Neighborhood Weekly News
November 1, 2018
This Sunday's Service
Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Daylight Savings Ends this Sunday! Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour!

November 4 
Matters of Speech
Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Dr. Zanaida Robles

A recent rise in hate-speech cannot be divorced from the heinous acts of violence of the past weeks, including the most violent attack on the Jewish community in recent American history. We come together as a community to explore the connections between words and action, and to remember the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue. We will also joyfully affirm our newest lives in the congregation. Children and youth begin in the sanctuary to participate in the dedication of Rosaleah Sol Burkhart and Nicolas Ray Burkhart (9:30 am) and Seven Tatum Miller (11:30 am)
Upcoming Worship Services

November 11 
Heritage Sunday: A Spiritual Home for the Ages 
with Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Dr. Zanaida Robles directing the Neighborhood Chorus

Since 1885, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist church has been a beacon of liberal religion in the city of Pasadena. On the anniversary of the gathering of the Neighborhood Church community, we reflect on our distinguished history and pledge ourselves to an exciting vision of our future. Fittingly, we will honor our longstanding members and welcome our newest members.

November 18 
Hunger and Thirst for Justice 
Apple Communion Sunday 
with Rev. Lissa Gundlach and the Suzie Glaze New Folk Ensemble

In our annual family-friendly Apple Communion service, we prepare our minds, hearts, and appetites for Thanksgiving with a "gratitude revival," featuring the American roots music of the Suzie Glaze New Folk Ensemble.   We will recognize the leadership of member Stephanie Ballard as she celebrates her last Sunday as Social Justice Coordinator. Our Offering Recipient will be Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP.) 

November 25 - One Service at 10 a.m.
Pray Without Ceasing
Rev. Christina Shu,  Affiliated Community Minister 

An exploration of the verse "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:16) and what its directive means for Unitarian Universalists. What are the ways that we engage in prayer, in what different forms? How do we pray while in midst of the struggle for justice and liberation?
Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events
November 1 - November 4
  • Thursday, November 1: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, November 2: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Saturday, November 3: Out of the Darkness Walk, 8:00 a.m., Pasadena Central Park
  • Sunday, November 4: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, November 4: GLOBE Forum, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, November 4: New to Neighborhood, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, November 4: Building Bridges, 1:00 p.m., Room 21
  • Sunday, November 4: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
November 5 - November 11
  • Monday, November 5: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Monday, November 5: Drawdown Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Room 24
  • Thursday, November 8: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, November 9: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, November 11: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, November 11: Green Council Meeting, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, November 11: Shakespeare Group, 1:00 p.m., Room 4
  • Sunday, November 11: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, November 11: Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Tour, 1:00 p.m., Neighborhood House
November 12 - November 18
  • Monday, November 12: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m., Room 21
  • Monday, November 12: Drawdown Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Room 24
  • Thursday, November 15: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Thursday, November 15: White People for Racial Justice, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, November 16: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, November 18: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, November 18: Annual Pie Auction, 12:30 p.m., Narthex
  • Sunday, November 18: Farewell Celebration for Stephanie, 12:45 p.m., NH Back Patio
  • Sunday, November 18: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 1:00 p.m., Room 6
  • Sunday, November 18: Neighborhood Author Talk, 1:15 p.m., NH Living Room 
Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
This Sunday's Events
Yarn Tasting with the Social Justice Knitters!
Sunday, November 4, after services

The Social Justice Knitters are hosting an open house to launch their new project-- knitting hats for the Black Infant Health Program in Northwest Pasadena. Baby hats are quick and easy to make, a perfect beginners project. They will have everything you need to give it a try--yarn, needles, patterns, and instruction. Plus there will be cookies! So stop by their table for fun, fellowship, and service. New members are especially welcome. For more info, contact Sue Goddard at 626-797-5579 or

Who are the Knitters???
by Sue Goddard

The knitting group of Neighborhood Church is very important to me. I would like to tell you a little about our history and about who I think we are. Our group was founded in 2005 by LuLu Escott. It has lasted through 3 settled ministers, 2 interim ministers, and a lot of changes in our world. Our mission was to learn to knit, to knit better, and to donate our goods to cold and poor people. It also was a way to meet new people with shared interests.

We are known as the Social Justice Knitters. We knitted blankets for the coldest, most poverty-stricken people of Mongolia and for the Afghans for Afghans project. We knitted items for those living at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and for tiny babies in a Southern California neo-natal unit.

