am informed. Not unnaturally, there was bewilderment and disappointment associated with the dismissal of their hard work and, yes, love.

In 2017, at a Social Justice committee meeting, we revisited the subject.  Many of the members of this committee had worked on the prior effort at the JPTC, and it was being discussed as an example of the type of ministries we might once again aspire to. The question was asked ‘What went wrong, and could this be revived?’ A small sub-committee was formed, provisionally named Juvenile Justice, consisting of Elwin Nunn, Jane Asche, Janet Martinique, Sara Jackiewicz and Gillian Leng, and later expanded to include Hale Huber. The Juvenile Justice committee (hereinafter JJC) formulated plans to explore the subject, met in person several times and communicated their findings via email to one another and to the chair of the Social Justice Committee of which it was a part. Due primarily to a blizzard of reports on Juvenile Justice and some pretty spiffy detective work on the part of Sara Jackiewicz it was decided to quit beating around the bush and just ask, plainly, where it had all gone wrong. To this end we set up a meeting which included high ranking members of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Family Division, the JJC and current (and past) key members of the J Paul Taylor Center.

To absolutely everyone’s shock and growing delight, the meeting rapidly moved to genuine interest in reviving and expanding our involvement at the Center. I attribute this to two things: First, we had a third party presence at the meeting..the CYFD. Much had changed in New Mexico’s approach and governance in the years we were involved at the center. The most significant of these shifts was one from a punishment-oriented model to the current one.. Cambiar New Mexico. This latter.. which translated to ‘Change’ is based on the Missouri Model of Corrections, which emphasizes compassion, respect and counselling of adjudicated youth, and which had since resulted in a sharp drop in Juvenile recidivism. We were worried that the Cambiar approach was being abandoned but CYFD made it very clear that that was not the case.  Of course, having New Mexico government approval of volunteers in the Juvenile system made it easier for the staff of the JPTC to accept that what we were asking was, just possibly, doable. The second factor is both more subtle and more significant, to me. It was the candid admission that the original dismissal of our group hinged on ‘orders’ handed down to the then-staff at the Center. Mostly tacitly, although there was a little tiny bit of cross-and-jostle, it was agreed that that was history, and we were just, by George, going forward together.

What ensued was a somewhat tedious round of interviews, forms, fingerprinting and trainings. A core group of three completed this; Hale Huber, Elwin Nunn and Gillian Leng. We were pressed for time, as the first of our offerings at the Center was to resume the Fine Dining Program; an event where an entire ‘house’ of the youths were invited to a meal with all the elegance we could muster, cooked and served entirely by UUCLC volunteers. To say it was a great success is a serious understatement; the boys are STILL talking about it, and pestering to know when the next one takes place. We intend to expand the core group, who are badged and authorized to appoint one-time helpers, into a much larger group. Hopefully we can process enough people to warrant another two-hour training session conducted by the CYFD, and thus have a much larger pool of participants in our presence at the JPTC. The core group visited the Center and interviewed Staff, the counsellors and the teachers at the center, asking what sort of programs THEY would like help with. In addition, the Program Director canvassed the youths to see what sort of things they would like to see offered. That is how the cooking class came into being. What boy, after all, can turn down a really good feed that they made themselves?

What we would like to see now has two parts. The UUCLC used to do a remarkable number of things at the center, from tutoring to Sex Education and a whole lot of in-between. Since our presence there is now regulated and approved by the New Mexico CYFD, many of these elements are either included in the curriculum or are handled by other volunteer organizations. We would like to ask our interested congregants to think carefully about what skills they have as well as their passions and interests, and propose programs that would fit into a (mainly) after-school enrichment environment .The principal of the school there told us that one thing he would like to see was some training in and exposure to the arts, since arts and music were wholly lacking in the otherwise excellent academic curriculum. Secondly, we would like to develop and expand the reality of our current program. It is, and should be, a ministry. Our core values, our attitudes and principals are central to this endeavor. Those who would like to help in the work of promoting self-confidence, good work habits, a sense of personal honor and a feeling of acceptance in the youth that have, tragically, fallen afoul of the judicial system are urged to contact us with their ideas and proposals.

First Cooking Class Report, April 18, 2018

Gillian Leng and Elwin Nunn conducted the first UUCLC SJC sponsored cooking class at the JPTC on April 18, 2018, 9:00 – 11:00 am.

In attendance were five of the clients who signed up to be our trainees, Justin Bulger (the Director of Programs at JPTC), Misty Williams (the CYFD Coordinator of Volunteer Programs) and at least half a dozen JPTC staff members.

Gillian introduced us to the clients and explained what we were there for.  We then discussed kitchen safety (avoiding cuts, burns, contamination, electrocution, property fires, etc.)

Gillian had the clients cook bacon, sausage, hash browns and scrambled eggs.  Elwin had them mix up and bake five different kinds of pancakes (multigrain with millet seeds, oat-rye with toasted chia seeds, corn with toasted sun flower seeds, buckwheat-whole wheat, and a gluten-free variety of buckwheat and oat flour).

They (and the staff) got to eat the prepared food.  Of course, there was butter and real maple syrup for the pancakes, catsup for the hash browns and eggs, and chocolate milk to drink.

The clients had a ball and their biggest concern was, “When do we do the next one?”

Second Cooking Class Report, May 29, 2018

Gillian and I conducted the second cooking class at the JPTC.  This time we had six clients, one more than before.

We began with a discussion of what we did the first time – as an introduction to the two new attendees and a review for the first group.

