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


A Progressive Christian Community
A Just Peace Congregation

September 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 September

Sept. 4th - Dr. Sharon Graff

Sept. 11th - Rev. Jennifer Zechlin

Sept. 18th - Rev. Stephanie Toon

Sept. 25th - Darcie Dunlop 

Sherian Spencer

Moderator


Trying to Take the High Road


I am part of the Temecula Rises FB group. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the 412 Church and the rhetoric the pastor has been eliciting. He seems determined to create division and animosity, not unlike many alt-righters these days. Not only has he targeted one of our own, but essentially anyone else that wants to encourage inclusiveness and unity. He can be very intimidating and isn’t afraid to bully those he deems “less than”.


I realized I was falling into the abyss of negativity and contributing to the darkness both on the Temecula Rises FB page but also

in my personal life.


Society puts a lot of pressure on us to “take the high road” when someone wrongs us. We’re suppose to turn the other cheek, tell them we’re not going to retaliate because we are better than them and just go about our daily lives without them in the picture. But I’m going to be very honest here… sometimes the high road is at the top of Mount Everest and difficult to get to.


But for those who take the high road it doesn’t mean forgiving the other person, nor does it mean keeping them in the picture. What it means is not retaliating and that’s a difference many people don’t understand. In most situations, taking the high road is commendable and will actually make things better for you. It’s a classy way to handle a tough situation.


When you’re dealing with people who actively hurt your or did something insane to try to control you, taking that high road is basically putting yourself and others at risk for their bad behavior. The high road only works if the other person you are dealing with has morals and ethics that match yours. Some people need consequences to learn a lesson and taking the high road removes these consequences. People often need to feel like they are the good one even when they know what they did was

wrong. They need “positive press” or at least silence to keep living their lives in their own way.


I have often wondered how 412 looks in the mirror every morning. I am fully aware, like me, he thinks what he does is both

justified and “right”. Narcissists want the world to revolve around their false pretense they believe to have.


Revenge may give me a blessed moment of relief, but it comes at the cost of spoiling my own reputation. I become the bully I hate – damaging my own dignity, breaking my own trust, and ultimately moving me farther away from who I want to become and a little closer to who I despise. The question is, do I you want to be a person who uses revenge to incite fear, or a person of genuine kindness who inspires grace and brings about peace? (That being said, don’t get me started on the societal norm of

the roles and behavior of women.)


The truth is, someone who resorts to immature expressions of anger in public spaces will eventually ruin their own reputation

just fine, without any of my help. No need for me to get tangled up in that craziness.


I’d love to say that by taking the high road, the fight just ends. Sometimes it does. Sometimes people give up, get bored or

move on. And sometimes they amp up their attacks or just plain don’t get over it. The fight goes on with them and within

them. But it stops with me. I always have a choice whether to participate in the battle.


“How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.” ~ Unknown


I feel I should show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character but as a reflection of

mine.


The most important lesson I learned in the past year is don’t let anyone turn you cruel. No matter how badly I wanna give the world a taste of its own bitter medicine; it’s never worth losing myself over.


Each of us gets a fresh start everyday to be a better person than we were yesterday. It’s up to me if I am going to take that chance.


Never sacrifice your class to get even with someone who has none. Let them have the gutter.

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 September Worship Services

While I don’t know for sure what the messages will be this month, I do know we have some holidays and anniversaries to commemorate. Labor Day is always a time to consider justice issues. I love the less-than-familiar musical, Working, based on a book of the same name written by Studs Terkell. Terkell interviewed working people from all walks of life to listen to their stories. One story I particularly like was of a migrant grape picker who works hard but dreams that “un major dia vendrá cuando Diós a los pobres un lugar dará”—a better day will come—when God will give the poor people a place. I think implied in the word lugar is “a place of respect, dignity, acceptance and inclusion.” That’s justice and we need to continue to work toward it. One other thought for labor day: it seems we are defined too much by our job. Have you noticed that when we meet someone for the first time, one of our first question is “what do you do?” I am definitely guilty. I’m trying to think of other questions to ask and I must confess it is difficult to come up with questions that define a person not by their work but by their passions. I’d love to hear your “getting to know you” questions. I need help!

 

The second Sunday of the month falls on the 21st anniversary of 9/11. I wonder what we have learned in those twenty-one years. Another, happier, anniversary is the 29th anniversary of UCV! We’ll be celebrating that milestone on September 25!

 

We still need people to sign up for the important weekly jobs of set up, greeting and lay leaders during the month of September. If you can help, look for the clip board at the front table on Sundays or email Deb Hudson or Lynne Bradley


Blessing of the Backpacks       

Each year our amazing little church collects backpacks and school supplies to be donated to Walden Family Services to help ready foster children prepare for the new school year. This is we are excited to be able to donate over a dozen backpacks despite the increase in costs of supplies.

Thank you to Keira, Karen and Kathryn as they have so graciously taken time again this year to shop and outfit the backpacks that were collected. Also thank you to each of you who supported our goal either financially or with supply donation.

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

Excellent Harvest on the Model Farm

A year ago, workers on JustHope's Model Farm planted four manzanas (hectares) of yuca, also known as cassava. Now the crop has been harvested and the crop sold for a profit which will be benefit the Chacraseca community.


The harvest was handled over the course of several days by the company that purchased the crop. The workers dug up the edible root, cut off the stalk (which can be replanted), and collected the roots to be sold. The total harvest brought in about over $2100, which is an excellent yield.


In addition to the contracted harvesters, the Farm's two regular laborers and eight other workers collected and prepared the stalks for replanting for a new crop. With such good success this year, we'll replant the same variety ("Productiva") for next year.


