The Dateline


Official Newsletter for Shepherd of the Valley UMC





3 Paul Graham, Eddie Palomera, Ron Rea, and Nancy Wakefield

6 Chuck McNeely

7 Gene McNeely

9 Janet Spier

11 Bridget Cohagan

12 Michael Gayler

14 Trevor Parsons

15 Kristi Roberts

17 Betty Wire

18 Craig Smothers

20 Linda Person

22 Mary Anne White

26 Connie Bredemeyer

27 Joanne Bourquin

28 Lanny Prior



This month I would like to remind everyone that we are in a covenant relationship with Lift Ministries. We are a growing church and our covenant with Lift Ministries is helping us to discern exactly how God is calling us to serve the people of the Coachella Valley. As part of the covenant, Lift Ministries will send a team to be with us the first Saturday of every month (except July and August; from 1:00-4:00PM). The expectation is that the whole church will participate in these monthly gatherings. In May the Lift Team led us in worship and focused on “Stages of Faith” and “Four Factors of Congregational Health.”
One of the assignments this month is for members of our congregation to engage the people we meet by taking time to just talk with them. We were reminded that everyone has a story, and hearing their stories helps us to begin to build relationships; which is an important step to growing community (and the church).
Another assignment is for us to being in conversation with our community leaders to discover how Shepherd of the Valley UMC can best serve our community. Several teams from our church will be meeting with community leaders in the coming weeks. Please hold them in prayer as they represent our church and seek to understand the needs of our community.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next Lift Ministries Gathering on June 1, 2019.
Enjoy the journey, Pastor Lynn



As part of our Covenant with Lift Ministries we will hold a monthly gathering to focus on our church-wide goal of Centering in Christ. The Meetings are the first Saturday of each month (except July and August) from 1:00 – 4:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

This Months’ Focus was:

A Disciple’s Path

Measuring Health and Vitality in Our Church

Was a very interesting discussion

 Future Lift Gatherings

June 1                             Church-Wide Conference 1:00-4:00pm

Summer Break

September 7                 Church-Wide Conference 1:00-4:00pm

October 5                       Church-Wide Conference 1:00-4:00pm

November 2                   Church-Wide Conference 1:00-4:00pm

December 7                    Church-Wide Conference 1:00-4:00pm



by Pam Parsons

The Trustees have been clearing and cleaning the classrooms and are almost complete. The shelving units have been moved to the garage. The “Bridge” and “Joshua Tree” Outreach items have been sorted and moved along with the two refrigerators to the garage.

The Library remains to be the last room to be cleared. Anyone wanting any of the books from the library, it will be open after the church service for everyone to collect any and all books
Trustees continued
they desire. We will need to box up all the books and would appreciate any help you can give us. Also, if anyone has any ideas as to where we can donate the books, please let us know as soon as possible.

As soon as we have a signed lease contract, we will hire a painting contractor who will paint all 10 classroom’s ceilings and walls. The carpet cleaner will follow the painters, cleaning the 7 classroom carpets. The Trustees are currently cleaning the 3 tiled classrooms.

We are prayerfully and patiently waiting for a signed lease contract. If it is God’s will that our education building will be used as classrooms for a school, it will happen.



We are accepting educational scholarship applications for qualified applicants to the Sam Ritter Scholarship fund.  We’ve been blessed over the years to be able to provide financial assistance to members of our church (or children of members) who are high school graduates (or have a GED equivalent) and want to pursue a college education.  Applicants must provide verification of enrollment in a college, trade or vocational school and can apply for scholarships in the amount of $500 to $1,000.  We would be happy to provide the forms and applications to anyone interested. You can also download a copy from the webpage at The deadline for applications to be received is June 30th.  





Please be aware, the third Tuesday of EACH month is street cleaning day. NO PARKING is permitted on Deglet Noor from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Violators WILL BE ticketed.

It’s that time again……. hope, everyone is feeling blessed
JOSHUA TREE: The next trip up there is Saturday June 8, 2019, the sign-up sheet is in the narthex and all the help is appreciated…. the caravan leaves the church at 6:00 the more the merrier….
UNDER THE BRIDGE: Our last visit out there was on Saturday April 27th and we were welcomed with gratefulness and hungry mouths. We served 16 individuals and some came back for seconds!! “MIracle” our Spanish interrupter, made some of her special sandwiches and everyone loved them, and Connie made her awesome apple/bread pudding…yummmmm
Because of their recent eviction, they were all in need of clothing, blankets and all types of living items and it was truly God at work with Linda and Barb having both their cars fill of these items to help.
We were also told that they were going to have to relocate their camps again in the near future and how grateful they were that we are a constant in their lives,
they know we will be there. That was a great feeling to hear them say that….
Our next trip will be the four Saturday of May, which will be May 25th and we hope that you will fill the barrel. With the summer heat coming we are in need of water and always non-perishable/package/can food for their “TO GO BAGS”
Sign up in the Narthex we meet at 8:00 under the Dillon Bridge, so come join us for a cup of coffee and help us spread the word.
As our ministries are reaching out, Connie visited with The Episcopal church, about their shower trailer and how we as neighbors could help. She went back to meet with Tim, the gentleman who heads up this mission, and was amazed with the trailer.
He is asking us to spread the word that he will be there every Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 letting the homeless take a shower and have clean clothes. His mission is called Showering Our Neighbors.
That’s all for this month folks!!!! And don’t forget if you have a mission desire in your heart PLEASE let us know!!!
Connie & Cheryle, Coordinators


The prayer list for the sick is in the Sunday bulletin.  Please call the church office 760-347-1046 or email us at to have your loved one added or removed from the list.

Thank You!


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