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Good News November 2018


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Good News November 2018

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: NOVEMBER 2018 IN THIS ISSUE: • Trunk or Treat Success • UMW Holiday Boutique • Community Day • 21st Annual Treelot • NHIFP Thanksgiving Eve • Operation Gratitude GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Grant Hagiya Bishop Rev. James R. Powell District Superintendent Rev. Steven F. 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 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NRSV On Monday, October 29th, we invited our neighborhood to come and enjoy a fun event here at our church. As I stood by my car in my Jedi costume, I greeted over 200 people, most of whom I had never seen before. Neighbors connected with one another and took notice that our church welcomed them! I went to bed with a warm heart and much gratitude for all who made the event awesome (but let’s be honest, most of the work was done by Patty Kelsey!) I needed this…for my heart and soul have been deeply troubled by the violence and hate being expressed within our nation. All my life, I have been fascinated by the World War 2 era and I could not escape the irony that people were shot and killed in the United States, simply for being Jewish. I cannot begin to understand how someone could mail explosives to another person, simply because they worked for a political party, or had the nerve to oppose the President. I cannot fathom how any segment of our society would not quickly and clearly condemn such actions and behaviors… As the leaves on the liquid amber trees in my front yard turn to orange and fall to the ground, I find it hard to express gratitude and thanks…yet perhaps more than ever, I need to. I need to be grateful those explosives were discovered and that they didn’t hurt anyone. I can be grateful that more people weren’t hurt or killed in the Tree of Life temple. I can be grateful that people are waking up…that people from all walks of life have shown up at Jewish temples and synagogues to express their support for our Jewish brothers and sisters (I intend to do the same this Friday evening). We cannot afford to remain isolated in our neighborhood. In the baptism we witnessed last Sunday, one of the questions asked of the parents was, “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?” The waters of our baptism are not just for us…they are for the world. We have been included into the movement of peace and healing God has for the world; are you in? So pray and give thanks without ceasing and in every situation. You might find it good for your soul; but I caution you! It might also open your eyes and cause you to venture into the world to do good in the name of Christ. I hope and pray that you are open to the possibility. In Christ, Pastor Steve
  2. 2. SERMON SERIES: SIGNS As we move into the culmination of the liturgical year, we sit with some of Jesus’ final teachings to his disciples and through some of his interactions with the scribes and Pharisees...each of these passages reveal distinguishing signs of those who truly understand the Good News Jesus brought. November 4 The Very Basics Matthew 12:28-34 November 11 Understanding Generosity Mark 12:38-44 November 18 Preparing for the Big One November 25 What Kind of King? HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP October 7th - Today, we celebrated World Communion Sunday! We were blessed to experience worship in a number of languages through song and prayers. Worship opened with an aboriginal Taiwanese chant by Libeck Kadu. The Invocation was lifted up in both Thai, by Patty Kelsey and translated to English by Norman Kelsey. Libeck shared the Offertory prayer in Mandarin. The scripture, Isaiah 56:1-8, was read in Italian and English by Jesse Boone. Pastor Steve’s message was titled, “Together on the Holy Mountain,” and then Pastor Steve led the sacrament of Holy Communion and the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. Following worship, a delicious multicultural luncheon took place on the patio. A wonderful time was had by all. October 11th - The North District - San Fernando Valley Mission Area #3 Charge Conference took place at Sherman Oaks UMC. Our District Superintendent, Rev. James R. Powell, was on hand to lead us through the agenda. NOHO FUMC was represented with a dozen congregants in attendance. We had a nice time mingling with other area churches. October 14th - This morning, Patty Kelsey led a moment with children about how we hold on to meaningless stuff that keeps us from God’s grace and following Jesus. Pastor Steve’s sermon was called “Finishing First,” based on Mark 10:17-31. We put our security in our stuff, find joy in our stuff, hoard our stuff, and can’t get rid of our stuff because we might need it. Although we don’t have to sell off everything, Jesus