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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.

Pentecost Sunday, May 15

Sunday, May 15, is Pentecost, the celebration of the birth of the Church. The scripture for the day is Acts 2:1-21, recounting the story of the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit through tongues of fire and proclaiming the good news in many languages. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will give the message.

On that Sunday, Morning Glory, one of our adult choirs, is holding a “Change for Change” fund-raiser to support the Prescription Assistance Program at Salinas First United Methodist Church. Please bring your loose coins to donate at any service. Spare change can add up and go a long way toward paying for prescriptions for the homeless and working poor.

Book Drive for African Library Project

Los Altos UMC’s Bold Service and Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a book drive in partnership with the African Library Project. The African Library Project changes lives by starting libraries in rural Africa that serve to improve literacy, education, and self-empowerment. Our book collection efforts will support a new library in Malawi, where most people make their living through subsistence farming and education is considered a luxury. Most people do not read regularly because there is little available to read. Books are rare, and little is published in the local languages. Students are eager for English reading materials, as they must pass highly competitive exams conducted in English in order to enter secondary school.

Book drive collection boxes will be available outside the Sanctuary and Creekside May 8–22. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books – gently used ones are fine! Here are some of the types of books needed:

  • Baby board books
  • Paperback children’s picture books
  • Paperback easy readers
  • Paperback juvenile literature/Chapter books
  • K–8 textbooks (English, math, geography, and science)
  • Encyclopedias & atlases (post-1990)
  • Paperback dictionaries

You can also participate by contributing to the cost of shipping the books, estimated to be $500. Checks can be made payable to LAUMC with “African Library Project” in the memo line.

For more information, contact Janice Maggiora (650-857-0454).

Annual Rummage Sale, May 13–14

The annual Rummage Sale is just around the corner, and the Los Altos United Methodist Women and Starfire Singers are ramping up to get ready! Creekside Center will be filled with bargains for adults and children, and the Youth Room will feature a large selection of antiques and vintage collectibles. This is your opportunity to clean out your closets and garages and donate useable items, then pick up new-to-you bargains. Profits from the sale will support local, national and international missions of the United Methodist Women and assist our Starfire Singers youth choir in covering the costs of their summer tour.

Would you like to help? Here’s how:

DONATE to the sale. Bring your treasures to Creekside on Tuesday, May 10, or Wednesday, May 11. If you have larger furniture items in good condition, a pick-up can be arranged within 5 miles of the church. Contact Patricia Parfett (650-906-6265) to schedule. If you can’t donate on those dates, contact Karen Van Buren about scheduling an early donation. Donations of handled grocery bags or other large shopping bags are also needed.

VOLUNTEER to work before or after the sale. It’s fun! People of all ages can help sort, price, and sell. You don’t need to preregister to help sort and price items; just show up on Monday through Thursday, May 9–12, and we will find a place for you. Lunch and snacks will be provided. We will schedule helpers for Friday and Saturday during the sale. Contact Kay Zitzner if you are willing to work one or more shifts as a cashier or some other needed position.

SHOP at the sale on Friday, May 13, 8:00am–5:00pm and Saturday, May 14, 9:00am–2:00pm. Please note our new hours! Categories will include men’s and women’s clothing, children’s clothing, kitchen, home, office, garden, sports, books, artwork, games, toys, and more!

January Outreach Connection and Men’s Clothing Drive

January’s featured Salinas Outreach ConnectionOutreach Connection agency is the First United Methodist Church of Salinas. At all services on Sunday, January 10, we will get to watch an inspiring new video showing the ways LAUMC’s partner church is changing lives. New head pastor Steve Lundin continues to build the inclusive Neighborhood Ministry, serving breakfast and lunch six days a week to well over a hundred people a day. This ministry also provides a safe, inviting place for the homeless to gather during the day, a clothes closet, a weekly mobile health clinic, support groups for veterans and those with addictions, job counseling, and more.

Men’s Clothing Drive

Pastor Steve has let us know that in addition to our financial gifts, we can help fill a dire need for men’s clothing. Starting Sunday, January 17, through January 24, we are asking for new men’s socks and underwear and new or gently used pants, shirts, and coats. You may put these items in the red barrels placed around the Sanctuary.

