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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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