Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer: A Simply Centered Advent

Mondays, November 27, December 4, 11 and 18 from 7:00 p.m.-830 p.m.

Believe it or not, Advent is fast approaching.  Do you have plans to help keep the hustle and bustle of the holidays at bay?  Consider coloring your way through Advent this year (#ColorYourAdvent) as a means to keep things simple and centered on the manger and not the marketplace.  Pastor Melinda will host this group opportunity on Monday evenings during Advent.  Join her on one evening or all four, choosing a simple and contemplative way to slow down and tend to your spiritual journey this season. The "Mandalas, Candles and Prayer” book is needed for the group, and it is is available for $10 through Upper Room BooksAmazonB&N and Cokesbury.

Door of Faith Orphanage "Adopt a Child"

Sunday, November 5 and 12 on the Sanctuary Porch

The DOF Children’s pictures are available for ‘adoption’ on the porch and outside Fellowship Hall.  We have detailed information for those who wish to provide gift cards for children and for others who would like to help. Talk to the Missions representative about sponsoring a child. Buying Scrip (November 5 is a turn in date) is a great way to help both Los Altos UMC and the DOF children. This long-term Los Altos UMC project has been extremely successful in past years. With your support, it will be just as successful this year. Contact the Thimlars if you have any questions.

Mature Years Potluck and Program

Wednesday, November 8 at noon in the Lounge

You are all invited to our regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 8. We will share a potluck luncheon. This month’s program will be presented by Ted Stevens covering activities at the L.B. Animal Shelter. He will also give us guidelines of precautions we should take to protect ourselves and our pets from the local coyotes. The Los Altos UMC Nursery School will sing for us. You may come just for the program starting at 12:40. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Hope to see you all there.

Alternative Christmas

Sunday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Make your Christmas gift giving meaningful this year and help others be independent by supporting this unique shopping alternative for your gifts this year. Ten Thousand Villages (a fair trade retailer) will be back this year. There will be many opportunities to shop and purchase goods and make donations to very worthwhile organizations. Save the date and plan to make a difference in people’s lives by your participation.

2017 Dual Campaign Presentation

Sunday, October 29 Following Each Service

On Sunday, October 29 we will have a half-hour presentation after each of the worship services to provide information on the 2017 Dual Campaign. We will review the building renovations approved at the July Church Council as well as Los Altos UMC's proposed 2018 Annual Budget. Each presentation will also include a question and answer session.

Door of Faith Orphanage Lunch and Tour

The Missions Group is planning a trip to the DOF in Mexico. The DOF is approximately 50 miles south of the border. This will be a one day trip. We will cook a hot dog BBQ lunch for the children and enjoy a tour of the facility. All participants will require a valid passport. We will need some volunteer drivers (Mexican car insurance required). Signups will start in mid-September. Detailed information will be available when we start sign ups. Any questions, please contact the Thimlars.

CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church

The 42nd Annual LB Area "CROP" Hunger Walk is a 5K/3.1-mile route will stroll past the CSULB pyramid and up through the "tunnel." It's a great day to eradicate world hunger. The CROP Hunger Walk is sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council and the monies go to Church World Service, with 25% returned to hunger-fighting agencies. Sign-up after church services on the sanctuary porch. Or better yet, go to www.crophungerwalk.org/longbeachca to register, set a goal, and request donors. Note: Donation checks should be written to CROP/CWS. 

ESL Breakfast Club

Wednesdays, September 13-November 15 from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

The ESL Breakfast Club needs you! Thanks to our Los Altos UMC family, this program of one-on-one tutoring provided to parents learning English is entering its fifth year. We have relocated to the First Congregational Church at 3rd and Cedar in downtown Long Beach. No teaching experience or fluency in another language is needed. Entering tutors receive orientation, a handbook, resources, and ongoing guidance. Contact Jane Wilson Barboza via email at janewbarboza@gmail.com or by cell at (562) 485-8344.

Building Committee Vote Update

On Saturday, July 15, the Church Conference approved Building Option C as presented by the Building Committee. Option C includes a Lift, refurbishment of the Fellowship Hall Kitchen (adding a secure storage closet/performing space), converting the old Brides’ Room into a family bathroom, repurposing the Library to become a Nursery with a family bathroom, and adding a new wing to the Lounge. The Lounge assembly space will be enlarged and the new wing will include of a full feature kitchen, male and female bathrooms, conference room/library and two storage rooms. The Church Conference also approved obtaining a loan from the District to be paid back with a capital fundraiser to pay it down, with the balance paid by a long term mortgage. An outline of the Lounge addition has been painted for viewing in the space behind the Lounge to provide a conceptualization for the new layout. The Building Committee is looking forward to entering the next phase of this project. They are actively revising the current loan approval with the District as well as instructing the Construction Manager (CBRE) to proceed with contractor selection.  The committee is appreciative for your ongoing support.