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Good News April 2019


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Good News April 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: April 2019 IN THIS ISSUE: • Holy Week Schedule • Multi Cultural Night • Update: General Conference 2019 • UMCOR Sunday GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Rev. Grant Hagiya Bishop Rev. Jim Powell District Superintendent Rev. Steve Peralta Senior Pastor Congregation Ministers Jeff Thomas Director of Music Roger Eshleman Organist Nylean Rapinac Administrator Patty Kelsey Director, Program Ministries Tonya Peat Director, Outreach Ministries If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series of books and movies, you are familiar with Harry’s mentor, Professor Albus Dumbledore. You are probably familiar with Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore’s phoenix. A mythical, birdlike creature, phoenixes have several unique powers: their tears possess healing powers; they can lift heavy loads with their tail feathers; and they can disappear and reappear in a flash of fire. For all these interesting traits, I am most interested in a phoenix’s immortality: they age until they burst into flames and burn into ash, yet are re-born from the ashes of their death. This process continues indefinitely and is the way of a phoenix’s life. As we continue our journey through Lent, following Jesus’ way, we find several similarities between the way of a phoenix and the way of Jesus. Jesus “sets his face toward Jerusalem” knowing that he is going to be put to death, but confident that he will resurrect to life in three days. For the disciples, Jesus’ death seems to mark the end of their movement… but his resurrection breathes new life into their odd, little band of believers and they go on to form the church. Over and over, through the Bible and in the history of the church, just about the time it seemed that people of God had reached their end, God moves and they are reborn. The way of Jesus is one of life and death and resurrection and it is a reflection of how God seems to work in the Bible and in life. Perhaps this is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote these words: I want to know Christ[f]  and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. -Philippians 3:10-11, NRSV We have something scheduled for every day of Holy Week as we walk with Christ. We will witness his confrontations with opponents; hear his final teachings to his followers; and bear witness to his suffering and death. We do this to prepare ourselves for the resurrection: our reminder that God always has the final word of love and life. This is the power of resurrection: the secret to clinging to faith when the night is dark, the road is hard, and the tank is empty. We know that God will speak and new life will spring forth from the darkest places in our hearts and lives. So let us reach that point where we burst into flames, become ashes, and emerge reborn, ready for anything the world or life throws at us. Peace, Pastor Steve
  2. 2. COME AND WORSHIP Pastor Steve continues his Sermon Series: The Jesus Way. Lent provides us an opportunity to prepare ourselves to follow the risen Christ Again. April 7 Freelancing John 12:1-8 April 14 Palm Sunday Subversive Luke 19:28-40 April 21 Easter Sunday A Rising Son John 20:1-18 April 28 Sermon Series: Sent Ready or Not HOLY WEEK Pastor Steve invites you to worship. We will have something each night of Holy Week. Monday - Wednesday are informal gatherings at 7:00 PM in Boyer Chapel. Thursday and Friday will be worship services at 7:00 PM and Saturday will be a version of the Easter Vigil, also at 7:00 PM. April 15 Holy Monday Jesus Clears the Temple April 16 Holy Tuesday Jesus Curses the Fig Tree Labyrinth Walk April 17 Holy Wednesday Jesus’ Anointing April 18 Maundy Thursday Jesus’ Final Instructions April 19 Good Friday Jesus is Crucified April 20 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil TBA HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP March 3 - On this Transfiguration Sunday we shared communion and were blessed by Libeck & Shaun Vieten who shared special music. Pastor Steve’s sermon was titled, “Christ Revealed,” and it was based on Luke 9:28-36. March 6 - Ashes on the Run went well, even in the torrential rain. Pastor Steve and Pastor Mary were in front of the Sanctuary the majority of the day. Worship took place in Boyer Chapel at 7:00 PM. Pastor Steve’s message was inspired by Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 and was titled, “From The Inside Out.” March 10 - Patty Kelsey shared a children’s moment with Ashley Peat and we put away the Alleluia. Jeff Thomas shared special music. “Staying In Your Lane,” was the title for Pastor Steve’s sermon, based on Luke 4:1-13. March 17 - We were blessed by a special performance from our Synchronicity Bell Choir who performed “This Little Light of Mine.” The scripture today was, Luke 13:31-35, and Pastor Steve’s message was titled, “Keep Your Eyes On The Road.” Pastor Steve also shared a moment with the children about paying attention on your journey. March 24 - Patty Kelsey shared a message with the kids about how our lives are with and without God. and Fruits of the Spirit. