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UNITED CHURCH
of the VALLEY

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A PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

We stand in solidarity with all of our friends and family members who may be susceptible to the current public health concerns and have elected to modify our Sunday Services using the Zoom platform. You can also view past Sunday services by clicking on the button below.   

Please reach out to the church if you have any concerns or needs by calling 951.698.1520 or emailing admin@ucvchurch.org. For information on our plan for resuming in-person Sunday services, please click here. Thank you and everyone please take care of yourselves.

UNITED CHURCH OF THE VALLEY

OUR MISSION

There’s a fresh wind blowing in the Murrieta/Temecula Valley. It is the wind of openness and inclusiveness, the fresh breeze of a community built upon an affirmation approach to life which respects the customs and integrity of all persons. This fresh wind is called United Church of the Valley. This church comes from a tradition of calling and gathering God’s people to respond to the world with new eyes and new hearts. It is a church of vision and involvement. We unashamedly work hand in hand with our God to dismantle the fences which have been erected between people. We follow God’s vision of a just world where all will live peacefully, growing in their concern for each other.

Looking for Your Input

As you can see this Sunday, April 11, Jennifer Zechlin will be sharing the message. Since she is in Mississippi, worship for all will be on ZOOM. Plans for the remainder of April (and beyond) are still in flux, so it will be important to check Moderator Monday and Thursday Thoughts for the latest information. (or feel free to contact Deb Hudson at admin@ucvchurch.org)

It is really important to us to get your feedback about what works best for you and your family. Could you please take a minute to respond to Lynne (lbradley93168@gmail.com) with answers to the following questions:

1) If you attended Easter service on Zoom, how can we make it better for you?

2) If you attended Easter service at church, what can we do to make it better?

3) Right now, are you more likely to worship on zoom or in person?

4) If worship began at 9:00 or 9:30am, would you be able to attend?
(for those meeting in person, the sun was already pretty hot at 10am)

PLEASE take just a couple of minutes to respond! We want your input.

Lynne Bradley

The Difficult Question

We now have a place where difficult and uncomfortable questions can be asked. Where the questions, opinions, ideas, suggestions, "answers" will not be judged right or wrong. The only “Rule” would be that all discussions be done in love, with compassion and without judgement. This will be a safe place for those seeking input, insight and discussion on perhaps awkward and/or difficult questions. Please contact Deb Hudson if you have any questions about the group. Tuesdays 6pm - 7pm

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.
~~Richard P. Feynman~~

Look below to see what people are saying.

“In so many groups there is an agenda or parameters for the discussion. The Difficult Questions group is one of a kind specifically designed for open and free discussion of any topic of concern to a participant. The only requirement is that each person’s opinions be treated with respect. It is a great relief to me to be able to express myself freely and to receive caring and thoughtful responses. I look forward each week to enriching my life as I interact with the other group members." ...Joan Thompson

"I have been participating in The Difficult Questions group since its inception and am so grateful for its creation. The thing I love most about it is the sense of community it fosters. In order for true community to happen trust, intimacy, and vulnerability must be present but those are often scary things in this crazy world of ours. The Difficult Questions group creates a safe place to question, discuss, and listen and as a result connections are made with participants in a deep yet organic way that defy much of what the world has to offer these days. I believe it is these connections that bring healing and allow us to minister to one another in more authentic and effective ways, even if it’s just sitting with each other’s questions." ...Jen Zechlin

"The Difficult Questions group has been such a lovely addition to my life. My friend invited me and I was not certain how I would be received because I am not an attendee at UCV, though I have visited a couple of times. What I found with this group of remarkable women is safety. I am currently de/reconstructing a lot of what I have thought to be true about faith and community and Church. The discussions we have allow for a freedom that is not found in many "churchy" circles, even those with the best of intentions. The questions raised are challenging and thoughtful and honest. Questions are welcomed, challenging what is is welcomed, embracing a different perspective is welcomed. There is room for the unknown and the mystery of our lives in this space. In a world that often demands that we choose or know with absolute confidence...this freedom of unknowing is an unexpected gift!" ...Nerni Miller

UCV Church Directory Request

Our very own Deb Hudson is working on an update for the UCV Church Directory. If you would be so kind as to help her out by clicking on the button below and filling out the short form and then hitting send. Thank you for helping, this will be ever so helpful to us all.

