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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Take heart in assurance that the other side of trouble is joy

My job as a pastor would be a lot easier if it weren’t for trouble. Call it job security, I guess, but however you look at it, our world is filled with trouble.

When Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble,” He wasn’t kidding. Not even close. We wish He would have said, “You won’t have trouble” or even “You might have trouble.” Anything but “You will have trouble.”

But He was right. And because of that, a lot of my work as a pastor is centered on helping people deal with and move through trouble in healthy ways, assisting the hurting in getting up after hardship knocks them down and considering ways they can take heart while they suffer with heavy hearts.

However trouble comes, be it a loss of health, the death of a loved one, an unexpected pink slip, a financial crisis or a relational meltdown, it can devastate one’s emotional, spiritual, relational and physical well-being. I wouldn’t have a clue how to help those on the brink of losing heart in the aftermath of some unexpected problem if Jesus hadn’t warned us and told us how to deal with troubles.

I recently taught on John 16, where Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” I was intrigued by the three words that follow that statement. Without those three words, His audience would have been left discouraged and depressed. The three words: “But take heart.”

At first glance, that doesn’t seem very helpful. In fact, it seems as unhelpful as when something bad happens and someone comes up to you and says, “Cheer up!” Or in the midst of a catastrophe, Annie comes along and starts singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow.”

But Jesus didn’t end with “But take heart.” If you have a Bible handy, I encourage you to take a look at John 16, where Jesus gives some very practical training on how to “take heart” when you’re struggling with a heavy heart. That was precisely the condition Jesus’ followers were in at the time. They had left everything to follow Jesus for the previous three-and-a-half years, and suddenly Jesus was just going to leave them?

He told them that the grief they were feeling would only be for “a little while” and that one day it would be replaced with joy. The troubles, pain, confusion and fear we face in this world are only for a while. It’s not the end of the story. Jesus told them to think about what they were going through like a mother in labor – incredible pain, but she knows on the other side of the pain lies a bundle of joy that will make the pain she endured worth it.

Jesus took to heart His own counsel. While He was enduring the cross for us, He focused on the joy that awaited Him on the other side of the pain. Beyond the crucifixion was exhilarating joy. That knowledge lifted Jesus’ heavy heart just as it can lift ours.

So when your life is filled with trouble, remember that it’s part of living in this world. We can’t escape it. No one can. But we can look beyond the times of pain and fear and confusion to the joy ahead for those who trust God with their lives. The other side of trouble is joy.

If you take Jesus’ words to heart, it will do your heart good.

The Rev. Dave Gudgel is lead pastor of Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. For more information, visit www.connectbcc.org.

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