We currently are affiliated with Affordable Housing Services in Pasadena and work with its director, Michelle White. Michelle has her finger on the needs of the most charitable organizations in our city and can guide our goods where they are most useful. The proceeds from our washcloth project funded blankets for a cold weather shelter. Elderly grandparents on a small income can choose a scarf or beanie as a Christmas gift for a loved one. Lap robes are always appreciated.

  CLICK HERE to continue reading Sue's blog post!

Jazz N Paz Concert
November 4, 5:00 p.m.
Ross Chapel

The final Jazz 'N Paz Fall 2018 concert will feature acclaimed guitarist, Will Brahm and his trio Homenaje ("Tribute") with Ahmet Turkmenoglu, bass and Diego Alvarez, percussion paying tribute to Latin, Afro-Cuban, Israeli roots in an amazing multi-cultural jazz experience.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!
Student Special! $15 tickets at the door with valid student ID!
Congregational Life
Board of Trustees Transitions

Dear members and friends of Neighborhood UU Church,
We have had a transition on our Board of Trustees in the past month. Janice Partyka, who served the Board diligently for two and a half years, has stepped down. We on the Board are grateful to Janice for her consistent hard work and gift for bringing new ideas to the table, including helping spearhead the Right Relations initiative. Janice, thank you very much for all your efforts, and know that we will miss you!
I am pleased to announce that the Board has unanimously selected Julian Juarez to fill the vacant Board seat through the end of the church year. A member of Neighborhood Church for 4 years, Julian hit the ground running by volunteering at the Welcome table and currently is an R.E. teacher/high school advisor. He is also a member of the Learning Religious Committee and was part of the Minister Intern committee two years ago. Julian also greatly enjoys being a member of the Neighborhood People of Color group. When Julian graduated from USC in 2012 with a degree in anthropology, he started working in social services helping high school and middle school students achieve graduation.
Outside of Neighborhood, Julian volunteers extensively with Mentor, Discover, Inspire, a men's organization, and with youth at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Julian married his spouse Victoria at Neighborhood Church and they have a wonderful life in Temple City with their adorable cat, Midnight. He enjoys traveling, camping, spending time with his family and friends, and watching movies. Welcome to the Board, Julian!

Clyde Derrick
Join Team Lukas!
Pasadena Out of the Darkness Walk
November 3, 8:30 a.m.
Pasadena Central Park

Help us become the #1 Team in Pasadena! 

With last week's offering of over $1300, Team Lukas is now in the running to be the lead banner team for this year's walk! With 28 team members and over $4000 raised, Team Lukas setting new records! Join today to help us meet our goal of 35 team members. If you aren't able to walk with us, you can become a virtual walker! 

Neighborhood walks in honor of Lukas Pender, who our community lost to suicide in 2012. 
CLICK HERE to sign up to join our team. READ MORE about why we walk.

Contact Matt Vasko at  for more information 
 Midterm Elections - Use Your Voice!

It's down to the wire now. If you haven't already voted by mail, here are a few things you can do:
  1. Stop by the Social Justice table on Sunday for informational handouts about CA and Pasadena ballot measures.
  2. Fill out your mail-in ballot and head to your local library. Some are official drop-off sites, including Pasadena Library (Central & Hastings branch) CLICK HERE to find your nearest vote by mail ballot drop off location.
  3. Check to see if neighbors, family, or friends need a ride to the polls on Tuesday. Uber and Lyft are giving discounted rides election day-and Metro is offering free rides! If you need a ride - please contact the church office and we can help!
Chalice Circles Potluck
Friday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

Now that you've had a chance to meet the other members of your Chalice Circle in your first meeting, take this opportunity to get to know them socially in the Chalice Circles Potluck on Friday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Bring a dish that serves 6, sit with the other members of your Circle, and enjoy a meal prepared by some of the finest cooks at Neighborhood Church (you!).

Following dinner, you'll have a chance to discuss your group's service project. Performing a service for the Church or for the community at large is something each Circle does. We'll have lists of ideas to get you started, but if you have a pet project in mind, be prepared to share your idea with the group. The best projects are those that spark the interests of those in the Circle.

