The Grapevine

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF NAPA (707) 253-1411 November 15, 2014

We continue to thank the Napa Community

Seventh-day Adventist Church

at the Corner of Brown and G Streets

for inviting us to worship in their church

each Sunday. We are grateful!

How is it with your soul?*

A gathering concerning recent changes and cataclysms in our community.

Sunday, Nov 23rd at 6 pm with Burke Owens and Dianne Mahler

Recently I have noticed some changes in our community. The warmth and connection I always felt in the worship service and in the fellowship hall on Sunday mornings seems a bit cooler and less connected than it did. Our congregation is not so close as a year ago or even six months ago. The community and its friendliness is lessened and the tendency to pull back and keep to ourselves is more evident.

Of course, we all have experienced a great deal of uproar and disorientation in our lives over the last 3 months.

The change from Summer to Fall with the shortening of the days brings less daylight to our lives. And the fast approaching holiday season remind us that another year is passing and that some, whom we have dearly loved, are no longer with us.

And of course there was that earthquake….

In any case, our Napa First United Methodist Church finds itself temporarily in another location, in a friendly yet decidedly unfamiliar church. And it looks like we will be in the Seventh Day Adventist Sanctuary, and not in our own, for a quite a while yet. We do not know when our lives will get back to normal and at times it can seem like it is the new normal. All this change can make a person anxious, may make some grumpy and cause us to doubt God’s intention. Ultimately, times like these question our faith.

So, perhaps it is time to gather and ask….

How is it with your soul?

John and Charles Wesley knew the importance of soulful questions; Methodism was founded with this concern.

Questions like, who are we? what is our relationship to God? why are we here? what is our purpose? These are good and there is no better time to ask them then when a disaster such as the one we have all shared in continues to reverberate and echo in our lives.

So if any of this strikes a chord, or even if it does not, come join Burke and Dianne Sunday evening, November 23rd at 6 p.m. as we pray and ponder, ask for God’s guidance and help, sing a hymn or two and rejoice together in the warmth of our beloved community.

*This will not be a worship service nor a small group; instead it is an opportunity for us to join and celebrate our connection, support and remind ourselves of who we are and what our church is about.

Please Save the Dates

2014-2015 Calendar of Coming Events

Napa First United Methodist Church

Worshiping at the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Corner of Brown and G Streets

November, 2014

26th Thanksgiving Eve Community Worship at 7:00 pm at St. Johns Catholic

27th Thanksgiving Day

29th City of Napa Holiday Parade

30th First Sunday in Advent

Vineyard Circuit Charge Conference & Potluck ,Vallejo First UMC 4 pm


7th Second Sunday in Advent

Discover Napa First UMC Membership Dinner at 5:00 pm.

13th Builders Christmas Lunch and Gift Exchange – 2-4:30 pm, Neal Farm

14th Third Sunday in Advent

Children’s Christmas Pageant at 5:00 pm.

15th Sing Napa Valley’s Candy Carol Sing-a-long at 6:00 pm.

21st Fourth Sunday in Advent featuring FUMC Choir and The Seventh-Day Adventist Orchestra - 9:30 am

The Longest Night Service at Community Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7:00 pm.

24th Candlelight Christmas Eve for Families with Children at 5:30 pm.

A Fusion Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Experience at 7:00 pm.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Cantata with the Cathedral Choir at 11 pm

25th Christmas Day

28th Christmas Sunday

31st New Year’s Eve

Every Monday - Silent Meditation at 5:30 p.m.

We now meet in the FUMC Nursery

Every Friday at noon - Labyrinth Meditation Walk in the

Labyrinth Courtyard

Kindly note the time change!

Grapevine Schedule

Deadline November 20th—Mailing November 26th

Circles Supper Project

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the meal and to set up and clean up. Donations of food and funds to defray the cost of the food will also be much appreciated.

If you are interested in helping with this Circles Supper Project in any way, please contact Eva Joell at 252-0708. If you wish to donate money for the food, checks should be made out to First United Methodist Church and put “Circles Food” on the memo line. Your money will be used only for this project.


Christmas plans for our annual party are being made. Save the date, December 13th, for an afternoon of gift exchange, party food, and a party house with a tree decorated by Gary Neal! That alone should bring a few lookie-loos out of hiding. You don’t have to be a regular attending Builder to enjoy our group party. Just invite yourself. Better yet, consider this our invitation to all you who are thinking you might want to attend. The party will be better because you are there! Space will be limited to the first 60 folks that pay our treasure Fran Kane $16.00.

See you in church,

Kay Neal 707 224-8491 home

              707 479-8576 mobile 

Join Us for Thanksgiving Service

Come, ye thankful people, come,

Raise the song of harvest home …

Community Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

7:00 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

981 Napa Street, Napa, CA

Message by Rabbi Lee Bycel

Following the service, there will be a time for

fellowship and pie in the Parish Hall.

