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Spiritual Briefs Dec. 7 2016

LA Lutheran offers ‘Soothe Your Soul’ sessions

Los Altos Lutheran Church has scheduled three “Soothe Your Soul: Prayer & Poetry” reflection sessions, 6:30-7:15 p.m. today and Dec. 14 and 21 in the sanctuary, 460 S. El Monte Ave.

The evenings – designed for those feeling overwhelmed and those who need a safe place to pray and hear some words of love, hope, joy and peace – will include a candlelit time of poetry and prayer for the world, the country and families.

'Junkyard Wisdom': Businessman shares story of wealth, generosity

What can you learn working in a junkyard? According to Roy Goble, quite a lot.

He learned hard work. He learned about business. And he came across a diverse group of people. His junkyard experience also launched him into a career that led to a great deal of wealth.

Los Altos United Methodist Church sponsors Compassion Week

Courtesy of Los Altos United Methodist CHurch
A volunteer repairs a bike for the nonprofit Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange during last year’s Compassion Week.

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its fourth annual Compassion Week Oct. 3-9.

In lieu of attending regular worship services, congregants and members of the community are encouraged to participate in volunteer service activities in the local area.

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Baja orphanage founders share experiences Sunday

Bill and Kaye Lawrence, founders of the Rancho Santa Marta orphanage and school for developmentally challenged children in Baja California, are scheduled to speak 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. A light lunch in their honor will be served at 11 a.m.

In 1978, the Lawrences purchased a 450-acre pig farm in Baja California and turned rundown buildings and pigpens into homes and schoolrooms. The orphanage currently houses more than 40 orphans, and the school serves an additional 150 students who are bused in daily by the Mexican government.

'World-embracing vision' requires a shift in thinking


More than 120 years ago, the prophet founder of the Baha’i faith wrote, “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Finding hope in the midst of violence and racial strife

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spirit, water, fire: Baha'i teachings interpret symbolic terms


In her May 11 column, “Remember the ‘one thing’: Love God and one another,” Sharon Lennox-Infante wrote about Christ’s exhortation to love God.

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