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Lent Worship Series: Crashing Into Grace

We live in a world where success and strength and goodness are understood to come by accomplishment. We focus ourselves; we discipline ourselves; we improve ourselves. We work hard not to fail, and to become the people we set out to be. But God’s way seems to be something different. In this season of Lent, come worship with us and dig deep into the Bible’s stories that suggest that it’s in the most spectacular and persistent wreckage of our lives that we are made whole.

February 18: The Temptation of Jesus

February 25: The Story of Jacob

March 4: The Story of King David

March 11: The Prodigal Son

March 18: Reorienting Grace
We will have a guest preacher at all services, David Vasquez-Levy, the president of Pacific School of Religion. His scripture text will be Luke 17:11-19. After the 5:00pm service, Dr. Vasquez-Levy will be our speaker at the monthly Bigger Table dinner.

March 25: Palm Sunday and Confirmation

April 1: Easter

Changemaker Summer Camp

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9, NRSV).

In a world defined by constant change and chaos, peacemaking is especially urgent. But what does peacemaking look like? In 2018, peacemaking can feel impossible, and finding examples of peacemaking feels nearly impossible. But as Christians, we turn to the Bible and our ultimate peacemaker, Jesus.

At LAUMC Changemaker Summer Camp, held June 11–15 this year, we will explore what it means to be a peacemaker, practice the skills of a peacemaker, and pray for a peaceful world. Formerly known as Vacation Bible School, Changemaker Summer Camp will continue to be a week of fun music, crafts, games, snacks, stories, and science. The change of name is deliberate, and signifies a move towards relationship building and skill building. Our focus is on equipping our students for a rapidly changing world. What we do will not change as much as how we do it.

Twenty-first century society is rapidly changing, so how do we prepare our children for success? Research tells us that skills such as collaboration, partnership, creative problem solving, and especially empathy are what will lead our children to a successful life. We are making changes throughout the church to best support our youngest changemakers.

3½ years – kindergarten

1st–3rd graders

4th–6th graders

Registration is open! You can register online or by paper form. Sign up your children and grandchildren as soon as possible to secure a spot at LAUMC’s Changemaker Summer Camp, June 11–15.

If you feel called to explore what it means to be a peacemaker but do not have camp-aged children, there is a place for you, too! There are a wide variety of volunteer and support opportunities for teens and adults of all ages and skill levels—anywhere from lead counselor to snack organizer. Your participation is welcome and celebrated.

Contact Director of Children’s Ministries Michelle Caudle (650-948-1083 x153) with questions.

Women’s Retreat: The Faithful Heroine’s Journey, April 20–22

The annual Women’s Retreat, held April 20–22 at the beautiful Villa Maria del Mar retreat center in nearby Santa Cruz, is open for registration. Senior Pastor Kathi McShane, Director of Music & Ministry for Youth Carol Damonte, and Director of Congregational Care Patricia Parfett will lead the retreat this year. This is always a special weekend of fun and relaxation as well as learning and inspiration. This year’s theme is “The Faithful Heroine’s Journey,” with a focus on the movie The Wizard of Oz. The group will watch the movie together during the retreat.

Online registration is available; paper forms are available at the Connection Points in the Sanctuary and Creekside and in the church office. The early bird registration fee is $310 per person in a double room and $400 in a single. Space is limited and goes quickly, so confirm your place soon! After March 5, the registration fee will be $350 in a double room and $450 in a single. Contact Susan O’Neil (408-245-5304) with any questions.

Join a New Small Group for Lent

How can values such as faith, love, family, power, success, goodness, and generosity ever be bad? Join a six-week Lent group to explore how virtues can become our vices in The Seven Deadly Virtues by Todd Outcalt. You are sure to gain fresh insights about Christ and life as a Christian. Raymond Lockley will facilitate the Sunday morning group and Pat Stout the Thursday evening group.

