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  • May is Pacific Islander & Asian American History Month and the United Church of Christ is privileged to be affiliated with PAAM (Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries).
    In the last few years harassment and violence towards the AAPI communities have increased, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 12, Join Rev. Roberto Ochoa, UCC Associate for Congregations of Color/Ethnic Identified Congregations as he engages in candid conversations with Ms. Lynne Hanamoto, Moderator of PAAM, Southern CA/NV Region, and Rev. Mitchell Young, PAAM SC/SN Ambassador and Pastor of Plymouth UCC in Montebello, CA, about the history, celebrations, and challenges facing UCC PAAM congregations and communities.
    #StopTheHate!
     
    Follow this link to register for the virtual event on May 12! 


  • In worship on May 1, we shared the news that our Director of Music, Dr. Joseph Han, has accepted a position at a university in New York. While we are sad to say farewell to Joseph, we celebrate this exciting professional opportunity for him. May 15 will be Joseph's last Sunday at POVUCC, and we want to express our gratitude for his time with us. With Joseph's departure, we are pleased to welcome one of his PLNU students, Adam Nenn, as our Acting Director of Music. Adam is a Music Education major with an interest in choral conducting, and he had already been preparing to assist during Joseph's planned summer absence. We wish Joseph and his family all the best as they embark on this new journey, and we welcome Adam to POVUCC. We offer our prayers for them both!


  • POVUCC is kicking off compliance with California state‚Äôs new law of collecting and recycling food waste, also called organic waste. After joining us for breakfast this week, you will be asked to SORT your trash, as follows:

     

    Organic waste (food scraps, including paper that has touched food)

    Recyclables, such as plastic or to-go containers, rinsed and clean! (NO saran wrap or cellophane!)

    Recyclable cans/bottles (be SURE to empty them before placing in bin!)

    Regular trash (coffee cups (due to wax) plastic wrap and plastic bags, condiment wrappers, sponges)

    There will be trash bins clearly labeled near the sliding doors. Please do your part by carefully placing waste in the proper bin. Thank you! 


  • Before COVID, we gathered every week after our worship service for fellowship and an extravagant meal. Just as the disciples recognized the risen Christ when they shared a meal with him, that time together is an important way we recognize God's presence with us. It brings us closer together as a church family, and we have missed this vital part of our worship and fellowship. So, we plan to revive our fellowship hour by providing a box lunch after service, starting this Sunday, April 24! No RSVPs are needed. However, we do need your help.

     

    Please consider volunteering for any of these tasks:

    Take the lead for one week

    Order box lunches from Sprouts

    Hand out lunches

    Clean up; clean tables, replace chairs

    Arrange pick up (or delivery) of extra lunches we're ordering to feed those who are hungry

     

    Please "Be the Church" by helping us feed ourselves and our neighbors in need. We need YOUR help to make it possible.

    Thank you!
    POVUCC Leadership Team


  • The United Church of Christ is issuing an emergency appeal for the people of Ukraine and will be working with global partners to assist vulnerable communities within that country. Gifts to UCC Ukraine Emergency Fund will provide shelter, food and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. It also will help refugees and asylum seekers from African, Middle Eastern and other countries who had sought refuge in Ukraine and now are twice displaced, as well as other citizens of more than 125 countries living in Ukraine. Click here to find out more and make a donation.
     


  • 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.  We need at least one more person to join Julie Lin on April 14th, and we need pairs or trios of people for the months beyond that. The shelter is now accepting home-cooked meals, as well as hot delivered meals from restaurants.  Click here for detailed instructions.  Contact Susan Namba if you have any questions. Please call the shelter directly at 619-325-3527 for information on the current number of teens. All food donations are very much appreciated!