Welcome to NoHo FUMC!
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!
My Siblings in Christ,
Growing up, Halloween was a big deal in Anaheim where I grew up. The city sponsored two parades: a daytime parade that the elementary school children marched in and an evening parade that community organizations and the local high schools made into a spectacle. Every year had a theme…and when I was in the fifth grade, the theme was past and future. I wanted to be something from the future…a space explorer like I had been before. Instead, my mother made a caveman costume. I was disappointed, but my dad helped me pick out a mask that completed the ensemble. As I walked the parade route, someone came up and handed me an envelope: I had won an award for best costume in the 5th-6th grade level!
I share these stories because Halloween continues to be a big deal in our society. Infact,amongtheyoungergenerations,Halloweenhaseclipsed Thanksgiving as the second favorite holiday in the United States. You shouldn’t be surprised: it’s a holiday intended for the whole family…it’s fun…and it connects people to their neighborhoods, even if going door-to- door for candy is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
This year, we will again be doing Trunk-or-Treat as a drive through event. I have planned a special message for the fifth Sunday of the month…which happens to be October 31st. We do these things to connect ourselves to ourneighborsinthecommunity. Wekickoffthemonthbycelebrating World Communion Sunday which connects us to our church family across the globe.
We can lose sight that we are a part of something bigger than any of us. Wecanlosesightthatwehaveafuture…andthatwehaveapast. But when the past, the present, and the future come together, we discover what God has for us as a church
Blessings and Love, 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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