Neighborhood Weekly News
November 22, 2017
This Sunday's Service

One Service ONLY at 10 a.m.

November 26: 
What a Wonderful World
Rev. Anne Felton-Hines, Guest Minister

As we end our Thanksgiving celebrations, is it possible - or even wise? - to believe the world is wonderful, given all the turmoil and tragedies we see in the world around us, and may even be experiencing personally? Can we hear - even sing - Louis Armstrong's wonderfully joyful song in these times?

Reverend Anne Felton-Hines is retired after serving UU congregations in our Pacific Southwest for over 30 years. She now spends part of her time as a Regional Transitions Coach for the Pacific Western Region of the UUA, as well as serving on the Board of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the ACLU, volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages, and learning new piano music.

No RE Classes. All children and youth meet in Ross Chapel for an activity.
Upcoming Services

Dec. 3rd Rev. Lissa Gundlach
9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Special Offering Benefiting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Dec. 10th Christmas Pageant
9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Directed by Marilyn Rupar Dubner and Amy Stapenhorst with music by Stephen Grimm
The Christmas story is retold in story and song by the children and youth of our Religious Education Program. You won't want to miss this beloved holiday tradition at Neighborhood!
Dec. 17th Family Christmas Service
9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Rev. Lissa Gundlach preaching with Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education and our Neighborhood Chorus directed by Stephen Grimm
Before you leave town for the holidays, bring the whole family to a festive Christmas service with all your favorite carols!  
Dec. 24th Christmas Eve
10:00 a.m. Contemplative Service with Rev. Christina Shu
5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service
8:15 p.m. Bell Choir prelude
9:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 

Upcoming Events:

November 20 - November 26
  • Monday, November 20: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
  • Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24: Church offices CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 26:ONE SERVICE ONLY at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 26: Young Adults Group 11:15 a.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, November 26: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:15 a.m., Music Library
November 27 - December 3
  • Monday, November 27: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
  • Wednesday, November 29: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room 
  • Sunday, December 3: Yule Log Sales, After Services, Patio
  • Sunday, December 3: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m. NH Upper Room 
  • Sunday, December 3: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, December 3: Building Bridges Task Force meeting, 12:45 p.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, December 3 : Pageant Rehearsal, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary  
December 3 - December 10
  • Wednesday, December 6: Sanctuary Decorating, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary & Narthex
  • Saturday, December 9: Citizens Climate Lobby, 10:00 a.m., room 21
  • Sunday, December 10: Alternative Gift Market, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, December 10: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m. NH Upper Room 
  • Sunday, December 10: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, December 10: Final Day for ACAC Gift Collection

Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
Congregational Life
Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.

Every year church volunteers make the sanctuary festive for the holidays.  It takes about two hours with a handful of enthusiastic decorators, and this year we'll do it on Wednesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m..  Please join us!  Bring your holiday spirit and we'll provide some light refreshments.  For more information, contact Steve Stapenhorst ( or 626 641-1718).

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
Religious Education

Help Shape Adult Religious Education!
Our Director of Religious Education, Matt Vasko, is presently seeking proposals for Adult and Multigenerational RE classes for spring and summer, 2018. If you would like to lead a class or have a great idea for a class, please complete the online form at

Hard copy forms are available at the Religious Education Table on Sundays. Deadline to submit is Thursday, November 30 th

Contact DRE Matt Vasko at with questions. 

Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text
Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

What can we, as UUs, learn by reading excerpts from a thoroughly modern book using ancient spiritual tools? The group will meet seven weeks for seven principles. This Monday, week six, we will be discussing Chapter 6 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Narthex. 

For more information, please contact Kathleen McGregor at .

Yule Logs
Sunday, December 3

The Senior High will be holding their annual Yule Log sale. The teens work hard to create these holiday delights. So, please support their social justice activities by purchasing a Yule Log to help make your home just a little warmer this holiday season.

Your donations of fresh seed pods, holly greenery,  berries, pine branches and small pine cones, Christmas tree trimmings and, of course, logs are greatly appreciated.  Please bring donated items to church through Saturday, December 3rd.

Any questions? Contact Mary Rider.
Social Justice
Holiday Gift Drive for Adopt-a-Child-Abuse-Caseworker Project
Now until December 10
Every Christmas, our church materially supports two social workers in the Pasadena DCFS office. Cathy and Paola have identified among their caseloads the neediest children to receive gifts.  If you want to support one (or more) of these children, please use this link: Each sign up suggests an item the child would like. You can also sign up on the patio, Sunday, December 3 and 10. So we can deliver them in time, gifts must be at church by the 10th. Please have them unwrapped in a festive bag with the child's name and "ACAC". Alternatively, drop them off in the church office during business hours. Questions? Contact Lynn Miyamoto at Thank you for your generosity!  

Alternative Gift Market
Sunday, December 10, 10:00-2:00
Ross Chapel
Haven't started your holiday shopping? Not to worry-Alternative Gift Market is coming up! As always, there will be local, national, and international charities to which you can donate in the name of your recipients and receive info cards to give them. In addition, representatives from some charities will be there to meet you and answer questions. New this year are hand-crafted items you can buy. And live music is returning! Want to help out with this fun and festive event? Contact Stephanie at

Social Justice Knitters
Every other Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Neighborhood House Dining Room

Remember those fabulous wash/dishcloths for sale on the patio a couple years ago? They're BACK by popular demand!  For months, the Knitters have been busy making a big batch in various colors and designs. Cloths will be available ONLY at Alternative Gift Market on December 10, and they make great holiday presents. Proceeds benefit Affordable Housing Services of Pasadena. For info, contact Leslie Gaudineer at

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