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Festival of Carols & Lights, Dec. 10

Festival of Carols & Lights 2012Christmas comes to life with words and music at our annual Festival of Carols & Lights concert celebration on Saturday, December 10, at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. Join us in the Sanctuary or watch either performance live online. This year’s theme is “Not a Silent Night.” Our worship choirs, Chancel Choir, Morning Glory, Lightshine & Starfire Singers, and Creekside Worship Band will be joined by an orchestra as the Sanctuary is filled with the music of familiar carols, Christmas anthems, and readings that will fill your heart with the joy of the holidays.

Let Christmas come to life with the music of the season, and let the Festival of Carols and Lights be a part of your celebration of the mystery and wonder of Christmas. A free-will offering will be taken. Childcare is available during the 5:00pm performance upon request to Lisa Conway.

Surviving the Holidays Workshop, Dec. 1 or Dec. 4

If you are grieving a loved one’s death, you may be wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Christmas. Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Los Altos UMC’s congregational care team invites you to find some help and hope as you navigate the holiday season, offering a workshop on surviving the holidays at two different times: Thursday, December 1, 7:00–9:00pm in the Youth Room or Sunday, December 4, 9:30–11:30am in the Resource Center.

This two-hour seminar with video and discussion is designed so that anyone grieving the death of a loved one can get some tips for navigating the holidays. You’ll learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

Contact Director of Congregational Care Patricia Parfett (650-383-9322) to register for either session and receive course materials.

Compassion Week Celebration, Oct. 16

Compassion Week logoWhether you participate in Compassion Week or not, come celebrate the great things we can do when we work together to “do love” in our community! A week after Compassion Week, on Sunday, October 16, 12:00–2:00pm in Creekside, we will have a celebration lunch with food and games for the whole family. The complimentary lunch will include burgers hot off the grill, veggie burgers, salad, fruit, and macaroni and cheese. For dessert there will be shave ice in 10 flavors.

There will be videos and photos highlighting some of the service opportunities during Compassion Week. Kids can play on an inflatable “Chuggy Choo-Choo” playground, play a life-size game of Pac-Man, or shoot basketball free throws. Other entertainment options for adults include listening to music by the Creekside Worship Band, browsing and purchasing fall and holiday crafts sold by the United Methodist Women, and cheering on your favorite competitors in the Nothing But Nets basketball championship tournament, benefiting Imagine No Malaria.

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).

Register Now for Poverty Simulation, Aug. 28

Poverty Simulation Step Up Silicon Valley

Thousands of men, women, and children live in poverty in Silicon Valley, and with skyrocketing housing costs, trying to make ends meet is more stressful and elusive than ever. To gain greater insight into and compassion for the challenges they endure, sign up for the Poverty Simulation, a unique role-playing event that allows you to take a deep dive into life with a shortage of money. In this fast-paced activity, you will experience four weeks of poverty in one afternoon, role-playing as a member of a low-income family struggling to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities while navigating through community resources. You will also meet people who have lived in poverty and discuss opportunities to create a truly thriving community. The experience will touch you on intellectual, emotional, and spiritual levels.

The Poverty Simulation will be held on Sunday, August 28, 12:00–3:00pm in Creekside and is open to adults and high school students. Space is limited! Visit the registration page for more information and to register. Contact Nancy Peterson with questions or to volunteer at the event if you participated in the simulation last year.

The event is sponsored by the LAUMC Bold Service and Social Justice Committee in a multi-faith partnership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Palo Alto First United Methodist Church, Bay Area Cultural Connections, Congregation Beth Am, and Saint Simon Parish. Step Up Silicon Valley, a movement to reduce poverty initiated by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, will conduct the simulation.

 

Explore the Journey of Membership

Are you interested in learning more about Los Altos UMC and what it means to become a professing member here? You are invited to join our spring Starting the Journey new membership class on Friday, March 11, 6:00–9:00pm in Creekside A/B. Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon, minister of discipleship, and Patricia Parfett, director of congregational care, will discuss how we might deepen each other’s faith together and give an overview of this church and The United Methodist Church as a denomination.

Those who choose to join LAUMC will be received into membership on Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday), at the 5:00pm Creekside Crossings worship service. The service will be followed by an All-Church Family Dinner to welcome new members.

Registration for Starting the Journey is required by March 6, and minimum enrollment is 12. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Contact Megan Carroll (650-948-1083 x152), executive assistant to pastoral staff, to register. Contact Pastor Debbie for more information.

Join an Ashland Adventure, Sept. 28–Oct. 1

Ashland OSF promo smallJoin Senior Organist Paul Rosas and his wife, Karen, for a wonderful trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a great time with friends. The trip takes place September 28 – October 1, when Oregon’s beautiful fall colors should be at their peak. The group will watch plays, relax, and have opportunities for additional activities. The trip costs $840 per person, which includes transportation, lodging, some meals, and tickets to three plays: Great Expectations, Hamlet, and The Wiz.

Two optional plays are available for an extra fee: Yeomen of the Guard (with an audience participation opportunity) or Twelfth Night. Other optional activities include a culinary adventure (wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting), Jacksonville excursion, back stage tour, delicious dinners, shopping, hiking, and a discussion group with a lead actor.

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Registration is now open. A registration deposit of $100 is due April 1, and final monies are due July 1. You can register online or fill out a print registration form (available at the Connection Points and the church office). You may charge your trip to your credit card if you register online, or send your print registration in with a check made out to LAUMC (with “Ashland 2016” in the memo line).

Contact Anne Cross (408-867-1444), Susan O’Neil (408-245-5304), or Paul and Karen Rosas (408-267-8626) if you have any questions.

Wednesday Night Movie Class

Film reel moviesPastor Mariellen and CJ Arnesen are once again this year leading a movie class. The class will meet on Wednesdays, January 27 through March 2, from 7:00 to 8:30pm in Creekside. This six-week class focuses on the theological implications of the best movies of the year, often those nominated for Academy Awards. Participants are asked to see the film prior to the class when it is discussed. The leaders will summarize the themes of the film and then offer questions to help encourage conversation around tables followed by large-group discussion and exploration of each film. The final class will be a wrap-up session after the Oscars. The schedule of movies will be posted as they are determined.

  • January 27: The Big Short
  • February 3: Inside Out
  • February 10: Bridge of Spies
  • February 17: The Martian
  • February 24: Spotlight
  • March 2: Brooklyn

Making Shoes for Children in Uganda, Feb. 7

Sole Hope LogoFor lack of adequate footwear, children in Uganda suffer from jigger bites and related infections. Instead of (or before) Super Bowl Sunday, come to Super SOLE Sunday! We will meet on Sunday, February 7, 10:30–1:00pm in Creekside to recycle old blue jeans and plastic jugs into the materials needed to construct simple shoes and save lives. The shoe parts we produce will be shipped to Africa by Sole Hope, where local tailors and shoemakers create the finished shoes. Bring an old pair of blue jeans, empty plastic laundry detergent, milk or liter soda bottles, and a pair of sharp scissors. Some extra supplies will be available. For more information, contact Jan McDaniel.

 

GroupLife Workshop for Lent, Feb. 6

TheGodStory_CoverGraphics smallGroupLife invites current small-group leaders and anyone interested in potentially leading a small group for Lent to a workshop on Saturday, February 6, 9:00am –12:00pm in Creekside C/D. Jacob Armstrong, the author of our Lenten study book, will join the workshop by video call to inspire leaders in their own spiritual practices for Lent and equip them to use his book, The God Story, in small groups. The workshop is free, but please RSVP to GroupLife Intern Kristen Wandryk so the organizers know how much breakfast to provide.