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Taking Time To Grow,” was based on Luke 13:1-9 John 20:19-31
  3. 3. It is time to order your Easter Lilies! A gorgeous Easter Lily cross is erected in the chancel of the Sanctuary every year. The lovely plants are given in memory and in honor of loved ones and are $10 per plant. The plants may be taken home following the 10:30 am worship service on Easter Sunday, April 21st Your Name ______________________________________ Phone Number ________________________ Please Circle One: (In Memory) or (In Honor) of _____________________________________________________________ (In Memory) or (In Honor) of _____________________________________________________________ (In Memory) or (In Honor) of _____________________________________________________________ Total Number of Lilies Ordered _________ @ $10.00 per plant Total Due ______________ 12th Annual Multi Cultural Potluck Friday, April 12th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Join us for food from around the world and Entertainment by: • Jenevieve Ting, spoken word poet • Performance by Polynesian dancers • 4th & 6th graders Singing   We need church participants to help us create 5 centerpieces that celebrate a country, culture, or identity and to bring your favorite dish that represents your heritage. Buy a raffle ticket for $3 or bring three cans for the food pantry and win the new CODI t-shirt featuring the above artwork by Luella Castaneda, 6th grade! We hope to have more participation from our congregation and invite you to come celebrate community and culture at the fun collaborative event. It’s free! We hope to see you!
  4. 4. What’s Happening in April? Sunday, April 14th - Missions Sunday! Please bring nonperishable proteins to donate to the Food Pantry! (Tuna, Peanut Butter, Chili) 70th ANNIVERSARY The first worship service in our Main Sanctuary took place on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949! Saturday, April 13th - Easter Basket Prep Day! 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Lounge. Help us organize donations for Assembly Day on Sunday! Tuesday, April 23rd - Ruth Circle meets in the Community Room at 7:30 PM. Monday, April 15th - Tabitha Circle Meets at 10:30 AM in the Hand in Hand Room. Friday, April 12th - Multi Cultural Night! Social Hall & School Quad. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Sunday, April 14th - Easter Basket Assembly Day! Following worship in front of the Lounge. Saturday, April 20th 10:30 AM South Parking Lot Bounce House, Games, Activities, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, & Photo Spot! Please invite your family, friends and neighbors! Tuesdays in Lent April 2 & 9 8:00 PM The District Pub 5249 Lankershim Blvd. Join Pastor Steve Tuesday nights at The District Pub (5249 Lankershim Blvd.) for open discussions about God, Faith, and Life. Each evening will begin with a conversation starter and we will see where that takes us. Thursday, April 25th - PB & J Project meet in the Lounge at 7:00 PM. Tuesday, April 2nd - God Talk with Pastor Steve! 8:00 PM at the District Pub on Lankershim. Monday, April 15th - Holy Monday Gathering. 7:00 PM. Boyer Chapel. Holy Saturday, April 20th - Children’s Easter Festival! 10:30 AM. South Parking Lot. Volunteers are needed to help with this community event. Sunday, April 7th - UMW POP UP Easter Boutique! 11:30 AM. In front of the Lounge. Saturday, April 27th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Willow Street Estuary Long Beach Register online by searching The Great River Clean Up LA 30th Annual Event! Thursday, April 11th - Lenten Study. Soup Supper & Vespers begins at 7:00 PM in the Lounge. Sunday, April 14th - Palm Sunday. Holy Week celebrations begin this morning. Palm Fronds will be distributed at both 8:15 & 10:30 worship services. Thursday, April 4th - Lenten Study. Soup Supper & Vespers begins at 7:00 PM in the Lounge. Tuesday, April 16th - Holy Tuesday Gathering. 7:00 PM. Boyer Chapel. Labyrinth Walk. Good Friday, April 19th - Stations of the Cross. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Begins in Main Sanctuary. Full Worship Service at 7:00 PM. Boyer Chapel. Thursday, April 18th - Maundy Thursday Worship Service. 7:00 PM. Boyer Chapel. Tuesday, April 9th - God Talk with Pastor Steve! 8:00 PM at the District Pub on Lankershim. Wednesday, April 17th - Holy Wednesday Gathering. 7:00 PM. Boyer Chapel. NOHO FUMC Sunday, April 7th - Church Council Meeting. 12:15 PM. Boyer Chapel. All church invitation. Vote. Saturday, April 27th - The Great LA River Cleanup! 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. (see below)
