Neighborhood Weekly News
February 17, 2018
This Sunday's Services
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
February 18
Richness Through Giving
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Parental Leave Consulting Minister

Rev. Rebecca helps us kick off Neighborhood's 2018 Stewardship Campaign with an inspiring service about the spiritual values of generosity and good stewardship.
Upcoming Services

February 25th
When Hope and History Rhyme
Revs. Rob and Jan Eller Isaacs, Guest Ministers 

How do we equip ourselves and each other when we need to move in common rhythm? Daniel Brown's The Boys in the Boat tells the remarkable story of a University of Washington rowing team that, against all odds, ended up representing the United States at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. The story provides some powerful and even useful analogies to congregational life. The 11:30 a.m. service will include a special Child Dedication service for Livia "Liv" Grace Rypinski, Rev. Lissa Gundlach & Sam Rypinski's new daughter. Our pulpit guests are Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs, co-ministers of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, MN. 
Upcoming Events:

February 12  -  February 18
  • Monday, February 12: Harry Potter Discussion Series, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Thursday, February 15: White People for Racial Justice Meeting, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, February 16: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, February 18: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, February 18: YRE Teacher Coffee, 10:30 a.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, February 18: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, February 18: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
February 19 - February 25
  • Monday, February 19: Harry Potter Discussion Series, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Tuesday, February 20: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 21: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Friday, February 23: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, February 25: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, February 25: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, February 25: Neighborhood People of Color Meeting, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, February 25: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, February 25: The Ladies of Mozart Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
February 26  -  March 4
  • Friday, March 2 - Sunday March 4: Winter Camp at Camp deBenneville Pines
  • Sunday, March 4: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, March 4: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, March 4: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
Congregational Life
Pledge Drive 2018-2019
February 18th - March 11

We're turning to you this month to help us continue this work, as we enter into this new season of pledging under the banner of "Richness Through Giving." Neighborhood Church is a self-sustaining community that supports its programs, ministries, and facilities through the regular and recurring financial contributions of our members and friends. Your annual pledge is a commitment to the future well-being of our beloved congregation. Our pledge drive kicks off Sunday, February 18th, and you'll have an opportunity to turn in pledge cards on Sundays through March 11 at our Stewardship table or online at any time at

ALL contributions, at all levels, are deeply valued.

SOS: Sailors of Sadness
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Are you a fellow sailor of sadness? SOS is a peer group for persons living with a diagnosis of clinical depression that meets on the third Tuesday each month. Join us as we share tips to help each other navigate and stay afloat. RSVP required for newcomers. Contact George Scherer,
HIDDEN TREASURES ~ The Innas, Ettas, Annas & Donnas of Mozart's Operas  
Feb 25, 2018 4:00 PM

Whether track stars, opera Stars, engineering stars - Every Girl's an All Star. 

Performances a la Carte in Association with Girl's on the Run presents  a sublime afternoon concert of arias and duets featuring a variety of singers including our own Julia Metzler (recent winner of the Western Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions) and Carla Jamie Perez among other stellar singers focusing on the female characters from some of Mozart's most popular operas with narration by author and music historian, Kristi Brown Mantesano. The program of exquisite music serves to highlight the juxtaposition of the restricted and predesignated role of women in the 18th century with the expanding egalitarian role of women and girls today. A special introduction to the internationally recognized Girls On The Run organization will act as overture to the concert.  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW online at 

For more information contact 

Jazz 'N Paz Spring 2018 Series! 
Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd series of jazz concerts produced by Performances a la Carte in association with Neighborhood UU Chucrch in Pasadena . This series is a fundraiser for our church with a special sustaining donor package coming soon! Tickets will be available on the patio on Sundays. Contact for more information.

Jennifer Leitham Trio, featuring the outstanding bassist and singer, will open the Spring Jazz 'N Paz Concert Series beginning on Sunday, March 11th at 5 pm. 

