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The Longest Night, a Service of Solace

For many of us, Christmastime isn’t the Hands holding candlehappiest time of the year. The loss of a loved one (recent or not), financial stress, life transitions, depression, and many other factors can contribute to our not feeling cheery, expectant, or like we believe we “should” feel during this time. But Advent and Christmas are not seasons only for the joyous – there is space and a place for everyone in this sacred season.

Those who are suffering in their hearts during this season are invited to join us on Monday, December 19, at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary for The Longest Night, a special service 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.

Childcare will be available during the service, and refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact the church office at 650-948-1083.

Surviving the Holidays Workshop, Dec. 1 or Dec. 4

If you are grieving a loved one’s death, you may be wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding 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’s congregational care team invites you to find some help and hope as you navigate the holiday season, offering a workshop on surviving the holidays at two different times: Thursday, December 1, 7:00–9:00pm in the Youth Room or Sunday, December 4, 9:30–11:30am in the Resource Center.

This two-hour seminar with video and discussion is designed so that anyone grieving the death of a loved one can get some tips for navigating 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 for either session and receive course materials.

Louisiana Flood Relief Trip: Feb. 19–25, 2017

Following the devastation from the catastrophic floods this spring and summer in Louisiana, there are homes to repair and rebuild. Many people did not have flood insurance because they were not located in flood hazard zones. Los Altos UMC is organizing a flood relief trip, and you have the opportunity to put your faith into action by helping to rebuild damaged homes.

The trip is scheduled for February 19–25, 2017, to Leesville, located between Lake Charles and Shreveport. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome to participate. The estimated cost for travel, lodging, and meals is $1,035per person, and reservations are due by November 30. Please see the attached flyer and reservation form. Contact Bob Lee for more information.

New Support Group for Children of Aging Parents

Adult children face many issues when dealing with aging parents. One such issue is how to maintain a healthy, respectful relationship as the parent ages and becomes more dependent on the grown child(ren). Congregational Care Ministry at Los Altos UMC invites caregivers and children of aging parents (whether those parents live close by or at a distance) to participate in a safe and confidential place to learn about community resources, especially ones that provide care for caregivers; talk through the challenges of caring for aging parents; and share feelings, needs, and concerns.

This new support group will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 7:00–8:30pm in the Chapel. Kathleen Palmer and Doug Webb, both children of aging parents, will facilitate the discussion. For more information, contact the church office (650-948-1083).

Register Now for the Men’s Retreat

Registration hRev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkelas opened for the fall Men’s Retreat, November 11–13, which will be led this year by LAUMC’s former senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkel. Men of all ages are invited to participate. The theme will be “Men Finding Our Way,” celebrating our uniqueness, finding new ways to trust, accepting who we are, and acknowledging 21st-century roles.

“Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”
― Richard Rohr, “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”

LAUMC Men's Retreat hike to Mt Hermon crossThe retreat weekend will include presentations, discussion, music, time for reflection, a hike to the Cross at Mount Hermon (optional), a project with clay led by Pastor Mark, a Saturday evening movie and discussion, and Sunday worship and communion. There will also be time for play, singing, walking, napping, and eating. Men are encouraged to invite a friend!

The retreat will be held at Mount Hermon Christian Retreat Center near Felton, about 45 minutes from LAUMC, amidst a beautiful redwood forest. The registration fee of $250 includes all retreat materials, two nights’ lodging in either a cabin or a deluxe room with a roommate and bathroom (no dorm rooms), and six buffet-style meals from Friday dinner through lunch Sunday.

Register online here, or drop off a registration form and a check payable to LAUMC, with “2016 Men’s Retreat” on the memo line, at the church office. Scholarships are available. Registration closes October 25.

If you would like to register online but pay by check, then under “Tracking Code?” select Yes and enter MENRET-CK. Your total will then read $0. Please bring a check for $250 made out to LAUMC, with “2016 Men’s Retreat” in the memo line, to the church office and attach a copy of your confirmation email to the check. If you have any questions, contact Retreat Coordinator Jeff Jenks (408-470-9754).