Please join us for a fun evening of food, fellowship, and finding an opportunity to serve!
Special Tour of the Historic Neighborhood Cole House
November 11, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday November 11th, NUUC is opening its doors to visitors for the Pasadena Heritage Society's Craftsman Weekend Festival. History buffs, art lovers, and Pasadena locals alike will join us in celebrating the heritage of our own beautiful Cole House.

To celebrate, we're bringing the Green Truck and Grilled Cheese Truck to our campus for our favorite foodies! Enjoy
local, organic, sustainable, healthy food from the gourmet Green Truck for a $15 ticket. Or yummy, classic, kid-friendly, comfort food from the famous Grilled Cheese Truck for $8 a ticket! 20% of all food truck profits go back to Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church to continue serving the community all year round!

Tickets for the tour can be purchased here: 

NUUC MEMBER SPECIAL! Use promo code Coleparish18 at checkout for a special $15 ticket to use just for the Cole House portion of the tour!

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

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
Alternative Gift Market meeting
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
NH Dining Room

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means-ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET-Sunday, December 9. It's a perennial favorite at Neighborhood Church, a fun and festive event that doubles as a fundraiser for worthy causes. The Social Justice Program is putting together a planning committee to make AGM a success. Its first meeting is this Thursday, and we want to see you there! Please alert SJ Coordinator, Stephanie Ballard, of your interest by stopping by the Social Justice table on Sunday, emailing , or calling 626-449-3470, x18.

CAIR-LA Banquet
Saturday, November 17, 5:30 pm
Anaheim, CA, Hilton Hotel

The Council on American Islamic Relations is a premiere civil rights organizations that deals with Islamophobia and other forms of racism. The SoCal chapter hosts an annual fundraiser ( and this year we received a special invitation. Esma Ali of our Building Bridges Task Force is sponsoring a table and offering Neighborhood Church members a discounted price of $35 (usually $75). Keynote speaker is Shaun King, renowned columnist and human rights activist. If you want to join Esma's party, contact her directly to arrange for payment at 
Save the date!   Racial Equity Brunch

Sunday, December 16, 12:45 p.m.

Ross Chapel 


Neighborhood People of Color join with non-POC allies for food, fellowship, and collaboration on efforts toward an inclusive congregation. Info: Elizabeth Sadlon,

Religious Education

Our children and youth will be creating Care Kits  for the homeless this Sunday! Please help us acquire all of the items we need for the kids by bringing the following items to church this week: travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, anti-bacterial wipes, mouthwash, dental floss, hand sanitizer, lip balm, tooth paste, deodorant and sunscreen. We could also use men's and women's socks, underwear and undershirts, nail clippers, razors, shaving cream, and combs. Welcome non-perishable snacks include gum, granola bars, pretzel or cracker packets, and mini water bottles. 

Would you like to donate items to our Care Kits for the homeless, but don't have time to run to the store? Have no fear! Amazon is here! Simply click this link to purchase pre-selected items from an wish list and they will be shipped to the church! 


Annual Pie Auction

Sunday, November 18, 12:30 p.m.


Just in time for the Holidays! Come bid on scrumptious pies. The Annual Pie Auction benefits the youth of the Religious Education program. Bring your pie(s) with you to church on November 18, and drop them off in the Narthex.  Pie Auction will begin immediately following the 11:30 Apple Communion Service. 


CLICK HERE to sign up to donate a pie!

Neighborhood Author Talk

Sunday, November 18, 1:15 p.m.
Neighborhood House Living Room

NUUC member Tom Levitt has published a novel, The Wire Recorder, based loosely on his real-life experiences as the son of a blacklisted screenwriter. The historical romance, which was reviewed favorably by the prestigious Kirkus Reviews, follows two childhood playmates who grow up during the "red scare" of the 1950s, when both of their fathers are affected by the blacklisting of suspected Communists in Hollywood. As the two children separate, reunite and separate again over the decades of the mid-to-late twentieth century, they find it impossible to escape the long shadow of a time when political paranoia and witch hunts spiraled out of control. Tom will discuss his book and its ramifications for today's social justice issues and will be available to sign copies. 

Contact DRE Matt Vasko at 
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
Yule Log Donations!
Yule Log

 Yule Log Sunday is coming on December 2nd! Please start saving small pinecones, seed pods, and acorns now. You may drop off donations at the Religious Education table.  We'll be asking for greenery and holly berries closer to the date. Thanks for your help! Contact DRE Matt Vasko at
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