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Good News March 2019


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Good News March 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: March 2019 IN THIS ISSUE: • Easter Basket Mission • Ash Wednesday Events • Lenten Study • Church Work Day • Corazon de Vida 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 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 Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn T.S. Eliot kicks off his poem Ash Wednesday with this three-line refrain. The first line expresses the desire to turn away from the material world toward God and devotion, but the second line carries the sense of indecision and hesitation before the final resolve to dedicate one’s self to walking the path of faith. He gets this notion from his own conversion to Christianity and the Lenten scripture found in Lamentations 5:21, “Turn us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days of old.” As we begin the Lenten season on March 6, I find these words helpful in setting the tone for the season. For 40 days we will turn away from all that ensnares us and keeps us from truly living the life of faith; and we will turn to God and the call of Christ. We will take on disciplines of prayer, study, and fasting in the hopes of experiencing the new life revealed in Christ’s Resurrection. We do this every year, but this season feels different. We begin with the crushing disappointment and uncertain future which emerges from the wreckage of the 2019 Special Session General Conference of the United Methodist Church. We begin grieving, not just for our individual sinfulness, but also for the brokenness of our church. I have never truly felt the call of the ashes in the way I do today. Because I do not hope to turn again Let these words answer For what is done, not be done again May the judgement not be too heavy upon us I cannot stress enough how important this Lenten season is to our local church and to you. We invite you to be a part of the witness that even though the 2019 General Conference moved to exclude; our congregation will include every person who desires to seek after God and walk in the way of Christ. All means all without exception. We will have opportunities to worship serve, study, and pray together as we seek God’s direction in an uncertain time. Sister, mother And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea, Suffer me not to be separated And let my cry come unto Thee. •(all italicized text pulled from “Ash Wednesday” by T.S. Eliot {Collected Poems 1909-1962 1963
  2. 2. LENTEN SERMON SERIES: THE JESUS WAY Lent provides us an opportunity to prepare ourselves to follow the risen Christ again...we will literally walk in the Jesus Way. Please join us and follow along with the scripture readings this month. March 3 Christ Revealed Luke 9:28-36 March 6 (Ash Wednesday 7pm) From The Inside Out Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 March 10 Staying in Your Lane Luke 4:1-13 March 17 Keep Your Eyes on the Road Luke 13:31-35 March 24 Taking Time to Grow Luke 13:1-9 March 31 Joining The Party Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP February 3 - We collected 168 cans of soup for the food pantry during our Souper Sunday collection contest! Just shy of our 200 cans goal but we are so happy to donate these much needed items to the pantry. Thank you to everyone who donated! Norman Kelsey shared a moment in Black History, a song by Sly and the Family Stone, “Everyday People.” Pastor Steve’s sermon was the fourth in his God Friended Me series titled, “Good News?” The sermon was based on Luke 4:21-30. The Good News is not always seen as Good news...who is the Good News For? Who is called to proclaim it? Communion was also served this morning. Norman Kelsey shared the announcements for February. February 10 - Today was Scout Sunday and Mission Sunday. Many thanks to Dan Doggett and the other scout leaders from Boy Scout Troop 18, and those who are part of other troops and dens. Troop 18 presented the colors and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank you to Kathi Ellis for coordinating coffee fellowship as Troop Liaison. Rachel Mottaz shared the Black History Moment this morning. Reading a poem by Maya Angelou, “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All,” while showing art illustrations by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Pastor Steve shared a moment with children based on Luke 5:1-11 and his sermon, “Unexpected Request,” was also based on the same scripture. The call of God often comes in the routine of our day to day lives. February 17 - Today, Pastor Steve presented, Ashley Peat with her first Bible. Daniella Lake shared a moment for Black History Month, by reading a poem by Langston Hughes. Dan Doggett accompanied the choir on flute. Pastor Steve’s sermon was based on Luke 6:17-26, in his sermon titled, “Two Sides To Every Call.” There are two sides to the Good News: blessings and woes. February 24 - On the Seventh Sunday after the Pentecost, Sherri Perry lead the last Black History Moment with the help of Sandra Benton, Libeck Kadu, & Shaun Vieten. They sang an amazing rendition of “The Color Purple,” from the musical, A Color Purple. The presence of the Spirit was definitely moving through us during this beautiful song. Pastor Steve concluded his sermon series, God Friended Me, with his sermon titled, “Jesus’ Phone Tree,” based on Luke 6:27-38. The challenge of Christ hits us individually and collectively. How does Jesus’ depiction of God square with ours? Does our proclamation of God look & sound like Jesus’?
