Neighborhood Weekly News
March 8, 2018
This Sunday's Service
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

March 11
The Pillars of Joy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Parental Leave Consulting Minister

Rev. Bijur concludes her time with us with a timely reflection on how we as Unitarian Universalists might consider, and experience, a full measure of fun, happiness, and joy in our spiritual lives. 

Don't forget to set your clocks forward for Sunday, March 11th!
A Message from Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Parental Leave Consulting Minister

Dear Neighborhood Community,
It is hard to believe that my time with you is already coming to a close.  I've so enjoyed being with you, and a real highlight for me has been in working with your talented Stewardship team on your pledge drive. Thank you to all of you who give so generously of your time, talent, and treasure to support this vibrant community of love, spirit, and service.
Since December 31, I've focused my ministry with you on worship, staff team supervision, pastoral care, and rites of passage, within a quarter time position.  Now, it is time for us to prepare for Rev. Lissa's return from her time of parental leave, and for me to say my own goodbye. My final Sunday with you will be on March 11, when we will also celebrate the close of the Stewardship campaign. On March 18, the Senior High students will lead worship, and Rev. Lissa will return to the pulpit on March 25th. During the week of March 19th I will transition with Rev. Lissa to share relevant information, and to welcome her back.
Again, it's been a pleasure to serve with you during this special time in the life of the congregation and in the life of your Senior Minister. Many blessings on your next exciting steps together.
Rev. Rebecca

March 18
The Things We Carry
Senior High Service

Come support Senior High for their annual service!  

March 25
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

Rev. Lissa returns to the pulpit to begin celebrating the season of Easter and the coming of spring! Come join us in welcoming her back!
Upcoming Events:

March 8  -  March 11
  • Thursday, March 8:  CICOPP, 9:00 a.m., All Saints Church
  • Friday, March 9: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, March 10: Citizens' Climate Lobby, 10:00 a.m., Room 21
  • Sunday, March 11: END OF 2018-2019 PLEDGE DRIVE
  • Sunday, March 11: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, March 11: Pledge Fellowship Brunch, after both services, Garden
  • Sunday, March 11:  Green Council Meeting, 10:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, March 11: Parenting Session, 12:45 p.m., Room 4
  • Sunday, March 11: Shakespeare Club, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
March 12  -  March 18  
  • Thursday, March 15: White People for Racial Justice, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, March 16: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, March 18: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, March 18: Green Council Presentation, 10:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, March 18: Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry, 12:30 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, March 18: PPM Concert, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sundays, March 18 & 25: Pathway to Membership: Bridging Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room

March 19 - March 25
  • Tuesday, March 20: Islam for Inquisitive Minds, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 20: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 21: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., Dining Room
  • Saturday, March 24: March For Our Lives, 9:00 a.m., Church parking lot
  • Sunday, March 25: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary  
  • Sunday, March 25: Learn about ChapCare, 12:45 p.m., Chapel
  • Sunday, March 25: Pathway to Membership: Bridging Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room 
Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
Congregational Life

We have just  THREE days  left: The 2018-2019 Pledge Drive is nearing its end - our  deadline for all pledges is this Sunday, March 11.

So far we've received 121 pledges, or just about 25% of our total pledging membership. We know we can reach 100%, but we need your help. Can we count on you to submit your  pledge right now? All you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out this short form - it won't take more than three minutes.

Pledging is so important because it's what makes the work of this community possible. Because of the financial support of our generous members, we're able to do so much. Just this last year alone, we:
  • Provided 527 member-to-member pastoral visits and meals
  • Welcomed a record 100+ attendees at our annual Building Bridges dinner to support our Muslim neighbors
  • Engaged over 50 members and friends in Tijuana building homes alongside residents
  • Sparked religious curiosity among more than 150 children and youth
These numbers are staggering, and they represent the loving kindness and generosity of our members here at Neighborhood Church. Thank you.

As we plan our budget and activities for the 2018-2019 church year, we're turning to you to help us continue to grow this vital community and the work and fellowship that it provides. The pledges we receive dictate what we'll be able to do, and not do, in 2018-2019.

If you have already pledged, thank you. We so appreciate your support.

If you haven't, please CLICK HERE to do so right now.

As a thank you to all of our members and friends who have pledged, we will be having a Pledge Fellowship Brunch this Sunday, March 11, after both services. We'll have a light brunch catered by Porto's, raffle prizes and space to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, all of whom are brought together by Neighborhood Church. Members of the Stewardship Committee will be on hand to accept your pledge cards or answer questions you may have about yourpledge.

