All are invited to our annual celebration of our church’s ties to Africa on Sunday, January 31! In all worship services we will have a guest preacher, special African music from our choirs, and a special offering. A special African dinner will follow the evening service. The United Methodist Women’s Sale-Abration is a fund-raiser for our African Student Education Fund. New this year is an information fair with materials and hands-on activities.
Los Altos UMC’s current focus on Africa started in 2005, when the Los Altos United Methodist Women learned that the daughter of an African mission worker desperately needed tuition support to complete her education. The UMW used $1,000 of its general funds to create an official fund to support higher education for African women who intend to use their education in Africa. We have held an annual Africa Sunday ever since. To date, more than $300,000 has been raised and 50 women have received scholarships from LAUMC.
Our special guest preacher this year at all four Africa Sunday services will be the Rev. Dr. Grace Imathiu. Dr. Imathiu was born in Nairobi, Kenya, the daughter of Bishop Lawi Imathiu, and was educated in Kenya, Israel, the United States, and England. Dr. Imathiu is a prominent speaker and Bible study leader across world Methodism and is currently the lead pastor of Community UMC in Naperville, Ill.
African All-Church Family Dinner
To continue our Africa Sunday celebration, Director of Food Services Fred Mayo will prepare a special All-Church Family Dinner to be served in Creekside Center on Sunday, January 31, at 6:00pm, immediately following the Creekside Crossings worship service with guest preacher Grace Imathiu. If you’ve ever wanted to taste bobotie (a South African dish similar to meatloaf) or savor a warm bowl of spicy African yam soup or simply experience some of the flavors of African cuisine, be sure to come. Chakula chema! (Swahili for bon appetit!)
An important aspect of our Africa Sunday celebration is raising money for the African Student Education Fund. This school year, we are supporting 12 women at Africa University (a United Methodist institution) with half-tuition scholarships. Once we begin supporting a student, we hope to continue our support through her graduation. To continue to provide 12 half-tuition scholarships for the next academic year, we need to raise $34,000. You can contribute to this important effort by giving generously during the special offering on January 31, using our online giving page, sending a check to LAUMC (with “African Student Education Fund” on the memo line) any time this month, and/or shopping at the UMW’s Sale-Abration on January 31 or February 7.
Learn about how Heifer International, BeadforLife, Sole Hope, and the African Library Project are working to improve living conditions in Africa. Try a hands-on project like making butter or return on February 7 for a shoe-making party!