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By Robin Wells

A season of preparation and growth


I love spring. As a minister of the Gospel, I look not only to the weather of the changing seasons for inspiration, but I look to the seasons of the church as well. In the tradition of the church year, the season of Lent prepares us for the celebration of Easter. Lent is a time of self-examination, prayer, fasting, and generous giving to those in need. This year, Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church has focused its giving during Lent in a "Campaign for Kids." By supporting local and global missions that nurture healthy development in kids now, we are helping to nurture the adults that will lead us into our future.

It is an exciting time to be a part of the Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church and we are more spiritually connected than ever. Have you heard about the two labyrinths on the church grounds? These sacred walking paths are open to the public and the community is encouraged to help maintain the labyrinths by placing "potato sized" stones along the outlines of the paths. One of the labyrinths is etched into the area we have designated for the building of our future sanctuary as we continue to grow. For more information on guided tours, contact the church office by email at or by phone at (661) 822-1440.

We also have increased our online presence through our website,, and Facebook. In March, we launched a call-in prayer group for Lent on Monday mornings at 6:30 a.m. and we hope to carry this prayer group into the Easter season. To connect in prayer at the designated time, call (712) 770-4035. The PIN to join the prayer group is 559797.

Other upcoming events include:

Potluck Soup Supper – Friday, April 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service – Thursday, April 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m

Good Friday Worship Service – Friday, April 14, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nothin' But Sand Beach Clean Up in Santa Monica – Saturday, April 15. Carpool from Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church leaves promptly at 7:15 a.m. The clean up event is from 10 a.m. to noon, but we plan to have some free time in Santa Monica with an expected return to Tehachapi between 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Registration deadline is April 7. Contact the church office by phone or email to begin the registration process or fill out the interest form on our website at

Easter Sunday, April 16 -

Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Celebration Service at 10 a.m., and Egg Hunt for all ages and abilities at 11:30 a.m.

More opportunities to participate in ministries of worship, hospitality, administration, and mission are often updated to our website and Facebook as well as to our bulletin board in the church dining hall.

About the United Methodist Church:

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. 

Your local UMC in Tehachapi is located on the corner of Backes Ln. and Schout Rd. with the parking lot on the Schout side of the property. Sunday Worship is at 10 a.m. All are welcome and invited into a life of Christian discipleship together.


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