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  • The Interfaith Shelter Network is a nationwide, ecumenical outreach project that provides food, shelter, and job-seeking skills to homeless people in their community. POV will be assisting Nestor United Methodist Church, as they open their church for a 2-week rotation from March 21st to April 4th . Host churches need volunteers to prepare hot meals and provide overnight hosts. We will be helping Nestor UMC with overnight hosts on Tuesday, March 24th (Ron and Julie) and Wednesday, March 25th (Bev and Susan). We welcome anyone who would like to help provide a hot meal for 15 people on these evenings. Please notify Susan Namba if you would like to help—other nights are also available!

  • POVUCC will be sharing a food booth with Kiku Gardens and Genki Home Care at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival being held at Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden Friday-Sunday, March 20-22. POVUCC will man the food booth on Sunday afternoon, March 22nd and have additional volunteer opportunities from Thursday to Sunday (more details to come). This year, we will serve gyoza (NEW), teri dogs, and also mochi ice cream - back by popular demand. This is a really fun church-wide tradition and a great way to learn more about the Japanese American cultural ties our church has in the community. Look for a sign-up sheet soon. Also, if there is anyone with a truck that can help out, we would be especially grateful for your assistance. Any questions? Contact Kristi Lin,

  • Uptown’s Walk for the Homeless will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 8:00am. A pancake breakfast will be held after at 10:00am. We will meet up at University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego. It's a $25 donation to walk, eat, and help our neighbors in need. If you cannot walk or attend the breakfast but would still like to be a part of the event, please consider sponsoring Linda Newton’s walk with a donation. To register online:

  • Please be aware that local UCC churches in the area have been targeted by scams. The scammers send an initial email posing as the pastor (sometimes including a photo), requesting assistance in the form of gift cards or money for a friend. They have also been able to locate phone numbers of members and request this assistance by text as well. Please be aware that no one in the congregation or representing the church should ever ask you for money for personal reasons by email or text. If you have received a request from the church or a church representative via email or a text message asking for funds or for you to buy gift cards or send money, please contact the church office as soon as possible. Always check on the validity of any email or text request. Please note that we have a process in place to help people in need.

  • Genesis 2:15, "Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." Attention all gardeners! Plots are available in the church garden for anyone with a desire to cultivate the land and help bring forth God's creation. Spring is a great time for planting, so if you are interested in adopting a plot, contact Julie Lin at

  • For those that requested a copy of The Story, all books are in! If you would like to pick up your copy, please see Nancy Shimamoto at the back of Fellowship Hall during lunch. Bring $5 in cash or check payable to POVUCC. Should you wish to acquire a book but did not get in your request for the church order, at last check the books were still available for $5.00 (with an additional $3.99 shipping) from