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Guest Preachers Lead Creekside Crossings Toward Compassion Week

The Bold Service and Social Justice Committee and the Creekside Crossings worship team have arranged a series of guest preachers at our evening services this month to help us thoughtfully prepare for Compassion Week.

September 11: Rod Cardoza, founder and executive director of the Abrahamic Alliance International
The Abrahamic Alliance is a faith-based, nonprofit organization uniting Jews, Christians, and Muslims for active peace building and poverty relief. Rod Cardoza is a cultural, theological, and linguistic anthropologist who has extensively researched Muslim culture and lectures internationally on Muslim-Christian dialogue. His sermon topic will be “Loving Your Muslim Neighbor.”

September 18: Paul Bains, senior pastor at Saint Samuel Church and founder of Project WeHOPE
Pastor Bains is a third-generation clergyman who grew up with a spirit of hope and a heart for the homeless. He founded Project WeHOPE in 1999 with his wife, Cheryl, with the initial goal to strengthen the East Palo Alto community by developing transformational leaders to address the critical issues facing the community. Our Outreach Connection offering this Sunday will be for Project WeHOPE.

September 25: Dave Robinson, executive director of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy (CIC)
CIC offers love to incarcerated children and adults in Santa Clara County through a prison ministry that brings church into local jails and youth correctional facilities, giving inmates hope for and guidance toward a better life with Jesus Christ. By sharing worship, testimonies, and gospel messages, CIC chaplains and volunteers minister to individual needs and present the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will listen.

Love Does Fall Worship Series

Our fall morning worship series is based on the book Love Does, by Bob Goff. Each week’s theme follows one of the book chapters highlighted in the study curriculum that small groups will be using to discuss how to “do love” in our everyday lives.

September 11: “I’m With You” (Welcome Home Sunday)
Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will give the message, using the scripture text from Matthew 1:18-23. Choirs and Sunday school classes start up for the new school year.

September 18: “Free to Fail”
Pastor Mariellen will preach from John 21:15-19.

September 25: Guest preacher Bob Goff
Love Does author Bob Goff is delivering the message at our three morning worship services. Bob will share how Love in Action is how he lives his life. Invite your family and friends to this inspiring experience! Afterwards, we have the opportunity to join Bob for lunch in Creekside at 12:30pm. We will chat with him and ask him our burning questions. Space is limited, so please register to attend the luncheon.

October 2: “Audacious Love”
Pastor Mariellen will give the message, using 1 John 4:7-12. Holy Communion will be served.

October 9: Compassion Week
There will be no regular worship services on this day. We will be worshipping in our community by “doing love” through hands-on service opportunities! Visit the Compassion Week registration site to learn more.

October 16: “Be Not Afraid”
Pastor Mariellen will preach from Mark 6:45-52. After morning services, a Compassion Week Celebration will be held from noon to 2:00pm in Creekside to highlight our volunteers and partner agencies. Family fun activities are planned.

October 23: “Follow Me”
Pastor Mariellen will give the message. The scriptures are Matthew 4:18-20, Matthew 16:24, and Luke 18:18-22.

Worship Series: To Begin Again

This month, the Creekside Crossings evening worship service (Sundays at 5:00pm) has its own worship series. “To Begin Again: Preparing for New Seasons in Our Lives” follows the prodigal son story of Luke 15:11-32 and explore these topics: wandering from the path, wondering if there’s something better, God’s whisper of “Come back!” and God’s loving welcome. Come explore the story with us!

August 14: Wandering
Our new beginnings often arise out of wandering away from the path we want to be on. Pastor Sam Lewis will give the message.

August 21: Wondering
We wonder if perhaps there is something better, if a new beginning might be possible. Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon will preach.

August 28: Whispering
The voice of God whispers to us, “Come back, come back, come back!” Pastor Dirk Damonte will give the message.

September 4: Welcoming
God welcomes us with open arms and a loving heart, saying, “Welcome home!” Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will preach. Holy Communion will be offered.

The Big Questions Worship Series

Our next worship series starts July 31 and continues through September 4 at all morning services. We will examine some of the biggest questions of our faith and try to respond in a way that makes sense for this time and this place. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino has invited people in our congregation to join her in speaking on many of these topics. See the details below.

July 31: What Is the Point of Living?
Pastor Sam Lewis will give the message, using Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23.

August 7: (How) Should We Live Together?
Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino and GroupLife Chairperson Kim Jones will present a dialogue message. The scripture is Colossians 3:14-17. Holy Communion will be served.

August 14: Why Should I Do Anything About Poverty?
Pastor Mariellen and Bold Service & Social Justice Cochair Jan McDaniel will have a conversation about poverty and faith, reflecting on Matthew 26:6-13. Our featured Outreach Connection agency will be Hope’s Corner.

August 21: So What About Hell?
Pastor Mariellen and Steve Moyer will speak together about the concept and meaning of hell. The scripture is Mark 9:43-50.

