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Good News November 2019


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Good News November 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: NOVEMBER 2019 IN THIS ISSUE: • Trunk or Treat Success • Outdoor Market • Service Sunday • 22nd Annual Treelot • NHIFP Thanksgiving Eve • Advent Bible Study GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Rev. 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 Living With the End in Mind I remember reading an article by the great automotive writer and editor, Peter Egan. He was reflecting on a time he was hitchhiking somewhere in rural Mexico, probably in the early 70’s; when he was asked at a bus stop, “Adonde vas gringo?” The question hit Egan like a twenty pound sledge hammer. “Where are you going?” is a simple enough question, but in that moment, it represented an existential crisis that Egan hadn’t considered. His life had no direction, and as they boarded the next bus, he began to reflect on exactly where he wanted his life to go for the very first time. So I ask you, “Where are you going?” The question is important. Leadership experts say that successful strategic planning begins when you know where you want to get to. In other words, good planning always begins with the end in mind. So, God gifted you with a life: one that begins with birth and one that will eventually come to a completion at death…or does it? The Apostle Paul cannot be any clearer in his belief that there is life beyond death. He speaks of our resurrection body and of putting on immortality and imperishability (1 Corinthians 15). He speaks of being with Christ (Philippians 1:23) being better than life while the book of Hebrews says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.” (Hebrews 12:1) If you believe that our final destination is with God, well, maybe we should begin to order our lives with that end in mind? Maybe that means we should be living in the “way” that Christ modeled for us? Sunday, November 3, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday at the 10:30 AM worship service with a special communion service that honors the “great cloud of witnesses.” We will also have an All-Church Meeting after coffee fellowship to vote on a re-organization of church leadership and about joining the Reconciling Network of Churches. Pastor Steve will also give an update on 2020 General Conference. Lastly, Monday, November 4, 2019, is our Annual Charge Conference. We are hosting our fellow Mission Area churches for this important meeting with the District Superintendent. We hope you will make time to be here and hear about the future of the UMC. In Christ, Pastor Steve
  2. 2. SERMON SERIES: LIVING WITH THE END IN MIND November 3 Come What May 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 November 10 Means of Grace Luke 19:1-10 November 17 Keeping the End in Mind Luke 21:5-19 November 24 Will You Remember Me? HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP October 6th - Today, we celebrated World Communion Sunday! We were blessed to experience worship in a number of languages through song and prayers. Hanna Sack shared a reading in German. Libeck Kadu read Luke 17:5-10 in Taiwanese. Pastor Steve shared in both Spanish and English. Pastor Steve’s Sermon Series, Faith Goals, began this morning with his sermon titled, Contentment. 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. We also enjoyed Manny’s Coffee and a wonderful time was had by all. October 13th - This morning, Pastor Steve shared a children’s message and sermon based on Luke 17:11-19. The moment with children was about using your words and thanking people that have done nice things for you. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Gratitude,” was Part 2 of 4 in his Sermon Series titled, Faith Goals. Our scripture reader was Norman Kelsey. Eddy Faulkner shared his original song, “Beautiful.” We had two special roses on the altar. The white rose was for Mildred Doyle who entered the church triumphant. The lavender rose was in celebration of Jesse Boone and Casey Ellings’ engagement. October 20th - 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, Tonya Peat, Andrew Esposo, Sherri Perry, and Patty Kelsey. The main message, “Our Role in His Play,” was shared by Jesse Boone and was based on Romans 12:1-8. Special Music was performed by Norman Kelsey, who sang “Pressing On,” by Bob Dylan. The Benediction Choral response was written and led by Charles Minetree. There was a special presentation from Kathi Ellis, President of the United Methodist Women, awarding Dan Doggett with the UMW Special Mission Recognition pin. Following our fabulous worship service, we enjoyed a Laity Celebration Luncheon out on the Patio that was served by Tacos El Pau and Manny’s Coffee. October 27th - Patty Kelsey shared a moment with children about Humility utilizing Dr. Seuss's story called, “Yertle the Turtle.” Jesse Boone read scripture. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Humility,” was based on Luke 18:9-14 and was final part in his Sermon Series, “Faith Goals.” We were blessed with special music from Jeff Thomas and Libeck Kadu. Luke 23:33-43
  3. 3. Sunday, November 10th 12:00 NOON Social Hall & Wesley Classrooms Changing the world together! The Wesley School, Boy Scout Troop 18, Cub Scout Pack 16, YMCA Youth & Government, Evergreen Music Conservatory, Synchronicity Hand Bell Choir! Join us for an afternoon of service! Here are the little ways that we can help make the world a better place: CARE KITS FOR THE HOMELESS DISCOVERY ARTS BOXES PB&J CRAFTS FOR ASSISTED LIVING DOG TOYS FOR RESCUES THANK YOU NOTES FOR VETERANS, FIREFIGHTERS, & POLICE OFFICERS Pick a station, rotate around, make a difference! Refreshments will be served for all volunteers! Please be sure to mark your calendars and take part in this event!
