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Mexico House-Building Trip, April 7–14, 2018

Come on one of Los Altos UMC’s Mexico trips and put your faith into action! The next trip is scheduled for April 7–14, 2018. We will build simple two-room houses for working people in Tecate. 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!

Download the trip overview, FAQs, and registration form or pick up print copies of the informational flyers and registration form in the church entry or Creekside lobby. Completed registration forms and deposits are due January 3, with later registrations accepted if space is available. Financial assistance is available from the Mission Trip Scholarship Fund; please review the scholarship criteria and then submit the application form. For more information, contact Leslie Carmichael.

Surviving the Holidays: Help and Hope As You Navigate the Christmas Season

Are you wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and 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 is offering a two-hour Surviving the Holidays seminar with video and discussion on four dates: November 12, November 19, December 3, and December 10, each at 12:30pm in the Resource Center. The seminar is designed so that anyone grieving the death of a loved one can attend and learn how to navigate 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 and receive course materials.

Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

Are you looking for a table to join at Thanksgiving? Or are you just tired of thawing, stuffing, cooking, slicing, dicing, mashing, mincing, and baking? Join your LAUMC family for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 23, 2:00-5:00pm! You can bring the whole family—even Uncle Bob! It’s free to attend, with contributions accepted but not necessary. No shopping, cooking, or worry—just show up and give thanks. The menu includes roast turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, honey-baked ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, ice cream, coffee, tea, and milk.

Reservations are required by Monday, November 20, so that food quantities and seating can be prepared. Please sign up online. We will gather at 2:00pm in Creekside, with dinner served at 2:30 (please arrive by 2:15). We hope everyone can give five minutes after dinner to help clean up.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with cooking, serving, or cleaning up, contact Karl Hansen by November 5. Limited spots are available.

Get Ready for Fall With a Weekend at Church Camp

Fall is a beautiful time at Camp Lodestar, offering turning leaves, cool evenings, and a time to step away from the hectic pace of everyday life in the Silicon Valley. You are invited to join a group of LAUMC folks for the weekend of October 13–15 to worship, pray, share stories, and prepare the camp for fall and winter guests. Since we will be doing service work, we can get a discounted rate of $80/person for lodging and meals for the weekend. Register online or contact Director of Congregational Care Patricia Parfett.

Family Fun Nights Aug. 8 & 15

Families are invited to enjoy some summer fun together! On two Tuesdays, August 8 and 15, bring your dinner and a picnic blanket, and join us from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the grassy area by the Youth Room and Resource Center. Invite your friends and neighbors to experience how welcoming our church family can be! This is a great way to meet and get to know other families in our community, as well as the new director of Children’s Ministries. Please note: Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times during this event, and all items brought in must be taken home at the end of the evening.

Another Habitat Success

Habitat family new houseOn January 10, volunteers from LAUMC as well as other local churches in the Habitat for Humanity All Faiths group began the demolition efforts on a “gut and rebuild” home in San Jose. Weekend efforts were coordinated over the past few months, including LAUMC volunteers, culminating in the dedication ceremony on May 1. The Palm Street, San Jose, home went from being the blight of the neighborhood to a sparkling new home in just 4.5 months. During the emotional dedication, the family members were given a hammer in recognition of their ‘sweat equity’ efforts, a Bible, and the symbolic key to their new home, prompting the husband to fall to his knee in gratitude. It was a joyous day recognizing another successful build and the celebration of a deserving family’s new home.

Would you like to be part of this story next time? Come be a volunteer on our next Habitat project. Contact Rick Arnesen for details.

Field Report: Tecate, Mexico

House building in TecateA team from LAUMC has been in Tecate, Mexico, this last week to build a house in a working poor community. Here is a shot of the team working on framing the walls. For more reports and photos from the trip, check out our mission blog.