Neighborhood Weekly News
October 4, 2018
This Sunday's Service

October 7th
Verified Faith
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

What does it mean to have faith? Do Unitarian Universalists have it, and if we do how do we know when we have it? This Sunday we explore an understanding of faith rooted in our deepest values and life experiences. We also honor Indigenous People's Day; children and youth begin in the sanctuary with a Story for All Ages.  

Upcoming Worship Services

October 14th
Pastoral Care Sunday
Learning How to Die
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

On this Pastoral Care Sunday, we contemplate how bringing more curiosity and acceptance to our deaths leads to more joy and presence in our lives. The Pastoral Care Team will be present to offer resources and conduct their annual Survey which organizes caring services for the year. 

October 21st
Being Right and Being in Right Relationship
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

On the left and right alike, our nation is clamoring with the conflicting opinions. How might the attachment to being right get in the way of being in "right relationship" with those we love and share community? Instead of perpetuating blame and shame, how can disagreement be productive, generating creativity and compassion in our relationships, church and culture at large?

October 28th 
Living Hope, Loving Justice
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, Guest Minister 

Children and youth begin in the sanctuary, come in costume for a Halloween parade!
Unitarian Universalists are fundamental to UUSC's work to advance human rights.  With our shared values under threat, there is an even louder call to collaborate and even more we can accomplish together.  The Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, UUSC's President and CEO, will share a sermon about the need for hope and justice in the face of some of today's greatest human rights challenges.

Offering Recipient: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. Donate HERE.

Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events
October 4 - October 7
  • Thursday, October 4: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, October 5: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, October 7: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 7: New to Neighborhood, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, October 7: Introduction to Project Drawdown, 10:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, October 7: GLOBE Forum, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, October 7: Peter Drier on Local Issues, 12:45 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, October 7: Building Bridges, 12:45 p.m., Room 21
  • Sunday, October 7: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, October 7: Jazz N Paz Concert, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
October 8 - October 14  
  • Monday, October 8: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Thursday, October 11: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, October 12: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, October 14: Fall Dining for Dollars Begins, 10:30 a.m., Patio
  • Sunday, October 14: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 14: Green Council Meeting, 10:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, October 14: Team Lukas Meeting, 12:45 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, October 14: Bridging Group Class, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, October 14: Afternoon Musicale, 1:00 p.m., Room 21
  • Sunday, October 14: Holiday Pageant Auditions, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 14: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, October 14: Shakespeare Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
October 15 - October 21
  • Monday, October 15: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Tuesday, October 16: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 17: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Thursday, October 18: White People for Racial Justice, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Thursday, October 18: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, October 19: Family Movie Night, 6:00 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Friday, October 19: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, October 21: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 21: How to Research Candidates for Office, 10:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, October 21: Bridging Group Class, 1:00 p.m, NH Living Room
  • Sunday, October 21: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, October 21: Fall Dining for Dollars Ends, 1:00 p.m., Patio
Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
This Sunday's Events
New to Neighborhood
Sunday, October 7, 1:00 p.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. 
Introduction to Project Drawdown 
Sunday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Neighborhood House Living Room

We can reverse Global Warming! Project Drawdown is a plan to roll back global warming, using researched, modeled, and peer-reviewed solutions already in existence. Learn about this comprehensive plan and meet others who are already working to make a difference. If the Introduction resonates with you, then sign up for the Drawdown Workshop Series in room 4 on five Mondays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 26, 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.. Sponsored by NUUC Green Council and presented by LA Pachamama Alliance. For more information, contact Terry Krueger,
GLOBE Forum featuring Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek
Sunday, October 7, 10:30 a.m.
Neighborhood House Dining Room

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will be at the GLOBE Forum for this meeting. He will be speaking about the Pasadena City sales tax measures on the November ballot.  This measure is not only important for Pasadena, the same measure appears on the Glendale and Burbank ballots as their city sales tax measures.  The Mayor will be followed by a discussion of all the ballot measures. For further information you can call Joe Pardee at 626-639-7051 or Email at
Peter Dreier to Discuss Local Issues
Sunday, October 7, 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Room 23