  5. 5. Thank you to all who attended the All- Church meeting Sunday, March 17 after church. As we continue to feel our way forward from the results of the 2019 General Conference, your input will help direct our energy and efforts to ensure that North Hollywood FUMC remains a place where everybody is embraced and affirmed. The denomination now waits to see which portions of The Traditional Plan the Judicial Council declares to be unconstitutional and unimplementable. Already, our Annual Conference and Jurisdiction have declared that we cannot and will not abide by The Traditional Plan. A host of other Annual Conferences and a few Jurisdictions have declared the same. We are in the pains of impasse, and what we look like on the other side remains to be seen. But we believe that the Christ who welcomed tax collectors, zealots, prostitutes, lepers, and religious people alike is the Christ we will continue to seek and serve, now and always. By Pastor Steve Saturday, May 4th 7:00 PM Main Sanctuary Would you like to make a difference? Here is your chance! NoHo FUMC will host a reading of eleven monologues, each based on the story of a person who has experienced homelessness. This event is a part of Homeward LA: a 10- day citywide event where multiple productions are performed all over Los Angeles, bringing attention to the homeless crisis and raising funds for The Midnight Mission, an amazing nonprofit organization on Skid Row.   Our production will feature members of our church as well as readers from the surrounding community. We will be collecting a donation of $20 per person the night of the event. With hopes of raising $2000 for The Midnight Mission. You will want to be here! UPDATE From Pastor Steve
  6. 6. Church Council will be gathering on Sunday April 7th at 12:15 for a very important meeting. Join us in Boyer Chapel after coffee fellowship. Our congregation will be voting on the status of our church as it regards how we welcome all who would choose to attend worship, be a member of our church or participate in our community. Under consideration will be a vote to officially become a reconciling church on the rolls as a congregation that openly and actively acts on God’s word that we should be a faithful people who invite all people to participate in all aspects of worship and the life of the church; specifically as it pertains to the recognition of members of the LGBTQ+ community. Join us for worship at 8:15 on Sunday Mornings in Boyer Chapel. Are you looking for more opportunities to participate in worship, be in fellowship or community with a small but mightily faithful portion of our congregation? Are you an early riser? Need to take communion before 10:30 AM on the first Sunday of the Month, because you have to work? Please consider joining us for worship in our beautiful little Boyer Chapel. These early services occur every Sunday (except Easter) at 8:15 AM. They include music, scripture readings, time for prayer and reflection and feature lessons and sermons delivered by a rotating group of speakers. The first Sunday of each month is Pastor Steve (the sacrament of communion is served every first Sunday); Norman Kelsey leads the second Sundays; Patty Kelsey provides the message every third Sunday; while, Sandra Smith leads worship on the fourth and fifth Sundays. You will get unique perspectives from each of them. If you would like to lend your gifts and talents to the 8:15 services, you are encouraged to contact the Church office or any of the four listed above directly. We would love to have scripture readers, special music, liturgists; however you might be called to participate. Try it out. You might find that you enjoy both Sunday services. See you bright and early! Type to enter text UMW POP-UP EASTER BOUTIQUE Sunday, April 7th Following Worship in front of the Lounge Brings some cash and shop handmade Spring arts and crafts from the United Methodist Women. Proceeds go towards UMW mission projects!
