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2nd Annual Faith and Blue Weekend

October 8 – 10

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.

Youth’s Ministry Amazon Wishlist

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.

UMCOR US Disaster Response & Recovery

California Wildfire – Your Help Is Needed!

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:

  1. Pray for those whose lives have been impacted by these fires!
  2. Give Now! Make a donation to the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Relief Fund or UMCOR
  3. Volunteer! Click here to register to become a disaster response volunteer. 
  4. 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.

Compassion Week 2021

Registration Open! Sign Up Today!!

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.

Senior Recognition Sunday

Sunday, May 30

Hello Graduating Seniors!
CONGRATULATIONS! What a fantastic accomplishment it is to graduate from High School or College! Your resilience and character have been on full display through this pandemic year and those traits will be of huge benefit in your next chapters of life!

Your LAUMC community is thrilled to join you in celebration and have dedicated our entire Worship on Sunday, May 30 to honor and laud you graduates!

To make this worship experience memorable, we are asking for your help.

Here’s what we would love from you:
A 2-minute (or less) video clip of you responding to one or all of the following questions:

  • Start by introducing yourself and which school you have just graduated
  • How has your experience with or at LAUMC impacted your High School or College journey?
  • Share a memory or story about how Faith or God or LAUMC has helped shape you as a graduating senior.
  • What are your dreams for the future?

Please film horizontally, and make sure the audio is clear.
Review the video before you send it in and please no music in the background.
Once you have your 2-minute clip please upload it to the link below and label your file with your last name (ex. marshall.mp4)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me, Stina Marshall, and I will help get it sorted out!

Deadline for Submissions is Monday, May 24

Our amazing digital communications team will take all of your submissions and put together a meaningful tribute to all our graduates that will be a large part of Pastor Kathi’s sermon on Sunday, May 30th.

You can share this with your friends and family who you’d like to celebrate with by inviting them to at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, and 5:00 pm on May 30th.

In addition, if you have any pictures from your last four years that are related to faith, God, serving, mission, LAUMC, etc. in any way, we would love for you to send those to us as well. We will be putting together a slide show for worship and would love to have every graduate represented!

Please submit all photos to the same link above by Monday, May 24.

CJ Café Virtual Premiere Aug. 21

The Starfire Singers high school choir presents the world premiere of CJ Cafe: Building on Our Dreams (Quarantine Edition), an original musical by Dirk and Carol Damonte, on Friday, August 21, at 7:30pm. This premiere, a reworking of the stage show presented last summer, will be an online live-stream event with an opportunity for fellowship and conversation following the show.

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CJ Cafe, first dreamed up in 1999 and “resurrected” with a sequel in 2019, offers a vision out of isolation and into collaboration and community. This summer’s story is a reimagination of the 2019 version, which was a continuation of the café that opened 21 years ago—which itself is a manifestation of a radically inclusive vision of community that was cast 2,000 years ago.

In the spring, Starfire found it was dealing with a global pandemic, a shelter-in-place order, a canceled summer tour, and no way to rehearse and perform a stage show. And yet, today the group is so grateful to still be sharing the message of God’s love with you and with this world. Despite the challenges, Starfire presents to you a virtual performance, complete with professional recordings of the show’s original music and video footage of a storyline that rings true in today’s bizarre reality.

This summer, the offering received during the show will support a new organization that embodies God’s call to be a changemaking people. Art Changes Us, directed by Carol Damonte, is a new program whose goal is provide Silicon Valley youth with work in the creative arts to develop compassion, self-sufficiency, and real-world skills. ACU believes that engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change and provides a life-changing opportunity for young people—especially when working together. ACU reaches across economic, racial, and social divisions and enriches our community by introducing local youth and their creative work to the business community in the greater Mountain View-Los Altos area. Having planned to launch in June, ACU jumped at the opportunity to fill voids created by the pandemic-mandated isolation and was able to launch in April 2020. Since then, ACU has successfully completed two sessions of beginning photography and one advanced photography class. ACU’s work of co-creating with God, of connection, and of innovation is central to the call we hear at the CJ Cafe. We hope you will give generously to support this new ministry.

Our world needs the message of CJ Café now more than ever. Our way of gathering may have changed. But our need for community, for each other, for connection, and for hope is more real than ever. Welcome home. Welcome to the CJ Café!

Pitch-n-Partner Highlights Four Youth-Led Projects

LAUMC’s Team Possible and our consultants from Ministry Incubators hosted an online Pitch-n-Partner event on May 3 to introduce four youth-led teams and the projects they have developed. Each team pitched its project and invited those who were interested to sign up as partners to support the team’s work. Thank you to everyone who supporter our youth by participating in the event! In case you missed it or you want a refresher, Kim Jones outlines the four team projects in the below video, followed by videos and more details about each project and links to sign up if you are inspired to support a project.

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Pitch-n-Partner, May 3

All are invited to LAUMC’s very own version of a Silicon Valley pitchfest! On Sunday, May 3, 11:15am–1:00pm, our squads of youth and adult innovators—also known as Team Possible—will be pitching bold new possibilities for our Youth’s Ministry at an event hosted by our Ministry Incubators consultant friends. Everyone is invited to participate in this virtual event and give feedback, offer your support, and get involved.

Please register to receive the Zoom link. During the event, participants will need a cellphone to interact in addition to the device streaming Zoom. For more information, contact Kim Jones. Because with God, all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Pitchfest: Far-Out Youth’s Ministry Ideas

Update: Due to precautionary measures being taken to protect our community’s health, the Pitchfest has been canceled. Please watch for updates on when it might be rescheduled.

You are invited to LAUMC’s version of a Silicon Valley pitchfest! On Sunday, March 29, 11:15am–12:45pm in the Youth Room, squads of youth and adult innovators, also known as “Team Possible,” will pitch bold new possibilities for our youth’s ministry. Come hear the crazy ideas, ask questions, offer your support, and get involved. Because “with God, all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). For more information, contact Kim Jones.

Confirmation: Owning Your Faith, Jan. 12

LAUMC’s Confirmation Class, an experience for eighth graders to explore Christian faith and take ownership of their beliefs and growth, begins on January 12 and meets weekly on Sundays at 10:00am. Confirmation is one of the most important steps in one’s faith journey. Facilitated by Robert Wigington and Raymond Lockley, this class will be centered on interactive experiences and reflective journaling. Each student will be paired with a mentor for weekly deeper conversations, enabling the student and adult to learn together. Confirmation culminates in a special weekend, April 18–19, with an opportunity to join the church as a full member. Registration for Confirmation Class costs $50. Please register online. If you are an interested high school youth who did not participate in confirmation in the past, or if you are in need of scholarship in order to participate, contact Kim Jones. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact Senior Pastor Kathi McShane.