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Good news October 2019


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Good news October 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: OCTOBER 2019 IN THIS ISSUE: • World Communion • Laity Sunday • Trunk or Treat • Weekday Bible Study • Service Sunday Faith Goals At a recent retreat, I was asked what my personal goals were for the next year, 3 years, and 5 years. In all honesty, the question put me on my heels. I could come up with professional goals, but personal goals? I realized I didn’t have any. None. Zero. Back in my teens and 20’s, I set all kinds of goals. As an athlete, I had performance goals. As a student, I had educational goals. As a ministry candidate, I had professional goals which continued into my years as an ordained pastor. At each of my churches, I had goals for what we would accomplish in ministry. I know what goals are. I know how to set them. I just didn’t have any personal goals. As I have been reflecting on this question, I began to realize that personal goals run the gamut. We have relational goals, health & fitness goals, vacation goals, financial goals, and spiritual goals.You can pick up any number of self-help books to help you set SMART* goals in most of these areas…but what about spiritual goals? Have you ever stopped to think about something in your faith that you would like to grow towards or attain? The Apostle Paul often spoke of goals. One of my favorite places is in his letter to the Philippians, where he writes, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…” (Philippians 3:10, NRSV) How’s that for a goal? As we read on, he writes this, “this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, NRSV) Do you have a spiritual goal? Have you set a faith goal? GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Rev. Grant Higiya Bishop Rev. James 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, Digital Outreach Peace, Pastor Steve
  2. 2. SERMON SERIES: 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. October 6 World Communion Sunday: Together on the Holy Mountain Luke 17:5-10 October 13 Finishing First Mark 10:17-31 October 20 Laity Sunday: Becoming Great Mark 10:35-45 October 27 Being Bold Mark 10:46-52 HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP September 1 - Today’s sermon was based on Luke 14:7-14 and Pastor Steve’s message was called, “The New Rules of Hospitality.” Jeff Thomas shared special music, “All I Have to Be.” We shared in the Sacrament of Communion. Following worship, the congregation was invited to assemble 100 Bedside Art Boxes for Discovery Arts, during coffee fellowship. September 8 - Pastor Steve’s sermon was titled, “The Cost of Following Christ,” based on Luke 14:25-33. Special Music was shared by Jeff Thomas, “Lord You Are The Potter.” September 15 - This morning we celebrated our FALL KICKOFF! Our Chancel Choir returned to morning worship and blessed us with their voices. Our moment with children, also returned, with Pastor Steve talking to the kids about the woman who had 10 coins and lost one. “God’s Economy,” was Pastor Steve’s sermon title, which was a continuation of his sermon series, The Controversial Christ. Today’s scripture was Luke 15:1-10. Jeff Thomas shared special music, “Reckless Love,” by Corey Ashbury. Everyone had a wonderful time at our Fall Kickoff Tailgate Party out on the patio. We enjoyed stadium style foods and an on location, gourmet coffee and tea bar, Manny’s Coffee! September 22 - Today, we had a guest speaker, Dr. Larry Hygh Jr.. Dr. Hygh shared his message, “Are We Entertaining God’s Angels,” based on two scriptures: Mark 1:14-20 and Hebrews 13:1-3. Special music was congregational participation in , “Lead Me, Guide Me.” September 29 - Patty Kelsey shared a moment with children about hospitality using her new Welcome Mat that had a pineapple on it! Pastor Steve’s message was based on Luke 16:19-31 and called, “The Words of the Prophets.” Special Music was a song called, “We are Marching,” which mixed African and English. It was shared by Eddy Faulkner on guitar, Shaun Vieten on bongo drums, and Libeck Kadu- Vieten on vocals.
  3. 3. Tuesday, October 29th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM SOUTH LOT Participating cars check in by 4pm! • Bounce Houses • DJ • Refreshments • Games • Lots of CANDY! • Wear a non-scary costume! • Free and Safe Family Fun! NOHO FUMC HOSTS A NEIGHBORHOOD HALLOWEEN EVENT! WHAT IS TRUNK OR TREAT? A fun and safe alternative to Trick or Treating! Vehicles are parked together in our parking lot, decorated in a fun theme, and are full of candies and goodies! A trunk host dresses up to match their theme, and hands out candy to kids! Goal: 20 Vehicles for event! Please consider making time to join us and take part in this event. Parking lot set up begins at 4:00 PM. SIGN UP YOUR CAR! DONATE A BAG OF CANDY! VOLUNTEER FOR EVENT DAY! PICK A THEME!
  4. 4. What’s Happening in October? Sunday, October 13th - Mission Sunday! Bring proteins (dry cereal, canned tuna, peanut butter), brown paper grocery bags, to church today! UMW HALLOWEEN BOOTIQUE & BAKE SALE Sunday, October 20th following worship out on the Patio Bring cash and support the United Methodist Women by purchasing their most delicious baked goods! Wednesday, October 9th - UMW General Luncheon in the Lo-Fe-Lo room at Noon. $3. Sunday, October 6th - World Communion Sunday! Multi Cultural Worship & Fellowship! THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY Join Pastor Steve, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room Sunday, October 20th - UMW Bake Sale & Halloween Boutique! Patio. 11:30 AM. Tuesday, October 22nd- Ruth Circle Meets at 7:30 PM. Lounge. Thursday, October 17th - PB&J Project meets at 7:00 PM in the Lounge! Help feed the homeless. Sunday, October 20th 10:30 Worship Main Sanctuary Worship will be led by the Laity and anyone is welcome to sign up to participate. Celebration Luncheon will take place on the patio! Please stay and celebrate with us! Friday, October 25th - Tea Fellowship. 12pm. Kelsey Haunted Lanai! Wear orange and black! Wednesday, October 9th - UMW Executive Board Meeting 10 AM. Lo-Fe-Lo. Tuesday, October 29th - TRUNK OR TREAT! 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. South Lot! Invite everyone! Also, sign up to participate today! Sunday, October 20th - Laity Sunday. 10:30 worship will be led by the laity. Celebration Luncheon to follow on the Patio! Come Celebrate! NORTH DISTRICT CHARGE CONFERENCE Monday, November 4th at 6:30 PM in the Main Sanctuary NOHO FUMC will be hosting the conference this year! Canoga Park, Sherman Oaks Hindu-Irdu Mission, Woodland Hills Korean & NoHo FUMC Thursday, October 17th 7:00 PM Lounge Help us make 150 sandwiches for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry!
