Archive for Adults

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. At the first gathering on January 31, we will discuss “The Post” and then pick the rest of the films for the class.

Take Control of Your Medical Care

On Thursdays, January 18 – February 8, 7:00–8:30pm in Creekside C/D, our Congregational Care ministry is holding a series of conversations on taking more control of your own medical care. Sessions include two screenings and discussion of the Nightline video “Being Mortal,” trained Advanced Care Planning educators explaining how you can put your own decisions in a legal written form, and documenting how you want to be remembered in your memorial service. The video will be screened and discussed twice on January 18, once at 10:00am and again at 7:00pm. Contact Bob Olah with questions.

Invitation to New Testament

Come explore the writings of the New Testament on Wednesdays, January 17 – March 14, 7:00-8:30pm in the Garden Room. The group will look at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus, learned how to develop as disciples, and created communities of faith. The study is accessible for those with little prior Bible experience. This class includes manageable daily reading assignments and a weekly gathering to watch a video and discuss the week’s lessons. Contact facilitator Bob Olah with questions. Register for the class on our groups portal.

New Speaker Series Starting: A Bigger Table

LAUMC is restarting its monthly Sunday dinners with a new speaker series, called A Bigger Table. The dinners/speakers will be scheduled on the third Sunday of each month following the Creekside Crossings worship service.

On Sunday, January 21, 6:00–7:30pm, join us in Creekside to hear the Rev. Deborah Lee, executive director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. She has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for more than 25 years as an educator and organizer on issues of race, gender, a just economy, anti-militarism, LGBTQ inclusion, and immigration. Deborah is a second generation Chinese-American, a mother, and a tai chi practitioner. She works with faith communities engaged in the work of accompanying and advocating for the fair treatment and dignity of immigrants. Please register for the dinner by January 16 so that 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.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars on February 18 to hear the Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson, assistant professor of theology and culture at Pacific School of Religion, and on March 18 to hear the Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, president of Pacific School of Religion.

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.

Advent Small Groups

GroupLife has scheduled two short-term small groups to meet during Advent to discuss excerpts from the Advent devotional and/or weekly sermons. All are welcome to participate.

  • Tuesdays (December 5, 12, and 19), 10:00–11:30am in the Resource Center, led by Jan McDaniel
  • Thursdays (December 7, 14, and 21), 7:00–8:30pm in the Resource Center, led by Bob Olah

Growing deeper together is how we do life in all seasons! Please contact with any questions.

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.

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