First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood
IN THIS ISSUE:
• World Communion
• Laity Sunday
• Trunk or Treat
• Weekday Bible Study
• Service Sunday
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
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
Rev. James Powell
Rev. Steven F. Peralta
Director of Music
Director, Program Ministries
Director, Digital Outreach
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.
Tuesday, October 29th
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Participating cars check in by 4pm!
• Bounce Houses
• Lots of CANDY!
• Wear a non-scary
• Free and Safe
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.
YOUR CAR! DONATE A
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!
& BAKE SALE
Sunday, October 20th
out on the Patio
Bring cash and support the
United Methodist Women by
purchasing their most delicious
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
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
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
Help us make 150
sandwiches for the
North Hollywood Interfaith
Sunday, October 20th
10:30 AM Worship
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
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
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!
Saturday, November 16th
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On the Front Lawn
KIDS STAND FOR A CAUSE!
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.
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:
email@example.com 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.
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.
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
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“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.”