In faithful partnership,
Your 2018 Stewardship Committee

Pledge Fellowship Brunch 
March 11
After both services in the Garden*

Come enjoy a light brunch - catered by Porto's! -  on March 11 to mark the end of the pledging season at Neighborhood Church. Under the banner of "Richness through Giving," this event will allow folks to catch up, meet new faces, sign up for raffle prizes and receive a small token of appreciation for pledging in the 2018-2019 church year. Be sure to bring your pledge card if you haven't already returned it. No need to RSVP, just enjoy the food and fellowship as a thank you for your generosity. 

*As there is a chance of rain on both Saturday night and Sunday morning, the location may change but we will still have this delicious brunch either way!
Shakespeare Club
Sunday, March 11
1:00 p.m., NH Living Room

All are welcome to enjoy a wide-ranging conversation among diverse Shakespeare enthusiasts. Join a monthly discussion of a selected play, including thoughts about film and stage adaptations, and dramatic readings.  On March 11th we will be discussing The Merry Wives of Windsor. In April we will be discussing The Merchant of Venice.

Join the Church Board of Trustees!
Deadline to Apply is April 1st 
Do you love the church and want to have a direct voice in its growth and governance? Please consider applying for an open position on the Board! We are currently in the season of accepting and reviewing applications for three open positions. There are two 3 year positions and  one 1 year position (to fill a vacancy.)
Who can apply? 

Anyone who has been a member for at least one year and who is up-to-date with their financial support of the church. The Nominating Committee encourages both self-nominations and nominations by other members.
What is the commitment? 

A board term is for three years. Board members attend a monthly meeting and are expected to attend church regularly. Previous experience on committees, chalice circles, YRE teaching, or other involvement in the church is also preferred. The Nominating Committee strives to ensure that all aspects of congregational life are represented on the Board, as well as diversity in gender, race, family status, knowledge and skills, and longevity within the congregation.
What type of person are we looking for? 

Someone who is:

·      Committed to the church and Unitarian Universalism.
·      A "big picture" person with leadership qualities
·      Positive and solution-oriented
·      Open to new ideas while honoring the church's history
·      Willing to speak up, but tolerant of other's views
·      Able to make commitments of time and talent
·      Willing to roll up their sleeves for "heavy lifting" when needed. 
All members who are nominated or self-nominated will be required to submit an application online. CLICK HERE to fill out an application. Deadline for applications is April 1.
Questions about Board service or our selections process?
Members of the Nominating Committee will be available between services on March 18 and March 25 in Neighborhood House to answer any questions.  Please feel free to drop in and talk with us! Email Mary Brennan for more information.
Pathway to Membership: Bridging Groups
March 18 and 25 (Two Sundays), 1:00 p.m.
Living Room

If you are ready to make Neighborhood Church your spiritual home and explore membership, this two-part class is the next step on your journey. Our Bridging Groups explore the theological history of Unitarian Universalism, our seven principles and sources of inspiration, and the idea of covenant, a central part of our faith. Connecting with lay leaders and our ministry team, you will also spend time exploring your own spiritual path and how it has led you to Neighborhood. The Bridging Groups are the best way to create an important foundation to be meaningfully involved in the Neighborhood community. Whether you are new to our faith or a longtime member, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. Childcare available.

To register and for more information contact  Liz Murphy, Membership and Stewardship Assistant:
Pacific Western Regional Assembly
April 27-29, 2018
Portland, Oregon

The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration will open by January 4. Watch the PWR website ( ) for full details to be posted soon.

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 parental leave minister, Rev. Rebecca Benefiel-Bijur, will be available for pastoral care visits and counseling sessions for members on a limited basis. 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 Rev. Rebecca at:
In Remembrance

We keep in our hearts the family and friends of Steve Malmberg, a member of Neighborhood Church for over 35 years who passed away on Sunday, March 4th. Steve's warmth and presence will be missed deeply here at Neighborhood. 

Information on the memorial service will be announced when available. 
Religious Education

Parenting Session with Jeremy O'Brien, LCSW
Sunday, March 11, 12:45 p.m. 
Room 4

Please join Child and Family Therapist Jeremy O'Brien for a session on parent concerns regarding mass shootings on Sunday, March 11, at 12:45 p.m. in Room 4. $10 per person. Parents only. Childcare is available upon request. 

Contact Director of Religious Education Matt Vasko for more information or to schedule childcare at
Creative Mediation for Beginners 
Fridays at 7 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
March For Our Lives 
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 a.m.

