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  • POVUCC, along with members from the San Diego Partnership of United Church of Christ congregations, will participate once again in San Diego’s largest parade of the year – Pride 2018 – on Saturday, July 14. We will meet at the staging area (exact time and location to be announced soon) to decorate our cart and get ready to show our support, pride, and joy as an Open & Affirming congregation. If you have one, please wear your POVUCC t-shirt; if not, you can wear last year's purple shirt, or any colorful, Pride-friendly shirt. We look forward to marching together!

  • The Elderberries senior group have a fun outing planned to go to the Cygnet Theater in Old Town on Sunday, July 29 to see the musical, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” – performance at 2:00 pm. Eat lunch at church and then board a specially arranged bus at 1:00 pm to the theater and return back to church. Sign-ups begin in July - bus is limited to the first 30 who sign up. Flyer with details on the hallway bulletin board.

  • POVUCC’s Board of Ministries is proud to present a Summer Speaker Series that will bring in dynamic and thought-provoking speakers to broaden our knowledge of different faith traditions. The Summer Speaker Series was inspired by Pastor Mary Sue's sabbatical plans which focus on the influences of Christianity, Islam and Judaism upon traditional Spanish dance. Speakers from three faiths have been asked to provide an overview of their religious tradition as well as highlight commonalities between their faith and Christianity. Please mark these dates on your calendar:


    June 17: Imam Taha Hassane from the Islamic Center of San Diego

    July 8: Rabbi Yael Ridberg, Congregation Dor Hadash

    August 19: Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi, San Diego Buddhist Temple

  • 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.

  • 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!