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Fall Worship Themes

We will cover several themes in worship over the next month. All are welcome to worship with us in the Sanctuary at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:15am or in Creekside at 5:00pm.

October 22: The Best Is Yet to Come
Pastor Dirk Damonte will preach at all four services, using scripture from Philippians 3:12-16.

October 29: Are You Smarter Than Jesus?
Pastor Jon Visitacion will give the message at the morning services, based on Matthew 22:34-46. Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will preach at the evening service.

November 5: All Saints Sunday
Pastor Sam Lewis will preach at all four services on Revelation 7:9-17. Holy Communion will be served.

Check Out the New Harvest Craft Faire, Oct. 14

For 38 years, the Los Altos United Methodist Women have held a Harvest Craft Faire to raise funds benefitting families in need within our community and beyond. This year, the UMW have changed the format a little and reached out to other cultures within our community. Come check it out on Saturday, October 14, 9:00am–4:00pm in Creekside.

Turkish Muslim women from the Pacifica Institute will be selling baked goods, women from India will be selling spices to help us learn to make delicious dishes, and handcrafts been ordered from the UMC to support artisans from Cambodia, Cuba, Fiji, Africa, India, the Lakota Sioux, and many others. There will be more than 40 artisans participating, including our beloved “Pastor Potter” and former senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkel.

In addition, Starfire alumni will be offering demonstrations on D.I.Y. succulent gardens and beekeeping. And, of course, the UMW will have their incredible gourmet and garden shops as well as wonderful hand-crafted wares. To give the whole day a festive atmosphere, there will be live entertainment throughout the day, including international dancers and musicians. You can even participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on campus, if you prefer not to drive to San Jose that day. Lunch will be offered from 11:30am to 1:30pm, and a coffee/snack bar will be available all day.

If you have baked goods, jams, jellies, etc., to donate for sale, please bring them to Creekside on Friday, October 13, between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Contact Sandi Kreft (408-257-8640) with questions.

Vigil for Hope After Las Vegas, Oct. 5

All are invited to a community-wide candlelight vigil on Thursday, October 5, at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary. This will be a vigil of prayer and sorrow and healing for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting this week. A vigil of hope and courage for all who live for the promise that this need never happen again.

Bring your family, your friends, your neighbors. Use our Facebook event to invite local folks to come. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is needed.

All-Church Dinner With Rev. Brian Adkins, Oct. 22

The United Methodist Church is in the middle of deliberations on whether and how it can proceed as a unified denomination, in light of its intractable division over full inclusion of LGBTQ persons. The Commission on a Way Forward is about halfway through its work. A young pastor from our California-Nevada Conference, the Rev. Brian Adkins, is a member of that Commission. He’s the only “out” gay clergy in that group of 32 lay and clergy members. His story of his experience—of the relationships that are forming across what seemed like hard dividing lines, and of how his hope for the Church is changing—is powerful and moving.

Pastor Brian will join us for our October All-Church Dinner on Sunday, October 22, at 6:15pm in Creekside and be in conversation with us about the work of the Commission and his experiences with that group. Everyone is invited to the Creekside Crossings service at 5:00pm and the dinner that follows.

Dinner is $12 for adults, $8 for children 10–17, and free for children under 10. You can pay in advance or at the door, but we ask that in either case you RSVP online by October 16 for food and childcare planning purposes.

Men’s Retreat: How Men Can Thrive in God’s Diversity!, Nov. 10–12

Men of all ages are invited to come on the annual LAUMC Men’s Retreat, November 10–12, for relaxation and reflection with a group of men led by the Rev. Dale Weatherspoon. We will use Micah 6:8 as our foundational text and guide as we explore our topic of thriving in God’s diversity. This retreat will challenge you to think, question, and reflect, all in the safe space created by the retreat setting. Let’s learn and grow together and have fun while doing it!

Rev. Weatherspoon’s goal for this retreat is that participants should walk away with a deeper awareness of their own culture and of others’; an understanding of power and privilege, who has it and who doesn’t (we all have some), how it works, how we use it, and how we can misuse it; and some ideas and tools for building relationships with the “other,” however we define other, and for being advocates for God’s justice.

The retreat will take place at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center in Felton, Calif. The registration fee of $275 covers meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, lodging with a roommate in a deluxe room or cabin with a bathroom (no dorm rooms), retreat program, Saturday movie and discussion, music and worship, and an optional walk.

Please sign up online or fill out a registration form and deliver it and your check to the church office. The deadline is October 24. Scholarships are available. Contact Retreat Coordinator Jeff Jenks (408-470-9754) with any questions.

A Lever and a Place to Stand Sermon Series, Sept. 10–Oct. 15

Archimedes famously said, “Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the world.” He was talking physics, but the principle also works as a metaphor. The “lever” is the gathering of people working for good in the world—the Church, committed to following Jesus, building the Kingdom of God on earth. But in order to have the power necessary for this work, the lever must rest on a “fulcrum”—a vertical piece, sunk deep into the ground beneath it, that is firmly embedded, well grounded.

