Reconciling Ministries
Upcoming Event(s)
Peace Vigil:  Our church’s third annual Peace Vigil (they were also held in 2018 and 2019) will be in person at 4 pm on Sunday, December 5 in the sanctuary. It will be an afternoon with a variety of fun and uplifting components, and will open with remarks by Pastor Leigh Ann and close with a candlelight ceremony at the Peace Pole led by Pastor Frank.
Past Events…

Escondido Pride at Kit Carson Park: This one-day event was held on Saturday, July 24. It was Escondido’s first Pride event, and it is planned to take place every year in July. Vista UMC had a booth at this event and plans to do so each year it is held. The event itself was a fun, happy, very well-attended occasion, and many people stopped at our booth, often to thank our church for being an accepting and loving presence there for all of God’s children.

Pride Month: We acknowledged the celebration of June as Pride Month here and across our country through an article in our church monthly newsletter which recognized the contributions that LGBTQ members bring to our lives, enrich our community and our world, and to celebrate and uplift the diversity and beauty or our human race.

Christ Ministry Center:  As part of the Church’s Lenten/Easter offering, the Reconciling Ministries Community sponsored donations to help Christ Ministries Center/Safe Harbors in San Diego. This organization led by Rev. Bill Jenkins, gives aid to immigrants, new mothers and their babies by providing housing, food and the basics of daily living. Their immediate needs were diapers, baby wipes and socks. Our congregation was very generous in donating a large amount of packages of disposable diapers, baby wipes and sock for babies and children, also a portable pack-n-play. In addition $360 in cash and checks was donated.



The Reconciling Ministries Community within the United Methodist Church of Vista family welcomes and celebrates our human family’s diversity.
  • We recognize the sacred worth, dignity, and value to the body of Christ of all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, ethnicity, physical or mental capacity, education, economic or marital status.
  • We welcome full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of our church as we journey toward reconciliation through Christ.
Have questions about Reconciling Ministries?  Please speak with with Lyn Berry or Gary Lamb at (760) 726-0442.

Why Does it Matter?

Why Does It Matter?
As a Reconciling Ministries Community, we want to make sure that all feel welcomed in our church, especially those who are marginalized. Our RMC mission statement speaks not only of sexual orientation and gender identity, it also includes race, age, ethnicity, physical or mental capacity, education, economic or marital status. We want to make sure that ALL are invited to be part of God’s family, that ALL are encouraged to become involved in the life and ministry of our church, that ALL have a seat at the grown-ups table, and no one is left out.
For several years our own Lynda Mounts attended another church in the denomination where she was raised. The pastor knew that Lynda was gay, and told her every time he saw Lynda that he was praying for her. She was pretty certain that he was praying that God would “save” her from the sin of homosexuality, as he understood it. He was very sincere in his beliefs, and his prayers were no doubt equally as sincere.
What Lynda needed then, what she needs now, is a church that will pray WITH her, walk WITH her. What marginalized persons need is a church home that will pray WITH them, walk WITH them. That’s a big part of what we want UMCV to be.
Why does this matter? Why does it matter how welcoming we are? It matters to the single parent who is working hard to raise their child. It matters to the millenial (22-35 yrs old) who wants to find meaning for their life. It matters to the parent of a trans child who wants desperately to provide healthy spiritual guidance along with love and nurturing. It matters to the person who lives with a disability and needs barriers removed. It matters to the couple who fall in love and need a church
 an abomination in God’s eyes, and have never darkened a church door since, afraid that God really doesn’t love them. It matters to the parents who have been told that their child’s sexual orientation damns them to hell, and that it is the parent’s fault. It matters to all who have been excluded and need desperately to know that they are beloved by the God who created them, and by those who claim the name Christian.
-Lynda Mounts/Barbara Mitchell


Peace Pole Dedication at Mosque Masjid Alittehad

Peace Pole Dedication at Masjid Alittehad Mosque

A contingent of people from our church celebrated the installation of a Peace Pole at Vista mosque Masjid Al-Ittehad Saturday, November 18. Thanks to the congregation for the gifts to make it possible. It was a lovely afternoon of worship and fellowship, the first of gatherings to come.