Archive for Church Events

Do Not Be Afraid: Living a WholeHearted Life

We’re planning reflection groups based on what we heard at the listening sessions, and you’re invited!

Do Not Be Afraid: Living a WholeHearted Life

5 Week Small Groups in December and January

Gathering for discussions, reflection and prayer considering how to live fully into hope, peace, joy and love.

Each session: 1 hour and 15 minutes
To be held at the church or perhaps, someone’s home or community room

Two groups:
one led by Pastor Renée
and one, by Pastor Kristie

Sign-up here

Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is a tradition and cultural celebration.

In Mexico and other Latin countries these events happen on November 2. It’s the time the families honor their relatives who have passed away. They make an altar for themselves and they put flowers, pictures, religious objects and favorite foods the relatives liked. It is a sad day for them. This is very special ritual since it is the day in which the living remember their departed relatives. Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly, and sad. Nothing is further from the truth. Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died. Much like when we go to a graveyard to leave some lovely flowers on a tomb of a relative.

I give thanks to the church for opening the doors for other cultures, to find a place to grieve and honor their families. Please welcome them and enjoy the time together with them. This is the time to introduce our church and the American culture to them. If you want to participate please feel free to do so. If you have questions, please feel free to ask me.

There will be light refreshments after the service.

—Gerardo Vazquez

October Upcoming Events

Listening Gatherings with Renée and Kristie

As part of our process of getting to know the community of San Jose First, we are scheduling some small group listening sessions. These session are designed for us to hear you – the stories of what makes this place a faithful community, your stories of involvement, and what values are important to you. We’ll have snacks and refreshments, and we will be doing these with an attitude of joy and play. Come join us – we’d love for you to sign-up ahead, but if you can’t, just come.

Times and Dates
Sunday, October 15, 11:30am–1:00pm
Thursday, October 19, 9:30–11:00am
Sunday, October 22, 11:30am–1:00pm


RunRockNRoll means road closures Sunday, October 8th – Plan ahead!

Be aware that due to this run, several streets will be closed downtown this Sunday. For the map and roads closed, go to:


New Member’s Class – Sunday, October 29

Renée is looking to hold a new member’s class, and is thinking of Sunday, October 29th beginning at 11:30am at the church. Lunch would be included. This class is for anyone wanting to explore membership at join San Jose First. Email Renée to let her know if this date works.


Day of the Dead Service – Thursday, November 2 at 7:00pm

San Jose First will be hosting a Day of the Dead service. This service is for prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died. Doors open at 6:00pm. You are invited to bring photos of friends or family members who have passed, candles and flowers to create a mini-altar. There will be a party/reception following the service.

Service of Installation for Rev. Shinya Goto

This last July, our former senior pastor, Rev. Shinya Goto, was appointed as the new District Superintendent of the El Camino District (our district). Since then, Pastor Shinya has been working diligently getting acclimated to this new job, planning charge conferences, and getting to know the church communities in the district. Now, we also have a job! As his new district, we are called to have a Service of Installation, beginning his tenure among us with worship and good wishes.

You are invited to Shinya’s Service of Installation on Sunday, September 17th at 2pm, held at Los Altos United Methodist Church. A reception will follow. All are welcome! We hope you will be able to share this time of welcome and worship.

Los Altos UMC is located at 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos 94024, at the corner of Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue.