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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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"Come follow me": Jesus recruits followers to share talents

In many of our churches, we recently read the story of the calling of Jesus’ disciples along the Sea of Galilee.

The famous saying in Matthew 4 associated with this call is Jesus’ short and powerful statement, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” (The traditional language is, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”)

People have long been puzzled about why Jesus would pick a group of fishermen to be the leadership nucleus of the worldwide faith movement he was establishing.

Clearly, he made a good choice, because Christianity exists all around the world, and we’re still talking about this event in the Christian scriptures today.

Equally puzzling has been the question of why the fishermen accepted the call to become disciples and leaders in the new church community. Their business was fishing, not religious service, relief work or management. Surely their acceptance has something to do with the way Jesus phrased his invitation: “Come to me, and from now on you fisherman will catch people.” In other words, Jesus reached right into their lives and extended an invitation relevant to them and who they were.

In fact, it’s likely that if Jesus had not been dealing with fishermen, he would have come up with other ways to issue his call:

• To a group of actors, he might have said (in a Bogartlike voice): Follow me, and I have a feeling this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. All the world will be our stage, and together we’ll bring down the house.

• To a group of chefs and people passionate about cooking: Follow me, and I will help you find that delicious recipe you’ve always searched for to feed both the body and the soul.

• To a group of writers: Follow me, and you will write powerful stories through which people can connect with the rhyme and reason of their lives.

• And to our own dear techie selves here in Silicon Valley, he might have said: Follow me, and you will know how to optimize the search for life’s meaning for all people, no matter what glitches they may have in their personal operating systems.

It’s fun to think of how Jesus, with his incredible talent to turn a phrase, might have worded his call to different groups of people based on their life context. (Try writing a couple yourself.)

The point of these, however, is simply to illustrate how God calls every person to faith and vision to make this world a better place. What gifts do you have? Fishing, cooking, finance, serving, teaching, technology? Jesus called those first disciples, and by extension all of us, to use their gifts for others.

How can your gifts be used to bring healing, love and hope to our world?

The Rev. David Schick is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos. For more information, visit praiseimmanuel.com.

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