announcements

***ONLINE GIVING***

Online Giving! Now it’s easier than ever to support the mission and work of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Simply go to our website www.lasplacitaschurch.org and click GIVE. Every gift helps. Your continued generosity helps us do what we do!


DID YOU KNOW????

We are now equipped to take any credit card at all LPPC functions and events, including MDO dues! Our Square Readers are up and running. Participating in all the fun and helping the church has never been easier.


INFORMATION FOR OUR CHURCH DIRECTORY APP USERS

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Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Closing Policy:

CLICK HERE for Church/Event Closing Policy


***Church Office Hours***

Tuesday thru Friday 9am-1pm

Telephone: 505-867-5718

                                   
                                                  

*** 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



                           TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019 PLANNED OUTAGE OF OUR  ONLINE GIVING PLATFORM

On Tuesday, November 19th, from 12am – 6am ET, there will be planned downtime of our online  giving platform.
Donors will be impacted, as they will be unable to submit donations during this time. This planned downtime will be used to add enhancements to our giving platform .
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Sincerely,
The Clover Give Team

and

Ed Gosnell and Russell Mink,  LPPC Team


                                     PASTOR BILL'S OFFICE SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 18-22, 2019

Pastor, Bill Humphreys, plans to be in/around the church office on a slightly different schedule this week: Monday: 10am-4pm; not Tuesday; Wednesday for a short morning, 10-11:30am; Friday: 9am-3pm. Feel free to drop in or call ahead to see if he's IN or somewhere else in the county. Have a great week!


                                                               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: wwhumphreys@aol.com and cell phone: 262.853.4918 (that's a Wisconsin area code). Feel free to write, call, or text. 


                                                               PASTOR'S  SCHEDULE

        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

  9:15am Adult Forum: Upper Room  

                                                                                                       10:30am Traditional Worship Service: Sanctuary


                                                                                       

                                                              ADULT FORUM FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

After wrapping up the series on interpreting scripture on November 3, the Adult forum in November features two sessions on Gratitude and Thanksgiving.  Advent begins on December 1.  The Advent study this year will be Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes by Dr. Cynthia Campbell (President Emerita of McCormick Seminary, and Pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY):  “How might a house look for Christmas, based on what each gospel says about it?”  What kind of houses do Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John inhabit?  What do they look like?  What kind of decoration and holiday celebration occurs there?  Who shows up?  (Books will be available at $9.00 each.)  The Adult Forum meets in the Upper Room on Sunday mornings, at approximately 9:25, following the early service.
November 3 - “Yet More Light….” – How the Church changes its understandings of what the Bible says.
November 10 – “Gratitude as a Spiritual Discipline”
November 17 – “Turkey Day, or Thanksgiving Day?” – Rethinking gratitude.
November 24 – NO CLASS (Placitas Holiday Sale Weekend) Single Worship at 9:30
December 1 – “Christmas at Mark’s House” (Advent 1)
December 8 – “Christmas at Matthew’s House” (Advent 2)
December 15 – “Christmas at Luke’s House” (Advent 3)
December 22 – “Christmas at John’s House, and One Last Stop” (Advent 4)
December 29 – NO CLASS

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Albuquerque
There will be an interfaith Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (1100 Indian School Rd. NE).  Participants in the service will include speakers and Musicians from Albuquerque Islamic Center, Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Congregation Albert, Covenant Presbyterian Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, First Unitarian Church, New Mexico Islamic Center, Monte Vista Christian Church, St. Luke Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, The Lighthouse.  The offering will be for Hopeworks, which serves families with children experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque.

                                                                                    

                                                  BLESSINGS DAY FAMILIES

BLESSINGS DAY FAMILIES. We still have family names to be taken to buy clothes for
the children, whose family cards we have. We work with San Antonio Mission to help
about 100 families from the area schools. We buy the clothing for the children and others
take care of the food and toys. Please take a card. Thanks for your generosity.
Fellowship Committee, Joan Dennis



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30am Early Worship Service: Upper Room
9:25am Adult Forum: – “Turkey Day, or Thanksgiving Day?” Rethinking gratitude.
10:30am Traditional Worship: Sanctuary

                 Sunday School

                 Nursery Provided

12:00 Noon Board of Deacons Meeting
12:00 Noon Christian Education Committee Meeting

1:30pm  PAS Reception

3:00pm  PAS Concert




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019

There will be one service on November 24 at 9:30 AM because of the Placitas Holiday Craft Fair. The Chile Pepper Cafe will be open that day serving burritos and cinnamon buns

Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

****NO EARLY WORSHIP SERVICE OR ADULT FORUM****

9:30am Combined Worship Service: Sanctuary
10:30am Placitas Holiday Craft Sale/ The Chili Pepper Café


                                                      The FREE Annual Santa Fe Opera Holiday Concert  December 10, 2019

Special Event in December: The FREE Annual Santa Fe Opera Holiday Concert will take place at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00pm. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and the Placitas Mothers’ Day Out Program will have a silent auction. The auction will be available for preview on Sunday, December 8th after church. Contributions of cash or food is encouraged for the Casa Rosa Food Bank.



MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR IMPORTANT UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENTS:
Advent 1: December 1. Ken Cuthbertson, preaching, with the Sacrament of Holy Communion
Saturday, December 7: Hanging of the Greens.
Advent 2: December 8. Bill Humphreys, preaching for the following December Sundays.
Tuesday, December 10: Santa Fe Opera concert, MDO silent auction
Advent 3: December 15: Children/youth Christmas program
Saturday, December 21: Winter solstice poetry readings at 7:00 PM
Advent 4: December 22. Choir program
Christmas Eve, December 24, 7:30 PM, worship with Holy Communion and Candlelight
December 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
December 29: The First Sunday of Christmas.
   note: except for November 24 at 9:30, Sunday worship services will be at 8:30 and 10:30.






                                        

        OUR NEW AND IMPROVED LPPC LIBRARY

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       CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019  LPPC ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY

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        RECENT EVENTS AT LPPC

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                                                                   BASEMENT FLOOR MATCHING FUND

Basement Floor Matching Fund- An anonymous donor has offered $1000 in matching funds for the purpose of installing a new floor in the church basement. For every dollar donated by the church, the donor will match that amount up to $1000. Diane Herrera Shepard or the office staff to donate.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


                                                             WINTER SOLSTICE  POETRY READING

The annual Winter Solstice Poetry Reading (WSPR), sponsored by the Earth Care Fellowship of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, is coming up! The theme for this year’s solstice event is: “Know that the dark, too, blooms and sings” (from the poem, To Know the Dark, by Wendell Berry). Poems will be received through Friday, November 15. Please submit poems to Jacque Fletcher (jacqueline.fletcher@okstate.edu), Chair of the 2019 WSPR Planning Subcommittee. The WSPR event will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7pm. (the winter solstice) in the LPPC sanctuary. For more information please contact Jacque.                  



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 gwingram@att.net or Russell Mink at rlmink25@comcast.net

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 administrator@lasplacitaschurch.org, 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.

     

BEHIND THE SCENES CLICK HERE


2020 GIVING ENVELOPES ARE COMING SOON

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.


DEACON HELPLINE

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 suehoff722@cableone.net


MONDAY NIGHT GROUP

The Monday night group meets at 7pm.
FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling, is the current selection of the  Monday evening book discussion group.  It challenges our knowledge of social and physical conditions of the world.  Based on UNICEF collected facts, it shows that world conditions are better than we believe, while concurrently still bad for many.   It will help you feel more positive about the world, and see why important decisions depend on an accurate view of the world.
The Author begins the book with a series of 13 questions about your knowledge of the world.  Here is one:
"In the last twenty years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has...
A) Almost Doubled;
B) Remained more or less the same; or
C) Almost Halved."
Random guesses should give any group a score of 33 percent correct.
"When we polled in the United States, only 5 percent picked the right answer.  The other 95 percent, regardless of their voting preference, believed that the extreme poverty rate had not changed over the last 20 years, or, worse, that it had actually doubled--which is literally the opposite of what has actually happened." 
The Correct answer is C.


Bible Study Group at LPPC   

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.  (Exception: We move Thursday's  to accommodate Holidays)

Next Meetings:  November 21, 2019

                             December 5, 2019

                             December 19, 2019



Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Thursdays at 7pm. 

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

CLICK HERE FOR CERTIFIED EARTH CARE AWARD


***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

~ 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 hearnow@starke.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 "webmanager@lasplacitaschurch.org"