Please give your generous financial and material support to this Outreach Connection ministry, which is truly acting on Jesus’ admonition to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger as if they were Jesus himself.

Advent Generosity: Unclutter Christmas

Advent Tradition

Six years ago Los Altos United Methodist Church started changing the way we celebrate Christmas. During the holiday season we practice extravagant generosity by making gifts to specific missions in addition to giving to our church. We can continue the Advent Generosity tradition this year and Worship Fully, Give More, Spend Less, and Love All this Christmas.

By doing so, we can “unclutter Christmas,” as Beth Richardson encourages in our Advent book, The Uncluttered Heart. Advent is often the busiest time of the year, and it is a challenge as Christians to make time and space to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. As the Christmas season approaches, we have the opportunity to reconsider and unclutter the way we approach this most holy of seasons, making space for the arrival of the Christ child.

Invitation

Participating in Advent Generosity is one way to shower love on others in honor of Christ’s birth. Instead of being consumed by the exhausting decorating and preparations, the chaotic clutter of shopping, spending, buying, and wrapping gifts that many of us don’t need, we can instead choose to devote our time to worshipping fully and use our money toward loving all. In addition to our regular giving to Los Altos UMC for our vital ministries, participating in Advent Generosity supports programs that exhibit God’s love to those who need it most.

Please consider donating to the Advent Generosity 2015 programs as a gift to friends and family. Making one donation supports three worthy programs in our community and the world:

hope's corner logoHope’s Corner, Inc., Capital Campaign: Hope’s Corner provides weekly healthy meals and showers to people in need in the Mountain View area. Advent Generosity gifts will go toward building a commercial kitchen on site to expand Hope’s Corner’s food service. Visit the Hope’s Corner page for more information.

Compassion Week logoCompassion Week 2016: Compassion Week provides church and community members with an opportunity to put their faith in action by addressing poverty, education, homelessness, hunger, the environment, and more. Advent Generosity funds will purchase supplies for these activities. Visit the Compassion Week page for more information.

UMCORUMCOR Gifts of Hope: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Around 884 million people lack adequate access to water. More than 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation. Through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (Advance #3020600), Advent Generosity gifts will supply the life-giving gift of water, sanitation, and hygiene education to people around the world. Visit UMCOR’s project page for more information.

How to Participate

Pick up an Advent Generosity 2015 envelope in the Sanctuary, Creekside, or the church office to collect the money you save by not buying unneeded/unwanted gifts. Then return the filled envelope to the church office or place it in the offering plate on or before Christmas Eve. You can also donate online.donate online button

If you want to want to make a gift donation on someone’s behalf, cards are enclosed in the collection envelope that you can fill out and give to them to let them know what you have done. Doing so can help unclutter the Christmas season for both of you! More gift cards are available if you have a long list of recipients.

Invite a Friend to Give in Your Name

As you unclutter your Christmas and focus on preparing for the birth of Christ, consider contacting someone who usually gives you a gift and let them know that you would like to work together with them to redirect the money that they would have spent on a gift for you to Advent Generosity instead, to help feed the hungry, put faith into action, and provide clean water. You will be uncluttering your own life and Christmas celebration and, in the process, inviting someone who cares about you to join you in making a difference for others in need.

This Christmas, let’s choose to unclutter our expectations, our preparations, and our celebration of Christ’s birth through Advent Generosity giving. Together, let’s unclutter our Christmas season and Worship Fully. Give More. Spend Less. And Love All.

Church Member Gives Largest Individual Gift to Imagine No Malaria

Barbara Ferguson, an active member of Los Altos UMC, Imagine No Malariahas given the largest individual gift to date to support Imagine No Malaria. Her donation of $1.1 million will go toward prevention, education, treatment, and communication to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa. For more about Barbara’s gift and the church’s efforts, read the news release here.

Los Altos UMC has raised funds for Imagine No Malaria through the recent Advent Conspiracy campaign and a concert last September, among other efforts. If you would like to get involved, resources are available here.