  4. 4. What’s Happening in November? Sunday, November 10th - Service Sunday! 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM in the Social Hall! Lunch included. Make a difference with our community! Tuesday, November 26th - Church Christmas Decorating! Meet in the Sanctuary to decorate the church for Christmas! 11:00 AM. Saturday, November 23rd - Tree Lot Set Up 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Meet at Lounge. Saturday, November 16th - NOHO FUMC Outdoor Market! 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Front Lawn of church! Homemade jams, jellies, baked goods, and lemonade. All going to Missions projects! Wednesday, November 27th - Inter-Faith Food Pantry Thanksgiving Eve Service. 7:30 PM. Sunday, November 10th - Mission Sunday! Bring foods high in protein: chili, spam, Vienna sausages, peanut butter. Sunday, November 3rd - All Church Meeting! Following Coffee Hour in Boyer Chapel! Please attend! NORTH DISTRICT - MISSION AREA 3 Monday, November 4th at 6:30 PM in the Main Sanctuary. NOHO FUMC is hosting our area churches. Pastor Steve invites you to attend. Thursday, November 21st- PB&J Project meets in the Lounge at 7:00 PM. Sunday, November 24th - Giving Thanks Fellowship! Following worship on the Patio we will celebrate gratitude. Enjoy Manny’s Coffee! Wednesday, November 27th 7:30 PM First Christian Church 4390 Colfax Ave. NoHo Suggested donations: Canned tuna, Canned Chicken, Chili, Ravioli, Beans, Peanut Butter, Dry Cereal Interfaith Food Pantry Friday, November 22nd - Tea Fellowship meets at the Kelsey Residence. Noon. RSVP. Monday, November 4th - Charge Conference at NOHO FUMC. 6:30 PM. Main Sanctuary. Be there! Sunday, November 3rd following coffee hour Boyer Chapel Pastor Steve is encouraging everyone to attend this ALL CHURCH Meeting that will focus on voting for Single Board Governance and becoming a Reconciling church. See you there! Thursday, November 21st 7:00 PM Lounge Please stop by and help make 150 sandwiches for the hungry in our neighborhood. Sandwiches are distributed by the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry.
  5. 5. YOU’RE INVITED! NOHO FUMC OUTDOOR MARKET Saturday, November 16th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM On the Front Lawn KIDS STAND FOR A CAUSE! Lemonade Stand Bake Goods, Jams & Jellies Craft Fair Live Music All money raised will go toward upcoming Mission Team projects. Outdoor Market will be a mini farmer’s market vibe, bringing positive visibility to our church, within our community. We are moving out front in the same energy and outreach as our awesome Christmas Tree Lot! Our hope is to generate good will and share God’s love with our neighbors. You can help in a number of ways: 1. Come support our new event by stopping by and purchasing something! 2. Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family about our market! 3. Bring individually wrapped baked goods to sell! 4. Donate crafts to sell! 5. Bring your guitar and come sing with Pastor Steve! 6. Join us on the Front Lawn and share your light and good will! We look forward to having a successful event and hope you will support us with your prayers, presence, witness, gifts, and service.
