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Good News August 2019


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Good News August 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: AUGUST 2019 IN THIS ISSUE: • Super Hero VBS • Discovery Arts • CLUE Training • Polynesian Night • Trustees Update GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Rev. Dr. Grant Hagiya Bishop Rev. James 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 Lately, I’ve been ruminating on the concept of joy. Most of us consider joy as that feeling you have when everything is good and a rush of euphoria sweeps over you. Some people feel it when they are with someone they love. Some feel it when they are in a place of tremendous beauty. Some people feel it in moments of great accomplishment or achievement. I would like to challenge that assumption. The Bible lists joy as being one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The Psalmist proclaims, “In your presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) and implores, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth…” (Psalm 98:4). I believe that joy has a more permanent element in our lives than those moments of fleeting euphoria. Joy becomes that hidden strength in times of adversity, giving rise to hope and a reassurance that everything is going to be okay. When is the last time you felt like a joyful person? I ask because all too often, we focus on things that sap our joy. We become stuck in ruts of apathy. We yearn for what was, instead of what can be. We blame people. We fixate on issues. We become overwhelmed by the sheer chaotic current of life. When this happens, we no longer are aware of who are or who we are called to be. We forget what we have and become anxious about all that we don’t have. Most importantly, we forget who we belong to and who holds our lives. As we head into the final chapter of summer, we have many reasons to be filled with joy. We have a loving community. We will be spending a Saturday teaching children about finding their strength and courage in God. We will have an opportunity to fellowship and relax in “Hawaiian Style.” We will have a New Member class for people who have found our church to be a loving community where everyone is accepted for who they are. So be filled with joy…because even in a world that changes and in the midst of uncertainties, we need to rediscover our joy and rest in the unchanging and unrelenting cornerstone of our faith. Blessings, Pastor Steve
  2. 2. SERMON SERIES: THE ART OF TIDYING UP & SYSTEM RE-BOOT We typically want to serve Jesus on our own terms. We want the gospel of Christ to reinforce our values and our world views...yet Jesus really speaks in a subversive way to the values and worldview of his day and yes, our day as well. Are you willing to re-set the way you view and value things in your life? August 4 The Problem of Hoarding Luke 12:13-21 August 11 The Joy of Tidying Up Luke 12:32-40 August 18 *You Say 1 John 4:7-19 August 25 System Upset Luke 13:10-17 HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP July 7 - Pastor Steve’s sermon, Following Advice, was based on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Special Music was shared by Eddy Faulkner, who sang an original song, “I Won’t Give Up.” Scripture was read by Daniella Lake. Pastor Steve shared the sacrament of communion. Norman and Patty Kelsey promoted July events and activities during announcements. The Men’s Chorus sang America The Beautiful! We enjoyed a patriotic coffee fellowship on Independence Sunday. July 14 - Norman Kelsey was in the pulpit while Pastor Steve was on a brief vacation with his family. His Sermon, “Name Brand or Generic,” was based on Luke 10:25-27 and inspired us to not have a generic faith! Scripture was shared by Jesse Boone. We were blessed with a lovely time of special music from the Thomas Family! Jeff, Emma, & Abbey, sang, “A Living Prayer.” The Roche’s brought desserts to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary during coffee fellowship. July 21 - Pastor Steve returned to the pulpit with a message titled, “A Woman’s Place,” inspired by the story of Mary and Martha from the book of Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Our scripture reader was Anne Roche. Special Music was a gorgeous duet by Libeck Kadu-Vieten & Jeff Thomas, “The Prayer.” July 28 - On the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, Pastor Steve shared a message inspired by praying. “Patterns of Prayer,” was based on Luke 11:1-13. Our scripture reader was Catie Andrus, on her last Sunday with us at NOHO FUMC. Catie received a farewell gift bag and card from the congregation and Pastor Steve. Special Music: Jeff Thomas, singing, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” *Sermon title and scripture selected by guest Pastor, Rev. Dr. Mary Dennis
