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Compassion Week Celebration, Oct. 16

Compassion Week logoWhether you participate in Compassion Week or not, come celebrate the great things we can do when we work together to “do love” in our community! A week after Compassion Week, on Sunday, October 16, 12:00–2:00pm in Creekside, we will have a celebration lunch with food and games for the whole family. The complimentary lunch will include burgers hot off the grill, veggie burgers, salad, fruit, and macaroni and cheese. For dessert there will be shave ice in 10 flavors.

There will be videos and photos highlighting some of the service opportunities during Compassion Week. Kids can play on an inflatable “Chuggy Choo-Choo” playground, play a life-size game of Pac-Man, or shoot basketball free throws. Other entertainment options for adults include listening to music by the Creekside Worship Band, browsing and purchasing fall and holiday crafts sold by the United Methodist Women, and cheering on your favorite competitors in the Nothing But Nets basketball championship tournament, benefiting Imagine No Malaria.

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.

Starfire Premieres Borderless, July 22 & 23

JustiX 2015Starfire Singers, our high school choir, is hard at work preparing to premiere an original musical here at LAUMC before taking the show on tour! Come see Borderless, written by Dirk and Carol Damonte, on July 22 or 23 at 7:30pm in Creekside. Admission is free, and an offering will be taken for Willka T’ika Children’s Fund – C’haskaNina Project (Quechua for “Starfire Project”), supporting trade education for Quechua high school graduates in remote Andean villages.

On July 25, Starfire Singers will start a two-week tour of Nevada and Colorado, performing the show six more times at local churches and collecting offerings for justice ministries selected by the host churches. For more than 30 years, Dirk and Carol’s ministry of writing and producing original musicals has allowed our youth to share a message about living the gospel in a new and relevant way. Starfire’s summer musical tours are the highlight of the year for most singers.

Borderless is a multimedia musical production about breaking through the barriers and borders that keep us from an authentic, deep, growing relationship with Jesus. Inspired by Bishop Robert Schnase’s Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Borderless is a fresh perspective on the five practices of discipleship as they are covered in our “Living Beyond the Borders” worship series. Come confront the places where we feel stuck in life and find a path toward living in a real and growing relationship with God. Once we step out beyond the borders, we find hope, faith, and love beyond our wildest imaginations. The shows at LAUMC and some tour performances will be streamed live. Visit the Starfire Singers website for more details.

Celebrate Music Ministry at All-Church Family Dinner, June 26

We are truly blessed by the music our choirs and band lend to our services each Sunday. From September through June, Morning Glory, Chancel Choir, Starfire Singers, Alleluia Ringers, and Creekside Worship Band contribute to the message and impact of weekly worship at LAUMC. To honor the contributions of these musicians, the All-Church Family Dinner on Sunday, June 26, will be a celebration of our Music Ministry.

With the close of this church year, we will be saying farewell to the directors of two of our choirs: Daniel Hughes, director of Chancel Choir, and Larry and Carla Sue, codirectors of the Alleluia Ringers bell choir. We will recognize and honor the service of these talented and dedicated musicians/directors as a part of our celebration.

Chef Fred Mayo is working on another delicious dinner menu, to include: hot crab dip, Italian pork chops, wild rice stuffing, baked broccoli, garden salad, and coffeehouse chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Join us at 6:15pm in Creekside for an evening of food, fun, and celebration!

MoGlo Rock Concert 2, May 21

Come hear our Morning Glory adult choir and the Creekside Worship Band perform on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00pm in Creekside Center! Tunes will include:

  • Kansas’s “Carry on Wayward Son”
  • Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” featuring Chris Bauman
  • Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”
  • Bruno Mars’ “Uptown (MoGlo) Funk”
  • Songs from U2, the Doobie Brothers, and Sarah McLachlan

Morning Glory and Creekside Worship Band will rock the house!

Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken benefitting the homeless program at Salinas First United Methodist Church and the Starfire Singers high school choir’s 2017 international trip.