It's Happening at St. Paul's UCC

Faith Evolving, Lives Transforming


St. Paul's United Church of Christ

1101 Golf Course Rd SE
Suite 101
Rio Rancho, NM

Mailing address
   P.O. Box 15755, Rio Rancho, NM 87174-0755



Our core values…

Jesus Guided / Intentionally Inclusive / Peace Seeking / Justice Committed

Pastor Sharon's View

We are getting ready for Christmas - have been in fact, for some time if seeing Christmas trees and listening to Christmas songs in the stores are any indications. It seems every year that we move directly from summer through fall and into Christmas faster and faster. The merchants are unwilling to let us move at a leisurely pace through this time because, to them, time is money. The time that our money transfers from our hands to theirs. In fact, many smaller retailers do not make any profit until Black Friday, so named I have heard, because that day, the day after Thanksgiving, is when merchants finally make their first profit of the year.

In church, we tend to take things slower. We go from Labor Day, which in many congregations, is the weekend when Rally Sunday welcomes all back to church and Sunday school after summer vacations. This day generally features a breakfast and children and adults go to the Sunday school class with a full stomach. From Rally Sunday, the church moves to the blessing of animals in recognition of St Francis of Assisi (October 4th) who cared for all living creatures. This year we did not have a blessing of animals during a Sunday service since we were planning an anniversary party for church, but when we’ve done it in the past, we have sung: “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.”  When I see all of us singing and clapping to that song, my heart feels good and I know that the work staff does to make this service special is worth the effort.

From the time of bringing our pets to church, we go further into fall arriving at Thanksgiving. I wrote this the evening before Thanksgiving and our all church Thanksgiving dinner. This could be a time of quiet, but for me it is hectic. The Christmas season has come on strong along with the pressure to do more in my allotted time.

Advent gives me time for pause though, as a youngster, it only meant that each week, Christmas was getting closer. This year, especially, I look forward to Advent, the Christian time for waiting. This year, Year C of the Revised Common Lectionary, is all Luke. The first week of Advent Luke reminds us to be sober as we wait for the birth of a savior lest we miss the coming of the “Human One” (Common English Bible).

Following only one Gospel during this time, takes us away from the propensity to conflate the stories by having the Magi arrive with the shepherds. In Luke, one of the two gospels that tell of the birth of Jesus, we have pregnant Mary on the 4th Sunday of Advent followed immediately on Christmas Eve/Day by angels announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. The much heralded Magi group (that may never have existed) arrived several years later and presented their exotic gifts to a toddler giving enough wealth for the Jewish family to live like royalty.

During the weeks of Advent, we light candles of hope, peace, joy and love. At St. Paul’s, I use blue candles since Advent is a time of anticipation, not repentance, which would be signified by the more somber purple candles. We light our first candle for Hope, followed by Peace, then the pink of Joy, and finally a last blue for Love. At Christmas, we light the Christ Candle. I invite you to come up to the communion table and look at the Christ Candle we have for this year. It is beautiful.

Our music during Advent focuses on anticipation, not the carols associated with the Christmas season. Since our music director, Bill, knows that you are somewhat disappointed that the music is not for Christmas, he does try to add some familiar Christmas hymns during Advent.

At one church I attended, we were encouraged to use Advent as a time to reflect on the coming church year. The events of the year require our attention and though we have heard the stories before, we need to pay attention. One way to do so is to have a book of devotions to guide you through the coming year. Here are some suggestions that could be an excellent gift for yourself that can be done at home.

The UCC has a daily meditation book containing 365 daily meditations that you can order.

The Church purchases a special series for Advent. Find yours on the table at the back of the sanctuary. During Lent, we purchase the corresponding series. The UCC Writers Group are talented and offer much material for prayerful meditation.

You can sign up for an online diary meditation at and have it delivered to your home in time to read with morning coffee.

I have meditations for Celtic spirituality if Celtic thoughts are of interest.

Purchase some crayons and a coloring book of mandalas — these are the hot adult items for this year — to focus your thoughts for each day.

If you want a more intentional prayer time, on three Thursday evenings (December 3, 10, 17), I will lead a guided meditation at church. We begin by sharing soup and conversation then we meditate. Come at 5:30 — we will finish by 6:30.



