LPPC UPDATES FROM the REV. BILL HUMPHREYS
CLICK HERE FOR APRIL 3, 2020 UPDATE #4
CLICK HERE FOR MARCH 27, 2020 UPDATE # 3
CLICK HERE FOR MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE #2
CLICK HERE UPDATE #1
LPPC UPDATES FROM the REV. KEN CUTHBERTSON, PARISH ASSOCIATE
UPDATE #1 APRIL 3, 2020
UPDATE # 2 APRIL 3, 2020
LPPC HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE UPDATES
UPDATE # 4 APRIL 4, 2020
UPDATE # 3 MARCH 27, 2020
UPDATE # 2 MARCH 20, 2020
CLICK HERE FOR LPPC CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES UPDATE #1
INFORMATION FOR OUR CHURCH DIRECTORY APP USERS
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Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Closing Policy:
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***Church Office Hours***
Tuesday thru Friday 9am-1pm
*** Safety Reminder***
For everyone’s safety, when parking please do not leave valuables in your vehicle in plain view and remember to lock your doors. Thank You
PASTOR'S OFFICE SCHEDULE
Pastor's office schedule: Bill Humphreys plans to be in/around the church and community on Monday, 9:00-3:00; Tuesday from the Cafe Breakfast at 8:00 until about 2:30; and Friday, 9:30-3:30. Please feel free to stop in. Maybe better: call ahead to see if he plans to be at the church or out-and-about at the time you might stop in. Please feel free to communicate with Bill through the church office, and add this information to your contacts lists: Bill's own e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and cell phone: 262.853.4918 (that's a Wisconsin area code). Feel free to write, call, or text.
The Interim Pastor job description at ¾ time calls for the interim pastor to lead worship and preach three out of four Sundays in a month, and 4 out of 5 in some months. The other Sunday welcomes the ¼ time Parish Associate, the Rev. Ken Cuthbertson. On occasion, other worship leaders and/or preachers may be invited to serve in those roles.
OUR WORSHIP SERVICES
8:30am Early Worship Service: Upper Room
9:25am Adult Forum: Upper Room
10:30am Traditional Worship Service: Sanctuary
LPPC ADULT FORUM FOR MARCH 2020
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Adult Forum – Lent 2020
During Lent the Adult Forum will be doing a study of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5-7). The Adult Forum meets at 9:25 a.m. in the LPPC Upper Room, following the Early Service.
March 1 – Introduction: “Jesus Taught Them…” (Mt. 5:1-2)
March 8 – “Beatitudes” (Mt. 5:3-16)
March 15 – Jesus’s Law Code (Mt. 5:17-48)
March 22 – Spiritual Disciplines: Alms, Prayer, & Fasting (Mt. 6:1-18)
March 29 - Spiritual Guidance: Discernment vs. Judgment (Mt. 6:19-7:11)
April 5 – “The Golden Rule” (Mt. 7:12-27)
April 12 – EASTER (no class)
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 22, 29, 2020 and APRIL 5, 2020
ALL SERVICES AND EVENTS CANCELLED
ADULT ACOLYTE VOLUNTEERS
Being an acolyte is not just for children any more! Please volunteer to become an adult
acolyte. For more information. Please contact Jeff Dickson or Chris Mink.
LPPC PER CAPITA
Every year LPPC sends the Presbytery of Santa Fe a “per capita” contribution of $35 per
member. Per Capita is crucial to the overall health of the PC (USA), because it binds
Presbyteries, Synods, and Congregations together in one church. This year our
congregation is relying upon “those ties that bind” to help us transition from an interim
pastor and welcome a new pastor, and is asking each church member to support their per
capita costs in addition to their normal annual pledge. The Church will have a minute for
mission each Sunday in March to explain how the Santa Fe Presbytery supports the needs
of the local Churches and Congregations as well as the larger Presbyterian church. The
Stewardship Committee and Financial Secretary will help keep track of member per capita
giving, and we ask members to make a note on their giving envelopes or checks of this per
LPPC MINISTRY INFORMATION FORM (MIF)
The Ministry Information Form (MIF) is now available on our church website. This is
what is posted as our official job announcement which details the duties, skills, and
characteristics we are looking for in our new pastor. To view it, go to our home page
(www.lasplacitaschurch.org) and click on “home” and then scroll down to “LPPC Ministry
Info Form.” If you know of anyone who may be interested in applying or if you know of
someone you would like to invite to apply, tell them to go to the Church Leadership
Connection website under Mission Information Form #05109.ACO or email
2020 GIVING ENVELOPES HAVE ARRIVED
The 2020 giving envelopes are available in the fellowship hall. On the sign-up sheet, please print your name by the number that corresponds with the box you have chosen.
