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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Money and importance do not make us special

We have begun a study of Luke at our church this fall. In chapter 4, starting at verse 16, Jesus begins His ministry by preaching a sermon in his hometown synagogue.

It is a little comforting to pastors like me that the sermon is a complete flop. It is such a complete flop that the congregation tries to throw Jesus off a nearby cliff. I’ve preached bad sermons, but I’ve never had a congregation, well, it’s safer to say that I’ve rarely had a congregation, try to kill me for one.

What the people were so mad about was that Jesus told them that they weren’t special. As Jews, they were the people of God, absolutely, but that didn’t mean that they were perfect. It didn’t mean that they could do whatever they wanted to do in life.

All people – Jew and non-Jew – need to come before God and admit that they aren’t perfect. Everyone needs to repent and apologize to God for what they have done wrong, and everyone is in need of grace and forgiveness.

Jesus reminds them of Elijah and Elisha, who were sent not to Jewish people, but to foreigners whom they relieved of the effects of drought and disease. Jesus tells his hometown people that they are not good enough, that they too need forgiveness and that God has come for all sorts of people, not just the Jews.

It is painful to hear that we aren’t that special.

The truth is that we aren’t special. I know we live in Los Altos, and we think that makes us special. We have lots of money and we are important people in the world, but the truth is that that doesn’t make us special either. Even lots of people telling us how important we are, how special we are, doesn’t actually make us unique.

We in Los Altos like to think we are better, different, that we aren’t like everyone else. The truth is that we are fundamentally the same as every other person on the planet. We fall short of God’s glory, we need to be rescued from our sin, and we cannot do that ourselves. All people need Jesus, all disciples of Jesus need to invite Christ to rule in our lives. We cannot catch Jesus by hanging around Christians. Going to Sunday School all those years ago was nice, but it doesn’t make one a disciple of Jesus.

I’m not that special, and you aren’t either. All of us have done wrong, and all of us need the forgiveness that comes from God alone. I believe that if we all behaved and believed that we aren’t unique and God’s gift to the world, then perhaps we could be a little nicer to those around us.

Each person is created by God, loved by God – but not unique. So let’s get off our high horses and give a little help to those around us who need help. I’m not that special, just like you.

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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