From the Editor's Desk
Ernie Dunn

In our world groaning from the turmoil, death, and destruction induced by wars and terrorist plots, struggling with the pain and agony of those who are homeless or starving, seeking to solve the massive refugee crisis, daily perplexed by the emergent dangers of global warming, and so many problems in need of resolution, there is still room for a passionate polarizing religious conflict, a cultural war, that has resulted in anger and outrageous accusations. For some, as the narrative declares, "there is no crisis more divisive right now" than the 2015 Red Starbucks Cup.  As far as they are concerned, the naked red cup adorned only with the company's logo, bereft of (Christian?) adornments such as holly, snowflakes, pine branches with ornaments, a snowman (Frosty?), or reindeer, is an affront to the Christian faith, another secular attempt to take "Christ out of Christmas." Starbucks is doing everything it can to prevent the faithful from celebrating Christmas.  It all comes down to a form of religious persecution.  What I find disturbingly fascinating is that they interpret their failure to compel Starbucks to comply with their beliefs as denigration of their Christian liberties.


Joshua Feuerstein, a conservative evangelist, has called for a war on the company.  He has encouraged Christians around the world to battle Starbucks and all those anti-Christian Grinches who are seeking to steal Christmas. The fact that Starbucks is offering other products with Christmas ornamentation, an Advent calendar and a Christmas blend of coffee, is of no consequence.  That unadorned red cup is signifying that you cannot and should not celebrate Christmas.


Diametrically opposed to the likes of Feuerstein, this cultural war has been viewed by some as an opportunity to beat their chest and sarcastically scream about the absurdity of Christianity and religious stupidity "into the faceless void of the internet."  Kudos to Starbucks for rising above such a response.  They contend that they are, as they have always been, respectful of all religious beliefs.  Their desire is to create a "culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity."  Their goal is to offer their customers "an experience that inspires the spirit of the season," peace and good will to all. I am quite sure such explanations will fall on deaf ears for far too many.


Just recently having shared good food and uplifting fellowship with family and friends, we in the Christian community are now moving into the season of Advent which brings with it the expectant waiting, the joyous anticipation of and preparation for celebrating Christmas.  Advent for some is a time for fasting, for many a time for thoughtful reflection and spiritual renewal. Given the controversy just previously mentioned, I would suggest that this would be a fine time to reflect on the history and meaning of Christmas.


A note of interest at the outset, for the first three hundred years or so of Christianity there was no celebration of the birth of Jesus.  During that existence, birthdays were not given much emphasis, not even the nativity. Mark, the first gospel, made no mention of Jesus' birth.  Most scholars agree that the first recorded celebration of Christmas was December 25, 336 CE.  A few scholars contend that it may have been celebrated as early as 200 CE. 


Let us be clear, no one knows for sure on what day or in what year Jesus was born, the New Testament provides no evidence.  Over the centuries, scholars have offered dates ranging from mid - September to late March, from the years 4 BCE to 1 CE. 


Why then did the early church settle on December 25?  A number of reasons have been offered.  However, I will mention just two, both of which have some validity.  One view is that when the consensus arose in the church to celebrate the conception of Jesus on March 25th, it was reasonable to celebrate his birth nine months later.


The other notion is that cultures around the Mediterranean and other areas in Europe observed feasts and festivals marking the winter solstice.  The Jews had the festival of lights, the Germans had a Yule festival, the Celtics and the Scandinavians had legends and celebrations affiliated with the solstice.  And then, of course, in the Roman tradition, there was the festival of Saturnalia celebrated December 17-25.  Sometime during the early 4th century CE, Christianity imported this festival into its realm in an attempt to proselyte the "pagan" masses by doing so.  Christian leaders were highly successful in converting large numbers of people by promising that they would be able to continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians. (Church History 102)


The problem that arose was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about the festival.  To remedy the situation the leaders initially decided to name the concluding day, the 25th, as Christmas, the birthday of Jesus.  Other than on that day, this remained a very raucous celebration, closely akin to a Bacchanalian festival.


Therefore, many of the customs of celebrating Christmas, some that remain with us to this day, for example, the lighting of candles, decorating a tree, the giving of gifts, kissing under the mistletoe came from without to within the Christian tradition as Saturnalia morphed into Christmas.  These customs, these trappings were, as we say in present day vernacular, "contextualized."


