Neighborhood Weekly News
May 31, 2018
This Sunday's Service
10:00 A.M.
June 3
Flower Communion 
Liz Murphy with Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach, Senior Minister 

The Flower Communion is a hopeful Unitarian Universalist ritual born at the darkest time in history by Revs. Norbert and Maya Capek, Czech refugees in America during WWII. The ritual cele brates the role of beauty in cultivating strong and resilient spiritual communities. Liz Murphy, Neighborhood Church's Membership & Stewardship Assistant and seminary student at Claremont College, will be delivering the sermon during this special service. Children and youth welcome.  

Bring a flower for every member in your family to contribute to the altar bouquet. 

June 10
What Do UUs Believe?
Michelle Ma, Guest Minister

Have you ever been stuck explaining to people exactly what Unitarian Universalists believe? Fortunately, Michelle Ma spent thousands of dollars attending seminary to help you walk through crafting your own "elevator speech" about what exactly Unitarian Universalism is and what Unitarian Universalists believe.

Michelle Ma is a Candidate for UU Ministry and recent graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. and en route to her parish internship with West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She grew up in San Gabriel and has fond childhood memories of attending the Rose Parade, which ruined her for every other parade she has attended since (she thinks every parade would be improved with massive floats decorated with flowers). 

June 17
Juneteenth Service 
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Guest Speaker
with music by Michelle Mayne Graves

Join us to learn the history of Juneteenth and celebrate this important day with some amazing soulful and spiritual music. Following service, join us for our annual Juneteenth Celebration and BBQ on the church lawn hosted by the Neighborhood People of Color in partnership with White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley.

June 24
Serenade to Music
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

Join Rev. Lissa, Stephen Grimm, and the Neighborhood Choir as we celebrate Stephen's last Sunday at Neighborhood as our Music Director.
Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events
May 31 - June 3
  • Friday, June 1: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, June 2: Tai Chi, 8:00 a.m., Garden
  • Saturday, June 2: Yoga, 7:45 a.m. & 9:00 a.m., Chapel
  • Sunday, June 3: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, June 3: GLOBE Forum, 11:15 a.m., Dining Room 
  • Sunday, June 3: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, June 3: Shakespeare Club, 11:30 a.m., Chapel
  • Sunday, June 3: New to Neighborhood, 11:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, June 3: Young Adult Group Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Upper Room  
June 4 - June 10
  • Monday, June 4: Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Chapel 
  • Friday, June 8: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, June 9: Tai Chi, 8:00 a.m., Garden
  • Saturday, June 9: Yoga, 7:45 a.m. & 9:00 a.m., Chapel
  • Sunday, June 10: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, June 10: Green Council Meeting, 11:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, June 10: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
June 11 - June 17
  • Monday, June 11: Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Chapel 
  • Wednesday, June 13: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Friday, June 15: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, June 16: Tai Chi, 8:00 a.m., Garden
  • Saturday, June 16: Yoga, 7:45 a.m. & 9:00 a.m., Chapel
  • Saturday, June 16: Pachamama Training, 2:00 p.m., Chapel
  • Sunday, June 17: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, June 17: Juneteenth BBQ Celebration, 11:30 a.m., Garden
  • Sunday, June 17: 60+ Singles Group, 11:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, June 17: Young Adult Group Meeting, 11:30 a.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, June 17: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
June 18 - June 24
  • Monday, June 18: Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Chapel 
  • Tuesday, June 19: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Wednesday, June 20: AIM Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Thursday, June 21: White People for Racial Justice, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, June 22: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, June 23: Tai Chi, 8:00 a.m., Garden
  • Saturday, June 23: Yoga, 7:45 a.m. & 9:00 a.m., Chapel
  • Sunday, June 24: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, June 24: Neighborhood People of Color, 11:15 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, June 24: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library

Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
This Sunday Groups & Events
  • New to Neighborhood, 11:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • GLOBE Forum, 11:15 a.m., Dining Room 
  • Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
  • Shakespeare Club, 11:30 a.m., Chapel
  • Young Adult Group Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Upper Room  
New to Neighborhood
11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood House Living Room

Join us for an overview of Unitarian Universalism and Neighborhood Church. You'll learn more about the tenets of our faith, opportunities and activities for church involvement, information about membership, church stewardship and governance, and have an opportunity to meet other newcomers.  Childcare available.  Contact: Liz Murphy, Membership and Stewardship Assistant,


Shakespeare Club
11:30 a.m.
Ross Chapel


We will to discuss Titus Andronicus. In July we will revert to the usual second Sunday meeting time and discuss Othello. All are welcome to join this lively discussion!

Congregational Life
Music Search Committee Update

The Music Director Search Committee continues its work to recommend a candidate to replace Stephen Grimm, as Musical Director.

We're now working with 6 semi-finalists from a total pool of over 80 applicants.           

Presently, the Committee is recruiting choir and congregation members to assist us in auditioning the final candidates.

CLICK HERE for the full update from the Music Search Committee.

The Music Search Committee is preparing for the audition phase of the search for our next Music Director to replace Stephen Grimm. We have carefully reviewed all applications, and will soon choose a small number of finalists to interview. Following the interview phase each finalist will be asked to conduct two groups of singers as part of the live audition phase.     One group will be composed of members of Neighborhood UU congregation and the other composed of Neighborhood Choir.
The audition dates for both groups are the same with the CONGREGATION CHOIR times noted below:
Thursday, June 7 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 11 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Please note the change  in dates due to scheduling conflicts.

  If you are interested in being part of the group of singers from the CONGREGATION   please sign up by clicking HERE
All are welcome to sign up and be a part of this very important and exciting phase of our music program.
Location to be announced.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about the Music Director Search Committee's process, please contact us at . Thank you!
Juneteenth Celebration & Barbeque
Sunday, June 17th, 11:15 a.m.

Neighborhood Church honors Juneteenth as part of our on-going commitment to creating an anti-racist, multicultural, diverse, and liberating beloved community. It has now taken on a more global perspective in recent years, encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. For more information about Juneteenth CLICK HERE.

Join us as we celebrate this important day with our annual feast hosted by the Neighborhood People of Color in partnership with White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley. We'll have delicious ribs and hotlinks. Bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share (please bring enough to feed 6 - 8 people per dish).

Neighborhood Church musicians, instrumentalists, singers of all styles who would enjoy giving their musical gifts for a summer worship service, please contact Stephen Grimm at or (626)828-8435.

We have a unique opportunity for your planned gift to benefit Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church as early as 2019.  The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has announced the Wake Now Our Vision (WNOV) campaign, in which planned gifts made to congregations will result in a direct 10% cash match up to a maximum of $10,000 per gift.  So if you want to do a planned gift of $10,000 to Neighborhood Church, it would lead to $1,000 coming directly to us, and if your estimated estate is large, and your ultimate gift would be more like an estimated $100,000, it would lead to an extra $10,000 to NUUC now.   If you can't estimate the actual value of your estate, Shelter Rock will do a flat $1,000 match.  If only 25 of us take this step now, it will generate at LEAST $25,000 in additional income for NUUC next year. Think of what even that amount could do for us!

If you already made a planned gift designation before 2017, it would not be eligible for the match, but if you increase your planned gift or do a new gift, it would be eligible.  Unlike Neighborhood Heritage Society, which relies on the "honor system", WNOV does require that you provide a copy of the relevant pages of the estate plan.   

If a number of NUUC supporters participated in the Wake Now Our Vision program, we could easily see $50K-$100K+ added to the coffers of NUUC next year, with no actual cost to you! Think what that could do to help us grow!

CLICK HERE for the Wake Now Our Vision brochure and a summary of the highlights.

