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Women’s Retreat: Our God Connection, April 21–23

All women are invited to register for the annual spring Women’s Retreat, held Friday–Sunday, April 21–23, in Santa Cruz. This year’s theme is “Our God Connection: Praying All Ways.” This retreat offers a nurturing break at beautiful Villa Maria del Mar. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino, Director of Congregational Care Patricia Parfett, and Director of Music & Ministry for Youth Carol Damonte will lead the retreat, which is always a special weekend of fun and relaxation as well as learning and inspiration for those who attend—newcomers as well as returnees.

Register online or pick up a printed registration form at church. The early bird registration fee is $310 per person for a double room and $395 for a single and covers two nights, all meals, and the retreat program. Space is limited and goes quickly, so confirm your place soon! After March 15, the registration fees will be $345 for a double room and $430 for a single. Contact Susan O’Neil (408-245-5304) with questions.

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).

All-Church Summer Barbecues Start July 28

Summer BBQ 2014 webYou 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 three Thursdays, July 28, August 4, and August 11, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in Creekside. Admission at the door is $8/general, $5/children under 6, or $22/family. We encourage families with young children to attend and are offering child care for children under 4 in the nursery and games for older children. Reserve a spot for your child with Pat Osborne (650-948-7955).

Thursday, July 28: The Wesley Jazz Ensemble will play a variety of big band hits, jazz, blues, Latin rock & roll, J-pop hits, Motown, and today’s popular tunes. This group has received awards by the Honorable Mike Honda and the Honorable Zoe Lofgren for its musical service in the South Bay Area. You will want to dance around the room!

Thursday, August 4: The Lyric Theatre Ensemble will be performing music from Gilbert & Sullivan, operetta, and classical musicals. This talented group of singers gives a performance you will not want to miss!

Thursday, August 11: Our own popular Star Geezers will once again provide a delightful evening filled with their lively musical selections and antics.

In order to keep costs down, we are requesting volunteer kitchen assistance for the chefs. Please contact Pat Osborne (650-948-7955) if you can help. The shifts are: six people in the kitchen at 3:30pm, four grillers at 4:00pm, and four people to help serve ice cream at 6:30pm.