First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood
IN THIS ISSUE:
• Epworth Project 2019
• Mother’s Day Brunch
• New Head of School
• Hunger Grant
• Digital Outreach 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. Steven F. Peralta
Director of Music
Director, Program Ministries
Director, Outreach Ministries
“We hope for what we do not see; and we wait for it with patience.”
- Romans 8:25
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once proclaimed, “No man ever steps in
the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
He meant that life was water: always flowing, always changing. A modern
summary might say, “change is the only constant in life.”
Change is inevitable. Change is all around us. Change is unavoidable.
Yet for many of us, change is hard. We resist it. We try to make sure
everything remains the same. We try to manage our environments and our
decisions to create stability.
Why? If change is unavoidable, why do we try so hard to keep it out of
I think it boils down to fear: we are afraid of what we can’t see or envision.
We are afraid of having to learn new things. We are afraid that our
current patterns and procedures won’t work anymore.
Psychologists will say that people who fear change are overly focused on
what they have, that they cannot envision the possibilities of what might
develop or come their way. The same experts will say that people who
embrace change experience life-long learning, have a greater sense of
adventure, and have an uncanny knack for taking the best of their present
with them into the future. People who are good with change see it as
growth and development…good things!
I speak about change because we have entered a season of great change
here at North Hollywood FUMC. At the Wesley School, as the school
year winds down we will say goodbye to our head of school, John Walter.
We are sad to see Mr. Walter leave and wish only the best for our friend.
Even as we say goodbye, we also welcome in a new head of school, Mr.
Earnie Levroney. It will be a change, but we are confident that the great
partnership we have with the Wesley School will continue and that great
thing are still ahead of us.
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A LETTER FROM PASTOR STEVE
MAY SERMON SERIES: SENT
Based on scriptures from the Gospel of John.
May 5 Side by Side John 21:1-19
May 12 Name Badges
May 19 Company Values
May 26 Continuing Ed John 14:23-29
HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP
April 7th - We had a lovely first Sunday of the month that included Dan Doggett accompanying the choir on
flute. Pastor Steve shared a message based on John 12:1-8, titled, “Freelancing.” Communion was served.
April 14th - This morning, we celebrated Palm Sunday and everyone in attendance was given palm fronds.
Norman Kelsey shared the welcome and opening prayer. The Acolytes and Pastor Steve processed down the aisle.
Patty Kelsey shared a moment with the children about how amazing it was that the news spread about Jesus coming
to Jerusalem. Scripture was Luke 19:28-40 and Pastor Steve’s message was titled, “Subversive”.
April 18th - Maundy Thursday worship service was in the Main Sanctuary. Pastor Steve led us on a journey with
Jesus and his Disciples. Congregants could have their feet washed by Pastor Steve Following the foot washing, we
shared in a special sacrament of communion around the table together.
April 19th - Good Friday Worship Service of Shadows in the Main Sanctuary. We were moved by this service and
are grateful to Pastor Steve, and all who participated: Jeff Thomas, Roger Eshleman, Patty & Norman Kelsey, Jesse
Boone, Judy Palmer, Pauline Long, Jodie Smith, Muffett Brinkman, Deanne Cox, Shaun Vieten, and Sherri Perry.
when the Christ Candle was extinguished, the altar was stripped. We are ready for the Good News to come on
April 21st - 6:30 AM Sunrise Service was led by Pastor Steve. We began the service with flowering the cross, as
we were blessed with special music from Libeck Kadu, Jeff Thomas & Shaun Vieten, “Forever,” by Kari Jobe. It
was extremely moving to see a plain cross come to life with vibrant and joyful colors. We look forward to continuing
this new tradition. Jeff Thomas played the piano to accompany our hymns. Pastor Steve’s message, “The Ragman”
was based on John 20:1-18. Communion was served by Pastor Steve & Norman Kelsey. Thanks go to Ken Ellis
making preparations for our cross and to Muffett Brinkman, Scott Faucett, & Norman Kelsey, for arriving at very
early at 5:30 AM to set up.
10:30 AM Worship was busy and full of life! The Easter Lily Cross looked stunning and smelled amazing. Roger’s
prelude was energetic and led right into The Synchronicity Handbell Ensemble. Jeff Thomas shared a jubilant
Easter Proclamation. The Acolytes (Daniella Lake & Ava Peat) led the procession of Norman Kelsey, Shaun Vieten,
Patty Kelsey & Pastor Steve, who decorated the altar that had been stripped on Good Friday. The Chancel Choir
sounded absolutely beautiful. Libeck Kadu, Shaun Vieten, & Jeff Thomas blessed the congregation with special
music. Patty Kelsey brought the kids up to help her bring back the Alleluias by decorating a mini cross with flowers!
Pastor Steve’s sermon was titled, “A Rising Son,” based on John 20:1-18. Fellowship was lively and a wonderful way
to celebrate our risen Savior together.
April 28th - On this Second Sunday of Easter we were uplifted by a wonderful worship service. Pastor Steve
shared a moment with the kids where they played hide and seek and his main message was titled, “Ready or Not,”
based on John 20:19-31.
