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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.

Festival of Carols & Lights, Dec. 10

Festival of Carols & Lights 2012Christmas comes to life with words and music at our annual Festival of Carols & Lights concert celebration on Saturday, December 10, at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. Join us in the Sanctuary or watch either performance live online. This year’s theme is “Not a Silent Night.” Our worship choirs, Chancel Choir, Morning Glory, Lightshine & Starfire Singers, and Creekside Worship Band will be joined by an orchestra as the Sanctuary is filled with the music of familiar carols, Christmas anthems, and readings that will fill your heart with the joy of the holidays.

Let Christmas come to life with the music of the season, and let the Festival of Carols and Lights be a part of your celebration of the mystery and wonder of Christmas. A free-will offering will be taken. Childcare is available during the 5:00pm performance upon request to Lisa Conway.

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.