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Good News December 2018


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December Newsletter for North Hollywood First United Methodist Church.

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Good News December 2018

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: DECEMBER 2018 IN THIS ISSUE: • 21st Annual Tree Lot • Christmas Eve Worship • The Journey • Poinsettia Orders • Altar Flowers 2019 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 Senior Pastor Rev. Steven F. Peralta Congregation Ministers Jeff Thomas Director of Music Roger Eshleman Organist Nylean Rapinac Administrator Patty Kelsey Director, Program Ministries Tonya Peat Director, Outreach Ministries My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have no doubt that if I asked you to tell me the Story of Christmas; you could do so with a fair amount of accuracy. We all know the story…in fact; it is so well-known that even people who have never attended church can tell the story of Jesus’ birth. The story is all around us and all-too familiar. It is so familiar and we are so focused on the baby or on Mary that we miss details in the story. We forget that these were real people living in real situations. We forget that there is political intrigue happening in the story. We forget that much of the drama endured by the Holy Family was caused by taxation. We forget so much of what makes this story real and relevant to you and me as we live our lives in the world today. As a result, we miss out on the deeper mystery of how the light of God is revealed in the world and in our everyday lives. This Advent season, we will be taking a journey: a journey which will lead us from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Along the way we encounter good, common people of great faith, through whom God works. We will discuss three little towns and the role they played in the birth of Christ. Along the way we will ask what each of these persons can teach us about serving God and fulfilling God’s purposes. Every Sunday at worship; every Thursday night the Advent Study, and of course, on Christmas Eve; we will journey together to welcome the Christ child yet again. I know Christmas can be a busy time, but I hope that you will carve out space among the social gatherings and working in the Christmas tree lot to focus on the spiritual nature of this Holy Season. We have a story to tell. We have light to share. We have been placed in the middle of a neighborhood that needs to hear the story yet again. After a season of mass shootings, catastrophic wildfires, and the everyday challenge of making ends meet, we need to hear again that God’s light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. I am ready to tell it. I am ready to invite people in and I hope that you are too. I am also looking forward to experiencing all of the NoHo FUMC Advent and Christmas traditions (yes, I am signed up to work many shifts at the Tree Lot!). I pray that this will be a season filled with meaning and good cheer. Happy Advent! Pastor Steve
  2. 2. ADVENT SERMON SERIES THE JOURNEY: WALKING THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM We will follow along with Adam Hamilton’s Advent Study, “The Journey.” Join us as we travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus. December 2 The Journey: Mary of Nazareth Luke 1:26-38 December 9 The Journey: Joseph of Bethlehem December 16 The Journey: Cousin Elizabeth Luke 1:39-56 December 23 The Journey: Nazareth to Bethlehem Luke 2:1-5 December 24 The Journey: The Manger HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP November 4th - Today was All Saint’s Day. Pastor Steve began his Sermon Series: Signs today. His sermon, “The Very Basics,” was bassed on Matthew 12:28-34. We remembered the Saints of our church that we lost this year, during Communion. We also had monthly announcements with Norman Kelsey & Phillip Mottaz. November 11th - We celebrated Community Day this morning with a wonderful service! Our Church, The Wesley School, Boy Scout Troop 18, Synchronicity Handbells and NOHO FUMC, joined together in celebration of our Community. Troop 18 presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Synchronicity Handbells shared a special performance of “Bells.” We were delighted with songs from The Wesley School Kindergarten & 4th Grade students, accompanied by Mrs. Mary MacGregor & Eddy Faulkner; Our Chancel Choir sang Hallelujah. Pastor Steve’s message, “Understanding Generosity,” was based on Mark 12:38-44. Worship was followed by a lovely reception in the Social Hall catered by Harvest Moon. Everyone enjoyed treats and shopping at the UMW Holiday Boutique tables and a number of families and friends gathered to make 215 sack lunches for the Food Pantry. What a blessing to be a part of such a special community! November 18th - On this Thanksgiving Sunday we enjoyed a lovely worship. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Preparing for the Big One,” was based on Mark 13:1-8, and Jesus is asking us in this passage to put our faith in far more than just our stuff. To live our life as God intended for us. November 21st - NOHO FUMC hosted the 34th Annual Interfaith Food Pantry Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service in our Main Sanctuary. We gathered with a number of other faiths to celebrate community, gratitude, and ways we have come together to help others in need. The Synchronicity Bells shared special music. and even Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian made an appearance to support the Food Pantry. November 25th - Today was Christ The King Sunday, marking the end of our church calendar year. Patty Kelsey shared a moment with children about UM Student Sunday. Norman Kelsey sat in the Pulpit for Pastor Steve and shared a message based on Phillippians 2:1-11, titled, “What Kind of King?” Special Music was shared by Libeck Kadu and Sherri Perry, who sang, Power in the Blood. Matthew 1:18-24 Luke 2:1-20 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
