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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.

Jazz Service – Nov 27, 2017

Posted 11/11/17 by Kim Beagle and filed under:

Foothills Congregational Church

Sunday, November 26, 2017

10 am – 11:00 am

The FCC Jazz Service is shaped around Old Testament themes common in African-American spirituals (the Exodus, the Suffering Servant, and God as Creator). Each theme is briefly introduced, then illustrated through music or reading from the poetry of James Weldon Johnson.

You are invited to attend this special service and enjoy the music from a Dixieland Jazz combo featuring Peter Spitzer, saxophonist and clarinetist, Martin Thoolen, bassist. Kristin Burns and Fred Cummins, piano.

For more information, contact the church at 650-282-7718

Justice Forum – Judge Shelyna Brown

Posted 11/11/17 by Kim Beagle and filed under:

Judge Shelyna Brown was the guest speaker at our Justice Issues Forum. The Honorable Shelyna Brown serves as a Santa Clara Superior Court judge.

Judge Brown covered many current issues, for example the issue of money bail and pretrial detention. We thank Judge Brown for her community service. This forum can be heard here:

Justice Forum October 22, 2017 – Judge Shelyna Brown 


Foothills Congregational Church Seeks Senior Minister

Posted 06/02/17 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Foothills Congregational Church seeks a Senior Minister who shares our values as an Open and Affirming, Progressive Christian congregation of the United Church of Christ. We believe there are many ways to experience and understand God’s love and the sacredness of life. As a church family, we express our beliefs through actions, finding grace in the search for understanding and valuing questioning more than absolutes. Music enriches our journey of life-long learning, compassion and love.  We strive for peace and justice, and welcome traditional Christians, believers and skeptics, and all people regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability.

Our congregation expects the Senior Minister, staff and lay leaders to work collaboratively, balancing responsibilities to provide meaningful services, support members, promote activities, and manage church operations. Ideally, he/she is an experienced, inspiring preacher who relates Biblical teaching to everyday life; an outgoing, compassionate, and caring leader who welcomes all no matter where they are on life’s journey; an enthusiastic, energetic participant in the greater neighborhood, with a history of building community; a teacher who nurtures members and youth, empowering them to use their gifts in intergenerational and service activities; a rapport-builder who promotes relations with interfaith groups, encouraging diversity and multi-cultural awareness; a lover of music; and a thoughtful listener with a sense of humor who guides with wisdom, compassion and love. We aim to provide an inclusive spiritual home where all people are accepted, loved, honored, and supported by a Senior Minister who walks with us on this journey.

Interested candidates can download the Foothills Church UCC church profile by clicking here.

To apply, please send your pastoral profile directly to:

Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones, Associate Conference Minister
United Church of Christ, Northern California Nevada Conference (UCC-NCNC)
401 Roland Way, Suite 260
Oakland, CA 94621-2034

Telephone: 650-935-9010

All applications for this position will be forwarded to us for consideration by UCC-NCNC. We will not consider any applications sent directly to Foothills Congregational Church or its members.


Posted 04/09/17 by stpomeroy and filed under:


May 5 and 6
May 5:  9 am to 4 pm – best stuff!
May 6:  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 5-6.  Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6.  The church is located at 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos (off Lincoln Park).

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 “half price.”

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

Washington D.C. Women’s March.

Posted 02/04/17 by stpomeroy and filed under:

by Jennifer Lathrop
Jennifer Fargo Lathrop, M.Div, BCC

It started for me while waiting to board the plane to Washington, D.C. There were a lot of women there. Were they going to the march? The inauguration? After sitting for a bit, the woman beside me and I looked at each other. I can’t remember which of us asked but one of us READ MORE

Your Invitation to Explore the Future of Foothills Church

Posted 04/08/16 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Dear Members and Friends of Foothills Congregational Church,

You are invited to attend one of several neighborhood meetings being held to plan for the future of Foothills Church.

The purpose of these meetings is to supplement the results of our all church survey, and, in a small group, probe more deeply into what we wish for our future ministry at Foothills, and the qualities and abilities of our next Senior Minister. A facilitator will be provided to lead this discussion along with a scribe to record the information.

Church members have been invited to a meeting in their neighborhood, but are welcome to attend ANY meeting or ANOTHER time if their scheduled meeting is inconvenient.

Here is a list of the times, neighborhoods and hosts where the meetings are being held. Please use your church directory to call or email the host to let them know you’ll be coming. If you don’t have or can’t find your church directory, call the office at 650 948-8430 or email

Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m.

  • Location:  Palo Altos.  Host: Thelma Ackley
  • Location:  Mountain View.  Host: Tom & Iris Moran

Saturday, April 16, 2-4 p.m.

  • Location:  San Jose.  Hosts:  Richard, Cindy & Laurel Anderson
  • Location:  Los Altos Hills.  Hosts:  Bob & Marilyn DeGrasse

Sunday, April 17, 2-4 p.m.

  • Location:  Cupertino.  Host:  Linda Thomason

Saturday, April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Location:  North Los Altos.  Host:  Nancy Grippo
  • Location:  SunnyvaleSue & Del Fillmore, Sunnyvale

Sunday, April 24, 2-4 p.m.

  •  Location:  South Los Altos.  Hosts:  Ann & Bud Oliver
  • Ann & Warren Nelson, N. Los Altos

Your presence and your voice is important as we shape the future of Foothills Congregational Church, UCC, so please plan to attend one of these meetings.

Foothills Congregational Church Rummage Sale is May 6-7

Posted 03/25/16 by stpomeroy and filed under:

It’s coming!

The Foothills Church Annual Rummage Sale includes thousands of gently-used low-priced items including clothing, shoes, purses, linens, books, toys, furniture, housewares, craft supplies, and quality décor items, all at a fraction of buying new.

The sale is Friday, May 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at Foothills Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, located at 461 Orange Avenue (off Lincoln Park), Los Altos.  Click for directions.

Organizers suggest shopping Friday for “best selection,” and on Saturday for “best prices,” when many remaining items will go on sale for ½ off.

For more information, or to volunteer, (650) 948-8430, or email