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Good News December 2019

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Good News December 2019

  1. 1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood GOOD NEWS e-mail: DECEMBER 2019 IN THIS ISSUE: • A Christmas Carol • Christmas Eve Worship • 22nd Annual Tree Lot • Poinsettia Orders • Reverse Advent Calendar GOOD NEWS is published monthly by First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, California 91601 Phone (818) 763-8231 Rev. Grant Hagiya Bishop Rev. Jim Powell District Superintendent Senior Pastor Rev. Steven F. Peralta Congregation Ministers Jeff Thomas Director of Music Roger Eshleman Organist Nylean Rapinac Administrator Patty Kelsey Director, Program Ministries Tonya Peat Director, Outreach Ministries Norman Kelsey and I were talking one Sunday about how Ebenezer Scrooge might be one of the most universally known characters in literature. To say the name “Scrooge” immediately conjures the image of a miserable, old curmudgeon of a man. We think of someone empty of compassion, kindness, joy, or empathy. We think of “bah humbug” and recoil at the image and the sound of the name and hope that we aren’t ever mistaken from a “scrooge.” Have you ever stopped to think how incredibly unfair our recalling of Ebenezer Scrooge is? Certainly, the way we remember ‘Ol Scrooge is the way we meet him at the beginning of Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol. But the Ebenezer Scrooge we observe at the end of the story is very different than the one at the beginning. His Christmas Eve experience has changed him, and as a result, the spirit of Christmas shines within him. Our last sight of Scrooge is a man filled with compassion, kindness, joy, and generosity: the kind of person we should all want to be. As we move into Advent and Christmas, I think we should all set a goal to be more like Scrooge. We should all enter into the season with the goal of being better people at the end of it. Every decoration we hang, every gathering we participate in, every service we attend, every song we sing, every shift we work at the Christmas Tree Lot, and every present we exchange should cause the love of Christ and our fellow humans to grow within us and change us. I hope that you will make sure to participate in all the special events that are happening this month (and contained in this newsletter). In particular, I invite you to join me on Tuesday Nights at 7:00PM as we follow the story of Scrooge’s transformation and seek to be changed like Scrooge. I promise that you will not be the same person when we celebrate Christ’s birth on December 24th. Noel! Noel! -Pastor Steve
  2. 2. ADVENT SERMON SERIES: A CHRISTMAS CAROL We will journey with Scrooge as he comes face to face with his past, present, and future. Ultimately learning to truly live the “Spirit of Christmas” in his heart and to keep it all year long. December 1 Something’s Coming... Matthew 24:36-44 December 8 The Ghost of Christmas Past December 15 The Ghost of Christmas Present Matthew 11:2-11 December 22 The Ghost of Christmas Future Matthew 1:18-25 December 24 Christ is Here! December 29 A Scary Baby Matthew 2:1-12 HIGHLIGHTS OF WORSHIP November 3rd - Today was All Saint’s Day. Pastor Steve began his Sermon Series: Living With The End in Mind. His sermon, “Come What May...,” was based on 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. What is coming is better than what we currently know and experience. We followed Communion with the lighting of candles in memory of the Saints we lost this year and those we continue to miss. Mildred Doyel, Frank Flemming, Richard Roche, Marion Elkerton, Charles Less, and Mary Lees. November 10th - Synchronicity Handbells performed two pieces to start off worship. Time with Children was led by Pastor Steve, and it tied in with his message, “Means of Grace,” based on Luke 19:1-10. Grace meets us, restores us, and continues on with us. Zacchaeus has already had a change of heart because of what God had been doing in his heart, Jesus restores him, and grace allows Zacchaeus to live in a new way. Special music was shared by Jeff Thomas, who sang, “Precious Memories.” Worship and coffee fellowship was followed by Service Sunday, where our church, The Wesley School, and Troop 18, came together to complete a multitude of projects. Decorating Discovery Arts Boxes and filling them with art supplies. Making PB&J Sandwiches for the Food Pantry. Putting together toiletry and snack bags for our Care Kits for the Homeless. Creating gifts for assisted living residents and writing thank you notes to Veterans, LAPD, and LAFD. It was