wants us to have an abundant life. It is one that is not measured in wealth or possessions or the amount of ease in our lives. Don’t compromise your character in order to increase your stash of possessions. Instead, use your stash to serve others and to serve where God needs you most. Use what you have to be a blessing to the world. Make as much as you can, save as much as you can, and give as much as you can. Don’t let your stuff anchor you down. October 21st - Today was Laity Sunday where we had a wonderful variety of congregants leading all the aspects of worship. Thanks to Patty Kelsey for facilitating. We are also grateful to the following people for taking part in Laity Sunday: Phillip & Rachel Mottaz, Dr. Heemanshu Bhagat, Daniella Lake, Jim Tyree, Jesse Boone, Sherri Perry, and Doug Eboch; the main message was shared by Norman Kelsey and was based on Mark 10:35-45, titled, “Becoming Great.” If you want to be great, serve. Serve because the kingdom calls you to serve. Norman’s sermon was followed by Special Music from Libeck and Shaun Vieten. Following our fabulous worship service, we enjoyed a Laity Celebration Luncheon in the Social Hall that was prepared by Pastor Steve and Program Ministries. October 28th - We had a very special day where we experienced many precious moments, including, the Sacrament of Baptism of Wyatt Everson Gerdes, son of Cole and Tristen Gerdes. Special music was shared by Emma, Abigail & Jeff Thomas and an offertory piece, on the cello, by Joyce Deeting. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Being Bold,” was based on Mark 10:46-52. What’s going to get you to stand up and get off the side of the road, to join in with the Christ caravan? What is going to get you to see life in the world better? Where have you gone blind? We as the followers of Christ are being called to be a part of the healing that needs to take place in our angry world. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We have to get up on our feet. Mark 13:1-8 Philippians 2:1-11
  3. 3. Sunday, November 11th 10:30 AM Worship Service Main Sanctuary Celebrating our Community at NoHo FUMC! The Wesley School, Boy Scout Troop 18, Cub Scout Pack 16, YMCA Youth & Government, Evergreen Music Conservatory, Synchronicity Hand Bell Choir! Refreshments served in the Social Hall following worship! UMW Shop The 100% of proceeds go to UMW Mission Projects! COMMUNITY MISSION PROJECT Stay and assemble 200 sack lunches for the hungry in our neighborhood. Lunches will be delivered to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry for distribution! Assembly lines will be set up in the Quad! We need $100 to purchase our share of supplies.
  4. 4. What’s Happening in November? Saturday, November 10th - UMW Holiday Boutique Opens! 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Social Hall! Lunch not served this year. Tuesday, November 27th - Church Christmas Decorating! Meet in the Sanctuary to decorate the church for Christmas! 10:00 AM. Saturday, November 24th - Tree Lot Set Up 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Meet at Lounge. Sunday, November 11th - Community Day! Celebrating our wonderful community! (See flier.) Friday, November 9th - UMW Boutique Set Up in the Social Hall. 9:30 AM. Wednesday, November 21st - Inter-Faith Food Thanksgiving Eve Service. 7:30 PM. (see below) Monday, November 19th - Tabitha Meets in Hand in Hand at 10:30 AM. Sunday, November 11th - Mission Sunday! Bring cans of ready-to-eat soups (not condensed). The pantry is in need of this item. Monday, November 5th - UMW Cooking for the boutique! 9:30 AM in the big kitchen! Wednesday, November 28th - Christmas Tree Delivery! 6:30 PM. Please volunteer! Tuesday, November 13th 6:30 PM Social Hall Committee Members are encouraged to attend this single board governance meeting and potluck dinner. Please contact the church office regarding menu items. Saturday November 10th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Social Hall Come and support the UMW and their many organizations they support during the year. 100% of proceeds go to missions projects! MARK YOUR CALENDARS : CHILI COOK OFF December 9th Following Worship in the Lounge! Bring your best chili recipe! Taste test and vote for your favorite! Tuesday, November 27th- Ruth Circle meet at 7:30PM. Community Room. Thursday, November 15th- PB&J Project meets in the Lounge at 7:00 PM. BIBLE STUDY WITH PASTOR STEVE Thursdays except on Thanksgiving 7:00 PM in the Lounge Wednesday, November 21st 7:30 PM NOHO FUMC 4832 Tujunga Ave. NoHo Suggested donations: Canned tuna, Canned Chicken, Chili, Ravioli, Beans, Peanut Butter, Dry Cereal Interfaith Food Pantry Friday, November 16th - Tea Fellowship. Carpool leaves at 11am from North Lot. Thursday, November 29th - Christmas Tree Organization Day! 6:30 PM. Please volunteer! Monday, November 5th - Mission Team Refresh Meeting with Pastor Steve. Lounge. 7PM.
