May Issue - Murrieta United Methodist Church

Monthly Newsletter of Murrieta United Methodist Church
Volume 129 Issue 5
This past Lent I decided that I was going to
give up excuses. Part of that discipline was
to stop making excuses for being out of
shape. Since moving to Murrieta, I had
gotten used to (and frankly, good at)
making excuses for why I didn’t have the
time or energy to exercise. Too busy. Too
hot. Too stressed. Too tired. Too _______. I
was done with excuses and Lent was a good
time to challenge myself to a no excuses
discipline. I found a women’s gym right around the corner
from the church and started going to “boot camp” at 5am
three times a week. I’ve really enjoyed it. In fact, after
the first 5 weeks, I signed up for 6 months more.
On my birthday, I couldn’t get myself out of bed at
4:35am, so I went to the 8am class. At the end of class
while we were stretching a woman started a conversation
with me.
“Do you usually go the 5am class?” she asked.
“Yes. That works best with my work schedule,” I replied.
“What do you do?”
“I’m a pastor,” I said.
“What church?” she asked.
“The Methodist Church in Murrieta.”
“I know that church, that’s the church that feeds people,”
she proclaimed.
I smiled and responded, “Yes. We do—in more than one
May 2015
I’m still on cloud 9 from that
conversation. There are two things I
want to say about it. First, what a
wonderful way to be known in the
community—feeding people in body,
and spirit. Now here’s my question for
you—when’s the last time you talked
to someone about the great ministries
of our church? People in the
community know about the church
when we share the good news of the
gospel being lived out at MUMC.
Please, tell someone about your
church. Invite someone to church.
Better yet, bring someone to church.
It’s our call/job to let others know
what God is doing through and with us
at MUMC.
Second, this month is the golf
tournament that raises money to help
fund the Food Pantry ministry at the
church. I hope you will join me for
dinner, or play golf (no, I don’t golf),
or if you can’t be there, make a
donation. The Food Pantry is doing
amazing ministry fulfilling the vision
of the church. Each week the Food
Pantry Loves God, Loves Others and
Serves People. Join us for a great 2
days that go to support the ministry of
the Food Pantry.
See you in church.
Rev. Steph
PO BOX 602, 92564
PH: 951-677-6174
Fax: 951-698-1754
Email: [email protected] Website:
I am very excited to announce
that Murrieta United Methodist
Church is offering a spiritual gifts
Discoveryth Workshop on Saturday,
June 13 . This has been one of
the most transformational
experiences in my faith journey.
Discovering what my God-given
spiritual gifts are has led me
deeper into my relationship with
Christ and has guided my path in
the Kingdom of God.
Many who have come to know our
Father but still have some
unanswered questions about God’s
plan for them. Discovery
workshops are designed to help
you answer the question of what
God’s direction is for you.
Please join us on Saturday, June
13th at 8:30am – 1:00pm in
Fellowship Hall.
The cost for the workshop is $12
for workbook.
If you have any questions or would
like any more information, please
contact me at 951- 677-6953 or
email at [email protected]
* Childcare is available upon
**If you are planning to
attend, please contact
me no
later than June 8th to receive
your registration material.
Roger Humphries
[email protected]
MUMC Family Facebook
We need your comments about our church:
 Tell us how you were impacted by a sermon
 Did you really get something out of a small group or Bible
Study meeting
 Is your ministry doing something really great...share it
 Do you work at the food pantry and did you see a miracle
today...share it (keep names confidential)
 Were you sick and grateful for the call or visit or card you
got from the Caring Ministry? Say thanks
 Did your child come home from Sunday School and share
an "ah-hah" moment...thank the teacher or...
Why is it important? People go to our website to hear what
our church is all about...we link them to the MUMC family
Facebook account to see what WE are all about. Social Media
is a NOW thing...Be part of NOW for your church.
Your friend in Christ,
Tom Pilkington,
MUMC Web Site Administrator
Cell: 909-645-1212
Home: 951-698-3515
[email protected]
March 2015 expenses have exceeded income by $1,168. March and April
apportionments in the amount of $5,881 per month have been paid. Outstanding
balance on the property loan is $381,612. The property loan is scheduled to be paid in
full on November 1, 2020. Please feel free to contact me at 760-805-6611 if you have
any questions.
Lucy Thudium, MUMC Finance Committee Chairman 2015
The Finance Committee wants to remind you that Murrieta Church offers electronic giving as a way to automate
your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and
provides much needed donation consistency for our congregation.