It would appear to me that all of the vociferous agonizing over the red cup has everything to do with the adopted wrappings and trappings of Christmas and little if anything to do with the true reason for the season.  E.B. White has been quoted as saying, "To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year." For some, however, it seems to get easier.


Hopefully we shall be able to bring some sanity, hope and joy into the conflict by focusing on the notion that Christmas is principally a season of affirmation, a time when we affirm our joy in the experience of living.  Eric Sevareid, still today one of my favorite commentators, once noted that "Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we are here for something else besides ourselves."  May you experience this necessity and may you have the gladness of Christmas which is eternal hope; the spirit of Christmas which is lasting peace; and the heart of Christmas which is abiding love.


CHEERS from the PUB
Sandra Chapin
Publications Manager
Expect Wonder

“Walking in a winter wonderland." "It's the most wonderful time of the year." Familiar phrases from great holiday songs that point to the merriment of the season. With news from around the world of violence and unrest, it can be hard to find wonder, other than wondering why some people take deliberate actions to harm others. Then we may hear an inspiring story and we wonder how one person can make a positive difference in the lives of so many.

Richard Smith, who gave us the light-hearted lyrics of “Winter Wonderland” in 1934, wrote the song while in the West Mountain Sanitarium (Scranton, Pennsylvania), being treated for tuberculosis, better known then as consumption. Surrounded by patients confined to beds, the sound of relentless coughing, his own weakness increasing as the weeks and months passed, Smith remembered the peaceful scene of a snow laden park in his hometown, which inspired him to write.

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight...


The burden of illness giving rise to a memory, like a candle, dispelling the darkness. Smith died before his song became popular. To date, it has been recorded by over 200 musical artists. I wonder how many candles were lit as a result.
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The view outside your window (or on TV) may look as lovely as a Christmas card, but with anticipation running high during the holidays, there may be anxiety and disappointments – a holly jolly emotional rollercoaster. The words to “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” are, of course, upbeat. Line after line highlights get-togethers among friends and families.

It's the hap - happiest season of all...

Okay, we get it. Enough already. What if you live away from family, and traveling is not an option. What if your friends are too busy (with their other friends – ouch!). According to the Psychology Today website, one North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.

What I find encouraging is that most people I see out-and-about are ready with a “Merry Christmas” wish to share with others. It sounds sincere to me, so that's what I hold onto. Sure, there may be chaos at home or stress at work, but one thing we all have in common – we're a wild and crazy mix of thoughts darting to and fro. We can be hap-happy one minute and blue the next. That's pretty much the human condition year round.
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Let's dart back to the 1930's. “I Wonder as I Wander” is a folk-style hymn with its origins in a song fragment collected by John Jacob Niles in 1933. While in the town of Murphy in Appalachian North Carolina, Niles attended a fundraising meeting held by evangelicals who had been ordered out of town by the police. He wrote of the experience:

“A girl had stepped out to the edge of the little platform attached to the automobile. She began to sing. Her clothes were unbelievable dirty and ragged, and she, too, was unwashed. Her ash-blond hair hung down in long skeins.... But she was beautiful, and in her untutored way, she could sing. She smiled as she sang, smiled rather sadly, and sang only a single line of a song.”

The girl, named Annie Morgan, repeated the fragment seven times in exchange for a quarter per performance, and Niles left with "three lines of verse, a garbled fragment of melodic material – and a magnificent idea.”

I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
For poor on'ry people like you and like I…


Poor and on'ry [ornery: having an irritable disposition] has a wide application, including the poor in spirit and those of a bah-humbug frame of mind. Patients in an isolated ward. People with seasonal depression. Songwriters. You and I. We've all had our moments.

The magnificent idea that shines like a candle in the dark is the birth and life of one who walked with the poor, the on'ry, the suffering, the distracted, those who celebrate and those who struggle. Those who wonder.

(Unless otherwise noted, research from Wikipedia)


Faith Development Ministry
Patricia Dunn
Team Leader



Wednesday Evenings 6:30 PM
January – April 2016
With Whom?
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D.
Teaching Company DVD series


Professor Levine is a Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School / Graduate Department of Religion, and author of numerous books, articles and essays. She is widely sought as a speaker throughout the U.S. and Canada by universities, biblical associations, synagogues, temples, church, and interfaith and civic groups.