  3. 3. What’s Happening in August? Sunday, August 11th - Mission Sunday! Bring non-perishable foods for the Food Pantry. Dry Cereal is most needed! Please bring a few extra dollars for your offering! PB&J PROJECT Thursday, August 15th 7:00 PM Lounge Please join us in making 150 sandwiches for the homeless & hungry in our community. Can’t make it but want to help? Host a PB&J Project! Friday, August 30th - Tea Time Brunch Fellowship! At the home of the Kelseys. 11:00 AM. Tentative event - based on heat index. Saturday, August 10th - Vacation Bible School Super Hero VBS begins at 9:00 AM! Meet at Boyer Chapel! Lunch included! Goes until 3:00 PM! Tuesday, August 27th - Ruth Circle meets at the home of Deanne Cox. 6:30 PM. Potluck. Thursday, August 15th - PB & J Project meets in the Lounge at 7:00 PM. Discovery Arts Donation Collection August 4, 11, 18, 25 We need Crayola Paint Palettes & Activity Packs! Ask to take boxes home to decorate! Saturday, August 31st - Prep Day 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Lounge. Lunch Served. Sunday, September 1st - Assembly Day Following worship in front of the Lounge! Kits go to children who are too ill to participate in group programs. Goal: 100 Kits! Friday, August 9th - VBS SET UP! 11:00 AM in Boyer Chapel. Friday, August 23rd - Hawaiian Night! On our Patio. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Delicious food and live Hawaiian Musicians and Polynesian Dancers! Sunday, August 25 - New Member Class! 12:00 PM. Location TBD. Lunch Provided. Sunday, August 4th - Meet & Greet Ernie Levroney! Following worship, stay for luncheon in the Social Hall. Say hello to the new Head of School! Saturday, August 31st - Discovery Arts Prep Day! 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Lounge. Lunch Provided. Organize donations and decorate boxes. Sunday, September 1st - DA Assembly Day! Following worship in front of the lounge! (9:00 AM call for set up volunteers). ADELANTO VISITING INFORMATION SESSION Sunday, August 18th 1:00 PM Boyer Chapel For those interested in visiting detainees in Adelanto or otherwise helping with the incarceration of asylum seekers. WELCOME NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL Sunday, August 4th Following Worship Social Hall Be sure to stay following worship and join us for a Summer style picnic luncheon and say hello to Ernie Levroney! Sunday, August 18th - CLUE Training. 1:00 PM in Boyer Chapel. For more information or to sign up, contact the church office or Lisa Cheby.
  4. 4. September 15th 10:30 AM Worship Luncheon to follow! Mark your Calendar! FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | PATIO Entree & Beverages Provided Bring sides, themed entrees & desserts to share! 7:00 - Entertainment Live Music by Na oAloha Polynesian Dance Performances By the Aloha Hula Awapuhi & Apetahi Class Dress in your tropical duds! (Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food)
  5. 5. Sunday, August 25th 12:00 PM Location TBD For all who have an interest in taking on the formal vows of membership, we will have a short class after church on Sunday, August 25th. Expect to spend an hour- and-a-half learning about the history of the church, expectations of members, how to be involved in ministry, and how to grow in your faith. Lunch will be provided. IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019! Kids will discover their strength in God! $15 per child $10 per additional siblings INCLUDES: Epic music, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, fantastic Bible stories! T-shirt, keepsakes & Lunch! We are taking kids on an awesome adventure alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God! Please invite your friends kids, neighbors kids, as well as cousins and siblings! It’s going to be SUPER FUN! SATURDAY, August 10th 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Lunch Break Included! Bible Point: “I can endure all these things through the power of Christ who strengthens me!” Phillippians 4:13 Did you think Ruth Circle had forgotten? No, but attending a show at the Glendale Center Theater in May or June didn’t work out this year. Instead we will be attending “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” on Thursday, October 3rd, and all, male or female, young or old, are invited to join in. Showtime is 7:30 pm. The tickets are $28. Please order tickets from Kathi Ellis, 818-761-2436. Usually, a number of those attending, meet at 6 pm for dinner at Damon’s Steak House before the play! Damon’s and the Theater share the same parking lot. You are welcome to join the group for dinner or attend the theater only. Let Kathi know if you will be meeting for dinner when you reserve your tickets for the play.
