Back BC (before Covid) our church went through a really challenging time of transition. We were working through serious personnel changes and trying to make sound financial decisions about whether or not to purchase the building we now use. There were a lot of big feelings (both difficult and exciting) by people on all sides and I honestly wasn’t sure our “Little Church that Could” was going to weather the storm.
We frequently hear of stories about famous people prevailing against all odds while on the road to living their best life: Michael Jordan was actually cut from his High School basketball team; Actress Tiffany Hadish was living in her car before she was “discovered”; Michael Oher was 1 of 13 kids in Tennessee and lived in foster care and on the streets for years before he became an NFL player and had the movie “Blind Side” made about his life.
There are “ordinary” people that have faced down Goliath size obstacles and still accomplished truly life changing things. Katrina Rosenblatt was a victim of Human Trafficking, survived a murder attempt, and lived in crushing poverty. However, she went on to achieve a law degree and a PhD. She was the first and only known US Survivor of Sex Trafficking to be included in the National Center for Civil & Human Rights Museum in Atlanta. And Andrew Bridge was a foster youth housed at the infamous MacLaren Children’s Center in LA that was criticized for its harsh treatment of kids and eventually closed by the court. He went on to Harvard Law and even cancer couldn’t stop him. He is now a NY Times Best Selling author, attorney, and Executive Director of the CA based Alliance For Children’s Rights.
ONWARD!!! must have been a word all these people held near and dear to their hearts. As each fought monumental odds, I feel sure they knew they were here to achieve miracles and kept on “keeping on”.
Now is UCV’s time for ONWARD!!! As more and more conservatives are pressing their agendas in the Temecula Valley (and getting louder and louder trying to do it), our church is a voice for the progressive ideas that are so very needed. Without our church, I feel as if this entire geographical area is destined to be exclusive (and not in the good sense) and prejudiced against ANYONE that does not fall into the Privileged White Conservative faction. (Just this week at the Temecula City Council meeting there was one board member trying to push through a statute declaring Temecula an Abortion Free City and people from 412 were right there pushing the shared ideology.) Our valley NEEDS us!!! The FaceBook Group Temecula Rises also had a large showing to protest the Councilwoman’s scheme. This woman is also the CEO of Birth Choice, which is a pro-birth assistance center here in town. Can you say conflict of interest?!?!
So yes, this valley needs us and to be more than a little self-serving, I need our church!! Soon we will be starting our yearly Pledge Drive for next year’s budget. Please, please consider submitting a weekly pledge (Venmo is a great way to make it convenient) or if possible, increasing your already standing commitment. Right after the turmoil our church was in BC, Lee was Council Moderator, and he wrote a fantastic open letter to the congregation talking about “A Way Forward”. Now we are searching for A Way ONWARD!!
Temecula Valley has such a significant need for people that are more open minded and wanting to see positive changes come out of the political rhetoric we so often are subjected to.
THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE for all that you do to support our amazing church! You are appreciated and loved, always know that.