  5. 5. 34th Annual North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry Thanksgiving Eve Service November 21, 2018 7:30 PM North Hollywood First United Methodist 4832 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood 91601 • Get in the spirit of Thanksgiving and join the interfaith community for an evening of music, inspirational readings, heartfelt music, children’s message, and a word about the work we do together in our community to serve people in need. Please bring non-perishable proteins* which will be donated to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. Service sponsored by the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. *Peanut Butter, Tuna & other Canned Meats, Beans #givingthankstogether
  6. 6. If you had your directory photos taken and did not purchase extra photos, your complimentary 8X10 is available in the church office in the alphabetized bin that we distribute the monthly Newsletter in. If you don’t find your photo there, please contact Life Touch customer service at 888-313-1746 and reference our account number 286808. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact me in the church office or email me at As before I encourage you all to subscribe to our YouTube page, “like” our videos and follow us on social media. If you post photos at church events or somewhere that you would like to link a post or photo to the church, please make sure to add #NoHoFUMC or @NoHoFUMC to your social media posts. You can find the links to our social media pages at the top of the current web site and at the bottom of the new web site Also, if you are an shopper, don’t forget holiday shopping season is upon us so please remember to shop thru and select and save First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood as your preference. A % of your purchase will be donated back to the church. That’s it for now but stay tuned, more exciting things are coming soon from the Digital Outreach desk. Hello and Happy November. I have been hard at work on our new web site which we received a grant from the United Methodist Communications Group! -- will be up and running soon! My goal is to launch the site on December 1st but you can get a sneak peek if you like but know that it’s a work in progress and not officially launched yet. I’m super excited about this transition. This is not a quick transition as I am building a web site from the ground up so bear with me as there will be adjustments being made even after our launch at the beginning of December as we see what is needed and what might not be needed in this new WordPress platform. It is very different from the current Wix program we are using. I think you will find the new web site much cleaner and more professional looking. From Tonya Peat Many thanks to our NOHO FUMC Board of Trustees, for scheduling a CPR and AED Training, taught by Dan Doggett. The class was excellent and the hands on training was invaluable. Those in attendance left feeling that we would be able to be effective should the time come when we needed to jump in and give a victim a better chance of full recovery.
  7. 7. Sunday, November 18th is Loyalty Sunday! Please use the card below, or one from the church pews, to submit your financial pledge for 2019. Individual financial contributions are key to the continuation of this vital ministry. The pledge process is an essential part of church financial planning. Please return your completed pledge card to the office, or place it in the offering plate. Building Blocks - Stewardship Campaign 2019 Think What We Can Do Together We (I) would like to help support the ministry of North Hollywood 1st UMC! We estimate that during the next year we will give to NOHO 1st UMC $_______________ per week or $____________ per month or $__________ per year in 2019 divided as follows: $___________________ for___________________ $__________________ for ___________________ Name _______________________________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________ * Giving Estimates may be revised at any time by contacting the church office. _____ Check here if you would like more information about electronic giving options ________________________________________ Your E-mail address - optional Remember to make a copy of your pledge for your record RESTORATIVE FAITH This is a four-lesson series focusing on scriptures from Luke   Lesson 1 - October 28th Renewed Health Lesson Scripture Luke Chapter 7: verses 1 - 10 Background Scripture Luke Chapter 7: verses 1 - 10   Lesson 2 - November 11th A Reversal Of Shame Lesson Scripture Luke Chapter 7: verses 36 - 50 Background Scripture Luke Chapter 7: verses 36 - 50   Lesson 3 - November 25th A Sound Mind Lesson Scripture Luke Chapter 8: verses 26 - 36 Background Scripture Luke Chapter 8: verses 26 - 36   Lesson 4 - December 9th A Family Reunion Lesson Scripture Luke Chapter 15: verses 11 – 24 9:00 AM Boyer Chapel 2nd & 4th Sundays led by Sandra Smith