Sundays, February 18 – March 25, 11:15am–12:15pm, Room 9
Thursdays, February 15 – March 22, 7:00–8:30pm, Resource Center

Please sign up by emailing A few books will be available from leaders, but we encourage you to get your own print or electronic copy.

A Bigger Table: Table Fellowship in an Age of Empire, Feb. 18

How can Christian faith and spiritual practice help reshape the public square for the common good? What does spiritual and congregational formation look like for social change? Why does Jesus still matter for a world where all creatures can thrive and flourish?

On Sunday, February 18, 6:00–7:30pm, come to Creekside to hear our guest speaker Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson, assistant professor of theology and culture at Pacific School of Religion, present on this topic. He will address such questions by returning to the radical first-century social practice at the heart of Christian faith: table fellowship. Considering some of the reasons why this practice was ever considered “radical” can provide a compelling and sustainable spiritual framework for transformative ministries rooted in compassion and generosity.

Dinner will be served at 6:00, and the speaker will begin around 6:30pm. Please register online for the dinner by February 13 so that appropriate food quantities can be prepared. Suggested pricing is $12 for adults, $8 for youth and children 10 and over, and free for children under 10.

Ash Wednesday Service, Feb. 14

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a marker of the beginning of a journey of self-reflection and discernment, originating in the 11th-century church. The journey of repentance is about “turning around” (the origin of the word) so that we might be in right relationship with God. The scriptures invite us to spiritual practices of discernment.

On Wednesday, February 14, we will hold a 30-minute service of Holy Communion and imposition of ashes at 6:00pm, then continue to hold an open Sanctuary until 8:00pm, offering communion, prayer, and the imposition of ashes to all who come.

Sale-Abration 2018

Come shop at Sale-Abration, our United Methodist Women’s annual fund-raiser for the African Student Education Fund!

Sunday, January 28, 9:00am–12:30pm and 4:30–7:00pm, Children’s Center

Sunday, February 4, 9:00am–12:30pm, Children’s Center

Find unique gift items, delicious sweets and snacks, beautiful floral arrangements, and more. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for African women at Africa University.

Celebrate Africa Sunday, Jan. 28

Our annual Africa Sunday will be celebrated on January 28 at all services. Our guest musicians will be an African choir from Campbell. We will also get to hear about the African Student Education Fund—established by our Los Altos United Methodist Women in 2005 to support the education of female African students—and support the next generation of students through our generous gift of scholarships.

Africa University is a United Methodist institution that enrolls 1,200 full-time students from 28 countries. LAUMC currently supports 10 women at Africa University by funding 50 percent of their tuition. To date, more than $350,000 in funds have been raised and 56 women have received scholarships from LAUMC. With your help, each scholarship student receives our support through her graduation. To continue providing 10 half-tuition scholarships, we need to raise $28,230.

You can contribute by giving generously to the special Africa Sunday offering. Please make checks payable to LAUMC with “African Student Education Fund” on the memo line or donate online, designating your donation to the African Student Education gift fund.

Confident and Connected Parenting Class

On Tuesdays, January 30 – March 13, 9:00–11:00am in the Youth Room, Suzy Heltzel will lead participants through six sessions designed to increase parenting confidence and enjoyment in a nurturing, positive, supportive and fun environment. Specifically, participants will learn how to build a better connection with their child, increase their child’s cooperation, and set limits with empathy. The cost for this class is $275. Please register online. Checks can be paid directly to the instructor, Suzy Heltzel, or you may drop off check at the Children’s Center office to secure your spot.

Movie Class Begins, Jan. 31

Join Senior Pastor Kathi McShane and CJ Arnesen on Wednesdays, January 31 – March 7, 7:00–8:30pm in Creekside for a six-week study as we dive a little deeper into the visual works of art that entertain, inspire and educate us. The group will discuss current films that are up for Oscar nomination. See the movie before the class and come with your thoughts.

  • January 31: The Post
  • February 7: Darkest Hour
  • February 14: Dunkirk
  • February 21: Lady Bird