First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood
IN THIS ISSUE:
• Fall Kickoff 2019
• Congrats Kathi Ellis
• Inclusive Church
• Trunk or Treat
GOOD NEWS is published monthly by
First United Methodist Church of North
Hollywood, California 91601
Phone (818) 763-8231
Rev. Dr. Grant Hagiya
Rev. James Powell
Rev. Steven F. Peralta
Director of Music
Director, Program Ministries
Director, Outreach Ministries
Welcome to the season of “Back to!”
No, it isn’t an official season. You won’t find it on any calendar or
almanac, but you know what I am talking about. It’s the season of “back-
to-school” and “back-to-work” and “back-to-routine.” Our book clubs
and social gatherings are coming off of summer hiatus. Our service
organizations are re-starting their meetings.
It’s time everything gets back to normal-pace. We set our feet back on solid
ground and get back to our normal rhythm so of living. It also represents
the time that people “get back to church.” Even though we may not have
taken a “break,” we intentionally resume the rhythms of worship, study,
and serving which help us grow in our faith and draw us closer to Christ.
In the words of the Apostle Paul, “As you therefore have received Christ
Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in
him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in
thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7, NRSV)
September represents that season when regular programming begins again
at NoHo FUMC. Fall Kick-Off happens on September 15th, and many of
the committee meetings, fellowship activities, music programs, and Bible
Studies will resume in earnest. In the pages of this newsletter, you will find
information about these events and activities, and I look forward to seeing
you again soon.
SERMON SERIES: SYSTEM RE-BOOT
We typically want to serve Jesus on our own terms. We want the gospel of Christ to reinforce our values
and our worldviews...yet Jesus really speaks in a subversive way to the values and worldview of his day
and yes, our day as well. Are you willing to re-set the way you view and value things in your life?
September 1 The New Rules of Hospitality Luke 14:1, 7-14
September 8 The Cost of Following Jesus Luke 14:25-33
God’s Economy Luke 15:1-10
September 22 Money: Blessing or Obstacle? Luke 16:1-13
September 29 Garbage In/Garbage Out Luke 16:19-31
HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP
August 4 - Pastor Steve began his “Joy of Tidying Up,” Sermon Series today. “Soul Clutter” was based
on Luke 11:1-13. Jeff Thomas shared special music, “Safe Within Your Arms.” Nylean Rapinac was the
scripture reader. We shared the sacrament of communion and then introduced Ernie Levroney, the new
Head of Wesley School. Super COOL nnouncements were shared by Norman Kelsey & Phillip Mottaz.
A welcome luncheon for Ernie was enjoyed by everyone in the Social Hall.
August 11 - Pastor Steve continued his sermon series with a message titled, “The Joy of Tidying Up,”
based on Luke 12:32-40. Jesse Boone was the scripture reader. Jeff Thomas shared special music, “That’s
What Faith Must Be.” Patty Kelsey brought up kids who enjoyed Super Hero VBS and Ava and Ashley,
Peat shared what they learned!
August 18 - Today, Rev. Dr. Mary Dennis, was our guest preacher. We were touched by special music
from Aubrey Alexander. Jesse Boone read scripture before Pastor Mary shared her message, titled, “The
Voice,” was based on 1 John 4:7-19.
August 25 - Pastor Steve returned to the pulpit and began a new sermon series, “The Controversial
Christ.” Part one of his series, “System Error,” was based on Luke 13:10-17. Norman Kelsey shared
special music from Bob Dylan. “Gonna Change My Way of Thinking.”
NOHO FUMC FANS
Join us. . .
Sunday, September 15th
We will provide:
Hot Dogs, potato chips, beverages!
Your best tail gate food to share!
Wear your favorite
Come to the Choir
Saturday, September 14th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Meet in the Main Sanctuary
Calling all singers...the choir wants you!
The choir’s first day back in the chancel
is Sunday, September 15th!
