The Dateline


Official Newsletter for Shepherd of the Valley UMC









Paul Gerhardt

Barbara Averett

Paige Levitt &

Bud Wrisley

Carolyn Greenman

Jim Jones

Janice Rea








Jerry Averett

Sloan Levitt &

Rich Parsons

Marcia Wrisley

Judy McCormack &

Dani Melton

Kristin Levitt

We ask church members to please contact the church office 760-347-1046 with any name, phone number, address or email changes. You can also email us the information at

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By Pastor Lynn

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another … (Hebrews 10:24-25a)

I read this passage recently as part of my daily devotion. I love the thought of encouraging others toward love and good deeds. It makes my heart smile to see the members of our church doing this often. It’s one of the things I love about Shepherd of the Valley UMC.

In the days ahead, we will all need to encourage one another to love and to serve.

“The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.” (

I am encouraging you to hold all the delegates who will be gathering in St. Louis in prayer. As we pray, let us remember that the church does not belong to us. It is God’s Church and Christ is the head. No one can predict the outcome of this Special Session, but we all can be confident in knowing that God is at work.

And I invite you pray for our own community of faith. We are embarking on an ambitious journey of faith by covenanting with LIFT Renewal Ministries. You will hear much more about this soon. This covenant with LIFT will give us a team of specially training clergy and laity who will help us be the church God is calling us to be. Without question, the key component of the work that is ahead of us is a commitment to discipleship. You may remember that Pastor Bill Johnson spoke of the “the Big 5.”

  • Daily Prayer
  • Daily Study of the Word
  • Weekly Worship
  • Weekly Small Group Meetings
  • Daily Acts of Love

The Lift team will help us to be the best disciples of Jesus Christ we can be by focusing on our membership vows and the challenges of discipleship. When we are loving one another and serving Christ faithfully, we will be guided by the Holy Spirit to accomplish our mission of “making disciples for the transformation of the world.”

Enjoy the journey!

Key “LIFT” dates to remember:

March 17                      Lift Covenant Service 4:00 PM

March 17 – April 6     Church-Wide Prayer Vigil

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

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

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 painting of the Narthex has been completed.  All labor and paint have been donated.  We have started painting the brick, lower walls and light soffit in the Sanctuary (again all paint and labor is being donated) to prepare for the carpet installation.

Thanks to all those who donated to the “Named Carpet Squares” and the general Capital Campaign donations.  We will have the funds to carpet the Narthex and matching carpet area in the Sanctuary.  At this time, the red carpet will remain.

The painting of the rest of the Sanctuary will need to be done professionally and it will be costly.  We are looking for painters and getting bids.  It is a very difficult job and will need scaffolding to do the work.

Wiefel and Son Mortuary and New Journey Cremations have been renting our Sanctuary for some of their viewing services.  It is an opportunity for us to introduce and share our church with the community as well as a revenue source for our church.


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.


Remember, the sign-up sheet is on a clipboard in the Narthex and your help is needed as a greeter, usher, liturgist or coffee host.  We will not meet in the month of February. The next meeting will be Friday, March 1st at 10:00AM in the adult classroom.



The 2019 Altar flower calendar is on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Please sign the calendar for the Sunday you want to have flowers. Remember, only one person/family can sign up flowers on each Sunday. We ask you to write in pencil and use the envelopes located below the calendar for payment; the cost is still $35.00.


Are you interested in becoming a member of Shepherd of the Valley UMC? Do you just want to know more about opportunities for growth and ministry? Please call Pastor Lynn at 760-534-1019.


For those of you not familiar with us we are a small group focused on the prayer list provided by the church office, and the joys and concerns lifted during Sunday worship for sharing on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am in Room 5. We are privileged to pray for those in crisis, acknowledging that it is always His will that we pray for.  All give glory to God for his healing and his grace. if you would like to join our small group walk-ins are always welcome.


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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