Police Reform, Wage Protection, Immigrant Protection, Affordable Housing: Pasadena as a More Progressive, Just City Through Building Power for Change. Peter Dreier, a Pasadena resident, Occidental College political science professor, author, and nationally known critic, will speak with us about how building power in low income, communities of color can make this a better place for all to live. Contact: Kris Ockershauser at or Alan Freeman:

For further info contact Carla Jamie  Perez at
Congregational Life

Dear fellow church members,

Starting with me, each of the church's nine Board members will be answering the same set of questions once a month for nine months. We hope this will help you to get to know us better, and also see where we align and how we are different.

1. What is something that most people don't know about you?

At the age of 44, after 20 robust years in show business, I had two dollars to my name and no prospects. I had worked my way up from an assistant on set at $200 a week to an executive in charge of development for the most successful producer in box office history. (She is now the head of Lucas Film and has produced the new Star Wars films.) That summer when I was 44, a new position with a major studio fell through, and what resulted was that I was out of work for so long I literally had only two dollars in my pocket. When you are at a point like that, it's exhilarating because you are free as you have ever been, and whatever comes next can only be a step up. Out of nowhere I had a chance to transition to the nonprofit sector. Not only was it a kinder and gentler field, it enabled me to devote more time to my writing...and earn a steady income. I also feel I'm doing more for the world. I'm so happy I made that transition.

2. What has been a spiritual turning point for you?

I read Huston Smith's book on the world religions 10 years ago. Upon reading the chapter on Hinduism, I realized that my core beliefs that I had come to through personal experience - the practice of a UU - aligned with the tenants of Vedanta, a form of Hinduism. While I worship at a UU church and identify as UU, I am a follower of Vedanta.

Continue reading Clyde's answers HERE
Welcome Manuel Evans Jr. to the Neighborhood Staff!

Please join us in welcoming Manuel Evans Jr. to the Neighborhood Custodial Team. If you see him around on campus, please say hi! We're glad you're here, Manuel!

You can make a difference to the church by hosting a community-building event or offering a service that people will bid on during the Fall 2018 Dining for Dollars. Do you like to host lunches, dinners, game nights, teas, movie nights, or music events? Make it even more fun (and make it easier for yourself) by co-hosting with a friend. Can you offer a tour of a studio, museum, or historical area of Los Angeles? How about teaching someone to knit, quilt, make stained glass, or brew craft beer? Can you fix a software glitch, repair a broken faucet, or lead a hike? Do you have a vacation home to lend, or tickets to a sporting event or theatrical production? The possibilities are endless! You can sign up by clicking HERE .

Please register your event before October 8!
Bidding on Dining for Dollars items will take place after both services on
October 14 and 21. The auction closes at 1:00 p.m. after the second service on Sunday, October 21. All items will have a Buy It Now price, so don't delay if you see an item that you really need to have! 

For more information about Dining For Dollars CLICK HERE

Questions? Contact Toni LeBel at .
Bridging Group
Sunday, October 14 & 21, 1:00 p.m.
Neighborhood House 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, contact ZaNyaa Lee at
Pastoral Care will be having a table outside each Sunday between services, 10:30 to 11:30.  Stop by for a jelly bean, and check out a few of the community resources that you might use.  Our presence is an opportunity for you to become an integral and ongoing part of Neighborhood's Pastoral Care.  It is a  way to offer help to others in our community, or to let us know of your needs. Our RE children will be making cards  as part of their offering of service to others. We will have a few of these cards each week that you can sign to let others know you are thinking of them during a transition, whether it is a joy or sorrow. There will also be a "Care Sheet"  on which you can let us  know of members that Pastoral care might follow up on to see how we can be of help.