  3. 3. We are in need of the following items: This year, our church family will be assembling 100 baskets! We will collect items on the following Sundays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, & April 7 Please leave your donations on the table by Boyer Chapel.  Saturday, April 13th is Prep Day at 11:30 in the Lounge. Palm Sunday, April 14th - Assembly Day following coffee fellowship outside the Lounge. Thank you for your support of this meaningful project! From Your Mission Team. for homeless and needy children We are collecting donations toward this year’s Easter Basket Mission Project! All baskets will go directly to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, who will distribute to the children in their Women’s Shelter and to children whose families receive social services from the rescue. Ken and Laurie Craft send gratitude for our church and this mission project. It is time to order your Easter Lilies! A gorgeous Easter Lily cross is erected in the chancel of the Sanctuary every year. The lovely plants are given in memory and in honor of loved ones and are $10 per plant. The plants may be taken home following the 10:30 am worship service on Easter Sunday, April 21st Your Name ______________________________________ Phone Number ________________________ Please Circle One: (In Memory) or (In Honor) of _____________________________________________________________ (In Memory) or (In Honor) of _____________________________________________________________ (In Memory) or (In Honor) of _____________________________________________________________ Total Number of Lilies Ordered _________ @ $10.00 per plant Total Due ______________ Large Chocolate Bunnies Wrapped Candies Candy filled plastic eggs 6” tall Stuffed Animals $1 Activity Packs from Michael’s Small Toys Cash donations to purchase items
  4. 4. What’s Happening in March? Sunday, March 10th - Missions Sunday! Please bring nonperishable proteins to donate to the Food Pantry! (Tuna, Peanut Butter, Chili) LENTEN STUDY SCHEDULE - Every Thursday in the Lounge 7:00 PM - Vespers & Soup Supper 7:30 PM Praying Like Jesus - Lenten Study Thursday, March 7th - First Lenten Study Class! 7:00 PM Soup Supper & Vespers. 7:30 PM Praying Like Jesus Lenten Study in the Lounge. Tuesday, March 26th - Ruth Circle meets in the Community Room at 7:30 PM. Monday, March 18th- Tabitha Circle Meets at 10:30 AM in the Hand in Hand Room. Wednesday, March 13th - UMW General Luncheon. Noon. Lo-Fe-Lo. $3. Includes lunch. Saturday, March 23rd- Church Work Day! 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Meet in the Sanctuary. Tuesday, March 19th - God Talk! Join Pastor Steve at The District Pub on Lankershim at 8:00 PM. Meets every Tuesday during Lent. PB & J PROJECT Thursday, March 21st 7:00 PM | Community Room Help us make 150 sandwiches for the homeless. Meet in the lounge. Thursday, March 21st- PB & J Project meet in the Community Room at 7:00 PM. Wednesay, March 6th - ASHES ON THE RUN! Drive or walk up in front of our church on Tujunga Ave. from 7am - 9am & 1pm - 4pm. Friday, March 22nd - Brunch Bunch at Aroma Coffee & Tea. 11:00 AM. Please RSVP. Wednesday, March 13th - UMW Executive Board meeting in Lo-Fe-Lo 10 AM. Saturday, March 23rd 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Main Sanctuary Saturday, March 16th - St. Patrick’s Day Game Night! 6:30 PM. Lounge. Wednesday, March 6th - Ash Wednesday Worship Service. 7:00PM. Boyer Chapel. Tuesday, March 26th - God Talk! Join Pastor Steve at The District Pub on Lankershim at 8:00 PM. Meets every Tuesday during Lent. March 6th 7:00pm - 8:00 PM Boyer Chapel Hymns, Special Music, Imposition of Ashes, Communion. The Prayer Chapel will be open for meditation & candle lighting *Ashes will also be distributed during the day, in front of the church: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Please bring in donations for our Easter Baskets going to Hope of the Valley Ashes on the Run Wednesday, March 6th 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM We get it! Life is busy and it’s not easy to get your ash in church and start your Lenten discipline. Pastor Steve is taking his ash to the street right on Tujunga Avenue in front of the doors to NOHO FUMC! You’re invited to stop by, walk by, or drive by and get your ASH here at NOHO FUMC! ALL ARE WELCOME! Sunday, March 31st - UMCOR SUNDAY! We will be asking for a special offering with proceeds going directly to UMCOR.