a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing how we grow in changing the world together. November 17th - On this Thanksgiving Sunday we enjoyed a lovely worship and baptism. Pastor Steve’s sermon, “Keeping the End in Mind,” was based on Luke 21:5-19, You have to endure the struggles in order to receive the glory. What you experience now is not how it will always be. Special music was shared by Shaun Vieten, who sang. We were blessed to witness the baptism of Ethan William Forgione and celebrated with a lovely luncheon, hosted by the Forgione & Goodpastor families, out on the patio. What a blessed day! November 24th - Today was Christ The King Sunday, marking the end of our church calendar year. Patty Kelsey shared a moment with children about ... Pastor Steve’s message, “Will You Remember Me?” was based on Luke 23:33-43. Norman Kelsey shared special music, singing, “Do Lord.” Coffee Fellowship was a celebration of gratitude as we enjoyed Manny’s Coffee and autumn themed treats out on the courtyard patio. Matthew 3:1-12 Luke 2:1-147:00 PM 11:00 PM
  3. 3. Monday, December 24th Two Services Available 7:00 PM - Family Service Featuring Children’s Message, Chancel Choir & Special Music 11:00 PM Featuring Lessons, Carols, Communion & Candlelight. Main Sanctuary Christmas Merry Making Definitely Dickens Carolers Sunday, December 15th During 10:30 AM Worship In the Main Sanctuary and continuing into fellowship hour out on the Patio. Enjoy yuletide cheer and Manny’s Coffee! Give a poinsettia plant in honor or memory of a loved one. These plants are fashioned into a Christmas tree which adorns the chancel of our church. The flowers may be taken home following the 11:00 PM Christmas Eve Service. Thank you for your $10.00 donation. Please complete the section below and return the form to the office with your check. Please indicate “for poinsettia” on the offering envelope. Thank you. Your Name________________________________ Phone ______________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________ Circle one: (IN MEMORY OF) or (IN HONOR OF) Number of plants ordered _______ Name _________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $ ____________ Name _________________________________________ Please place orders by December 15th
  4. 4. What’s Happening in December? Tuesday, December 24th - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 7:00 PM - Family Service Featuring Children’s Message, Chancel Choir & Special Music 11:00 PM - Candle Light Service Featuring Lessons, Carols, Communion & Candlelight Sunday, December 8th -Chili Cook Off! Bring your best crock pot of chili! Taste test & vote! ADVENT BIBLE STUDY Tuesdays at 7:00 PM December 3, 10 & 17 Community Room Pastor Steve will guide us through this Christmas Classic as we prepare our hearts for Christ. Books are available for pick up on Sunday, Dec 1st. Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in December Our 22nd Annual Christmas Tree Lot is open for business! Fridays: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sundays: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM We need tree handlers, greeters, & dinner providers. Sign up at church or online. (Check your weekly email update for link) Sunday, December 8th - Mission Sunday! Bring peanut butter, chili, tuna, & dry cereal for the food pantry and a few extra dollars for the blue mission envelopes. Brown paper grocery bags too! Sunday, December 15th Following Worship Come to our Pop-up Shop on the Patio Enjoy Merry Making Festivities & Shop! Sunday, December 8th Following worship Patio Courtyard Bring your most delicious pot of Chili to church! Everyone will taste test and vote for their favorite. Winner gets a small Christmas Tree! Wednesday, December 4th - UMW Holiday Luncheon. Harvest Moon, 12454 W. Magnolia Blvd, Valley Village. Dutch treat! Thursday, December 19th - PB & J Project. Time TBD. Lounge. Come make 150 Sandwiches for the homeless that receive assistance from NHIFP. Sunday, December 15th - UMW Boutique Pop-Up Shop during Christmas Merry Making. Friday, December 20th- Christmas Tea Fellowship at the home of Hanna Sack. Come see her decorations and enjoy a spot of tea. Carpool due to limited parking. Tea is at 12pm.Wednesday, December 11th - Ruth Circle. 7:30 PM in the Lounge. Annual Cookie Exchange. Wednesday, December 18th - Blue Christmas - A Contemplative Service of Remembrance and Hope. 7pm. Boyer Chapel. Sunday, December 15th - Christmas Merry Making. Definitely Dickens Carolers & Manny’s! Tuesdays in Advent, December 3, 10 & 17 - Join us for this three part Bible Study, based on Charles Dickens Classic story. Led by Pastor Steve in the Community Room at 7pm. Books available.
