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Animate: Bible Series, April 19–May 31

You are invited to try out a brand new opportunity for adults and youth! Come together for food, fellowship, and a fresh approach to faith. Starting the Wednesday after Easter, April 19, we will gather for seven weeks from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Creekside Center for no-cost dinner and fellowship, watch a short video from the Animate: Bible series, and then engage in discussions around our tables about the Bible.

Through short, creative videos featuring current Christian thought leaders, we will explore the history of the Bible’s sacred texts and what they offer for us today. (You can watch a trailer here.) The series offers centrist Protestant theology, and it focuses more on asking questions for viewers to engage with than on giving all the answers. The video segments feature Eric Elnes, Phyllis Tickle, Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jose Morales, Will Willimon, and Jay Bakker. Participants are invited to sketch, doodle, and create in the provided journals, then share their thoughts.

Come be part of the fun, and invite your friends! Each session stands alone, so you don’t have to commit to all seven. The GroupLife planning team wants to plan how much dinner to provide, how many journals to purchase, and how many childcare staff to schedule, so please register if you plan to attend.

Starfire Benefit Concert and Auction, April 1

All are invited on Saturday, April 1, at 6:30pm in Creekside to Masquerade, the biggest fund-raiser Starfire Singers will hold for its summer tour to the United Kingdom. Donations and proceeds from the live auction will help defray the cost of the tour. Donations may be made online or at the concert.

The concert will feature the Starfire Singers (Los Altos UMC’s high school choir) and Starfire alumni. Guest musicians include members of our own Creekside Worship Band; Nebula, a Bay Area-based jazz group that includes Scott Jespersen and Dylan Damonte (both Starfire ’08); and Orange County-based musician Steven Maggiora (Starfire ’03), who works primarily as a session musician and live musician.

During the auction there will be opportunities to bid on some very exciting trips and parties, including:

Fabulous getaways: Puerto Vallarta, Maui, Palm Desert, St. Helena, Donner Lake, Northstar, Lake Tahoe, and Maine.

Fun party events: elegant dinner party, Cinco de Mayo party, prayer bead making with Carol, mystery luau party, drumming circle with Dylan Damonte & Bill Golden, Memphis BBQ, outdoor summer wine party, poker party, stargazing party, and primp and poker for teens.

The doors will open at 6:30pm for bidding to begin, and the concert will start at 7:00pm. This event happens only once every four years, so you don’t want to miss it! For more information, contact Cindy Golden or Denise Robinson.

Confirmation Class Starts in January

LAUMC Confirmation 2014Confirmation is a special experience in the life of our eighth graders and our congregation. It is a time for us to set these young people free on their own spiritual journey, for them to build new and deeper relationships with friends and with God, and to celebrate the beautiful people they have become and are striving to be. Students do not have to decide about church membership prior to joining the Confirmation Class but should come with an open mind, ready to explore the issues and learn more.

If you have an eighth grader or know an eighth grader, invite them to attend the first Confirmation Class on Sunday, January 8, at 11:15am. More information, the class schedule, and the class registration form are available on the Confirmation page.

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Food AltarThe Thanksgiving Eve service, held this year on November 23 at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary, is one of the most heartwarming services of the year. Our two youth choirs, Lightshine and Starfire Singers, lead us in worship through song. Pastor Dirk Damonte will share the message. Please bring nonperishable foods and/or men’s or women’s knit caps, socks, scarves, and gloves. The collected food and clothing will be donated to Community Services Agency.

Register Now for Poverty Simulation, Aug. 28

Poverty Simulation Step Up Silicon Valley

Thousands of men, women, and children live in poverty in Silicon Valley, and with skyrocketing housing costs, trying to make ends meet is more stressful and elusive than ever. To gain greater insight into and compassion for the challenges they endure, sign up for the Poverty Simulation, a unique role-playing event that allows you to take a deep dive into life with a shortage of money. In this fast-paced activity, you will experience four weeks of poverty in one afternoon, role-playing as a member of a low-income family struggling to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities while navigating through community resources. You will also meet people who have lived in poverty and discuss opportunities to create a truly thriving community. The experience will touch you on intellectual, emotional, and spiritual levels.

The Poverty Simulation will be held on Sunday, August 28, 12:00–3:00pm in Creekside and is open to adults and high school students. Space is limited! Visit the registration page for more information and to register. Contact Nancy Peterson with questions or to volunteer at the event if you participated in the simulation last year.

The event is sponsored by the LAUMC Bold Service and Social Justice Committee in a multi-faith partnership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Palo Alto First United Methodist Church, Bay Area Cultural Connections, Congregation Beth Am, and Saint Simon Parish. Step Up Silicon Valley, a movement to reduce poverty initiated by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, will conduct the simulation.

 

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.