Holidays for the Pantry

Thanksgiving at the Pantry is a special time. The families really look forward to the Thanksgiving bags and the congregation is always amazingly generous in filling them. Shopping lists are available at church and the church office. We ask that you put items in a sturdy re-usable bag and attach the list to the outside of the bag. Bags need to be brought back to church by Sunday, November 11th which gives us a few days to sort and organize before we hand them out on Friday, November 16th. We expect 160 -170 families to come on that day.

Our friends at the LDS Church are again planning to do the bags at Christmas, so we can put all our energy into making up special Thanksgiving bags. It’s a special time for us to count our blessings and to share with others.

We had our Pantry Team luncheon on October 10th and 41 panty helpers came. It’s was wonderful to see all the different food pantry volunteer groups get together. While the Friday workers know there are shoppers bringing in staples during the week, and our shoppers know there are Albertson’s bread and Fresh Rescue pick-up teams, it always surprises everyone to see how many people are involved in this ministry! It truly “takes a village.”

Happy Thanksgiving, The Pantry Team

The Holidays

As we head into the holiday season we pray that your hearts are filled with joy and anticipation! We have so many exciting things planned for November and December for youth group! Our Junior High group has just returned from an amazing Fall Retreat where we reconnected with ourselves, each other, and remembered that God wants to fill our lives with wonder, joy and passion. Our Senior High Group are going to a Fall Retreat on November 30thto re-energize and to let go of the stresses of school, applying to college, studying for AP classes, and all the pressures of the teen lifestyle.

We’re ready to begin Junior High and Senior High Advent Bible studies. The Senior High Advent study will start at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 23rd at Starbucks on Madison Ave in Murrieta and then move it to the Youth Room on Friday evenings from 6:00 PM—8:00 PM in December. The Junior High Advent study begins on Wednesday, November 28thin the MUMC youth office.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! In the love of Christ,
MUMC Co-Youth Directors

Jennifer Jones (951)239-9220

Mandy Allen (951)536-5817

December News

Food Pantry

215 Thanksgiving bags were handed out on November 16th. Both United Church of the Valley and the YMCA collected bags to help us. We actually had a few bags over. Thank you to everyone who donated filled bags and donated to the Food Pantry in other ways. The Young Women’s groups from the 10 wards that make up the Murrieta Stake of the LDS Church are assembling the Christmas baskets this year! However, we know many of you like to bring special Christmas items and they are appreciated. Hot chocolate mix, spiced cider mix, Christmas candy or cookies are popular. 

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The Longest Night Service

Longest Night Service

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Christmas Eve Services

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Join us for Our 2 Christmas Eve Services.

5:00pm – Geared more for young families 

7:30pm – Traditional 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD

You’ve likely heard of, if not experienced, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

It’s a type of sadness or depression that comes about with a change in the seasons—typically, though not always, starting sometime in the fall and continuing through the winter months. When it is severe, it calls for professional therapy, and even medical intervention. There are degrees of seasonal angst, however; and, short of something approaching clinical depression, it can be a condition lessened, if not eliminated, by the supportive, caring, perspective-giving presence of other people. As I shared in my November article, however, research indicates that “nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone, left out, not having meaningful relationships, or believing they are isolated from others.” 

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Adventus 2018

We have once again come to one of my favorite seasons on the Christian calendar.

Advent (which comes from the Latin word “adventus”which means “coming”) is the season between Christ the King Sunday (Sunday, November 25th) and Christmastide. It includes the four Sundays in between and is a season that helps to prepare for the coming of the Christ child.

Our first Sunday of Advent is Sunday, December 2nd.

My sermon title will be “Hope” with Luke 21:25-36 as our scripture lesson. This traditional first Sunday of Advent passage takes place near the end of Jesus’ life. It’s a passage telling us about the second coming of Christ. It’s a message of hope which connects us back to Jesus’birth and the journey we all begin with Him.


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Missions Year in Review 2018

Throughout the Bible, we are called to serve others with a spirit-filled heart, both locally and globally. All of us on the Missions Team want start with a big Thank You to everyone who made our 2018 projects possible. This past year, our outreach consisted of helping our two- legged and four-legged friends within our […]

Loneliness is an Epidemic

Lonely World

“loneliness is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and could rank alongside smoking and obesity as a major threat to public health.”

Earlier this year, market research firm Ipsos conducted a survey of 20,096 U.S. adults, on behalf of health insurer Cigna, in order to find out how lonely we are. The survey was based on the UCLA Loneliness Scale, a 20-item questionnaire designed to assess subjective feelings of loneliness or social isolation. The primary conclusion was that “loneliness is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and could rank alongside smoking and obesity as a major threat to public health.”

Nearly half of Americans report “sometimes or always” feeling alone or left out, not having meaningful relationships, or believing they are isolated from others.

More than a quarter “rarely or never” feel as though there are people who really understand them or believe they have anyone they can talk with. Only half report having daily, meaningful in-person social interactions, such as an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family. Although loneliness is often thought to be associated with aging, this survey found Generation Z (adults aged 18-22) to be the loneliest. Interestingly, social media users turned out to be a little more lonely than people who never use it. One report on this survey concluded by saying “the findings reinforce the social nature of humans and the importance of having face-to-face communities.”

Interestingly, social media users turned out to be a little more lonely than people who never use it.

It won’t surprise you, I suppose, that I believe the church community can be one of the most effective antidotes to loneliness that exists anywhere. The sad truth, however, is that too often it doesn’t work that way. Surveys related to church worship attendance regularly reveal large numbers of people feeling more lonely and isolated, because they perceive church to be a place where everybody else is connected and they aren’t. We might argue that such people should take more responsibility for asserting themselves; but that’s not something any of the rest of us can control. What we can control is our behavior. Instead of spending the bulk of our before and after worship time visiting with people we already know, we can look for people we don’t know and get acquainted with them. Instead of hoping or assuming our lonely neighbors will find their way to church and get connected, we can bring them with us and get them connected. And instead of leaving it at what happens on Sunday mornings, we can work together to create multiple other welcoming and connecting activities and opportunities. This is one epidemic you and I can help to eradicate!

Pastor Tom

A New Way of Seeing Things

A New Way of Seeing Things

by Rev. Scott Andrews

During a recent Lectionary Bible Study, I noticed how many people around the tables needed glasses. Some wore them all the time, some needed them only to read, and some wear contact lenses. Regardless, in this microcosm of our congregation there was a definite need for corrective lenses (in whatever form). 

I recently did some research and found out that 64% of adults in our country utilizes corrective lenses of some form or another, and 20% of children and youth need them as well. I found these statistics rather alarming. I also found out that these percentages have remained steady for several decades. This got me to thinking. 

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