Register Now for Poverty Simulation, Aug. 28

Poverty Simulation Step Up Silicon Valley

Thousands of men, women, and children live in poverty in Silicon Valley, and with skyrocketing housing costs, trying to make ends meet is more stressful and elusive than ever. To gain greater insight into and compassion for the challenges they endure, sign up for the Poverty Simulation, a unique role-playing event that allows you to take a deep dive into life with a shortage of money. In this fast-paced activity, you will experience four weeks of poverty in one afternoon, role-playing as a member of a low-income family struggling to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities while navigating through community resources. You will also meet people who have lived in poverty and discuss opportunities to create a truly thriving community. The experience will touch you on intellectual, emotional, and spiritual levels.

The Poverty Simulation will be held on Sunday, August 28, 12:00–3:00pm in Creekside and is open to adults and high school students. Space is limited! Visit the registration page for more information and to register. Contact Nancy Peterson with questions or to volunteer at the event if you participated in the simulation last year.

The event is sponsored by the LAUMC Bold Service and Social Justice Committee in a multi-faith partnership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Palo Alto First United Methodist Church, Bay Area Cultural Connections, Congregation Beth Am, and Saint Simon Parish. Step Up Silicon Valley, a movement to reduce poverty initiated by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, will conduct the simulation.

 

Women’s Service of Loss, May 7

Butterflies flowersOn the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day, Los Altos United Methodist Church will offer a Women’s Service of Loss. This is a service for all those who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or a child of any age. The death of a child, whether held by our bodies, in our arms, or already grown, is a loss that we forever carry. No matter the age or how recent the death, it may be healing and helpful to have a space to name and honor that loss among other women who are sisters in loss.

You are invited on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for an hour of holding our hearts gently as we acknowledge and honor this experience of motherhood. The Rev. Cate Noellert will lead the service. The church is located at 655 Magdalena Ave (cross street is Foothill Expressway; go here for maps and directions). For more information, call the church office at 650-948-1083.

Explore the Journey of Membership

Are you interested in learning more about Los Altos UMC and what it means to become a professing member here? You are invited to join our spring Starting the Journey new membership class on Friday, March 11, 6:00–9:00pm in Creekside A/B. Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon, minister of discipleship, and Patricia Parfett, director of congregational care, will discuss how we might deepen each other’s faith together and give an overview of this church and The United Methodist Church as a denomination.

Those who choose to join LAUMC will be received into membership on Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday), at the 5:00pm Creekside Crossings worship service. The service will be followed by an All-Church Family Dinner to welcome new members.

Registration for Starting the Journey is required by March 6, and minimum enrollment is 12. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Contact Megan Carroll (650-948-1083 x152), executive assistant to pastoral staff, to register. Contact Pastor Debbie for more information.

Join an Ashland Adventure, Sept. 28–Oct. 1

Ashland OSF promo smallJoin Senior Organist Paul Rosas and his wife, Karen, for a wonderful trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a great time with friends. The trip takes place September 28 – October 1, when Oregon’s beautiful fall colors should be at their peak. The group will watch plays, relax, and have opportunities for additional activities. The trip costs $840 per person, which includes transportation, lodging, some meals, and tickets to three plays: Great Expectations, Hamlet, and The Wiz.

Two optional plays are available for an extra fee: Yeomen of the Guard (with an audience participation opportunity) or Twelfth Night. Other optional activities include a culinary adventure (wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting), Jacksonville excursion, back stage tour, delicious dinners, shopping, hiking, and a discussion group with a lead actor.

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Registration is now open. A registration deposit of $100 is due April 1, and final monies are due July 1. You can register online or fill out a print registration form (available at the Connection Points and the church office). You may charge your trip to your credit card if you register online, or send your print registration in with a check made out to LAUMC (with “Ashland 2016” in the memo line).

Contact Anne Cross (408-867-1444), Susan O’Neil (408-245-5304), or Paul and Karen Rosas (408-267-8626) if you have any questions.

Come and Be Our Valentine

You are invited to be our valentine! Los Altos UMC is hosting an All-Church Family Dinner on Sunday, February 14, at 6:00pm in Creekside. The menu includes:

Beef tenderloin with roasted shallotsRed heart dark background
Shrimp scampi Florentine
Bacon-wrapped roasted asparagus
Burgundy mushrooms
Salad
French bread
Dessert

Whether you bring a date or come alone, skip the crowded restaurants and enjoy a Valentine’s Day meal with us!