NEW MEMBER WELCOMING CEREMONY AND FALL HARVEST MEAL
On November 19th we welcomed twelve new members to our congregation, and afterwards enjoyed a Fall Harvest pot-luck. Thanks to Ray and Elaine Taylor (both new members themselves) for coordinating this event. Photos courtesy of Mel James.
Marsha and Chuck Fawns presented the special Day of the Dead Altar on November 5th. From Marsha, we learned some of the traditions behind the Day of the Dead celebration, and members shared stories and pictures of loved ones, whether human or animal. The wonderful Threshold Singers (middle photograph) provided the musical accompaniment.
MUSIC TO LIFT THE SPIRIT WITH JIMMY STADLER
On October 29th there was an all-music program with Taos’ singer-songwriter-band leader Jimmy Stadler. The song list was full of heart and energy with a balance of solo singing and congregational participation. Joe Mazza introduced Jimmy and was our MC, encouraging us to sing and move during the program in celebration of the gift of community.
JULY 4TH PICNIC
Everyone enjoyed the annual July 4th picnic, hosted by Jim and Nancy Schultz. Below are just a few of the pictures of this lovely event. Click on a photo to expand it.
HIKING GROUP EVENTS
To enjoy and appreciate the beautiful area we live in and it’s many hiking trails, we formed a hiking group. Below are pictures of our Slide Trail / Picuris Loop hike. This was a 6-7 mile, moderate-to-difficult hike, with breathtaking views. The photo at the bottom shows a large herd of mountain goats grazing on the side of the mountain. We ate lunch at the top, overlooking the gorge, then connected with the Rift Valley Trail which took us back to the parking lot. The hike took about 4.5 hours.
“WE GO HIGH” RALLY AT TAOS PLAZA
At least ten UCoT members attended the “We Go High” rally at Taos Plaza, despite the REALLY cold winds. Thank you, Barbara Scott, for getting the word out about this event!
VOLUNTEERS HAVING FUN AND WORKING HARD AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S INTER-FAITH BUILD DAY
OUR SEMI-ANNUAL TRASH CLEANUP ON HIGHWAY 68
Thanks to Anne Marie, Ayleen, Barbara, Barley, Bob A, Chuck F, Emily, Gary Y, Ken, Laurel, Luis, Mark, Mya, Norm, Sharon, and Wally.