Neighborhood Weekly News
December 27, 2018
This Sunday's Service
One Service at 10:00 am

December 30 - One Service at 10:00 a.m.
Training to Be an Awesome Human/Kwanzaa

Rev. Arvid Straube, Guest Minister
Dr. Zanaida Robles, Director of Music
Sidney Hopson, Guest Percussionist

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? Music in celebration of Kwanzaa: the Black American festival of family, community, and culture.

    Upcoming Worship Services

January 6 - 9:30 & 11:30 am 
A New Year of Yes
Rev. Lissa Gundlach 
Dr. Zanaida Robles

In the new year, we join Rev. Lissa for a service to start the New Year with intention, possibility and joy.  Children begin in the sanctuary for a special Story for All Ages, offered by  Drag Queen Story Hour , a project which fosters imagination, inclusion and gender exploration for children. 

Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events
December 27 - December 30
  • Tuesday, December 25 - Wednesday, January 2: CHURCH OFFICES CLOSED 
  • Sunday, December 30: One Sunday Service, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
December 31 - January 6
  • Monday, December 31: New Year's Eve
  • Thursday, January 3: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m., Room 21
  • Friday, January 4: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, January 6: Sunday Services, 9:30 am & 11:30 am, Sanctuary
  • Sunday, January 6: GLOBE Forum, 10:45 am, Dining Room
  • Sunday, January 6: Building Bridges General Meeting, 12:45 pm, Room 21
  • Sunday January 6: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 pm, Room 6
January 7 - January 13
  • Monday, January 7: Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 pm, Room 21
  • Wednesday, January 9: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 pm, Dining Room
  • Thursday, January 10: Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 pm, Room 21
  • Saturday, January 12: Citizens Climate Lobby 9:30 am, Room 21
  • Sunday, January 13: Green Council Meeting, 10:45 am, Dining Room
  • Sunday January 13: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 pm, Room 6
  • Sunday January 13: Bridging Group, 1:00 pm, Living Room
  • Sunday January 13: Shakespeare Club, 1:00 pm, Dining Room
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 25 - January 2
Church Offices Closed for Christmas

December 30
One Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.
Congregational Life

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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.
2019 Pacific Southwest District Assembly Registration Goes Live
January 1, 2019

The keynote speaker for the 2019 PSW District Assembly has been announced and he has a few simple questions for every member of every UU community:

              • Are you engaging your congregants on the deepest and most meaningful levels possible?
              • Are you impacting their lives through your worship services to the point that they want to go out into the highways and byways to spread compassion, grace, and radical hospitality?
              • Are you ready to "upcycle" your community's worship?
If so, then you need to attend the 2019 Pacific Southwest District Assembly April 26-28, 2019 at the UU Church of Long Beach, California.

Donald Milton III, Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, will lead the keynote presentation entitled "Upcycling Church Music for Deeper Engagement." Together we will explore new ways of approaching hymns, music, readings, rituals, and sermons to make them more meaningful, impactful and fully engaging. Donald Milton III is the Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, the largest UU congregation in the Southeast. Milton runs one of the most eclectic and exceptional music programs in the UU movement. He wrote a chapter on upcycling church music for the recently released book, "Upcycle Your Congregation: Creative Ideas for Transforming Faith Communities."

Registration for the 2019 PSW District Assembly will be available Janurary 1, 2019. The district assembly's theme will be "From the Ground Up: The Power of Our PSWD Communities." Along with Milton's keynote presentation, there will be opportunities for worship, workshops, a youth con, social justice field trip and plenty of chances to connect with UUs from throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada.

Plan to be there: April 26-28 in Long Beach!

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Neighborhood Staff Changes

Dear Neighborhood Members and Friends,

Happy New Year and thank you for welcoming me to this wonderful community as your Administrative and Stewardship Assistant! I am thrilled to take over for Taylor Chazan as the new Office and Communications Coordinator in 2019. I have some very big shoes to fill but Taylor has been an amazing teacher and mentor to me in the past couple months as we've prepared for this transition. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. I'm so lucky to continue to get to know you all in the new year as I serve Neighborhood UU.

Thank you and I'll see you on Sunday!

All my best,

Savannah Hemmig

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
Religious Education
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 .
Social Justice
Welcome Rosa!

On Sunday, Dec. 16th, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist church welcomed Rosa and her four children to Pasadena. The congregation led by Senior Minister Rev. Lissa Gundlach will be sponsoring this family as they settle and begin the asylum seeking process. "As we learned of Rosa's story, we were moved by our compassion to welcome this family. Because love has no borders, we have to let our hearts lead us," said Rev. Gundlach. An incredible network of generous people and community partners have already stepped up to help. Medical care will be provided by  Young and Healthy, and her case will be taken on by  Immigrant Defenders Law Center.  In the spirit of radical hospitality, proudly join  a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations and people of faith responding to the call to sponsor asylum seekers. Please consider giving to her Go Fund Me here.

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301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
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