Neighborhood Weekly News
November 29, 2018
Worship
This Sunday's Service
Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

December 2
Keeping Watch
With Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Dr. Zanaida Robles

In the Christian liturgical calendar, the four weeks preceding the  coming of Christmas are known as the season of Advent. This Sunday, we  explore what Unitarian Universalists can learn from the Advent  practice of "keeping watch" for the true meaning of Christmas, setting  intentions for how we can navigate the frenzied commercialization of  the season with mindfulness, generosity, and joy.

    Upcoming Worship Services

December 9 
Christmas Pageant: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Directed by Marilyn Rupar Dubner with music by Dr. Zanaida Robles

Please join us for our children's production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This humorous and heartwarming Christmas tale recalls one child's memory of the year his Mom struggled to put on their church's Christmas pageant with a cast of the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively misbehaving children in history. Full of fun and real Christmas magic, it promises to get your whole family into the Christmas spirit.

After services, please join us at the Annual Alternative Gift Market in Ross Chapel from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.!

December 16
Family Christmas Service
With Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Matt Vasko, F. Thomas Simpson and Dr. Zanaida Robles

Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with a traditional  lessons and carols service, featuring Christmas music from the Bells  of Neighborhood and Neighborhood Chorus.

December 23 - One Service at 10:00 a.m .
Find a Stillness: Longest Night
With Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Dr. Zanaida Robles

As Christmas eve approaches, join us for a more quiet and contemplative hour of music, silence and readings on the themes of the "Longest Night" of the Solstice. Special care will be made in the service to offer space for those who are grieving or have complicated feelings about the holiday season.

December 30 - One Service at 10:00 a.m.
Training To Be An Awesome Human Being
Rev. Arvid Straube, Guest Minister

Rev. Arvid Straube, Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of  San Diego, returns to Neighborhood to offer an uplifting service to  welcome the New Year.  The great spiritual leaders of all time-Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tsu and others-were human just like us.  Many of us wonder what it would take to realize our most authentic human potential.  How do our spiritual communities help us do that?
Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events
November 29 - December 2
  • Thursday, November 29: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, November 30: What Would Jesus Buy Film Screening, 6:30 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Friday, November 30: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, December 2: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 2: Senior High Yule Log Sale, after services, RE Table
  • Sunday, December 2: GLOBE Forum, 10:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, December 2: Building Bridges Task Force Meeting, 12:45 p.m., room 21
  • Sunday, December 2: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, December 2: New to Neighborhood, 1:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
December 3 - December 9
  • Monday, December 3: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Monday, December 3: Drawdown Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Room 24
  • Thursday, December 6: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, December 7: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, December 8: Sanctuary Decorating Party, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 9: Sunday Worship - Annual Holiday Pageant, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 9: Alternative Gift Market, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, December 9: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
December 10 - December 16
  • Monday, December 10: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Monday, December 10: Drawdown Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Room 24
  • Wednesday, December 12: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Thursday, December 13: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, December 14: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, December 16: Sunday Worship - Family Christmas Services, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 16: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, December 16: Racial Equity Brunch, 12:45 p.m., Ross Chapel
Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  

Invite your friends and family to the many events we have going on this holiday season!

December 2
Yule Log Sale

December 8
Sanctuary Decorating Party 10:00 a.m.

December 9
Holiday Pageant at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Services
Alternative Gift Market in Ross Chapel 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

December 16
Family & All Community Christmas Services at
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

December 23
One Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.

December 24
Family Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 9:00 p.m.

December 25
Church Offices Closed for Christmas

December 30
One Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.
Congregational Life
Film Screening & Talk

Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film "What Would Jesus Buy?" followed by a discussion with the Director Rob VanAlkemade and Editor Katrina VanAlkemade. The film focuses on Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over- consumption  and the fires of eternal debt ). The New York Times calls it "fast and funny" and the Toronto Star says, "think of it as a type of comedic, anti-consumerist, cinematic Christmas card, and you begin to get the vibe of this outlandish yet unexpectedly  poignant film." Following the screening, Rob and Katrina will talk about the making of the film and its social and cultural impact. 

This is a fundraiser to benefit youth Religious Education. 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bring the family! 
This film is rated PG and is appropriate for all ages. 

Contact DRE Matt Vasko at mvasko@neighborhooduu.org

For more information, visit www.neighborhooduu.org/givingtuesday

Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker Holiday Program

Continue the Neighborhood Church tradition and buy a holiday gift for a local foster child. Neighborhood's ACAC (Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker) program brightens the lives of vulnerable children.  Our caseworkers have given us the names of children and their holiday wish lists.  Select a child, buy a gift(s) and bring it to church by December 9.  Gifts are to be unwrapped, but in a festive bag.  Our Department of Children and Family Services caseworkers, Alma and Cathy, deliver the gifts.  Sign up online or come to our table on the patio after services on Sunday,  December 2.  Questions? Contact Janice Partyka at jgpartyka@gmail.com or (818) 952-1717. 

