Neighborhood Weekly News
October 5, 2017
This Sunday's Service

Services at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. 

October 8: 
Beyond Columbus Day, featuring a Candlelight Meditation for Vegas
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

Our service this Sunday will honor Indigenous Peoples' Day by lifting up the experience and heritage of the native peoples of the pre-Columbian Americas and their descendants. We will explore our faith's connection to colonial religious history and our responsibility to help right the wrongs of the past.
In a time already marked with overwhelming destruction and human suffering in the aftermath of multiple natural disasters, many of us are reeling with the news of the terrible mass shooting in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, these events have become all too common in our culture.  At times like these, it is important to come together as a community to mourn, express our anger and outrage and inspire our courageous action.
This Sunday's service will feature an extended time for candle lighting and quiet meditation, followed by a gathering in the sanctuary after the first service around 10:45 am for open sharing of thoughts and feelings. Senselessly violent events like these can be so hard to process on our own, and can even more difficult for young children and families. Please be gentle with yourselves, limit media consumption if needed, and lean into whatever spiritual practices and self-care that you find nourishing. Above all, don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. If you are in need of support please reach out to Rev. Lissa directly at or on facebook, or call the office to schedule an appointment with Lissa or our pastoral care coordinators.
For an immediate action step, send your lawmakers a message to oppose NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation which would supersede California's current permit restrictions and allow people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public throughout the country without ever getting a permit, passing a background check or receiving gun safety training. Write your lawmakers HERE

Our Sunday morning offering this week will be dedicated to our social justice partner  Esperanza International .

Special Offering Update

We are pleased to share that we raised $3,263.50  for the Hurricane Maria Relief & Recovery fund during last Sunday's offering .  Learn more about the fund and add to our donation today!

The devastating effects of hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico are still unfolding, but one thing is certain-the island's most vulnerable communities are likely to be pummeled the hardest and face the longest road to recovery. Low-income communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property. When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).  One hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by local organizations dedicated to public health and environmental sustainability.  

Upcoming Sunday Services

October 15: A Life Worth Dying For: Annual Pastoral Care Sunday
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister 

October 22
Rev. Francisco Garcia, Guest Minister, Rector of Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood

Francisco was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley in a working-class, Roman Catholic, Mexican immigrant household. Francisco joined All Saints Church in Pasadena in 2004, where he was sponsored for ordination. He later joined the All Saints staff in November 2012 as the Director of Peace & Justice, and as the primary minister for Latina/o Ministries and the Spanish-language service. In August 2015, he joined Holy Faith Church as the Priest in Charge and in 2016 was called to serve as the Rector at Holy Faith Church. 

He has over fifteen years of experience in faith and community organizing, advocacy, and leadership development, particularly in the labor/economic justice and immigrant rights movements. Francisco is on the Board of Directors for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of Los Angeles ( CLUE ). His commitments in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles include serving on the Commission on Ministry, the Program Group on Peace and Justice Ministries, and the Joint Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention (in partnership with the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church ). Francisco is the  Co-Chair of the Sanctuary Task Force  to implement the Resolution committing the Diocese to be a place of welcome, refuge and sanctuary to members of the immigrant and refugee community, and all who are targets of hate. 

Francisco is active in various Interfaith organizations and efforts that seek to develop strong relationships and common ground across faiths, traditions, and cultures in the greater Los Angeles region.
Oct. 29:  When the Veil Is Thin
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister
Upcoming Events:

October 2 - October 8
  •  Wednesday, October 4: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  •  Sunday, October 8: Young Adult Group 10:30 a.m. NH Upper Room 
  •  Sunday, October 8: Green Council Meeting, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  •  Sunday, October 8: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  •  Sunday, October 8: Black America Since MLK Film, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary 
  •  Sunday, October 8: Bridging Group, 1:00 p.m., Rev. Lissa's Office
  •  Sunday, October 8: Shakespeare Club, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
October 9 - October 15  
  • Saturday, October 14: Citizen's Climate Lobby, 10:00 a.m., Room 21
  • Sunday, October 15: Green Council Presentation, 10:45 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, October 15: Bridging Group, 1:00 p.m., Rev. Lissa Gundlach's Office

  • Sunday, October 15: Christmas Pageant Auditions, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 15: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, October 15: Jazz 'N Paz, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary  
October 16 - October 22
  • Monday, October 16: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
  • Wednesday, October 18: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room 
  • Thursday, October 19: White People for Racial Justice Meeting, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, October 20: Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 22: Young Adult Group 10:30 a.m. NH Upper Room 
  • Sunday, October 22: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
Congregational Life
Dining for Dollars Bidding Starts This Sunday!

