Women’s Retreat 2023

May 5-7, 2023

Registration Now Open!

May 5-7, 2023, at Villa Maria Del Mar in Santa Cruz. You can now register for the Women’s Retreat here or by clicking on the photo. In addition, please click here if you would like to donate to the Women’s Retreat Scholarship Fund.

Contact Lori Sapigao at Lori.umc.registrar@gmail.com for more information.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Fundraising Update 2022

Thank you to the LAUMC Alzheimer’s Team walkers and supporters of the 2022 Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our LAUMC Alzheimer’s Team walked on

October 15, 2022, and continued raising money through December 31, 2022. We surpassed our goal of $10,000 and the LAUMC’s Team raised $12,202.00! For the third year in a row, we are the # 1 Faith based fund raiser and the # 6 Team for raising funds! We could not have done this without your awesome support! Your donation will help provide care and support for families across the country facing Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time, your donation helps to advance vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, one day, a cure. The ultimate goal is “Leading to the first survivor of Alzheimer’s!” Also, the Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the # 1 Top Walk in the country for the third year in a row raising over $1,784,280.94!

Looking forward to the 2023 Walk! Mark your calendars for the 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Silicon Valley, CA on Saturday, October 14, 2023, and you can sign up for the LAUMC team now to walk or donate to the team!  Email Bev, LAUMC Alzheimer’s Team Captain, with questions.

2022 LAUMC Alzheimer’s Team: Sue Alvey, Lena Chow,  Larry Dike, Sue Estrem, Becky Everett, Grant Jenks,  Jeff Jenks, Jane Holt, Patty Kenny, Teresa Law, Dan Mars, Jennie Madlem, Terry Morrison, Janie Nickel, Randy Nickel, Lori Sapigao, Ernie Sapigao, and Beverly Shengulet-Youlton, team captain.

Fundraising Lunch & Prayer for Earthquake Victims

Monday, February 13, 12-2pm (RSVP by Feb 12)

As you may be aware, Turkey has recently been struck by two devastating earthquakes (7.8M and 7.5M), causing widespread damage and loss of life. In this trying time, it is more important than ever for us to come together and lend our support to those in need.

In light of this, we are organizing a fundraising lunch and prayer for the victims of the earthquake. The event will take place on Feb 13, Monday from 12-2 pm at BayCC Center located at 4701 Patrick Henry Drive BLDG 18, Santa Clara, CA 95054. We would be honored if you could join us for a community-wide effort to support earthquake victims.

The proceeds from this event will be used to provide essential aid and support to those affected by the earthquake, such as food, shelter, and medical supplies. Your contribution, no matter how small, can make a big difference in the lives of those in need.

Please let us know if you are able to attend the event by Feb 12, 2023 Sunday (RSVP). If you are unable to attend, you can still make donations through Embrace Relief. It would be greatly appreciated.

Brown Bags & Bibles

Mondays – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This Monday 12 – 1:00 p.m.  Brown Bags and Bibles is starting a new book!

We will be discussing the Introduction in Class Monday 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Freeing Jesus is available for free on Kindle Unlimited
To Participate (all are welcome):
In-Person in the Conference Room of the Church Office

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 854 8908 4214
Passcode: 745214

In addition, you can view the Brown Bags and Bibles Class Sheet here.

Pastor Dave

ICYMI: Worship Service – Feb 5, 2023

From February 5th, 10:00am

Our internet went down ten minutes into our 10:00 a.m. Service this last Sunday, February 5.  The music, Pastor Dave’s message and the singing of Happy Birthday to John Dodson made it an especially memorable service. Take a look and judge for yourself by clicking on the graphic above.

Africa University Scholarship Sunday 2023

Sunday, January 29 – All Services

LAUMC’s ties to Africa and to education for African women began in 2002 as a simple birthday wish to an African missionary has resulted in tuition scholarships for over 68 African women at Africa University (a United Methodist institution) in Zimbabwe. Please give generously to continue providing scholarships for this year’s recipients. Please give below by clicking the button and selecting the “African Student Education Fund” or you may “Text to Give” your donation and amount to 650-229-5200.

Mexico House Building Trip 2023

April 9-15, 2023

Join us for our informational session, Sunday, February 5 (11:15am-12:15pm) – Live Oak Room

Come on one of Los Altos UMC’s Mexico trips and put your faith into action! The next trip is scheduled for April 9–15, 2023. This trip will change your life as you get to know and fall in love with the people of Mexico who live and work in conditions very different from ours.