CLICK HERE for the pledge form. 

CLICK HERE for the Wake Now Our Vision website.

I f you are interested in pursuing this, please contact any member of the Planned Giving Committee to get more information or to start the process: 
Andy Eaton
Tom Petersmeyer
Dick Smoak
Rody Stephenson
Shelby Rector

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? 
Social Justice
Sign petition to reform LA jails
Sunday, June 3, 9:00-1:00
Social Justice patio table

Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative. Interested in criminal justice reform? Stop by the Social Justice table and sign a petition to get the LA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Ordinance on the Fall ballot. This initiative does two things:
  1. Gives the Commission tools necessary to do its job. The initiative would grant subpoena power to effectively and independently investigate misconduct, and require witnesses and evidence for investigations and oversight. Sheriff McDonnell does addressing misconduct but is resisted by the sheriff's union. If he cannot do it, then it is imperative for the Commission to have real power.
  2. Tasks the Commission with developing a Comprehensive Public Safety Reinvestment Plan and Feasibility Study to reduce jail populations and to redirect the cost savings into incarceration alternatives. This prevents crime and stops the cycling in and out of jail due to mental health, drug dependency, or chronic homelessness. LA County has the most inmates with mental illness of any jail system in the U.S., and most are awaiting trial or were sentenced for nonviolent offenses.
Awakening the Dreamer
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Imagine feeling truly hopeful about the future of our planet.
Imagine living in a sustainable, just, and wonderfully fulfilling world.
Imagine making a unique contribution that comes straight from the heart.
If you haven't already, come join us to explore a new global vision--one that
includes all of us living our dreams together. Participants are urged to face today's
uncomfortable reality, examine their personal commitment to the world, and
discover the empowerment to make a difference.

Green Council again offers this inspiring and interactive training that forms the foundation of Neighborhood Church's Net Zero campaign. If you missed the previous ones, this is your chance! Come and learn about our vision of a sustainable, just, and fulfilling world. Free; light dinner provided. For the best experience, please plan to stay the entire time. Sign up at the Social Justice table. Info: Susette Horspool, .
AIM film night: Mask
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.
NH living room

Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry hosts a family-friendly screening and discussion of Mask, a dramatization of a real-life Azusa boy with a rare facial difference-including his support system, the bullying he endured, and his medical and educational experiences. This feature film is rated PG-13 and suitable for older children. Popcorn and beverages provided. Info: Maria Zuccarello,
Religious Education

Creative Meditation for Beginners 
Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
Room 23
Join Mindful Change Educator and Life Coach Christine Jary for meditation. 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

Single & Over 60 Group!
June 17, 11:30 a.m.
NH Dining Room

Are you lonely?  Are you happy but want to spend time with more people your own age?  If you are interested in joining a group of likeminded single people age 60 or over then come meet with us on the third Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. We plan to form a community within our Church community designed to have fun, share socializing time together, be supportive of one another, laugh a lot, discuss topics relevant to our life experiences, possibly date, become friends, and appreciate the shared journeys we are taking.  Please show up and enjoy! 

Contact: Becky McKnight at

Authentic Dance
Eight Sundays Beginning July 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Please join facilitator Michele York for Authentic Dance: Embodying Our Felt Senses. At each gathering we will create an intimate space where we will explore what our bodies (emotional, physical, spiritual, mental) wish to express in motion.  This class will be semi-facilitated with a new theme/prompt each week and time to go as deep as one wishes to go with their own personal connection to themselves. No dance experience is necessary. All levels of mobility welcome. Self-identified women participants only.  Organic bread & fruit will be provided. Bring water if desired. This fun and meaningful summer opportunity will be a series of eight Sundays beginning Sunday July 8th and ending on the Piscean Full Moon on August 26th.  Need not attend all eight classes. In Ross Chapel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Looking forward to dancing with you this summer! Please contact Michele York with any questions at

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