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In a world that seems to accelerate with each passing day, do you need a place to decompress? Do you need space to ask and discuss the bigger questions about life and purpose? Would you like to find a way to serve the community? Would you like to connect with God?
If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then please stop by and meet us. We offer two different Sunday morning worship services: 8:15 AM is a casual gathering in Boyer Chapel, with a rotating schedule of lay preachers and Pastor Steve bringing the message. At 10:30 AM, we worship in the sanctuary where you will hear classic and new hymns led by the organ. We do not have a dress code: people come in suits, in shorts, and everything in-between. We look forward to meeting you, so come be our guest!
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Pentecost Sunday service 5/31/2020
An Important message from Pastor Steve Peralta:
May 31, 2020
My Friends & Family,
This has been the worst week in a terrible year for our country. We passed the 100,000 mark for Covid19 deaths. An unarmed black man died under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN, illustrating once again that privilege is doled out in our country based upon the color of your skin. This action has given rise to protests across the country…and in these protests; we have seen opportunists take advantage of righteous anger and peaceful protests, filling our televisions with images of looting and arson.
Here is what I am going to say as a pastor: we have got to be better. The prophet Micah, incensed by Israel’s religious leaders’ and government’s refusal to look after the poor and operate the country according to God’s purposes and ways, says that God isn’t interested in their prayers or sacrifices…what God desires and requires is “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
We cannot simply pray for our country. We cannot simply pray against injustice. We cannot simply pray against racism. God requires more. C.S. Lewis once said he didn’t pray to change God; he prayed so that God would change him. These are the kinds of prayers we need now: that God would change us; that God would open our eyes to our own prejudices and blind spots that we all have; and that God would grant us the wisdom and discernment and the courage to speak truth and to act in ways which mirror a certain Jewish prophet and teacher named Jesus and that we would do on earth as it is in heaven, just like we regularly pray.
I have never seen us as divided as a country and a society as we are right now. I confess that I am someone who struggles with conflict: I almost always seek peace, consensus and the middle ground. Unfortunately, we no longer live in a country where there is a clear middle ground when it comes to race and the commonwealth. I believe that the call of Christ bids us to stand in opposition of any form of racism or xenophobia. Any assumption or devaluing of a person based upon the color of their skin or the culture they come from is spit in the face of the God who created all things and proclaimed it “good.”
This Thursday’s Zoom meeting will be a discussion of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church as well as consideration of how the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit demands we move out into the world as a source of healing, reconciliation, and recreation for God’s purposes.
*an insightful op-ed by Kareem Abdul Jabbar can be found at https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge?fbclid=IwAR0mxzwsUUlKnEXBiHHuqxLYbfaPN02XgrKOVAVbmlDQ4whSijkT414gzEU
*You can find previous letters from Pastor Steve by clicking here: letters from Pastor Steve
On June 2, 2019, with a vote of 52-0, NoHo FUMC approved the following Statement of Inclusion:
“NoHoFUMC is a community that practices the all-inclusive and transforming love of God as modeled by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We celebrate our diversity in race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender, ability, citizenship, and socioeconomic status. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we welcome all people into the full participation of the life of the church.”
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