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Christmas Eve Service Times

This year, Christmas Eve is on a Sunday! We will have one service in the morning, at 10:00am in the Sanctuary, to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent. The service will include a special musical presentation of Dan Forrests’s “Jubilate Deo” with choir, soloists, and orchestra.

In the afternoon and evening, we will hold our usual Christmas Eve services. Come prepare your heart for the miracle of the Christ child at the service that best fits your schedule.

Traditional family services: 3:00pm & 5:00pm
Contemporary family service: 7:00pm
Candlelight services: 9:00pm & 11:00pm

Infant care (ages 0–2) will be offered in the nursery during the 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00pm services. Children are invited to join their families in the service.

The Longest Night: A Service of Solace, Dec. 18

On the threshold, come through the door to what matters after a year of bad news, disasters, anxieties, pain, and sadness. For many of us, the days leading to Christmas are not filled with joy and celebration as much as feelings of sadness or longing. If this sounds familiar, or if you simply want a peaceful space, we invite you to join us for a candlelight service of reflection on Monday, December 18, at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary. The service will be led by Pastor Cate Noellert and our Congregational Care Ministers.

This service is for those who need a place where they can be welcomed into the season exactly as they are, without having to put on a holiday face. It is also a service for anyone who would appreciate a little calm, reflective time of peace and worship in the midst of the hectic pace of the season. God comes to us wherever we are—even in our grief, even in our pain—and there is a place for you in this season, too. Refreshments follow the service.

Childcare is available by request to Megan Carroll (650-948-1083) by December 10.

Homemade for the Holidays, Dec. 2

All ages are welcome to make Advent wreaths on Saturday, December 2, 2:00–4:00pm in Creekside Center. Participate in a community service project, and learn about the true meaning of Advent. Light refreshments will be served. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped gift for a child (ages 1–18) for donation to Hope’s Corner, where parents with limited means will be able to “shop” for Christmas gifts for their children.

To help defray the cost of the Advent wreath materials and refreshments, we are asking for a $20 donation. Please register online by Sunday, November 26, so that the organizers can purchase sufficient wreath-making materials.

Advent Devotional

The GroupLife Team is providing an opportunity to grow deeper during Advent this year with a daily devotional written by LAUMC folks of all ages. The Advent devotional offers a scripture, reflection, and prayer for each day of Advent.

Print booklets are available at church, or to receive a daily email with the devotion, text the word ADVENT and your email address to 650-229-5200.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

You are invited to one of the most heartwarming services of the year at Los Altos UMC. On Thanksgiving Eve, falling this year on Wednesday, November 22, at 7:30pm, our two youth choirs, Lightshine and Starfire Singers, will lead us in worship through song. Pastor Dirk Damonte will share the message.

Thanksgiving Food AltarPlease bring nonperishable foods; the collected food will be donated to Community Services Agency to feed hungry families and individuals in our community.

Surviving the Holidays: Help and Hope As You Navigate the Christmas Season

Are you wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Los Altos UMC is offering a two-hour Surviving the Holidays seminar with video and discussion on four dates: November 12, November 19, December 3, and December 10, each at 12:30pm in the Resource Center. The seminar is designed so that anyone grieving the death of a loved one can attend and learn how to navigate the holidays. You’ll learn:
  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future
Contact Director of Congregational Care Patricia Parfett (650-383-9322) to register and receive course materials.

Post-Disaster Early Response Team Training, Nov. 18

Are you interested in learning how to provide a caring, Christian presence to communities affected by a disaster? Come to a training for Early Response Teams (ERTs), which do light clean-up and mitigation tasks, all with a spirit of Christian presence; this is not a rebuild and repair team. Work includes cleaning out flood-damaged homes, removing debris, placing tarps on homes, and helping to prevent further damage.

Trained instructors will provide basic training and certification for interested participants on Saturday, November 18, 8:00am–5:00pm in Creekside. If you are interested in leading a group,  ERT Leader Training will be held on Sunday, November 19, 1:00–3:00pm in the Garden Room. Los Altos UMC is hosting this training for the California-Nevada Conference. Registration is required, and the cost is $50 per person, which includes lunch and a training manual. For details and to register, go to www.cnumc.org/VIMregistrations.

Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

Are you looking for a table to join at Thanksgiving? Or are you just tired of thawing, stuffing, cooking, slicing, dicing, mashing, mincing, and baking? Join your LAUMC family for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 23, 2:00-5:00pm! You can bring the whole family—even Uncle Bob! It’s free to attend, with contributions accepted but not necessary. No shopping, cooking, or worry—just show up and give thanks. The menu includes roast turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, honey-baked ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, ice cream, coffee, tea, and milk.

Reservations are required by Monday, November 20, so that food quantities and seating can be prepared. Please sign up online. We will gather at 2:00pm in Creekside, with dinner served at 2:30 (please arrive by 2:15). We hope everyone can give five minutes after dinner to help clean up.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with cooking, serving, or cleaning up, contact Karl Hansen by November 5. Limited spots are available.

Estate Planning for Uncertain Times, Nov. 5

The Endowment Committee is delighted to have Scott Haislet, CPA and Esq., speak on estate planning techniques that can help you avoid common mistakes, reduce your estate tax exposure (especially in this uncertain political climate), and go over some common tools that you or someone you know can benefit from. On Sunday, November 5, a complimentary lunch will be provided in Creekside by the Endowment Committee at 12:30pm, with the presentation starting at 12:45pm. If you plan to come, your RSVP by Wednesday, November 1, will help the committee order sufficient food quantities.

There will be time for questions at the end. Mr. Haislet writes and lectures frequently about tax, real estate, finance, and estate planning.

Children’s Center Preschool – Open House Week

Los Altos UMC’s Children’s Center Preschool will kick off November with its annual Open House for families considering enrollment for the 2018–19 school year. On Monday through Thursday, November 6–9, 9:00–11:30am, families are welcome to tour and observe our preschool in action. Please help us spread the word in the community: Invite your relatives, friends, and neighbors with small children to consider making Children’s Center their preschool home. Call the Children’s Center office (650-941-5411) to schedule a tour. Interested parents can apply to our programs for the 2018–19 school year. Visit the Children’s Center website for further details.