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


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.




Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Closing Policy:

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***Church Office Hours***

Tuesday thru Friday 9am-1pm

Telephone: 505-867-5718

   Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
Announcing Our Interim Pastor
In behalf of our Clerk of Session, Carl Allen, I am pleased to announce that yesterday evening, with the concurrence of the Commission on Ministry of the Presbytery of Santa Fe, the Session of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church voted to invite the Rev. Bill Humphreys -- our guest preacher last Sunday -- to be our Interim Pastor.  Rev. Humphreys has accepted, and will begin his duties on July 1.  Many thanks are due to the Interim Pastor Search Committee, and all who worked together to bring this to pass so quickly.  May God’s blessings and guidance continue with us as we move forward from here.

Rev. Ken Cuthbertson,


Jennifer Vargas will be out of the office June 11-June 20th. Evelyn Maday will be our office volunteer during Jennifer’s absence. Evelyn will answer the phone and take messages.

*** 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

                                         OUR SUMMER  WORSHIP SERVICES WILL BEGIN AT 10:30 AM 

Since the majority of those who voted at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on May  19, 2019 supported summer services being held at 10:30 AM,  the Session has approved the time change  to 10:30 AM for our summer church services.

Beginning June 10th-July8th Rev. Karl Gustafson will be the on-call pastor for any pastoral care needs. Karl’s contact number is 617-285-3977 and email is Karl plans to be in the church office from 9:00am-1:00 pm on Tuesdays.

Sunday, May 19th, was the last Sunday childcare will be provided. This is a temporary
situation until we find someone to fill two caregiver positions. If you know someone
interested in the position please contact Pat Thorpe, Nancy Walker, or the church office.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Qualifications: 16 years or older with
childcare experience..

SUNDAY, June 16, 2019

Trinity Sunday
10:30am Traditional Worship : Sanctuary

*Pentecost (Plus 1) Offering - The PCUSA Pentecost offering is a special offering designated by the denomination to support youth and young adult ministries, including the Young Adult Volunteer Program and the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. While 60% of money raised goes to denominational efforts in these vital areas, 40% is designated for the local church to invest in youth and young adult ministries in their own communities.  This year LPPC will receive the Pentecost offering on June 16, the Sunday after Pentecost.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

Second Sunday after Pentecost
10:30am Worship at Sandia Conference Grounds 

                                                                  WORSHIP IN THE MOUNTAINS -JUNE 23, 2019                                                              

Worship & Picnic at Sandia Conference Grounds on June 23-After a winter and spring of sufficient moisture, we are able to return to the Sandia (Presbyterian) Conference grounds for the first time in three years for our traditional outdoor worship and potluck picnic. There will be no worship service at the LPPC building on June 23. We will gather at the church at 9:30 a.m. to carpool up the mountain. Volunteers with higher clearance vehicles for the forest road would be very helpful and welcome! Please bring camping chairs or a blanket to sit on, sun hats, and a potluck/picnic dish to share.

The Adult Forum will not meet over the summer, but will resume the Sunday after Labor Day.


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 or Russell Mink at

Thank You, Wendy and Russell


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, 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.

                                                  YOUTH VOLUNTEER CHAPERONES NEEDED

The LPPC youth group is in need of two volunteers to be chaperones for their upcoming trip to Ghost Ranch Youth Week in Abiquiu. Ghost Ranch Youth Week is June 23 - June 29. Registration fees will be covered for chaperones. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Dana Howarth at



The 2019 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 - 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

Monday Night Group

On Summer Break, will resume in the Fall.

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.

Next Meeting: JUNE 13, 2019

Choir Rehearsal, Thursdays at 7pm. (On Summer Break, will resume in the Fall)

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!




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.



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 for $22.95.)

Weekly pledge envelopes for 2019 are now available in Fellowship Hall. If you’d like a box, please take one, sign your name and note the number of the box you chose. Pledges can also be mailed to the church office in the pew envelopes provided, or in regular envelopes, of course.



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
  • Act: Learn how you can help families who have lost everything in the devastation visit
  • 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 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

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 Deacons, Pastor Drew, or our Administrator.


Casa Rosa is in critical need of clean, gently used, casual clothes for men. No office-type attire, please. Also, many of our clients have pets, and since we do not spend funds on pet food, if you are a pet lover and would like to donate specifically for our clients' furry friends, we would welcome cat or dog food or designated funds to purchase them.

Casa Rosa needs brown paper grocery bags every week. Please save them for us and place in the blue collection bins whenever you can.

Casa Rosa is in need of the following food items for the Deacons’ Thanksgiving Baskets:

  • Instant mashed potatoes - packets or boxes
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Stuffing – boxes or packages

Your donations are greatly appreciated

Donations of the following items are always appreciated:

Canned Fruit

Canned Meat

Jelly or Jam

Tooth Brushes (adult and child)

Tooth Paste


Plastic Grocery Bags

Egg Cartons (that hold 12 vs 18 eggs)

Gently-Used Clean Clothing—especially for men

Baby items: clothing, equipment, etc.

Donations can be dropped off:

At LPPC in the blue bins outside the Administrative Office during office hours from 9am-1pm Tu-F in summer and M-F rest of year.

Or At Casa Rosa when volunteers are there on Friday and Saturday mornings.


AmazonSmile donations are very helpful to Casa Rosa, so please remember to do your online Amazon shopping through (after you have signed up one time and selected Las Placitas Presbyterian Church as the charitable organization, which results 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).

Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Closing Policy:

CLICK HERE for Church/Event Closing Policy

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 867-5718.

LPPC recycles used cell phones year round! All used cell phones brought to the church will be mailed off to PHONERAISER to be recycled. More information on recycling efforts at There is a basket in the Fellowship Hall for your contributions. Any proceeds will be split 50/50 between our general fund and Casa Rosa. Thank you to all who have made donations in the past. Our last shipment brought in $25 (1 used cell phone ). Thank you and please pass the word!

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 ""