  6. 6. Tuesday Night Bible Study December 3, 10 & 17 7:00 PM Community Room   Historians credit Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas novella A Christmas Carol with singlehandedly reviving interest in celebrating Christmas according to the old traditions. The story continues to be a holiday treasure today, and as the old traditions have succumbed to the pressure of retail sales and the economy, maybe it’s a good idea to revisit the tale in depth. Most people do not realize that Dickens was a committed Christian who wrote the day before he died, “I have always striven in my writing to express veneration for the life and lessons of our Savior.” So this year, we will use A Christmas Carol as a doorway into scripture and the Christmas story as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with warmth and joy. You will need a copy of A Christmas Carol and a modern translation of the Bible. I hope you will join in at 7:00 on Tuesday evenings! The 22nd Annual Christmas Tree Lot This year, the lot opens November 29th! 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 29th - December 15th. 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 - 8:00 PM Saturdays - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sundays - 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tree Lot Set Up Day Saturday, November 23rd 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Meet in front of the Lounge *Tree Delivery Day Friday, November 29th Time: TBD *Tree Lot Organization Day TBA Grand Opening Day Saturday, November 30th 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sign up online by going to our website or to our eblast.
  7. 7. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH of NORTH HOLLYWOOD 4390 Colfax Avenue, North Hollywood 91604 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 35th Annual North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry WEDNESDAY . NOVEMBER 27 . 7:30 PM
  8. 8. A THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST !..... FOR OUR NORTH HOLLYWOOD INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY FRIENDS IT'S FREE FOR EVERYONE Enjoy A delicious traditional sit-down Thanksgiving Day Banquet It's Nearby, On Thursday, November 28, 2019... RAIN OR SHINE Arrive between 11:00am and 1:00pm... see the directions below... “delicious food, nice people”........ WHERE AND WHEN TO GO … Arrive between 11:00am and 1:00 pm. - Thursday November 28, 2019 The event is located nearby: at Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, in Valley Village. Park on the street; or take Bus line 155, stops right out front. See you, Rain or Shine. MAP SHOWING 12326 Riverside Drive..... (marked by an X) it's between Whitsett Ave. and west of Laurel Canyon Blvd.
  9. 9. Our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat had more trunks and more families! Many thanks to those who embraced this event with joy, creativity and enthusiasm! It was awesome to connect with our community and bring some joy and fun to the neighborhood. God is good!
  10. 10. Join us next year!
  11. 11. 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 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 • Sandy Flemming's husband, Frank, passed away on October 28th. • Ralph Seybold is staying with his son after having a procedure. He has been feeling weak. • Tonya Peat requests prayers for her friend Ali, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer for a second time and it has metasticized. • Sherri Perry's roommate requests prayers for her friend, Rhonda Bruce, who underwent surgery on 10/16. • Roger Eshleman requests prayers for his sister, Joan Velde. • Caitlin Thomas was diagnosed with epilepsy. She does not have health insurance and will need to pay for her medical bills. • Chalene Navarro asks for prayers for her mother-in-law's health (going through a major surgery), and her husband, Ermuel's health (recovering from knee surgery).  • Carl VanDorn (Muffett Brinkman's Stepdad) fell and is now in the ICU with bruising on the brain. Muffett's mom is very upset (she is a HUGE worrier). So need Stepdad healed and mother to calm down. • Emma Thomas had a seizure and is waiting to see the neurologist. • Tracy Hagan underwent another round of chemo and test results showed growth of her cancerous lesions. She will now try immunotherapy in hopes of prolonging her life. Frank Flemming Richard Roche Mildred Doyle
  12. 12. LECTIONARY READINGS FOR NOVEMBER - NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH November 3 Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost. All Saints Sunday. Green. Hab. 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Ps. 119:137-144 (UMH 840); Luke 19:1-10; 2 Thess. 1:1-4, 11-12 November 10 Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost. Green. Service Sunday. Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Ps. 145:1-5, 17-21; 2 Thess. 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38 November 17 Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost. Green. Isa. 65:17-25; Isa. 12 (or Ps. 118); 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19 November 24 Christ the King Sunday. White. Jer. 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79 (or Ps. 46); Col. 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43 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 Communion will be celebrated on November 3rd at 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM Worship Services 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel November 3 - Pastor Steve November 10 - 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 17 - Patty Kelsey November 24 - Sandra Smith “NoHoFUMC is a community that practices the all-inclusive and transforming love of God as modeled by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We celebrate our diversity in race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender, ability, citizenship, and socioeconomic status. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we welcome all people into the full participation of the life of the church.”