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Los Altos church parishioners mourn drowning deaths of mother, child


Courtesy of Fritz Schneider
The Claassen family

Christ Episcopal Church and Ventana School in Los Altos are mourning the loss of Polly and Trent Claassen, a mother and son who died Jan. 6 after drowning in a pond while on a trip to Kansas.

Polly Claassen was the church’s friendly, outgoing youth director and administrator, usually the first voice callers would hear when contacting the church.


Woman founds nonprofit with a vision to end sexual violence: Spiritual Perspective

Nikole Lim has a vision – to end the cycle of sexual violence everywhere.

What motivated a young woman who grew up in the Bay Area and attended film school in Los Angeles to chase such a difficult goal – and to start in Africa?

Woman founds nonprofit with a vision to end sexual violence

Nikole Lim has a vision – to end the cycle of sexual violence everywhere.

What motivated a young woman who grew up in the Bay Area and attended film school in Los Angeles to chase such a difficult goal – and to start in Africa?

Spritely and spooky, Christmas carols sing in the season


Gerard van Honthorst's "Adoration"

The cycle of songs that play like ambient music in American shops and parties during the holiday season draw – occasionally – from ancient roots that tell a Christmas story of mummery, mysticism and medieval Christianity.

Spiritual Briefs December 14

Union Presbyterian hosts Christmas Concert

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled “I Heard the Bells: A Christmas Choral Concert” 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 858 University Ave.

The concert will feature jazz, gospel and contemporary music and will include a sing-along to holiday favorites. A reception will follow the performance.

Pastors Perspective: Season of Advent: The best I could with what I have

I saw a movie once where there was a man being pulled in two different directions. One arm being pulled by an angel in a white outfit with wings, the other arm pulled by a devil all equipped with a red outfit and horns.

“Do this,” one would say.


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