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LAUMC hosts Advent service

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled an event marking the Advent season.

The Longest Night: A Service of Solace is slated 7:30 p.m. Monday in the church’s sanctuary, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The church offers a space of peace, reflection and comfort during the holiday season. The service is designed for people who may be feeling sad, tired or stressed, but all are invited to experience an hour of candlelit prayer, meditation, music and a brief message.

Child care is available, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 948-1083 or visit laumc.org.

Union Presbyterian offers healing room

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos offers an InSpirit Praise & Prayer Healing Room once a month. The next healing room is scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the sanctuary, 858 University Ave.

Director Laurie Kurgas said the healing room is open to anyone battling an illness or injury, or feeling discouraged.

“We will pray with you for healing and for you to draw closer to God,” she said.

For more information, call 948-4361, email Kurgas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit unionpc.org.

UPC assembles items for Samaritan’s Purse

Jeannie and Jim Waltz of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos spearhead a project that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for children in underprivileged countries for distribution via the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse organization.

Last year, they filled 60 shoeboxes, searching for items at post-Christmas sales and bargain hunting throughout the year at the Dollar Store, Target, Walmart and Michaels. The Waltzes and other volunteers have accumulated enough items to fill 102 shoeboxes this year.

The Waltzes have recruited fellow church members to help with the project – some have donated items and assembled boxes, while others have contributed funds to pay for the contents of the boxes and the mailing cost ($7 per box).

Boxes include items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, washcloths, bars of soap, notebooks, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, ballpoint pens, tissue paper, jump ropes, tennis balls, harmonicas, Slinkys, Lifesavers, T-shirts, socks, flip-flops, scarves, tote bags, baseball caps and bandannas.

To donate, mail checks to Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos 94022. To drop off items, stop by the church office.

For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

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

Each session will include 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.

Admission is free and open to all, including both new and experienced meditators.

For more information, email Susan Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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