  5. 5. Sunday, October 20th 10:30 AM Worship Main Sanctuary A special Sunday established by the General Conference to be observed on the third Sunday in October. Laity Sunday focuses on the celebration of the ministry of all lay Christians. In our church, we will observe Laity Sunday by having our lay persons lead all parts of the worship service. Following worship, there will be a Laity Celebration Luncheon out on the Patio in your honor. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Sunday, November 10th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Social Hall Join us for an afternoon of service and working side by side with other people from within our campus community: NOHO FUMC, The Wesley School, Boy Scout Troop 18, Evergreen Music Conservatory. Everyone is invited to work at various stations that have a service project set up that is adult and kid friendly: PB& J sandwich making for the food pantry; Care Kits for the Homeless assembly; Discovery arts bedside box decorating and assembly; Goodie bags for assisted living residents at The Lighthouse and Courtyard Plaza and also church shut-ins. There will also be something related to animal rescue and one other project. Items will all be donated, we are not asking you to donate any money or items, just your time. We just want participation and for our community members to work side by side with one another. Lunch is provided. Please make a note to join us on November 10th! We are looking for friendly and hospitable people to join our First Impressions Hospitality Team at NOHO FUMC! We need Welcome Table Hosts. Duties include Greeter and Welcome Table Host. A Greeter, arrives by 10:15 am, and opens up the front and side doors of the Main Sanctuary. They pull out our welcome and directional signage and greet everyone and hand them a bulletin. At the start of worship, doors are shut and at end of worship, the Greeter puts away signage. A Welcome Table Host arrives by 10:15 am and stands at the information table, at the junction between the breezeway, church office and Boyer Chapel. There is new directional signage there. You make sure people know where to go and answer any questions new visitors may have. Interested? Sign up with the church office!
  6. 6. COMING SOON! 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 Sale 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.
  7. 7. October 6 Muffett Brinkman October 7 Cherry Cox October 11 Kathi Ellis October 11 Judy Palmer October 12 Caesar Ancheta October 15 Stacy Zung October 16 Sara Nyaforh October 19 Jennifer Kurushima October 20 Maxine Charleston October 22 Josephine Books October 26 Nylean Rapinac October 26 Hanna Sack October 28 Elena Ashton October 28 Sandy Flemming October 29 Kim KMatsubayashi October 29 Margaret Doggett Tracy Hagan has undergone 5 sessions of chemotherapy. The results have shown that the cancerous lesions have not grown larger. Which is good news for Tracy’s goal of living longer. The Wilson Family have been grieving the loss of Jarrid Wilson (30) to suicide on September 9th. He is survived by his wife, Juli, and sons, Finch (4), and Denham (2). Roger Eshleman’s sister, Joan Velde, has a reoccurrence of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and it is much more aggressive. She is having trouble swallowing, is waiting for results of a biopsy, and seeing an oncologist soon. Are you or someone you love in need of prayer? Please send your joys and concerns to: or call 818-763-8231 Ermuelito Navarro has been recovering from knee surgery and his mother has also gone through major surgery. Both are healing. Rosine Correa’s father, Mike Avedessian, passed away on September 11th this year. Prayers for Rosine and family during this time. Lift up our Homebound Congregants: Joyce Cunningham, Margaret Dixon,Dorothy Tyler, Gladys Woodard, Margaret Allen, Dottie Vick, & Bill Varney. If you would like to send a note or call, please check your directory or contact the church office. Richard Roche Dick Roche was a member of this church since he was a child. He entered the church triumphant on September 20, 2019. Joyce Cunningham was hospitalized with pneumonia last week.
  8. 8. LECTIONARY READINGS FOR OCTOBER - HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH October 6 Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost. World Communion Sunday. Green. Lam. 1:1-6; Ps. 137 (UMH 852); 2 Tim. 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 October 13 Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost. Hispanic Heritage Month. Green. Jer. 29:1, 4-7; Ps. 66:1-12 (UMH 790); 2 Tim. 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 October 20 Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost. Laity Sunday. Green. Jer. 31:27-34; Ps. 119:97-104, or Ps. 19 (UMH 75); 2 Tim. 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8 October 27 Twentienth Sunday After Pentecost. Green. Joel 2:23-32; Ps. 65 (UMH 789); 2 Tim. 4:6-8; 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary Adult Sunday School meets the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday of October in Boyer Chapel at 9:00 AM. Children’s Sunday School meets at 10:30 AM in the Community Room/Nursery Time with Children during 10:30 AM worship on 2nd - 4th Sundays World Communion will be celebrated on October 6th at 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM worship services Laity Sunday is October 20th at 10:30 AM worship service 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel October 6 - Pastor Steve October 13 - Norman Kelsey October 20 - Patty Kelsey October 27 - Sandra Smith Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by October 17th for the November 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 “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.”