of the VALLEY

41685 Date St., ste. 100
Murrieta, CA 92562
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1312
Murrieta, CA. 92564

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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 meeting in person and on Zoom. You can also view past Sunday services by clicking on the button below.   

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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.

Mission Statement

We are an inclusive, accessible and affirming community practicing Jesus' radical love.  We follow God's vision of a Just World where all live peacefully and in response we pursue the liberation of all living things from injustice and oppression.

Vision Statement

To be a vibrant, accessible to all, sanctuary where progressive, intergenerational Christians can come home. To create and nurture an inclusive community reimagining Jesus' message to the world and its people through justice and peace.

Shalom (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם šālōm; also spelled as sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.


Salam (Arabic: سلام, salām), sometimes spelled salaam, is an Arabic word that literally means "peace", but is also used as a general greeting, above all in Arab countries and by the Muslim countries around the world in general.

Peace Saying

How We Minister

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. Fred Schaeffer, 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 14th - Helen Ortega

Helen Ortega’s spiritual journey started in a small Roman Catholic parish in Joshua Tree, CA.  Upon graduating USC’s Film School, Helen did a year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working with mothers and children in New York City. She holds a  Graduate Certificate from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. After becoming a mother, she found it impossible to raise her daughters in the Roman Catholic church since they don’t ordain women and the news of the abuse scandals. She has attended Lutheran, Episcopal,and UCC churches where Helen has been an active participant in choirs, youth ministry, & worship teams. Outside of church, she does home improvement with her wife Tricia, and works as a Real Estate Agent and substitute teacher. Helen has been attending UCV since 2016 while looking for a welcoming church during her coming out process.


Much Fruit, by Helen Lee Ortega

Reflection on John 15:1-8 Jesus the Vine

On April 28th, I’ve been asked to participate in a Pacific Islander, Asian American pulpit exchange.  We drew “lots” and I’m to be sent to Los Angeles Filipino-American UCC in Eagle Rock,  California.  I am to share my Asian American heritage, being born of a South Korean mother. I am encouraged to bring literal fruit from my childhood. I’m also to bring a feeling of our congregation here at UCV, a taste of what we’re about. 

My message will be about how my mother, and father, cultivated an amazing garden- fruits, vegetables, grass, flowers, and trees- in the desert of Joshua Tree. Their oasis took time, money, resources, sweat, and patience. I will also share how my mother and brother faced racism in our small town, and how that informed my attitude and acceptance of the LGBTQIA community. 

There is a difficult part of the biblical passage that talks about  “Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”  

I’m excited for the opportunity to explore a challenging text through the lens of my identity as a bi-racial person and a member of the LGTBQIA community.   In preparation for the  cultural exchange, UCV has offered for me to share my message with you this coming Sunday, 4/14. 

A new service is available every Sunday morning

New Designations Coming in 2024

Just Peace

A couple of years ago, UCV agreed that we wanted to go through the process of being able to be designated as a “Just Peace” church. The process is somewhat similar to 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

Accessible 2 All

Accessibility to All (A2A) is about becoming attitudinally welcoming to people with disabilities and mental health issues as well as working to make our buildings physically and programmatically accessible to persons with disability. There is a process involved outlined by UCC that we will work through to acquire this designation.

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P.O, Box 1312
Murrieta, CA 92564

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Murrieta, CA. 92562

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