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UMW Autumn and Christmas Craft Sale

UMW baked goodsThe United Methodist Women have been creating fall and Christmas crafts: fall and holiday wreaths, witch hats, table décor, ornaments, cross stitch, gift bags, pillowcases, and more. The sales of these items will support the Bill Wilson Center, CIC Ministries, Community Services Agency, Cancer Connection, Family Supportive Housing, Pathways Hospice, YWCA Women’s Shelter, Palo Alto VA Hospital, and many other organizations. Come to one of the sales listed below and pick up some decorations and gifts for the holidays.

  • Friday and Saturday, October 14–15, 10:00am–4:00pm, 1501 Oakley Dr., Los Altos
  • Sunday, October 16, 9:00am–2:00pm, Creekside
  • Sunday, October 23, 9:00–11:30am, Creekside (including a bake sale)
  • Sunday, November 13, 9:00–11:30am, Creekside
  • Sunday, December 4, 9:00–11:30am, Creekside (including a bake sale)

For those of you who remember the UMW’s Harvest Craft Faire of previous years, these craft sale dates replace the full Faire. There will be no vendors other than the United Methodist Women’s own crafts and baked goods.

Therefore Go: Resurrected Hearts Lead to Action

Following up on our April worship theme of Resurrected Hearts, we have several opportunities over the next few weeks to listen to and participate in some possible “next steps” of having Resurrected Hearts. Read more below about a letter-writing opportunity and a short series called “Therefore Go” (based on Matthew 28:16-20) at our Creekside Crossings evening worship services.

Bread for the World Letter-Writing
Sundays, April 24 and May 1, 9:00am–12:30pm, Redwood Room
Sundays, May 1 and May 8, 6:00pm, Creekside
Come write letters to Congress advocating for policies that help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Sample letters and addresses are provided. Learn more about this national campaign on Bread for the World’s website. The letters will be blessed during communion at the May 1 morning services and May 8 evening service.

Therefore Go: Mexico
Creekside Crossings, April 24, 5:00pm
The returning team members of our recent Mexico House-Building Trip will lead the way as we transition from the Resurrected Hearts: Testimony theme of the morning services to our new Creekside Crossings worship series. They will share testimonies about their experiences of going to Mexico to build not just a house but community. After the service, enjoy a Mexican feast and learn about opportunities to serve in our local community from our Bold Service and Social Justice Committee.

Therefore Go: Nepal
Creekside Crossings, May 1, 5:00pm
Katherine Parker, a global missionary of The United Methodist Church, will speak about her experiences as a health and community transformation advisor with the ecumenical United Mission to Nepal. Katherine has a unique perspective on transforming Nepali society into the healthy, dignified, and hope-filled communities God intended. Since 2013, she has worked on issues surrounding water, sanitation, and hygiene in remote areas of Nepal. This work was especially critical after the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Prior to her tenure in that country, Katherine was posted with the emerging Methodist Church in Cambodia, where she helped communities with food security, livelihood projects, and access to clean drinking water. (Note: Communion will not be served at this service.)

Therefore Go: Nicaragua
Creekside Crossings, May 8, 5:00pm
For Mother’s Day, we will lift up Casa Materna in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, an organization striving to decrease maternal and infant mortality in rural Nicaragua that LAUMC has long partnered with. Jana Powell will share a reflection about her recent immersion experience there. The Bread for the World letters will be presented as an offering to God as we celebrate Holy Communion.

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.