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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.


New Beginnings Community Church reaches out to Bay Area

Driving down Springer Road in Mountain View on a Sunday morning, you’ll notice the tall green banners and people on the street smiling and waving to passersby. They are out in force to welcome local residents to a new church – New Beginnings Community Church.

New Beginnings opened Palm Sunday in April and already hosts three gatherings on Sunday mornings, drawing approximately 1,200 worshippers. NBCC describes itself as “a group of people on a journey with Jesus. We are a safe place where people in different places on that journey can explore, ask questions and grow in their relationship with God.”


Preschool at St. Timothy's Episcopal welcomes new director

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Mountain View recently hired Janet Kolstad, M.A., as director of its preschool.

Kolstad, who also teaches early-childhood college courses and parenting classes, previously worked at Ventana School and Los Altos Parent Preschool.


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Volunteers needed for preserve maintenance

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos seeks volunteers for its Byrne Preserve cleanup project 10 a.m. June 29. Volunteers will meet at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Supervised by the nonprofit environmental organization Acterra, a team of volunteers will spend two hours pulling weeds and clearing the trail at Byrne Park Preserve.


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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