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Giddyup, Giddalong Gideon

In the action-packed story of “Giddyup, Giddalong Gideon“, Israel is in a real mess!

The Israelites had become homeless, hiding in caves and scavenging for food wherever they could find it. God decides to use a man named Gideon to rescue the Israelites, but Gideon is very afraid because of the enormity of the task. God understands Gideon’s fears, but still tells him to giddyup, giddalong, and get it done! Gideon learns the lessons God taught him about trusting and obeying.

Please join the Joyful Notes Choir on Sunday, April 26th, at the 10:00 service and also at 2:00 that afternoon, as they bring this story of Gideon to life in this delightful musical, by Dave Noel, Steve Schmidt, and Jay Rouse.

For further information, click here.

Stop Hunger Now

Coming to Campbell UMC!

On Saturday, May 9th, CUMC will sponsor a Campbell community service day providing volunteer opportunities for adults and children of all ages in conjunction with Stop Hunger Now. We plan to pack 40,000 meals for hungry people across the globe.

Thanks to the generous commitment of the Campbell community fund, as well as the donations of many of you, we expect to raise the $11,600 necessary to make this project go forward. To date, we have commitments for $9,475.

On Sunday, March 15th, Church & Society, served samples of the Stop Hunger Now meals and sought donations.

The May 9th event, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., is designed to provide a service opportunity and also to acquaint the community with various volunteer organizations that need volunteers. Along with Stop Hunger Now, we have invited numerous community volunteer groups to attend a service fair, which will offer a wide variety of service options for all ages. Please mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend. To participate, call 1-408-688-9530 and sign up for a session using an automated system.

Check out the flyer by clicking here. for specific times and additional details on the event.

For more about this event see: http://tinyurl.com/CUMCStopHungerNow

Those of you who have been to Stop Hunger Now events in the past know that they provide great personal satisfaction as well as being high energy and fun events.

Franklin Bondonno, Church & Society

New Small Groups For Men

New small groups for men are forming now! These groups offer community to support your faith, your family, your health and your friendships. Two new groups will have first meetings this week, morning and evening: Tuesday, April 7th, at 7:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room; Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in Wesley Lounge. No RSVP necessary; just come!

Bright Days Silent Auction Fundraiser

The annual planning and preparation for the Spring Auction Fundraiser are well underway! Bright Days is accepting donations of items such as: platters, bowls, napkins, candles, paintings, photo frames, books, arts & crafts, puzzles, board games, sports equipment, computer games, gardening items, picnic items, camping stuff, tool kits, cooking items, BBQ items, pet supplies, jewelry, robes, scarves, gloves, slippers, painting lessons, tutoring, web design, handyman services, photography, teaching music, personal training, teaching academics.

We hope to provide a full spectrum of items in the auction to interest all our bidders!

Donations are due April 6th, 2015. Auction bidding begins Sunday, April 12th, and closes on Wednesday, April 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. We will host a Pasta Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on the closing day of the auction. All are welcome. Thank you for your support!

To donate, or for more information, please contact the school office at 408-378-8422, or email bright_days_auction@earthlink.net.

50-Plus to Visit the Los Altos History Museum!

50-Plus to Visit the Los Altos History Museum! All are invited to join the 50+ trip on Friday, April 10th, to explore the special exhibit “Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends,” currently on view at the Los Altos History Museum. The museum also has permanent exhibits on local history, beginning with the Ohlone people, and a wonderful model train layout which shows a miniature Los Altos as it looked in 1932. Adjacent to the museum is the J. Gilbert Smith History House, a large farmhouse built in 1932, which can be visited on docent-led tours. Optional lunch out before going to the museum will be at Sweet Tomatoes in Mountain View. (Buy SCRIP for Sweet Tomatoes before you go!) The time frame is 11:00 – carpool from the church to Sweet Tomatoes, or drive on your own to meet there at 11:30. At 1:00, the group will visit the Los Altos History Museum and the J. Gilbert History House. Sign up today at Fellowship Hour. Maps are available. For more information, contact Dave or Susan Sargent at 408-378-1232.

"Bodies In Motion" Classes

Two fitness classes are available for those who would like to maintain or improve flexibility, range of motion, endurance, balance and strength. The basic exercise class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on the third floor of the AMY building, and the Tai Chi class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. on the third floor of the AMY building.

Classes are taught by Dolores Ramos, certified fitness instructor and ACE personal trainer. Each class runs for 8 weeks (cost of $40 for the whole 8-week session). To sign up, or for more information, contact Dolores Ramos through the church office.

Hope, Healing & Wholeness

On Saturday, April 18th, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., the Los Gatos UMC will present Dr. Mary Maaga speaking on her experiences with the many manifestations of grief, including depression, addiction, and generalized helplessness and hopelessness. Most importantly, she will share approaches that have been effective in helping suffering people journey toward a life of hope and happiness.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Los Gatos UMC is located at 111 Church Street, Los Gatos (next to Los Gatos High School on Main Street).

Save the Date for the Annual South Bay CROP Walk!

Save the Date for the Annual South Bay CROP Walk! On Sunday, April 19th, join hundreds of others walking to help end hunger! CROP stands for Christian Rural Overseas Program, the original name of the relief effort begun in the 1960’s. Today, 25% of all funds raised in each walk area go back to local hunger-fighting agencies, while 75% goes to help efforts overseas.

The walk this year will be in the beautiful Rose Garden area of San Jose. Registration is at 1:00 p.m. at Hoover Middle School. The walk begins at 1:30 p.m.

Sponsor sheets are available in the Church Office, and will be available during Fellowship Hour on Sunday, April 12th. If you want to walk, pick up a sponsor sheet and sign up your sponsors.

If you want to sponsor a walker, why not sponsor our 4th/5th grade Fellowship Group? They will also be available on April 12th, and will be walking as a group. Your sponsorship would be most appreciated. Help them as they learn about service and giving back to the community, and help fight hunger at the same time.

Parent Project Ministry Opportunity

The Parent Project is a Santa Clara County program that offers practical education, resources and hope to parents of children and youth who are at risk for drug or alcohol abuse, gang activity, truancy and crime. 12-week series of parenting classes are offered in cooperation with schools and local police departments. We are hoping that Campbell UMC will become a host site for this program in the coming months. Does this sound like a ministry that might be calling to you?

Two classes are beginning in Campbell in late April, probably on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. They need volunteer greeters for these classes (5:30-7:15 pm). This is a good opportunity to help make an important difference for families in our own community. Contact Pastor Kathi if you can help: pastorkathi@campbellunited.org.