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  • The POVUCC Board of Ministries will be launching (as one of this year's mission projects) an exciting recycling campaign at church that will help us expand our efforts to be good stewards of our planet's resources. We haven't yet finalized exactly what the campaign will look like and would love your input! All church members and friends who are committed to helping SAVE OUR PLANET are invited to join us for a low-key meetup (part social, part business) on Thursday, June 28th, starting around 6:30 pm at which we will exchange ideas, set a couple priorities for this year's efforts, share food and enjoy a sunset on Mission Bay. There have already been some terrific ideas tossed around and surely there are more! Let's get together to talk, eat and have fun! The meetup will be potluck style, BYOP (bring your own plate, cutlery, cup), bring a chair and also bring a dish to share. Directions: Take the Clairemont Drive exit off Hwy 5 and turn right at visitor's center. Continue past the boat launch. We will gather in the picnic area just north of the boat launch (ample parking available in the lot north of the boat launch). Be part of THE MOVEMENT to help our church SAVE OUR PLANET!! RSVP to Julie Lin at or to Denise Jenkins at Hope to see you there!

  • If you are interested in joining the Visiting Team to our Sister Church in Kyoto, Japan this Fall, the proposed itinerary is available! Besides the opportunity to visit with our sister Heian Church and Doshisha University, this will include touring the beautiful cities of Kyoto, Nara, possibly Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakone (Mt. Fuji), and Tokyo. This trip begins Wednesday, November 7, and returns Sunday, November 18. If we have at least 10 travelers, the approximate price is $4100/person (depending on availability), with the first deposit due on July 9. Please see Susan Namba or Pastor Yoshi Kaneda for a copy of the itinerary, and to express your interest in the trip. For all who are interested, there will be an informational meeting on Sunday, July 1st at 11:30 am at church with our travel agent, Akiko Osawa from IACE Travel.

  • If you would like to help with nursery or Sunday school during the summer, please sign up on the bulletin board or contact Yuri Kaneda at We will meet on June 3 during lunch for a brief training and curriculum review. You must be Safe Church trained to volunteer.

  • Please join us today in planting the seeds needed to grow and sustain our denomination by making a gift to special mission offering, Strengthen the Church (STC). This offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. Your giving is, as always, voluntary. Thank you for your kindness.

  • On May 27, as part of Pastor Mary’s Sue’s final Sunday before sabbatical, our guest worship leader will be Phil Porter. Phil is a co-founder of InterPlay, an organization that is “committed to fostering ease, creativity and community through the integration of body, mind, spirit, and heart.”Phil also serves as Minister of Art and Communication at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (UCC). His musical compositions are included in several denominational hymnbooks in the United States and Australia. When Pastor Mary Sue began imagining a sabbatical theme of “Faith in Motion,” she thought immediately of the powerful work of InterPlay and the leadership of Phil Porter. What a joy it is to welcome him to POVUCC!


    After worship, join us as we wish Pastor Mary Sue “Buen Viaje” with a POVUCC potluck lunch! If you are able, please bring a dish to share for our special time of fellowship next Sunday after worship. If you are not a cook, we also need help with set up and clean up. Please sign up on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board. Pastor Mary Sue, Godspeed & blessings to you!

  • While Pastor is on sabbatical experiencing her spiritual renewal and rediscovering her joy in dance, our congregation will explore another form of spiritual movement with weekly tai chi classes. Sifu Mario Mayorga, head instructor of 5 Elements Martial Arts and Wellness Center, will instruct us in the noncompetitive, dance-like form of tai chi, which involves gentle stretching and exercise with mindfulness. Beneficial to all ages, it promotes fitness, flexibility and balance, and can relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Our beautiful inspirational ocean vista Point will be an excellent venue for this class, which will be offered free of charge to our congregation. Classes begin on June 24th!