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. Aug 6 through Wed. Aug. 12

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 has cancelled

all Face-to- Face Events

Until May 2021

Over the past several weeks, the UUA has consulted with multiple public health officials in order to update the guidance that was provided on March 12 recommending congregations stop gathering in person.

Based on advice from experts, the UUA recommends that congregations not gather in person. They also recommend that congregations begin planning for virtual operations for the next year (through May 2021). The UUCLC plans to adhere to this guidance until conditions change that permit re-gathering as a community in-person.

Warmly,

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

Sermons Online

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Upcoming Worship Services

Change 4 Change for this Quarter – July thru Sept 2020)

Children’s Reading Alliance

Your check payable to “Unitarian Universalist Church” may be mailed to: 2000 S. Solano Dr, Las Cruces 88001, with “Change 4 Change” written in the memo line

OR

You may pay by credit card by clicking on this Fellowship One link:  https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/UserLogin/Index?ReturnUrl=%2fonlinegiving%2fgivenow%2fstep1

Pinky Swear

Believe it or not, the words “pinky swear” still have meaning to many of us. We ask each other to make a pinky swear in jest AND when want someone to pay attention to a promise we’ve made with them. Good things happen when we … read more.

In-gathering Service

We return to our beloved community following a difficult summer of strife, pandemic, and many personal struggles and adjustments. Being together as a faith family is what we do. This Sunday, we gather for our first virtual in-gathering service. Begin now collecting your special water … read more.

Next Roundtable

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Attention

Sunday Morning Worship Service

This Sunday, August 9, the UUCLC worships with First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA.  Rev. Jeanne M. Pupke, Sr. Minister, informed us that Bari (John) Ramsey who is one of their tech folks will send us the service logon information later this week.  —  UUCLC will NOT use our normal worship logon.

Virtual Roundtable: Political Challenges We Currently Face with the COVID-19 Virus

John Lazaruk, UUCLC member, will talk about political challenges we currently face with the Corona virus.

You’re invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting this Sunday, August 9, at 2:00 pm

and every week on Sunday, 2:00 pm, Mountain Time (US and Canada), until May 30, 2021

Meeting of the Finance Committee

The Finance Committee welcomes members and friends of the UUCLC to attend its monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  This month it will be on August 11, at 4:00 pm, via Zoom.  Please contact Shirley Davis or Cheri Coffelt, cheri@uuchurchlc.org, in the office to receive the Zoom meeting link address.  We welcome your interest in the finances of the church.
Shirley Davis, Finance Committee Chair Person

Your Contribution Statements

Hopefully you have received your contribution statement for the first part of the year. Most of these statements were mailed on July 30, with some still to be sent. Please compare the statement with your records. If you see discrepancies or have questions, please contact Cheri Coffelt, cheri@uuchurchlc.org, in the office. The Finance Committee is appreciative of your contributions which supports the operations of the church.
You have also generously contributed over $8,000 to the Non-Auction Fundraiser. Contributions to this fundraiser will offset the $18,000 that we expected to raise at the Auction and are unable to hold because of Covid-19. Everyone who was planning on spending money at the auction, please consider donating to the church. We thank Kathy Willoughby for her support of this Fundraiser.
Shirley Davis, Finance Committee Chair Person

Gallery News

We are currently hoping to have virtual exhibits at the Tombaugh Gallery. Sara Reyes, sara@uuchurchlc.org, our tech support person, is working on the possibilities.  We hope to show the artwork of the artists previously chosen for the fall, during the months they would have been at the gallery in person. Since we will have very little expenditures most of the commissions on sales will go to the church.

Judy Licht, Chairperson

Barking NUUS and the Cat’s Meow

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!

Dave Steele will make COVID-19 safe home visits to pick up the aluminum cans you are unable to deposit at church during the shutdown.  We can only accept aluminum cans. Once you have bag full of aluminum cans ready for pick-up, go to your UUCLC directory, look up Dave’s phone number or email address, contact him and he’ll schedule a convenient time for the pickup.

Change-4-Change – Children’s Reading Alliance (CRA)

There are two more months to support the CHILDREN’S READING ALLIANCE, the second quarter 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.

This is a county program that provides thousands of books during the summer to children who are just learning to read but may not have books at home. They partner with services to add books to breakfast and lunch programs, food distribution sites, meal deliveries and family packs. They also partner with the Transit Authority to distribute gently used books to riders on their routes through Anthony, Chaparral and Sunland Park.

Another program is to provide classes for parents of 3 to 5 year-olds to offer information, books and learning materials that teach parents how reading aloud helps children be ready for school.

Library Notes

We are scheduling through August and beyond: if you feel moved to spend a couple of hours in our newly organized library, please contact Rabbitt Loring — who is finally in the UU directory! — if you would like to volunteer.

New books have been arriving and old ones that were checked out years ago returned. We have a totally new organization, with many new sections, including a huge Justice section: Social Justice, Racial Justice, LGBTQ, Animal Rights, Feminism. New books have been added since your last visit. Come check it out! New donations are always welcome.

We have had many visitors and received new donations. Several folks have used the library to pick up and drop off items during library hours. Visitors are glad we are open since no other library is open right now. We follow the governor’s guidelines to have no more than five people in the library at a time. Masks are required. Gloves and hand sanitizer are available for your use. We are open from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Come on by!   ~ Rabbitt

Iris Bulb Sale

Any and all UU members and friends are invited to call Tom Packard if they are interested in Iris Rhizomes. Suggested donation of 10 for a dollar. Tom Packard will deliver them to those interested and will wear a mask to do so.

