Neighborhood Weekly News
September 7, 2017
This Sunday's Service

Two Services at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. resume this Sunday, September 10th

September 10:  All the Water in the World
Water Communion Ingathering & Welcome Back Potluck
Intergenerational Service - All Children in Service
With Rev. Lissa Gundlach, DRE Matt Vasko, and Music Director Stephen Grimm
As the summer draws to a close, Neighborhood will be returning to two worship services and welcoming back our children, youth and families with our Water Communion, a Unitarian Universalist ritual. 

Please bring a small sample of water to contribute from a meaningful place to you and your family, whether from your summer travels or your own home. Water will also be available in both worship services. 

Our thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Texas after the devastating floods over the past week. We will be dedicating our full morning offering to relief and recovery efforts.
The offering will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept tax-deductible donations for victims affected by the recent floods. The Fund is dedicated to filling the gaps not met by other local and federal efforts, and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

If you'd like to donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief, the following links provide information on vetted organizations providing direct relief. Click on each link to find out more.

Join us after services for a delicious Welcome Back Potluck on the Labyrinth courtyard. We look forward to welcoming you back to church to celebrate this new season at Neighborhood! Please also join Rev. Lissa and the Board of Trustees during the potluck as we bid our Director of Membership and Communications, Kim Hayden, a fond bon voyage and thank her for all she has done for Neighborhood Church! 
Upcoming Sunday Services

September 17:  Grow in Harmony
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, preaching
With Musical Guest Melanie DeMore

One of the "ends" our congregation strives to achieve is to "challenge our minds and hearts to grow." This Sunday, as the new season of Religious Education classes begins, we'll explore this end, a focus for our upcoming year together. As a congregation, we will joyfully install Matt Vasko as our new Director of Religious Education, bless our youngest members and recommit ourselves to being a learning community. 

Children & youth are invited to bring their backpacks to church to receive a special blessing.

Our musical guest is Oakland based "vocal activist" Melanie DeMore, songwriter, troubadour, and an emissary of tolerance, kindness and harmony through her golden voice. Please visit her website at  for more information. 

September 24
:   Whispers of Permanence
Rev. Dr.  Jonipher  Kupono  Kwong
Congregational Life Staff, UUA  Pacific Western Region

The Buddhists talk of impermanence as a fact of life. Process theology speaks of each moment as a becoming while recognizing perpetual perishing. This is true both personally and our institutions at large. Our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), even the Pacific Western Region, has undergone a significant amount of change lately. Join UUA Congregational Life Staff Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong as we explore the transient and the permanent. 
Upcoming Events:

September 4 - September 10
  • Wednesday, September 6: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room.
  • Saturday, September 9: People of Color UU Los Angeles Potluck,Neighborhood House, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 10: Welcome Back Potluck, 12:30 p.m., Courtyard.
  • Sunday, September 10: Bon Voyage Celebration for Kim Hayden, 1:00 p.m., Courtyard
  • Sunday, September 10: Shakespeare Group, 1:00 p.m., Room 5.
  • Sunday, September 10: Helen Brown Memorial Service, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary.

  • September 11 - September 17
  • Sunday, September 17: Green Council Presentation, 10:30 a.m., Living Room 
  • Sunday, September 17:  Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, September 17: Beloved Conversations, 12:30 p.m., Garden
  • Sunday, September 17: Building Bridges Taskforce, 12:45 p.m., Living Room
  • Sunday, September 17: Jazz 'n Paz Concert, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary.

  • September 18 - September 24
  • Tuesday, September 19: Sailors of Sadness (SOS), 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room.
  • Saturday, September 23: Family Trip to the LA Zoo, 9:45 a.m., LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • Sunday, September 24: YRE Parent Orientation, 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 24:  Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library.

  • Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
    Congregational Life
    People of Color UU Los Angeles Potluck
    Saturday, September 9th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Neighborhood Church

    Neighborhood People of Color are pleased to host this larger local gathering. All UU people of color are invited to meet and build stronger relationships with one another.  Please bring a dish to share. Contact Rev. Christina Shu with any questions.  Check out the Facebook event HERE for updates and additional information.

    Neighborhood People of Color is an affiliate group of Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church for members and friends who identify as people of color including African-American/black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/a, indigenous peoples, or of mixed racial identity.

