Spend Sunday mornings with a church that shares your values,
United Church of the Valley values spiritual growth, education, environmental harmony, inclusion, Interfaith understanding and social justice because we believe we are called to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ in the present age. We listen for the voice of a still speaking God and in all things seek to understand the will of a just and loving God.
Rev. Dr. Gilford Bisjak is our current pastor. Rev. Gil has many years of experience working as a pastor, counselor and hospice chaplain. Gil is warm, welcoming and easily approachable. He has a good sense of humor. Gil enjoys working with people of all ages. Rev. Bisjak is committed to social justice, compassionate ministry and progressive theology. He values teamwork, encourages people to think for themselves and likes it when they ask questions. Gil and his wife live in Highland with three cats.
Where we worship...
At UCV, we understand that a church is a group of people, not a building. We are a congregation that has worshiped in several buildings since our founding, seeking facilities that suit our present needs. Currently we worship at the Temecula Masonic Center, 27895 Diaz Rd, (the white building with a blue awning) just south of the Temecula DMV. (Enter in back from side street, Via Dos Picos.) Doors open at 9 a.m., worship begins at 10 am, and all are invited to stay for fellowship afterward, around 11 a.m.
Open and Affirming
United Church of the Valley welcomes and includes all people in the life and leadership of their church. We are part of a growing movement to counteract the discrimination and judgment often found in churches, particularly of the gay and lesbian communities. We do not merely "tolerate" the LGBT community, but welcome and affirm our sisters and brothers in Christ of all orientations.
UCV Facebook Group!
Be sure to check out our Facebook group, where you can meet other members of UCV online, post questions, announcements, news, pictures and more. We strive to be a church with open communication where everybody is invited to participate.
Statement of Purpose
We believe that we are called to continue the work of Jesus in this world through teaching and preaching the love of God, seeking ways to love and understand all people and establishing the ways
of peace, hope, healing and justice.
Our faith is progressive in accomplishing these tasks in cooperation with any and all who seek the same goals for this world.
Statement of Affirmation
We, the congregation of United Church of the Valley, Murrieta, declare ourselves to be Open and Affirming.
As such, we strive to be a congregation that welcomes all persons, regardless of age; mental and physical health and ability; racial, ethnic, and cultural identity or background; economic, educational, and social status; sexual orientation, gender identity and its expression; marital status and family structure; or faith background.
We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, stewardship, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our congregation’s life in Christ.