First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood
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
Rev. James Powell
Rev. Steve Peralta
Director of Music
Director, Program Ministries
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.
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
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
Thursday, August 15th
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
Goal: 100 Kits!
Friday, August 9th - VBS SET UP! 11:00 AM in
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).
Sunday, August 18th
For those interested in visiting
detainees in Adelanto or
otherwise helping with the
incarceration of asylum seekers.
NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL
Sunday, August 4th
Be sure to stay following
worship and join us for a
Summer style picnic
luncheon and say hello to
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.
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)
Sunday, August 25th
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!
“I can endure all these things through the
power of Christ who strengthens me!”
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.
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.)
Mini Art Projects
Assorted Stick-on items:
Fuzzy balls, googly eyes, sparkles, sequins, beads,
Bring art supplies throughout August
Drop them off on the table next to Boyer Chapel.
Sunday, September 1st
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
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN –
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know if you want to go!
This retreat is sponsored by the Men’s
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.
MEET THE NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL
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,
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
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
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 www.nohofumc.org Subscribe to our YouTube and social media pages.
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
For contact information, ask the church office.
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
• 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:
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
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“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.”