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


*** 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 BILL'S  TEMPORARY SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER 4TH -11TH                                                   

Interim Pastor’s schedule this week: Bill plans to be in/around LPPC on Monday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; and Tuesday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Friday, October 4 is Bill’s day at COM. And Bill will be out of town from late on 10/4 through Friday, 10/11/19, for Transitional Pastor Training in Oregon. The week of October 14-18 should work for his preferred Monday, Tuesday, Friday schedule.

                                                               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: 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.               



               8:30am Early Worship Service: Upper Room

  9:15am Adult Forum: Upper Room  

                                                                                                       10:30am Traditional Worship Service: Sanctuary


                                                                       CAREGIVER POSITIONS

We are pleased to announce that beginning Sunday, September 29th, the LPPC will once again offer free nursery service during the second service which begins at 10:30 am.  This service allows parents of young babies and children up to 5 years of age the opportunity to join the worship service while their children are well cared for in the church nursery.  If you would like to take advantage of this service, you may bring your child to the church nursery up to 15 minutes prior to the start of worship.  Please contact our Administrative Office (505-867-5718) if there are further questions.  Thank You



                                                              ADULT FORUM FOR SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, AND NOVEMBER
                                                                                      Presbyterians and the Bible
The Sunday morning Adult Forum resumes on September 8, beginning a two month series on Presbyterians and the Bible prepared and led by the Rev. Dr. Ken Cuthbertson.  The series will begin with a look at historic Presbyterian beliefs concerning the Bible and its status as the written Word of God.  The following classes will examine the set of guidelines for reading scripture developed by the former United Presbyterian Church (UPCUSA) in 1982.  The weekly studies will focus on specific biblical texts to help illustrate using the various guidelines.  There will be a one week break in the series on October 13, when Rev. Dori Hjalmarson will be visiting LPPC to talk about her work in Honduras.  The Adult Forum meets on Sunday mornings, at approximately 9:20 a.m. following the early service, in the Upper Room.
September 8: “Bible Believing?” – Presbyterian understandings of what the Bible is and how God “speaks” to us through it.  (The Book of Confessions, etc.)
September 15: “Christ the Center” – Reading scripture always in light of Christ, and God’s redemptive work.  (Guideline 1)
September 22: “A Plain Reading” – Reading the Bible in light of its literary and historical context.  (Guidelines 2 & 6)
September 29: “Word and Spirit” – Relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance in interpreting and applying scripture.  (Guideline 3)
October 6: “The Bible in Community” – Reading the Bible in light of the witness of other biblical authors and of the consensus of the Church across the ages.  (Guidelines 7 & 4)
October 13:  Our special guest will be the Rev. Dori Hjalmarson.  Dori attended LPPC while working in Albuquerque after seminary, and was ordained by the Presbytery of Santa Fe at LPPC in August 2017.   She is currently serving as a PC(USA) mission co-worker in Honduras, where she coordinates and coaches lay and pastoral leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Honduras.
October 20:  “Wonderful Words” - Group members will be sharing favorite Bible passages and verses
October 27: “The Rule of Love” – All reading and interpretation is to be in accord with the commandment to love God and neighbor. (Guideline 5)
November 3:  “Yet More Light….” – How the Church changes its mind.  (This study will focus on the late Dr. Jack Rogers “model” from his studies on slavery and race, women, divorce, and homosexuality, etc.)


Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30am Early Worship Service: Upper Room

9:15am Adult Forum: Presentation by the Rev. Dori Hjalmarson  (Upper Room)
10:30am Traditional Worship: Sanctuary

                 Sunday School

                 Nursery Provided

Click here Rev. Dori Hjalmarson

                                          Special Guest  Preacher at LPPC on Oct. 13 - Rev. Dori Hjalmarson
    Rev. Dori Hjalmarson grew up in northwest New Mexico and was ordained in Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in August 2017, when she was working as a hospice chaplain in Albuquerque. She is currently a mission co-worker and facilitator for theological education and leadership development for the Presbyterian Church in Honduras. She accompanies church leaders and pastors as they grow a small and young denomination, seeking to empower and develop a new generation of Presbyterians in a difficult context.  Her work includes preparation and support of women for ministry in the PCH.
    Rev. Hjalmarson will be doing a presentation for the Adult Forum at 9:15 a.m. in the Upper Room at LPPC.  She will be preaching at the 10:30 service.        

                                                             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 (, 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.                  


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.




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 - 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

The Monday Night Group will resume at 7pm on Monday, Sept 16 with our reading and discussion of “The Science of Enlightenment “ by Shinzen Young.  We will begin with a review of chapters 1-4 which we discussed in the spring.

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 Meetings:  October 24, 2019

                             October 31, 2019

                             November 14, 2019

                             November 28, 2019

Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Thursdays at 7pm.  (Starting September 5, 2019)

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 Pastor, Deacons, or our Administrator.


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
Flyers describing Casa Rosa Food Pantry and the AmazonSmile program are available in a display holder in the Fellowship Hall.

Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Closing Policy:

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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.

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