Service in the way of Jesus is about transformation of the world. If our work is going to have the leverage it needs to be an effective instrument for transforming the world, it must be grounded deeply in the life of God, the love of God, and the intention of God. We find our way there through a rhythm of prayer/action/reflection. This rhythm and each of its elements will be the theme of our sermons and worship services for September 10 through October 15. Follow along as we explore “A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Mechanics of Transformation.”

September 10: A Recipe for Transformation – Seek the Welfare of the City Where I Have Sent You
Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will give the message based on Jeremiah 29:4-7.

September 17: Grounded in Contemplation – The Practice of Prayer
Pastor Kathi will give the message with Matthew 14:13-23.

September 24: Urged Toward Action – Compassionate Action
Pastor Kathi will preach using the text of Matthew 20:29-34.

October 1 (World Communion Sunday): Altered by Reflection – Humility/Reflection
Matthew 20:1-16 will be used by Pastor Kathi to give the message. Holy Communion will be offered at all services.

October 8 (Compassion Week): We Worship With Our Hands
We will not have any regular worship services in our Sanctuary this week, instead worshipping through our Compassion Week service.

October 15: The World Is Not the Same/We Are Not the Same
This week will focus on a theological reflection and celebration of Compassion Week. Pastor Kathi will preach using collected reflections from Compassion Week participants.

Reboot Sunday All-Church Dinner, Sept. 10

Come to the Creekside Crossings service on Sunday, September 10, at 5:00pm in Creekside and stay for an All-Church Sunday Dinner at 6:15pm, with our new District Superintendent Shinya Goto as our special guest. He will lead a “fishbowl” conversation with our ministry team leaders about their hopes and dreams for their work here at Los Altos UMC.

The dinner menu includes French onion bruschetta, lemon chicken piccata, Brazilian rice pilaf, green bean and sweet potato medley, salad, and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. We have updated the pricing to better reflect the cost to the church to put on All-Church Dinners. Dinner is $15 for adults, $10 for children 10–17, and free for children under 10. Children will have a separate program during the panel conversation. You can pay in advance or at the door, but we ask that in either case you RSVP online by September 5 for food and childcare planning purposes. All are invited!

Note: Registration has been extended. Please register if you plan to come!

Arts Alive! Sunday, Aug. 27

Celebrate God’s great gift of creativity in our lives and in the life of our church community! On Sunday, August 27, artists from our church will display their works from 9:00am to 1:30pm in Creekside Center. Stop by after worship to see how these artists use their God-given imagination and talents in a variety of media. Contact Arts Alive! coordinator Lisa Webb with any questions.

Get Ready for Fall With a Weekend at Church Camp

Fall is a beautiful time at Camp Lodestar, offering turning leaves, cool evenings, and a time to step away from the hectic pace of everyday life in the Silicon Valley. You are invited to join a group of LAUMC folks for the weekend of October 13–15 to worship, pray, share stories, and prepare the camp for fall and winter guests. Since we will be doing service work, we can get a discounted rate of $80/person for lodging and meals for the weekend. Register online or contact Director of Congregational Care Patricia Parfett.

Sign Up for Short-Term Fall Groups

This month the GroupLife team is excited to offer a number of discussion groups, each lasting between five and eight weeks. There are a variety of topics and times to suit everyone! Groups begin the week of August 21. Skim the options below and click on the title of a group for more details and to sign up for that group. You may also visit our Group Finder for a searchable list of groups. GroupLife leaders will be available after worship on August 6–20 to answer any questions and assist with group registration.

Pity Is Not Compassion, hosted by Perrie Erickson
Mondays, Beginning August 21, 7:00pm, Resource Center (no meeting Labor Day)
Watch TED Talks for a careful look at the difference between pity and compassion and discuss what it looks like to be compassionate Christians.

Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, hosted by Rev. Sam Lewis
Tuesdays, 6:45pm, Garden Room
Explore how Narnia can shape our faith in today’s world.

Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (for kids), hosted by Michelle Caudle
Tuesdays, 6:45pm, Live Oak Room
This is a one-hour study for children led by our new Children’s Ministry Director Michelle Caudle!

Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, hosted by Rev. Sam Lewis 
Wednesdays, 12:00pm, Resource Center
Bring your lunch!

Becoming Human, hosted by Rev. Kathi McShane
Wednesdays, 12:00pm, Live Oak Room
We all yearn to share the traits that Jesus lived out: vibrancy, love, commitment, clarity, and joy. Study Jesus to discern how he sees the potential in us to become as he was. Bring your lunch!

Becoming Human, hosted by Rev. Kathi McShane
Wednesdays, 7:00pm, Creekside A&B

Invitation to Romans, hosted by Bob Olah
Thursdays, 7:00pm, Youth Room
This short-term Disciple Bible Study format explores how people have interpreted Romans through the ages as a lens to view the history of Christianity itself.

Science and Faith, hosted by Brian Jones
Sundays, Beginning August 27, 10:45am, Room 8 (no meeting Labor Day weekend)
How do we reconcile the competing worldviews of science and faith? What is truth, and how do the two relate to it?