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“Is the office open?”
“But the door is locked.  When will the office be open?”
In the Gospels, when the person (“someone” in Matthew 19, “a man” in Mark 10, “a certain ruler” in Luke 18) received Jesus’ answer of “go and sell, give away, and follow me” to the question “What must I do to inherit the Kingdom of God”, the person went away grieving, shocked, and sad.
Not getting the answer you want to hear is never easy, just recall your conversations with young children who want something.  I remember these conversational moments with my own kids.  I now have a healthy dose of such conversation and reaction with my grandkids.  I am also now encountering such conversation and reaction at church, with questions around the opening of the church office, rooms, and campus.
For the record, the church office is open, and the campus is open.  But, following the leadership of our Board of Trustees and the standard of “best practices”, what now comes first is the safety and security of the children and staff in the Light of Christ Children’s Center (LCCC), and of our church staff.  That means, access to the campus is restricted during LCCC hours, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the doors to the church office are locked during regular business hours, currently 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m./1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
The office is open to assist in facilitating the mission and ministry needs of our church.  If you need assistance and support, you can take the chance of coming by unannounced to ring the doorbell or knock on the door; you can call ahead, (760) 745-5100; you can schedule an appointment, .
“Is the office open?”
“Yes, the office is open.”
We look forward to seeing you.
Hope this helps.
Pastor William
…Methodists practice discipleship with prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness…
Church/Charge Conference 
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
7:00 p.m. in the RISE worship space
Agenda:  The Covenant Relationship Agreement with San Marcos UMC 

See you there!
Iglesia/Conferencia de cargo
martes, 14 de junio de 2022
7:00 pm. en el espacio de adoración RISE
Agenda: El Pacto Acuerdo de Relación con San Marcos UMC
¡Te veo allí!

Calling All Kids 5 and up!

The church will be having a week-long Music Summer Camp Monday- Friday beginning June 20th, with a performance during church on June 26th. The camp is Free and will be held from 9:00am to 12:15 pm in the RISE Worship Space.  We will be working on the musical Our Amazing Living Bible and each child will have a part in the musical and will help make all the props for the show as well!

Please R.S.V.P to Ruth Weber at (760) 803-6049 to reserve your child's spot!  Please share this with your friends!

The Sanctuary congregation is sponsoring a food drive for Wounded Warriors on 6/12 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM.  All in our First UMC Escondido community are welcome to participate.

Recommended items to contribute include:  peanut butter, tuna fish, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, and any other non-perishable item with which you’d like to bless them.

If you have questions, please let me know.  Thank you in advance for your support.


Debra Wilder

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