Spiritual Perspective: Baha'i faith's teachings explore fundamental purpose of life


The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Pastor's Perspective: Orchids and dandelions – the differences among us are real:


Approximately 10 years ago, a scientific study of genetics and children’s behavior was published. The findings described, with all of the disclaimers you’d expect, two types of temperament in children: orchids and dandelions.

Wish for the new year: Become the source of peace, comfort


As the holiday season brings another tumultuous year to a close, peace and harmony will once again be the wish and hope of people here and around the world.

I'm Just Saying ... : Interactive gratitude – acknowledging the gift and the giver

It is amazing how we can change in only one day. On Thanksgiving Day, we count our blessings, and the very next day – Black Friday – a national “consumption” day, we revert to “give me more.”

There’s nothing wrong with liking your stuff, but always wanting more is living the lie that it will make you happy long term. We jump from one short-term rush to the next, with no end in sight. It’s the “getting” and not the actual “having” that produces the endorphins.

LAUMC offers reflective Advent service

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled “The Longest Night: A Service of Solace” 7:30 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The service, designed for those not feeling the holiday spirit, will offer a space of peace, reflection and comfort in a busy and sometimes difficult season. According to organizers, those who are grieving or feeling overwhelmed, tired, anxious or stressed may find the service helpful, but all are invited to experience an hour of candlelit prayer, meditation, music and a brief message.

Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC offers free Thanksgiving dinner

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a free Thanksgiving dinner 2-5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The menu will include roast turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, honey-baked ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and ice cream.

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