Online giving lets you go to the church’s website at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your
donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history. To get started with online giving,
please follow the instructions below:
Visit the church website at
Click on the “Donate to MUMC” that is located under “Worship” heading
Click on the “Online Giving” then
Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions
If you have any questions or need help with the online giving set up, please contact Denise Guilliams at 951-6776174 or [email protected]
Look for your MUMC Missions Team at Coffee Fellowship and
the Friendship Center on Sunday mornings. You can find us
by the “Ask Me about Missions” badges!
Our current projects include:
RECYCLING - Our first month of recycling on church campus
shows great progress, thank you for all your efforts by
placing recyclables in those BLUE cans located all over our
campus. Signs are posted by the bins to help clarify what is
and is not recyclable. If you have any questions please
contact Candace Saxman at 951- 696-2664!
Mission to Colonia Santo Nino, Mexicali - Tom Pilkington
leads a mission that reaches out to the poor in Mexicali.
is a Mission Moment during Worship on Sunday, May
3rd where Tom will talk about the work done there, our
vision for the future and how you can become involved,
both in Mexicali and here at home, by donating needed
supplies, time and talents.
Friday Morning Breakfasts - Mark Sorenson leads the team
of volunteers that makes and serves breakfast to our food
pantry patrons on the last Friday of each month. Mark or
any other Missions Team member would be happy to share
how you can get involved.
Joshua Tree VBS - Help Wanted - Joshua Tree UMC has not
been able to provide Vacation Bible School for their
community in more than 10 years. This year MUMC is
providing it for them. We need volunteers to help for 1 day
(or the whole week from Monday, June 22 nd - Friday, June
26th). If you’re interested in learning more and finding out
how you can help please attend an information meeting on
Sunday May 3rd in between services at 10:15am in Fellowship
Hall, room 4. If you are unable to attend the meeting you
may call April Watkins 951-805-8843 for more information.
Great Day of Service is schedule for October 10th this year.
Our church will lead other Methodist churches in our Mission
area, as well as a big team of community volunteers, in
refurbishing the Wildomar Elementary School. Many of the
projects being completed that day were chosen by the
students at the school. Come join the fun! Contact Tom
Pilkington or Candace Saxman to volunteer!
Candace Saxman,
Missions Chair
[email protected]
The MUMC Caring Ministry’s mission is to
share the love of Jesus with the
church body by rendering physical,
spiritual and emotional care to those
in need during times emergency.
We continue to support the mission of
the Murrieta United Methodist Church by
Serving People. This month we want to
thank the many in the congregation who
provide so generously to our card
ministry. We are inspired by Ephesians
5:20 …giving thanks to God the Father
for everything, in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
You may wonder how we support our
card ministry. In March we sent over 150
cards of various types. Many of the
cards donated are originals, handmade
by our creative divas, some are recycled
from the used cards and others are
brand new! We thank all contributors
and encourage you to keep those cards
coming as we receive positive feedback
about how these cards lift the spirits of
our congregation.
We also recognize the anonymous donor
who faithfully and regularly provides
ALL of the postage stamps used in this
ministry. This level of generosity is
remarkable and whoever you are, we
give thanks for you.
Of course, we don’t forget to give
thanks for our small but mighty team
who selflessly show their care and
concern for others in answering the calls
to prepare and deliver meals, visit and
call the homebound and visit the ill in
hospitals. Please continue to send
requests or needs through the church
office or by contacting the co-leads
Richard Steadman or Eula Anyiwo at
[email protected] For urgent
needs please call Rich at 951-471-2337
or Eula at 909-731-6706.
Our next meeting will be held on
Wednesday, May 6 at 1:30 in
Fellowship Hall.
Rich Steadman & Eula Anyiwo
Caring Ministry Co-Chairs
We all had a great time and devoured
six dozen+ scrambled eggs and
Whitney Lee’s “scratch” sourdough
pancakes during the family Friday
evening “camp-over” and Saturday
morning meeting last month.
2, 2014: Please join us for Christian
fellowship and a “Ministry Moment” to
live by from our very own Andy
Huntington. We look forward to this
meeting as we explore our summer’s
opportunities for Christian fellowship
and service. Our meeting begins with
coffee and fellowship at 7:45 am
followed by breakfast after which
Andy will share his “Walk to Emmaus”
Don’t forget to join us for our 4 th
installment on “How God Makes Men”
between services on Sunday, May 17 th.
