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Pastor's Perspective: How we can overcome fear – our most powerful enemy

We seem to be living in a terrified age. Good people all over the world are afraid that other people – “they” – will take our jobs, our safety, our privacy. Fear is at the source of racial conflict, immigration issues and arguments about gun ownership.

Michael Kinnamon, a scholar who has worked across religious denominations, recently wrote a book, “The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear.” It doesn’t take much to make the case that fear and a contest for security may be the most dangerous forces at play today in our country and in the world.

Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC performs with Viva la Musica

Musicians from Los Altos United Methodist Church and the Viva la Musica choir and chamber orchestra are scheduled to perform a “Baltic Tour Farewell Concert” 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The musicians will join forces under the baton of Shulamit Hoffmann prior to departing for a two-week performance tour that includes concerts in Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Helsinki, Finland.

Methodist church sponsors Compassion Week


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Volunteers at Los Altos United Methodist Church bring cheer to the Mountain View Senior Center during Compassion Week in 2015. The annual weeklong event encourages parishioners to volunteer their time working on a range of community service projects.

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its fifth annual Compassion Week Oct. 2-8, offering local residents the opportunity to join in a week of volunteer community service.

The Compassion Week planning team has organized more than 150 projects addressing a range of local needs, from cleaning up local creeks and parks to cooking and serving meals to veterans and the homeless, sewing dresses for children in Africa and repairing bicycles for dayworkers and their families.

Spiritual Perspective: Living authentically as a Christian in Silicon Valley

 

About 30 of us sit wide-eyed in the bright conference room, like trick-or-treaters waiting for candy. We are new hires at a Bay Area technology company on day one of orientation, about to receive our laptops. I’m actually a rehire. And I’m particularly eager – and nervous – to satisfy months of curiosity. Would my old company have a place for a new me – and people like me?

St. William rummage sale Friday, Saturday

Parishioners at St. William Catholic Church in Los Altos have scheduled their annual rummage sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, 611 S. El Monte Road.

Items for sale range from electronics items to jewelry, clothing and toys.

Church hosts 36th Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival Sept. 9 and 10

The Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer has scheduled its 36th annual Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 on the church grounds, 380 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos Hills.

The festival is a fundraiser that will feature Middle Eastern cuisine, including shawarma, kibbe and tabouli; international music and dance performances; games; arts and crafts; raffles; children’s activities; and family entertainment.


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