    Annual Chalice Circle Registration
    What were you seeking when you first started attending Church?  Where do you go to have meaningful conversations?  How do you build inter-generational friendships? 

    We have the answers for you.  The best thing you can do to get connected and explore your spiritual path is by signing up for our small group ministry program,  Chalice CirclesThroughout the year, groups of 8-10 members and church friends meet with a trained facilitator to discuss life, spirituality, and meaning. We still have a few spaces left for participants who can commit to sharing openly and attend  regular monthly meetings.  Sign up is quick and easy online HERE. If spaces are left, registration will also be available on Sunday, September 10th after services. 

    Don't wait, click  HERE to register online today!

    Helen Brown Memorial Service
    Sunday, September 10, 4:00 pm.

    Our indomitable friend and member Helen Brown, who passed away on July 28, will be remembered in a memorial gathering and celebration of her life on Sunday, September 10th at 4:00 p.m. here at Neighborhood Church. The family requests that if you plan to come, please RSVP to Dylan Brown for catering purposes. 
    September 17, October 15 and November 19, 5 p.m.

    JAZZ 'N PAZ...WHAT? 
    A Jazz Series in Pasadena, you say? Yes, Indeedy Do...and to benefit NUUC Too!  

    Beginning Sunday, September 17th, the amazing L.A. Jazz scene will be brought right to our door every 3rd Sunday of the month from 5PM to 6PM.  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. 

    Subscription Tickets for the entire 1st Series of  Sunday performances, (Sept 17th, October 15th & Nov. 19th) will be on sale after church service on the patio. Subscription series tickets (all 3 concerts) are $45 with Reserved Seating. Advanced single tickets will also 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

    Host a Dining for Dollars event!

    Dining for Dollars is a popular fundraising and friend-raising campaign in which members and friends of the church host dinners and other events in their homes or elsewhere. Other friends and members bid silent-auction style to attend. All proceeds go to the church. Building friendships and sense of community are priceless. Sign-ups to host events begin this week. Check out the table on the patio on Sunday or sign up online HERE. For more information, contact Jan McCreery at

    Join the Bell Choir!

    Is there music in your soul that needs to be expressed?  Does the sound of the Bells on Sunday morning  intrigue you?  The Bell Choir  is  organizing for the year and would love to have you come and explore ringing with our small, close knit group of music makers.  No bell experience or musical background needed.  For more information call Audrey Vaughan at 626 791-3802 or email

    Multicultural Transformations Within Our Congregations
    Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    Pacific UU Church, Rancho Palos Verdes

    Our world is becoming more multicultural, yet according to the Pew Research Center, 78% of Unitarian Universalists still identify as White or Euro-American and 53% are considered upper middle class. How can we move toward a more inclusive and diverse Beloved Community more reflective of the community we find ourselves in? How can we cross cultural barriers without creating World War III or be left feeling guilt and shame? How can we frame this sacred work theologically grounded in our principles and rich faith tradition?

    Join the Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong and the Rev. Tera Klein in exploring culture defined broadly by increasing both our intercultural competency and humility. Learn some tools and exercises to communicate across culture and handle conflict cross-culturally when (not if) it arises.

    Fee: $20/person includes lunch
    Registration Deadline: Sept 20th, 2017
    Click HERE to register.
    Questions? Contact Vivien Hao at or (323) 893-4743
    Join Us at the Theater!

    It's time again for  A Noise Within Theatre group outings! We had so much fun last year attending one-to-six of ANW's excellent productions as well as meeting for dinner and fellowship beforehand. We need at least 10 people who can attend the plays and dates listed below, in order to get the $30 price (for a $60 seat) in Center/Left or Center/Right. This season's theme is "Entertaining Courage". To simplify the process, all of these outings are on Sundays, and all but one (February 25th) are at 7p.m.. If you are already theater subscribers, you may want to buy additional tickets or gifts, or give away your tickets and JOIN US! The first performance we will go to is Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot on October 1st.

    Please contact Lee Brainerd ASAP at for more information! 

    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

    Child Dedication Ceremony
    Sunday, October 1

    This special child dedication ceremony is held during the worship service, recognizing the bond between children and the spiritual community of which they are a part.  The ceremony is a blessing of life and a call to the families and the congregation to foster and nurture the spiritual life of our youngest Unitarian Universalists. To participate, please fill out the form online at
      HERE  or pick one up at the Religious Education table. Participating families must be church members.  For more information, please contact Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education,

    Join our new Young Adult group!

