Neighborhood Weekly News
May 3, 2018
This Sunday's Service
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

May 6
Roots and Wings
Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Matt Vasko

A new study on loneliness finds that nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone, and that the next generation of young people identified themselves as the loneliest generation. Today we lift how church helps us to foster the kind of deep connections we need to thrive: the roots which bind us to one another in community and the wings we need to live our lives freely as our authentic selves.  As our Neighborhood Church program year draws to a close, we honor our Religious Education volunteers and welcome our newest members. 

Featuring music from jazz musician Martin Mathews and our NUUC Bell Choir's final performance with Director Audrey Vaughan.

May 13
Mothering and Mothered
Rev. Lissa Gundlach
Come join us for a special Mother's Day Service with Rev. Lissa Gundlach featuring voices from the congregation reflecting on their complex and poignant experiences of mothering and being mothered.

May 20
Dare to Understand!
Rev. Lissa Gundlach

Philosopher Immanuel Kant first used this slogan as a kind of motto for the Enlightenment, the 18th century intellectual movement whose concepts and worldview influenced the founding of our Unitarian tradition. Come join Rev. Lissa in an exploration of how these ideas still inform our personal searches for truth and meaning as well as our national dialogue.   At the 11:30 service we'll honor our graduating high school seniors with a bridging ceremony to mark their transition into young adulthood. 

2018 NUUC Annual Meeting to follow the second service.

May 27
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez, Guest Minister

"Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your nam e, and they're always glad you came."  Recognize these words? They are from a popular television show and they say a lot about our longing for community. Come join us this Sunday!

Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez has been a religious professional for 25 years, beginning first as a Director of Religious Education, and then as a Chaplain for two large medical centers in Washington State. She received her Masters of Divinity from our Unitarian Universalist seminary, Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago and has served as Minister for 3 of our UU congregations, currently  the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach. She also guest preaches, and officiates at weddings and memorials, all over Southern California. She has now preached in more than 4 dozen Unitarian Universalist congregations in 3 states.
Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events

May 3 -  May 6
  • Friday, May 4: Creative Meditation for Beginners, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, May 6: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, May 6: Proposed Budget Meeting, 10:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m., Room 4
  • Sunday, May 6: GLOBE Forum, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, May 6: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library 
  • Sunday, May 6: Meditation for Beginners, 12:45 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, May 6: Building Bridges Meeting, 12:45 p.m., Room 5
  • Sunday, May 6: NPOC & WP4RJ Joint Meeting, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, May 6: New to Neighborhood, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, May 6: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., Meet on the Porch
  • Sunday, May 6: Pasadena Pro Musica Concert, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
May 7 -  May 13
  • Friday, May 11: Annual Volunteer Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Friday, May 11: Creative Meditation for Beginners, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, May 13: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, May 13: Proposed Budget Meeting, 10:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, May 13: Green Council Meeting, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, May 13: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, May 13: Meditation for Beginners, 12:45 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, May 13: Shakespeare Group, 1:00 p.m., 
May 14 - May 20
  • Tuesday, May 15: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 16: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19: Big Saturday, 8:00 a.m., Willard Elementary School & Wilson Middle School
  • Sunday, May 20: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, May 20: Single and Over 60 Group, 10:35 a.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, May 20: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library 
  • Sunday, May 20: Annual Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, May 27: One Service Sundays Begin for Summer Schedule
  • Sunday, June 17: Juneteenth Service & Celebration
Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
This Sunday Groups & Events
Budget Meetings 
May 6 after both services
Room 4
Join us between services to preview our 2018-19 church budget. This is a good opportunity to review our upcoming priorities and projects. Church members are encouraged to attend one of the budget meetings to learn about key decisions before the vote at the annual meeting. Meetings will also be held on May 13th after both services.

Joint Meeting of NPOC and White People for Racial Justice
Sunday, May 6, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Living Room

All interested members of NPOC and White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley are invited for a discussion and planning around our racial justice work for the church and community. Potluck provided by WPRJ.
New to Neighborhood
Sunday, May 6, 1:00 p.m.
NH Upper 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.  
Meditation for Beginners
Sunday May 6 & May 13, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Room 23

Not sure what all the fuss is about meditation and mindfulness?  Have you ever tried to meditate, but can't get your mind to slow down?  Ever wonder what mindfulness really means? Join meditation coach George Sherer for a two week course introducing some simple meditation concepts and tools that can be practiced by anyone! Please contact George Sherer at

Visit  for tickets and details.

CORRECTION: Apologies for the incorrect date in the previous e-bulletin. May 6th is the correct date and NOT March 18th!
Congregational Life
Annual Volunteer Dinner
Friday, May 11 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (NEXT Friday!)

Please join the staff of Neighborhood UU Church as we hold a taco dinner fiesta to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers that help build this vibrant and amazing community! We will have food, drinks, and entertainment. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will be wrapped up by 8:00 p.m. 

No RSVP is needed, but please let Kat know if you will need childcare by emailing her at

Shakespeare Group
Sunday, May 13, 1:00 p.m.
NH Living Room

Join The Bard's special fan club of Neighborhood Church members and friends!  This group meets the second Sunday of each month to discuss various works.  All are welcome!  Contact  Irene Burkner  for more information.