Please join together as a congregation for March For Our Lives, Los Angeles. We will be meeting in the Neighborhood Church parking lot at 9 a.m. to carpool to downtown Los Angeles to join thousands who will be marching to help bring mass shootings to an end. The march is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a rally to be held in Pershing Square. For more information contact DRE Matt Vasko at .

Learn About ChapCare 
Sunday, March 25, 12:45 p.m. 
Ross Chapel

Please join ChapCare's Donor Engagement Manager, Emily Stork, for an informative presentation and discussion about ChapCare - San Gabriel Valley's health safety-net. With eight health centers, ChapCare now serves over 15,000 patients annually with medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services. No one is turned away. Learn everything from how you might use ChapCare's services to how you can help support this vital institution. Questions? Contact DRE Matt Vasko at
Developing a Daily Spiritual Practice 
Four Sundays beginning April 8th, 12:45 p.m.
Room 23

"A free and responsible search for truth and meaning" is the Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism. It sounds great, but what does it actually mean? Join us for a four week course exploring some elements of a daily spiritual practice including reading, writing, meditation and prayer. Each week you'll leave with options for building your own sacred routines. Contact Jennifer MacLean with questions at
Holocaust Survival Story For All Ages
Saturday, April 14th, 5 p.m. 

Join us for a very special event. Holocaust Survivor Leon Prochnik will share his story entitled  Milka and Me: How a chocolate tub helped me survive the Holocaust. Leon's is an important message for all ages to hear during this time of xenophobia and marginalization of minorities in the United States. We must learn from the lessons of the past so that histories' mistakes are not repeated. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Food and drinks will be provided. Contact DRE Matt Vasko with questions at
Trauma Informed Care
Sunday, April 15, 12:45 p.m.
Living Room

If you have children in your life, or were once a child yourself, come hear about the landmark research on ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Science now tell us that exposure to extreme stress in childhood can alter our brains, our behaviors and our long term health outcomes. No one is immune---but hope and healing IS POSSIBLE. Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director of Young & Healthy and Neighborhood Church member will present on this science and speak about what Young & Healthy is doing to increase that hope and healing. Sunday, April 15th at 12:45 p.m. in the living room of Neighborhood House. Contact DRE Matt Vasko with any questions at
Social Justice
Faith-Rooted Organizing Training
Sunday, March 11, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Pasadena Foursquare Church 174 Harkness Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
Please join Stephanie Ballard, Social Justice Coordinator, at CLUE's free Faith-Rooted Organizing training this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. Led by Rev Alexia Salvatierra, who preached at NUUC last November, and created this organizing model.  A great opportunity to build skills--and relationships among our congregations! To register: CLICK HERE.  

Esperanza sign-ups begin for April trip!
Sunday, March 11 and 18
On the patio after services
Time to gear up for Esperanza. Our next home-building trip to Tijuana is April 13-15. Don't miss the fun, camaraderie, and physical workout! Experienced leaders, Wendy Wilson and Tres Izzard, are available to answer your questions. To register, bring completed forms and $95 fee to the social justice table. CLICK HERE  for forms and more information.  Contact: Tres at .

Islam for Inquisitive Minds Six-Part Series
Tuesdays, March 20 - April 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for this 6-class series covers the Five Pillars of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, the Quranic Worldview, Islamic Law and Mysticism, Women in Islam, and more. Instruction is via videos, expert guest speakers, and small group discussion with Muslims in every group. Each evening, you get to observe Magrib (sunset prayers) and partake of delicious buffets (vegetarian option included). Suggested $30 donation covers materials and food all 6 classes. Scholarships available. Accessible classroom and restroom. Space is limited, so register ASAP to Kurt at or stop by the Social Justice table.

Healing of Memories Workshop
May 17-19
Neighborhood House
Save these dates for a rare opportunity! If you attended our Interfaith Dinner last November, you got to meet Father Michael Lapsley, visiting from South Africa. He'll be back in May to lead a transformative workshop on Thursday & Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Using interactive and experiential techniques, Father Michael guides participants through a journey of healing from abuse and trauma-whether personal, interpersonal, sexual, childhood, environmental disaster, war, or other type of violence. Limited to 20, $195 fee includes supplies and meals all 3 days. 
CLICK HERE for more information.  Contact:  

Big Saturday at Willard Elementary
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Looking for a time-limited, hands-on, volunteer project? On BIG SATURDAY, May 19, Neighborhood Church is leading a gardening/painting/cleaning event in Pasadena, co-sponsored along with the Big Sunday organization. And if your family, friends, co-workers want to join us, we heartily welcome extra hands! Supplies, lunch, and good vibes provided. Contact: Helen Stapenhorst
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