LAITY SUNDAY IS COMING OCTOBER 20th
Readers, Storytellers, Speakers, Poets, Musicians, Singers, and
everyone who would like to participate in the Laity Sunday
Laity Sunday is that special Sunday when we recognize and
celebrate the role we all play in building and sustaining the church
community. This year’s theme is HOPE through Hospitality!
If you are interested in participating or have fresh ideas, please
email Patty Kelsey at email@example.com
FOR ALL IN
What’s Happening in September?
Sunday, October 6th - World Communion
Sunday! During 10:30 worship with Multi Cultural
Potluck to follow, out on the patio.
Sunday, September 8th - Methodist Men
Fellowship. 6:00 PM at the Home of the
Eshlemans. BBQ, Pastor led devotion, fellowship.
Sunday, September 1st - VBS Thank You
Dinner! All leaders and volunteers are invited to
attend. 5:00 PM at Pastor Steve’s House.
Sunday, September 8th - Mission Sunday!
The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
requests Peanut Butter! Please bring a few extra
dollars for your offering!
Friday, September 20th - Tea Fellowship meets at
11:00 AM. At the Kelsey residence.
Saturday, September 14th - Choir Workshop
in the Main Sanctuary! Begins at 1:00 PM. Come
one, come all and join our wonderful choir!
Tuesday, September 24th - Ruth Circle meets in
the Community Room at 7:30 PM.
SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, October 6th
Followed by a
Multi Cultural Potluck
out on the Patio!
Bring a dish to share that
represents your heritage!
Thursday, September 19th - PB&J Project meets
in the Lounge at 7:00 PM.
Hand in Hand
Everyone is invited to come and
assist in planning our annual
tree lot. We have been providing
this community outreach for
about 25 years. ??
Help us to make this year
better than ever!
Sunday, September 15th- FALL KICKOFF!
Following worship on the Patio. Hot Dogs & Tail Gate
Foods. Giveaway for everyone in attendance. Wear
your favorite team Jersey!
Saturday, September 14th - Tree Lot Meeting
4:00 PM. Hand in Hand.
Help us to make 150 sandwiches
for the North Hollywood
Interfaith Food Pantry.
Sandwiches are distributed to the
needy and hungry on Friday.
Sunday, September 1st - Discovery Arts
Assembly Day! Following worship, in front of the
Lounge. Help assemble 100 art boxes!
The model consists of four primary administrative bodies: the board of trustees, the staff/parish relations
committee, the finance committee, and the church council. Fully staffing these groups requires anywhere
from 24 - 36 people. Such numbers are easy to gather when you have 200 people to choose from.
What happens when you are a church like ours? What happens when you are worshipping 65-80 people
on a Sunday? These boards represent 50% of your active membership and becomes unwieldy and
difficult to fulfill. People burn-out because they don’t get breaks in their time serving the church.
Fortunately, the 2016 Discipline allows for smaller churches to organize in a way which serves their size
and available serving pool. Many smaller churches have organized around a concept known as “single
board governance.” This concept has several different forms it can take. Pastor Steve is currently working
on a model which will compress the Trustees, SPRC, and Finance Committees into a single board of 9-12
and a separate council on ministries to organize and carry out day-to-day ministry life. I believe that
simplifying our organizational structure will free people and our church to focus on ministry and carrying
out Christ’s ministry in the way each feels called and where their passions are.
Copies of this proposed model will be available beginning September 1st for your review, questions, and
input. At some point in the next month or two, we will have an all-church conference to vote on the final,
proposed model. If approved, it will be adopted at our 2019 charge conference.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SINGLE BOARD GOVERNANCE
From Pastor Steve
As a United Methodist Church, we are organized to do ministry
according to our denomination’s book of rules, the 2016
Discipline. This organizational model was formed at a time when
most churches had at least 200 people in worship on a Sunday
morning and 400-500 active members.
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed
by several Christian denominations, taking place on
the first Sunday of every October, that promotes
Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. It
focuses on an observance of the eucharist.
Pastor Steve is looking for congregants who speak
different languages to assist with readings during
worship on October 6th. Please let the church office
know if you would like to take part.