  8. 8. WISH LIST ITEMS By Lynn Yoshizumi   Operation Gratitude has an urgent need for Wish List items to include in care packages for deployed Service Members, Veterans, First Responders and New Recruit Graduates. More Heroes will receive Operation Gratitude Care Packages this year than ever before and help is needed to ensure that the inventory keeps up with the increasing demand.   The Wish List is made up of items that are most requested by the care package recipients and most needed now to fulfill current orders. With each Wish List item you donate, you put smiles on the faces of American Heroes. Your expression of gratitude for their service and sacrifice means so much.   ·         All Purpose Wipes (single & 30ct packs or less)       Puzzle Books (7” x 10” preferred size) ·         Batteries (AA and/or AAA)                                       Sewing Kits (travel size) ·         Deodorant (travel size, non-aerosol                           Socks (black crew length) ·         Drink Mix (individual serving packets)                     Gum ·         Hand Warmers                                                           Jerky (individual bags) ·         Lip Balm                                                                    Pencils (mechanical preferred) ·         Playing Cards                                                             Powder (travel size)   Handmade with Love Items: ·         Cool Ties ·         Knitted or Crocheted Hats and Scarves ·         Paracord Survival Bracelets   All donated items must be new and unopened and have a shelf-life/expiration date of at least 6 months from the date of receipt by Operation Gratitude.   Donation drop offs are accepted during all Volunteer Hours at Operation Gratitude, 21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth 91311 - Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m and on assembly days. The building will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23.   The next Operation Gratitude Volunteer Assembly Day will be Saturday, November 17th, 9 am-12 pm. NHIFP WEBSITE  The Pantry website was recently completely reconstructed. Check out the new updated look and information at You might also we interested in the Pantry Facebook page And there are several Pantry videos on YouTube.  
  9. 9. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM SOCIAL HALL   The United Methodist Women hosts their annual Holiday Boutique! Come and delight in our baked goods, homemade jams and jellies, handmade holiday decorations and gifts and, of course, the "Second Time Around Table."  All proceeds from this event go toward assisting several mission projects: The David & Margaret Youth and Family Services in LaVerne; The Methodist Hospital in Arcadia; New Entra Casa; and Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro.   The UMW are asking for donations for the second-time-around table. All gently used items please. Assistance is also needed with set-up for the boutique. On Monday, November 5th at 9:30 am, the ladies will be cooking in the social hall kitchen and setting up tables on Friday, November 9th at 9:30 am in the Social Hall. Please let Kathi Ellis know if you can help. Please mark your calendars and support the mission work of The United Methodist Women!   The 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lot It’s hard to believe that Charlie Cox had this idea for a Tree lot, 21 years ago. This year, the lot opens November 30th! We are in need of Elves to sign up for the following positions: Greeter Elf, Dispatch Elf, Tree Handler Elf, Tree Loader Elf, Cashier Elf, and Dinner Elf. There are also community service, volunteer positions for the Scouts, Wesley Students, and the YMCA Youth & Gov’t Elves. The tree lot is open and shifts are available on Friday - Sunday beginning November 30th - December 16th. That is just 9 days tree lot sales! Don’t forget set up, load in, and organization days! *We need a large number of volunteers that are physically able to lift and carry trees! Fridays - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sundays - 11:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tree Lot Set Up Day Saturday, November 24th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Meet in front of the Lounge *Tree Delivery Day Wednesday, November 28th 6:30PM *Tree Lot Organization Day Thursday, November 29th 6:30 PM Grand Opening Day Friday, November 30th 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sign up online by going to our website or to our eblast.