Lecture Topics for January –

In the Beginning
Adam and Eve
Murder, Flood, Dispersion
Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar
The Jacob Saga
Folk Lore Analysis and Type Scenes
Moses and Exodus

See you there!
Patricia Dunn


Mission in December

You are invited to be a part of the ministry that cares for many active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ through your participation in this year's Christmas Fund Offering, one of the 5 for 5 Missions of the UCC.

Your gift to the Christmas Fund will assist pastors according to their need in several ways: the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks sent in December to low-income retirees.

Your gifts are needed more than ever to help the growing number of retirees whose low-income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs. This is your opportunity to take part in God's promise of renewal by enabling this ministry of compassion and care.


Reflections of the Season

During Advent, Pastor Sharon will lead prayer/meditation time
on Thursday evenings.

Thursdays Dec 3, 10, 17
5:30-6:30 pm

Soup and crackers served at 5:30


 St. Paul's Goes to the Movies

Saturday, December 5

“Love the Coopers”   

A holiday comedy with Diane Keaton, John Goodman,
Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei


Premiere Cinema, Rio Rancho     11:00 am

Run time: 2 hours

When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.


Afterwards: lunch/snacks and conversation at Wendy's, Rio Rancho
(Love the Wendy's!)


Art Tour

On Sunday, December 6, we have our first art tour led by Bill Canright.
We will see the art work of Bill and his late wife, Maggie. Over many years, Bill and Maggie painted, taught painting at many places around the world and were instrumental in founding the Pastel Society. We will gather at Bill's home about 1:00 pm to enjoy the paintings, his studio and perhaps get a chance to try our hand at a stroke or two on a paper. Creativity is catching! Come and see.


Party Invitation

Dr. Ramasamy invites St. Paul’s to a Christmas Party!


Thursday, December 10

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Pongal Event Center (Suite 103 / 104)


A platter of food will be provided by St. Paul's.
You may bring an additional item, if you wish.


Holiday Munchies and a Classic Movie

Saturday, December 12

Social time begins at 3:00 pm. Fun and games!

Bring 1 (or 2) dozen cookies or other sweets
or savory treats to share.


Movie at 4:30 pm – something nostalgic in black & white.


Special Concert

“Holiday Magic”

The Westside Concert Chorale

Directed by Jerriynn Foster


Saturday, December 12                      

7 pm

Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church
1004 24th St. SE, Rio Rancho


Sunday, December 13                        

3 pm

Rio Rancho United Methodist Church
1652 Abrazo Rd. NE, Rio Rancho


General admission $15

Seniors and students $10


For more information, speak with Ernie Dunn.


Fa la la la la     la la la la

For fourth year, the ever popular Sing 'n Sip is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 20, from 2 to 3:30 pm. This is a fun time to sing carols together. And we can't gather without refreshments! Last year Dworkin brought his home-made mead for us to sample. Invite your friends to join the singing -- the more voices the better.


Christmas Eve


Thursday, December 24
5 pm

Social time begins at 4 pm

We celebrate Christmas with our service of candlelight and special readings and music. The start time is early this year so we may be with family and friends for the rest of the evening.


Book Group Returns


Sunday, January 10, 2-4 pm

My Brilliant Friend (2012)
By Elena Ferrante

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.


Pastor Sharon will facilitate the discussion. 


Happening in the Southwest Conference

From our Conference office –

As you may well know, this has been a year of transition for all of us here in the conference office:  John Dorhauer was elected as the General Minister and President of the UCC, Lee Albertson stepped in as Acting Conference Minister, the Executive Board signed a 3-year contract with Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons as our incoming Designated Conference Minister, Barbara Decker (after 15 years with the conference) will be retiring at the end of the year, and we hired Sheri Slaybaugh as her replacement. 

We have tried to maintain our level of service to the churches in the conference through it all as we work with churches looking for new pastoral leadership and churches going through crises.   We have acted as a pastor and consultant to your pastor.  In addition, we have worked with new churches, offered an Innovation Laboratory to teach innovation skills to a test group of churches, hired Ken McIntosh to facilitate innovation and renewal in our churches by the formation of triads and other resourcing mechanisms, and demonstrated some Post Modern worship experiences.

