Summer Approachers For Our Youth

As summer approaches, we are excited about all our summer youth activities here at Murrieta UMC!!

As summer approaches, we are excited about all our summer youth activities here at Murrieta UMC!!  We will be starting off the month with Promotion Sunday.  In worship at 9am on Sunday, June 3rd, we will be recognizing all the students who will be promoting to a new chapter in their lives:  Kindergarteners, 5th graders, 8th graders, seniors in High School, and college graduates.  If you are graduating from college, please let me know ( or call Lynne in the church office (951-677-6174), so we can recognize your exciting achievement!!   We will have cake in between services to honor all of our promotees and graduates!  For Youth group that day, we will head to the Pilkington’s for our annual promotion Pool Party!  All youth and their families are invited!  Lunch is included.  Bring your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.  We are SO excited to welcome in our new 6th graders!!  We’ve got 7 years with you now in youth ministry!!

For Youth group that day, we will head to the Pilkington’s for our annual promotion Summer Pool Party!

Sunday, June 10th will be regular youth group, but we will also be putting on a Burger Bash to continue raising funds for SSP.  It is also Music Sunday, so come worship with us through song, and then fill your tummies with delicious burgers and hotdogs with all the fixings!  We are also continuing our Shareholders’ Envelope Fundraiser!  And, we have a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s restaurant on Saturday, June 16th!!  Keep your eyes out for the fliers!


Youth will be helping with VBS again this year, and it is quite a fun event for everyone!  Ayesha has a sign-up sheet in the youth room, so please sign up and join us!  There will be a volunteer training for all youth and adults helping with VBS in the sanctuary on Saturday June 9th 10am-12pm.  Mark your calendars!!  VBS will be June 18th-22nd .

Please keep us in your prayers!

Youth counselors will be heading out on their annual Youth Planning Retreat on Friday, June 22nd, and returning on Sunday, June 24th.   We plan out the whole year, and cast a vision for youth ministry that will help our youth program flourish in the coming year!  Please keep us in your prayers!


Our SSP team will be heading to LAX early Thursday morning, June 28th for our Summer Sierra Service Project in Spokane Washington.  We will be working on a Native American Reservation there, where we will be weatherizing homes, building wheelchair ramps, etc.  Please keep our team in your prayers as they take MUMC out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ.  They will be returning on Saturday, July 7th. Afterwords starts cam at Camp Wrightwood

Youth Pool parties will be happening on Friday, June 15th, and June 29th.  Details will be posted in the youth room.


MUMC Co Youth Directors

Mandy Allen


Jennifer Jones


Murrieta Coming Together at the Food Pantry

Murrieta is participating in the Homeless Alliance

This was an interesting month at the Pantry with lots of nice things happening. The Young Mothers Groups at the LDS Church filled Mothers’ Day gift baskets and handed them out to the pantry visitors the Friday before Mothers’ Day. We were also visited on Friday morning by Brian Ambrose, the Assistant to the Murrieta City Manager. Murrieta is participating in the Homeless Alliance, a coalition of six communities in Southwest Riverside County to help solve the homeless problem. Local food pantries serve a number of homeless families and many that are precariously close to homelessness. Mr. Ambrose wants to set up resource workshop tables where volunteers distribute information about the agencies in our area that could be a benefit to the people in those situations. While he just is in the early planning stages it is definitely something our team is excited to see happen.

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During summer break: trail mix, granola bars, fruit snacks and peanut butter and jelly are a treat for kids.

We thank you for all the Spam and canned chicken you’ve donated. Here is just one note from one who benefitted from your generosity. As summer vacation for the schools comes up, trail mix, granola bars, fruit snacks and peanut butter and jelly are the treats that children home from school most look forward to. The grocery basket for donations is located at the Welcome Center on Sundays. As always, thank you everyone for continuing to support the pantry. For more info check out our page.


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Pastor Tom

We must build a caring community.

Our United Methodist Book of Discipline, the manual which defines our denomination’s structure and functioning, declares that, as members of the Church—the body of Christ—we are “bound in sacred covenant to shoulder the burdens, share the risks, and celebrate the joys of fellow members.” ¶ 219 If you stop and think about it, that’s pretty profound. It means that, when we commit ourselves to church membership, we take on a nurturing, caregiving responsibility for one another. So it’s not about you—or me—it’s about us! it’s about our looking out for one another, doing for one another, being there for one another. We must build a caring community.

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…how often people seem to “fall through the cracks.”

As I observe our life together in this congregation, I do know that a lot of that happens. As I carry on my visitation ministry, I hear many touching stories about mutual burden-bearing and compassionate caring. I am also sadly aware, however, of how often people seem to “fall through the cracks.” An illness or hospitalization occurs, an individual or family is dealing with loss or grief, some other difficulty intrudes—and no one outside the immediate family circle knows about it, prays about it, or does anything to be helpful. I’ve said it here before, and I’ll say it again—if you have a need for prayer, for a caring presence, for help of any sort, please reach out. Call the church office; Pastor Scott; me; Eula Anyiwo or Rich Steadman, who head up our Care Ministry team; call Ann Reese, who assigns our Stephen Ministers. Call and let us know how we, as a church family, can “be there” for you.

They are not going to reach out for help… this means that they will stop coming to worship.

But here’s the other side of the equation. The reality is that some folks, for whatever reason, are just not going to do that. They are not going to call; or are not going to reach out for help; they are not going to let us know that something is going on. What that frequently means is that they also stop coming to worship. Of course, there are many reasons why people might stop attending worship; but, no matter the reason, we need to be paying attention. In a church of our size, it takes all of us to keep track of one another—particularly when it comes to worship attendance. The church office does track our attendance as we record it on the tear-off section of the bulletin; but not everyone uses that—and it only indicates that we were present, not that we were not present.

We all need to be doing is looking around, paying attention

So what we all need to be doing is looking around, paying attention, and taking responsibility for noting when people in our circle of acquaintance start missing. Maybe it’s someone who usually sits in the area of the sanctuary where you do; or it’s someone in a fellowship or service group with you; or it’s someone you’re used to seeing at coffee fellowship. If you have not seen them for two or three weeks, give them a call. If, for some reason, you are reticent to do that, let me know and I will give them a call.


There will, of course, be times when people move away or, for some other reason, simply choose to leave our fellowship. But let’s not let anyone drop off our radar unnoticed!

For more info on Caring Ministry visit us Here.


Pastor Tom


Looking Up

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That’s when I begin to realize how high up this picture was taken. I couldn’t help but try looking up.

A friend of mine recently posted a link to the NASA website which included the picture connected to this article. It is a “selfie” taken by astronaut Ricky Arnold during a space walk to do work on the International space station. While I admire the clarity of the picture and the beauty of our planet reflected in Mr. Arnold’s helmet visor, there’s only one thought going through my head . . . not for all the money in the world. Nope. Nada. Nyet. Look closely and you will see the cold, dark space that surrounds our planet and this astronaut. That’s when I begin to realize how high up this picture was taken. I couldn’t help but try looking up.

He was then lifted up.

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