Ron Guilliams
Vice President, UMM
Bear Creek Golf Club
22640 Bear Creek Dr. N Murrieta, CA 92562
Dinner/Auction, Sunday, May 17, 2015
Golf Tournament, Monday 18, 2015
*Proceeds go to Murrieta UMC Food Pantry*
The Golf Tournament Dinner/Auction is on Sunday, May 17 th
at Bear Creek Golf Club (22640 Bear Creek Dr. N, Murrieta, CA
92562). The cost of dinner (per person) is $40.00 (cash/
check/charge). The doors open and appetizers are served at
4:30 p.m. with a chance to participate in opportunity
drawings and silent/live auction while you mingle. At 6:00
p.m. a four course dinner, presented by Anthony’s, Tesoro’s,
The Mill and California Pizza Kitchen, will be served. We’re
limited to 200 diners, so we only have about 30 places for non
The auction committee is accepting donations of items to be
raffled and auctioned off. We are especially interested in
time shares, condos, homes in vacation areas. Air mileage is
also needed for packaging with vacation items. Please
contact Pam Warfe at 951.246.0374/ [email protected]
you would like to donate.
Monday, May 18 – Golf Tournament @ Bear Creek Golf Club The cost per player is $140.00 which includes Sunday dinner/
tournament and lunch. Registration is at 8:00 am with a
9:30 am shotgun start. Awards at 2:00 pm!
I trust the Easter services music enhanced
your worship experience. Special thanks to
Scott Thudium, Josiah Chung, Isaiah Chung
and Daniel Chung for their instrumental
accompaniment of the Chancel Choir and the
opening hymn “Christ The Lord Is Risen
Today”. Also, thank you to all who joined
with the Chancel Choir to sing the Hallelujah
Chorus. What a glorious way to conclude the
Easter worship services.
To enter the golf tournament please contact Dave Warfe at
951-246-0374 /[email protected] or stop by our
information table every Sunday through May 17 th for
information and entry forms.
Thank you for participating in the spaghetti
dinner fundraiser in April. With your help we
were able to raise $727.85 for camperships.
Sonrisers meet next on Saturday, May 16th at
8:00am in the Fellowship Hall. We have a
very active group and meaningful
fellowship. Please come join us for a light
breakfast. We’ll continue to discuss new
ways that we can be of service in our church
and community. Please call Pam Warfe at
951-246-0374, if you have questions.
Summer will be here before we know it and
the Chancel Choir will take a hiatus. We are
looking for people interested in providing
music, sung, instrumental or a combination of
both, for worship. Please contact Wes if you
would like to provide music for a summer
worship service.
Wes Scott
Director of Music, 951-676-5377
Pam Warfe
9:00 a.m.—Traditional, grade level Sunday School (nursery
care provided for 2 and under)
11:00 a.m. First Sunday of every month-One-room Sunday
School opportunity in Room 2. Children will return to join
their families for communion at the tail end of the Worship
Service. (nursery care provided for 2 and under)
11:00 a.m. 2nd-4th (and sometimes 5th) Sundays of the
month- Children’s Worship service in the Fellowship Hall
(nursery care provided for 2 and under)
Please remember to sign your children in and out of Sunday
school for registration and safety purposes. All Sunday
School teachers are Safe Sanctuary trained to provide a safe
and loving environment.
Karri Whalen
Director of Children’s and Family Ministries
[email protected]
Another opportunity for the congregation to help with SSP is
through our SSP Shares Donations. Beginning in May, the
youth will sell “shares” which will help sponsor him/her while
on their mission trip. You will receive letters from the youth
from SSP and be invited to a hosted dinner upon their return
in July.
April was a busy month for the youth
program and we have a lot more happening
in the month of May!
On May 3rd the Parent Social will be held in
the Youth room between services from
10:00-11:00 a.m., giving me the perfect
opportunity to put faces to names and get
to know the parents of our youth. Please
stop by the Youth Room to say “hello”.
There is no Youth Group on Mother’s Day
(May 10th) and a Counselor Meeting on May
The Youth are sponsoring the
Goodwill Drive on May 17th,
so if you have any items to
donate we really would
appreciate your support. You
can drop them off at the
church any time before 4:00 p.m. on the
17th. The proceeds go towards youth
activities, including helping those attending
Sierra Service Project this summer.
Lastly, this month the youth begin a
curriculum on the Gospel and missions.
They are studying their call towards Jesus
and missions and will do a “who are we”
theme in youth group enabling the new
counselors and the youth to get to know
each other better and continue bonding as
a church family.
Adriana Sorensen
Director of Youth Ministry
[email protected]
Mom’s Survival Group is a group of young women who
are dedicated to helping each other grow in Christ. We
continue our current study, “House or Home” by Chip
Ingram, on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am – 11:00
am in Fellowship Hall, room 2, through Wednesday,
June 10th. You’re welcome to join us at any time. Bring
a friend! Child care is provided. Please contact
Shannon Pettis 951-600-0826 or
[email protected] if you have any questions?