We next discussed measuring devices (spoons, cups, etc.) and various types of cooking appliances (fry pans, cooking pots, microwave ovens, roaster ovens, mixers, etc.).

We then got busy with the cooking.  Gillian had them measure and combine spices for fajitas.  She gave them general instructions and a recipe, and turned them loose.  She then had them cook bell peppers, onions, sliced beef and diced chicken.

I showed them how to bake two kinds of potatoes in the microwave oven, and had them warm their tortillas for the fajitas.  I brought ham and pinto beans that I had previously cooked, and guacamole I had made that morning.

When the cooking was done they had a meal of fajitas (cooked and seasoned meat and vegetables, tortilla, melted cheddar cheese, ham and pinto beans, guacamole, sour cream, and two kinds of salsa); baked potatoes (russet and sweet with butter, sour cream and real bacon bits); tortilla chips from Nopalito’s (to dip in the guacamole); and juice to drink.

I also had a surprise for them.  I brought 1/4 lb butter, 1/4 C milk, vanilla, 1/3 C cocoa powder, 4 C powdered sugar, and 1/4 C chopped pecans.  As I was putting it together, I had them guess what it would be.  Guesses included pecan pie, pudding, cookies, and even ice cream (in spite of the fact that I told them we were making it in the microwave).  Well it turned out to be fudge, and they loved it.  At least all of it disappeared.

Third Cooking Class Report, July 11, 2018

On Wednesday, Gillian and I held our third cooking class at the J. Paul Taylor Center.  This time we had seven young men.  The first time it was five.  The second it was six.  I think I’m beginning to see a trend.

The first time we did everything in the cafeteria dining room.  This time we had the run of the kitchen, working in and around the regular cooks.  The staff was very helpful and accommodating.

We prepared a pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions.  This necessitated our going out to the center twice.  In the morning we prepared everything and put it in a slow cooker that was left unattended for about five hours.  In the afternoon, we returned to finish the post roast, and to bake whole wheat yeast rolls and almond flavored sugar cookies with chocolate chips.  (I should have doubled the recipe for the rolls.)

We had a ball with these young men.  They are fun to be with, quick to pick up on what we are doing (or to ask why we’re doing something), and helpful to others, particularly the new students.  Gillian does a great job teaching cooking techniques and safety – this time we used sharp knives.

When the guys were eating, the superintendent and a group of state level CYFD personnel came by.  They each, individually, came around to Gillian and me to tell us how pleased they were that we were doing this for the young men.


Pig Pickin Cake Recipe

This cake went over well at Lisa Stevens’ housewarming party….

1 box yellow cake mix
3 large eggs
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1 C. Water
1 11 oz. can mandering oranges drained
1 20 oz. can pineapple
1 12 oz. tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and lightly flour 2 9″ round cake pans or 1 13×9 pan
In a mixing bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, oil and water until moistened. Reserve 5 orange slices for decoration.
Add remaining oranges to batter and beat until well blended.
Pour batter into baking pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean.
Cool slightly, 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool.

For the frosting:
In a bowl, combine pudding mix and pineapple.  Fold in thawed whipped topping.

Take one cooled cake and add a layer of frosting to the top.  Place second cake on top of first and spread remaining frosting over cake.
Chill in refrigerator before serving.
Recipe adapted from Tastes of Lilly T — Enjoy!


Faith Floods the Desert

August 3 – 5, Tucson, AZ, “Faith Floods the Desert”. Unitarian Universalists from all over the country are invited to this Public Witness, organized by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice in conjunction with No More Deaths (No Mas Muertes), a ministry of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. We will bear witness to the necessity of a compassionate immigration and border policy, and protest the inhumane treatment of migrants and the arrest of people giving humanitarian aid to them. For more information or to register, please visit www.uucsj.org. It will be possible for people of differing physical capacities to participate.


Adult Exploration Program

First Wednesdays: a facilitated conversation with anyone wishing to join us in the Library at 12:00 NOON on the first Wednesday of each month. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal.


Teacher Recruitment

Have you considered how you might be the change in a young person’s life? Just open the door and join us on Sunday mornings.

We need adults to work with our K – 1st grades, 2nd – 4th grades and Youth. Sign-ups are posted in the Great Room!  Questions?  Speak with Susan Freudenthal or email susan@freudenthal.net

— Expanding Love — Building Identity — Exploring Beliefs —

Art Show

The Tombaugh Gallery

Fire and Fiber United

The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces biennial show, “Fire and Fiber United”, opened Sunday, July 1, at the Tombaugh Gallery. The artworks in the exhibit are collaborations between ceramics artists, who are members of the Potters’ Guild, and fiber artists.  Fiber artists may use fabric, paper, wood, wool, yarn, basket materials or other fibrous medium. The show dates are July 1 to Friday, July 27.

The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church 2000 S. Solano Drive, and is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call the church office at 575-522-7281.

Thu Jul 19 — Wed Jul 25, 2018


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

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

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


All Day – Annual Church Camp-out – Private Location

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

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

5:00 pm--7:00 pm – Dining Out – Admin. Offices


12:30 pm--3:30 pm – Stories for Grown-Ups – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

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


9:00 am – Roundtable: Stand Up, Speak Up, Take a Stand – Library

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

11:45 am--1:00 pm – Gallery Committee – Tombaugh Gallery

12:00 pm--1:30 pm – Animal Advocates meeting – Library

6:00 pm--8:30 pm – CIVIC Potluck – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


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

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

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

5:00 pm--6:30 pm – Membership Committee – Library

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


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

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