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Spiritual Life

Dynamic duo from LAUMC depart Los Altos


Rev. Mark and Bonnie Bollwinkel

The Rev. Mark S. Bollwinkel, senior pastor of Los Altos United Methodist Church, and his wife, Bonnie, are set to leave the large congregation to minister in a small Methodist church in Carmel. Bollwinkel has presided over the local church for 15 years, since Feb. 1, 1999.

Bollwinkel graduated from the Claremont School of Theology with Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees. He chose Claremont because its department focused on international development, in which he had a strong interest. Subsequent assignments and events confirmed the wisdom of that decision.

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InSpirit Healing Room open Saturday in Los Altos

Union Presbyterian Church in Los Altos is offering an InSpirit Praise & Prayer Healing Room 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 858 University Ave.

"All are welcome," said Laurie Kurgas, healing room director. "If you are battling an illness or injury, or feeling discouraged, there is hope! You will receive prayer for healing (heart, mind, body, soul) and for you to draw near to God." The InSpirit Praise & Prayer Healing Room is open on the first Saturday of each month. Check in at the sanctuary foyer of Union Presbyterian Church anytime between 10 a.m. and noon.

“Many people are being blessed by our Heavenly Father as they participate in the healing room,” Kurgas said.

Healing Room upcoming dates for 2014 are: July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. For more information, contact Kurgas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Silicon Valley entrepreneur shares successes and struggles

Entrepreneurs dream about the day when their product is a success. And when their company is acquired or goes public, that dream feels fully realized. For Jerry Shen, success came early.

Shen’s product – Bignoggins, a fantasy sports app – became the No. 1 app on iTunes two years after its release. Yahoo acquired Bignoggins in 2013, four years after Shen developed the app as a graduate student at Santa Clara University.

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Like ancient Jews, Christians live in occupied territory

Memorial Day weekend has just passed, signifying the beginning of summer. The holiday has always been special to me, a time of remembering those who have served us in dangerous times, in dangerous ways. We remember those who left their ordinary lives to serve in extraordinary ways.

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Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Each session includes the context and instruction in a meditation practice for that week, ample time for practice and opportunities to share with and learn from group participants as they integrate the practice in their daily lives.

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