This year we also had a wonderful Annual Meeting experience in Sedona, a fabulous camp for our youth and young adults in Prescott, and just recently, a retreat for the clergy. But all of this takes funding.  The SWC churches pledge their support, and they have been generous and faithful in their efforts.  But we count on all of you to help, too, if you can.  We especially need that extra boost this year for moving expenses to bring Bill Lyons to the Southwest.

Our future looks exciting as we prepare for new leadership, new vision, and new ways to serve the churches of the Southwest Conference!  Your help is greatly appreciated. 

Please send your donation to SWC UCC, 917 E. Sheridan, Phoenix, AZ 85006.


Voices in the Southwest Conference

As part of the EPIC initiative of the Conference [Education, Participation, Innovation and Communication],   each SWC church is including an article in its newsletter written by someone in the Conference that tells a story about interdependence. Ernie Dunn has coordinated the project. 
This month’s article is written by Rev. James I. Meadows, Jr.
Interim Sr. Minister, Church of the Palma UCC (Arizona)

Interdependence in Advent

I first came to the Southwest Conference in 1993, and have served churches here (except for a 7-yr. stint in the Iowa Conference) ever since.  I have been a settled pastor, an Acting Conference Minister, and twice an Interim minister in our conference and have seen lots of changes among our clergy and in our congregations.  Currently I am Interim Sr. Pastor at the Church of the Palms in Sun City.

While in Iowa, I lost touch with the SWC, and was surprised when I returned to find some of our strongest churches struggling and others near failure.  We were hit hard by the economic recession, harder than I realized while serving in an agriculturally-based state like Iowa.  I have since realized how important interdependence has become for our SWC churches, as we confront aging buildings and changing demographics in our communities.

The season of Advent is upon us, when we marshal our spirits in anticipation of God's great revelation in Jesus.  Advent reminds us of the hope, peace, joy and love that binds all of God's children together as the Body of Christ in this suffering world.  We rely on one another in this Conference for the strength to proclaim the Good News that so many long to hear.  Our fifty communities of faith offer a uniquely positively perspective, built upon inclusiveness, generosity of spirit, and the commitment to peace and justice.  These gifts we share.  These gifts we cherish.  These gifts we must make known and live out.

May God bless us in this season, and bring us to the New Year more fully committed to the interdependence that makes more fruitful our service to the living Christ.


On the Calendar


Worship Service    
10:30 am                    

Social Hour    
11:30 am
Wednesday mornings

Office Hours for Pastor Sharon                                                         
9:30 – 11:00 am
Starbucks across from Intel, on 528

Thursday evenings

December 3, 10, 17
Advent Meditation with Pastor Sharon                                             
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Soup and crackers served at 5:30
Choir rehearsal on Thursdays        
7:00 pm

St. Paul’s Goes to the Movies

Saturday, December 5
“Love the Coopers” at Premiere Cinema, Rio Rancho    
11:00 am

Art Tour

Sunday, December 6
Bill Canright invites us to his home to see original art    
1:00 pm

Christmas Party

Thursday, December 10
Hosted by Dr. Ramasamy at the Pongal Event Center            
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Holiday Munchies and a Classic Movie

Saturday, December 12
We bring snacks to share for conversation and fun starting at 3:00 pm
Stay (or come) for the movie at 4:30 pm

Sing ’n Sip

Sunday, December 20
Sing carols and songs of the season             
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Hot cider to sip and snacks to nibble

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24
Social time begns at 4:00 pm
Candlelight service with special music and readings at 5:00 pm



O God of depth and mystery,

You call us beyond convention

to a way of risky faithfulness.

Fill our dreams with your truth

and our minds with your discernment

so that we may awaken with confidence and joy

to expand our lives and make room for You.


UCC Worship Ways

St. Paul's Leaders 2015


Rev. Sharon Smith-Littrell, PhD

Music Director
William W. Williams


Church Council

Darrell Taylor

Loretta Stein

Financial Secretary
Anita Curtis

Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Financial Secretary
Carol Smith

Church Clerk

Yvonne Dudley

Trustees Chairperson
Carol Kromer

Faith Development
Patricia Dunn

St. Paul’s View Staff

Ernie Dunn
Sandra Chapin
Publications Manager
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