  5. 5. TUESDAY NIGHT GATHERING  By Pastor Steve Have you longed for a place to discuss your thoughts and questions about God, about Religion, and about Faith? You know what I mean: a safe place where people aren’t threatened and there isn’t a need for a right answer? A place where you can explore your beliefs and your doubts alongside other explorers? If so, join Pastor Steve Tuesday nights at The District Pub for open discussions about God, Faith, and Life. Each evening will begin with a conversation starter and we will see where that takes us. Discussion begins March 19th at 8:00PM. Topics: March 19 Tell me all your Thoughts on God March 26 God and the Human Condition April 2 Faith and Community: Does one need the other April 9 Does God have a Will? April 16 TBD PRAY LIKE JESUS By Pastor Steve Have you ever felt like you needed a heart transplant? Have you ever wanted to think, live, and love a little more like Jesus? Have you ever wondered what made Jesus tick? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you need to join us for our new Lenten study, “Praying Like Jesus.” The study is based on Scott McKnight’s book, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. (available online at We know that Jesus faithfully practiced Judaism. Judaism asked its adherent to pray regularly. In particular, the Jewish faithful prayed two prayers: The Kaddush and the Shema. In the New Testament, we see Jesus taking these prayers and making them his own: the Kaddush provides the framework for The Lord’s Prayer while the Shema forms the heart of Jesus’ understanding of faithful living. For the season of Lent, we will set aside seven weeks to focus on our spiritual formation. Our Lenten study will focus on the Shema and how praying it every day can help us focus on what it means to love God and what it means to love our neighbors. We will start at 7:00 PM with soup and bread, and begin our class discussion at 7:30 PM. (We will ask for participants to sign up to bring soup, bread, salad, beverages, and dessert each week). CLASS SCHEDULE: March 7 - The Jesus Creed March 14 - The God of the Jesus Creed March 21 - The Jesus Creed and Its Loves March 28 - The Jesus Creed Becomes the Sermon on the Mount April 4 - The Early Christian Leaders Teach the Jesus Creed April 11 - The Jesus Creed Becomes the Love Chapter TUESDAYS 8:00 PM 5249 Lankershim Blvd. NOHO ARTS DISTRICT 91601
  6. 6. We will be playing board games and enjoying Irish food! In honor of St. Patrick, dress in your finest green and bring your shillelagh so we can drive out any snakes we find. All ages welcome – feel free to bring your favorite board game or card game. Saturday, March 16th 6:30 pm In the Lounge ALL HANDS ON DECK! Saturday, March 23rd 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Meet in front of the Church Office MARK YOUR CALENDARS! LENTEN WORK PARTY - Our church buildings which were so lovingly constructed with the assistance of past generations volunteering on Saturdays to lay the bricks are in need of some loving TLC from our current generation of members. Some of our clogged overgrown rain gutters and cedar needle blanketed roof tiles have contributed to the numerous leaks this winter. But...your trustees can’t even get reliable leak repair estimates until the debris is cleared and the drains flowing. A work party started the work last summer but got less than one fourth of the work accomplished . We need a much larger volunteer crew to get the job completed. A work party has been scheduled for Saturday March 23 from 9am to 3 pm. The main thrust of this workday will be to clear the drains and roofs. We need all skills and abilities . Yes, some people will be needed to climb ladders but we also need baggers and sweepers on the ground . And in fact, some closet cleaning and polishing/dusting jobs HELPERS NEEDED April 20th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM South Lot & Patio Games, Activities, Face Painting, Bounce House, Cotton Candy, Easter Egg Hunt & Photo Spot! Please sign up to help out at this neighborhood event! NOHO FUMC
  7. 7. I was surprised to see how happy these kids are despite the fact that they do not have parents to give them love. I was also fascinated to see how happy these kids are despite the fact that they have minimal material possessions. My work with Corazon has allowed me to meet many wonderful people who share my commitment to help the kids at the orphanage. Every year, I plan one to two private bus trips which allow us to visit the kids at the orphanage. These bus trips allow participants to see the kids and connect with them. The day starts off with the Los Angeles visitors playing with the Tijuana kids through a game of soccer or an arts and crafts project. We continue the day by serving them pizza and treats. The kids at the orphanage then perform some choreographed cultural dances for us. We end the day by touring their facility and greeting each other farewell until our next visit. Please support me so that together we can help the kids at the orphanage by liking my Facebook page at “Friends Helping Others” to keep up to date about future trips to the orphanage. Every person can help in different ways. You can join us on a private bus trip, scheduled for Saturday, April 20th and costs $60 per person. We pick up in the Park & Ride lot in Studio City around 6am and drop you back off the same day at 7:30pm. The trip serves as a means to bring awareness to the cause as well as a fundraiser for the orphanages. The cost of the trip covers the bus fee as well as lunch for the day. These funds are then matched through the support of a generous sponsor. To date we have raised over $20,000 for the orphanages and we are not done yet. If you cannot join us on the trip, you can donate toiletries because they are in short supply of them. You can also help by spreading the word about the amazing work of Corazon. Please direct message me on Facebook at Friends Helping Other or email me at if you would like to support in any capacity. Please know that these trips are safe as we are guided by a local tour guide throughout our visit. Believe me when I say that your first trip will not be your last. My name is Nicholas Yotnegparian, former student at The Wesley School and I have been involved with a non-profit organization called Corazon De Vida. Corazon De Vida is an Orange County based organization that helps support ten orphanages throughout Mexico. The first goal of Corazon is to provide the basic necessities such as shelter, utilities, and food. The other goal is to provide each child with an education because they believe that education is the only way to break the cycle. Growing up, I have always felt very blessed and I wanted to help kids that are not as fortunate as me. Ultimately, I chose to partner with Corazon because I wanted to be able to visit the orphanages, connect with the kids, and physically experience the children’s home. Over the past five years I have personally connected with some of the kids and seen many of the young kids grow up to be teenagers. Visiting various orphanages in Tijuana has been a life changing experience. I went to the orphanage to help the kids but they ended up helping me far more than I could have ever imagined.
  8. 8. Wishing you many blessings on your birthday! Love, Your Church Family • Tracy Ritter is still living with adenoid cancer for 5 1/2 years and was told she could survive up to ten years with this type of cancer. She could use prayers of peace for herself and her three children. • Miles Yoho, 2.5 years old, was having complications and was hospitalized for an inflamed digestive tract and emotional outbursts from being in the hospital for so long and feeling unwell. Miles is seing a specialist to help him with his emotional triggers. • Mildred Doyel fell and broke her hip again. • Kathi Ellis was discharged from Providence St. Joseph hospital and was admitted into Burbank Rehab. She will be staying there for a long period of time. 1041 S. Main St. Burbank. Room 129. Bedside phone (818) 303-8983. • Nicole Mijares, 31, has entered hospice under her request. Prayers are requested for her mother as Nicole is her only child. • Jeff Thomas has been sick multiple times in the last few months. He traveled to Arkansas where he discovered he has pneumonia and will be staying back home until he is cleared to fly back to LA. • Bryant Tokahuta, 9 years old, is scheduled for surgery to potentially remove a bad kidney. • The United Methodist Church. Following an emotional General Conference in Missouri. Our homebound congregants: Joyce Cunningham, Margaret Dixon, Dottie Vick, Dorothy Tyler,, Margaret Allen, Gladys Woodard, Bill Varney, & Kathi Ellis. Please take a moment from your day to lift up the following friends. If you have any prayer requests, please contact the church office at (818) 763-8231 or email Should you request a Pastoral call or visit, please also contact the church office to schedule a time with Pastor Steve. March 1 Jerry Acosta March 1 Willa Koenigsaecker March 1 Desi Resinos March 1 Barbara Roberts March 2 JoAnn Parnell March 3 Amy Schwartz March 7 Ed Webster March 8 Michael Kent March 11 Zachary Thomas March 12 Pat Sucher March 13 Harold Koenigsaecker March 17 JoAnn Roche March 18 Sue McDonald March 19 Bridget Remmington March 20 John Kent March 27 Jane Koss March 28 Tim Coyle March 28 Evangeline Fetterman March 28 Anne Roche March 29 Alycia Watts March 30 Joan Becker March 30 Daniel Cox March 30 Eli Cox March 30 Carrie Downs-Minetree March 30 Deborah Moore
  9. 9. WORSHIP LECTIONARY & LITURGICAL COLORS March 3 Eighth Sunday After the Epiphany. Transfiguration. White or Gold. Exo. 34:19-35; Ps. 99 (UMH 819); 2 Cor. 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) March 6 Ash Wednesday. Purple. Joel 2:1-2; Ps. 51:1-17 (UMH 785); 2 Cor. 5:20b-6:10; Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21 March 10 First Sunday in Lent. Purple. Deut. 26:1-11; Ps. 91:1-2, 9-16 (UMH 810); Rom. 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 March 17 Second Sunday in Lent. Purple. Gen. 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps. 27 (UMH 766); Phill. 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 March 24 Third Sunday in Lent. Purple. Isa. 55:1-9; Ps. 63:1-8 (UMH 766); 1 Cor. 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 March 31 Fourth Sunday in Lent. UMCOR SUNDAY. Purple. Josh. 5:9-12; Ps. 32 (UMH 766); 2 Cor. 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Adult Sunday School meets every 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday at 9:00 AM in Boyer Chapel Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:00 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Children’s Moment every Sunday of the month during 10:30 AM worship Communion served on March 3rd at 10:30 AM Worship 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel March 3 - Pastor Steve March 10 - Norman Kelsey March 17 - Patty Kelsey March 24 & 31 - Sandra Smith Lenten Study Schedule in Lounge - EVERY THURSDAY 7:00 PM Vespers (Prayer) & Soup Supper - Lounge | 7:30 PM - Lenten Study with Pastor Steve Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by March17th for the April 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