1. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood
IN THIS ISSUE:
• Spring Cleaning Done?
• Mother’s Day Montage
• Virtual Worship
• Virtual Connection
• NHIFP Needs Help
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, Digital & Social Media
My Spiritual Siblings,
We have been existing in a strange, physically distant world that none of us
had anticipated when 2020 began. We have learned new skills and
acquired new abilities to survive in this new world. We have learned how
to worship and fellowship in our homes using pre-recorded worship
experiences and video-conferencing. We have learned how to work
remotely, depending upon email, text, and telephone calls to check in with
one another. None us really wanted to learn how to do all these things in
such a short amount of time. Truth be told, we are doing more than
surviving this time: we are doing well!
At the same time, we miss being together. We miss human contact and
being able to see people smile. We want for this time of isolation to end
and for life to return to normal. Collectively, our city has worked together
to effectively flatten the curve of infection, which has a looking for a light
at the end of tunnel. Thankfully, this week Governor Newsom announced
a series of phases to re-open our city. Churches are in phase 3.
This was great to hear…but actual dates were noticeably absent from the
plan. We do not know when we will have the go ahead to be together in
worship again, which means that we will be continuing to produce our
NoHo FUMC “Worship Show” (If you haven’t tuned in, please do: it’s
quite good!) and using ZOOM teleconferencing for meetings, studies, and
fellowships. We will also continue to pray for one another and support one
another as best we can.
In the first chapter of Acts, the disciples ask when he is going to restore the
Kingdom of Israel. Jesus gives an interesting response, “It isn’t for you to
know the times of seasons that God has set. Rather, you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts
We are not in a season of waiting; we are in a season of doing! We need to
continue to doing the things that Jesus has called us to do and be, no
matter the situation, no matter the season, no matter the day. I pray that
our lives and our ministry bear witness to the one who has called us
together as a community in very real ways in this virtual world.
A LETTER FROM PASTOR STEVE
2. MAY SERMON SERIES: AUDACITY OF HOPE
Overcoming fear opens us up to some good things. We will turn to the book of 1 Peter to discuss what
we can offer the community around us, as Jesus helps us slip from the shackles of our fears.
May 3 Audacious Growth 1 Peter 2:2-10
What does it take to grow? The author suggests that God desires us to become the new temple: to grow in faith
and spiritual strength; and to be built into a spiritual house built on Christ…who has called us out of darkness
and into his marvelous light. What will it take to be built into God’s temple?
May 10 Audacious Endurance
Endurance is never fun, but it can carry tremendous meaning and reward. Enduring and persevering means
suffering. Whenever we are tempted to quit, we begin to suffer. Yet giving up on one’s goals and dreams simply
trades the suffering in for the bitterness of regret. Christ endured for our sake; we are called to follow for the sake
of each other.
May 17 The Audacity of Doing Good
It isn’t enough simply to suffer: if we are going to suffer it should happen because we are doing good. Keep your
conscience clean, not just according to you, but in the eyes that are on you, so that those who criticize you are
May 24 The Audacity of Humility 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Even in the middle of uncertainty and trials, remain humble and remember that you are not God! Let God be
God, resist what is evil, and trust that in time, God will restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.
May 31 Obey Your Thirst John 7:37-39
The “Living Water” passage. There is a double movement here: those who are thirsty and those who believe in
Jesus. Both are invited to come and drink. What are people thirsty for? What are you thirsty for?
HIGHLIGHTS OF VIRTUAL WORSHIP
This was our first experience with putting together a worship service package. We were very blessed to already have
Tonya Peat, who brought our church into the 21st century, setting up online tithing, text to tithe, and live
streaming.The office staff decided to have all parts of worship, pre-recorded, in order to comply with the “Safer at
Home,” mandate. All parts were then sent to Tonya for editing. We feel very fortunate and blessed to have been
able to continue sharing worship with our church family and also, reaching many people outside of our bubble.
God is at work through us and we are very happy with the weekly online Worship services we have produced and
share on YouTube @nohofumc and on Facebook @nohofumc1.
Piano - Jeff Thomas
Organ - Roger Eshleman
Pastoral Prayer - Rev. Mary Dennis
Moment with Children - Patty Kelsey
March 29 - Bottle of Tears
April 5 - Rocks Cry Out
April 12 - Egg-Spectations
April 19 - Believe it or Not
April 26 - Lucky Charms
March 22 & 29 - Jesse Boone
April 5 - Cole Gerdes
April 12 - Jesse Boone
April 19 - Daniella Lake
April 26 - Joe Forgione
1 Peter 2:19-25
1 Peter 3;13-22
Pastor Steve Sermon Titles and Scripture
March 22 - The Problem with Rules based on John 9:1-41
March 29 - Unmasking Death based on John 11:1-45
April 5 - Jesus Quake based on Matthew 21:1-11
April 12 - Unafraid based on Matthew 28:1-10
April 19 - The Audacity of Hope based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
April 26 - The Audacity of Trust based on 1 Peter 1:17-23
March 22 - Norman Kelsey on guitar. God of Miracles.
