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  • IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE
    POVUCC PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

     

    The Personnel Committee has important updates to share about our staff and their plans this summer. After two and half years of excellent service as our Office Administrator, Laura Keirn-McCreanor will be leaving us in August. In addition, we have approved some extended time away this summer for both Pastor Mary Sue and Music Director, Andy Riggs. Please click here to read the full update.


  • Storefront is a teen homeless shelter in Hillcrest, affiliated with San Diego Youth Services. It is located at 3427 4th Ave (between Walnut and Upas). We need 2 or 3 volunteers to provide dinner for up to 12 people on the 2nd Thursday of each month, beginning July 8th (we currently have volunteers for August, but need people for September and beyond). The current Covid-19 guidelines require food that is pre-packaged or hot delivered meals from restaurants. No homemade food at this time. Please click here for full food and delivery rules for Storefront. Please call the shelter directly at 619-325-3527 for information on the current number of teens. All food donations are very much appreciated!


  • POVUCC Music Director, Andy Riggs, shares news of a performance by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus this weekend. The performance, for which Andy served as the Artistic Manager, is entitled, "All Together Now" and it will premier on Saturday, May 29 at 8:00pm and will run through Monday, May 31. You can view this online event at www.sdgmc.org and on the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus YouTube channel. Click here for full performance poster and event details.


  • There will be a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday June 13, immediately following Worship Service. The meeting will be conducted simultaneously in-person and on Zoom. There is only one item on the agenda — replacing the roof on the Benson Building, our Office/Classroom building. The roof is old and in need of replacement, which will cost approximately $40,000. Our ByLaws state that any unbudgeted expense of more than $25,000 must be approved by vote of the congregation. Thus, your participation is important. Please come prepared to hear our re-roofing plan, ask questions, and decide if it is in the best interest of our church. Details will be provided at the meeting. Please plan to participate!

    Opportunities for Attendance:
    If you opt to sign-up to attend in-person worship that day, we ask you to remain in your seats for the meeting to commence. If you opt to remain home on Zoom, we invite you to stay tuned-in, or to join the via the Zoom Meeting details at 11:10am, video access or phone-in. 

    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91476102408?pwd=eTBVdVkzcXk1MThyZUh6T1p2dUhiUT09
    Dial-in by Phone: 1-669-900-6833
    Meeting ID: 914 7610 2408
    Passcode: 243520

    *Non-Members are welcome to participate, but only Members can vote.


  • Please join us on June 1, 8, and 15 from 6:30-8pm for a group book study of “Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation” by Latasha Morrison. Racism and racial justice are sensitive, heartfelt topics, with differing viewpoints across our country and, possibly, even within our church. In an effort to bring greater unity, understanding, empathy and change, we wish to create a space for personal dialog, active listening and personal reflections. Ultimately, we hope to unite and strengthen our relationship with each other and grow more aligned with God’s calling for us.

    Part of the reason this book was chosen was because the author presents a very personal view of how racism has presented itself in her life and then she broadens her feelings and perspectives in a Christian context, with biblical references and belief that we must recognize the image of God in one another. “Be the Bridge” is very easy to read and each chapter is followed by discussion questions and a prayer. We will not have time to cover every discussion question, but we will undoubtedly highlight and expand upon those topics most relevant to individual participants.
     
    News of racism and other forms of hatred continue to reverberate throughout our country. The focus in this series will highlight racism against Black people in America. We invite you to learn, listen, and share your thoughts on racial reconciliation and anti-racism today. To sign up, please
    complete this form or contact Ronald Eng at 858-342-4286 or ronaldeng5@gmail.com. Please sign up no later than May 30 to allow for adequate planning.

    “Be the Bridge” is available from Amazon for $8.93 (paperback). It is also available as an e-book and an audio book for free through the San Diego County Library's OverDrive Libby app; you just need a valid county library card to access. For those who are currently facing financial hardship, please contact the office by May 26 either by phone or by email to office@povucc.org and request a copy at no cost.
     
    A final note: This book study is the first study of what we hope will be a year-long study addressing racism experienced by different groups in America and how we as Christians might respond. We hope you will join us!


  • Attending in-person in Fellowship Hall requires advance registration. Please complete the linked Google Form or reach out to Pastor Mary Sue, pastor@povucc.org or 619-218-6567, to reserve your spot. Space within the hall is limited and we may not be able to accommodate those without a reservation. Please note: we are aware that the CDC released new guidelines for those who are vaccinated. However, we know not everyone in our church family can or will be vaccinated, including our children and those who are immuno-compromised. Out of care and caution for all,  we will continue to observe our mask and distancing protocols at indoor gatherings for the foreseeable future. Thank you for helping us safely welcome all who wish to worship in person.