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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.

Borderless Home Shows, July 21–22

Starfire Singers, our high school choir, is hard at work preparing to give two home performances of Borderless here at LAUMC before taking the show on tour! Come see the show on July 21 or 22 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 24, Starfire Singers will take off for the UK, performing the show at local churches and collecting offerings for justice ministries selected by the host churches.

Borderless is a multimedia musical production written by Dirk and Carol Damonte 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. 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.

Saying Farewell to Our Departing Staff

This month Los Altos UMC makes goodbyes to three departing staff, with several opportunities to share our appreciation for their time and ministry with us. Rev. Mariellen Yoshino has served as the senior pastor for three years. Rev. Debbie Weatherspoon has been one of our associate pastors for 11 years, most recently as the minister for community engagement. Paul Rosas, our senior organist, has played organ, piano, and even composed new works during his 13 years at Los Altos UMC.

Pastors Mariellen and Debbie will share the message time at all four worship services on Sunday, June 11. This will be their final Sunday in worship at Los Altos UMC. The worship services on Sunday, June 25, will be a celebration of Paul Rosas’ musical ministry in our congregation.

All-Church Dinner: Farewell to Staff
Sunday, June 25, 5:45pm, Creekside
Come to the Creekside Crossings service and stay for this month’s All-Church Sunday Dinner, a farewell to Pastor Mariellen, Pastor Debbie, and Paul. Help us celebrate and honor their service to this church. Dinner will be barbecue. Please register online so we know how many attendees to expect. All are invited! We will have a slide show during dinner. If you have photos of the honorees that you would like to share, please send them to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

Farewell Gifts
If you would like to make a monetary farewell gift for one or more of our departing staff, checks are accepted in the offering plate or in the church office by June 25. Please make checks payable to Debbie Weatherspoon or Paul Rosas or make a gift in Pastor Mariellen’s honor to “CNUMC UMF Yoshino Family Mission Fund.” Gifts to Pastor Debbie or Paul are not tax-deductible; gifts to the Yoshino Family Mission Fund are tax-deductible.

Handbell Musicians Wanted

Alleluia Ringers is looking for musically inclined folks to play handbells large and small. Rehearsals are Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm in the Choir Room. Many handbell musicians start on other instruments or come from a vocal background—it is easy to learn the basic techniques for ringing bells! If you are looking for a new way to get involved at church, enjoy fellowship with a wonderful group of people, learn amazing music, and perform it for the congregation, we would love to have you. No commitment is necessary on your first visit: Come try us out for a week. You will be compensated for your time with joy, laughter, playful banter, oranges, and occasionally avocados. Contact Alleluia Ringers Director Scott McGlasson (559-303-8106) with questions.

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.

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.

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.