Neighborhood Weekly News
November 9, 2017
This Sunday's Service

Services at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. 

November 12: New Member & Heritage Sunday
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister with the Bells of Neighborhood and the Neighborhood Chorus

The Signs of the Times
In 1947, Unitarian theologian and social ethicist James Luther Adams wrote: "The prophetic liberal church is the church in which persons think and work together to interpret the signs of the times in the light of their faith."  For over 130 years, our congregation has embraced the richness of our past while looking to the signs of the times to keep our faith relevant and responsive to the present challenges before us. One year after the election which changed the course of our nation's history, how are we called to respond to the signs of the times today? In this service we hear from long time members and new members alike, celebrating our heritage, sharing lessons from the past and imagining our future. Featuring the bells of Neighborhood, directed for a final season by member Audrey Vaughan, and musical favorites from composer Tom Yeakle sung by the Neighborhood Chorus. 

November 19: 
Apple Communion Family Service 
with Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister, Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education

A Gratitude Revival

In this family friendly service we prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday with stories and songs lifting up the theme of gratitude. Our Apple Communion ritual is a beloved tradition at Neighborhood Church which is both fun and delicious! Featuring bluegrass music and singable favorite hymns. 

November 26: ONE SERVICE at 10 a.m.
Rev. Anne Hines, Guest Minister

Upcoming Events:

November 6 - November 12
  • Monday, November 6: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
  • Saturday, November 11: Vieve Metcalfe Memorial Service, 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, November 12: Young Adult Group 1:00 p.m. NH Upper Room 
  • Sunday, November 12: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, November 12: Pageant Rehearsal, 1:00 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, November 12: Shakespeare Group, 12:45 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, November 12: Rev. Lissa & Sam Baby Shower, 1:00 p.m., Cole House
November 13 - November 19
  • Monday, November 13: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
  • Sunday, November 19: Young Adult Group 1:00 p.m. NH Upper Room 
  • Sunday, November 19: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, November 19: Pageant Rehearsal, 1:00 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, November 19: Jazz 'N Paz Concert, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
November 20 - November 26
  • Monday, November 20: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
  • 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
Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
Congregational Life

Please RSVP by November 6 to:

CLICK HERE for Rev. Lissa & Sam's Gift Registry

Shakespeare Group
Sunday, Nov. 12, 12:45 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Please note location change!  We will be discussing Troilus and Cressida.

In December we will discuss The Winter's Tale. All are welcome for lively discussions.

Chalice Circles Potluck
Friday, November 17 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

On Friday, November 17, from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. the Chalice Circles Oversight Committee will be hosting a potluck dinner in the Chapel.  All current members of a Chalice Circle are invited. 

This will be a chance for you to get to know the other members of your Circle in a relaxed social setting.  We will provide lists of possible service projects so the dinner will also give you an opportunity to discuss your Circle's project.  You can choose from our list or come up with an idea that appeals to your group.  In any case, it's a chance to begin the dialogue that will allow you to choose a service project that's interesting and meaningful to your Circle. 

The Oversight Committee will provide drinks, paper goods, and utensils.  We ask that each of you bring a dish that serves 6-8 people.

Do plan to join us for an evening of good food and good conversations.

Annual Pie Auction
November 19, 11:30 a.m. 

Just in time for the Holidays! (Although is there ever really a bad time for pie?) Come bid on scrumptious pies! The Annual Pie Auction benefits the youth of the Religious Education program.  The Auction will begin immediately following the 11:30 a.m. Apple Communion Service.

Sign up to donate a pie HEREBring your pie(s) with you to church on November 19, and drop them off in the Narthex. 

Mmmmmm. . .PIE!

November 19, 5 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

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


Vieve Metcalfe Memorial Service

Saturday, November 11th, 2 p.m.




Neighborhood Church celebrates member Vieve Metcalfe's life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th in the Sanctuary. Reception in the Neighborhood House to follow.


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 five, we will be discussing Chapter 5 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Narthex. 

For more information, please contact Kathleen McGregor at .
Join our new Young Adult group!

Young Adult Group Meeting
Sunday, November 12, 1:00 p.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 after the 2nd service at 1:00 p.m.
Please contact Lexi Schwede at for more info.
Yule Log
Yule Logs
Sunday, December 3

The children and youth will be making yule logs, an annual tradition for the holiday season. This activity will transform a simple log into a symbol of the 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 2nd.

Any questions? Contact  Mary Rider.

Social Justice

'Tis the season to share our abundance with those less fortunate. Thanksgiving Food Drive at La Pintoresca Park on Saturday, November 18, 12:00-3:00 pm. Black Lives Matter is collecting ingredients for NW Pasadena families in need to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner. See the Facebook page for requested items  Can't make it on the 18th? Bring your donations to the Social Justice table on Sunday; during the week, leave them in the labeled box on the House porch. Any "superheroes" donating a turkey may arrange delivery with Stephanie at
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