H8 Crimes

We, the members of the United Church of the Valley, stand against racism, discrimination, and bigotry in any form. According to Stop AAPI Hate, there were approximately 2,800 acts of hate and bias targeting Asian Americans since the national emergence of COVID-19 in March 2020. The acts of hate are not limited to Asian Americans of one particular ethnicity. An 84-year-old Thai grandfather was fatally attacked while on his morning walk in San Francisco. A 91-year-old Chinese man was attacked in Oakland.

Latest Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter is a great way to stay current with the happenings at the United Church of the Valley. You'll have a calendar of events, when the Sunday service will be and how to access it via Zoom, who may need a bit of prayer, and what is available in our boutique.

How We Minister

At United Church of the Valley we don't utilize a full time minister, but rather a rotating group of ministers who are creative thinkers. During the course of a month you might see the Rev. Sharon Graff, Rev. Stephanie Toon, Lee Eddy, Sandy Selby or Darcie Dunlop behind the pulpit. We enjoy a different approach as seen through a different pair of eyes each week. Not only does it keep us on our toes, but it keeps our minds fresh and open to new ideas and a new way of seeing that, which we have looked at the same way for years.

April 18th we will hold Sunday service at 9am live in the parking lot in front of our church building. We will also be live on zoom.
Our address is 41685 Date St. in Murrieta

April 18th - Rev. Stephanie Toon

Stephanie was a United Methodist minister for 18 years serving churches in Dallas, Costa Mesa, Orange and Murrieta. Her passion in ministry is social justice. She has gone on over 30 mission trips in her life. Her current ministry is teaching history at a Title 1 high school in Perris. Stephanie is married to Adriana and has two young children, Lily & Lincoln.

A new service is available every Sunday morning

A Look Back at the Prayers & Squares Ministry 2020

"Celebrating first half-year of UCV Prayers and Squares Chapter 1295, our outreach comfort-quilt ministry!"

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UCV Birthday Bank - a Timeless Tradition

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.

"The reason we love United Church of the Valley is because it Unites us as a family, it's a Church of love and happiness, it is Very spiritual and teaches us of Christianity and reminds us that 'God is still speaking.' And EVERYONE is welcome!"

The Martinez-Llamas Family

Welcome to United Church of the Valley.  Please, pull up a chair. Plop down for a while. There's good company here.  This is where we gather to ponder life's little moments; the things we often consider:  how we tend our gardens, both inside and out; how we live; how we love.

 

We spend moments each day considering that which matters most, often here on the homefront, but we also keep an eye on the wide world beyond.  We're intent on making each day a little more thoughtful, a little more prayerful, a little more sprinkled with everyday grace and kindness.
 
Pull up a chair.  You are welcome here.  We are inspired by the simple but friendly act of pulling out a chair and offering it to our friend, family member, or neighbor, a universal sign of hospitality.  We are friendly people. That's one of the first things visitors learn about us, and what will stick with them after they leave.  We love our church and want everyone else to, too!
 
In short, UCV isn't like most churches - we're proudly just a little bit different.  We are a congregation as unique as you.  Not only that, UCV'ers embrace what makes us each different.  So, what are you waiting for?
 
Pull up a chair. You are welcome here.
Sherian Spencer

Photographs and Memories

Contact Us

41685 Date St., ste 100
Murrieta, CA 92562
951-698-1520
admin@ucvchurch.org

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Sunday Service

10AM

UCV Worship

UCV Fellowship

Please use password 9516981520 to access the fellowship

Fellowship is on Sundays at 11am

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