After both services, October 8th and 15th, get your coffee and then peruse the Dining for Dollars sign up tables. Find the events that pique your interest and put in bids. New events this year include a two hour computer Geek service; an ex-Mormon produced potluck with hilarious Mormon food (hello, Jell-O!); a Halloween Dinner to Die For; and an Intergenerational Tea. 

For more information, contact contact Jan McCreery at

A group of 5-7 members of Neighborhood Church will serve with our Senior Minister Rev. Lissa Gundlach to guide the congregation through the process of searching for and selecting our future music leadership. The Committee will be diverse in age, race, gender, length of membership, and musical interests. The Committee will serve beginning Nov. 1. and work with our Senior Minister to develop a timeline for settling our new music leadership following the retirement of Stephen Grimm at the end of June, 2018.

For more information email To apply to join the Music Director Search Committee, CLICK HERE
October 15 and November 19, 5 p.m.

Beginning Sunday, September 17th, the amazing L.A. Jazz scene will be brought right to our door every 3rd Sunday of the month.  Jazz N' Paz, is a jazz series curated by Carla Jamie Perez/Performances a la Carte as a fundraiser for NUUC. Some of L.A.'s finest jazz musicians (we're talking Grammy awards and the like) are lined up to take center pulpit for this benefit series. 

OCTOBER 15, 5 p.m. -  6 p.m.  
CATINA DELUNA & LADO B BRAZILLIAN PROJECT featuring OTMARO RUIZ -   Brazillian singer and arranger, Catina DeLuna and Lado B Brazillian Project featuring the virtuosic Venezuelan pianist and composer, Otmaro Ruiz and Brazillian guitarist, Roberto Montero will be showcasing brilliant jazz arrangements of Latin, Bossa and lesser known Brazillian songs featured on their recent Grammy nominated album. 
NOVEMBER 19, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
NICK MANCINI 4TET -   One of Los Angeles' finest jazz musicians and inventive composers, Vibes and Marimba force of nature, Nick Mancini will be presenting a "jam" packed hour of fire and ice with fellow L.A. jazz standouts, Katisse Buckingham, Sax and flute, Ahmet Turkmenglu, bass and Steve Hass on drums.  Performing to standing room only audiences, Nick Mancini 4Tet communicates originals and standards in the most innovative and evocative style.

Advanced single tickets will be available for $18 per ticket (no reserved seating). Tickets at the door will be $20 cash only. Open to the Pasadena community, this series will sell out so don't miss out on attending - Get your tickets NOW at ! For more info email Jamie Perez at

Mind, Body, and Spirit at Neighborhood

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church offers the following groups and classes weekly that are FREE to church members. Please see our online calendar for more information. 

Tai Chi  
Saturdays, 7:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.     

This ancient Chinese tradition has evolved into a graceful form of low impact exercise, found useful for stress reduction, health improvements and a primer understanding towards Internal Martial Arts (tai chi ch'uan) for those seekers of self-improvement. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. All are welcome. Beginners are particularly encouraged, with individual demonstrations and practice led during breakout sessions by senior students/instructors
Yoga at Neighborhood
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Yoga is a discipline that offers practical and definitive results while addressing tension in both the body and the mind. Combining physical stretching, toning exercises, deep breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga is ideal for lowering stress, quieting the mind, soothing the spirit and strengthening the body.Yoga does not require a specific level of fitness, strength, or flexibility, and provides one tools to help balance the demands that are put on your body, mind, and spirit.
Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and towel.
Pasa Dharma Zen Meditation Group
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room 23

PasaDharma Zen Group is open to people of all spiritual traditions and walks of life who would like to experience the life changing practice of meditation and awareness.
Instruction on how to meditate takes place before the group begins from 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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 minister, Rev. Lissa, is also available for pastoral care visits and counseling sessions for members. 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 or call Rev. Lissa

We are looking for the right person to become our Director of Congregational Life here at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church. Please see the full job description  HERE. Please pass along this opportunity to your network as well. If you are interested, send your resume and cover letter to Rev. Lissa Gundlach,  Position to be filled immediately.
Religious Education

Join our new Young Adult group!