  5. 5. NOHOFUMC 22nd ANNUAL TREELOT THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH A HEART programs like Discovery Arts Boxes, North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, Hope of the Valley, and UMCOR Relief Ministries. Every year we bring in somewhere around 16 to 18 thousand dollars to do good in our neighborhood and world. The tree lot also provides a place for our community to meet and interact with the church. We need smiling faces, joyful spirits, strong backs, and many hands to make this a successful endeavor. Sign up at and help us do good! TREE LOT HOURS FRIDAYS 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM SATURDAYS 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM SUNDAYS 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM HOW TO VOLUNTEER 1. Sign up in person on Sundays 2. Online at You can volunteer for the following: GREETERS TREE HANDLERS CASHIERS PROVIDE LUNCHES OR DINNERS From Pastor Steve Our Christmas Tree Lot opens its doors on Saturday, December 1st. The proceeds from the Tree Lot support our missions projects and gifts to From Pastor Steve While most people look forward to the Christmas season with joy, some people find that the season opens up old wounds, brings to the surface feelings of grief, as well as a marked sense of loneliness. On Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00 PM, we will provide a space for those who need to approach God out of their grief or their pain. This contemplative experience will incorporate opportunities to silently pray, light candles, and open up our hearts to the one who comes with the promise of new life and of hope. Please join us for this very special service.
  6. 6. DECEMBER MISSION OPPORTUNITY Everyone loves advent calendars to count them down to Christmas Day. Most children adore receiving one at the beginning of December because it gets them excited for Santa coming, and every surprise that they open on the way is a promise of what’s to come. But if you want to try something a little different this year, you can create an advent calendar that you (and your children) put something into every day instead of taking something out. This Advent, we are requesting that you join your follow congregants in filling your reverse advent calendar every day until Christmas, with items of food that will be taken to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. Just get a large box or bag, place it in your kitchen, den, or by the front door and throw in one item a day. You can bring your box to Christmas Eve worship service, or to worship on Sunday, December 29th.
  7. 7. To order flowers for the chancel, fill out the order form below and place in the offering plate or drop it in the church office mail slot. If you have a specific color or flower request, this can be made through Dee’s Flowers 818-769-3000 or It’s time to think about dedicating altar flowers in honor or in memory of your loved ones! Each arrangement is $30 and includes an announcement in the bulletin for the Sunday selected. We are able to accept 5 dedications each Sunday. Today’s Date: _________________________ Name(s): __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Daytime Phone: ____________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________ All dates are available in 2020 currently. Dates Requested: ___________________________________________ Floral Dedication: (Please check one of the following and write the specifics of your dedication in the space provided below) In Honor of ___________________________________________ In Celebration of _______________________________________ In Memory of _________________________________________ Check enclosed for arrangement ($30). Checks made payable to FUMC. Single bud vase may also be ordered at $8 each. You may also take the entire vase home following worship. Red and Pink roses for baby announcements. White roses for death. Special colors for life milestones like an engagement or graduation. Please contact the church office or Dee’s Flowers directly, prior to the weekend.
  8. 8. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There are a lot of exciting things happening this holiday season @NoHoFUMC. This year, for the children’s play, sticking with Pastor Steve’s theme, Scott Peat has written a fun take on “A Christmas Carol,” called, “A Ghostmas Carol.” We are super excited to present this short play on December 22nd, during our 10:30AM worship service. The kids will be working hard to bring this story to life so please come and support them. Also, from the Digital Outreach desk, I wanted to draw your attention to our YouTube page where you can find Pastor Steve’s Message for the Week videos. Each and every week Pastor Steve and I record a 2 minute video that gives a sneak peek into the message he will be preaching about that Sunday. We often go on location in our community to find a location that fits with the message. You can also find the full Sunday service recordings in case you were out of town or missed church for any reason you can sit down at home and watch the full service. There are also a number of special videos that I have put together from the community events we do including Trunk-or-Treat, VBS, PB&J, Care Kits, Discovery Arts Boxes and a special About Us video I did for the Charge Conference that really shows what our church is about. We are not just friends, we are a family. So, the next time you are online, please go to our YouTube page NoHo FUMC and check out all it has to offer. Subscribe and never miss a post.  I also invite you to subscribe to our web site and as always please follow us on social media. Tag us in your photos and posts and check in on FB Sundays and when you are at church events. In addition I’m excited to have Jesse Boone onboard to help do the live streaming on Sundays that I am not able. So we have a team of 3 of us now with Me, Muffett and Jesse. So thank you Jesse for joining us. FROM THE DIGITAL OUTREACH DESK By Tonya Peat
  9. 9. THANK YOU! Our first Outdoor Market was a huge success! Thank you for your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness toward this awesome Community Outreach event! We met our neighbors and shared our light by selling lemonade, sharing worship music, selling jams, baked goods, hand-crafted goods, and plants. We even had participation from Wesley’s Head of School, Ernie Levroney, who made homemade espresso macarons! New Horizons also took part in our event, sharing information about their organization. In the end, we raised over $1000 for mission project in total (UMW and General). We love NOHO ARTS DISTRICT!
