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Good News June2019


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Good News June2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: IN THIS ISSUE: • Choir Recognition • Super Hero VBS • NOHO Alliance • McDonald Grant • Care Kits for Homeless 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. Steven F. Peralta Interim Pastor Congregation Ministers Jeff Thomas Director of Music Roger Eshleman Organist Nylean Rapinac Administrator Patty Kelsey Director, Program Ministries Tonya Peat Director, Outreach Ministries Hand me a different glass, the days of rain and tears have worn me down and left their tracks across my soul like gullies and troughs in sandstone. I’ve had my fill. Hand me another glass, because I am ready to drink in the days of sun, the orange of light, the green of leaves, and the scent of night-blooming jasmine. I thirst. Let me open the door, greet some smiles and share the laughter and satisfaction of love’s honest work. I will lift the cup of compassion and drink my fill. It’s June and summer is starting. I remember the way June arrived as a relief: the school year had come to an end and vacation began. Summer always whispered adventure, freedom, and rest. Even though I no longer have a “summer vacation”, I still can’t help but feel the next three months beckoning me with these three words. These words -- rest, freedom, and adventure -- stand in contrast to the uncertainty we feel as a congregation and denomination. Church leaders across the nation have gathered to discuss what to do in light of the 2019 Special General Conference and whether or not we can continue to be United Methodists as currently configured. In light of this uncertainty, we will be kicking off this month with an important vote on our Statement of Inclusion. This statement is a small but important way that our congregation will state what we believe to be true about the church: that “all means all” and we will include everyone in our embrace. We will lift and protect each other. We will listen to each other’s stories. We will share in our celebrations and in our times of matter what. I believe this is important work. I believe this is the work of compassion and reconciliation that God calls us to; yet it is hard, emotional work. Voting on a statement is not the end: living into it will be the most important part. So as summer arrives, will you drink from the cup of compassion with me? Will you undertake the work of love? Will you pray for the 2019 California-Pacific Annual Conference in Redlands, as we tackle the future of our church (June 12-15)? Keep doing the work of love...and I will keep you posted. Blessings, Pastor Steve
  2. 2. JUNE SERMON SERIES: SENT The following Bible passages will be the basis for the 10:30 messages in June. June 2 Purpose John 17:20-26 June 9 Ambassador Acts 2:1-21 & John 14:8-17 June 16 Hidden Speaker June 23 A Major Disruption June 30 Listening Between The Lines HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP May 5 - Third Sunday of Easter and Communion Sunday. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Side-By-Side,” was based on John 21:1-19. Jeff shared special music, “Man of Sorrows.” We shared in the Sacrament of Communion this morning. Announcements for the Month of May were shared by our Announcements Team: Phillip Mottaz & Norman Kelsey. They shared announcements while trying not to spoil Avengers End Game. May 12 - Today we celebrated Mother’s and all the women in our lives who nurture us on Mother’s Day! Today, all the ladies who came to church, received a pretty carnation, sweet peony hand sanitizer, and a sweet note. Patty Kelsey had the children help hand out carnations to the women of the congregation during Children’s Time. Pastor Steve shared his sermon based on John 10:22-30, titled, “Name Badges.” Jeff Thomas shared special music, “Heal Our Land.” We enjoyed a special light luncheon for Mother’s Day in the Lounge. May 19 - Pastor Steve shared a moment with the kids this morning about following rules and gave them a new rule, “Love one another, the way Jesus loves us.” Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Company Values,” was based on John 13:31-35. Norman Kelsey shared special music, singing, “How They Love Each Other.” May 26 - On this 6th Sunday of Easter, Patty Kelsey shared a moment with children about how we greet each other and share the peace of Christ. Libeck and Shaun Vieten shared special music, “The Power of Your Love.” Pastor Steve shared a message titled, “Continuing Ed.,” based on John 14:23-29 and we were blessed to witness the Sacrament of Baptism for Skylar Rose Castillo. Following worship, the congregation assisted in making 117 sack lunches, for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. John 16:12-15 Luke 8:26-39 Luke 9:51-62
  3. 3. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 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 awesome adventures 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, JULY 20th 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 Our Choir, led by Jeff Thomas, continues to bless our congregation every Sunday. They provide so much during weekly worship and our high holy Seasons of Easter, Advent and Christmas. We cannot thank the choir enough for sharing their gifts with us! The extra dedication that it takes to be a member of the choir is appreciated by all of us and we thank each member for sharing of their time, their passion, their talents and spiritual gifts. Many thanks to our talented Roger Eshleman, who plays the beautiful organ and piano every Sunday at 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM. On Sunday, June 23rd , we will be recognizing our wonderful Choir, Jeff and Roger during 10:30 worship service. The choir will be taking a break from Wednesday night rehearsals and singing on Sundays in casual clothing for the Summer Season. No robes over church clothes for a few weeks! Keeping it light and cool during the heat of Summer. Jodi Smith, Libeck Kadu, Monica McLaughlin, Nylean Rapinac, Ken Ellis, Charles Minetree, Steven Pitchford, Sandy Flemming, Judy Palmer, Pauline Long, Edwin Abrena, Dan Doggett, and Ed Webster. If you would like to be a part of our choir, please let Jeff know. Also, many thanks to Julie Shuford once again, for the fun logo she created specially for Choir Recognition Sunday!
  4. 4. What’s Happening in June? Sunday, June 16th - Father’s Day! Gifts for all the Men who attend church today! Thursday Night Bible Study 7:00 PM in the Community Room Led by Pastor Steve! . PB & J PROJECT Thursday, June 20th 7:00 PM Lounge Help make 150 sandwiches for the homeless that receive assistance at the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry on Fridays. Sunday, June 2nd - All Church Council Meeting Voting on Statement of Inclusion. 12PM. Sanctuary. Thursday, June 20th - PB&J Project will meet at 7:00 PM in the Lounge to make 150 sandwiches. Sunday, June 9th - Missions Sunday! Please bring nonperishable proteins to donate to the Food Pantry! (Tuna, Peanut Butter, Chili) Sunday, June 23rd - Choir Recognition Sunday! We will be honoring our wonderful choir today. TEA FELLOWSHIP Friday, June 28th 12:00 PM Location TBA All are welcome to join for a delightful afternoon tea! Delicious food, activities, fellowship. Sunday, June 2nd Main Sanctuary STATEMENT OF INCLUSION VOTE Meet in the Main Sanctuary Pastor Steve requests your attendance. Please stay to vote & witness. Wednesday, June 12 - Saturday, June 15th - Cal-Pac Annual Conference in Redlands. Friday, June 28th - Tea Fellowship. Location TBA. 12:00 PM. Join us for afternoon tea! CARE KITS FOR THE HOMELESS DONATION COLLECTION We will be collecting donations the first four Sundays of June. Please bring your collections of hotel shampoos, conditioners, & lotions from home! A cash donations to help us purchase snacks, waters and gallon bags would be perfect! We can do the shopping for you! Saturday, June 29th - Care Kit Prep Day! Lounge. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Sunday, June 30th - Care Kit Assembly Day! Following worship, in front of the Lounge!
