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  •  Here at POVUCC we are so incredibly grateful for our seniors on whose shoulders we stand. We know that these last 9 months have been incredibly difficult on many of us. We also know that for many of our seniors, the isolation brought on by this pandemic is especially challenging. Without access to internet, it has been harder for some to stay connected and feel a part of community. We have worked hard to find ways to reach out to these beloved folx, and continue to do so. We owe our seniors so much gratitude for the many ways they have loved us, loved this community, loved this church family, and worked to help make POVUCC what it is today. With this gratitude in mine, we invite you to send cards, write letters, make phone calls, lift prayers, share your gifts, and find other ways to connect with these members of our beloved family. 

  • Back in November 2019, our Board of Ministries planned a Church Camp retreat at Camp Stevens in Julian. Two of our Partnership Churches have used their facilities and have glowing reports of the beauty of the campground, the friendliness of the staff, and the great food service—plus it is only an hour’s drive from San Diego!

    The pandemic forced us to cancel our original date in May 2020, but Camp Stevens is allowing us to apply our deposit to a new date, April 23-25, 2021. They have made COVID safe adjustments, allowing for social distancing, and family pod cabins.  We will be sharing the camp with Kensington Community Church (KCC), who have made it an annual outing.

    For those who would like to camp overnight, there are a limited number of COVID spaced rooms for families (or pods) up to 4 people, which we will be sharing with KCC. Saturday, from 9:30 to 5:30, is available with some meal service, for a lovely day trip. La Mesa UCC had 30 overnighters and 30 more day use people last October and reported a lovely, COVID safe experience.  FOr more information, contact Pam Crusberg or Susan Namba.

  • This year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Our Lenten theme this year is “God’s Promises.” To deepen our experience of this important spiritual season, our Board of Christian Education will be preparing a collection of crafts, prayers, and devotional activities for all ages in what we are calling “Lent in a Box.” On Sunday, February 14 from 2:30-3:30, boxes will be available in the church parking lot for distanced pick-up. For those who are not able to pick up in person, delivery is available. We will only be preparing the number of boxes requested, so if you would like one, please sign up here no later than Sunday, February 7. Thank you, and we look forward to our Lenten journey together.

  • The Re-Gathering Committee is filled with hope as we move into the new year. After blessed Advent and Christmas seasons, and as we enter Epiphany, we are full of light  and pray that it may be possible to re-gather in 2021. With the roll out of a vaccine program nationwide, the prospect of re-gathering on Sundays and for fellowship seems more possible in the coming year. Several in our POVUCC community are working in hospital settings and have received the vaccine, and we celebrate with them. The Rev. Mark Weber, chaplain at Scripps Mercy Chula Vista notes, “As a hospital chaplain, I’ve seen an incredible amount of pain, suffering, and loss due to COVID-19. My daily cleanliness ritual to protect my family is elaborate, and I’ve never been so happy to receive a vaccination. I received mine 2 days ago. Yesterday, my shoulder was sore, but today my heart is full and thankful that we’re one step closer to beating this virus”.

    Please join us in offering a big hearty "Thank You" to all in our POVUCC family who are working on the frontlines of this battle against COVID-19. We continue to pray for them as they serve. Our Regathering Team plans to get our vaccines when they become available, and we hope you’ll consider joining us.

    In Christ, 
    The Re-Gathering Committee
    Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Resilient