Our culture places a premium on finding that one thing in life which provides meaning, satisfaction or purpose. Religion often reinforces this singular quest. But our lives demonstrate something else: There’s more to us than just one thing. “I contain multitudes,” Whitman said. We are many selves. And the truth is we change across our lives. How then do we understand vocation? Who or what calls us amid the constant reality of change, both personal and societal, and how do we respond? The LAUMC Men’s Retreat, a virtual gathering over three days, will explore these questions with the facilitation of theologian and entrepreneurDaniel Pryfogle, who is cofounder of Sympara, a sacred/civic placemaking organization. Registration cost is $30 to cover spiritual leader honorarium. Scholarships are available upon request. Please feel free to emailus for more information or click on the button below to register.
Thrive gen2gen (formally called Senior Ministry) welcomes all to hear Susie Buchholz speak on the Angel Tree Program on Friday, November 5th at 11:00am. This will be a hybrid program so you can come in-person to the Youth Room or watch on zoom.
The Angel Tree program supports children of incarcerated parents. LAUMC is having a Christmas party for these children on December 11th. Please come and learn more about their needs. For more information, please contact Pastor Jeong by email.
The LAUMC Women’s Thursday Night Book Group will be discussing “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Somali Dev. For more information and the Zoom link, please contact us by email. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng will be discussed November 18. The LAUMC Women’s Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month on Zoom.
The Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) will be participating for the first time in the 2nd Annual Faith and Blue Weekend from October 8th -10th. This initiative is designed to increase law enforcement communication with the community through houses of worship. MVPD is requesting community donations of items needed to complete hygiene kits for department staff to donate to those in need. The collection drive will go until October 6th. A group of community member volunteers and MVPD personnel will help assemble the kits together at 9:00 am Saturday, October 9th. We would love for members of LAUMC to show up and be a part of the packing event at 1000 Villa Street in the MVPD parking lot. There will also be compassion card making activities for children to participate. If you, or someone you know, would like to donate to this initiative, the following items are needed. Or, an Amazon Wish list has been created to allow for direct purchase and shipping to the department of hygiene kit items. Items can be dropped off at MVPD.
Hygiene Kit Items Requested: Disposable Razors, Facemasks (Disposable), Band-Aids, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Granola or energy bar, combos, brushes, Chapstick, Juice box or small bottles of water, Bar Soap/Body Wash, Lotion (travel or small size), Shampoo (travel or small size), Kleenex pack, Gallon sized ziplock bags, socks, and underwear for men and women, feminine hygiene products.
Join us for a BBQ at Cuesta Park, Area 2. Bring your appetite and we’ll bring everything else. Serving Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Potato Salad, Potato Chips, Cold Water, and cookies for dessert. Join us and visit with Megan Allende who is planning on joining us. We are looking forward to getting together for food and social time to meet with friends. Please bring a mask to stay safe while socializing.
It has never been easier to support the youth of LAUMC! Next time you’re browsing Amazon, consider adding a few items to your cart from our wishlist! Items will be shipped directly to LAUMC. Show your support with JUST ONE CLICK!
Please note, these are considered in-kind donations and will not be reflected on your LAUMC Giving Statement.
The Disaster Response Team from our California-Nevada Conference has been hard at work providing assistance to those impacted by the recent fires. Trained Early Response Team (ERT) volunteers have been working with local pastors and their congregations to provide support. This includes meeting with people in the Local Assistance Centers to provide a listening presence as well as gift cards, hygiene kits, and buckets of materials for cleanup. You can read more about the response on the Conference News webpage. What can you do? Here are some suggestions:
Pray for those whose lives have been impacted by these fires!
Volunteer! Clickhere to register to become a disaster response volunteer.
Provide a book for a child. The book, Where is My House? Can be purchased on Amazon and sent directly to the Conference Office. The books will be provided to children impacted by the fires. Send the book to: Attention- Shari Sandoval, California-Nevada UM Conference, 1350 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691.
We invite you to register for Compassion Week 2021! We will be working with several faith groups to encourage a big volunteer turnout, to help build a more compassionate and caring community. If you are interested in leading a project or supporting the Compassion Week planning effort, in any capacity large or small, please contact Yvonne Murray by email for more information or follow us on the Compassion Week website,Facebook(@CompassionWeekLosAltos), and Instagram(@CompassionWeekLA) for updates.
On Sunday, June 27, all of LAUMC’s worship services – online and in-person – will be gathering to remember the people we have lost since the beginning of the pandemic. These are not only people who died directly because of the virus but allmembers of our community who have died since March 2020. Many of those deaths, of people dear to us, we were not able to mourn together. If you are attending our in-person worship on June 27, you are invited to bring a photograph of a person whose memory you would like to include in our service. If you are unable to attend, you may send a name and digital photo viaemail below, and we will be sure to include you in our prayers. This is part of this congregation’s important work in this time: to gather around our losses too, as we begin our new life together.
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