OUR NEW AND IMPROVED LPPC LIBRARY
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LPPC CHURCH DIRECTORY
Please review your information on our church directory for accuracy.
(Smart Phone or Church Website, they are the same) Please email or notify Wendy Ingram or Russell Mink of any changes that may be needed. Also, if a photo needs to be updated, we can take a new photo, or if you have a photo you would like to use, please email it to Wendy or Russell.
Wendy Ingram at email@example.com or Russell Mink at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You, Wendy and Russell
ACCESS AND VIEW YOUR CURRENT GIVING TOWARD YOUR ANNUAL PLEDGE
Realm is an online program that allows church members the ability to register for access to view their current giving towards their annual pledge. To register for Realm, please send an email to Jennifer Vargas, the church administrator at email@example.com, requesting an invitation. She will need your birthday when setting up your account. Church members will then create a login and password, update their personal information, and be able access the official record of their pledge donations.
Deacon Helpline - the ministry of the deacons is one of compassion, witness, and service. The helpline is a ministry for anyone facing a difficult situation who is in distress and/or could use a little support. A deacon (and a friend) is just a phone call/email away. Contact Sue E. Hoff at 505-404-1705 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY NIGHT GROUP
Tattoos on the Heart The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle.
NEXT MEETING: Topic: LPPC Book Discussion Group
Time: Apr 6, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 890 993 989
Discussing Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle through Chapter 3
Bible Study Group at LPPC (CANCELLED)
Bible Study Group: Join us for a relaxed and always stimulating
conversation. No previous experience required!
We meet the 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of each month at 10am
in The Upper Room.
Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Thursdays at 7pm. (CANCELLED)
Our Chancel Choir sings at the 10:30 am service every Sunday (September through May). The choir is directed by Elliot Smith and accompanied on the piano by Mindy Sampson. Rehearsals are held every Thursday night at 7:00 pm in the church and before each service on Sunday morning. Everyone who wants to add their vocal talents to the Chancel Choir are welcome!
LPPC EARTHCARE FELLOWSHIP
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LPPC DIGNITY KITS
On February 7th, 17 people from our community and church assembled 102 men's Dignity Kits and 131 women's Dignity Kits. We delivered the kits on February 8th to El Paso and from there two Dominican nuns personally distributed them to various shelters in Ciudad Juarez. While there we met with Dr. Eva Moya, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, and several of her friends and staff members at UTEP, who are actively involved in the efforts to ease human suffering at the border. We learned that over 17,000 migrants were returned from the U.S. to Juarez in 2019, seventy-five percent of which came from Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba. Approximately 6,000 refugees remain in Juarez today. Over 1,000 of those are children. The majority of these asylum-seekers are staying in "Hospitality Homes" in Juarez. One of those shelters is the Casa del Migrante, where most of our Dignity Kits were taken.
We will be gathering on February 28th at 10:30 to assemble more gender specific Dignity Kits. Along with our Dignity Kits, these ae some other items requested:
Tote bags, back packs, board games, children's books and puzzles; new dark-colored underwear for men and women (small and medium size briefs) and children; new socks for all ages and diapers.
Please ask your dentist for toothbrushes (children's toothbrushes also) and toothpaste. We are also collecting hotel soaps and other toiletry items.
We thank you so much for your support as the outpouring of love from the people who are making this happen is overwhelming. A note to all of you was received from Dr. Moya, who is heading this mission in El Paso, stating: "Thank you for your generosity and love for my community and all that you do to ease human suffering."
***FROM THE LPPC MISSION COMMITTEE***
Mission Committee is gathering items for people in need, especially:
- Cooking utensils: large knives, spatulas, serving spoons, ladles
- Deodorant: men and women
- New pillows
- Electric alarm clock
- New cutting boards
- New brooms, mops and dust pans
- Furniture: small couches, loveseats, chairs and coffee tables
- Small dressers and nightstands
- Kitchen tables and chairs
- Twin and full beds, full sets only –very gently used
- Also $25 Walmart gift cards are very handy, since we take
- clients there for work clothes, shoes etc.