The United Methodist Women
Cordially Invite All the Ladies
to the annual
Mother’s Day Brunch
Saturday, May 11th
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We also will be facing change in our denomination. As indicated in my letter to the congregation,
leaders across the United Methodist Church are meeting and crafting proposals to break the
denomination apart over the place and roles of the LGBTQ+ within the church. As the California-
Pacific Annual Conference takes place in June, our theme will be “I See A New Church” and these
topics will be a part of our proceedings.
Do you see this as exciting or is your blood pressure rising? Maybe both?
Let’s return to the content of our faith. So much of our faith resides in what we cannot see. So much
of our faith is expressed in the idea that God is always with us, that “all things work for the good of
those who love God…” (Romans 8:28). So much of our faith rests in the hope that God holds the
future…and its good.
It will be good. Love will win. We will still have each other and our property. We will still have a legacy
of a church that serves and is a place where all means all. I believe it, I really do. So I will leave you
with some concluding words the Apostle Paul writes in the book of Romans, “May the God of Hope fill
you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy
Sunday, May 26th - Cold Cut Cavalry! Following
coffee fellowship in the Social Hall.
Sunday, May 12th - Missions Sunday! Please bring
nonperishable proteins to donate to the Food Pantry!
Friday, May 31st - Tea Fellowship at the home of
The Kelsey’s at 12:00 PM. (see details below).
Sunday, May 12th - Mother’s Day. All ladies who
attend church will receive a special gift.
Saturday, May 11th - Our Annual UMW Mother’s
Day Brunch. Lounge. 10:30 AM (details on pg. 3).
THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Join Pastor Steve as he leads us through the New Testament!
7:00 PM in the Community Room.
Saturday, May 4th - HOMEWARDLA - 7:00 PM
Social Hall. $20 Donation. Proceeds go to Midnight
Mission! Please support this event!
Thursday, May 16th - PB & J Project. Lounge.
7:00 PM. Come make 150 sandwiches for the hungry.
Saturday, May 18th - Game Night! 6:30 PM.
Lounge. Bring a game and snack to share!
Adult Bible Study
Thursdays at 7PM
Led by Pastor Steve
Saturday, May 18th
Come enjoy a night of
board games and
Friday, May 31st
at the Kelsey Residence
Join us for a lovely gathering with
delicious treats and tea, fine china,
on the Lanai!
Loose leaf tea and sandwiches
provided. You just need to
bring a sweet to share.
We hope you join us. Please RSVP.
We received a Hunger Grant
from the Cal-Pac Conference to
Sack Lunches for the Homeless
Sunday, May 26th
Tuesday, May 28th - Ruth Circle. 7:30 PM in the
What’s Happening in May?
To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barbara at 323-646-7801.
Please leave the day you are volunteering for, your phone number and email address. Community service
credit will be given to students for either day-credit will be given ONLY for hours worked.
The food the pantry receives from this event is critical to keep the shelves stocked through the lean summer
months. Remember to leave your own bag of non-perishable items for your mail carrier on Saturday, May
11th. Or you can bring your donations to church on Sunday, May 12th and we will deliver the bags of food
for you. Thanks for all you do to help needy families in our community.
27th ANNUAL STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
The 27th annual USPS Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is just
weeks away! Preparations are being finalized for the nation’s
largest one-day food collection event designed to replenish
local food banks in communities the NALC serve.
Saturday, May 11th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM
The Mission City Postal Annex
10919 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA. 91345
Sunday, May 12th from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA. 91607
CAL PAC HUNGER GRANT
Program Ministries applied for a Hunger Grant that was offered by the
California Pacific Conference in October 2018 and received a grant of
$345.00 that will go towards Cold Cut Cavalry Sack Lunches!
Assembly Day will be the last Sunday of May, 5/26. Please stay after
coffee fellowship to make sack lunches that will be distributed by the
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry.
We will also plan on making Care Kits for the Homeless in June and
will be collecting donations all month.
TRAVEL SIZE WISH LIST
Pop Top Protein
By Ken Ellis
March 31 through April 6, 2019, the Cal-Pac North District once again worked with EPWORTH
PROJECT in Slidell, LA. This marks the 12th year that NOHO FUMC has supported the district
VIM (Volunteers In Mission) Team in its work on the gulf coast. In 2008, the Epworth Project was
created as the ecumenical, faith-based volunteer driven component of North Shore Disaster Recovery.
It was with the addition of the Epworth Project that NDRI began addressing needs around the area
not directly related to Hurricane recovery. These needs include home repairs for the low income and
elderly, weatherization, handicap accessibility issues, emergency repairs and assistance with routine
home maintenance and upkeep issues for the elderly.
Since September of 2005, NDRI and the Epworth Project have hosted more than 56,000 volunteers,
provided services to over 3,000 clients and logged over 2.2 million man hours of community service.
Sharing God’s love
working together to restore homes,
empower people and change lives.
They search for those in need, those having no one to HELP.
We have fourteen team members this year. Eight from North District, a couple from West and one
from South. My grade school friend (of nearly 70 years) from Missouri will join us again and a friend
from Desert Southwest AC will also join in.
Remembering the three P’s.
