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Foothill Covenant pastors reach out to community

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Pastor Jim Gaderlund of Foothill Covenant Church introduced Kurt Notehelfer, his Associate Pastor to Youth and Young Adults, and commented, "I like team ministry."

Gaderlund and Notehelfer make a good team. Gaderlund, 55, brings 30 years of experience; Notehelfer, 33, brings enthusiasm for youth and young adults. Both share a passion for reaching out into the community.

"We just finished a renewal project with the slogan, 'Reach Out to Grow,'"Gaderlund said. "People in this area are really hungry for relationship and a place to belong. We want to be a community for them."

Gaderlund also noted that his church has had a "vital, vibrant" youth ministry for over 20 years. With Notehelfer, who works on programs from junior high through adult, the church continues to offer fellowship to the community.

"My focus is on developing mentoring relationships to encourage growth," Notehelfer said."

Notehelfer is excited about the new group he's starting, called the Turbo Group. "It's for younger adults, 20s and 30s, although we don't have any hard and fast cutoffs," he said. "People don't want an age-specific group as much as they want an experience of community that reflects reality."

Gaderlund and Notehelfer are also proud of their partnership with Grace Community Covenant Church, an Asian-American church in the same denomination, which shares their physical site.

Gaderlund hopes that people will try Foothill Covenant. "People can be real here," he said. "Show up as you are and be accepted."

Foothill Covenant Church is at 1555 Oak Avenue, Los Altos. For more information, call 967-7447.

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