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Published monthly, "The Good News" serves as a way to connect with our congregation and the greater Los Angles community. All are welcome, so please feel free to download a copy of the "Good News!"......

Published monthly, "The Good News" serves as a way to connect with our congregation and the greater Los Angles community. All are welcome, so please feel free to download a copy of the "Good News!" for more info check out nohofumc.com

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  • 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS FEBRUARY 2014 e-mail: nohofumc@pacbell.net facebook.com/nohofumc1 www.nohofumc.com A NOTE FROM PASTOR JOEY IN THIS ISSUE: • Directory Photo Sessions • Valentine Potluck • Multi-Cultural Potluck • Food Pantry News • Astronomy Club GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Minerva Carcaño Bishop Rev. Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth District Superintendent Dr. Joey K. McDonald Pastor Congregation Ministers Jeff Thomas Director of Music Roger Eshleman Organist Nylean Rapinac Administrator Patty Kelsey Director, Program Ministries Jessica Renslow Director, Outreach Ministries The scriptures record that Jesus said, “Take eat for this is my body broken for you,” and then after supper; “take drink for this is my blood shed for you and for the many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this often in remembrance of me.” So traditions believe the elements become Jesus in the blessing and the taking.   In United Methodism we believe in what is called real presence.  That is to say the elements are what they are, bread and grape juice.  However, Jesus is real because he is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and Jesus is with us present at the table because that is his promise and God’s grace. The most important things happen not before or during communion but after.  The music, prayers, meditation elements all are important, but when Jesus said do this in remembrance of me, I think he had something else in mind.  When we love each other, respect each other, care for and support each other, we remember Jesus.  When we see injustice and seek to right it, or see a hurt and seek to heal it, we remember Jesus.  When our words are of hope rather than harshness, and our eyes are on the horizon rather than our own feet, we remember Jesus.  So we take the elements and do what God calls us to do, remembering we are not alone. Your Friend and Pastor, Joey
  • 2. COME AND WORSHIP The following Bible passages will be the basis for the 10:30 messages in February Please take time each week to read the selected passages. 2 Acting In Faith Psalm 15 February February 9 February 16 February 23 Of Good And Bad Form Psalm 112:1-10 The Most Important Meal 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Paul The Building Inspector 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP January 5 - Norman Kelsey & Phillip Mottaz went Back To The Future for January announcements. We also recognized Lynne Hutton for her wonderful work with the Christmas Pageant and as our Children’s Choir Director. Pastor Joey’s sermon, “We Just Heard This Story,” was based on Matthew 2:1-12. January 12 - This morning Patty Kelsey shared a moment with the kids. We said farewell to Tara Varilek who is leaving to work for the Foreign Services Department. Norman Kelsey shared a moment for the Missions Team about SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Matthew 3:13-17 was the reading that Pastor Joey shared his message, “Let It Be So.” January 19 - Patty Kelsey shared a moment with the children discussing “Saying Sorry.” Scott Shepard read a letter from Bishop Carcano and notes from the meeting with Bishop Carcano and defrocked Pastor, Frank Schafer. Pastor Joey’s sermon, “The Teachable Spirit,” was based on John 1:29-42. January 26 - Today was United Methodist Women Sunday and we were treated to a sermon by Deanne Cox titled, “Born To Be A Light” based on Matthew 4:12-23. Many thanks to all of the ladies that took part in worship service; Jodi Smith, Myriel Tyree, Lynn Yoshizumi, Phyllis Hannon, Kathi Ellis, Wendy Welch, Shirley Kurushima, Anita McChesney, Anne Roche, Carol Van Meter, and Margaret Doggett. Donna Moore’s Brother, Eric, passed away on Friday, January 31st from Cancer. He is a husband and father to two small children. Margaret Dixon’s daughter, Joyce King, was hospitalized due to a drug problem. She is recovering. Larry Pines is having hip problems and other health concerns. Joe Orchard Entered the church triumphant in January Bishop Jack Marvin Tuell November 14, 1923 - January 10, 2014 Eric Moore Entered the church triumphant on January 31, 2014
  • 3. DAY: DATE: TIME: LOCATION: Saturday February 8th 6:30 - 8:30 PM Lounge The United Methodist Men invite you to an ALL CHURCH POTLUCK! UMM will provide the entrees. You bring sweets to share! All are welcome! Childcare will be provided! Free if you RSVP by February 5th. $5 at the door. The Wesley School & North Hollywood FUMC 4th Annual Multi-Cultural Potluck Friday, February 21st at 6:00 PM Join us in the Social Hall for a night of latin entertainment and cultural appreciation! Please bring a dish to share that best represents your heritage. We are looking for a few volunteers to create cultural center pieces! Our church will be in charge of 6 tables and we would love to have a variety of cultures represented!