March 29 - Holly Gibson on keyboard. Oceans: Where Feet May Fail
April 5 - Scott Peat on guitar. I Am Amazed.
April 12 - Jeff Thomas on Piano. Easter Song. | Norman Kelsey on
piano. Jesus Is Alive. | Libeck and Shaun Vieten on keyboard and
April 19 - Sandra Benton. His Eye is on the Sparrow.
April 26 - Lydia Folckomer, Holly Gibson, Patty & Norman Kelsey on
ukulele. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
3. HOW TO WORSHIP AND CONNECT IN A VIRTUAL WORLD
Worship services can be found online on YouTube @nohofumc and on Facebook @nohofumc1
Communion takes place on the first Sunday of every month. The Bishop has approved for Pastor Steve
to consecrate the elements virtually. We ask that you prepare your bread and wine (real or grape juice)
ahead of watching the worship service video.
Tithes and offerings may be given one of two ways:
Text to tithe by texting the amount you’d like to give to 844-954-1296. There is a one time set up and it
is fast and simple after that. You may also mail in your offerings to the church office at 4832 Tujunga
Avenue in North Hollywood, CA 91601
Every Sunday at 11:30 AM we gather virtually for coffee fellowship on Zoom, meeting ID 285 041 605.
Every Thursday we meet with Pastor Steve on Zoom for a prayer call, check-in, and second helpings of
Sundays sermon. Meeting ID 303 320 694.
If you are unable to get online for any reason we are able to send you a manuscript of our Sunday
service which includes the invocation, call to worship, prayers, hymn numbers, children’s moment and
Pastor Steve’s sermon. Call Nylean in the church office and a worship packet will be mailed to you.
If you or someone you care for needs prayer, a pastoral call, or assistance, please do not hesitate to
contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email is the best and fastest way to reach us.
Send in your photos for our Mother’s Day Montage
that will appear in our May 10th worship video.
Email a photo of you and your mother or you with
your kids and grandkids to email@example.com
by May 6th.
4. The Pantry is indebted to Temple Beth Hillel staff and Jesse, their awesome head of security, for their
ongoing support for the storage and packing operations. There are numerous 2-3 person teams packing
daily to meet the demand while maintaining social distancing. When some huge boxes of staple goods (35
lb. boxes) were received from LA Regional Food Bank a couple of weeks ago, they were off-loaded with
assistance of employees from CD 2, Paul Krekorian’s office (5,000 pounds of food). Volunteers are still
needed for new packing teams. Please email Barbara – firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Food donations can be brought to Temple Beth Hillel Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm. When you
take food to TBH, simply advise the security guard that you have food for the Pantry. You will be directed
to park and sit in your car while a member of the security staff brings a large cart, unloads the bags from
your trunk and takes the food to the storage area. With the rate of consumption and the unknown ability to
purchase, donations of non-perishable foods are badly needed and very much appreciated. Paper and/or
plastic bags are also needed.
You can also donate fresh fruit from your trees, non-perishable food or hygiene items by dropping off at
First Christian Church, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, during food distribution on Monday or Friday
between 7:30 – 10 am. You should pull into the parking lot off Colfax, drive up to the tables, say you are
dropping off and pop the trunk. Volunteers will unload for you – you will not need to get out of your
Another way to donate is by using the Pantry’s Amazon Wish List. Another way to donate is by using the
Pantry’s Amazon Wish List. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3M15OOOZO59FV?
ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_dp_dwWlOwaFSwziu The order will be shipped to Temple Beth Hillel.
You can make a tax deductible donation by going to the NHIFP website (https://nhifp.org/donations/)
and donating via PayPal or your debit or credit card. You may also mail a donation directly to the Pantry at
4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City 91304.
Pantry Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic
By Lynn Yoshizumi
Because so many of the regular Pantry volunteers are older, the
Pantry leaders, Barbara Javitz and Jane Poole, did not want to risk
their exposure to the coronavirus while working at the distribution
site. Instead they have recruited a new group of younger, stronger
volunteers (including both Muffett Brinkman and Pastor Steve) to
staff the distribution site on Monday and Friday mornings. The
hours have been shortened to 7:30 – 10 am and distribution is drive-
thru, with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer and observing all social
distancing protocols. The daily bags are limited to just 160 so that
the supplies will last longer; this is an increase of close to 60% over
5. Spring Cleaning DONE...Now What?
From Ken Craft, CEO of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
If ever you have had time to Spring Clean, this is the year as most people are sheltering and/or working
from home due to Covin-19. Now that you have gone through your closets, for the ump-teenth time, and
thinned out your wardrobe, what should you do with your donations?