Award winning Vibraphonist, Lolly Allen & Special Guest Artist, Sax wonder, Rickey Woodard will follow on Sunday, April 8th.with vocalist, Jamie Perez, bassist, Jordan Richards and renowned jazz pianist, Josh Nelson. 

The third and final installment in the series will be on Sunday, May 13th with jazz ensemble, 2 + 1 ( bassist, Lyman Medeiros and jazz vocalist, Jamie Perez) with featured artist, Trumpeter, Nolan Shaheed, presenting a special Mother's Day Concert of the songs of Burt Bacharach  Special gift for all mothers in attendance. Players will include, Nick Mancini on drums, our own Martin Mathews, sax and Chad Edwards on piano. 

Wine and light beverages will be available before each concert beginning at 4:15 PM. Tickets are available on the patio between services. F or questions or further information contact or call 626-296-9843   
Pathway to Membership: Bridging Groups
March 18 and 25 (2 Sundays)

If you are ready to make Neighborhood Church your spiritual home and explore membership, this two-part class is the next step on your journey. Our Bridging Groups explore the theological history of Unitarian Universalism, our seven principles and sources of inspiration, and the idea of covenant, a central part of our faith. Connecting with lay leaders and our ministry team, you will also spend time exploring your own spiritual path and how it has led you to Neighborhood. The Bridging Groups are the best way to create an important foundation to be meaningfully involved in the Neighborhood community. Whether you are new to our faith or a longtime member, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. Childcare available.
To register and for more information contact  Liz Murphy , Membership and Stewardship Assistant:

Pacific Western Regional Assembly
April 27-29, 2018
Portland, Oregon

The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration will open by January 4. Watch the PWR website ( for full details to be posted soon.
Resource Table
Sunday, February 25th
After Services on the patio

Pastoral Care will have a resource table on the patio, after both services, next Sunday, February 25th.  Booklets and articles will be available on many subjects for a variety of age groups.  Do you need information on health issues, health care, beginning a business, grief, transportation, mental health, or many more topics? Stop by and take what interests you, meet some of our helpful Pastoral Care Team, and learn how we can be there for you when you need support.

Neighborhood Church is a caring congregation. The Pastoral Care Team and minister are here to help you in times of crisis or need and to rejoice with you in times of celebration. We can provide meals, rides, run errands, and offer one-on-one support.  Please contact Sue Iri , Pastoral Care Coordinator, if you or someone you know needs assistance.

Our parental leave minister, Rev. Rebecca Benefiel-Bijur, will be available for pastoral care visits and counseling sessions for members on a limited basis. Sunday worship is a time when we witness the joys, sorrows, and life-transitions of the congregation. Do you have a life event (birth, marriage, illness, death, milestone or celebration) which you would like shared in the order of service or lifted up in the prayer? Email Rev. Rebecca at:

Religious Education

Parenting Session with Jeremy O'Brien, LCSW
Sunday, March 11 12:45 p.m., Room 4

Please join Child and Family Therapist Jeremy O'Brien for a session on parent concerns regarding mass shootings on Sunday, March 11, at 12:45 p.m. in Room 4. $10 per person. Parents only. Childcare is available upon request. 

Contact Director of Religious Education Matt Vasko for more information or to schedule childcare at
Creative Mediation for Beginners 

Creative Mediation for Beginners - Join Mindful Change Educator and Life Coach Christine Jary for meditation on Fridays at  7PM . Creative Meditation for Beginners is designed for people who find it hard to stop their minds from thinking or to sit in the Lotus pose (cross-legged) for an extended time. The class provides alternatives to both these beginner challenges and help you learn to develop a practice that brings peace, clarity, and the much needed pause to modern life. No experience necessary. For more information contact Christine Jary at