You can join our team as a Virtual Walker if you are not able to participate in person. Help us reach our goal of 35 team members! Sign up to join our team at

For more information, please visit

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 Lyn Munro , 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

Save the Date! 60 & Over Singles Group Halloween Potluck
Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Private Residence

We've planned a  Halloween themed potluck gathering at Becky's home in Glendora.
Costumes are not necessary but you are welcome to wear one.  The house is decorated, we will have games, yummy food, and lots of fun.  (I'll provide the main course.  Please let me know if you have food allergies.)   Please bring your choice of beverages, salads, side dishes, or desserts to serve 12. For more information, please contact Becky McKnight at
Samhain Circle

Sunday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.


The Pagans are back! After a year hiatus, we host a gathering to observe Halloween in an authentic, spiritual way. It is a time to honor our dead and mark the start of Celtic New Year. Info: Stephanie

Bell Choir Rehearsals
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. 
Room 21

Come ring with us! No experience needed to join. We perform several times throughout the year including a special Holiday performance. For more information contact Thomas Simpson at

Neighborhood Choir Rehearsals
Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. 
Room 21

New singers are accepted year-round. Whenever you're ready to join, just come to a rehearsal! Once you've attended 2 or 3 consecutive rehearsals, you're invited to officially join the choir and lead worship on Sunday mornings. The choir sings at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday services every other week during the program year. The choir also sings for special occasions and for performances with  partners  in our community. For more information, contact Dr. Zanaida Robles at

Social Justice
How to Research Candidates for Office
Sunday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood House Living Room

Susette Horspool is a consistent voter for 50 years. During recent years she's become skeptical about the integrity of candidates and political parties, so has been researching each candidate herself. It's not difficult and can be very interesting. If you're tired of depending on other people or organizations to tell you how to vote, come hear Susette reveal her research secrets-and decide for yourself how to vote.
An Evening with Father Michael
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Healing of Memories founder Fr. Michael Lapsley returns from South Africa for a mini-workshop designed to gently set us on a path to heal our emotional and spiritual wounds. Contact: Stephanie Ballard at
Religious Education
Holiday Pageant Auditions
Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.

Calling all children and youth! We would be delighted if you would participate in this year's Holiday Pageant. It will be held on Sunday, December 9 th , during both services. No preparation or previous experience required to audition . Just come and be your amazing self!

Family Movie Night
Friday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Don't miss out on our fall celebration ! We will be showing Coco in Ross Chapel . The movie is FREE. Senior High will be selling food, snacks, and drinks. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Please contact DRE Matt Vasko,, to RSVP or sign up at the Religious Education table. 

All are welcome!

Regional & District News
Sign up now for the Leadership Experience 2019 Program

Have you recently taken on a leadership role in this congregation? Are you considering taking on a leadership role but want to increase your experience, knowledge, and skills before doing so? Are you a new board member or board president but still haven't found the instruction manual? Visit to learn more about and apply to participate in "Leadership Experience 2019". This is a hybrid in-person/on-line leadership development program offered by the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association that will take place this coming winter and spring. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to apply to participate by October 15!
2019 District Assembly: Save the Date and Call for Workshops
Save the weekend of April 26-28, 2019, for the next Pacific Southwest District Assembly at the UU Church of Long Beach, California!
Next year's DA Theme will be, "From the Ground Up: The Power of Our PSWD Communities."
The congregation is the foundation of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Everything we do as an expression of our faith is grounded in the local communities from which we all take comfort and strength. Some of our greatest joys sprout from the spiritual communities and the congregations of the Pacific Southwest District - both big and small.
How does this theme apply to your congregation or your life?
If you have an idea for a workshop, conference session or other activity that would fit well with this theme, please contact DA planning committee co-chair Michael Hart at
Workshop submissions are due by October 20, 2018. CLICK HERE for submission form
For more information, contact Michael Hart at
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