Upcoming Discussions:
May: Henry the VI, Part 1
June: Titus Andronicus*

* In June the group will meet on the first Sunday at 11:30 a.m. 
Ready to become a Member?

Are you interested in becoming a member of Neighborhood UU Church? Become a member now to be a part of our New Member Ceremony coming up in May as well as be able to vote at our Annual Meeting on May 20!

CLICK HERE to visit our website to find out more about membership. 

We will be holding our next New to Neighborhood class on Sunday, May 6. 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  .


On Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, the NUUC Board of Trustees will convene the annual Congregational Meeting. The congregational meeting provides church members with the opportunity to affirm our Fifth UU Principle by fulfilling their role in church polity. Congregants will receive an annual report, elect next year's lay leaders, vote on proposed bylaw amendments, and approve the 2018-2019 church budget. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please complete a proxy after services or on the church's website by CLICKING HERE.

Budget Meetings will be held on May 6 & May 13 after services to discuss the proposed 2018-2019 Budget.

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit our Governance page.
Summer Camp at deBenneville Pines
August 24-26
Sign Ups Begin May 6

This Sunday, May 6,  registration begins for this year's Summer Camp Weekend at deBenneville Pines, to be held August 24 to 26. The classic amusements return this year: walks to Jenks Lake, archery, Saturday morning Yoga, ping pong, beer tasting (for purely academic reasons), and much more. This year's prices are the same as last year's. Registration will also be held on Sunday, May 13 as well, although the wise camper should note that the camp often fills quickly. If you are unsure of joining us this year, please consider that the camp is usually 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the San Gabriel Valley in August.

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

Easy way to contribute through Amazon Smile!

Do you purchase a lot from Amazon? Have you heard of Amazon Smile? Amazon Smile is just like Amazon except that a portion of all your purchases is donated to charity, it is a quick and easy way to give back to the church without having to spend extra cash. Just go to and on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Choose Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena and 0.5% of your purchase will go towards Neighborhood. That's it! You can continue to shop from the comfort of your home and now you know that your shopping is making an extra difference


The UUA's General Assembly (GA) will be held in Kansas City, MO this year fromJune 20-24, 2018. If you are planning to attend, please advise your Board of Trustees as we need to nominate you formally to represent the church. Please contact Clyde Derrick, before Monday, May 21.

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
Big Saturday
May 19, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Willard IB Elementary School 
& Wilson Middle School

 Neighborhood Church is taking the lead once again this year for a big morning of gardening, cleaning, and painting at Willard IB Elementary School and Wilson Middle School.  Our efforts are needed now more than ever as school funding in Pasadena faces reductions.  Bring gardening gloves, shovels, tools, rakes and join us on Saturday, May 19 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the schools.   Come on your own or bring family members and friends.  This is a great intergenerational activity.

Sign up at church following services by May 13th to ensure your t-shirt! Contact Helen Stapenhorst if you have questions at
Updates from The Net Zero @ Neighborhood Committee
From Frank Colcord, Chair 

As we were reminded at our recent Earth Day worship service, the Neighborhood congregation unanimously committed the church to becoming a net zero emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to development a plan this church-year for achieving that goal.  As the chair of the resulting Net Zero @ Neighborhood Committee I'd like to give y'all an update on the plan we have developed to date.

Since the resolution was passed last May, the Net Zero Committee first, articulated a vision for what Net Zero will mean at Neighborhood, and then got to work calculating the church's and congregation's carbon foot-print, surveying the church campus for opportunities to improve our energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions, and drafting a cost schedule and timeline for getting that work done.

We also partnered with the Pachamama Alliance, an organization that mirrors our UU principles, to help us engage you, the congregation, in a process for discerning the significance of our Net Zero effort.  Emphasizing how it can help us live-out a vision for an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on our planet.

The Net Zero Plan we have developed will be officially published in the church's Annual Report later this month, but a draft version of the plan report is now available for you to read, cogitate on, and provide us with your thoughts and insights on (cont.)  CLICK HERE to read more of Frank's blog post including the draft report and plan for Net Zero @ Neighborhood.
POSTPONED: Healing of Memories Workshop

Healing of Memories Workshop Postponed. We are working with the Institute for Healing of Memories to reschedule this workshop in the fall to insure its success. Refunds have been issued to all that registered.

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
Meditation for Beginners. 
May 6 & May 13, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Room 23

Not sure what all the fuss is about meditation and mindfulness?  Have you ever tried to meditate, but can't get your mind to slow down?  Ever wonder what mindfulness really means? Join meditation coach George Sherer for a two week course introducing some simple meditation concepts and tools that can be practiced by anyone! Please contact George Sherer at
Vital Parenting Talk. 
Sunday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.
NH Dining Room

Please join Child and Family Therapist Jeremy O'Brien for an important session entitled "Parenting through Divorce and Broken Relationships."  $5 cash or check payable at the session. Parents only. Childcare available upon request. Contact DRE Matt Vasko with questions or to schedule childcare at .

Single & Over 60 Group!
Begins May 20, 10:35 a.m.
Ross Chapel

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 10:35 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 20th in Ross Chapel. 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! (NOTE: Future meetings will be held on the third Sunday of every month following service in the Neighborhood House Dining Room) 

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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