Yule Log Sale!
Yule Log

The Senior High will be holding their annual Yule Log sale this Sunday after services. The teens work hard to create these holiday delights. So, please support their social justice activities by purchasing a Yule Log to help make your home just a little warmer this holiday season.


Sanctuary Decorating Party

Saturday, December 8 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Every year church volunteers make the sanctuary festive for the holidays.  It takes about two hours with a handful of enthusiastic decorators, and this year we'll do it on Saturday, December 8th at 10:00 a.m. Please join us and bring your holiday spirit! For more information, contact Becky McKnight   or Steve Stapenhorst  
Winter Retreat at Camp deBenneville
March 1-3, 2019

Winter Retreat with Long Beach at Camp de Benneville Pines is March 1-3. Save the date. Information and pictures will be available on the patio between and after Sunday services starting in December. Camp registration starts in January.
Neighborhood Staff Changes

Dear Neighborhood Members and Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve this wonderful community. It has been an honor to be a part of the Neighborhood staff and to have gotten to know this congregation so well over the past couple of years. I will be leaving my position here at the end of this year. My last day on staff will be December 27th.

Alana and I are currently finalizing our certification to become foster parents and expecting an addition to our home as early as mid-January. I will be returning to my previous role as stay- at-home dad while also continuing my schoolwork. Alana, Maxwell, and I will still remain active members of the Neighborhood congregation and look forward to continuing to grow with you all. 

Thank you all again and I'll see you on Sunday.

Warmly,

Taylor Chazan

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

Pasadena Pro Musica Concert
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Sanctuary

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Continuing their 55 th year, Pasadena Pro Musica organization, with Artistic Director Scott Lemkuhl in his inaugural year, will perform the Oratorio de Noël by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with a few other of our favorite things for the Christmas season.

Works to be presented:

Oratorio de Noël - Camille Saint-Saëns
Brightest and Best - Shawn Kirchner
O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
Angel's Carol - John Rutter
Hodie Christus Natus Est - Jan Pieters Sweelink
Go Where I Send Thee (Gospel Spiritual)
And a variety of well loved Christmas songs

Single Tickets, $20 available at www.pasadenapromusica.org

$5 Student Rush Tickets will be sold 10 minutes before each performance, subject to seating availability. Cash only, and a valid student ID is required.

Children under 10 admitted free.
Music
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  ftsimpson@aol.com

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 zrobles@neighborhooduu.org
Social Justice
Alternative Gift Market 
Sunday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

You're invited to Neighborhood Church's 16th Annual Alternative Gift Market. The progressive gift-giving event of the year. For over fifteen years our congregation has used this time of celebrations, family, and gift-giving to promote social justice and empower community based organizations who lead by our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and match up with our church mission through financial support. This year twelve organizations and two Neighborhood Church Projects have been invited to attend.   For more information including a complete list of the organizations for this year, visit the Facebook event page HERE .

If you can't make the event don't worry you have until Sunday, December 16th to make a donation by calling Luis Sierra Campos, Social Justice and Inclusion Coordinator at (626) 449-3470 x 18.
 
Contact Social Justice & Inclusion Coordinator, Luis Sierra Campos at lcampos@neighborhooduu.org .
Racial Equity Brunch: Sharing Holiday Traditions
Sunday, December 16, 12:45 pm
Ross Chapel
 
Join Neighborhood People of Color and white allies at our quarterly brunch as we explore the many ways we celebrate winter holidays.  Bring a favorite food, a beloved holiday symbol (or both!) to share with others.  After food and fellowship, we'll recap progress toward inclusion activities, discuss new ideas including a name for our group, identify volunteer leadership, and make a plan for early 2019 events.

All are welcome to join us in building a more inclusive community within Neighborhood Church.
 
Info: Elizabeth Sadlon,   sadlon@mindspring.com 
Religious Education
Film Screening & Talk

Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film "What Would Jesus Buy?" followed by a discussion with the Director Rob VanAlkemade and Editor Katrina VanAlkemade. The film focuses on Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over- consumption  and the fires of eternal debt ). The New York Times calls it "fast and funny" and the Toronto Star says, "think of it as a type of comedic, anti-consumerist, cinematic Christmas card, and you begin to get the vibe of this outlandish yet unexpectedly  poignant film." Following the screening, Rob and Katrina will talk about the making of the film and its social and cultural impact. 

This is a fundraiser to benefit youth Religious Education. 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bring the family! 
This film is rated PG and is appropriate for all ages. 

Contact DRE Matt Vasko at mvasko@neighborhooduu.org
The Wi$dom Path
Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. beginning January 22
Room 21

Join Katherine Loevinger and Tom Petersmeyer for a 6-week UUA designed adult education class focused on money, spirit, and life. In this course, participants will build awareness of their own "money story" and explore their own attitudes and experiences with money. They'll explore the ways in which money connects us with others, including issues of classism and economic justice as well as money issues in congregational life, then delve into ways to align faith, values, and a sense of a life calling with their financial ways of being. 

RSVP to Matt Vasko at  mvasko@neighborhooduu.org .
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
626.449.3470 | www.neighborhooduu.org
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