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Meet Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is considered one of the most important thought leaders in the movement toward an innovative and progressive Christianity. He has written and published many books, including "A New Kind of Christianity" (HarperOne, 2010), "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? (Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World)" (Jericho Books 2012), and his most recent book, “We Make the Road by Walking”. His books have been translated into many languages, including Korean, Chinese, French, Swedish, Norwegian, German, and Spanish.

Brian lives in Florida, and is in California for a weekend. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an extended conversation with one of the great Christian thinkers of our time.

Free Halloween Organ Concert & Costume Contest

Don’t let the ghosts and goblins scare you away from this excellent concert of spooky music. At 7:00 p.m. on October 31st, David Hegarty will present an hour-long concert of organ music in the Sanctuary. Selections include Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor, probably the most well-known movie organ music, and music from Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars, Psycho, and Vertigo. There will be a costume contest with prizes as part of the concert, as well as a delicious reception in Fellowship Hall following the concert. David Hegarty is best known as the organist of San Francisco’s famed Castro Theatre, playing on the mighty Wurlitzer for 25 years. He also plays at the Stanford Theater, and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. He is a prolific composer/arranger, and as a concert organist, he specializes in his own transcriptions of film music from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

San Jose State Debut Concert “Spirits & Demons”

On Friday, October 17th, San Jose State School of Music and Dance will present their Debut Concert for the 2014-2015 year, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary of Campbell UMC. The concert features works by Bach, Victoria, Finzi, Paul Basler, John Tavener, Tormis, and Mantyjarvi. Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 for general seating, and $10 for students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Single Senior Lunch Bunch

The Single Senior Lunch Bunch will meet after church at 11:45 a.m. on October 19th at Effie's, 331 Hacienda Ave., Campbell ((408) 374-3400). Come for fun and fellowship. New members are welcome! Separate checks will be provided. See you there!! New Member Class ~ On Saturday, October 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room, there will be a New Members’ Class for all who are interested in membership in Campbell United Methodist Church, or who would simply like to know more about what it means to be a Christian, a United Methodist, and a member of this local church. Lunch will be provided for those who attend. So that we can plan lunch quantities, please call the church office if you plan to attend the class (408-378-3472), or email Barbara Wade at barbarawade@earthlink.net.

League of Women Voters Presentation [Return to top]

On Sunday, October 19th following morning worship, a representative from the League of Women Voters will be present to discuss the issues on the November ballot. This is an excellent way to get unbiased information so that you can be an informed voter! The presentation will take place in the Fireside Room. Sponsored by Church & Society.

Dinner for the Homeless at Montgomery Street Inn [Return to top]

Campbell UMC will be serving dinner on Friday, October 24th. This is the last opportunity to help until next February. Please stop by the sign-up table during Fellowship Hour and choose a way to help that suits you: providing food items, helping with the cooking, or transporting/serving of food to Montgomery Street Inn by 5:30 p.m. The men are so appreciative of the dinners we serve, so we are grateful we can help them in this way. Sign up on October 5th, 12th, or 19th.

New Member Class [Return to top]

On Saturday, October 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room, there will be a New Members’ Class for all who are interested in membership in Campbell United Methodist Church, or who would simply like to know more about what it means to be a Christian, a United Methodist, and a member of this local church. Lunch will be provided for those who attend. So that we can plan lunch quantities, please call the church office if you plan to attend the class (408-378-3472), or email Barbara Wade at barbarawade@earthlink.net.

Defibrillator Training [Return to top]

The Trustees have recently installed an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) system in the Fellowship Hall and Education Building. They are interested in finding out if anyone in the congregation is already CPR and AED certified, or is interested in becoming certified. Please email Barbara Wade (barbarawade@earthlink.net) if you are certified, or would like to be, so that the Trustees can better understand any needs for hosting training sessions.

Second Harvest Food Bank [Return to top]

Trick or Treat for Second Harvest Food Barrels!! Put your “treat” in the food barrels as you come to church on Sunday mornings! Let’s see how many times we can fill them up before Halloween. We know that all those served by Second Harvest will be very happy for the non-perishable food items you donate. Help pack food and learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank! We were given a few slots to volunteer at Second Harvest on Saturday, October 18, from 9:00 - 12:00 noon, at their warehouse on First Street in San Jose. Our Muslim friends at Pacifica Institute have also been invited to join us. It's a fun way to make a contribution and make new friends! You can sign up at coffee hour or send an email to Gail Jacobs at gailj_2000@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Message for the Soul [Return to top]

Looking to receive the good word throughout your week? There is an entire library full of messages from past and present pastors on our website, which you can enjoy any time! Visit www.campbellunited.org, and go to the Video and Audio tab.

Amazon Smile ☺ [Return to top]

You Shop, Amazon Gives! Your Amazon purchases can benefit Campbell UMC through the Amazon Smile Foundation. Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com for your Amazon shopping. The first time you visit, you will be prompted to select an organization to benefit, so choose Campbell United Methodist Church. ☺ At the sign-in point, use your regular Amazon account information (email and password) and shop as usual. For every eligible purchase, 0.5% will be donated to CUMC! And pay for your purchases with Amazon SCRIP, thereby doubling your contribution to CUMC!

Ewaste4Good Recycling [Return to top]

If you have old electronics, video games, computers, laptops, printers, appliances, televisions and more, let Ewaste4good clear the clutter for you. Ewaste4good will come to your house and collect your unwanted electronic waste. They will securely shred the items and recycle the components they can, reducing our landfill.
Best of all, you can designate CUMC as the donation recipient. When you call or go online, select CUMC as the charity you want to sponsor. It’s a win-win situation! You have a clean and clutter-free house, and CUMC gets a donation. Call 1-800-317-3112, or go online to www.ewaste4good.com.