Murrieta United Methodist Church

Helping You Make Jesus Real to Kids

Group VBS makes it easy for you to create your best VBS yet! All of our programs are field tested and designed with you in mind—we do the work, so you don’t have to!

All Group VBS programs include these six core features:

Single-point Bible Learning

One memorable Bible Point reinforced throughout each day—makes it easy to apply long after VBS is over.

Easy Bible Reinforcement

Helps families continue exploring the Bible messages.

High Quality Music

Solidifies life-changing Bible truths and will have kids and adults singing about God year-round.

Unforgettable Bible Exploration

Brings Scripture to life with interactive lessons and activities that reinforce the daily Bible message.

Life Application

Gets kids to actively watch for God and recognize that he is working in their lives.

Operation Kid-to-Kid

The largest child-to-child mission project in the country.

See if your kids can see evidence of God in action everywhere around us, every day of our lives! It’s the small things like a smile or a sunset, and it’s the BIG things like being healed from sickness, or being rescued from a storm.

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I had an appointment with my hair stylist yesterday and during the course of my trim she asked what other plans I had for the day.  I mentioned that I was taking a Meal Train to one of our church members. “Meal Train? What is that?” she asked.  I explained to her that Meal Train is an organizational email-delivered planning method for getting meals delivered to people temporarily requiring help.  

My favorite part of this process is visiting, however briefly, with the person needing the meal.

When one or more of our church family is in need of help with meals due to an illness, recuperating from a hospital stay, a birth of a new family member, etc. (this information is acquired from calls to the Pastors, church office, friends and family and prayer requests) a call goes out to the Caring Ministry Chair, Eula Anyiwo. 

Eula the sends out a Meal Train email to anyone who has expressed an interest in providing meals and/or delivering them.  The email contains information on the what family is needing help, what their food preferences are as well as a calendar of available dates for delivering a meal. These dates are normally Monday, Wednesday and Friday of any given week.  The length of service is for a defined period, arranged with the Meal Train Organizer and the recipient depending on their needs.

The Meal Train app sends the provider reminders of their Meal Train date, gives contact information for the family receiving the meal

In the next step, interested people sign up for a particular date to provide a meal. That meal can be cooked at home, purchased from a takeout restaurant, and even provided by purchasing a Grub Hub gift card (the provider pays for a card through the Meal Train site and the family/person needing the meal orders something of their preference and sets up a delivery time with Grub Hub).  The Meal Train app sends the provider reminders of their Meal Train date, gives contact information for the family receiving the meal (so you can set up a convenient time to drop the meal off) and a map to help locate the home address.

That meal can be cooked at home, purchased from a takeout restaurant, and even provided by purchasing a Grub Hub gift card

My favorite part of this process is visiting, however briefly, with the person needing the meal. It is my chance to share a hug, a smile and to let the recipient know that MUMC is thinking about them.  I have been in the shoes of the recipient in the past and so I know the extreme gratitude and relief a visit and a warm meal bring.  

Picking up a take-out meal and dropping it by on your way home from work, preparing a meal in your own home and delivering it or ordering a gift card for the person/family temporarily needing assistance; there are many ways to help. In order to be a meal deliverer from MUMC our church requires that you first complete the Safe Sanctuaries Training.  This can be arranged through the church office.  You may also choose to provide meals that can be delivered by those who have completed this training.

The Caring Ministry has 5-8 people who share in this ministry of Meal Train and there are SO MANY more seats available on the Train!  If you would like additional information please contact Eula at 909-731-6706 or Pastor Tom Rothhaar at 951-639-3490

Candace Saxman

by Rev. Scott Andrews 

Light of the World 

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 

cross with purple sky and clouds

“The Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the greatest sermons preached by perhaps one of the best preachers around!” A seminary professor once said this – tongue in cheek of course – to a class I was a part of. Of course, it is the great sermon of Jesus. Of course, Jesus is the great preacher of the New Testament. And yet, we all need to spend more time in this section of Matthew’s gospel (Matthew 5:1-7:27). Over the next few months, I’m going to use selections of this sermon for my monthly Vine article. 

If you were driving into town from the North, it was a welcome beacon that told travelers they would soon be home. 

My home town had a small municipal airport just North of town. Small aircraft could easy land and take off from this airport. Crop dusters and small personal airplanes used this airport. The runways were expanded a few years after I moved away to accommodate some smaller jet planes but by and large it was a small town, small airplane airport. Near the center of the airfield there was a tower that would shine lights in the evenings. The two lights would rotate at the top of the tower. The lights on the tower could be seen for miles. Our farm was 3.5 miles away from the airport and we could see the lights shining every night. If you were driving into town from the North, it was a welcome beacon that told travelers they would soon be home. 

farm tractor in a field

I’ve thought of that airport beacon many times over the years especially when I’ve read this passage from Matthew’s gospel. Jesus tells his disciples and all who will hear that they are “the light of the world”. He’s telling them that they are called to shine the light of God into the world. A world that for many seemed so dark and lonely. A world that seemed to be filled with despair and chaos. He reminds them that they have received God’s light and that this light should never ever be hidden. It should be shared freely and openly. It should shine so that the world might see that there is indeed goodness and mercy for all who seek it. 

I think Jesus might have words for the church that echo what he said to those at the sermon mount. 

There are some who would say that we are living in very similar times to the time of Jesus. We seem be living in times that are filled with a lack of civility and compassion. A darkness that permeates decent conversation and fills us with a feeling of hopelessness. We feel overwhelmed by a voices raised in anger and fingers pointing in seemingly every direction. I think Jesus might have words for the church that echo what he said to those at the sermon mount. 

…let God’s light shine into the world and share God’s better way. 

bible on table in a artful way

I believe that Jesus would call up all of us to let God’s light to shine in all our interactions. Whether they are in the lively discussions amongst friends but also in the discourse of disagreement with those who wish us ill, Jesus would call us to let God’s light shine not only in our words, but in the actions we take with those around us. He would call us to let God’s light shine and show that common curtesy and civility are the better way. He would call us to stand boldly – even if we stand alone – and let God’s light shine into the world and share God’s better way. 

In Christ, 

Pastor Scott