August 28: Why Do Bad Things, Like Alzheimer’s, Happen to Such Good People?
Pastor Mariellen and Bonnie Bollwinkel will present a dialogue about Alzheimer’s and other life struggles. The scripture text is Proverbs 3:5-6.

September 4: What Happens When We Die?
Pastor Mariellen and Dr. Bill Buchholtz will offer a conversation about death and what happens to us, using Luke 23:42-43. Holy Communion will be offered.

Living Beyond the Borders Worship Series

Five Practices GroupLife medallion largeOur latest worship theme is “Living Beyond the Borders,” a five-Sunday series about how the five practices of discipleship can transform our lives. We will get back to the basics and look at each discipleship practice, as well as how they all integrate into our lives.

June 26: Radical Hospitality
Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon will preach at the morning services and Pastor Dirk Damonte at the evening service. The scripture texts are 1 John 4:19 and Romans 15:7.

July 3: Passionate Worship
Pastor Sam Lewis will give the message at all four services, based on Luke 10:27 and Psalm 84:1-2. Holy Communion will be served at all services.

July 10: Deepening Faith
Pastor Dirk will give the sermon at all four services. The scripture passages are Hebrews 10:24-25 and Acts 2:42.

July 17: Bold Service & Social Justice
Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will preach from Matthew 16:24-25 and 25:40.

July 24: Extravagant Generosity
Pastor Mariellen will give the message, using 2 Corinthians 9:11.

Celebrate Music Ministry at All-Church Family Dinner, June 26

We are truly blessed by the music our choirs and band lend to our services each Sunday. From September through June, Morning Glory, Chancel Choir, Starfire Singers, Alleluia Ringers, and Creekside Worship Band contribute to the message and impact of weekly worship at LAUMC. To honor the contributions of these musicians, the All-Church Family Dinner on Sunday, June 26, will be a celebration of our Music Ministry.

With the close of this church year, we will be saying farewell to the directors of two of our choirs: Daniel Hughes, director of Chancel Choir, and Larry and Carla Sue, codirectors of the Alleluia Ringers bell choir. We will recognize and honor the service of these talented and dedicated musicians/directors as a part of our celebration.

Chef Fred Mayo is working on another delicious dinner menu, to include: hot crab dip, Italian pork chops, wild rice stuffing, baked broccoli, garden salad, and coffeehouse chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Join us at 6:15pm in Creekside for an evening of food, fun, and celebration!

“Next” Worship Series, June 5–19

In June we will have a three-week worship theme of “Next: Living in Times of Transition.” Our church community, our nation and world, and even our own personal lives go through transitional periods, and the messages and themes of this series will address those times.

June 5: When Life Takes an Unexpected Turn
Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will give the message at all services. Her scripture text will be Acts 16:6-15. Holy Communion will be offered at all services.

June 12: When I Don’t See God’s Will
Pastor Mariellen will preach at the morning services from Acts 16:16-34.

June 19: When It’s Time to Move Forward
Pastor Mariellen will give the message at the morning services, using Acts 16:35-40.

Love Is Love, May 29

At our worship services on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon will give the message. Her message is titled Love Is Love and will be focused on adoption. The scripture will be Exodus 2:1-9, the story of Pharaoh’s daughter adopting Moses. All are welcome!

Pentecost Sunday, May 15

Sunday, May 15, is Pentecost, the celebration of the birth of the Church. The scripture for the day is Acts 2:1-21, recounting the story of the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit through tongues of fire and proclaiming the good news in many languages. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will give the message.

On that Sunday, Morning Glory, one of our adult choirs, is holding a “Change for Change” fund-raiser to support the Prescription Assistance Program at Salinas First United Methodist Church. Please bring your loose coins to donate at any service. Spare change can add up and go a long way toward paying for prescriptions for the homeless and working poor.

Saying Farewell to Pastor Sam, May 22

OpenCircle worship Pastor SamPastor Sam Yun has served at LAUMC as the minister of young adults since 2011, leading OpenCircle young adult ministry as well as serving our church in many other ways. For the last year, he has been appointed here half-time as he also worked to start a new church in the East Bay, called EMBRACE CHURCH. Soon he will transition to serve EMBRACE full-time, and his last Sunday at LAUMC will be May 22. He will give the message at all four worship services that day.

We are all invited to an All-Church Family Dinner in his honor that evening in Creekside at 6:15pm, featuring a delicious Korean barbecue feast. To help Chef Fred Mayo with meal planning, please RSVP for the dinner. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the dinner. Following the dinner, the OpenCircle young adults invite us to stay for a brief celebration of Pastor Sam’s years of ministry with us.

If you would like to make a financial gift to Pastor Sam, please write a check payable to Samuel Yun and put it in the Sunday offering or bring it to the church office. Pastor Sam will be told the names of givers but not individual gift amounts. If you would like it to be part of a gift shared with him at the farewell dinner and celebration, please deliver it by Wednesday, May 18. Otherwise, checks may be sent through May 31 to be included in the final total.

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