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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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