  3. 3. Monday, December 24th Two Services Available 7:00 PM - Family Service Featuring Children’s Message, Chancel Choir & Special Music 11:00 PM Featuring Lessons, Carols, Communion & Candlelight. Main Sanctuary Children’s Christmas Pageant featuring our Sunday School Children Sunday, January 6th During 10:30 AM Worship In the Main Sanctuary If you would like your child to participate, contact Tonya Peat and have your child meet in the Sanctuary following worship for rehearsal. Give a poinsettia plant in honor or memory of a loved one. These plants are fashioned into a Christmas tree which adorns the chancel of our church. The flowers may be taken home following the 11:00 PM Christmas Eve Service. Thank you for your $10.00 donation. Please complete the section below and return the form to the office with your check. Please indicate “for poinsettia” on the offering envelope. Thank you. Your Name________________________________ Phone ______________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________ Circle one: (IN MEMORY OF) or (IN HONOR OF) Number of plants ordered _______ Name _________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $ ____________ Name _________________________________________ Please place orders by December 15th
  4. 4. What’s Happening in December? Monday, December 24th - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 7:00 PM - Family Service Featuring Children’s Message, Chancel Choir & Special Music 11:00 PM - Candle Light Service Featuring Lessons, Carols, Communion & Candlelight Sunday, December 9th -Chili Cook Off! Bring your best crock pot of chili! Taste test & vote! Sunday, December 23rd - Walk to the Manger at the end of 10:30 worship. Please bring your Christmas Offering with you to church. After the benediction we will ask everyone to walk down the center aisle and place your offering in the manger. ADVENT BIBLE STUDY Thursdays in December 7:00 PM Lounge Pastor Steve will guide us as we follow along with Adam Hamilton’s Advent Study, “The Journey.” Join us as we travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus.. Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in December Our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lot is open for business! Fridays: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sundays: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM We need tree handlers, greeters, & dinner providers. Sign up at church or online. (Check your weekly email update for link) Sunday, December 9th - Mission Sunday! Bring peanut butter, chili, tuna, & dry cereal for the food pantry and a few extra dollars for the blue mission envelopes. Brown paper grocery bags too! Sunday, December 16th Following Worship Come to our Pop-up Shop in the Lounge! Santa may make an appearance! Sunday, December 9th Following worship Lounge Bring your most delicious pot of Chili to church! Everyone will taste test and vote for their favorite. Winner gets a small Christmas Tree! Wednesday, December 12th - UMW Holiday Luncheon. Noon. $3 Donation. Lunch & Holiday Program. Social Hall. Thursday, December 20th - PB & J Project. 10:00 AM. Lounge. Come make 150 Sandwiches for the homeless that receive assistance from NHIFP. Sunday, December 16th - UMW Boutique Pop-Up Shop during coffee fellowship! Friday, December 14th- Christmas Tea Fellowship at the home of Hannah Sack. Come see her decorations and enjoy a spot of tea. Carpool due to limited parking. Tea is at 11:30 am. Thursday, December 13th - Ruth Circle meets at the home of Myriel Tyree at 7:30 PM. Monday, December 17th - Tabitha Circle meets in Hand in Hand at 10:30 AM.
  5. 5. NOHOFUMC 21st ANNUAL TREELOT THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH A HEART See there’s a tree that will provide a homeless person with a carekit or homeless family with a hot meal. Another that will provide a sick hospitalized kid with a fun day of art. And still another that will save a young girl from the evils of slavery. See our Trees are the Christmas Tree with the Heart and are how the Mission Teams supports great organizations like Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, Discovery Arts, International Justice Mission, and many other great organizations. Unfortunately, the trees can’t sell and load themselves onto cars. That is where we desperately need you. We have positions for all skill levels, from just being a friendly face that says, “Welcome,” to the opportunity to build some real muscles moving trees. To sign-up please visit our signup genius page at You can also access the signup genius page via our website You will find the sign up link under the Missions Tab. Sign up today for a Tree Lot shift because without you there is no Heart. TREE LOT HOURS FRIDAYS 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM SATURDAYS 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM SUNDAYS 11:30 PM - 9:00 PM HOW TO VOLUNTEER ON THE LOT 1. In person on Sundays 2. Email Roger at 3. Online at You can volunteer for the following: GREETERS TREE HANDLERS CASHIERS PROVIDE LUNCHES OR DINNERS By Muffett Brinkman It’s that time of year again. It is Tree Lot time! Did you know our treelot has very special trees that no other lot in the area has?
