Archive for Adults

Estate Planning for Uncertain Times, Nov. 5

The Endowment Committee is delighted to have Scott Haislet, CPA and Esq., speak on estate planning techniques that can help you avoid common mistakes, reduce your estate tax exposure (especially in this uncertain political climate), and go over some common tools that you or someone you know can benefit from. On Sunday, November 5, a complimentary lunch will be provided in Creekside by the Endowment Committee at 12:30pm, with the presentation starting at 12:45pm. If you plan to come, your RSVP by Wednesday, November 1, will help the committee order sufficient food quantities.

There will be time for questions at the end. Mr. Haislet writes and lectures frequently about tax, real estate, finance, and estate planning.

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.

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?

Calling All Artists for Arts Alive! 2017

Artists are invited to get out your paintbrushes, clay, or other tools and create some new artwork to share with your church family. Arts Alive! Sunday, August 27, is the day we celebrate God’s great gift of creativity in our lives and in our congregation. If you are an artist in any medium, of any age, please consider sharing your original creations.

To sign up, email Jan Grady and include your name, phone number, email address, art medium (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), and how many display panels you want or what length table you need. We have new Pro Panels to display our work on that are 30” wide and 6’ tall. Set-up time is the preceding day, Saturday, August 26, 10:00am–1:00pm in Creekside. There is a $10 participation fee payable at set-up; the fee is waived for artists ages 14 and under.

Please contact Arts Alive! coordinator Lisa Webb with questions.

GroupLife Fall Preview

Beginning in late August, GroupLife will offer several short-term small groups on a variety of topics. You may pick the topic you want to attend for 6–8 weeks. Your challenge will be how to decide among these fabulous choices!

  • Science and Faith, hosted by Brian Jones
  • Pity Is Not Compassion, hosted by Perrie Erickson
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, hosted by Rev. Sam Lewis
  • Becoming Human, hosted by Rev. Kathi McShane
  • Invitation to Romans, hosted by Bob Olah

Mark your calendars for groups to start the week of August 21 and get ready to enhance your faith and fellowship. Sign-ups will begin in early August.

New Ministry Tools at Work

A crew of Los Altos UMC staff and volunteers have been working hard to change our electronic membership database system to better support our ministries. The switch to the new system was officially made on June 1, although it will take a while to fully implement and integrate all of the new tools available to us.

One new tool is an online portal being integrated into our website. The portal shows upcoming events, active groups, opportunities to serve, and more. (Some of these areas will take a few more months to be fully updated.) If you create a user account, you can also see personal information such as events and groups you are signed up for, your giving history, and a church directory. If it looks like any of your personal information is wrong, contact Membership Services Assistant Kyle Aiken-Forderer (650-948-1083 x121). If you are a group host or church event planner, watch for more information on how the new database system will help you.

The transition team continues to tweak and improve all of the processes and applications involving our new database. If you have any questions, contact Project Manager Lisa Shemwell (650-575-7807).

Walk to End Hunger, April 23

Join a team from LAUMC on Sunday, April 23, at 1:00pm for the annual CROP Hunger Walk in San Jose. Registration is at Hoover Middle School, located at 1635 Park Ave. in San Jose, with 1- and 3.5-mile options. Invite your friends and family to walk with you, and join the interfaith community’s efforts to overcome hunger and poverty by supporting the efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank, Sacred Heart Community Service, and Church World Service. You can register for the LAUMC team online or contact team leader Dave Ahn with questions.

Handbell Musicians Wanted

Alleluia Ringers is looking for musically inclined folks to play handbells large and small. Rehearsals are Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm in the Choir Room. Many handbell musicians start on other instruments or come from a vocal background—it is easy to learn the basic techniques for ringing bells! If you are looking for a new way to get involved at church, enjoy fellowship with a wonderful group of people, learn amazing music, and perform it for the congregation, we would love to have you. No commitment is necessary on your first visit: Come try us out for a week. You will be compensated for your time with joy, laughter, playful banter, oranges, and occasionally avocados. Contact Alleluia Ringers Director Scott McGlasson (559-303-8106) with questions.

Animate: Bible Series, April 19–May 31

You are invited to try out a brand new opportunity for adults and youth! Come together for food, fellowship, and a fresh approach to faith. Starting the Wednesday after Easter, April 19, we will gather for seven weeks from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Creekside Center for no-cost dinner and fellowship, watch a short video from the Animate: Bible series, and then engage in discussions around our tables about the Bible.

Through short, creative videos featuring current Christian thought leaders, we will explore the history of the Bible’s sacred texts and what they offer for us today. (You can watch a trailer here.) The series offers centrist Protestant theology, and it focuses more on asking questions for viewers to engage with than on giving all the answers. The video segments feature Eric Elnes, Phyllis Tickle, Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jose Morales, Will Willimon, and Jay Bakker. Participants are invited to sketch, doodle, and create in the provided journals, then share their thoughts.

Come be part of the fun, and invite your friends! Each session stands alone, so you don’t have to commit to all seven. The GroupLife planning team wants to plan how much dinner to provide, how many journals to purchase, and how many childcare staff to schedule, so please register if you plan to attend.

Being Mortal: Screening and Discussion

If you are aging or dealing with aging parents, come to a video screening and discussion about what people really care about when aging. Screenings will take place on Thursday, March 9, 10:00–11:30am and Thursday, March 16, 7:00–9:00pm in Creekside Main. The group will watch Being Mortal, the PBS video of Atul Gawandi’s book by the same name. This thought-provoking video shows the dilemma that we all face, as patients and caregivers, when confronted with the kind of care we want at the end of life. It helps introduce the kinds of conversations we all need to have to ensure that the medical system respects our desires, rather than those of a somewhat impersonal medical system. After the video, there will be a group discussion.

You may come in person or participate online via our livestream page on either date. The discussion will be led by Dr. Bill Buchholz. Contact Bill for more information.