Let me know if you have any questions! ~ Jeannine Potter
Please save Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education to support Menaul School. Give them to Geri Escarcida or any Mission Committee member. ~ Sue Hoff-- 505-404-1705.
LPPC CENTURY OF FAITH BOOK CLICK HERE
~ CENTURY OF FAITH ~
By Suzanne Sims Forrest
First published in 1995 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 1894 founding of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC), this award-winning history book has been significantly revamped to include:
- Additional historical information and many more photos throughout the book.
- An afterword written by The Reverend Drew Henry to cover the years after 1994.
Century of Faith is being available at LPPC for $15. (It is also available through Amazon.com for $22.95.)
CLICK HERE FOR GHOST RANCH INFORMATION
HELP FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEPAL
Thanks to your generosity through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering collected on Easter Sunday, the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is already providing for immediate emergency relief in Nepal. Our Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Mission Committee voted to send an additional $500 from their budget to PDA to help with this effort. If you would like to know about additional ways in which you can give, act, and pray, and please continue reading:
The need for response is great. “God’s people are once again called on to stand in the GAP – Give. Act. Pray.“
- Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be made by phone 800.-872-3283, by mailing a check to PCUSA, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700,
- or online http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/nepal-earthquake-april-2015/.
- Act: Learn how you can help families who have lost everything in the devastation visit www.pcusa.org/pda
- Pray: Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.
“Be the presence of God with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for the people of Nepal.”
HEARING AID ASSISTANCE
Hearing Aid Assistance Available: If you know someone who needs hearing aids and can’t afford them, Starkey Hearing Foundation’s HEAR NOW program provides help. Call 800-328-8602 to discuss eligibility with a HEAR NOW representative or email email@example.com.
Starkey will also take your no-longer-used hearing aids for repurposing.
The Comfort & Joy Prayer Shawl Circle reminds you that if you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time such as illness, injury, death of a loved one, or some other challenge in life, you can request a prayer shawl. Simply contact any of the Pastor, Deacons, or our Administrator.
CASA ROSA FOOD PANTRY
Donations (food, clothing, household goods) are welcome and can be put in the blue bins at LPPC or dropped off at Casa Rosa on Friday and Saturday mornings when volunteers are there. Please note that we cannot accept food that is more than a year beyond its Best-By or Expired-By Date. Also, we cannot accept electronics.
To serve our clients, Casa Rosa is always in need of the following:
Specific grocery items: canned fruit, canned meat, jelly or jam,
Specific hygiene items: hand soap, toothbrushes (for adults and children), toothpaste, and mouthwash.
Shopping aids: plastic grocery bags, brown paper grocery bags (from grocery stores—not shops), empty egg cartons (that hold 12 vs 18 eggs).
Men’s Clothes: casual—not office or dressy attire.
Pet Food: donations of bags of cat or dog food or designated funds to purchase pet food.
AmazonSmile donations are an additional way to help to Casa Rosa if you shop on Amazon. This requires signing up one time and selecting Las Placitas Presbyterian Church as the charitable organization, which will then result in the Amazon Smile Foundation depositing quarterly donations equivalent to 0.5% of your total purchase costs directly into Casa Rosa’s independent checking account. Just remember from then on to do your online Amazon shopping through smile.amazon.com.
Flyers describing Casa Rosa Food Pantry and the AmazonSmile program are available in a display holder in the Fellowship Hall.
Attention any Mentors and Sponsors for new Members: the Membership committee would like to match up our new members with a current member to help them feel at home quickly at LPPC. If you are interested, please contact Wendy I. through the church office at 867-5718.
Interested in becoming a member of LPPC? The Session of LPPC meets the Second Sunday of each month to receive new members. That meeting is held in the Upper Room following the 10:30 service. Please let Pastor Drew or any of our leaders know if you are interested in becoming a member of this congregation or if you have any questions about the church at 505-867-5718.
LPPC sermons are online! If you missed a Sunday sermon here at LPPC, don't worry. Click here and you can listen to the digital recording or read an electronic copy at your leisure! There you will find a library of previous recordings and electronic files. Please contact our website manager at "firstname.lastname@example.org"