As face-to-face events are cancelled because of the pandemic, Tom Packard organized this way to raise money for our church.  Please take him up on it!

Friday T.G.I.F.

Our TGIF Zoom gathering every Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm is an opportunity to celebrate with UU members and friends the close of yet another week. Our sole purpose is to unwind. We chat about interesting developments in our lives and the news while enjoying our snacks, beverages and supper. As In-person gatherings are ill-advised, Zooming is our best opportunity to make and maintain friendships. All are welcome. Come as you are, when you can, and leave as you wish.

Wednesday Community Conversations

The Caring Committee invites you to join us for a Community Conversation: a short reading, a mindfulness moment, check in, . . . and closing words

Our midweek quick Zoom meets every Wednesday from 11:30 am to noon. We connect with other UU members and friends and share ways to maintain or regain a positive, caring focus as we face the second half of the week. All are welcome.

Leadership Development Committee – 2020

Now more than ever, the UUCLC needs your leadership within our church community.  You may ask, what might I do? Well, as a member of the UUCLC congregation, please consider how you might serve our community in one of our three by-law organizations.  The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) actively seeks church members annually to serve in congregationally elected positions of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Ministry and the Leadership Development Committee.  All three are identified in the UUCLC By-Laws as standing committees within our structure, and foundational in the operations and ministry of our congregation.

Especially during the pandemic and great national unrest, distress and soule seeking, your unique blend of perspectives, life experiences, enthusiasm and personal interest make you a great candidate for one of these important roles.  If you are not quite ready now, please speak to a member of one of these three organizations and learn more about its role and function.  In addition, the LDC helps the church identify potential leaders and provide leadership training for our UUCLC community.

If you are interested, please contact any of the LDC members, Tom Dormody, Marie Sauter, Joy Goldbaum, Janet Pitt, James Caufield and Mary Whittemore who will be happy to chat with you.  Thank you in advance!

WomenSpirit Retreat is Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that the WomenSpirit Committee must announce the cancellation of our retreat this September. We had hoped the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic would be improved by then, but it obviously is not. The situation is not likely to improve by September. We are planning to hold our retreat again in September 2021.

Since many of you have saved the date, the committee is looking into having some sort of activities via Zoom over those days. — We will let you know in the near future what we come up with.

Stay well and safe.   WomenSpirit Committee

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.

I usually don’t start distributing the calendars until December, so it would be good for you to find a place in your home to keep your extra calendars until November when I will make arrangements to get them from you.  Maybe your friends and neighbors would also like to participate in this project that is so greatly appreciated.

Thank you,  Jan Thompson

Zoom Services on Sunday Morning

We have had several complaints about the Chat feature being distracting during the Zoom Virtual Worship Service.  For this reason, it will be disabled during the worship service.  The chat will be on before and after service but not during the service.  We don’t encourage people to chat during a regular worship service because it would disturb others, for this reason we will have it disabled at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration in this matter. – Rev. Xolani Kacela

Use Credit Card or US Mail to Make Your Contributions

There are two ways to contribute to the church with your credit card:  Use this FellowshipOne link   OR  enter into FellowshipOne through our uuchurchlc.org website.  From the pulldown “Members” menu you will click on “Member Utilities”.  From here you will click either “InFellowship Giving” or”InFellowship Scheduled Giving”.  Your email (used to get your church email) is entered on the next screen.  If you are setting up FellowshipOne Giving for the first time, you need to set up your password by following the instructions.

OR you may use the Church Mailing Address:  Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88001   (Please do not use a PO Box – the church no longer has one)

Non-Auction Fundraiser

Unfortunately, the postponement of the auction until next year will be a burden on the church’s annual budget. Everyone who was planning on spending money at the auction, 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

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

Joy, Sorrow or Milestone link on uuchurchlc.org

The UUCLC webpage has a new link expressly for submitting Joys, Sorrows or Milestones. The link is located in the top-right corner of the homepage and can be accessed by clicking on the text. It will take you directly to a form that can be completed confidentially. When you click “Submit” the “JSM” goes directly to Rev. Kacela, only.

If you would like your “JSM” shared with the Caring Team and/or congregation or kept confidential, please specify your wishes in the form. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and will not divulge any concerns deemed confidential. If you would like your “JSM” shared, we will do so at Joys & Sorrows during Sunday worship.

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

Dated Activities

The Church has cancelled All Face-to-Face Events until May 2021

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

The Tombaugh Gallery

Exhibits are CANCELLED until May 2021 !

  • The Church has cancelled All Face-to-Face Events until May 2021

We will maintain closed campus.  All activities will be suspended, except via on-line platforms, to protect all persons’ health and well-being.

We appreciate your continued support of our congregation and its ministries during this unusual and trying time.

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 Aug 6, 2020 — Wed Aug 12, 2020

08/07/2020

5:00 pm--7:00 pm – T.G.I.F. Zoom Get Together – Private Location

08/11/2020

7:00 pm--8:00 pm – Virtual Choir Gatherings – Private Location

08/12/2020

1:30 pm--3:00 pm – Social Justice Committee Zoom Meeting – Library