2018 has been loaded with losses and occasions for fear and grief. Most of us have weathered it well with courage, grace, and good humor. That is a kind of winning, in my humble opinion. Those of us who plan the Friday night films at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church have found sustaining encouragement in watching the films in the company of others. The conversations afterwards range from cathartic, to comforting, to illuminating, always providing practice at respectful communication. After a few years of this, we remain convinced that it is one small way to fend off negative forces. And so Gather, Inspire, Act has a real booster for good spirits coming up for the first selection of 2019.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the documentary on Mr. Rogers has been called “a balm of kindness and empathy for these divisive times” by Entertainment Weekly. I wholeheartedly agree. We want to help you start the New Year with a balm, with an infusion of goodness and integrity. In an interview, Mr. Rogers stated that he saw the space between the screen and the viewer as “holy ground.” It was a radical idea when he said it, and it remains so several decades later, as that space has been increasingly misused. I think that Mr. Rogers would approve of our sharing a space to take in this tribute to his ideals and accomplishments. So, let’s make it a neighborly day in this beauty wood and come and meet your neighbors.
Date: Friday, January 11, 2019 Time: 7:30 PM Doors open at 7 Place: Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave.,Fellowship Hall Refreshments will be provided
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" was the top grossing documentary at the box office in 2018, by far. And it's bound to be nominated for an Academy Award -- the eight day voting period began Monday. Runtime is 94 minutes.
Everybody is welcome at the free screening this Friday downstairs at the church -- on the floor below the sanctuary -- with its comfortable couches and armchairs as well as tables with folding chairs, all spread out in front of a big screen. You can enter Fellowship Hall through the gate on the left side of the building, or just walk through the kitchen door in the back. There's always plenty of parking available in the church's lot.
The church website is currently down, but here's the link to the CVUMC Facebook page: