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Sign up for Saturday of Service on September 7

Posted 08/12/19 by Anna Soland and filed under:

Saturday of Service – September 7, 2019

An Intergenerational Day of Service to the Community

 “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw that life is all service.
I served and I saw that service is joy.”
Kahlil Gibran

Signups for our 2nd annual Saturday of Service (SOS) are now underway. Please sign up by no later than September 1 for one of the activities listed below. If any of these is already full, we will contact you with other suggested options needing your hands and your heart. If you wish to order a navy blue Foothills t-shirt (identical to last year’s), please do so no later than August 18. We hope that everyone participating will wear one during the morning to help us recognize our own team members and to be a fond reminder of your service experience.

You may sign up online for your preferred activity or for a t-shirt HERE, on the clipboard in the courtyard on Sunday mornings, or by contacting Melissa King.


8:00 am       Light breakfast and blessing in the Parish Hall (PH)

8:30-9:00    Carpool to offsite location or help set up the PH for onsite activities

9:00-Noon   Service time

Work site choices this year:

  • Onsite (Parish Hall):

*  Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) – make simple fleece blankets for shelter cats and dogs.

*  Operation Care & Comfort (OCC) – assemble 100 gallon-size care bags for overseas troops and write short enclosure notes.

  • Offsite organizations:

*  Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) – do farm cleaning, feeding and exercising tasks or paint one of the animal pens for this organization supporting youth with needs.

*  Collective Roots – help with gardening in support of healthy food options for low-income families.

*  Kara – assist with preparations for annual Memory Walk and Run for this organization providing grief and recovery services.

*  Recovery Café – perform much-appreciated deep cleaning of main café, kitchen, classrooms, Fireside Room and restrooms at the healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness and mental health challenges.

Our sincere hope is that you will leave at noon with a feeling of service, accomplishment and a joy-filled heart.


Mark and Greta in Concert, May 5, 2019

Posted 04/03/19 by stpomeroy and filed under:

You’ll hear them as guest musicians for the Sunday morning service…  And you have the opportunity to hear their secular music in the afternoon. Husband and wife team Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen are, respectively, a Grammy-Award winning acoustic guitarist, and a nationally award-winning vocalist. Together, their concerts are a memorable mix of playful jazz, Americana, originals, and eclectic pop highlighted by blazing fingerpicking and soulful vocals.

They will be joined by the Bay Area fingerstyle guitar duo of Teja Gerkin and Doug Young, who weave together traditional Celtic, jazz standards and classical pieces.

The concert is in the sanctuary. There will be a suggested goodwill donation of $20 at the door.

Maundy Thursday Supper and Service

Posted 04/03/19 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Please sign up for our traditional Foothills Maundy Thursday gathering, April 18 at 6 p.m. Many of us think this evening is one of the highlights of the church year at Foothills. It will take place in the Parish Hall with a light supper of bread, fruit and cheese. This will be followed with a short service, called “The Office of Tenebrae,” in which candles are gradually extinguished while bible passages telling of the last hours of Jesus’ life are read.

Everyone is invited but we need to know who is coming. Use the signup sheet in the courtyard on Sunday, or send an email to  Children are welcome and child care will be available during the service. We hope you will plan to attend.

Saturday of Service – Sept. 8, 2018

Posted 06/15/18 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Saturday of Service,  September 8, 2018
An Intergenerational Day of Helping Our Community

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw that life is all service.
I served and I saw that service is joy.”
-Kahlil Gibran

As you have read in the June Footnotes, we are now ready to take sign-ups our fun work day with family and friends. Don’t miss out! On June 9 we initiated our first church-wide on-line sign-ups. If you weren’t present that day, you will be able to go online to sign-up from home. And if the concept of signing up on the computer just doesn’t sound good we will have clipboards in the courtyard as well. (And your fourth option is always to call the church office!). 

Sign-ups can be found at

So what is this Saturday of Service all about?

It is an opportunity to join with others to help the environment and provide better lives for local animals and people who will benefit from our work.

Schedule for the day:

8:30 We will all gather for breakfast and blessing in the Parish Hall
9:00 You can join your carpool to go to the site of your choice
9:30-12:00 Work in teams at a variety of locations
12:00 Return home a little tired but greatly satisfied with the time you gave to others

Work sites include:

  • Pandemonium – A wild bird sanctuary in Los Altos Hills. We will clean and replace the substrata in the aviaries.
  • Haven House – Temporary shelter and life skills to homeless families and adults. We will help in their community garden.
  • Operation Care and Comfort – They send useful items and personal items to our troops in the armed services overseas. We will pack boxes to be shipped to the troops.
  • Village Harvest – This agency coordinates volunteers harvesting fruits from trees in private homes to supply Second Harvest.
  • Collective Roots – bringing fresh produce and healthy food options to low-income families. We will help in the gardening and other chores.
  • Deer Hollow Farm – providing care for the animals and their living spaces.
  • Parish Hall Activities – Many options from creating cards for shut-ins to making fleece blankets for animals at shelters to preparing packages for service members through Operation Care and Comfort. No one is too young, too old, or too limited to be of service.

We are planning to design and order T-shirts for all of us to wear on this day. When you sign up you will be asked to indicate your shirt size. We hope it will help us recognize our own team members and will be a fond reminder of your day of service.

I started with a quote from Kahlil Gibran. I want to close with words from Mother Teresa:

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”

—Judi Gentry

FCC Service Trip – July 13-21

Posted 05/24/18 by stpomeroy and filed under:

The Youth and Young Adult Service Trip to Navajo Nation is July 13-21. We will serve the community on Black Mesa by doing building and repair projects and teaching in a children’s day camp. Tom Waugh, Deb Partain, John Miller, and Pastor Melanie will chaperone. There is still time for youth and young adults to sign up, but know that the program may fill up.

FREE Weekend Stay at Marriott Courtyard with $300 Relay For Life Donation

Posted 05/13/18 by stpomeroy and filed under:

The Los Altos “Courtyard by Marriott” has made a very generous offer to help our Relay for Life team’s fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society.

For the first 50 donors of $300 or more to our Relay for Life, they are offering a COMPLIMENTARY two-night weekend stay at their hotel!

Plan this stay on the weekend of your choice through 2019. Major holidays are included.  Consider having your own special weekend retreat right here in Los Altos, or inviting out-of-town guests or relatives to come visit and being able offer them lovely hotel accommodations.

Click on the poster or contact me for more information.  

Richard Moll
FCC “United We Stride” Team Captain

GIANT Rummage Sale at Foothills Congregational Church

Posted 04/04/18 by stpomeroy and filed under:


May 4 and 5
Friday, May 4:  9 am to 4 pm – best stuff!
Saturday, May 5:  9 am to 2 pm – discounted prices!

Bargain hunters and thrift-store aficionados are invited to enjoy shopping for thousands of high-quality, gently-used items at the annual Foothills Congregational Church Rummage Sale May 4-5.  Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5.  The church is located at 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos (off Lincoln Park).

Foothills Church Rummage Sale Flyer, May 4-5 2018

Click to view flyer

Sale items include clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, house wares, furniture, linens, craft supplies, and quality décor items, all at a fraction of buying new.

“We have many members who are reorganizing or downsizing and need to divest themselves of their beautiful collections of a lifetime,” notes Jean Golden, church member.  “We’re happy to contribute to our environmentally-conscious community by helping to recycle excellent used merchandise and give others a chance to purchase needed goods,” she says.

Organizers suggest shopping on Friday for “best selection,” and on Saturday for “best price.”

More information:  (650) 282-7718, or email

Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, Sunday, Jan 21 at 2 p.m.

Posted 01/16/18 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Foothills Congregational Church’s Ensemble, adult and bell choirs and the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley are scheduled to perform a musical and spoken-word tribute to the work of Martin Luther King Jr., “Driving Out the Darkness,” 2 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Foothills sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The choirs will celebrate the legacy of King’s call to social and civil change through nonviolent protest and discourse. According to concert organizers, King’s words are as relevant and powerful today as they were 60 years ago. They will remember the work of King and other civil rights activists, who labored to ensure equality, justice and peace for future generations. In doing so, organizers said, “we remember that the work is not finished,” and the music will aim to “inspire people to continue to spread the light that will drive out darkness in today’s uncertain world.”

Admission is free and open to all. A potluck reception with the artists will follow the concert in the Parish Hall.

For more information, call 948-8430 or visit

(Source: Los Altos Town Crier, Dec. 27, 2017)

Christmas 2017 at Foothills Church

Posted 11/29/17 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Foothills Church Christmas DecorationStay tuned to this space to learn about activities at Foothills this Christmas Season:

CHRISTMAS TEA is Tuesday, December 12, at noon at the home of Bill and Kathi Closs. Everyone is invited to bring some finger food to share and a gift card to donate to the Community Services Agency. CSA requests gift cards for a vendor that offers goods that are appealing to teens. Examples include Amazon, Target, Kohl’s, Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, and The Gap. In lieu of a gift card, a check made out to “Community Services Agency” is appreciated.

There will be a short musical program, and the singing of Christmas carols. For those of you who have trouble negotiating the stairs, the gate will be open to allow you to drive around to the garage end of the house and enter on a level surface. Car pool from church at 11:45 a.m. the latest.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT. Our Intergenerational Christmas Pageant is on Sunday, December 17. People of all ages are encouraged to choose a traditional or nontraditional pageant character and explore that character’s understanding of the Christmas story.  Please contact Pastor Melanie to participate.  

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES on Sunday December 24:

10:00 a.m.     Sunday Morning Worship
  5:30 p.m.     Family Service led by Rev. Melanie Weiner
  7:00 p.m.     Chancel Choir, Carols and Christmas Lessons led by Rev. Janice Steele

Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 23

Posted 11/21/17 by stpomeroy and filed under:


This is one of the highlights of our church year as we celebrate our Congregational heritage from the time of the Pilgrims.  We will gather for the service in the Sanctuary, and then adjourn to the courtyard for social time around the harvest table.

As you are able, please bring finger food to the courtyard and also drop some non-perishable food in the “little church” for a donation to the Community Services Agency.

This will be a joint service with the Sunnyvale UCC congregation. Special guest preacher: Pastor Ron Buford.