Worship will be followed by a Multi Cultural Potluck!
Our next Men's Fellowship meeting will be
Sunday evening, September 8, at 6:00 pm (new
time), in the Eshleman’s backyard, with food,
fellowship, meditation by Pastor Steve then a short
We'll supply the entree and you bring the rest!
Suggestions: green salad, fruit salad, cooked
vegetable, beverage, dessert, and cups.
Please let me, Roger, or David know what you
plan to bring! Planning will include our All-
Church Overnight Camp, from Friday night
through Saturday, October 11 - 12.
On Saturday, August 24th, the California Pacific
Annual Conference hosted their United Methodist
Women (UMW) Fashion Show and High Tea Party at
Glendale FUMC. The event was a fundraiser in
support of “Because We Care” campaign at the
Methodist Hospital Rehab Unit.
Each local organization set up and decorated their
8 place settings table in honor of their “Woman of
Distinction.” NOHO FUMC honored Kathi Ellis.
SEPTEMBER - PEANUT BUTTER
Welcome Back BBQ
Tea Fellowship at the Kelseys
Welcome, Head of School, Ernie Levroney
On Saturday, August 24th, over 50 participants attended the
Building an Inclusive Church workshop at Faith United Methodist
Church in Torrance. Muffett Brinkman and Patty Kelsey were in
attendance and with the help of Rev. Dr. Izzy Alvaran, worked on a
3 - 6 month plan. The plan includes a variety of ways to educate the
congregation with regards to the LGBTQI and how to move
forward together. Thanks to Rev. Allison Mark and Faith UMC of
Torrance for hosting. Thanks to J.J. Warren for an inspiring message.
KIDS STAND FOR A CAUSE
This November, be on the lookout for a
fun, feel good, outdoor event, here at
Our Sunday School Children will host a
lemonade stand and bake sale on the lawn
of our church, right on Tujunga!
We are planning a mini “farmer’s market”
that will include some live music, holiday
games & activities, and outreach.
If you enjoy baking or are crafty and would like to take part in our outdoor event, please let Patty Kelsey
know in the church office! All proceeds will go into our mission work fund. We hope to use it to purchase
items needed to fulfill our various projects like, Care Kits for the Homeless, Discovery Arts Bedside Art
Boxes, and our Sack Lunches for the hungry. We are excited to share this event with our community!
We have a new alternative to our annual
Community Day that will be implemented
this year, on Sunday, November 10th. Instead
of having a Community Chapel service, our
hope is to join together in an afternoon of
service, where our communities can come
together in support of those in need.
The event will take place in the Social Hall
following worship and our usual coffee
fellowship. Our goal is to provide six stations
or volunteer opportunities for children and
adults to help out.
The schedule would be an hour, from 12pm -
1pm, at a desired station, followed by a 45
minutes lunch break. The second station
would continue from 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, with
clean up from 3pm - 3:30 pm.
Stations would be various mission oriented
projects for our neighborhood:
Preparing goodie bags for folks in assisted
living facilities, i.e. The Light House and
Decorating and filling 50 Discovery Arts
Bedside Adventure Kits.
Preparing feminine care kits for women who
are homeless or in shelters.
Baking mini pumpkin pies for the food pantry
and making PB&J Sandwiches for Monday
morning distribution at the NHIFP.
Off campus ideas: Animal Rescue work and
possibly planting trees with Tree People.
We are energized about this new event and
hope you will be too! Pencil this event in and
take part in doing good for our community!
Do you or your kids enjoy the hospitality in the
Lounge on Sundays after church?
Please consider signing up to help us on Sunday
mornings! You can help in a variety of ways:
1. Bring a treat to share. 2. Host a Sunday
3. Arrive early to set up or stay late to clean up
4. Donate to the coffee fellowship fund
Set up involves laying out a table cloth, putting
out utensils, napkins and cups (all are provided).
Organizing or preparing the food and display.