  6. 6. The arrangements will now be arranged by the florist and come in a paper mache floral pot that you will be able to take home, with the arrangement intact, following worship. Each arrangement will be $30 - this will include an announcement in the bulletin for the Sunday selected. We will also be able to take more than one dedication every Sunday. On the Second Sunday of December, Dee’s Flowers will create a sample of the new arrangement for our chancel, so you can see what you will be ordering. To order flowers for the chancel, fill out the order form below and place in the offering plate or drop it in the church office mail slot. If you have a specific color or flower request, this can be made through Dee’s Flowers 818-769-3000 or Beginning, January 2019, there will be a change with our Altar Flower pricing and arrangements. You may not have known that Wendy Ince has been arranging flowers for the chancel for many years. She has earned a much needed break so that she can focus on her job. Thank you, Wendy, we are so appreciative that you shared your gifts with us for so long. Today’s Date: _________________________ Name(s): __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Daytime Phone: ____________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________ All dates are available in 2019 currently. Dates Requested: ___________________________________________ Floral Dedication: (Please check one of the following and write the specifics of your dedication in the space provided below) In Honor of ___________________________________________ In Celebration of _______________________________________ In Memory of _________________________________________ Check enclosed for arrangement ($30). Checks made payable to FUMC.
  7. 7. We are officially launching our new web site please make a note of it, as our old site will be discontinued soon and will not be updated. If you forget and go to the old site there is a button you can use to take you to the new site for an easier transition. I’m sure you will love the new web site. I created it with a platform called WordPress and it’s much more professional looking and translates seamlessly to your mobile device. We still have many of the old features like online giving, “Pastor Steve’s message for the week” video, upcoming sermon titles and a news blog that I will be updating regularly. The Events Calendar is a great resource to see quickly what’s happening @NoHoFUMC for the month. The current months online version of the Good News can be accessed thru a button posted in the News blog feed at the beginning of each month. The link to sign up for the Christmas Tree Lot is also in the News blog feed. If you would like to be in the know make sure and subscribe to the new web site at the bottom of the Welcome page. It is really easy to subscribe, just enter your email address and then confirm your email and you’re set. Our social media icons are at the bottom of the Welcome page on the left and I encourage you to take time to check out what’s new on our social media sites, like our posts and tag the church in your posts . Don’t forget to shop thru our AmazonSmile link for all your holiday shopping, because a % of each sale will be donated back to the church. Have a wonderful Holiday Season. FROM THE DIGITAL OUTREACH DESK By Tonya Peat READING PROGRAM READERS Please turn in your Books Read List to Lynn Yoshizumi no later than the UMW General Luncheon and Meeting, Wednesday, December 12.
