United Church of the Valley
A Partnership Church
United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ

A Progressive Christian Community
A Just Peace Congregation

November 2023

Our Sunday service is live and on our Zoom channel. The recording of the service will be available online later that day on Facebook, YouTube and on our Website.

From the Pulpit in November 2023

Nov. 5th - Rev. Stephanie Toon

Nov. 12th - Rev. Jennifer Zechlin

Nov. 19th - Rev. Fred Schaeffer

Nov. 26th - Sandy Selby

Liturgical Seasons

This is the LAST month of the liturgical season of Pentecost so the liturgical color is still green. We are excited to welcome Charlie Philip as a new member of UCV this coming Sunday, Nov. 5. At the end of the month, Nov. 26 is not only the last Sunday of the Pentecost season but it’s also the 4 th Sunday of the month when we have a potluck to celebrate November birthdays. At the end of the potluck, we hope as many as possible can stay for the “Hanging of the Greens” as we decorate the sanctuary for the season of Advent.

Just Peace

A couple of years ago, UCV agreed that we wanted to go thru the process of being able to be designated as a “Just Peace” church. The process is somewhat similar to the that of becoming “Open and Affirming.” There is a time of study and then the congregation votes to proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. This may be the time to rekindle our determination to seek this designation. If you are interested in learning more about or want to participate in this process, talk to Deb Hudson.

Pastoral Care Ministry

Even though we don’t have a paid pastor at UCV, we have a number of lay pastors who want to be there for you as you travel down life’s sometimes difficult road. Please contact Sandy Selby at (502) 930-2199 to receive a confidential referral. 

Our Peace Pole has been refreshed and relocated, it now sits in front of the United Church of the Valley building, a totem of peace and hope for all people. A place to come and sit and reflect on life.

Thanks Ruth, Sherian and everyone who made this happen.

Candlelight Vigil for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Church Council 2024

Ecumenical & Outreach council position open

(see description below)

The Ecumenical and Outreach Committee shall:

  • Interface with the Interfaith Council of Murrieta and the Temecula Valley so as to facilitate communication with other faith organizations and local charities on community service events. 
  • Inform the congregation of community service events to encourage participation.
  • Arrange UCV community service events

This is probably the most fun position on the council. You get to plan things that involve fellowship and often times food, what better combination. When you hear about an event in the area that might fit with what we do you simply share it with the council. You have the option of forming a committee to work with you if you would like. You must be a member of UCV, if you are interested and not yet a member, that can easily be remedied.

If interested talk with Rick 951-775-2561

Pumpkin Glow 2023

Food Pantry Thanksgiving Food Bags

Children's Church Calendar

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Emily's Space finished its first month of meetings! Our Kick-Off was an open house style with pronoun button making and our clothes swap. The rest of the month consisted of a local artist guest who spoke to the students about Hispanic Culture and did some art with them and our Halloween Party where we painted mini pumpkins, watched The Nightmare Before Christmas and had prizes for best costume and best painted pumpkin.

There has been a lot of support from the community who is purchasing things off the wish list. If you would like to help you can find the list at Emily"s Space Wish List . Its been amazing to see the students connect, laugh, have fun and find support in a safe space. A very special "thanks!" goes out to UCV for allowing us space.

Rachel Dennis

Adult Christian Education

New book study beginning November 5th at 8am via zoom using the book shown below (I found a few copies used at small independent book sellers online)

Crafters and Makers Boutique will be held from Nov. 5th - Dec 3rd. Crafters, Makers, and Bakers are welcome to donate to this even. Items can be brought to the church on Sundays. Call the office at 951-698-1520 for other drop off places and times. Call Donna, Kristi, or Sandy for more information. Call Donna at 951-217-0735 for phone numbers. Time for boutique will be after Sunday services around 11:00am to 12:15 pm. We need volunteers to sit at our boutique at the end of the meetings that are held at out church during the week. There will be a sign-up board at church for this. There will be raffle tickets for a beautiful Christmas Lap quilt that our very own Edna created. Tickets will be $10 each or 3 for $25. Drawing for this quilt will be on Dec. 3rd after church. The will be additional quilts for sale in the boutique. Good prices. @ucvchurch, cash or check. This is our big fund raiser of the year. We need many buyers to make this successful.  All are welcome to visit our boutique.  

Thank you to all the people who are helping with the adult and children's Sunday School and all other activities participate in, and support in our community and around the world. What an awesome group of people in our church.

UCV is now offering a change in our name badges. We are offering to put your requested pronouns (below your name). If this is a replacement name badge, there will be a charge of $12.00 otherwise there is no cost for your 1st one. If you are a member and don't have a name badge or want a replacement just let Deb Hudson know.

Farm Workers of Deluz

The farm workers and their families can use your help with just obtaining the basics. Please help if you can. You can see a full list of the most needed items and how to help with a check or Venmo donation by clicking the link below. This is an ongoing need in this area and your help would be appreciated. A UCV regular visitor, Becky Sulzmann, is one of the coordinators for this effort will be our 'point person' for this campaign. Her contact information is:

Becky Sulzmann



45002 Corte Zorita 

Temecula, Ca. 92592

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Music News

The choir will be singing at least two weeks in November. In addition they are preparing some special music for Advent. If you’d like to join us, talk to Lynne. Also, if you’d like to ring some bells (on Dec. 17) let Lynne know as well.

