From Our Minister
As we enter our sixth month of the pandemic, I’m wondering whether we’re hitting the mark in our ministries as best we can. Is there anything that we might do differently to make sure we’re on mission? I believe we are doing our best and working at capacity.
Board of Trustees
This month we welcome two additional board members, Susan Hychka and John Seeley, who will also be on the slate at the end of the year for 3 year terms. Now that’s dedication and service! Our board is up to our full complement of 9 members and has begun talking about having an election for officers this fall. The new members have been asked to write a short bio for the next Light so you can get to know them a little better!
Music and Choir
Music Notes this month is less about music and more about a story of finding faith. Recently I went on a journey away from hatred, taking a few steps toward hope. Not to trivialize it, but I talked out my problem and came to these conclusions with the help of my therapist, pretty much in one intense session.
Religious Education by Kellie Ingram, DRE
Religious Education for youth during this enduring time had a wonderfully productive summer with Zoom meetings with fun, interactive sessions! Participation in summer RE included children from UUCLC, the Otero County UU Fellowship, and two non-UU congregations here in Las Cruces.
Smooth Stones - by Cheri Coffelt, Church Administrator
I carefully swept the broken fragments of the lovely window, cherished by the UU community and thought of the light that reflects and pours through the beautiful Tombaugh windows each day. Right now it is shrouded in protection, it’s beauty lives on – inside. The detail and beauty is still there – waiting to be unwrapped like a gift.
“UU” Healthy Corner
Exciting news! Beginning Friday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m., we will be offering a one-hour Health Education Zoom class for our UU members and friends.
Tech Support from Sara Reyes
These are the new social media sites that have been created for the UUCLC. Please check them out!
Leadership Development Committee
The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) has helped the Board of Trustees to get back to nine members to finish out the year. The committee has been working hard on a slate of candidates for the six Board of Trustee, one Committee on Ministry, and three Leadership Development Committee openings that we will fill at our Annual Membership Business Meeting later this year.
Social Justice Update by Carla Campbell
Since the Covid 19 pandemic hit, many of the programs and ministries of the Social Justice Committee were shut down. However, the committee has been able to be active in several fundraising events.
Tents 2 Rents
This is an important project for Camp Hope to assist their homeless residents to be able to move from tents into apartments. Last year our UU Church contributed $2622 and we’re hoping to even do a bit better this year. The drive ends September 30.
Change 4 Change
September is the last month to support the CHILDREN’S READING ALLIANCE, this quarter’s recipient chosen by the Social Justice Committee for change collected during church. Obviously, this cannot happen during virtual services so we hope you will contribute through InFellowship online or mail a check to the church.
Women, are you missing the company of spirited women in your lives? Bored, no fun or interesting things to do? Come to WomenSpirit 2020 Retreat Online!
Barking NUUS and the Cat's Meow by David Steele
The Social Justice Committee’s Animal Advocates ministry wants the congregation to know we are still actively participating in the city-wide Cans-4-Critters program. This initiative turns discarded ALUMINIUM cans into cash to assist low income families and animal rescue organizations cover veterinary expenses. We have even been able to assist members of this congregation!
Save Those Calendars
Already, I’ve received calendars for 2021 from different organizations: Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy,… It’s time to let you all know how much calendars are appreciated by the families who have to get food at Casa de Peregrinos.