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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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Community

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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Special Sections

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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"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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