(Bring your favorite Thanksgiving pie to share!)

Sponsored by Napa Downtown Churches:

First Presbyterian Church

Congregation Beth Shalom

First United Methodist Church

Napa Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Napa Valley Lutheran Church

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

For more information, please call (707) 224-8693

Circles Matching Grant Announced

An anonymous donor has pledged $5,000 to match donations received before 12/15/14 to support our Napa Circles Initiative.

Napa Circles Initiative is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders together with families who are wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Circles USA has chapters operating in communities around the country. Each initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty, supported by several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities. With the help and friendship of their Allies, each family sets and achieves goals unique to their own needs.

Rather than targeting a surface need of at-risk communities such as housing or food provision, Napa Circles Initiative seeks to expand social capital by fostering relationships across racial and economic lines. It engages the community as a whole and encourages growth from people of all financial classes. Circles is designed to assist families in creating their own personal paths out of poverty while at the same time expanding opportunities, connections and eliminating barriers in the community that make it difficult for families to thrive (see

If you wish to help us claim the matching grant, please make your checks out to “FUMC”, with “Circles” on the note line.

The Noon Hour Labyrinth

In the Labyrinth courtyard off the Asbury Room at Napa First United Methodist, every Friday* from Noon to 1 pm.

Whether you like to walk or prefer to sit, stay for a few minutes or spend your lunch hour here, Napa First UMC’s Labyrinth is a treasure; come join us at a new mid-day time in this peaceful spot, open for all to enjoy.

Everyone is welcome on Fridays* from 12-1pm for a midday break in the Labyrinth courtyard at Napa First United Methodist Church. This sheltered outdoor garden, just off Fourth Street between Randolph and Franklin, is a haven from the bustle of workaday life, filled with a quiet peace. Come and walk the Labyrinth at your own pace or sit on a bench in the sun while you take a short break from your busy day. Do bring your lunch; the rest of your day will be much more relaxed and stress free. Enter from either the Franklin Street door or the parking lot door off of Division Street.


Ask Burke Owens, Pat Hitchcock or Kathryn Tolman for more information.

* other than holiday weekends or rainy days

Online Giving

We are pleased to offer online giving for our members and friends. While this can have advantages, we want each person who chooses this option to make sure they are giving in a spirit that pleases the Lord.

There are different ways to give electronically including credit cards and FUMC teaches that living "debt free" is a worthy goal for all Christians. We offer online giving as a convenience and not as a way to circumvent sound biblical money management principles or in any way to incur debt.

We use Paypal for our online donations. Paypal is a well-known, time-tested industry standard for online purchasing. PayPal uses the latest in data encryption and anti-fraud technology to keep your information secure, reducing the risk of online fraud. Also, you do not have to have an account to use Paypal. You may make donations with money in your PayPal account, your bank account, or a credit card. You can then follow the steps to make your one-time gift or set up a recurring gift. 

A brief tutorial is available:

United Methodist Women News

As the holiday season approaches look for the cheerful Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay holiday house which will be placed near the coffee maker after church on Sundays. TRCNB provides a non-profit, volunteer operated classroom supply store where teachers can shop twice a year for school supplies free of charge. With your generous loose chain donations TRCNB can purchase much needed supplies to help teachers enhance their student’s learning experience throughout Napa County. The Napa United Methodist Women are pleased to thank you for your continued support.

Chix with Stix

Attention all knitters and stitchers! No more need to remember which Wednesday we meet ! The Chicks With Sticks have decided to meet EVERY Wednesday, 10:00-noon for November and December. Please join us with your project, be it sewing, crocheting, knitting, or what ever! We have opportunities to give warmth to the community with our work and we promise to keep you in stitches!

Our Purpose Statement is to be outwardly focused to bring people into relationship with Jesus to display God’s Kingdom on earth through acts of love, peace and justice.

Sunday Traditional Worship Service: 9:30 am

Seventh-day Adventist Church

Fusion Contemporary Worship Experience: 11:00 am

Seventh-day Adventist Chapel

Corner of Brown and G Streets, Napa

Monday Silent Meditation Group—5:30 pm—Nursery

Friday Labyrinth Meditation Walk—Noon

Adult Bible Study Group—10:45 am—Young Adult Room, S-d A Church

GRAPE Express—3 years through 5th grade—9:30-S-d A Church

Visit us on Facebook—Napa First United Methodist Church—707-253-1411—email—

Pastor: Rev. Lee Neish

Lay Leaders: Barbara Thompson & Mark Andersen

Lay Speaker: Michael Herzog

Office Manager: Dianne Mahler

Director of Music: Jan Lanterman

Organist: Harold Julander

Director of Cathedral Choir: Jan Lanterman

Director of Bonner Bells: Diane Levorsen

First United Methodist Church

625 Randolph St.~ Napa 94559~ (707)253-1411

Since the earthquake we worship at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brown and G Sts.

Please worship with us there each Sunday morning.


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