LAUMC Team Joins San Jose Walk to End Alzheimer’s

2015 Alz Team Photo low quality webThe LAUMC Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team has a lot of news this year! The LAUMC Team has switched from participating in the San Francisco Walk to the San Jose Walk and joined LAUMC’s Compassion Week in the process. The Team also has a special focus on caregivers.

The San Jose Walk is on Saturday, October 8, at 9:30am. The Walk is a great activity for all ages. There will be a huge children’s play area, including a bounce house, face painting, jungle gym, and other fun activities—maybe even a visit from Sharkie, the San Jose Sharks mascot! Even if you can’t walk with the Team, you can still sign on as a show of support.

Since the San Jose Walk falls during LAUMC’s Compassion Week, the Walk Team has partnered with Compassion Week! If you volunteer to help the Team or do the Walk, your participation will count toward Compassion Week’s volunteer total. Go to the team page to join the team and/or donate.

This year, in addition to supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease, the LAUMC Team is raising up caregivers: the spouses, children, relatives, and friends who care for loved ones with this disease.

Let the end of Alzheimer’s start with you. Help us to achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Report on Pack-a-Back Drive

pack-a-back-drive-backpacksIn July the Outreach Team and the Children’s Center held a drive to gather school supplies and backpacks for the Sacred Heart Community Service Pack-a-Back Drive. Together, we collected:

  • 14 full backpacks
  • 49 empty backpacks
  • $230 in gift cards for shoes
  • 15 scientific calculators
  • Numerous boxes of crayons, pencils, paper, glue, scissors, and more

This amounts to more than two complete classrooms of students who started this school year prepared to learn! Thank you for your generosity. This year, we were part of an effort to deliver a record 3,088 backpacks to K–12 children whose parents could not afford to purchase all the necessary supplies to help them succeed.

Sacred Heart is one of the agencies that our congregation supports with volunteers and funds. If you are interested in helping Sacred Heart in its efforts to eradicate poverty in Silicon Valley, sign up to volunteer during Compassion Week.

New Support Group for Children of Aging Parents

Adult children face many issues when dealing with aging parents. One such issue is how to maintain a healthy, respectful relationship as the parent ages and becomes more dependent on the grown child(ren). Congregational Care Ministry at Los Altos UMC invites caregivers and children of aging parents (whether those parents live close by or at a distance) to participate in a safe and confidential place to learn about community resources, especially ones that provide care for caregivers; talk through the challenges of caring for aging parents; and share feelings, needs, and concerns.

This new support group will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 7:00–8:30pm in the Chapel. Kathleen Palmer and Doug Webb, both children of aging parents, will facilitate the discussion. For more information, contact the church office (650-948-1083).

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.

Learning to Apply “Love Does”: Sign Up for a Small Group

love-does-book-coverIn addition to using the New York Times bestselling book Love Does by Bob Goff as the basis for our fall morning worship series, we will also use it in small groups! To help us figure out how to apply the lessons Love Does teaches, how to “do love” in our own daily lives, GroupLife has arranged for new small groups to meet weekly this fall and work through a five-week DVD and study guide. Anyone is invited to participate in a group!

You can choose from a variety of days and times, listed below. Register online for your preferred group. Contact the GroupLife Team with questions.

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  • Sundays, 3:30–5:00pm (starts October 2)
  • Sundays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 25)
  • Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 26)
  • Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts October 10)
  • Tuesdays, 12:00–1:00pm (starts October 4)
  • Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 20)
  • Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30am (starts September 21)
  • Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 21)
  • Wednesdays, 7:30–9:00pm (starts September 21)
  • Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am (starts September 22)
  • Fridays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 9)

September Outreach Connection: Project WeHOPE

Dignity on Wheels shower trailerThis month, our featured Outreach Connection agency is Project WeHOPE. Project WeHOPE started as a homeless shelter in East Palo Alto in the winter of 2009. Since then, the organization has grown its scope of service to include job training, transition to permanent housing, and mobile shower units. Pastor Paul Bains, the founder of Project WeHOPE, describes its mission as helping the homeless and those at risk in rebuilding their lives through services that are customized to the needs of each client.