That could mean, slicing cheese, cutting fruit or
veggies, or just taking items out of packaging
and making it presentable on a platter. Also,
Getting ice from the big kitchen for juice, and
then making coffee.
Clean up consists of consolidating leftovers and
distributing food or packing it up and storing it.
Washing dishes and putting them away.
Throwing away trash in the garbage bin.
Coffee fellowship comes together because of
hospitable people who give of their personal
time and funds. We currently do not have the
groups to support coffee hour like we did in the
past. Currently, Program Ministries (Patty
Kelsey) is covering every Sunday without a host
and needs help!
Please contact the church office.
Thank you so much!
Tuesday, October 29th
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Start thinking about your theme
and sign up with the church office!
Themes taken: Captain Marvel,
Stranger Things “11,” &
“Scoops Ahoy,” The Great Pumpkin!
A safe alternative to trick or treating!
We want this 2nd annual event to be
bigger than last year!
Consider taking off of work early this
one evening and help NOHO FUMC to
continue being a beacon of positivity in
Haunted Bounce House
Free Popcorn & Cotton Candy
Games & Prizes
DJ & Dancing
Lots of candy!
It’s going to be SPOOKTACULAR!
Mwah Ha Ha!!!
Wishing you many blessings on your birthday!
Love, Your Church Family
September 2 Gail Coyle
September 5 Dianne Lake
September 5 Aaron McDonald
September 5 Ian McDonald
September 11 Daniella Lake
September 12 Mary Jane Radillo
September 13 Margaret Allen
September 14 Rachel Mottaz
September 14 Beth Roche
September 15 Carol VanMeter
September 23 Jackson Books
September 25 Laurel Weber
September 26 Patty Kelsey
Our Homebound: Margaret Dixon, Joyce Cunningham, Dorothy Tyler,
Gladys Woodard, Margaret Allen, Dottie Vick,
Patty and Norman Kelsey request prayers for their family friends, Carly, Mimi, and John McCloy.
They are having extremely serious family turmoil.
Tonya Peat will be undergoing an ultrasound for her thyroid on September 6th.
Letha Watts is requesting prayers for her Son’s, girlfriend’s, daughter, Isadora Parks, 8 years old.
She was in a boating accident and fractured 4 vertebrae. She is healing well and her parent’s are
having trouble keeping her from moving around too much.
Muffett Brinkman’s step-dad, Carl VanDorn, fell and was in ICU with bruising to his brain.
Muffett’s mother, is also in need of prayers.
Kristee Laiva is recuperating from a compression fracture of her L1 vertebrae.
Tracy Hagan is staying faith-filled and positive while undergoing chemo for her terminal cancer.
Please consider sponsoring altar flowers in honor or in loving memory
of someone special in your life. Dedications will be listed on the back
of the bulletin. Following 10:30 worship, you may take the entire
arrangement home with you.
$30 donation can be put in the offering plate with your name and the
name of your loved one. We can have up to 3 arrangements per
Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24
To order: Email email@example.com
September 1 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. Green.
Jer. 2:4-13; Ps. 81:1, 10-16 (UMH 803); Heb. 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14
September 8 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Patriot Day. Green.
Jer. 18:1-11; Ps. 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854); Phil. 1:1-21; Luke 14:25-33
September 15 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Fall Kickoff Sunday! Green.
Jer. 4:11-12:22-28; Ps. 14 (UMH 746); 1 Tim. 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
September 22 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Green.
Jer. 8:18-9:1; Ps. 79:1-9, or Ps. 4 (UMH 741); 1 Tim. 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13
September 29 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Green.
Jer. 32:1-3a, 6-15; Ps. 91:1-6, 14-16 (UMH 810); 1 Tim. 6:6-19; Luke 18:19-31
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 served on Sunday, September 1st.
Adult Sunday School: September 15, 22 & 29 at 9:00 AM in Boyer Chapel.
8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel
September 1 - Pastor Steve September 8 - Norman Kelsey
September 15 - Patty Kelsey September 22 - Sandra Smith September 29 - Sandra Smith
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