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

A Progressive Christian Community
A Just Peace Congregation

October 2022

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.

Behind the Pulpit in October

Oct. 2nd - Dr. Sharon Graff

Oct. 9th - Rev. Jennifer Zechlin

Oct. 16th - Rev. Stephanie Toon

Oct.. 23rd - Darcie Dunlop 

Oct. 30th - Rev. Jennifer Zechlin

Sherian Spencer



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.


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.

Our October Worship Services

October 3 is World Wide Communion Sunday. Not all Christian churches celebrate the Eucharist every week as we do here at the United Church of the Valley, but this one day of the year, we know that churches around the globe are participating in this sacred ritual. The thought that churches from widely divergent cultures, geographical areas, and religious dogmas are sharing bread and wine seems like a powerful example in our divided world. At the end of the month, Rev. Jen has some thoughts about Halloween to share. I’m not sure if they are spooky or not—I guess you’ll have to come and find out! Last year, we had an offrenda as we remembered beloved friends and family who have passed away. The Mexican and Hispanic tradition of Day of the Dead reminds us that the dead live on in our memories. We will again have an offrenda at church on Oct. 30. Please bring photos and/or artifacts of your beloved family and/or friends who you want to remember. I think Day of the Dead also reminds us that those saints who have departed from this life are with us around the communion table each week. Indeed, each week as we take communion, Jesus lives anew as we remember him through the act of a communal meal and as we strive to follow his teachings

Your 2022 Church Council
Sherian Spencer - Moderator
Rick Hayden - Vice Moderator
Darcie Dunlop - Clerk
Keira Eddy - Treasurer
Lynne Bradley - Worship
Open - Outreach

Rev. Jen Zechlin
Christian Education
Sherian Spencer -
Congregational Life
Lorian Dunlop - Member-at-Large
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.

We’re so fortunate to have such fine and dedicated musicians leading our worship. We’re glad Pei-Ying is back with us. We are grateful to Charles Barzon and Lorian Dunlop for their beautiful and sensitive music. And it’s always great when our choir can sing. We’ve had a flexible schedule during summer and early fall, but Christmas is coming so I’m looking forward to a more regular schedule as we move toward Christmas. And, speaking of Advent and Christmas, there will definitely be lots of music to share. Watch for more information by the end of this month.

Christmas Raffle for a Beautiful Quilt is Underway


Prayers & Squares

Drawing Date – Dec. 4th need not be present to win

Christmas Quilt

Funds go to UCV General fund

Contact: Edna 909-518-9978


Donation $10, 3 for $25

 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


Room A - $15 / week based on one meeting per week

Library - $20 / week based on one meeting per week

Sanctuary - $25 / week based on one meeting per week
**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
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)

UCV Birthday Bank

October Birthdays

The Birthday Bank has been a tradition at the United Church of the Valley for many a year. When your birthday comes around you get to put $1 for every year into the birthday bank (the $1 per year is only a suggestion). Of course we would love to celebrate with you during our social after the Sunday Service, we'll even provide the cake. Is your name on this list?

October Birthdays

  • Johanna Marx -1st
  • Jeff MacLean - 3rd
  • Kate McGrath - 4th
  • Larry Elwood - 6th
  • Anne Grim - 6th
  • Bev Perkins - 9th
  • Steve Falgout - 11th
  • Corina Wolfe - 16th
  • Nita MacLean - 18th
Donation Options
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.
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
News from Nicaragua

There is no specific news from our partners in Chacraseca. The political news from Nicaragua continues to be pretty bleak and disturbing. We certainly need to continue to keep them in our prayers!

**Hey friends! This is our little church in the Temecula Valley. In order to get our own YouTube URL we need 100 subscribers so we're asking all our friends to go and find the subscribe button and hit it! Thanks for the help. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVD-CRp3cQMe4LmvekM4GyQ
Congregational Care


  • The return of Irene and Rocio and family.
  • Sandy's husband Paul is doing good after his back surgery. He will be starting Physical Therapy soon.
  • We at UCV celebrated our 29th birthday on September 26th. We sang Happy Birthday and had cake after the service.
  • Starting in November we will bring back the out to lunch bunch. We will go to a different restaurant each week after the church service. All all welcome to be part of this group.
  • Thank you to Ruth and Sherian for wrapping the candy tubes. We now will need to fill the pre-wrapped tube with candy and then finish tying them and then return them to the church by Nov. 20th. The tubes will be given out just before Christmas at the food bank in Murrieta.

Look for the following activities in this newsletter:                

Our book study continues to meet on Sunday at 8 am via zoom.  

Please join us for game night at the church on Oct. 1st.  

Also the Annual Pumpkin Glow on Oct. 30th.


Prayers for the following:

  • Lynnie
  • Steve
  • Jennifer

Pilgrim Pines News

Pilgrim Pines now has its own Board to run the camp after an all conference zoom meeting on Sept. 24th. The camp has been under the same board as the SCNC for many years. We are still with the conference. Tracy Brown will be our new Executive Director starting January 1, 2023. We want to thank Connie Clark who has been Camp director for the last 6 years.

Fall Fun for All Intergenerational Pod Camp and Apple Pie Day

Join us on the mountain for this fun event with some of Pilgrim Pine's favorite camp traditions and activates. Enjoy outdoor crafts, games, conversations, workshops, hikes, and other fun and meaningful activities with your pod. You have the option to come up for the weekend or just join us for lunch, apple pie, and some fun activities on Apple Pie Day! Camp will be following their Covid-19 protocols and guidelines to make sure everyone is safe.  

Intergenerational Weekend Retreat is Oct. 8-9th with check in at 9am on Saturday Oct, 8th and check out time at 11am on Sunday Oct. 9th. Registration is $135 for adults, $115 for Children, and kids under 3 are FREE. Up to 75% Camperships: based on need and availability (for Weekend retreat ONLY).

Apple Pie Day is October 8th starting is 9:30am--5:30pm. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children, and FREE for kids under 3. 

Register online at pilgrimpinescamp.org  

Then go to events. Registration closes October 2,2022. Also look for sample schedule.  

Call Donna at 951-217-0735 for more information. We can car pool from my house since I am the farthest one north of the church except for those in Hemet.  Camp is in Oak Glen above Beaumont.

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
Voices of the Valley Youth Choir - SUSPENDED until further notice
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
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
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41685 Date St. Murrieta

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