An Outreach Connection offering will be taken for Project WeHOPE on Sunday, September 18, at all services. You may give in person or online. Pastor Bains will also be the guest preacher at the evening Creekside Crossings service that Sunday, and all are invited to attend. We have also partnered with Project WeHOPE to offer several service opportunities at the agency during this year’s Compassion Week.

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.

Sign Up for Compassion Week Projects, Oct. 3–9

Compassion Week 2015 child painterYou are invited to put our fall “Love Does” theme into action by participating in one or more service and social justice opportunities throughout the Peninsula or on our church campus during our annual Compassion Week, scheduled for October 3–9. Please invite your friends and family to join us! Our goal is to get 2,000 participants from Los Altos United Methodist Church and the community engaged in acts of compassion.

There will be no regular Sunday worship services on October 9. Throughout Compassion Week, our worship will be through our service!

Love serves: hands-on opportunities
Visit the registration site to browse the listings and sign up. Activities appropriate for all age groups have been planned. Space is limited for many of these projects—sign up soon! If you need assistance, contact compassionweek@laumc.org. We look forward to serving with you.

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Compassion Week 2015 blanket makingProjects to do at home or with your small group
Several flexible projects can be done any time you’re free—at home, with friends, or at your regular small-group meeting! These projects are noted on the registration website with “Pick Your Date” in the title. Contact the listed project leader for instructions to pick up supplies for making cards, fleece blankets, knitted hats and scarves, or letters for social justice.

Design your own service opportunity
If you want to get creative, arrange your own service project with family and friends! Please email the Compassion Week team to let us know what you’re planning so we can add your experience to our final tally.

Save the date: Compassion Week Celebration
Sunday, October 16, 12:00–2:00pm, Creekside Center
To share the successes and stories of our service week, Los Altos UMC is holding a lunch celebration the week after Compassion Week. Meet the organizations we served, share stories about your service experiences, celebrate with worship, and watch a slideshow of photos from various projects. We will also have a Nothing But Nets Basketball Shoot-Out Tournament! Watch for details coming soon.

Register Now for the Men’s Retreat

Registration hRev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkelas opened for the fall Men’s Retreat, November 11–13, which will be led this year by LAUMC’s former senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkel. Men of all ages are invited to participate. The theme will be “Men Finding Our Way,” celebrating our uniqueness, finding new ways to trust, accepting who we are, and acknowledging 21st-century roles.

“Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”
― Richard Rohr, “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”

LAUMC Men's Retreat hike to Mt Hermon crossThe retreat weekend will include presentations, discussion, music, time for reflection, a hike to the Cross at Mount Hermon (optional), a project with clay led by Pastor Mark, a Saturday evening movie and discussion, and Sunday worship and communion. There will also be time for play, singing, walking, napping, and eating. Men are encouraged to invite a friend!

The retreat will be held at Mount Hermon Christian Retreat Center near Felton, about 45 minutes from LAUMC, amidst a beautiful redwood forest. The registration fee of $250 includes all retreat materials, two nights’ lodging in either a cabin or a deluxe room with a roommate and bathroom (no dorm rooms), and six buffet-style meals from Friday dinner through lunch Sunday.

Register online here, or drop off a registration form and a check payable to LAUMC, with “2016 Men’s Retreat” on the memo line, at the church office. Scholarships are available.

If you would like to register online but pay by check, then under “Tracking Code?” select Yes and enter MENRET-CK. Your total will then read $0. Please bring a check for $250 made out to LAUMC, with “2016 Men’s Retreat” in the memo line, to the church office and attach a copy of your confirmation email to the check. If you have any questions, contact Retreat Coordinator Jeff Jenks (408-470-9754).

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.