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Installation of Pastor Jayne Ruiz as 1st Presbyterian Church Designated Pastor

This past Sunday the Presbytery of New Mexico conduced an Installation Service at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Belen officially appointing Pastor Jayne Ruiz as the new pastor.   The service included welcomes by Mayor Jerah Cordova, Belen and Mayor Mark Gwin, Rio Communities.  Participants included the Moderator of the Presbytery of Santa Fe and other Presbyterian Ministers and lay persons from around the state.  

Pastor Ruiz, in accepting her calling to God and the 1st Presbyterian Church, noted the church is the only Presbyterian Church between Socorro and Albuquerque giving her the opportunity to serve a widely diverse congregation. In addition to serving the church, she looks forward to opportunities for working with all churches and communities moving forward addressing spiritual and social justice needs in the greater Rio Grande Valley community. The service was conducted with the full pomp and ceremony commensurate with the occasion and concluded with dinner and fellowship, a Presbyterian tradition.

Meet our new Music Director, Josue Mendoza.  

Here’s what he says about himself: "I’m a friendly and faithful Christian who believes music should glorify God." 

His goal is to provide a music program that will help the church grow. 

Josue has a Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Studies and Music and Fine Arts. He is an experienced Music Director who plays and teaches several different musical instruments. 

He will lead our choir on Sunday, January 27, 2019. 

Filling Homeless Pouches

Our goal is to share God’s love with the needy; one person,one day at a time. Each ouch provides those living on the street with items ranging from nutrition and hygiene to comfort and entertainment.  Our congregation provides the time, talents and resources to  acquire the items, make the pouches, and fill the pouches.  Our members keep the pouches in their cars and pass them out where the need appears. Our success is judged by over a thousand high 5's, hugs, smiles, and God Bless You's.   Want to share God's love and brighten the day of a needy person? Come join us.  Time to start working on the second thousand.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets 2018

The First Presbyterian Church of Belen welcomed Reverend Jayne Ruiz as their new Pastor Sunday, November  4, 2018. 

Pastor Jayne Ruiz grew up in a small town in Southern Ohio. Rev. Ruiz is an ordained Presbyterian minister.  Her education includes a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, Masters of Social Work from Rutgers, and Masters in Public Administration from Central Florida University.

Pastor Jayne is experienced in pastoral care, worship, evangelism, outreach, and grant writing. She has practical experience in immigrant ministries, hospice chaplain,  social work.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.  She has served churches ranging  from Florida and the Midwest to the Southwest.

The Church feels blessed to have Pastor Jayne as their pastor and  believes she is the right  match for the Church and the greater community.  We invite you to join us and to meet our  the new pastor! 

How to hang 100-year-old stained glass windows in our sanctuary:

Pic 1: Turn a square into a circle.

Pic 2:  Cover up everything that's not a circle and blend it with existing wall.

Pic 3:  Hang the handmade stained glass window made in 1911,very very carefully.

Pic 4:  Secure the window, no do overs.  One done three to go.

Fred Winters and his 1948 Crosley at the Rio Abajo Becker Street Auto Show in Belen on Saturday, September 29. The table displayed our church banner. Fred and Denny Prescott offered cold water, cookies, church fliers, and invitations to our Sunday potluck, gaining exposure to a diverse crowd.

Men prepare and serve the meal following church service on Breakfast Sunday, and it's free.  All are welcome.

After much prayer and discernment, First Presbyterian Church of Belen has selected a new Pastor: Reverend Jayne Ruiz.  This is what the church's Pastor Search Committee has to say about Pastor Ruiz.  "She is a firecracker.  She is comfortable in her own skin, what you see is what you get.  She has an abundance of both love and energy."  Rev Jayne will begin her ministry here the first of November.

Thanks to all who contributed to our successful 22ND annual Trash To Treasure sale.  Thanks to the many who donated antiques, collectibles, and stuff; the church workers who put it all together; and especially the hundreds of shoppers who made it all worthwhile and bought everything from buildings to tie tacks and most everything in between.  The sale is a major fundraiser for our local Mission and Outreach projects and initiatives and again did not disappoint.


We are not done yet, the leftover items that did not sell were donated to the the Belen Food Pantry and the Abundant Grace Free Store. So if you missed our sale, you can still get some great buys at their stores and help the greater community at the same time.  See you next year.

Look at what our quilters can do! Below right is the quilt that will be raffled off this fall.

The Arts & Craft Group is busy preparing for the annual Arts & Craft Sale, Saturday November 2 from 9 to 2. 

The annual sale is one of the church's two major fundraising  events that support our local mission and outreach programs. 

Fourteen local Arts & Craft vendors are joining us for the sale.

The crafters are meeting the next two Saturdays, 9 to noon, to complete preparation for the sale.  

There are many projects to complete and we are always looking for new ideas.  

If you like arts and crafts and like to give back to the community, come join us you will find it's a soul satisfying experience.

Please visit our sale!


As a caring, intergenerational, and diverse community of faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we seek to serve God by living out the good news of Christ, and reflecting that love, grace, and acceptance to our community and world.



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85 Manzano Expressway

Belen, NM 87002

Office Hours: 9am-12pm, Tues.-Thurs.

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