Social Justice
February is Black History/Futures Month

Two more weeks of Black History/Futures Month-and still time to check out these local events:
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival. Starts at Altadena's Charles White Park and ends at Jackie Robinson Park.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. The Robinsons in Pasadena: A Life Between Segregation and Integration at Pasadena Senior Center--. Hear about the experiences of Mallie Robinson and her five children, including Jackie
Sunday Feb. 25, 2:00 p.m.--A conversation with Myrlie Evers-Williams '68 (Medgar Evers' widow) and Rev. James M. Lawson  at Pomona College in Claremont, community reception to follow.
Opens Sunday, Feb. 25 A Raisin in the Sun at A Noise Within theater
All month, see Observations In Black Art exhibit at Pasadena Public Library's Hastings Branch    
And finally, please support the important work of Black Lives Matter Pasadena. In mentoring local youth, Jasmine and Amber try hard to keep them engaged in productive activity--but they need funds for field trips, transportation, and meals. Donate  

Easter Bunnies wanted!  Neighborhood Church's ACAC (Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker) program brightens the lives of local foster kids!  You can put a smile on the face of a child by filling an Easter basket.  Come to our table on the patio on February 18th  and take home an Easter basket for a specific child.  Fill it with a book, toys, fun toiletries or other non-food items and bring the basket back on Sunday February 25 or March 4.  We have age appropriate ideas if you need them.  
Pasadena Tenants Union at the Social Justice Table 

This Sunday, February 18, after each service on the patio. Stop by the Social Justice table to meet staff of Pasadena Tenants Union, here to gather signatures for the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment for Rent Control & Just Cause. We all know rents are out of control and low income families are being pushed out of our community. Help get this important measure on the November ballot!
Social Justice Knitting
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
NH Dining Room

Knitting can be a joyful group experience, a meditative slowing down of our fast-paced lives, a healing activity, a personal accomplishment, and practically useful hobby. Whatever the reason, you're welcome to join those who do this practice every two weeks. Info: Leslie Gaudineer, .
Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Program

On Sunday, February 25, after each service on the patio. Visit the AIM table to meet its members and pick up info on a plethora of topics related to physical and mental disabilities as well as how our Church can become more accommodating and inclusive.

Net Zero @ Neighborhood - Volunteers Wanted!
Green Council is making terrific progress in developing a plan towards the Church's commitment to become a Net Zero carbon-emitting congregation.  We hope you are as excited as we are to see this long-held dream unfold! At this point in our planning, we could use assistance in a few specific areas--primarily research and communication. Technical knowledge is not required, although an eye for detail and/or design is helpful. Please review the list below and let us know which task you can lend a hand with. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!
The Net Zero @ Neighborhood Team needs volunteers to develop:
1.      A cost and capacity estimate for installing solar panels on the church campus
2.      A cost and capacity estimate for creating--or participating in--a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
         energy project in Pasadena
3.      A list of potential funding sources for capital projects related to our Net Zero effort
4.      A series of informational/educational posters for communicating our Net Zero effort to the congregation
5.      And finally, test and train fellow congregants in the use of a carbon footprint tool.
Direct inquiries to Frank Colcord (
Your Neighborhood Church Green Council
Rapid Response Training
Wednesday, February 28,  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Neighborhood House

Do you feel called to respond when ICE shows up in the community? Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) established a RR network and seeks those with flexible schedules to join. The idea is to deploy immediately during a raid, witness it safely, surround the frightened immigrants with love, and collect any information helpful in preventing their deportation or detention. No charge for the training. Last chance - only a couple of spots left. RSVP to Katherine Gavzy at
Islam for Inquisitive Minds
Tuesdays March 20th- April 24th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$30 registration fee

Coordinated by our friends Lucinda (Lamya) Wills and Muhammad al-Muwadda', this weekly six class series starts Tuesday March 20th and ends on April 24th. Classes will feature clips from Great Courses series and Muslim guest speakers with expertise in specific topics. Plus, dinner is provided at each class! Classes will be from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $30 fee but no one turned away. To register, email Kurt Krueger at 
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