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 By Zach Elliott    Community 

Make a good plan a great plan

Want to hear a great joke? I thought you would. Here it is: How do you make God laugh? Don’t know? You tell him your plans. OK, maybe it’s not that funny. But it does speak to... — Updated 9/20/2019

 By Tony Ault    Community

Hebrew Russian cantor Svetlana Portnyanski performs for B'nai Chaim benefit

Cantor and renowned performer of Jewish songs, Russian romances and Ukranian melodies Svetlana Portnyanski warmly greeted Congregation B'nai Chaim at their benefit dinner Sunday, Se... — Updated 9/13/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

Replace fear with peace

Terrified! That was the look on my frozen friend’s face from atop the ladder. He climbed up, turned sheet white and asked, “Can you help me down, please?” Have you ever been... — Updated 8/30/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

What kind of friend are you?

I was standing at a graveside watching people pass by the casket to pay their respects. All was normal until an elderly man stepped off the walkway too soon and his leg went... — Updated 8/29/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

What's better than crying?

At the age of two, author Helen Keller was stricken with a devastating disease that left her deaf and blind. Yet she said, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who... — Updated 8/22/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

Oh, now I see it

At the start of the lunar sunrise Dec. 24, 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 read verbatim the account of creation found in Genesis 1:1-10. Little did the crew know that their reading... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

The Leftovers

Just like many of you, I have a garage sale or two every summer. It’s almost an American tradition. The heat comes, the days get longer and the garage sales start poppin.’ I... — Updated 8/7/2019


Interfaith Council names 2019-2020 officers

TEMECULA – The Interfaith Council of Murrieta and Temecula Valley at its recent monthly meeting elected their officers for the coming year. Those elected as co-chairs were Alifah... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

I hate waiting

Why is this taking forever? Don’t they understand how valuable my time is? If they didn’t screw up my tires in the first place, I wouldn’t have even had to come back here. I t... — Updated 8/1/2019


Interfaith council seeks nominations for 2019 Humanitarian Award

TEMECULA – The Interfaith Council of Murrieta and Temecula Valley is seeking nominations for its 2019 Humanitarian Award. Nominees may be an individual of any age, youth group, not-for-profit organization, business, faith-based... — Updated 7/25/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

What are you thinking?

Did you know that according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America over 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic negative thinking? That’s a huge chunk of t... — Updated 7/25/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

Have a high impact

How to fish, shoot, hunt, set up a tent, drive a tractor, dig a hole, look people in the eye, properly shake someone’s hand and hold the door open for a lady. These are just a... — Updated 7/11/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

Never leave naked

We were searching for a beach on the Big Island of Hawaii when my wife and I parked at the edge of a cliff near all the other cars. We noticed a family with children loading up to... — Updated 6/21/2019

 By Zach Elliott    Community

My new drug of choice

“Take a chill pill!” That’s what my wife told me as I was getting frustrated at a Chick Fil A drive-thru when my chicken was taking too long. Can you blame me? That chicken... — Updated 6/7/2019

 By Lynn Donovan    Community

Healing broken hearts this Easter

A word, harshly spoken. The altering of what once was. The pain of lost relationships collides with the demand of unwanted change. Regret knocks upon the heart. Remorse follows... — Updated 4/28/2019


Local church hosts 'Unplanned' pre-screening at Edwards Temecula 15

TEMECULA – While set for official release March 29, over 1,000 people gathered for a pre-screening of "Unplanned," March 26 at Edwards Temecula 15 theaters at Promenade Temecula.... — Updated 4/19/2019


Congregations B'nai Chaim and Havurim's Lamad Academy invites community to the annual Purim Family Carnival

MURRIETA – Congregations B'nai Chaim and Havurim will open their doors to the community Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for their Hebrew school's annual family fun... — Updated 3/28/2019

 By Lynn Donovan    Community

Fear is defeated

My child, in the moments when fear rises and surrounds you on every side, don’t look into its eyes of doom and darkness. Refrain from entertaining the imaginations of, what if... — Updated 2/14/2019

 By Lynn Donovan    Community

Christmas welcomes devotion

In the quiet before the early light of Christmas traditions, my child, rise and sit alone with me. Press into my heart and travel with me through the ages, back to a tiny town in... — Updated 12/20/2018


Worshippers gather for annual Murrieta Menorah Lighting at Town Square Park

Worshippers gather for annual Murrieta Menorah Lighting at Town Square Park, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.... — Updated 12/7/2018


Congregation B'nai Chaim hosts Hanukkah Candle Lighting at Murrieta Town Square Park

MURRIETA – Congregation B’nai Chaim’s menorah lighting, an annual celebration of the Festival of Lights, will be held Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Murrieta Town Square Park. Ceremony will also honor the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree... — Updated 11/29/2018

 By Lynn Donovan    Community

Welcome to the Thanksgiving table

Cease the struggle and worry. Put away the frantic demands upon your time and energy. Bow low, shrug off the burdens, laden with discord, competition and foolish striving. In this... — Updated 11/22/2018


Armed with perseverance

I first met Sabine Becker Sept. 8, when she was a celebrity judge who presided at the Paws 4 Kids Pallywood Dog Contest, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley. I knew very... — Updated 11/22/2018

 By Kim Harris    Community

Community comes together to honor synagogue shooting victims

The local Jewish community, along with members of other faiths, came together at the Temecula Duck Pond Sunday, Nov. 4, when they held a potluck, sang and prayed together during a... — Updated 11/9/2018

 By Tony Ault    Community

San Jacinto street church welcomes all

There are many traditional churches in the Hemet San Jacinto Valley that welcome visitors on worship days or during regular church hours. Many churches believe that helping the... — Updated 9/20/2018


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