  10. 10. Genelita Ancheta recently received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain University. She had earned an AA degree and became an RN some years ago. Today most hospitals require the RN’s to have a BS degree as well so Genelita enrolled in the on-line program Chamberlain offers.   In July Ceasar, Brandon and Brian went with Genelita to Chicago where she walked in the graduation procession and received her diploma in person rather than in the mail. The family spent a week in Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed sightseeing there. David Eshleman is now a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He has been working with teens, adults, couples and families since 2012.  He completed a 1 year practicum at the South Bay Center for Counseling and supported patients at SBCC for another year as a registered MFT Intern in the Counseling Dept., as well as a therapist with their Parents and Children Together (PACT) program. He also worked for 2 years as a mental health practitioner under supervision by Ruby Paparello, LMFT. In addition, he has over 5 years of experience as an educator working as a 1-1 with young adults on the Autism Spectrum. He co-facilitates Teen and Young Adult Autism Spectrum Social Skills groups at Teen to Young Adult: The Gathering Place. Currently David works with individual clients, children, couples and families in Redondo Beach under supervision by Jeana DeLay, LMFT.
  11. 11. Our first Trunk or Treat was a success! We were able to meet 200 kids and their families in our neighborhood and connect with our community! Many thanks to God and to those who supported this idea immediately and with such enthusiasm! It was awesome to connect with our community and bring some joy and fun to the neighborhood.
  12. 12. Join us next year!
  13. 13. November 4 Maggie Christian November 5 Frank Rapinac November 7 Deanne Cox November 9 Shirley Pratt November 10 Patricia Doelitzsch November 10 Linda Eshleman November 12 Jacqueline Casas November 16 Raylean Fetterman November 17 Marion Elkerton November 25 Hannah Ye-Books November 26 Erin Parnell-Zavala November 27 Bryan Ancheta November 27 Jessica Renslow November 28 McKenna Sucher November 28 Libeck Kadu-Vieten • Please lift up Deanne, David, Michael, and the entire Cox family, as they mourn the death of Charlie. • Jesse Boone’s 92 year old Grandfather, Daniel, passed away after falling ill during a lecture in Dallas, Texas. • Tracy Hagan is recuperating after being readmitted to the hospital to repair a tear that developed after her surgery. • Jessica Mesa is still recovering after a liver transplant surgery. • Joan Finger passed away after her battle with pancreatic cancer. • Nicole Mijares, 31, was diagnosed with neuro-endocrine CA. Cancer has metastasized throughout her body and she is now on palliative care. • Bill Varney is recuperating from his surgery to relieve his sciatic nerve pain. Although he has found a tiny bit of relief, the doctor’s anticipate that full recovery will take more time. • Charley Menendez 23, is waiting for a liver transplant. • Jeff Thomas is having numbness in his feet and legs and will be undergoing tests. • Scott Kaefek has inoperable stage 4 melanoma. • Donna Stewart suffered strokes with blood clots in her brain and is in critical condition. • Judy Andrus underwent surgery to remove ovarian cancer for the 3rd time. They hoped to remove the last of the lesions. • Roy Holt had his second birthday and is doing very well. His mother, Jessica, thanks us for our prayers. Charlie Cox We are sad to share that Charlie passed away October 16, 2018. Please note services below: Viewing Friday, November 2nd from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Valhalla Memorial Cemetery Funeral Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 PM Main Sanctuary at NOHO FUMC Graveside and Burial to follow at 2:30 PM Valhalla Memorial Cemetery
  14. 14. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP November 4 Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost. All Saints Sunday. Green. Ruth 1:1-18; Ps. 146 (UMH 858); Heb. 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34 All Saints Sunday: Wisdom of Sol. 3:1-9; Ps. 24; Rev. 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 November 11 Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost. Green. Community Day. Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Ps. 127 or 42 (UMH 777); Heb. 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 November 18 Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost. Green. 1 Sam. 1:4-10; 1 Sam. 2:1-10 or Ps. 113 (UMH 834); Heb. 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8 November 26 Christ the King Sunday. White. 2 Sam. 23:1-7; Ps. 132:1-12 (UMH 849); Rev. 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Children’s Message every Sunday at 10:30 AM Worship Service Communion will be celebrated on November 4th at 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM Worship Services 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel November 4 - Pastor Steve November 11 - Norman Kelsey Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by November 17th for the December 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 November 18 - Patty Kelsey November 25 - Sandra Smith