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Good News May 2019


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Our May edition of our Monthly Newsletter.

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Good News May 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: May 2019 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 Bishop Rev. James Powell District Superintendent Rev. Steven F. Peralta Pastor Congregation Ministers Jeff Thomas Director of Music Roger Eshleman Organist Nylean Rapinac Administrator Patty Kelsey Director, Program Ministries Tonya Peat 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 our lives? 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. (continued on page 3)   A LETTER FROM PASTOR STEVE
  2. 2. 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 Sunday. 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. John 13:31-35 John 10:22-30
  3. 3. The United Methodist Women Cordially Invite All the Ladies to the annual Mother’s Day Brunch Saturday, May 11th 10:30am Lounge (continued from the front cover) 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 Spirit.” Peace, Pastor Steve
  4. 4. 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 Community Room Led by Pastor Steve Saturday, May 18th 6:30 PM Lounge Come enjoy a night of board games and refreshments! Tea Fellowship Friday, May 31st 12:00 PM 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 use for Sack Lunches for the Homeless Assembly Day Sunday, May 26th Tuesday, May 28th - Ruth Circle. 7:30 PM in the Community Room. What’s Happening in May?
  5. 5. To volunteer, please email 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 Hotel Sundries Tiny Deodarant Hand Sanitizer Band Aids Tissue Packs Granola Bars Fruit Cups Fruit Snacks Pop Top Protein Bottled Water
  6. 6. EPWORTH PROJECT 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. Their Mission: 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 Ken Ellis
  7. 7. 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, Tonya Peat We are looking forward to the HomewardLA  event on May 4th at 7:00PM. Please go to our website 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 experienced homelessness. 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 current events. 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 home, Ernie!     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 School. 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
  8. 8. 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 since. 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 ago.   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 Margaret Dixon Joyce Cunningham Dorothy Tyler Gladys Woodard Margaret Allen Dottie Vick Bill Varney
  9. 9. 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 May 12 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 Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by May 17th for the June 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