  10. 10. Wishing you a birthday that is merry and bright! Love, Your Church Family December 5 Anita McChesney December 6 Helen Wirth December 7 Ralph Seybold December 10 Doug Eboch December 11 Myriel Tyree December 16 Pastor Steve December 17 Cary Noren December 18 Jeff Thomas December 20 Genelita Ancheta December 20 Clive Melville December 21 James St. John December 24 Tracey Radillo December 25 Jesus December 31 Nancy Kien • Nancy Harrington was recently diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. She has been hospitalized and suffering in great pain. Her daughter, Debbie, requests prayers. • Brian Vieten is recuperating at home and will continue to be monitored by his doctors after having heart issues at the end of October. • Ralph Seybold is back home with a caregiver coming in to make sure Ralph has everything he needs. • Tonya Peat requests prayers for her friend Ali, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer for a second time and it metasticized. Tonya’s neighbor, Jenn, was just diagnosed with very early staged Breast Cancer. Jenn is a single mom and feeling very scared about what is to come. • Roger Eshleman requests prayers for his sister Joan Velde. She had an allergic reaction to her second round of chemotherapy a few weeks ago. She is very tired from treatment and has been resting at home. She has been happy to listen to our worship services online. • Caitlin Thomas was diagnosed with epilepsy after being hospitalized, she has acquired a medical bill of $10,000. Jeff’s home church in Arkansas has raised funds to help Caitlin. • Emma Thomas is also developing seizure episodes and is waiting to see a neurologist. • Carl VanDorn, Muffett Brinkman’s Stepdad) fell and was in ICU for bruising on his brain. • Tracy Hagan’s fifth round of chemotherapy was not successful. Doctors administered a new treatment for a clinical trial, which they discovered post treatment, was not covered by insurance. • Uma Tokahuta thanks you for your prayers over the last few years. She is doing pretty well, on her own, in Thailand. But misses everyone and everything in the USA. You can send your joys and concerns in a variety of ways: 1. Contact the church office at (818) 763-8231 or 2. Drop a note in the offering plate on Sunday 3. Let us know if this is a private prayer, for the prayer chain only, or if it can be shared with the congregation.
  11. 11. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP December 1 First Sunday of Advent. Purple or Blue. Isa. 2:1-5; Ps. 122 (UMH 845); Rom. 13:11-14; Matt. 24:36-44 December 8 Second Sunday of Advent. Purple or Blue. Isa. 11:1-10; Ps. 72; Rom. 15:4-13; Matt. 3:1-12 December 15 Third Sunday of Advent. Purple, Blue. Isa. 35:1-10; Luke 1:46b-55; James 5:7-10; Matt. 11:2-11 December 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent. Purple or Blue. Isa. 7:10-16; Rs. 80:1-7, 17-19; Rom. 1:1-7; Matt. 1:18-25 December 24 Christmas Eve. Peace. White or Gold. Isaiah 9:2-7; Ps. 96 (UMH 815), Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 December 29 First Sunday After Christmas. White or Gold. Isa. 63:7-9; Ps. 148 (UMH 861); Heb. 2:10-18; Matt. 2:13-23 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 Adult Sunday School meets on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays at 9:00 AM in Boyer Chapel Children’s Message on 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays at 10:30 worship service and Christmas Eve 7:00 PM Communion will be celebrated on December 1st at 8:15 & 10:30 AM worship service, and Tuesday, December 24th - 11:00 PM Christmas Eve. 8:15 AM Worship Services in Boyer Chapel December 1 - Pastor Steve December 8 - Norman Kelsey December 15 - Patty Kelsey December 22 - Sandra Smith December 29th - Sandra Smith Please have your articles for the Good News to the church office by December 17th for the January 2020 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