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All-Church Summer Barbecues Return

You are invited to enjoy fellowship, good food, and excellent entertainment! Bring your family and neighbors, or just come hang out with your church family at our All-Church Summer BBQs. They are scheduled for two Thursdays, July 27 and August 10, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in Creekside. Tickets are available online or at the door for $8/general, $5/children under 6, or $22/family with school-age children. Don’t worry if you can’t come right at 6:00—dinner will still be available for late arrivals! There will also be entertainment for the whole family, including basketball, water balloons, games, prizes, and more.

Thursday, July 27: Dorita Strotman, a well-known pianist at local restaurants, will provide music during dinner. The Wesley Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of big band hits, jazz, blues, and more tunes after dinner—dancing and singing are encouraged! Water balloons and games will be organized for youth. You may purchase your ticket online or pay at the door. Child care is available for children 4 years old and younger with advance reservation to Pat Osborne (650-948-7955) by July 21.

Thursday, August 10: Dorita Strotman will once again provide piano music during dinner. Magician Phil Ackerly will perform, a delight for both children and adults, as he has entertained audiences off-Broadway in New York City and at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Following his act, our own ever-popular Star Geezers will play for us, offering lively musical selections and antics. You may purchase your ticket online or pay at the door. Child care is available for children 4 years old and younger with advance reservation to Pat Osborne (650-948-7955) by August 4.

All-Church Dinner: Welcome New Pastors, July 9

Come to the Creekside Crossings service on July 9 at 5:00pm and stay for the All-Church Sunday Dinner (starts approximately at 5:45pm) to welcome our incoming ministers. Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will give the message at the service, and then she and Associate Pastor Jon Visitacion will be available to meet the congregation and share fellowship time. Please register for planning purposes.

Animate: Bible Series, April 19–May 31

You are invited to try out a brand new opportunity for adults and youth! Come together for food, fellowship, and a fresh approach to faith. Starting the Wednesday after Easter, April 19, we will gather for seven weeks from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Creekside Center for no-cost dinner and fellowship, watch a short video from the Animate: Bible series, and then engage in discussions around our tables about the Bible.

Through short, creative videos featuring current Christian thought leaders, we will explore the history of the Bible’s sacred texts and what they offer for us today. (You can watch a trailer here.) The series offers centrist Protestant theology, and it focuses more on asking questions for viewers to engage with than on giving all the answers. The video segments feature Eric Elnes, Phyllis Tickle, Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jose Morales, Will Willimon, and Jay Bakker. Participants are invited to sketch, doodle, and create in the provided journals, then share their thoughts.

Come be part of the fun, and invite your friends! Each session stands alone, so you don’t have to commit to all seven. The GroupLife planning team wants to plan how much dinner to provide, how many journals to purchase, and how many childcare staff to schedule, so please register if you plan to attend.

Register Now for the Men’s Retreat

Registration hRev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkelas opened for the fall Men’s Retreat, November 11–13, which will be led this year by LAUMC’s former senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Mark Bollwinkel. Men of all ages are invited to participate. The theme will be “Men Finding Our Way,” celebrating our uniqueness, finding new ways to trust, accepting who we are, and acknowledging 21st-century roles.

“Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”
― Richard Rohr, “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”

LAUMC Men's Retreat hike to Mt Hermon crossThe retreat weekend will include presentations, discussion, music, time for reflection, a hike to the Cross at Mount Hermon (optional), a project with clay led by Pastor Mark, a Saturday evening movie and discussion, and Sunday worship and communion. There will also be time for play, singing, walking, napping, and eating. Men are encouraged to invite a friend!

The retreat will be held at Mount Hermon Christian Retreat Center near Felton, about 45 minutes from LAUMC, amidst a beautiful redwood forest. The registration fee of $250 includes all retreat materials, two nights’ lodging in either a cabin or a deluxe room with a roommate and bathroom (no dorm rooms), and six buffet-style meals from Friday dinner through lunch Sunday.

Register online here, or drop off a registration form and a check payable to LAUMC, with “2016 Men’s Retreat” on the memo line, at the church office. Scholarships are available. Registration closes October 25.

If you would like to register online but pay by check, then under “Tracking Code?” select Yes and enter MENRET-CK. Your total will then read $0. Please bring a check for $250 made out to LAUMC, with “2016 Men’s Retreat” in the memo line, to the church office and attach a copy of your confirmation email to the check. If you have any questions, contact Retreat Coordinator Jeff Jenks (408-470-9754).