No power tools are used and no prior experience is necessary, so these experiences are great for the whole family. You don’t have to participate at Los Altos UMC to come on the trip: if you are interested, you are welcome!

The Trip in a Nutshell:

The purpose of our house-building trip to Mexico is two-fold: (1) to provide a basic home according to the standards and needs of the village in which we work, and (2) to build a community of love within our team and with the Mexican families who work with us for the week.  

We sleep in tents pitched in a basic campground operated by AMOR Ministries, work full days in the Mexican sun, rain or wind and shower with water warmed only by the sun.  This trip will change your life as you get to know and fall in love with the people of Mexico who live in these conditions every day.  We are guests in Mexico; although we have much to give, we also have much to receive from these inspiring and loving people.

We will work with AMOR Ministries, who have been operating in Mexico since 1980.  The AMOR house we will build is a simple wood-frame/stucco structure that requires no power tools – so that everyone on the team can do just about any task. No previous construction experience or skills are necessary. The trip is open to ages 5 and older.

Click on the button below to register or visit the following pages for more information:

2023 Mexico Trip – Overview
2023 Mexico Trip – Schedule
2023 Mexicto Trip – FAQ’s

Bear the Light

From Sunday, December 18 Worship

Advent Generosity 2022

Advent Generosity Goal: $150,000

Donations Received to Date: $110,125

Donations Needed to Reach our Goal: $39,875

We are now approaching the 75 percent mark of our Advent Generosity goal. 
Through January we are boldly seeking to get to 100 percent!
Thank you for your amazing generosity.

Every year at Los Altos, we celebrate the season of Advent many ways, one of which is Advent Generosity. We have 3 wonderful beneficiaries that we will be sponsoring this year—Art Changes Us (ACU), the Ukrainian National Children’s Hospital, and Compassion Week 2023. We would love for you to partner with us as we give generously to the important work that these three organizations are doing. You can give by bringing a check to any of the Christmas Eve Services, mailing or dropping a check off at the church, by texting ADVENT, AG, ADGEN and your donation amount (example: ADVENT 100) to 650-229-5200, or you can give online by clicking the button below and selecting “Advent Generosity.”

Art Changes Us

Art Changes Us (ACU), which grew out of the LAUMC Changemaker Initiative, is all about helping under-resourced youth in our area discover purpose through art. Its mission focuses on youth empowerment, leadership development, and social entrepreneurship.
Visit Art Changes Us for more information.

Compassion Week 2023

Compassion Week has grown, since its inception, to reach and include a wider diversity of partners, volunteers, and folks in need. It empowers our community to meet, understand, and love our neighbors. Contributions will enable Compassion Week to expand its impact and strengthen partnerships with local faith communities & community organizations as we share in the work of bold service and social justice.
Visit Compassion Week for more information.

Ukrainian National Children’s Hospital

The Ukrainian National Children’s Hospital is ground zero for anyone in need of surgery or critical care amid intense Russian shelling. Contributions will provide critical resources and medical care for some of Ukraine’s most vulnerable citizens, especially women and children who are suffering amidst the war.
Visit the UNCH webpage for more information.

Nonviolence in Action: the key to Change in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Special Guest: Ali Abu Awwad founder of Taghyeer

Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30pm

LAUMC is thrilled to be hosting the founder of Taghyeer, Ali Abu Awwad as he shares his first-hand insights about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  Many people from the LAUMC community met Ali during their recent tour of Israel and Palestine.

Ali will discuss his personal story of learning nonviolence as a First Intifada prisoner. After losing his brother in the Second Intifada, his family hosted grieving Israeli families—and Ali began his 20- year journey of nonviolent leadership in Palestine, Israel, and around the world. It led to the 2016 founding of the Taghyeer (Change) Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement.  Ali will share his vision of a nonviolent solution to the conflict in Israel,  about Taghyeer grassroots activism throughout the West Bank; the urgent political situation for both Palestinians and Israelis; and the fundamentals of personal and social transformation in the conflict. His views on the importance of international allies in his work as well as actions we all can take to support peace and justice in this region will be discussed.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from Ali.

Join us at LAUMC in the Creekside Center or online by clicking on the button below.