  7. 7. At this time the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of some non-food items for the distribution site. We would be very grateful for donations made to assist in the Pantry's effort to help those in need. • Diapers in sizes 3,4 and 5 • Shampoo - can be small travel size or regular size bottles • Soap • Toothbrushes • Tooth Paste  • Hand held can openers  • If you have any of these items, please bring them to Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, just like you have been bringing your donations of non-perishable food. From Riverside Drive, turn south on Laurelgrove Avenue, turn right into the Temple parking lot. Simply advise the security person that you have a donation for the Pantry. Park behind the Temple lobby where you see the large plate glass window. Enter the lobby and put your donation in the large wooden box beside the window. As a reminder, please do not bring any clothing to Temple Beth Hillel or the Pantry distribution site. The Pantry does not distribute clothing and does not have a place to store clothing. Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Early Response Teams (ERTs) to fill specific needs in the early days after a disaster, such as cleaning out flood-damaged homes, removing debris, placing tarps on homes and otherwise helping to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. To be eligible for an ERT team, participants must take the 8 hour Basic Class ERT. After completion, participants will receive an ERT identification card which is valid for three years. A Renewal Class of 4 hours is required every 3 years. A background check (conducted through UMCOR's Verified Volunteers program) is required in order to receive an ERT identification card and participate on a team. The course will equip volunteers to minister in early response conditions, stabilizing damage to homes and being a caring presence for survivors. The instructor for this class is Ken Ellis. Additional Materials: Participants owning a laptop or WiFi-enabled tablet are encouraged to bring one, in order to efficiently process paperwork related to certification. Cal-Pac requires this training for all volunteers, whether United Methodist or not, who wish to apply for a team to Saipan, under the FEMA Invitational to work with survivors from Super Typhoon Yutu. Register by contacting Judy Lewis, Cal-Pac UMVIM/Disaster Response Coordinator, (909)731-8248 Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 Location: Murrieta United Methodist Church (24652 Adams Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562) Cost: $40 (includes light lunch, manuals and background check) Registration Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019
  8. 8. April is Earth Month, and NoHo FUMC wants to show how much we love our planet by participating in the 30th annual Great LA River Clean-Up on Saturday April 27th from 9am - 12pm at the Willow Street Estuary in Long Beach: 2526 De Forest Ave. 90806. To Register go to By Muffett Brinkman NOHO FUMC Trustees would like to say, “Thank You,” to those that came out to the Work Party on Saturday, March 23rd. Muffett Brinkman, Mike Gillis, Scott Faucett, Todd Murata, Phil & Anne Roche, Anita McChesney, Jim Tyree, Shirley Kurushima, Chuck Schafer, Sherri Perry, Jesse Boone, Casey Ellings, and Patty Kelsey. We appreciate you!
  9. 9. We have had a number of people from not only our area, but from other parts of the country, as well as around the world tuning in to watch our service live thru our Facebook page. Of course, respecting the privacy of our congregation we are limiting the on camera area to the front of the church. If you have someone watching the feed such as family in another part of the country and would like them to see you on camera please sit in the first 2 rows and let me know if you would like to be seen. The full service can be seen on the Facebook page by clicking on the videos link later and an edited version with the date and sermon title can be seen on our YouTube page. You can subscribe to the YouTube page to get notification, when we post new videos to our page. We post 2 videos per week. The full service as well as Pastor Steve’s Message for the Week. These short videos give a sneak peek into what Pastor Steve will be preaching on the next Sunday and usually post on Thursday afternoons. All the past “Message for the Week’s” videos are available to watch on YouTube as well, reaching back about 2 years. We also post an audio only version of the service to our Podbean page. You can find links to our Podbean, YouTube, Facebook and other social media pages at the bottom of our new website, as well as the monthly calendar, our online give page as well as many other things. Also, please see Tonya if you have a few minutes after the service, during coffee hour on Sundays and would be able to give a quick word on camera about what your favorite things are about NoHoFUMC. What brought you here and why you stay. We would like to put these videos on our YouTube page so that new visitors can get a feel for our church and hopefully come and visit. It’s a