Welcome to NoHoFUMC
Welcome to NoHo FUMC!
Are you looking for something more? 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. Come to worship on Sunday morning, a fellowship opportunity, or join in with one of our many service opportunities. We would love to meet you, so come and be our guest!
Message from Pastor Steve Peralta:
August 1, 2019
Lately, I’ve been ruminating on the concept of joy. Most of us consider joy as that feeling you have when everything is good and a rush of euphoria sweeps over you. Some people feel it when they are with someone they love. Some feel it when they are in a place of tremendous beauty. Some people feel it in moments of great accomplishment or achievement. I would like to challenge that assumption. The Bible lists joy as being one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The Psalmist proclaims, “In your presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) and implores, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth…” (Psalm 98:4). I believe that joy has a more permanent element in our lives than those moments of fleeting euphoria. Joy becomes that hidden strength in times of adversity, giving rise to hope and a reassurance that everything is going to be okay. When is the last time you felt like a joyful person? I ask because all too often, we focus on things that sap our joy. We become stuck in ruts of apathy. We yearn for what was instead of what can be. We blame people. We fixate on issues. We become overwhelmed by the sheer chaotic current of life. When this happens, we no longer are aware of who are or who we are called to be. We forget what we have and become anxious about all that we don’t have. Most importantly, we forget who we belong to and who holds our lives. As we head into the final chapter of summer, we have many reasons to be filled with joy. We have a loving community. We will be spending a Saturday teaching children about finding their strength and courage in God. We will have an opportunity to fellowship and relax in “Hawaiian Style.” We will have a New Member class for people who have found our church to be a loving community where everyone is accepted for who they are. So be filled with joy…because even in a world that changes and in the midst of uncertainties, we need to rediscover our joy and rest in the unchanging and unrelenting cornerstone of our faith.
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.”
#AllAreWelcome with #OpenHeartsOpenMindsOpenDoors @NoHoFUMC
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