  • 4. What’s Happening in February? Every Sunday in February - A Focus on Black History 10:30 AM worship. We will have a moment of special music, poetry or readings that celebrate Black History. We hope you will find these moments inspiring and educational. Sunday, February 2nd - Souper Sunday! Final day to bring cans of soup to church today and on Mission Sunday for the Food Pantry. Monday, February 7th - Astronomy Club meets at 6:30 PM to caravan to Angeles Crest. (See below) Saturday, February 8th - United Methodist Men Host an ALL CHURCH Valentine Potluck at 6:30-8:30 PM. Location TBD. UMM provide entrees, you bring the sweets to share. Sunday, February 9th- Mission Sunday! Bring non-perishable foods for the Food Pantry. Soup, Peanut Butter and Tuna requested. Please bring a few extra dollars for your offering! Monday, February 10th - Martha Circle meet in Hand in Hand 10:30 AM. Tuesday, February 11th - All-Church Movie Night set up by David, Amy! 6:45 PM Dinner and 7:15 Movie in the Lounge. (See details below) Wednesday, February 12th - UMW General Luncheon. 12:00 PM in the Lo-Fe-Lo Room. Lunch and Program. $3 donation. (see details below.) ASTRONOMY CLUB Saturday, February 7th 6:30 PM Angeles Crest Nat’l Forest Please RSVP with Doug Eboch. All interested need to meet at the South parking lot to carpool/ caravan to the viewing sight. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Monday, February 17th - Tabitha Circle meets at 10:30 AM in the Hand in Hand Room. Tuesday, February 18th-22nd - Church Directory Photo Session with Life Touch. Wednesday, February 19th - Ruth Circle meets at 7:30 PM in the Community Room. Thursday, February 20th - PB&J Project meets at 7:00 PM in the Lounge. Come make sandwiches for the homeless that come to the food pantry. Friday, February 21st - Fifth Annual Multi Cultural Potluck! Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM in the Social Hall! Bring a dish that represents your heritage. (See flyer for details) Sunday, February 23rd - The Missions Team meeting. 11:45 PM in Hand in Hand. Tuesday, February 25th - United Methodist Men Meeting. 7:30 PM. Hill Street Cafe. Thursday, February 27th - BUNCO BUNCH! 7:30 PM in the Lounge! ALL CHURCH MOVIE NIGHT Tuesday, February 11th 6:45 PM - Dinner Come have breakfast for dinner! 7:15 PM - Movie ABOUT TIME Starring Rachel McAdams A young man who comes from a family of time-travelers changes history for the better in this romantic comedy from director Richard Curtis. During one of his trip to the past, he falls for a woman. February 18th - 22nd Social Hall (2/18-20) Hand in Hand (2/21 & 22) Sign up for time slots: Tuesday - Friday 1:30 PM - 8:30 PM Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM via the Friday e-blast link or at www.nohofumc.com 818-763-8231 at Sundays during Coffee Hour
  • 5. CHRISTMAS CARD RECYCLING By Lynn Yoshizumi The front panel of Christmas and other greeting cards can be used by the young people at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada. The recycled cards program is operated by Kids Corp., a program established to teach entrepreneurship skills to these children that have been abused and/or neglected. They make new greeting cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive “green” holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of “going green”. Card Donating Tips: All types of greeting cards can be used. Birthday and thank you cards are needed. Only the front can be used. Be sure the back side is clear of any writing They cannot accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards • 5”x7” size or smaller is preferred • • • • • Please add your cards to the box decorated with Christmas wrapping paper and greeting cards which can be found in the Lounge until Sunday, February 10th. After that, please continue to save greeting cards; next December the collection box will be placed in the Lounge once again. If you prefer not to wait, you can give them to the church office or to me. Thank you. UMW GENERAL LUNCHEON Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Noon Lo-Fe-Lo Room $3.00 donation includes lunch and program All ladies are welcome! SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, March 8th, 2014 FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the Social Hall! Tickets are $20 Fashions by Drapers & Damons UMW NEEDS YOUR HELP Martha Circle is collecting items to be used as door prizes for the fashion show that’s coming up on March 8th.  They should be in nearly new condition and unwrapped.  See Margaret Doggett, Judy Palmer or Marijane Settlemyer or any member of Martha Circle. Deadline to bring gifts: Before March 3rd
  • 6. ASTRONOMY CLUB Astronomy buffs or those who just like looking at cool things in the sky - join us for a jaunt up into the darkness of Angeles Crest National Forest to enjoy some stargazing.   We should have good views of Jupiter and four of its moons, and will look for a galaxy or two. There will be a crescent moon to observe as well. Telescopes will be available to share, but if others have telescopes to bring along, that would be most welcome! Meet at the church Friday, February 7th, at 6:30 pm. Dress appropriately for the weather – it will be cold in the mountains. (If it is overcast or raining, the event will be cancelled.) Contact Doug Eboch if you need more info. DID YOU KNOW? You can donate to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry on-line.  ~Simply go to the Pantry website nhifp.org. ~Click on “Donate” in the upper right hand corner of the page.  ~Indicate the amount you want to donate.  ~Type the security code you see on the page.  Continue to the next page.  ~Indicate whether you are using Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card.  ~Fill out the necessary billing information.  Click on “Submit”.  ~You should receive a thank you note from the Pantry in a few weeks. If you shop at Food4Less, you can show your Ralphs card to the checker and the Pantry will receive a small percentage of your Food4Less order, just like when you register and show your card at Ralphs.  You don’t have to register at Food4Less since it is also owned by Kroger. *Homeless men, women and children receive about 25% of the bags distributed at the Pantry.  *Any pop-top cans that are donated go into ‘non-cooking” bags that are given out to the homeless. *17,680 bags were distributed at the Pantry in 2013.  *Each bag is designed to provide emergency food for a family of 4 for 2 days. *10% of the Pantry clients receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)benefits.  *On Nov. 1, 2013, SNAP households saw their benefits reduced between $1 and $36 per month.