**Available Now**

These bumper stickers are available. UCV is selling them for $5.00 each. The proceeds (after cost) will go to UCV's General Fund. Thank you Sherian for finding these and getting them ordered. If anyone has a suggestion for fund raising please let us know. Be sure and talk to Sherian and see if it's a possibility. Be aware that if you suggest it, you will need to spearhead and organize the marketing. Deb Hudson is available to help with getting the word out.

2023 Church Council

Sherian Spencer


Rick Hayden

Vice Moderator

Darcie Dunlop


Lynne Bradley


Keira Eddy


Rev. Jen Zechlin

Christian Education

Sandy Selby

Congregational Life

Lorian Dunlop


All services will be live and on Zoom beginning at 10am every Sunday. The live service will be recorded and available on the UCV website, Facebook and YouTube later in the day.
 Need Space for your Recovery Meeting?

3 Sizes of Rooms Available·     

3 Sizes of Rooms Available
  •  Room A: up to 6 people (top)
  •  Library: 7 – 15 people (middle)
  •  Sanctuary: 16 – 50 people (bottom)

Storage available for Recovery brochures and supplies (limited)

Coffee Pot and supplies available for use in Kitchen

TV screens available in Library and Sanctuary for presentations

Donations (please contact us for pricing):

**½ off first month’s cost while you establish your meeting
(During Covid we ask that all CDC guidelines are followed regarding masks, cleaning and chair spacing)

Who We Are… United Church of the Valley is a small United Church of Christ / Disciples of Christ located in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley. No matter where you are on your journey, you are welcome here.
United church of the valley
41685 Date Street, Suite 100
Murrieta, CA 92562
Website: ucvchurch.org
Phone: 951.698.1520
T'ai Chi with Paul Dallas

Decorating our Sanctuary on November 26th

We will decorate the sanctuary for advent right after the Sunday service on November 26th, so please plan to join us. We want to be festive during this holiday season.

Bringing our tithes and offerings to God is an important spiritual practice that cultivates gratitude and generosity. While we cannot physically pass the offering plate, we can continue to bring our gifts to God through online or mail-in donations. 
To send a check, please use:
United Church of the Valley
P.O. Box 1312
Murrieta, CA 92564

Or donate online:



(3.5% fee)

Venmo: @ucvchurch (free)

Please email any joys & concerns you would like read aloud to Sherian Spencer at sherianspencer@gmail.com. You can also send confidential prayer requests. Just indicate as such and let Sandy know if you want it shared with any of the other spiritual counselors.
Submit Prayer Request
You can find our Sermons, past and present, on our YouTube channel (click the video) as well as our website (click the button).
Sermons on our Website
Congregational Care

Prayers and Concerns for:

  • Rocio's mother
  • William Martinez will be having surgery to his ears on Nov. 14th.
  • Helen's family
  • Donna's friend Mary Jane
  • Edna
  • Fred's wife Ceci
  • Kristi and her family
  • Helen's sisters as they travel to Europe
  • Sandy Selby


  • Laurie and Donna won ribbons for their quilts that they entered at the SoCal Fair in Perris

Southern Ca. Conference News:

Southern Association held their Fall meeting in Oct. There was a speaker and business meeting. The budget for next year was passed. Donna was our representative to this meeting.

Last month some of our church family attended The Fall Fun For All. There was the weekend family camp. Donna was up for this. Then on Saturday there was a work camp. Donna participated in the activity. She helped clear out the Health Center so it can be renovated to make it handicap assessable. There was also Apple Pie Day. The Martinez family, Lee and Kaira, and Laurie were there for a relaxing day in the mountains and the great lunch. There was a fund raiser to help with the repairs needed to the roofs. Around $800 was raised. It is a start toward this big project.  

Watch for information about Junior and Senior High winter camps that will be held in Jan. and/or Feb.

November Birthdays

  • Helen Marx-Ortega - 7th
  • Mollie Halverson-Cano - 12th
  • Ruth Sharp - 15th
  • Sean Barnett - 17th
  • Veronica Stroyer - 18th
  • Keira Eddy - 23rd
  • Kathryn Barnett - 28th
  • Sherry Turner - 30th
Online Fellowship at UCV
Services will be live and on Zoom at 10am on Sundays. The live service will be recorded and available on the UCV website, Facebook and YouTube later in the day.

Even fellowship can be online, thanks to the innovative minds at Zoom! Join us for Sunday Service live and on zoom beginning at 10am. UCV has its own Zoom meeting room at https://zoom.us/j/9516981520

You can join from your Zoom app using meeting number 9516981520 

Or you can join by phone:

One tap mobile

+16699006833,9516981520# US (San Jose)

or dial 


and then enter 


You can start your own online fellowship, too! Just email Sandy Selby at moderator@ucvchurch.org to get on the meeting schedule. 

Sunday Service - Live and on Zoom, 10AM

Book Club - We are meeting online every Sunday at 9am Zoom Meeting Room

UCV Council Meeting - 1st Sunday of the month 11:15am Zoom Meeting Room

AA Meeting - Every Monday 7pm

Women's Al-Anon Meeting - Every Wednesday 5:30pm

Men's AA Meeting - Every Wednesday 7pm

OA - 12 Step Program - Thursday 6:30pm - 7:30pm

A Big Book Study - Every Friday 7pm

C.O.D.A.Meeting - Every Sunday 5:30pm (Currently still on Zoom)

The Community House is located at

41685 Date Street, Murrieta 92562

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United Church of the Valley is a Partnership Church
United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ
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41685 Date St. Murrieta

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