Neighborhood Weekly News
October 11, 2018
This Sunday's Service

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. 

Our offering recipient this Sunday is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walks. As the core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, the community walks raise awareness for suicide prevention and bring people together. This organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, with strategies including research, education, survivor support, and advocating for public policy to prevent this leading cause of death. Neighborhood Church walks for Lukas Pender, beloved son of Susan Pender and active member of Senior High Youth Group. For more information, visit

Upcoming Worship Services

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 11 - October 14  
  • 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, 10:45 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 Dining 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: All Ages 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 Bidding Ends, 1:00 p.m., Patio
  • Sunday, October 21: Pasadena Pro Musica Concert, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
October 22 - October 28
  • Monday, October 22: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Wednesday, October 24: An Evening with Father Michael, 6:30 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Thursday, October 25: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, October 26: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, October 28: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, October 28: Neighborhood People of Color Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Living Room
  • Sunday, October 28: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, October 28: Samhain Circle, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
This Sunday's Events
Pastoral Care- Annual  Volunteer Sunday
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This Sunday the Pastoral care team will be recruiting volunteers  for the upcoming year.  Neighborhood is a caring and supportive community that cares for each other during times of transition, of joy, and of sadness.  Please see the sign up sheet on your chair. We need you all to let us know what you can do to be part of this caring. There are opportunities to provide a meal (home made or bought), give a ride, run an errand, or be present with someone to listen and provide support.  

Since we make a new data base of volunteers each year, it is necessary to sign up this year even if you have signed up previously. 

Please join us in this "inreach" effort!

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
Dining for Dollars Bidding Begins THIS SUNDAY!

Grab your bidding number and get ready to grab your spot at Christmas cookie making, museum hopping with the board, and more! Favorites such as carol singing, tea at Chado Room, and chocolate eating will also be auctioned off. Come ready to bid and don't miss out on these exciting events! Bidding ends next Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Member Bridging Group
with Rev. Lissa Gundlach and ZaNyaa Lee, Membership and Community Coordinator 
Sunday, October 14 & 21, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to make Neighborhood Church your spiritual home? The New Member Bridging group is the next step on your journey. Led by Rev. Lissa and ZaNyaa Lee, our Bridging Groups offer a meaningful opportunity to reflect on your spiritual journey as you deepen your connection with our minister, other newcomers, and church leaders from the Board of Trustees. The first session focuses on sharing our personal stories and exploring spirituality within our church community. The second session focuses on the history and mission of the church and the meaning of membership. Whether you are new to our faith or a longtime Unitarian Universalist, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. Those choosing to join the church will be invited to participate in our New Member Welcome ceremony on Sunday November 11th. 

Light lunch provided, childcare available upon request.  To register, contact ZaNyaa Lee at
An Afternoon Musicale  (for everyone! Not just choir members)
Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
Room 21

Have you ever performed/would you like to perform as a soloist for Sunday morning services? If so, I'd like to hear you! On Sunday, October 14 at 1pm, all are invited to participate in an Afternoon Musicale in the choir room. If you would like to volunteer to be a guest artist for special occasions and/or summers services, or you would just like to share your musical gifts with friends, you should plan to participate. This will be a fun and easy way get to know the many musically gifted members of our church community. All styles of music are welcomed. Small ensembles, instrumentalists, and singer-songwriters are encouraged to participate. Please email Dr. Zanaida at  to share the title and composer of a piece you'd like to perform.

Shakespeare Group

Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
Neighborhood House Dining Room

The play for discussion in October will be King John. On November 11, the group will meet in Room 4 to discuss Henry VIII. All are welcome.
Congregational Life
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.

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

Staffing Update 

After over two years of dedicated service, member Stephanie Ballard will be transitioning out of her staff role as Social Justice Coordinator November 21st. Over her tenure, Stephanie has helped our justice projects and programs thrive and move the congregation towards a focus on creating systemic change. In 2016, she co-founded the White People for Racial Justice of the San Gabriel Valley, which has formed strong ally relationships with Black Lives Matter Pasadena and Neighborhood People of Color. At the 2016 Annual Meeting, the church voted to become a Net Zero carbon emissions congregation. In 2017, she helped to raise over $10,000 for the Alternative Gift Market and organized the largest Building Bridges Interfaith Dinner in the event's history. She was also instrumental in creating the new bylaw addressing diversity and inclusion affirmed by the congregation at the 2017 Annual Meeting.
Stephanie's last Sunday as coordinator will be November 18th. Join us on the Neighborhood House back patio after services that day to offer gratitude to Stephanie and celebrate her work. 

Applications are being received for the Social Justice coordinator position. CLICK HERE for more information. 
Help Us Decorate for Fall!

We are looking to make the Neighborhood House festive for the fall! 

Please bring any decorative pumpkins, gourds, etc. to the Neighborhood House on Sundays to help us make a beautiful cornucopia!
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
Jericho Road Pasadena

Many nonprofits seek help with professional or technical projects, and Jerico Road Pasadena's job is to match them with suitable volunteers. Curious? Come to the Social Justice table and chat with director Melanie Goodyear.
How to Research Candidates for Office
Sunday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood House Living Room

Susette Horspool has been a consistent voter for 50 years. During recent years she's become skeptical about the integrity of candidates and political parties, so she 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.
Project Drawdown Workshop Series
Mondays October 22 - November 26, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room 4

We can revers Global Warming! Project Drawdown is a plan to roll back global warming using researched, modeled, and peer-reviewed solutions already in existence. Sign up for the Drawdown Workshop Series by visiting the Social Justice Patio Table this Sunday. Sponsored by NUUC Green Council and presented by LA Pachamama Alliance. For more information, contact Terry Krueger,
An Evening with Father Michael
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Healing of Memories founder Fr. Michael Lapsley is a powerful example of white allyship, someone who truly put his body on the line for racial justice. He returns from South Afreica for a mini-workshop designed to gently set us on a path to heal our own emotional and spiritual wounds. Hear his inspiring story of resisting apartheid, getting brutally attached, and finding redemption in helping others through the Institute for Healing of Memories. Limited to 20 participants. Fee is $50, partial scholarships available. Contact Stephanie 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 9th, during both services. No preparation or previous experience required to audition. Just come and be your amazing self! Please contact DRE Matt Vasko if your child would like to participate, but is unavailable to audition.

All Ages 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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