First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood
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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
Rev. James Powell
Rev. Steven F. Peralta
Director of Music
Director, Program Ministries
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.
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
grief...no 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.
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
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.
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!
“I can endure all these things through the
power of Christ who strengthens me!”
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!
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
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.
Friday, June 28th
All are welcome to join for a
delightful afternoon tea!
Delicious food, activities,
Sunday, June 2nd
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
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!
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
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 www.nohofumc.org. 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.
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
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)
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
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