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Worship Schedule Alteration

Summer is an out-of-the-ordinary time. A little breathing space to try new routes and routines. This summer we’d like to try to bring our congregation all together more regularly for worship. For five Sundays—August 6 to September 3—we will hold just two regular worship services on Sunday mornings, instead of three.

Worship at 8:00am or 9:30am, then stay for extended conversation and study of the day’s text with Pastor Kathi at 11:15am in the Redwood Room. The evening Creekside Crossings service will remain at its regular time of 5:00pm.

We hope that this will offer all of the morning worship-goers a chance to see and worship with folks they don’t usually get to see!

This is not a permanent change. At the end of this five-week “pilot project,” we’ll ask you what you thought about this arrangement, and we’ll figure out together what’s best for our church in the long term. Please share your questions or comments with us along the way. We’ll be glad to hear them!

With blessings and hope,

Rev. Kathi McShane, senior pastor
Rev. Dirk Damonte, minister of music and worship arts
Margie Gong, chair of Church Council
Jan Grace, interim chair of Passionate Worship Practice Committee

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.

This I Know for Sure: July sermon series

For the month of July, our sermon series will focus on the topic of “This I Know for Sure.” The preachers will be our newly appointed ministers, Senior Pastor Kathi McShane and Associate Pastor Jon Visitacion.

July 9: This I Know for Sure: Life Is Like a Wedding Banquet
Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will give her first sermons at Los Altos UMC. The scripture is John 2:1-11.

July 16: This I Know for Sure: All Shall Be Well
Pastor Kathi will give a message based on Isaiah 43:1-7.

July 23: This I Know for Sure: Faith Is a Journey
Associate Pastor Jon Visitacion will give the message using the text of Romans 12:1-2.

July 30: This I Know for Sure: God Comes to You, Disguised as Your Life
Pastor Kathi will preach, using Matthew 4:18-19.

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.

Hero Central Vacation Bible School: June 19–23, 2017

Los Altos UMC’s Vacation Bible School 2017 will be an amazing week of adventure, games, science projects, crafts, community service, music, snacks, and more! Using the Hero Central VBS curriculum, we will inspire and empower kids to “Discover Your Strength in God” as we move, act, care, follow, and share God’s love.

Super Heroes: This VBS session is for 3 ½-year-olds* through 3rd graders. The fun begins at 9:30am and goes until noon. The cost is $95 for the week.

Caped Crusaders: This VBS session is for 4th through 6th graders. The fun kicks into gear at 9:30am and goes until 2:30pm. This group will go on an off-site field trip one day! The cost is $125 for the week.

Online registration is now open. Registration closes May 19 or when classes are full.

*Children must have turned 3 by December 1, 2016, and must be toilet-trained to participate.

If you have any questions about VBS, please contact Erica Carlstrom, coordinator of Vacation Bible School.

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.

Twelve Things to Try This Summer

  1. Walk with the Stop Gun Violence Together Group through the neighborhoods of west San Jose as a show of solidarity and to increase public safety. The SGVT Group walks every third Friday of the month, meeting at 7:00pm in Starbird Park, at the corner of Williams and Boynton in San Jose. The group walks at a moderate pace, talks with people in the community, and gives out books to neighborhood children. Contact the SFVT Group for more information.
  2. Volunteer at a community fun run. Local Los Altos store On Your Mark is organizing a “Christmas in July” fun run on July 19, benefiting our Hope’s Corner ministry. Sign up now to volunteer at the run, checking in participants, handing out water and prizes, and cheering on the runners. Click here for more information.
  3. Spend some time in a safe and serene place away from the hectic Bay Area. Camp Lodestar has air-conditioned dining facilities with great food, comfortable beds, swimming, interactive worship and Bible study, playground, swimming pool, starry nights, and more. Give yourself the gift of some sacred pace—although there is Wi-Fi for those who need to stay in touch with the real world!
  4. Be a greeter for a worship service or two. During the summer months, our regular greeters sometimes travel, so there are opportunities to put on your friendly smile, welcome people to worship, and pass out the friendship folders.
  5. Pass the plate—as an usher. Just as above, many of our ushers take vacation during the summer months. Have you ever wondered what ushers do? This is a great chance to try it out. No suits, ties or high heels required: we are “summer casual.”
  6. We love the chance for food and fellowship, whether at small group, Sunday night fellowship dinners, or Summer Barbecues. Join Food Services Director Fred Mayo and volunteer at a dinner this summer.
  7. Join a teaching team for Sunday Summer School. The Children’s Ministry team would love to share their joy and passion in working with our children. Great training is provided, and it’s a good way to meet other parents, grandparents, and people who simply love kids.
  8. Volunteer to work one-on-one with a special needs child during our Respite Nights! Summer dates are June 19 and July 17, 5:30–8:30pm.
  9. Be a back-up Sunday buddy for our special needs Sunday school class, for the occasions when someone is sick or out of town.
  10. Think ahead to Compassion Week in October. Is there an area or project that is especially important to you? Teams are planning the many missions and ministries we will serve this fall. Come be part of this exciting way to take worship into the world.
  11. There is a small group of people just waiting for you. Our GroupLife small group ministry is the best way to connect with the church through fellowship, study, or walking in friendship and support with others. Find an existing group, or invite friends to start a group for summer or fall.
  12. Remember to continue all five discipleship practices this summer! God doesn’t “take the summer off,” and neither should we. Worship, daily devotions, serving, connecting, and giving are important all twelve months of the year. Let’s all grow and go deeper with God.

For more information on any of these ideas, use the links above or contact Director of Adult Ministries Patricia Parfett.

Volunteer at Hope’s Corner This Summer

Summer vacation is just around the corner—a great time to volunteer at Hope’s Corner! Several of our regular volunteers are going on extended trips over the summer, and we could use your help. Hope’s Corner is a joint ministry of LAUMC and Trinity UMC in Mountain View that serves a free breakfast to hungry people every Saturday. Volunteers are needed every week to make Hope’s Corner happen. All ages are welcome. There are several volunteer shifts available every week:

  • Friday afternoons, 4:00–5:30pm in the LAUMC kitchen: Cook hard-boiled eggs and roasted potatoes; count out the ingredients for the bag lunches.
  • Friday evenings, 9:45–10:45 pm: Pick up donated pastries from Panera Bread at El Monte and El Camino Real and take them to Trinity UMC to cut and bag.
  • Saturday mornings, 6:45–7:15am: Deliver food from LAUMC to Trinity UMC.
  • Saturday mornings, 7:00–9:00am at Trinity UMC: Help set up and serve the breakfast buffet.
  • Saturday mornings, 9:00–10:30am at Trinity UMC: Help serve the breakfast buffet and clean up.
  • Saturday mornings, 10:15–11:00am: Deliver leftovers from Trinity UMC to LAUMC.

To sign up, visit our Hope’s Corner page and click on Volunteer Now.

If your small group is looking for a fun group activity, consider preparing a “special dinner” for Hope’s Corner guests. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Contact Leslie Carmichael for more information.