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Starfire Benefit Concert and Auction, April 1

Starfire Singers, our high school choir, is holding a benefit concert in which it will be joined by the Creekside Worship Band, Nebula, and Steven Maggiora. There will also be a live auction. All proceeds from the concert and auction will help with the costs of Starfire’s 2017 Summer Tour to the United Kingdom. This is the choir’s biggest fundraiser benefitting the Starfire Tour. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the concert will start at 7:00pm. Entry is free, but donations will be accepted online and in person.

To make the auction a successful event, Starfire needs donations from you and others you know! Consider donating getaways (hotels, vacation homes, time share resorts), event tickets (sports, concerts, theater), or your services hosting a themed party that guests can bid on to attend. If you are willing to host a party but aren’t sure what kind, we have ideas. You can play a dynamic part in helping these young singers move out into the world to spread the message of God. Please let us know how you can help out! Contact Cindy Golden or Denise Robinson for more information.

Reconciling Sundays – February 19 and 26

Reconciliation: February 19

Matthew 5:38-48 was a passage that Martin Luther King, Jr., often quoted and expanded on. The concept of loving our enemies and praying for those who harass us was an essential principle in the nonviolent civil rights movement. How does it speak to us today, both in terms of our tendency to think of those who are different from us as “the other,” and our call to denounce racism and exclusion?

Reconciling Sunday: February 26

Celebrate what it means for LAUMC to be a Reconciling Church with the Rev. Kristin Stoneking as our guest speaker at all services. Rev. Stoneking is an ordained United Methodist elder and the executive director of Fellowship of Reconciliation. She was previously the executive director and pastor of the ecumenical campus ministry at University of California, Davis.

Advent Generosity 2016 Report

For the seventh consecutive year, our congregation participated in Advent Generosity as a way to share God’s love with others and be a source of light in the world. Your 2016 Advent Generosity giving totaled $99,889 and supported three programs:

  • Hope’s Corner, Inc., is the only local (Mountain View) source of free meals on Saturday for the homeless and needy. In addition to providing hot breakfasts and bag lunches for more than 250 weekly guests, Hope’s Corner also offers shower facilities and helps guests connect with other available services.
  • Compassion Week 2017 provides LAUMC congregants and community members with an opportunity to put our faith in action by performing acts of service. Compassion Week 2016 involved 2,034 volunteers addressing poverty, homelessness, education, hunger, the environment, and more throughout the Bay Area.
  • UMCOR International Disaster Risk Reduction (Advance #3021952) is a program designed to mitigate death and economic loss by preparing ahead for common natural disasters and to facilitate community recovery following such disasters.

LAUMC’s extravagant generosity during the Advent season over the last seven years has resulted in a total of $534,016 being put to work to save, nurture, and enrich the lives of others.

This season, we were invited to participate in hands-on service projects in addition to making monetary gifts. More than 30 people helped to plan, prepare, and serve a Christmas dinner to homeless guests at Project WeHOPE in East Palo Alto. Others served at Hope’s Corner in December and beyond.

Thank you for practicing extravagant generosity through your contributions of time, service, and financial resources. In doing so, you let the light of Jesus shine through you by showering love on others.

Conflict Resolution Class, Feb. 26

We all find ourselves with differences of opinion or outright conflict at times: with work colleagues, kids, friends, or spouses. On Sunday, February 26, at 11:15am in the Resource Center, come take a one-time class with Sue DeLong, who will present a process for safe and respectful conflict resolution, whether in business or personal relationships. This process is useful for everyone and keeps down the drama so that you can handle conflicts in a more positive way. If you need childcare during the class (ages 0–4), it will be provided in the church nursery. Contact Adult Ministries Chair Bob Olah for more information about the class.