We have identified the Participants. We hope that all will Pray for us and those we assist, and I
invite any and all to help the team effort with the Pay component.
Peace & Love
HELLO FROM THE DIGITAL OUTREACH DESK
We post videos twice a week, including a message of the week with Pastor Steve and livestream the
service on Sunday’s during our 10:30AM service. Make sure to spread the word to anyone who might
want to watch the service from home.
I’d also like to let you all know that after nearly 3 years working in the church office I am moving on
from the role of Director of Digital Outreach. This job has served me well and I am thankful to have
been able to be a part of increasing our digital footprint as a church and as a community. I don’t know
for sure when my last day in the office will be, as I am currently looking for full time entertainment
industry work, but if you know of anyone looking for part time work that would like to pick up the
position, please let me or Pastor Steve know.
It has been a pleasure working in the church office. Thank you for your support,
We are looking forward to the HomewardLA event on May 4th at
7:00PM. Please go to our website www.nohofumc.org for the link to
buy your tickets. All the proceeds go to support The Midnight
Mission. We would love to fill as many seats as possible for this
moving evening of monologue readings by actors from our
congregations and the community, written by people who have
Remember to follow us on all your social media apps including
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Subscribe to our
YouTube page as well as our website to stay up to date on all our
On April 30th, The Wesley School announced that Ernest Lee Levroney III will be the next Head of
School effective July 1, 2019. We look forward to introducing him to the congregation and getting to
know him as we continue the successful tradition of collaboration with The Wesley School. Welcome
From the Wesley School Board of Trustees:
Ernie's appointment by the Board of Trustees was the final result of a
lengthy and rigorous national recruitment effort aimed at finding a visionary
leader for Wesley. The Search Committee found Ernie's values, abilities and
skills to be closely aligned with the mission, culture and goals of The Wesley
Ernie's personal warmth and enthusiasm for education are exceptional, even
within a field of extraordinary candidates. In his interactions with the Search
Committee throughout the interview process, during his visit to campus and
in our surrounding social engagements, Ernie demonstrated an energy and
passion for learning that was universally felt by everyone who met him,
including students. This impression left us all feeling that we had found the
right person to lead The Wesley School into the future
May your birthday be filled with blessings!
Love, Your Church Family
May 1 Ken Ellis
May 3 Dorothy Tyler
May 4 Kim Miller
May 6 Noah Fetterman
May 10 Shirley Kurushima
May 11 Dottie Vick
May 14 Shaun Vieten
May 16 Jodi Smith
May 18 Phil Roche
May 18 Steven Vick
May 22 Karin Ellis
May 24 Sinjin Doelitzsch
May 24 Melissa Noren
May 25 Ashley Peat
May 30 Phyllis Hannon
David Rojas had back surgery this week. He was in an accident a few years ago and has been in pain
Elva Lewis. She has had a rough year. Two friends died recently. Her mother in law is in hospice in
Seattle, where her husband is. Also she continues to be in pain from a fall at work about two weeks
Annabelle Peat will be doing a sleep study before deciding if she will be having her tonsils removed.
They will insert tubes in her ears and remove her adenoids.
Trisha Morales is in the ICU with unexplained seizures.
Mildred Doyel fell and broke her hip again.
Sherri Perry's Aunt, Sandra, is in need of big prayers. Her brain tumor has taken over half her
brain. Her whole body was paralyzed, now she has some movement. Sherri's family has taken her
home and she is in Hospice.Her Uncle and Grandmother have fallen ill.
Bill Varney ended up with an infection in his blood and was admitted to St. Jo's. We are still waiting
for an update.
Catie's Mom, Judy Andrus, undergoing treatment for her 3rd round of ovarian cancer.
Uma Tokahuta could use prayers of motivation and comfort.
Tracy Hagan needs continued prayers of peace after receiving results of her MRI showing that the
cancer is rapidly spreading on the left side of her skull and neck. She will begin proton therapy in June
for 6 weeks. Hoping to prolong her life so she can be present for her three children.
Eric Anderson has not been doing well after his pancreatic cancer returned.
David Vail has metastatic bladder cancer.
Prayers for those detained in detention centers.
The United Methodist Church. HOMEBOUND CONGREGANTS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP
May 5 Third Sunday of Easter. White or Gold.
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20); Ps. 30 (UMH 762); Rev. 5:11-14; John 21:1-9
Fourth Sunday of Easter. Mother’s Day. White or Gold.
Acts 9:36-43; Ps. 23 (UMH 754 or 137); Rev. 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
May 19 Fifth Sunday in Easter. White or Gold.
Acts 11:1-18; Ps. 148 (UMH 861); Rev. 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
May 26 Sixth Sunday in Easter. White or Gold
Acts 16:9-15; Ps. 67 (UMH 791); Rev. 21:10, 22-22-5; John 14:23-29
Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary
Adult Sunday School. 9am - 9:45am in Boyer Chapel. (2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays).
Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery
Time with Children 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays at 10:30 worship
Communion will be served on May 5th at 8:15 & 10:30 Service
8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel
May 5 - Pastor Steve May 12 - Norman Kelsey
May 19 - Patty Kelsey May 26 - Sandra Smith
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