  6. 6. BEDSIDE ADVENTURE KITS By Patty Kelsey Your Missions Team is supporting Discovery Arts for the seventh year by making Bedside Adventure Kits! Discovery Arts brings music, dance, art and drama to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are receiving treatment. We will be making 100 boxes filled to the brim with art supplies! WHAT WE NEED: Crayola Paint Palettes Markers (8 ct.) Coloring Books Mini Art Projects Activity Kits Assorted Stick-on items: Fuzzy balls, googly eyes, sparkles, sequins, beads, buttons, feathers. Bring art supplies throughout August Drop them off on the table next to Boyer Chapel. ASSEMBLY DAY Sunday, September 1st following worship Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to share in this wonderful mission project! Alyssa with a Bedside Adventure Kit! HELP US PREP & DECORATE We are in need of artistic people to gather and decorate boxes on and before prep day. All of our donated art supplies need to be sorted and individually packaged and 100 boxes need to be assembled and decorated. Please mark your calendars for Prep Day: Saturday, August 31st 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Lounge
  7. 7. UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – 150th ANNIVERSARY Throughout 2019, the United Methodist Women of NoHo FUMC and throughout the world have been celebrating the 150th anniversary. We have celebrated 150 years of women in the Methodist tradition organized for mission, putting faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth. The UMW Legacy Fund was established to be a permanent endowment, investing current gifts that will grow for use in coming decades to continue support of these ministries. The goal is $60,000,000 which will be a permanently invested endowment, the earnings of which will strengthen the organization so that future giving can even more directly address injustice and alleviate suffering. At the end of 2018, $25,000,000 had been donated. This year’s Day of Giving on March 23rd brought in over 3,500 gifts for a total of $496,451 – the largest Day of Giving to date for United Methodist Women! The active campaign ends at the end of 2019, but donations may always be given to The Legacy Fund. On March 23rd, Judy Palmer, Jodi Smith, Wendy Welch and Lynn Yoshizumi attended a UMW birthday party given by the North District at Northridge United Methodist Church.  Similar celebrations were held by the other districts in the Cal-Pac Conference and all over the U.S.A. CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Fashion Show/High Tea Party The Cal-Pac UMW has a special history and connection with Arcadia Methodist Hospital, one of the conference’s local UMW projects.  This history began when the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Southern California Conference of the Methodist Church founded the Methodist Hospital of Southern California which began operating in 1903 with five beds in a two-story house on Hewitt Street in downtown Los Angeles. It has been expanding and improving ever since. In 1957 Methodist Hospital opened with 138 beds on a 22-acre campus in the Arcadia civic center. A number of additions have been made to the original structure. A west wing opened in 1967, increasing capacity to 284 beds. New surgical and laboratory/emergency/critical care additions follows. The 169-bed Berger Tower was completed in October 1998. In September 2011, the hospital opened the North Tower with 120 medical surgical beds, 20 CCU beds and an expanded emergency department. The latest improvement is the new 30-bed Rehabilitation Unit on the 3rd floor of the Berger Tower. The Cal-Pac Conference UMW has pledged $100,000 to the New Rehab Unit campaign. As a fund-raiser in support of the Because We Care campaign, the Cal-Pac UMW Conference will be hosting a “Women of Distinction” Fundraising Fashion Show/Tea Party on Saturday, August 24, at Glendale First UMC from 11:30 am – 3 pm. The fashions will be by Magnolia Boutique. A group of women from our local UMW will be attending and honoring Kathi Ellis as one of the “Women of Distinction” in our Conference.
  8. 8. All-Church Overnight Camp October 11th - 12th   Mark your calendars for Friday night through Saturday afternoon at The Oaks Christian Conference Center ( Join Pastor Steve and members of your church family for a short retreat! Experience times of worship, prayer, spiritual enrichment, and fellowship! Enjoy good food and fresh air! Registration is $100 per person, which includes three meals and comfortable, hotel style lodging, and a variety of activities! Please contact the church office (818) 763-8232 or to let us know if you want to go! This retreat is sponsored by the Men’s Fellowship. Several United Methodist annual conferences meeting this summer looked at plans for a new Methodism centered around how to divide The United Methodist Church. More than 20 of the regional gatherings rejected the Traditional Plan approved by the 2019 General Conference and voted to remove the phrase “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” from the denomination’s lawbook. The United Methodist Church had 54 U.S. regional conferences that met in May and June. Other conferences had passionate discussions about the future of The United Methodist Church but stood by the action of the 2019 General Conference. Four of the seven conferences in the Western Jurisdiction — Oregon-Idaho, California-Pacific, Desert Southwest and California-Nevada — voted to petition the jurisdiction’s College of Bishops to convene a special conference to consider separating from the denomination. Meeting after the close of the California-Nevada conference, Bishop Minerva Carcaño and her cabinet met and released a statement that said, in part, that disaffiliation “would not fulfill the promise of the Wesleyan spirit and Methodist ethos, or the calling to leadership as a jurisdiction.” LGBTQ people were commissioned, ordained or licensed in the California-Nevada, Baltimore- Washington, Michigan, New York, Northern Illinois, Oregon-Idaho, Desert Southwest, Mountain Sky and North Texas conferences. North Texas Bishop Michael McKee said the openly gay pastor ordained in his conference is single and does not violate the Book of Discipline. Conferences that rejected the Traditional Plan included: Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Northern Illinois, Great Plains, California-Pacific, Desert Southwest, Upper New York, Minnesota, California,- Nevada, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina.
