You’re talented, no matter what you think

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage […]

Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein – Breaking ground as a woman rabbi

Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein – Breaking ground as a woman rabbi

It takes tremendous effort to plan and initiate a religious service each week, and in the Conservative/Masorti Jewish congregation, Temple Beth Sholom, the key person behind that effort is Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein. The congregation, which was formed in Sun City 51 years ago, now holds their services in Temecula. Compassionate as well as spiritual, their […]

Praise him anyway

Praise him anyway

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18 Life […]

Discover your spirituality; experience the kingdom of heaven now

Mary Bothwell Special to Valley News It can be easy to feel disconnected from the influence of good in the midst of a contentious world. It is always helpful to know how to find the peace needed to move forward constructively. Understanding that the kingdom of heaven, that atmosphere of unending spiritual peace indicating God’s […]

 Congregation votes to become a sanctuary church

MENIFEE – The members of Menifee United Church of Christ voted after its worship service, Aug. 27, to become a sanctuary church. While the church does not have the facility to house undocumented immigrants, it will advocate for them. “Our congregation voted to be a beacon of light in the sometimes dark debate over immigration,” […]

How to win friends and keep them

How to win friends and keep them

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3 In ancient Greek mythology, there was once a man named Narcissus who noticed his reflection in the still of the stream. He immediately fell in love with his reflection and sat there gazing at his beauty night and […]

 Menifee United Church of Christ studies to become a sanctuary church

MENIFEE – Menifee United Church of Christ will spend three Sundays in August studying about how to become a sanctuary church. Being a sanctuary church means offering shelter or support to undocumented immigrants. Many faith communities in California and across America have declared themselves to be sanctuary churches. It is estimated that America is home […]

How to face your problems

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us. Romans 5:3-5 Why? It’s the question each […]

Having a positive life change is possible

Having a positive life change is possible

“Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires… put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22, 24 If you want to get healthy and lose weight, you have to stop eating unhealthy foods and start eating healthy foods. You will never reach your health […]

A Life of Significance is worth seeking

A Life of Significance is worth seeking

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 If you’re like most people you spend your days just trying to survive. You’ve probably said things like “I’ve just got to get through the […]