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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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Jonah’s message offers lessons on love, repentance and grace

For the past couple of weeks at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, we have been looking at the Book of Jonah, unique among the Bible’s prophetic books.

At this point in history, the northern kingdom is named Israel and the southern, Judah, but neither is mentioned in Jonah. In fact, the book is the only time a prophet of God is sent to another people group. Jonah is sent to proclaim God’s coming destruction on Nineveh, a city in Assyria, near modern-day Mosul.

Before the mission, Jonah was a prophet who encouraged the king of the northern kingdom to go to war and expand the boundaries of the kingdom. But now God is sending him to foreigners. Jonah runs away to avoid doing what God commanded, heading as far in the opposite direction as possible.

But God still had a calling on Jonah’s life and a job for him to do.

Jonah ends up going to Nineveh and preaching to its people. Lo and behold, the people listen and repent. They put on sackcloth and ashes and fast – all of them. Then we get to see God’s grace as He relents from the destruction for a time.

Scholars believe Jonah was written circa 780 B.C., and the destruction of Nineveh unfolds at the hands of three combined armies in 612 B.C. So for a time, God put the destruction of Nineveh on hold.

Jonah, though, is very angry. He really wanted God to destroy Nineveh, an enemy of his beloved Israel. Jonah had a feeling that he wouldn’t have been sent in the first place unless God was going to show mercy to Nineveh.

I think we can take a couple of lessons away from Jonah.

First, God loves all sorts of folks: Israelites and Ninevites, Americans and Iranians, people from every corner of every nation. God has a claim on every life because He created that life and sustains it.

Second, God loves repentance. Jonah repented in the belly of the fish, and the Ninevites repented when they heard the message Jonah carried from God.

Third, God is full of grace – for Jonah, for Nineveh, for us. We all need Jesus and the forgiveness He offers.

Finally, beware of the idols we worship without recognizing them. Jonah’s idols were his country and himself. When God offered grace contrary to Jonah’s will, Jonah told God simply to kill him. Idolatry is much subtler these days – it can be scientific materialism or nationalism, a political point of view or a bank account. There are all sorts of things that draw our attention away from God.

If you are of a mind, read Jonah again and review some of my recent sermons posted on our church’s website.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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