  9. 9. MEET THE NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL ERNIE LEVRONEY Ernie started teaching right out of college from Bowdoin University in Maine at the age of 21. He began his career as a science teacher in independent schools. Eventually, he decided to go back to school to pursue a career in science, he received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and did a Post- Doctoral fellowship at Cornell Med School. During his time in New York, Ernie realized how much he missed opportunities to teach. He returned to Los Angeles to teach middle school & high school students. He soon became the Science Department Chair. Ernie became the Upper School Dean of Students, Director of Entrepreneurship, a Dean of Academic Integrity, and has worked closely with the Directors of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition Ernie opened PRIME School, a successful charter school in Gardena, California. Ernie demonstrates an energy and passion for learning that is universally felt by everyone who meets him, including students. we look forward to welcoming Ernie Levroney, along with his husband Fernando Robles, home to The Wesley School and to the NOHO FUMC Community. FROM THE DIGITAL OUTREACH DESK: TONYA PEAT Hello! It’s great to be back after a long road trip with Scott and the girls. We missed our church family and checked in weekly on the Facebook page during the live streaming. Thanks Muffett for filling in for me on Sundays while I was gone. We are looking for another person to be on the list for running the streaming on Sundays. If you are interested in learning to do it, let me know. It would be much appreciated to have another person in the rotation. We are Super excited about VBS coming up and want to urge everyone to use the info from the weekly update email Patty sends and copy, paste and share to all your friends and family with kids. If you belong to a community page like Valley Village Parents or Magnolia Moms, make sure to post there. I know as a kid my mom loved taking us or more importantly dropping us off at VBS because that meant some free time for her. :) Post on your social media and get the word out. Also, we are still looking for someone to take over my position when I find a full time job. This is a great part time position for someone who loves our church and wants to help with special projects, social media, the web site and the weekly videos with Pastor Steve. Talk to me or Pastor Steve if you are interested. As always, keep our church in mind as you navigate your social media. Share our posts and tag us in your posts. It’s up to us all to let the community know we are here for them and that #AllAreWelcome @NoHoFUMC Subscribe to our YouTube and social media pages.
  10. 10. August 5 Caitlin Thomas August 6 David Zung August 10 Bruce Neckels August 12 Pauline Long August 14 Henry Mottaz August 15 Erin Neckels August 17 Richard Roche August 19 Michael Acosta August 23 Jason Books August 23 Abigail Ellis August 24 Kealan Sucher August 25 Lynn Yoshizumi August 26 Erin Kent August 26 David Kurushima August 26 Marijane Settlemyer August 28 Karen Griggs Wishing you many blessings on your birthday! Love, Your Church Family HOMEBOUND CONGREGANTS For contact information, ask the church office. Margaret Dixon Joyce Cunningham Dorothy Tyler Gladys Woodard Margaret Allen Dottie Vick Kathi Ellis (Burbank Rehab) • Brian Vieten was taken to the hospital for coronary heart failure. He is back home and recuperating and on a strict low sodium diet. • Emma Thomas had a seizure on Tuesday, July 30th. There will be a follow up with a neurologist. • Kathi Ellis has checked herself back into the Burbank Rehabilitation Center after feeling weakness in her body. She will be there temporarily. • Bill Varney returned home and will be heading to Palm Springs with his family for vacation! He thanks you for your prayers. • Tracy Hagan is undergoing chemotherapy and keeping her faith and positive spirit, even while losing her hair. • Anne Roche received results of her liver biopsy and it was confirmed that she has mantle cell lymphoma. The doctor will do another PET scan in late August to see if she is a candidate for chemo or not. We are having phone line issues and are not receiving calls on our main line. Please be sure to call us at: (818) 763-8232
  11. 11. LECTIONARY CALENDAR August 4 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Green. Hos. 11:1-11; Ps. 107:1-9, 43 (UMH 830); Col. 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 August 11 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Green. Isa. 1:1, 10-20; Ps. 50:1-8, 22-23 (UMH 783); Heb. 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40 August 18 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Green. Is. 5:1-7; Ps. 80:1-2, 8-19 (UMH 801); Heb. 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56 August 25 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Green. Jer. 1:4-10; Ps. 71:1-6 (UMH 794); Heb. 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Adult Sunday School meets on the 3rd & 4th Sundays at 9:00 AM in Boyer chapel Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Communion will be served on Sunday, August 4th at 8:15 & 10:30 Worship 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel August 4 - Pastor Steve August 11 - Norman Kelsey August 18 - Patty Kelsey August 25 - Sandra Smith Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by August 17th for the September 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 “NoHoFUMC is a community that practices the all-inclusive and transforming love of God as modeled by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We celebrate our diversity in race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender, ability, citizenship, and socioeconomic status. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we welcome all people into the full participation of the life of the church.”