    Young Adult Group First Meeting
    Sunday, September 17, 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 (10:30-11:30AM),

    Please contact Lexi Schwede at for more info.
    2017-18 Youth Religious Education Parent Orientation
    Sunday, September 24, 10:30 a.m.
    Ross Chapel

    Please join the Religious Education Staff in Ross Chapel between services on Sunday, September 24 th, for our Youth Religious Education Parent Orientation! 

    You will:
    •          Explore what your children will be learning in our YRE classes
    •          Discover how we will help you take the learning home
    •          Learn how you can become involved
    Matt and Kat will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. For more information, contact Director of Religious Education Matt Vasko.

    Presently, we still need two teachers for Spirit Play at 9:30 a.m., one teacher for Spirit Play at 11:30 a.m., two teachers for Spirit of Adventure at 9:30 a.m., and one teacher for Neighboring Faiths at 11:30 a.m.. Spirit Play is a joyful story-centered class for grades K through 2 nd grade. Spirit of Adventure is a new curriculum for 3 rd through 5 th graders that features fun activities to teach Unitarian Universalist identity. Neighboring Faiths is a wonderful class for our 6 th and 7 th graders that teaches them about a variety of faith traditions from Buddhism to Quakerism and beyond.

    Please consider teaching one of these compelling classes!

    For more information, contact Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education, at or stop by the Religious Education table on Sunday!
    OWL Teacher Training
    September 29 - October 1 
    Neighborhood Church 

    Have you ever considered becoming trained to teach Our Whole Lives (OWL) to children in grades K-1 or 4-6? OWL is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate sexuality education program that promotes sexual health. Certified trainers from the Pacific Western Region will lead the training. For questions or to sign up for the training, please contact Director of Religious Education Matt Vasko.

    We are thrilled to be hosting a regional-wide training for our 
    volunteers and church colleagues from 13 states! Join us!
    Home Hospitality for OWL Training

    Would you be able to host an Our Whole Lives (OWL) trainee in your home over the nights of September 29 and 30?  Folks attending the OWL training at Neighborhood would be grateful for a place to stay.  If you have space to put someone up for those nights, please contact Director of Religious Education Matt Vasko .
    Family Trip to the LA Zoo
    Saturday, September 23, 9:45 a.m.

    Join NUUC family and friends for a fun outing!  S pend the day together hanging out with old friends and making new ones!

    Please either pack a lunch or bring money to buy lunch. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Admission is $20 for ages 13 and older, $17 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $15 for ages 2 through 12. Children under 2 are free. Neighborhood church member Jay Marx, a zoo docent, will be our guide. Please RSVP to Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education with the number in your party.
    Social Justice
    Talk with Maria Elena Durazo, 
    Thursday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.  
    Pasadena Jewish Temple
    1434 N Altadena Drive, Pasadena

    A lifetime of fighting for civil rights has led Ms. Durazo to become Vice-Chair of both the Democratic National Committee and LA's Olympic committee. Join this exploration of how Californians can resist threats to our democracy and move forward. For more information, click HERE.
    Metro Speaks:  Who Rides Where?

    Sunday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.
    Neighborhood House Living Room

    Metro Speaks returns with updated information about the Los Angeles Metro System. Conan Cheung is heading up a new Metro Bus Service Study and he will show us what that entails. Where are people going? How is the system determining their transportation needs? All are welcome to attend and ask questions. Attendance is free.
    Contact Susette Horspool for more information.

    Extended to Sunday, September 24 & 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.

    The final 2 hours of film will be viewed in two 1 hour segments, followed by discussion. 

    Join leaders of the  New Jim Crow book club for a screening and discussion of part two, along with a yummy brunch.  Contact Stephanie Ballard, Social Justice Coordinator, for more information.   
    Volunteer Listening Session with Rev Lissa and Jericho Road Pasadena
    Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:00 p.m.  
    Ross Chapel

    We want to hear from Neighborhood Church JRP volunteers! What have you enjoyed about your volunteer experience with us or what can we improve? How does volunteering enrich your life? How should JRP grow? Join us to reflect on volunteering, meet other awesome volunteers, enjoy delicious snacks and possibly win raffle prizes. 

    Please RSVP with Melanie at

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