Middle school and high school meet in the
youth room at 9am every Sunday for
worship and then split for program. The
first Sunday of every month Youth attend
worship for the whole service.
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It’s time to register for VBS 2015
2015 Cal-Pac District
Summer Camp Dates
Camp Wrightwood:
Younger Elementary Camp
Grades 1-3
July 22-25, 2015
Conquering Challenges with God’s
Mighty Power!
Come and meet some new friends while
experiencing God’s power and promises along the
Elementary Camp
Grades 3-6
July 19-25, 2015
Junior High Camp
Grades 6-9
July 26- Aug 1, 2015
Senior High Camp
Grades 9-Graduated Seniors
July 5-11, 2015
Register today at
Call Karri Whalen 951-677-6174
Adriana Sorensen 951-751-2890
For more information
Camperships are available through
MUMC for those families in need of
financial assistance. Applications for
camperships are available from Karri
Whalen, Adriana Sorensen or from the
church office. Campership applications
will be reviewed by a committee and
rewarded based on financial need,
Sunday school and Youth Group
involvement, and service to the
church. Please contact Karri at 951316-6323 or Adriana at 951-751-2890
for more information.
Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$20.00/child participant
(must have completed Kindergarten to register)
Opportunities for Youth Crew Leaders (grades 69)
(training is required, limited positions available)
Registration forms are available in the church
office and
on our website at
For more info, please contact Karri Whalen
at (951)316-6323
Each family coming to the food pantry receives a basic bag of
staples which includes cans of vegetables, beans, pasta, meat,
tuna, and toilet paper that our pantry shoppers purchase through
the week. They also can pick from the variety of cereals and
soups we have available. Then they choose from bakery items,
which have been donated by Winco, and bakery goods, produce,
meat and deli that Albertsons has donated through their Fresh
Rescue Program. Each week, through your generosity and the
generosity of our community, the people we serve can count on
receiving this much food. Proceeds from the MUMC Annual Golf
Tournament and donations from the congregation cover the cost
of the weekly shopping trips. We try hard to stock up on sale
items and rely on Winco and The 99 Cents Store when there are
none. We would love it if everyone could bring just a couple of
cans of beans (beans never seem to go on sale) during May to
allow us to lay up some reserves. Another good choice is ramen
noodles as the people really like them. Bless you all for your
continued support.
The Pantry Team
Donna Dewey
Denise Guilliams
Katie Matthews
Virginia Attarian
Dottie Marshall
Gary Smith
Ken Bartholomew
Jim McGlashan
Vincent Scola
Candy Barros
Ernest Hix
Vicki Kiehl
Bob Mirek
Bill Schrader
Carol Earle
John Marshall
Bob Kimes
John Kohrmann
Alice MacAfee
Sharon Hunter
George Marshall
Chloe Whalen
John Dechert
Jeanette Norris
Jacer Rivera
Jillian Barr
Audrey Chafin
Claire Fisher
John & Mary Jane Bodnar
Ron & Bonnie Berry
Larry & Kathy Joseph
Jim & Millie McGlashan
Tom & Sandy Andert
Michael & Misti Power
Tom & Jeanie Pilkington
Robbie & Vicki Kiehl
Charles & Sylvia Muse
Nick & Bonnie Radcliffe
Marjory Gresik
Don Greywood
Ben Hudson
Sheryl Mathews
Taylor Garrison
Robin Jonkhoff
Jeanne Lee
Andrea Humphries
Leena Kattan
Adriann Huntington
Susan Carmichael
Eric Ramos
Ron Guilliams
Fred Suckow
Kathy Joseph
Loretta Wininger
Louie Zehfuss
Linda Bouch
Janice Breuer
Ron Fokken
Walt Williams
Carol Sierra
Chaillemar Pierce
Elsa Glidewell
Carol Wynn-Sandy
Karen Candaele
Ken Ellingboe
Meaghan Gingrich
Meghan Jackson
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Sunday Education Schedule
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.: Children’s Sunday school for Pre-K - 5th
grade. 6th - 12th grades meet in Youth Room then
separate for Sunday School. 1st Sunday of the month
Worship is in sanctuary.
11:00 a.m.: Children’s Worship
10:05 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.: Adult Christian Education
M-THz 9:00AM-3:00PM
Fri 9:00AM-12:00PM
1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.: United Methodist Youth
* Nursery and Child Care are available 8:45 a.m.
to 12:15 p.m.
A Monthly Publication
Editor: Judy Gilmore
Deadline: Fri. May 15rd
(Due by Noon)
Newsletter folding: Wed.,
May 27th
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