Sun04202014

Spiritual Life

LAUMC sponsors 'eye-opening' missions trip over spring break

Los Altos United Methodist Church has put out the call for those willing take a break from Silicon Valley life this spring to transform a family’s living quarters from a dirt-floor shack to a two-room stucco house.

During spring break on the Los Altos school calendar, April 5-12, the church invites local residents to join a group traveling to Tecate, Mexico, to build houses for the working poor. The group will participate in the program run by AMOR Ministries, which has coordinated volunteer groups from all over the United States for 32 years as they worked in several Mexican cities and on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. The church has worked with AMOR Ministries for 19 years.

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Thokoza shines at LAUMC

When Roy Mwesa first arrived in the United States more than 12 years ago from his native Zambia, he made it his mission to promote the African spiritual music traditions on which he was raised. Mwesa did just that when he appeared at Los Altos United Methodist Church’s “Africa Sunday” Jan. 26.

The United Methodist Women sponsor the annual “Africa Sunday,” which raises funds for the African Student Education Fund and celebrates the church’s missions work.

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Evidence suggests connection between morally uplifted thought and body

The disappointment on the woman’s face was unmistakable.

After explaining in some detail how her efforts to abide by a strictly raw-food diet had failed to register any real impact on her health, the response she received from the evening’s keynote speaker was hardly encouraging.

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Spiritual Brief

Local parishes address realignment

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Catholic Diocese of San Jose reported that Los Altos parishes St. Nicholas and St. William are scheduled for restructuring to eliminate unnecessary duplication and allow closer collaboration.

The realignment, proposed for July 1, would continue the churches as separate entities served by a single pastor and parochial vicar. Each would maintain a separate legal identity, including name, buildings, canonical rights, bank accounts, books, financial assets and obligations.

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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.

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