Young Adult Group Meeting
Sunday, October 1, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood House Upper Room 

The Young Adult (YA) group is a self-led group for post-high school individuals that identify as young adults, (roughly in their 20s or 30s). Not being a youth, while also not always feeling like they have a handle on this whole "adulting" thing, this is an age range with unique emotional and spiritual needs. It is a time of growth and searching for one's place in life, balancing work, relationships, and many other responsibilities of being an adult.

The YA group is a safe place for people to explore their identities and be themselves in this self-discovery process, taking part in discussions or activities led by the group members. The group will meet between the 1st and 2nd services (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.),
Please contact Lexi Schwede at for more info.

Spiritual Practices for Challenging Times: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text
Monday, October 16 7:00 p.m.

It's been more than twenty years since the first Harry Potter book was published. In that time it has become the best-selling book series in history and beloved by at least a generation. Reading Harry Potter as a sacred text is the brainchild of three students at Harvard Divinity School, who turned a book study group into a popular podcast. 

What can we learn by using ancient spiritual practices to closely read a thoroughly modern book as Unitarian Universalists? We will begin with book 1, chapter 1: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We will learn three different practices used on other holy books for at least a millennium. 
Part book group, part spiritual practices group, we will read, chapter by chapter, using one of each of the seven principles as a lens.

The first session will be seven weeks beginning Monday, October 16, at 7:00pm in the Narthex. For more information, please contact Kathleen McGregor at

Family Movie Night
Friday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.

Attention families! Don't miss out on this year's Neighborhood Church fall celebration. We are trying something new and hosting a movie night! On Friday, October 20, we will be showing
The Book of Life in the Sanctuary on a big screen. The movie is FREE. Senior High will be selling food, snacks, and drinks starting at 6:30PM to raise money for their social justice projects, the movie will start at 7:30PM. Please contact DRE Matt Vasko to RSVP or sign up at the Religious Education table.   ALL ARE WELCOME!
Social Justice

October 8, 12:45 p.m.

In his new two-part series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America-and our nation as a whole.

Join leaders of the  New Jim Crow book club for a screening and discussion, along with a yummy brunch.  Contact Stephanie Ballard, Social Justice Coordinator, for more information.   
Esperanza sign-ups continue for October 27-29 trip!
Sunday, October 8th & 22nd after services
Neighborhood Church volunteers have been carpooling to Tijuana, Mexico to build houses for 15 years now! We continue this tradition on October 27-29. No construction experience needed-just a good attitude. Open to ages 14 and up ( some restrictions on 14-17-year-olds). $95 fee. Supplies, food, and lodging are provided. Download and complete the forms HERE then bring them to the Social Justice table on Sunday. 

Not sure? Stop by and chat with long-term trip leaders, Tres Izzard ( and Wendy Wilson (, or send them an email!

Out of the Darkness Walk
Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Pasadena Central Park, 275 S. Raymond St.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss.  In memory of Lukas Pender, his mother, Susan Pender, asks NUUC members to participate by walking and pledging. To register or pledge,  CLICK HERE. Pledges are welcome whether or not you can walk. Contact Team Lukas captains Sophie Lindsay or Samantha J. Westcott,

Sixth Annual Interfaith Conversation
Sunday, November 5, 4:45 p.m. 
Building Bridges Task Force invites you to its signature event: dinner and talk with our Muslim neighbors (and those of other faiths). You will break bread with people from congregations throughout our area, hear what they're doing in the community, and maybe make new friends!
Seating is pre-assigned to promote socializing, so please sign up in advance at the Social Justice patio table after Sunday services during October-or via or 626 449 3470. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

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301. North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
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