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Spiritual Life

Four ways to focus on what's important this Christmas season

In the midst of the busyness and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of the important things in life, like spending time with those you love and making a difference in the lives of others. This year, take a step back and consider the following four suggestions from Thrivent Financial, a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously, to help them celebrate and appreciate what really matters.

Be grateful

The holiday season begins with Thanksgiving, so remember to carry your feelings of gratitude throughout the following weeks. It may not always be easy to practice being grateful in the midst of holiday stress, but doing so has seemingly endless benefits – from raising self-awareness to allowing people to truly feel fulfilled in their lives. Additionally, gratitude can help you balance gift demands by taking inventory on what you’re thankful for, making you less likely to give in to the temptation to overspend. Carry that attitude of Thanksgiving through the rest of the holidays.

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Spiritual Brief

LAUMC sponsors Taizé services

Los Altos United Methodist Church hosts a Taizé service 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month in the church sanctuary, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Taizé, a service that emphasizes prayer and reflection, started in the town of Taizé, France, in 1940.

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Baha'i perspective highlights extremes of wealth in local area

From the viewpoint of someone who has recently moved to Silicon Valley, the region’s contrast between the extremes of wealth and poverty is astounding.

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Spiritual Briefs

LAUMC hosts Christmas craft-making event for families

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled “Creekside Christmas” for families 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The event will feature Christmas crafts, music, games and snacks.

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New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight


In the years since the Valley of the Heart’s Delight evolved from orchards and vineyards to computer chips and code, a plethora of articles, films and books have documented the phenomenal transition. Los Altos resident Skip Vaccarello joined the gathering gang emigrating from the East Coast to become vice president of operations with VisiCalc and soon established himself as one of the many innovative and knowledgeable members of the computer technology revolution.

He, too, has published a book about the astounding conversion of Silicon Valley, but his perspective reveals the neglected but no less remarkable revolution quietly infiltrating the unique horde of immigrants. He eschews reporting on his personal successes or those of the new migrants, instead exploring and exposing the subtle transformation currently spreading throughout the area in his book “Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World” (Creative Team Publishing, 2015).

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