Spiritual Life

Century-old LA church plans Easter celebration

Courtesy of Union Presbyterian Church
Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos commemorates Eastertime with a flower-filled Cross of Life. Local residents are encouraged to bring a handful of fresh-cut flowers to the Easter service, scheduled 10 a.m. April 16, to fill the cross.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled its 104th Easter celebration 10 a.m. April 16 at 858 University Ave.

The service will be followed at 11 a.m. by an Easter egg hunt for children and a reception and fellowship in the church’s Bailey Hall, featuring home-baked Easter treats. Pastor David Moore encourages those who attend to bring flowers to fill the church’s Cross of Life, a traditional feature of Easter worship at the church.

Union Church and its early congregants first met in the Shoup Building at Main and Second streets in Los Altos more than 100 years ago, holding the first Easter service March 23, 1913. Union officially incorporated and moved to a new church building – called the Little Brown Church – at Third Street and San Antonio Road in 1914, purchasing its present 6 acres on University Avenue in 1953.

Holy Week gatherings include a Palm Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, celebrating Christ’s entrance into the city of Jerusalem, and a Maundy Thursday soup supper set for 6 p.m. April 13, followed by the ancient Tenebrae service at 7 p.m.

Union Presbyterian’s Celebration Singers, led by Director Terry Williams, perform everything from ancient hymns to spirituals and jazz, accompanied by the guitar-playing Moore.

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

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