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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.

***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!



Sunday, May 28th, marks the beginning of our summer worship schedule. There will be a single combined service each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day. The church office will be closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Friday from 9am – 1pm. Our regular schedule resumes Sunday, Sept 10th.


•September 3rd is our last summer service at 9:30am. Regular service resumes Sunday, Sept 10th with 8:30am worship in the Upper Room, followed by Adult Forum at 9:15am, and the 10:30am service in the Sanctuary.


11th Sunday after Pentecost

9:30am The Songlines of Our Lives: Sanctuary

With Doug Calderwood & Ana Hernandez


12th Sunday after Pentecost

9:30am The Songlines of Our Lives: Sanctuary

With Rev. Joyce Thompson and Willy Sucre

2:00pm Ordination & Celebration: Dori Hjalmarson



Ordinary and Extraordinary

This segment in the church year between Pentecost and Advent is known as Ordinary Time. Sundays are ordered, or numbered, as in "The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost." Green is the liturgical color for this season, representing the hope for new life in Christ. If you haven't already, please take note of our new green paraments, designed and created by Rev. Joyce Thompson. Check out the symbols Joyce used and relate them to Bible stories, and be sure to thank Joyce for her EXTRAORDINARY effort!


Our congregation is enjoying wonderful music and stories this summer and there is more to come from special guests and folks.

August Events for LPPC Songlines Renewal

Summer of Music:

Aug 18-20


Aug. 27 Violist Willy Sucre will share his music and personal Songline with the congregation and visitors during the worship service at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Willy Sucre is a violist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic. He also presents five “Willy Sucre and Friends” concerts for the Placitas Artists Series. Come hear how a remarkable Bolivian native brought his love of chamber music to the United States.


***On summer break and will reconvene in September***.

The Adult Forum meets in the Upper Room on Sunday morning,

at approximately 9:15am. All are welcome, please join us.


The Memorial Garden at Las Placitas Church is a beautiful, peaceful location for the Columbarium that serves as the final resting place for loved ones. It is a sacred place to honor the deceased, gather for worship, and for reflection. All are welcome to walk the path, sit on the benches, and enjoy the view and environment. Out of respect for the families of the inurned, as well as the great effort the congregation invests to keep it maintained, and for safety’s sake, kindly remain on the walking path and do not climb onto the columbarium structures or disturb the garden. Thank you.

***Art for Fellowship Hall This Summer***

Do you have art that conveys a theme related to music? Would you like to see your art decorate our Fellowship Hall this summer? Please consider having your work and/or collected pieces on display. You may share a work that you want to keep, or you may display a work that you’d like to sell. All art will remain on display from June to September. For items to sell, please review the LPPC consignment and liability guide that is used for PAS works. And if there’s a story behind the work you want to share, by all means, let us know the history or the interesting story about your art. Contact Bunny Bowen 867-2731, , or Karl Gustafson 896-6851,


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



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.

Added Timeline Histories of Las Huertas Valley, Las Placitas, and the Church, which enable the reader to follow the chronological order of historical events.

Rather than being limited to the one hundred years of the Church’s history, Century of Faith actually covers over 200 years of history, making the Placitas area one of the best documented communities in New Mexico. It begins with prehistoric settlements of the Las Huertas Valley, followed by the advent of the Spanish explorers and settlers. It then describes the struggle for the land between the settlers of Spain’s 1768 San Antonio de Las Huertas Land Grant and outsiders concerned solely with obtaining mineral rights. After 1850, the seeds of Presbyterianism developed in this exclusively Catholic region, and LPPC was founded in 1894. The subsequent history is emblematic of the challenges experienced by many small isolated communities as they were confronted by technological advances in the 1800s and 1900s, young men going off to fight in WWI and WWII, and many other outside influences destined to bring about changes both welcome and unwelcome—especially including, in this specific region, an influx of non-Spanish speaking people (hippies and other gringos).

While Century of Faith is a welcome documentation of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church for members and friends of LPPC, it is also of interest to a broader audience as a highly readable source to help those new to or otherwise interested in the region obtain a better understanding of the unique history of the Placitas area in specific and New Mexico in general.

Century of Faith is being sold at LPPC for $15. (It is also available through for $22.95.)


The 2nd edition of the LPPC Century of Faith book is available for sale after church for the next several Sundays. The price is $15 – cash only please. Hope you enjoy the book.


Children’s Christian Education is seeking Teacher's and Assistants for our children this spring, especially for our High School Youth.

Vacation Bible School is approaching and we are in need of a music loving person/s to take the lead. Please contact Sally G. if you are interested.



Monday Night Group

Please join us at LPPC for a riveting read and

discussion at 7:00pm on Mondays in the Upper Room.

Bible Study Group at LPPC!


SEPTEMBER, 13, 2017.****

Bible Study Group: Join us for a relaxed and always stimulating

conversation. No previous experience required!

We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at

10 am in The Upper Room.

Next Meeting: September 13, 2017


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!

Weekly pledge envelopes for 2017 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.

*****Our Monthly Health Fair Recipes are located at:

Ministries at LPPC , and Select : LPPC Health Resources*****



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, Delfina.


Donations of the following items are always appreciated:

Canned Fruit Tooth Brushes (adult and child)

Canned Meat Tooth Paste

Jelly or Jam Mouthwash

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

  • Learn how you can help support relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance support the relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, click on the following link:
  • 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 ""
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