great way to reach out and share why we love NoHoFUMC. As always, if you have any photos from church events please feel free to email me at Another way to get your up coming events is through our call multiplier texts we send out each Thursday. If you would like to be added to this outreach please email the church office. If you have had an address or phone number change since we did the directory, please send me an email with your new information so I can update the online version of our directory which will be up and running soon. Thank you for your support! Hello from the Digital Outreach desk! We are super excited to let you know that we have been back live streaming the service on Facebook for a month now! We were having some trouble with the streaming software, but have worked it out and are happy to report all is going smoothly once again, so spread the word to family and friends who can’t make it to the service that they can watch live online. By Tonya Peat NOHO FUMC
  10. 10. April 4 Tanna Havlick April 5 Andrew Shuford April 7 Tara Varilek April 12 Margaret Dixon April 13 Lisa Cheby April 13 Frank Flemming April 15 Debbie Coyle April 15 Tonya Peat April 16 Gail Acosta April 17 Charles Lees April 17 Cliff Rogers April 19 George Peters April 23 Brian Ellis April 24 Jim Tyree April 27 Letha Watts April 28 Mark Hannon April 30 Charles Minetree April 30 David Varney • Trisha Morales is having unexplained seizures. • Lisa Cheby’s friend, Elva, fell and bruised her ribcage. Lisa is concerned for her overall health. • Annabelle Peat is having issues with her ears. She has been sent to a specialist. • Uma Tokahuta needs prayers of strength and motivation. • Mildred Doyel is recuperating after breaking her hip for the second time. • Sherri Perry’s Aunt, Sandra, has been under hospice care but has shown some improvement with her speech. •  Kathi Ellis has been doing well at Burbank Rehab and hopes to get back to church soon. • Bill Varney ended up with an infection in his blood and was admitted to the hospital. No updates have been received at this time. • Catie Andrus’ Mom, Judy, is undergoing treatment for her 3rd round of ovarian cancer. • Tracy Hagan has remained hope-filled even with living with the discomfort of living with adenoid cancer. She feels closer to God and is maintaining peace in her heart. • Bryant Tokahuta has recuperated very well after his kidney surgery! • Eric Anderson’s pancreatic cancer returned. No updates at this time. • David Vail has metastatic bladder cancer and has been undergoing new treatments. He continues to swim in the senior league in his hometown and is in good spirits. • Prayers for those detained in detention centers. • Prayers for our UMC and for our church as we move forward. • Prayers for Pastor Steve as we enter the High Holy Season. Keep him healthy! • Prayers for our world and the leaders of all nations. HOMEBOUND CONGREGANTS Think about dropping a note or stopping by to say hello. Margaret Dixon, Joyce Cunningham, Dorothy Tyler, Gladys Woodard, Margaret Allen, Dottie Vick, Irene Graham, Bill Varney.
  11. 11. WORSHIP LECTIONARY & LITURGICAL COLORS April 7 Fifth Sunday in Lent. Purple. Isa. 43:16-21; Ps. 126 (UMH 847); Phil. 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8 April 14 Palm/Passion Sunday. Red or Purple. Luke 19:28-40; Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29 (UMH 839); Is. 50:4-9a; Ps. 31:9-16 (UMH 839); Phil. 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56, or Luke 23:1-49 April 21 Easter Sunday. White or Gold. Acts 10:34-43; Ps. 118:1-2, 14-24 (UMH 764); 1 Cor. 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12 April 28 Second Sunday in Easter 2019. White or Gold. Acts 5:27-32; Ps. 150 (UMH 862); Rev. 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Adult Sunday School meets every 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday at 9:00 AM in Boyer Chapel Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:00 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Children’s Moment the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays of the month during 10:30 AM worship Communion served April 7th at 8:15 & 10:30 AM Worship and at Easter Sunrise Service 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel April 7 - Pastor Steve April 14 - Norman Kelsey April 28 - Sandra Smith Holy Week Schedule: April 15 - 20 Monday - Wednesday Holy Gatherings at 7:00 PM in Boyer Chapel Maundy Thursday & Good Friday Worship at 7:00 PM in Boyer Chapel Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 PM in Boyer Chapel Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 AM in the Courtyard Patio Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by April 17th for the April 2019 publication or email them to If you no longer wish to receive this publication, please contact the church office or return this address label noting that we are to discontinue sending it. Thank you. POSTMASTER - Please send changes of address to: First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood 4832 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601