With Goodwill not taking donations at this time, I would highly, and with bias, recommend you donate
your spring cleaning donations to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission! All donations will receive a
Because our 4 Thrift Stores are currently closed as non-essential retail and our Thrift Store Donation
Pick-up drivers are on furlough, please take a moment to leave your house, just long enough, to drop off
your donations at: 11076 Norris Street, Pacoima 91331
Here is the good news...When you pull into the parking lot, we are the large building to your left open
24/7 a day. Simply honk your horn and shelter staff will assist you by taking your donations out of your
car. No need for you to leave your seat!
In advance, thank you for being part of TeamHope by Donating, not Discarding, your clothes and
Hope of the Valley
Gets Another Chance!
7. May your birthday be filled with blessings!
Love, Your Church Family
May 1 Ken Ellis
May 3 Dorothy Tyler
May 4 Kim Miller
May 6 Noah Fetterman
May 10 Shirley Kurushima
May 11 Dottie Vick
May 14 Shaun Vieten
May 16 Jodi Smith
May 18 Phil Roche
May 18 Steven Vick
May 22 Karin Ellis
May 24 Sinjin Doelitzsch
May 24 Melissa Noren
May 25 Ashley Peat
May 30 Phyllis Hannon
• We continue to pray for the places in the world where the spread of the virus has shut down their country, for
those who have serious medical issues because of the virus, and for those who are paralyzed by their fear of
the situation. We pray for those struggling financially.
• Prayers for our medical professionals and those who are in essential services.
• Grant Hock, 3 years old, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in February 2019. Grant has been very
brave throughout his treatments and just finished relapse chemo. After radiation. After scans they found that
his brain and spinal cancer is growing, as is the original tumor behind his ear. The doctors are going to give
him oral chemo to slow the cancer and steroids to perk him up. Without any treatment, they suspect that
Grant has 2 weeks to live. His parents, Gabe and Karah, are not ready to say goodbye to their baby boy.
Gabe and Karah are friends of Sherri Perry.
• Caitlin Thomas, fell and broke her foot and has not been able to walk for a few weeks. The doctors have
been checking for any spinal injuries. Jeff has been worried sick.
• Tonya Peat had a successful surgery that resulted in her ovaries being removed. She is waiting for pathology
reports but the doctor feels she did not have any cancer.
• Former Church Member, Rhonda Scott, had a massive stroke in November and is in rehabilitation.
• Tracy Hagan has entered hospice care and thanks everyone for their prayers over the years.
• Sandy Flemming is recuperating in rehab.
• Muffett Brinkman's Dad, Michael, was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.
• Roger Eshleman's sister, Joan Velde, will undergo on more round of treatment. She thanks you for your
• Tonya Peat requests prayers for her friends: Ali, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer for a second time
and it has metasticized and also for her friend Jenn, a single mother, who was just diagnosed with breast
cancer. Vickie, has pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy every other week. She has developed
stomach pain. The doctor's think it may be more cancer. Julie Mitchel was diagnosed with breast cancer and
Tonya's Aunt Karen Veltkamp was diagnosed with breast cancer.
For Those Diagnosed with COVID19
• Tonya Peat’s friend, Shawn Todino.
• Jeff Thomas’ friends, the Belknap family, have two family members diagnosed.
• Charles Minetree’s nephew, David who is in isolation.
• Keven McConnell’s friend, Jamele Mason and his mother, Julia Eaglin has pneumonia.
• Henry Melendez, tested positive but is asymtomatic.
8. LECTIONARY READINGS AND LITURGICAL INFORMATION
May 3 Fourth Sunday of Easter. White or Gold.
Acts 2:42-47; Ps. 23 (UMH 754 or 137); 1 Pet. 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
Fifth Sunday of Easter. Mother’s Day. White or Gold.
Acts 7:55-60; Ps. 31:1-5, 15-16 (UMH 764); 1 Pet. 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
May 17 Sixth Sunday of Easter. White or Gold.
Acts 17:22-31; Ps. 66:8-20 (UMH 790); 1 Pet. 3:13-22; John 14:15-21
May 24 Seventh Sunday of Easter. White or Gold
Acts 1:6-14; Ps. 68:1-10, 32-35 (UMH 792); 1 Pet. 4:12-14; 5:6-11
May 31 Pentecost. Red.
Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11;24-30; Ps. 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Cor. 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21
John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
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Time with Children every Sunday during our online worship service.
Virtual Communion will be served on May 3rd via our online worship service.
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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.”