  5. 5. The Rev. Dr. Joey McDonald Education Grant Fund The McDonald Family formed the McDonald Scholarship Fund in memory of Rev. Dr. Joey McDonald, who passed away after 28 years of ministry at North Hollywood First United Methodist Church. This fund provides Education Grants for people working towards a college degree. The grants will be issued up to the amount of $1,000.00 per year, per student, until the fund is exhausted. Students are encouraged to apply for this educational grant for the 2019-2020 school year. The Education Grant is a non-competitive grant. It carries no academic requirement or financial need threshold. To qualify the student must meet the following criteria: 1. The student must be a member or related to an active church member or active constituent of North Hollywood First United Methodist Church. 2. The student must be seeking a college-level degree (associate, bachelor, master, or doctorate). This must be their first degree at each level. Students seeking a second bachelor or master degree will not be eligible. 3. The student must be actively enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. 4. A student may continue to apply through the progression of their education (associate to bachelor to master to doctorate). To apply for the grant students must submit a written request by July 1st of the grant year. Applications may be downloaded from The application will include applicant’s personal contact information, relationship to North Hollywood FUMC, educational goals, and verification of enrollment. The grants will be awarded by September 15th each year. The grant checks will be sent to directly to the school before the Fall term. Students are welcome to reapply for a grant in the subsequent grant year. The family formed the educational grant fund to support students pursuing post-secondary education, a cause about which Dr. McDonald was very passionate. The fund was established with donations from friends and family who wished to memorialize him. If you want to donate to the fund, please contact the church office for details of the J.K. McDonald Memorial Fund.
  6. 6. June 2 Andrew Noren June 3 Wendy Welch June 3 Monica McLaughlin June 5 Rosemary Kent June 6 Scott Peat June 8 Jones Shepard June 13 Brandon Ancheta June 16 Anne Peters June 17 Pattie Rogers June 18 Danny Peters June 18 Doug Peters June 20 Renee Kennard June 23 Lynne Hutton June 24 Luna Shepard June 30 Darrell Lake • Tracy Hagan’s MRI showed that the cancer has spread throughout the left side of her cranium. She will undergo proton therapy in hopes of prolonging her life. • Bill Varney is at Studio City Rehab recuperating after another bout of septicemia. • Wendy Ordonez, a permanent resident of the US for 38 years, has been detained by ICE. Here hearing in June 10th. She is hopeful to be reunited with her children. • Elva Lewis is doing much better after her injury from falling. She is able to drive and is almost fully functional. She is mourning the loss of her Mother-in-law. • David Rojas is recovering well from his surgery, though he still has another couple of months to go. • Annabelle Peat will be doing a sleep study, before doctors decide if she will have her tonsils removed, and if they will insert tubes in her ears and remove her adenoids. • Sherri Perry’s Aunt, Sandra, is in hospice care with a brain tumor. • Judy Andrus is undergoing her third treatment for ovarian cancer. • Ralph Seybold’s neck is still stuck in a forward leaning position. Prayers for his comfort and healing. • Prayers for the UMC and NOHO FUMC, as we vote for full inclusion of all people into the church. • John Walter will be leaving our community and we pray for continued success as he moves onward. Warmest wishes to you on your birthday! Love, Your Church Family HOMEBOUND CONGREGANTS Margaret Dixon Joyce Cunningham Dorothy Tyler Gladys Woodard Margaret Allen Dottie Vick Irene Graham
  7. 7. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP June 2 Seventh Sunday in Easter. White or Gold. Acts 16:16-34; Ps. 97 (UMH 816); Rev. 22:12-14; John 17:20-26 June 9 Pentecost. Red. Acts 2:1-21; Ps. 104:24-34, 35b; Rom. 8:14-17 John 14:8-17 (25-27) June 16 Trinity Sunday. Father’s Day. Peace with Justice Sunday. White. Prov. 8:1-4, 22-31; Ps. 8 (UMH 743); Rom. 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 June 23 Second Sunday After Pentecost. Green. 1 Kings 19:1-15a; Ps. 42 (UMH 777); Gal. 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 June 30 Third Sunday After Pentecost. Green. 2 Kings 2:1-2 6-14; Ps. 77:1-2, 11-20 (UMH 798); Gal. 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Adult Sunday School every 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of the month. 9 AM in Boyer Chapel. Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Communion will be served on June 2nd. 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel June 2 - Pastor Steve June 9 - Norman Kelsey June 16 - Sandra Smith June 23 - Sandra Smith June 30 - Sandra Smith Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by June 17th for the July 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