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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


Foothills Church Intergenerational Fun! Jan. 15 at 6PM

Posted 01/07/16 by stpomeroy and filed under:



Friday, January 15, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Parish Hall

Join your friends and family at Foothills Congregational Church
for some intergenerational fun! 

No guilt potluck!  Matt and Melanie will bring soup.
If you can bring bread, salad, or finger-food dessert to share, please do.
If not, come anyway!

Bring your dancing feet.  We will try out square dancing with
our own certified square dance caller, Nikki Hensley.

People of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. 

Reply to Susana in the church office or sign up at church.

Friday Night Square Dancing Continues at Foothills

Posted 10/03/15 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Friday, October 2 was light in attendance but strong in spirit!! We reviewed what we learned last time and added a few more movements (which will be our usual m.o.) Kristin was a big help, as I’m sure we all will be with any newcomers as we have fun learning together!! We will continue Oct. 16 and keep it up all the way to Nov 20.

The time has been adjusted; it is now 7pm-8:30 pm with breaks and goodies in between!!

–Nikki Hensley

Friday Night Square Dancing Class  Begins Sept 25

Posted 09/15/15 by stpomeroy and filed under:

square dancingEver thought about square dancing?

Well, here is your chance to try it out!

Nikki Hensley is starting a basics class each Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, starting September 25.  She is an accredited caller, and looking forward to joining everyone for a really fun evening of fellowship (and exercise)!

Bring a little finger-food snack if you can.

There is a sign-up sheet in the courtyard.

Watch the Video from Foothills Church Mission Trip

Posted 09/01/15 by stpomeroy and filed under:

The Foothills Church Pilgrim Fellowship, a group of high school and soon-to-be college students from the congregation, made their 2015 Mission Trip to the ‘Big Easy” in late June to help refurbish a house destroyed by hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.  Accompanied by a handful of parent and adult volunteers, they made their way to New Orleans for a week to work in the heat, rain and humidity.  And, it appears, to have a good time while having a life-changing experience.

Watch the video slide show of their adventure.

Facebook at Foothills Church

Posted 08/16/15 by jcwrewind and filed under:

Hello Foothills Congregational

As many of you may have heard, we have assembled a marketing committee that is committed to publicizing and growing our community. Our church being viewed as “the best kept secret on the Peninsula” is not in our long-term interests! One of our committee focuses has been Facebook, which is a valuable tool that we do not think has been utilized to its full potential. Foothills currently has several Facebook pages and lists. If you post to the wrong one, it may not reach the people you think it will!   Going forward, we want to focus on two Facebook FCC pages:


–    Our official announcement page that can be updated by a few people. Rev. Melanie Weiner will maintain this organization page. To get to this page, type Foothills Congregational UCC in the “search Facebook” field at the top of the main Facebook page. Open this page frequently to keep up on all the special events and people at FCC! Please “like” this page and you will have joined our site.


–    This is our public forum where you can comment on or publicize church events or point to relevant articles or web pages. To join our group page, simply hit the “Join” tab and you are in! You can then enter your comments in the “Write Post” box and all members who have joined will receive your messages. Currently, we have eight members. Let’s get this to 100+ by Christmas, what do you say?


–    All of the above may sound good but many of us learn best by jumping in and learn-by-doing. You are invited to an after church “FORUM FOR FACEBOOK” on Sunday, September 27th from 11:15-12:30 pm. Bring your laptops, iPads, phones, or pads of paper and pencils – have a cup of coffee and be trained in how to use Facebook, and specifically get on FCC UCC/Group. It will be a fun and informative intergenerational experience!

Anna Garverick and the Marketeers

Evelyn Vigil Documentary

Posted 04/19/15 by stpomeroy and filed under:

Foothills Church Ministry Partner, Rev. Evelyn Vigil, is, featured in a documentary film created by independent student filmmaker Kyle Knochenhauer.

Knochenhauer, a member at Foothills Congregational Church  and student at Mountain View High School, interviewed Vigil and her friends, family, and colleagues about Vigil’s experience and leadership as a jail chaplain.

Evelyn doesn’t just work with people. She connects with individuals.

“Being an ordained minister is wonderful in the sense that we share the high points and the low points of people’s lives. There are times when you can reassure people, and times when there are no words for what they’re going through. All people need, sometimes, is to know that somebody’s walking with them.”

Vigil is currently pursuing a DMin degree at the Graduate Theological Union.

To view the video, go to