  8. 8. 215 SACK LUNCHES DELIVERED TO FOOD PANTRY We had a wonderful Community Day this year, that included so many different groups from our community! Boy Scout Troop 18 presented the colors, The Sychronicity Bells and Wesley School (Kindergarten & 4th grade) shared special music. Mrs. Mary MacGregor & Eddy Faulkner accompanied the Wesley Students during their performances. Following worship we enjoyed a time of shopping, eating, and fellowship in the Social Hall. Out in the School Courtyard, everyone jumped in to make 215 sack lunches for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. Many thanks to Rosemary Alacantar for organizing the mission project with Patty Kelsey. We won’t forget the nightmare of the Woolsey Fire soon. A quick drive up the 101 give us flame-scoured reminders of the fires burning through neighborhoods. However, we have an opportunity to do some good and help the community recover. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has established an initial presence at the Agoura Disaster Assistance Center at the Hilton Foundation on 30440 Agoura Road. They need people to be present at the table between the hours of 1:00 - 8:00PM and offer United Methodist services to those in need of help (things like sifters, gas cards, N95 masks, tyvek suits, Luci lights, hygiene kits, and resources for documents restoration). To sign up, contact Don Howald at I am sure we will have opportunities in the near future to do actual rebuild work, but for now, this is the greatest immediate service we can offer. May we embody this season of grace, hope, peace and light in someone else’s darkness. >>>living program, which has developed real-life training experiences.   We are very grateful to those who have supported this mission. You can still get involved and volunteer at St. Jude by signing up online contacting Veronic Huening (702) 294-7145. The Wesley Kids with 215 Sack Lunches WOOLSEY FIRE RESPONSE From Pastor Steve
  9. 9. A few ladies from NOHO FUMC signed up for the Drumstick Dash and early on Thanksgiving Morning, walked a 5K to support Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission! Thanks to Muffett Brinkman for organizing the outing. 5K and 10K routes began inside CBS Radford Studios and went into Studio City! With Ken Craft, Director of HOTVRM Starting Line inside CBS Radford
  10. 10. Wishing you a birthday that is merry and bright! Love, Your Church Family December 5 Anita McChesney December 6 Helen Wirth December 7 Ralph Seybold December 10 Doug Eboch December 11 Myriel Tyree December 16 Pastor Steve December 17 Cary Noren December 18 Jeff Thomas December 20 Genelita Ancheta December 20 Clive Melville December 21 James St. John December 24 Tracey Radillo December 25 Jesus December 31 Nancy Kien • Prayers for the firefighters and first responders and to those that lost their lives and homes. • Prayers for the victims and families affected by gun violence. • Please continue to lift up Deanne, David, Michael, Cherry, Eli, Daniel and the entire Cox family. • Uma Tokahuta received results from her yearly physical and needs prayers for good health. • Jeff Thomas had a successful epidural procedure and the doctor’s determined that the numbness in his legs and feet were created from spinal issues. • Bill Varney is continuing his physical therapy and keeping a positive attitude. • Tracy Hagan needs continued prayer of peace as she continues to live with adenoid cancer. • Teri Geiger passed away after many years living with lung cancer. • Jessica Mesa continues to heal after her liver transplant. • Ralph Seybold is still bothered by his neck, but continues to stay active despite the discomfort. • Nicole Mijares, 31, is in palliative care after being diagnosed with neuro-endocrine CA. • David Vail is living with metastatic bladder cancer. • Charley Menendez, 21, is waiting for a liver transplant. • Scott Kaefek has inoperable stage 4 melanoma. • Donna Stewart suffered strokes with blood clots in her brain and is in critical condition. • Continue to lift up Puerto Rico, the rest of the United States, our leaders and the world. • Eric Anderson has pancreatic cancer. • Call to prayer for the victims of wildfires. • Call to prayer for the Tree of Life victims and families. • Call to prayer for Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Flint, Michigan. • Prayers for the detained at the Border and those being attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets as they try to seek saftety. You can send your joys and concerns in a variety of ways: 1. Contact the church office at (818) 763-8231 or 2. Drop a note in the offering plate on Sunday 3. Let us know if this is a private prayer, for the prayer chain only, or if it can be shared with the congregation.
  11. 11. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP December 2 First Sunday of Advent. Purple or Blue. Jer. 33:14-16; Ps. 25:1-10 (UMH 756); 1 Thess. 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36 December 9 Second Sunday of Advent. Purple or Blue. Mal. 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208); Phil. 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6 December 16 Third Sunday of Advent. Purple, Blue, or Pink. Zeph. 3:14-20; Isa. 12:2-6; Phil. 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 December 23 Fourth Sunday of Advent. Purple or Blue. Mic. 5:2-5a; Ps. 80:1-7; Heb. 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55) December 24 Christmas Eve. Peace. White or Gold. Isaiah 9:2-7; Ps. 96 (UMH 815), Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 December 30 First Sunday After Christmas. White or Gold. 1 Sam. 2:18-20; Ps. 148 (UMH 861); Col. 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Adult Sunday School meets on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays at 9:00 AM in Boyer Chapel Children’s Message every Sunday 10:30 worship service and Christmas Eve 7:00 PM Communion will be celebrated on December 2nd at 8:15 & 10:30 AM worship service, and Sunday, December 24th - 11:00 PM Christmas Eve. 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel December 2 - Pastor Steve December 9 - Norman Kelsey December 16 - Patty Kelsey December 23 - Sandra Smith December 31st - Sandra Smith Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by December 17th for the January 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