  • 7. February 1 February 2 February 4 February 4 February 5 February 5 February 6 February 6 February 6 February 10 February 10 February 12 Lisa Zung February 13 Mee Zung February 14 Morenike Lake February 14 Sandra Smith February 15 Dr. Lancelot Lake February 20 Justin Parnell February 20 Don Farrand February 21 Norman Kelsey February 25 Tiernan Paull February 27 Daisy Galvis February 28 Grace Lawrence February 28 Michael Cox Jackie Sawiris Wendy Ford Sue Gordon Jim Wilkinson Ava Peat Beyla Nyaforh Dr. Phil Griggs Scott Shepard Steve Pitchford David Eshleman Uma Tokahuta “Luck, they say, is when preparation meets opportunity. Consider yourself lucky that Douglas Eboch & Ken Aguado have written a book that tells you not only how to achieve a screenwriting career, but also sustain it over time.” ~Lem Dobbs Congrats to Doug Eboch! Scott Peat worked with Ernie Hudson on January 12th! Scott also began filming a pilot January 31st. Patty & Norman Kelsey are producers of an off-off-off Broadway Show!
  • 8. Reflections ! Joey K. "Donald John 1:29-42 shares two essential elements of the Christian faith.   The first is the acknowledgment by John that someone greater than he exists.   The second is the recorded narrative of the first disciples as they respond to Jesus. Earlier in the chapter we are told people wondered why John was baptizing if he wasn’t the Messiah or Elijah, the prophet?  John possessed a clear sense of whom he was and what he was called to do by God.   He was to announce the realm of God and to offer a baptism of repentance in God’s name using water as a symbol of the power of God to recreate spiritually.  John knew just as clearly whom he was not and the text records that as well.  In verses 29-34 John shares the words God has given him as to whom Jesus is and what that means for believers.   In verses 35-42 we are told that as John shares who Jesus is, his disciples leave and follow Jesus.  Because he knew who he was and more importantly because he knew who Jesus was, John could preach and teach with confidence.   The central point of this text is that the purpose of our lives is to serve God and know Jesus.  In so doing, we will have meaning and strength as people of faith.   Of course, throughout Church history we have complicated this.   With complex theology, structured doctrine, denominational order and personal hermeneutics we have obscured the strength and majesty of the Biblical message.   Bill and Gloria Gaither, in a song titled Loving God, Loving Each Other, recapture some of this simple beauty.   “We tend to make it harder, build steeples out of stone; Fill books with explanations of the way.  But if we stop and listen and break a little bread, we could hear the Master say, It’s loving God, loving each other, making music with my friends; loving God, loving each other, and the story never ends.” Having experienced the true way, John was able to step aside and show others a new way.  John knew the difference between being forgiven, preaching forgiveness and the One whose very name is forgiveness.  His is a story worth knowing and telling.   Reflections are part of the weekly bulletin inserts for worship. This writing is originally from January 17, 1999 and Pastor Joey’s sermon was titled “Fear Finds Fault, Love Finds A Way” based on John 1:29-42.
  • 9. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP February February 2 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. The Presentation of the Lord. Green. Mic. 6:1-8; Ps. 15 or UMH 747; 1 Cor. 1:18-31; Matt. 5:1-12 9 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Scouts Sunday. Green. Isa. 58:1-9a (9b-12); Ps. 112:1-10 (UMH 833); 1 Cor. 2:1-12; Matt. 5:13-20 February 16 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany. Green. Deut. 26:1-11; Ps. 91:1-2, 9-16 or UMH 810; Rom. 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 February 23 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany. Green. Lev. 19:1-2, 9-18; Ps. 119 or UMH 840; 1 Cor. 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Adult Sunday School meets at 9:15 AM in the Hand in Hand room Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Children’s Message third Sunday of the month during 10:30 worship service Communion will be celebrated on February 2nd at 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM worship services. 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel February 2 - Pastor Joey February 9 - Sandra Smith February 16 - Pastor Joey February 23 - Norman Kelsey Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by February 17th for the March 2014 publication or email them to pattyfumc@gmail.com POSTMASTER - Please send changes of address to: First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood 4832 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601