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  • Pastor Mary Sue will be on vacation July 17-30, taking some time for rest and renewal. During that time, she will not be accessing her email, voicemail or text messages. If you have a pastoral care emergency, please contact Judy Shimamoto or Nancy Shimamoto from our Lay Pastoral Care Team.

  • This Sunday we invite you to reach out to an individual who hasn’t attended the Sunday 10:00 am virtual gathering in previous weeks. Invite this “Zoom Buddy” to share in the spirit of the POVUCC community with you. Audio only presence welcomed, as well as those who wish to join but remain quiet. 

    We continue to "gather" by Zoom at 10am Sunday for fellowship and prayer. The link is included in the "Worship from Home" PDF each week.

  • When Can We Worship in Person? 

    July 15th update from the POVUCC Re-gathering Committee 


    On June 9, we shared with you that our Church Council appointed a Re-gathering Committee to help us make decisions about resuming our in-person gatherings, and we promised you an update on July 15. We have been keeping up with the latest news and recommendations from a variety of sources, learning about transmission, ventilation, aerosols, droplets, and fomites (indeed, we learned a new word). Each week, we have met via Zoom to discuss and evaluate all we have learned. As we prepare this message, the number of COVID-19 cases in San Diego continues to climb, and indoor worship is once again prohibited. 


    Based on the current information available, and with concern for the health and safety of our POVUCC family, we have decided to continue our worship journey AS IS, meaning we will continue to use all of our online resources, plus traditional resources such as phone calls and mail, to be together and to worship together virtually.   


    Please be assured that we will continue to monitor and evaluate the ongoing situation, providing periodic updates.  As always, if you need anything, have questions, or would like to share an idea, please let us know. 


    In your service through Jesus Christ, 


    Re-gathering Committee: 

    Dan Collins 

    Pam Crusberg 

    Roni Mizoguchi 

    Denise Jenkins 

    Pastor Mary Sue Brookshire 


    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13 

  • Due to COVID-19, all Pride program events will be online this year. The first event to kick off Pride weekend is "Light Up The Cathedral," which will be hosted virtually. The service will welcome Rev. Naomi Washington Leapheart as a keynote speaker during the event. On Wednesday, July 15th at 7pm,  you can join with the Virtual Light  Up  the Cathedral Celebration, which will be livestreamed on San Diego Pride's website here and on San Diego Pride's official Facebook Page here. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here. POVUCC will host a Facebook Watch Party at 6:50pm on the 15th via the church Facebook page. For those without Facebook, please consider joining clergy, tribes, synagogues, churches, mosques, and other people of faith through the San Diego Pride website.    Happy Pride to all!  

  • The next Roots & Fruits online contemplative practice will meet  Sunday, July 12th from 5:00-6:00pm. If you are planning to participate, please send an email to Jimi Valiente-Neighbours at  for the link and password, or if preferred, send a text to 831-332-8247. When you contact Jimi, please share your full name.  

  • Due to COVID-19, all Pride program events will be online/virtual this year. Although Pride celebrations will not look like they have in the past years that POVUCC has participated, there are still celebrations and ways to support the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego.  On Wednesday, July 15th at 7pm,  you can join with a Virtual Light  Up  the Cathedral Celebration.  Join along with clergy, tribes, synagogues, churches, mosques, people of faith and faith-affirming folks who come together to celebrate our faith and our LGBTQ community.  This worship service and all other Pride events will be available at Happy Pride!