Our partners in Chacraseca have pointed to several urgent needs that families in the community are experiencing. Which projects the Farm profits support is still to be determined.

Join us! "Beloved Community" UCV Art Gallery

Volunteers Needed

"But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends…it is agape which is understanding goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization."

from “The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation's Chief Moral Dilemma,” Martin Luther King, Jr. 1957


UCV will be hosting an Art Gallery Exhibition this coming January with inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of "Beloved Community." We will partner with local artists and community organizations to submit works for display in our sanctuary and Community House, and host a Gallery Opening on MLK, Jr. Day, January 16th, 2023. Volunteers are needed to organize the event, advertise to our local community, reach out to local artists and community organizations to participate, and work on the day of the event. 


We have a long list of ways to be a part of the fun, so please join us by volunteering! We need you. Contact Keira Eddy at treasurer@ucvchurch.org or come and find me Sundays at church.


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.
Music

During the month of September choir will continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 to learn a simple song to sing during worship. Everyone is welcome to join us! Also, a big thank you to Charles Barzon for stepping in on Sunday’s when Pei-Ying wasn’t here. We look forward to Charles’ continuing participation. We really appreciate your beautiful music and your willingness to share it with us!

Landscaping Committee Update

You may have seen the flagstones leading to the Peace Pole, giving an idea of where they will be placed, so progress is being made. However, for the sake of the volunteers and the plants, we are on hold with further installation and planting until October, when the heat lets up. 


We are still in search of:

  • A turf installation company willing to come out for our small job.
  • Volunteer(s) who can transition the irrigation risers to drip system 

If you can help with either of these, please contact Keira at treasurer@ucvchurch.org or come and find me Sundays at church. Thank you!


Edna is working on a Christmas quilt to be raffled off early December. It could be yours !

 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:

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:

PayPal: 

admin@ucvchurch.org 

(3.5% fee)

Venmo: @ucvchurch (free)



UCV Birthday Bank

September 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?


September Birthdays

  • John Preble - 5th
  • Marie Orillion - 12th
  • Danielle turner - 12th
  • Allison Wolfe - 18th
  • Lorian Dunlop - 20th
  • Sherian Spencer - 20th
  • Celeste Preble - 21st
  • Karen Banks - 22nd
  • Carol Wyatt - 24th
  • Andrew Wolfe - 28th
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

Finally, some good news from Chacraseca! This article in JustHope’s recent newsletter talks about a new crop of Yuca planted in the Model Farm supported by JustHope. I can personally attest that yuca is delicious! It is a root with a very hard shell and the good stuff inside tastes a lot like white potatoes except even better, at least when the cooks at the Peace House prepare it. We’ve been served mashed potato-like yuka and even French fried yuca. It is yummy! So, here’s the article from JustHope:

 

A year ago, workers on JustHope's Model Farm planted four manzanas(hectares) of yuca, also known as cassava. Now the crop has been harvested and the crop sold for a profit which will be benefit the Chacraseca community.

The harvest was handled over the course of several days by the company that purchased the crop. The workers dug up the edible root, cut off the stalk (which can be replanted), and collected the roots to be sold. The total harvest brought in about over $2100, which is an excellent yield.

In addition to the contracted harvesters, the Farm's two regular laborers and eight other workers collected and prepared the stalks for replanting for a new crop. With such good success this year, we'll replant the same variety ("Productiva") for next year.

Our partners in Chacraseca have pointed to several urgent needs that families in the community are experiencing. Which projects the Farm profits support is still to be determined.


Fast Facts:

  • Yuca is a woody shrub grown in tropical regions for its large, edible roots. It is drought-tolerant and can be grown in marginal soil.
  • In addition to boiling the root (a bit like a potato), it can be processed into other forms such as flour and tapioca.
  • A hectare is a unit of land area roughly equal to two American football fields. So the entire planting of yuca at the Model Farm would cover eight football fields.
**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

Prayers and concerns for:

  • Prayers for the Farr-Toon family as grandpa Neil continues battling cancer. He is between treatments at the middle of August.
  • William Martinez has started preschool.
  • Edna is over her COVID...Yay!
  • Prayers for little Russell. He is the grandson of Donna's friend Susan. He is once again undergoing chemo.
  • Phoebe is moving to Laguna Beach where she will start college.
  • A good time was had by all who attended Rose and Ruth's 21st birthday party.
  • Continued prayers for Steve.
  • Donna' nephew Eddie is recovering from triple by pass surgery. He received a good report on his follow up check-up.
  • Thank you for all those who donated to the back pack drive for the foster children.
  • We are continuing to collect packages of socks to donate to people who are served by the food bank. We also have a food bank box to collect donations for the food bank. It is on the organ.
  • We also will be celebrating September Birthdays on the last Sunday in September. There is a birthday bank that will be placed on the organ every Sunday.
  • For Sandy and husband Paul who should be home from the hospital by now.

Pilgrim Pines News

Pilgrim Pines News --There were to be 4 weeks of camp. During week 2 several people tested positive at the mid-week check so camp was closed down. Camp was cleaned during week 3 and all participants that had to leave camp were able to attend week 4. Everyone had a great time.


Upcoming events at the Pines. Family Camp week-end of Oct. 7-9. Apple Pie Day is Oct. 8th.


Looking for a close get away vacation? There is The Cottage for rent at Pilgrim Pines. It is a self-contained 3 bedroom camp in the woods in the San Bernardino mountains.


 Pilgrim Pines is in the town of Oak Glen which is right above the town of Beaumont. Any questions about camp contact Donna Richards at 951-217-0735 or go to the camp web site at pilgrimpinescamp.org for information about the camp.

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 
+1-669-900-6833
and then enter 
9516981520# 

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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