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Parenting With Presence, Oct. 19

susan-stiffelmanOur Children’s Center Preschool invites the community to attend a talk on “Parenting With Presence: Raising Confident & Caring Kids” on Wednesday, October 19, 7:00–8:30pm in Creekside. The guest speaker will be Susan Stiffelman, a licensed marriage, family and child therapist, credentialed teacher, educational therapist, Huffington Post columnist, and highly regarded public speaker. Susan is regularly featured in print and broadcast media, including NBC’s Today Show and the Los Angeles Times. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling book Parenting Without Power Struggles and the newly published Parenting With Presence. Admission to her talk is free, but please reserve your spot in advance so the organizers can be adequately prepared. You may also request childcare by contacting Family Resource Center Director Bryn Stuebner.

Imagine Worship Series, May 31-June 14

A Three-Part Journey Into Embracing God’s Future

Ephesians 3:20-21 speaks of a God who is able to do infinitely and abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. The narrative of God is one in which God speaks things into being. Things that did not exist before have all the potential of being present now and in the future through the power of God. As God’s people, we are called to this “Imagine” spirit, where we hope and hunger for the new. We celebrate over these three weeks the “beyond imagination” potential of children, the creative power of the arts, and the unknown ripples of our ministry together.

May 31 | The Children Are Our Future (Children’s Celebration Sunday)

How do we celebrate and cherish the incredible potential that exists in every child? How do we understand the great need to invest in their potential, not just as parents, but as a community of faith? What they will be is “beyond imagination”! Retiring Children’s Center Director Non Mead will preach at the morning services, and we will celebrate her service with our preschool families as well as our overall Children’s Ministry. The scripture is 1 Corinthians 3:10-14.

June 7 | In the Image of God (Arts Alive! Sunday)

The first thing we come to understand in Scripture about God’s character is that God is a “creator God.” God takes the formless and even the void and shapes beauty into creation. God is the Divine Artist. To be created in the image of God means that we have the capacity for great imagination and creativity. To celebrate the gift of the arts is to celebrate the character of God that lives within us. As we lift up and acknowledge the incredible gifts within our community, we celebrate the creative power of a God who “paints the sky and shapes the beauty of our earth.” Holy Communion will be served at all services. Pastor Mariellen will preach at the morning services and Pastor Dirk at the evening service. The scripture is Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27.

June 14 | A Call to Multiply (Celebration of Ministry)

When faithful people respond to God’s call to “go forth and make disciples,” amazing things happen. The church in Acts 16:5-15 is a community that continued to multiply. When ministry takes place, multiplication happens. We have to believe that the power of God is able to do far more than we ask or imagine. There are “unknown ripples” of our ministry together, changing lives and transforming this world. Pastor Mariellen will give the message at the morning services and Pastor Sam at the evening service.

Help Us Honor Retiring Preschool Director Non Mead

meadAfter 25 years of loving and caring for children in our community, Children’s Center Director Non Mead is retiring. Non has been the director of LAUMC’s preschool for the past 15 years, and she has devoted her time and energy to supporting young families as they navigate this wonderful stage of life. The church and preschool community is invited to two opportunities to celebrate Non’s time with us.

Children’s Celebration Sunday, May 31
Worship: 8:00, 9:30, & 11:15am, Sanctuary
Luncheon: 12:30pm, Creekside

The church will celebrate Non’s instrumental ministry with our preschool children on Children’s Celebration Sunday, May 31, at all morning services. Non will preach at the three morning services. Afterward, all are invited to a luncheon to honor her. If you are able to attend the luncheon, please RSVP here. Cards and notes of wishes and thanks for Non will be welcomed.

Children’s Center Lemonade Social
Sunday, June 7, 2:00–5:00pm, University Club of Palo Alto

The Children’s Center Preschool is hosting a celebration of Non’s contribution to the children and families in our community. This lemonade and cookie social is designed to provide an opportunity for anyone who has been touched by Non’s teaching and guidance to drop by and say hi. There is a large grassy area for play, and we kindly ask that parents supervise their own children. You are invited to stop by to wish Non well in the next chapter of her life. Please RSVP here for planning purposes.

Gift for Non

We can only guess what Non may need as she begins to fully enjoy retirement and time with her precious grandchildren. If you would like to make a monetary retirement gift for Non’s personal use, please make your check payable to Non Mead with “gift” in the memo line. Only the names of the gift givers will be provided to Non. Checks can be sent to the church office or the Children’s Center, or put in the Sunday offering plate. Your direct gift to Non is NOT tax deductible.