Support Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico - IrisThrough a local resident of Los Altos, join our congregation in sending financial aid directly to the people of Puerto Rico.  Their home church in Catano, Puerto Rico, Iglesia Luterana Divino Salvador, is distributing the aid to local residents.  To see a presentation on their recent mission trip to Puerto Rico, come to the fellowship hall on Sunday, February 11th at 11:15 a.m.


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Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico.  As of November 20, 2017 at least 547 people were killed by the hurricane. Dozens of others were missing.  The death toll in Puerto Rico is believed to be far higher than the official toll of 58, with estimates of the actual loss of life ranging from 500 to more than 1,000.

Originating from a tropical wave, Maria became a tropical storm on September 16, 2017 east of the Lesser Antilles. Highly favorable environmental conditions allowed the storm to undergo intensification as it approached the island arc.  The hurricane reached Category 5 strength on September 18 just before making landfall on Dominica, weakening to a high-end Category 4 hurricane by the time it struck Puerto Rico.  Interaction with land further weakened the hurricane, though it regained some strength as it moved northeast of The Bahamas.

Puerto Rico - tree uprootedMaria wrought catastrophic damage to the entirety of Dominica, which suffered an island-wide communication blackout. Much of the housing stock and infrastructure were left beyond repair, while the island’s lush vegetation had been practically eradicated.

Puerto Rico suffered massive damage, including destruction of its previously Puerto Rico - street damagedamaged electrical grid.  For months in Maria’s wake, most of the island’s population has suffered from flooding and lack of resources, compounded by the slow relief process. As of January 2018, much of Puerto Rico is still without power.  Total losses from the hurricane are estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion (2017 USD), mostly in Puerto Rico.

For more information about how you can help, please contact the church Puerto Rico - view from planeoffice: (650) 948-3012,  You can also mail a check to the church office with an indication in the memo line of “Puerto Rico Aid”.  You will be sent an immediate acknowledgement of receipt, followed by a deduction letter for tax purposes in January 2019.

Music In Los Altos (Jan. 28)

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Picture - One Found SoundThe second concert of “Music In Los Altos” is on Sunday, January 28th at 3:00 p.m., presenting One Found Sound, a San Francisco based conductor-less, collaborative, chamber orchestra on a mission to break down the barriers of the classical music stigma; to bring it back to its glory days of boisterous audiences and the thrill of discovering something new with each note.

Deconstructing the typical hierarchical structure of the classic orchestral model, the artistic vision of One Found Sound is placed collaboratively in the hands of its members. Our performances invite the audience to feel the same tension and release, happiness and sorrow, struggle and triumph as those of us performing. Beethoven said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.  As musicians we are the messengers of this connection. This concert is given by the One Found Sound Woodwind Quintet, made up of the core members of the One Found Sound wind section.

Tickets are available through the venue’s office (Los Altos Lutheran Church, 650-948-3012,, or their Music Director, Lynda Alexander.  General Admission is $30 or $50 for a family .

Toy Drive in November

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toy drive…for the Support Network

We are collecting new toys, games, and clothing for the families receiving assistance from the Support Network, a local organization for mothers and children fleeing domestic violence.

Previously, this has been in conjunction with our Christmas Party.  However, we thought it’s never too early to collect gifts for Christmas, and it will help distribute our Missions projects over the next few months.

Bring your toy donations on Sundays, November 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.  Items can be left on the table display in the entryway or with the office.

Annual “Pet Blessings” (from October)

Dear friends!

D5C_4440v1Thank you to all who attended our annual Blessing of the Animals Worship Service where we give “pet blessings” to all furry-friends in attendance.

Each year, on the first Sunday in October, we gather for a worship service on the lawn and those who wish bring a pet or picture of a pet (or a favorite stuffed animal!) for a blessing of happiness and good health in commemoration of St. Francis and his care for all creation.D5C_4392v1

This year, we had many new faces and welcomed S. M. Lieu, a photographer who works with the Los Altos Town Crier (did you see the pictures on the front cover of the October 4th edition?)  We appreciate the community support.  All pictures listed here are available to view at

We also express gratitude to Five Paw Dog Treats ( for the nutritious treats they have created.  We happily sent all of our four-legged guests home with a bag.  Let Five Paw know how much the treats were enjoyed!BoA - Pinecones

All guests were also sent home with pinecone bird feeders made by our staff members to remind us all that care needs to extend to our “flying friends” as well as those on the ground and in our homes.

The special collection this year was in support of The Marine Mammal Center ( in Sausalito, CA.  Their goal is to have “a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike”, with a mission to “advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.”

We invite you and all of your family to join us next year!

Los Altos Lutheran Church

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Hurricane Relief – Give aid today


There are many organizations sending aid to the affected areas.  Here is a selection of giving opportunities…



LDRLutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together, we have a strong history of working with Disasters in the Gulf Coast area. The road to recovery will be long, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.  We invite you to stand by our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come.  Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for “Hurricane Response – United States” will be used entirely (100 percent) for this disaster until the response is complete.

Donation website:

Mailing Address:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 2216-8009

Payable to: “Lutheran Disaster Response”

Memo Line: “Hurricane Response, United States” or
“Lutheran Disaster Response, U.S.”



Donation website:

Mailing Address:
2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220
New Brighton MN 55112-2202

Payable to: “North American Lutheran Church”

Memo Line: “Disaster Response Fund”



Donation website:

Mailing Address:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Payable to: “The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod” or “LCMS”

Memo Line: Please designate your gift

Phone:  (888) 930-4438, toll-free 8 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. central time



Website to donate:

Mailing Address:
Upbring Disaster Response
PO Box 140767
Austin, TX 78714



Donation website:


Reformation 500 all year long!

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation’s commencement, we will be providing ways to learn about and explore the movement and its impact on the world.  Starting off with a documentary showing on Sunday, September 24th, with activities running through 2018, we will have many opportunities for you to participate.  Please remember to invite friends and family.  Martin Luther’s actions impacted the world’s history not just through his theological teachings, but in many aspects of society, culture, music, and the arts.  We hope you will share in this celebratory year with us!  Our Reformation 500 events this fall include…

Sunday, September 24th
11:15 AM in the fellowship hall

Documentary: Join us as we watch Luther & The Reformation, a one hour public television special filmed on location in Germany and Rome by travel expert, Rick Steves!  Rick Steves will trace the dramatic events of the grassroots movement that changed the course of history.

Sunday, October 8th
11:15 AM in the fellowship hall

Write Like Luther: Ever wondered what it’s like to write with a quill and pot of ink?  Me too!   Grab a set and some fancy paper during coffee hour on Sunday, October 8th. We will pass the writing utensils around so everyone gets to try.  Martin Luther wrote with a quill, so take this opportunity to connect with one aspect of his daily life!  All are welcome to write.

Sunday, October 15th
11:15 AM in the fellowship hall

In the Steps of Martin Luther: This summer, Rich and LaVinnia Pierson traveled to Germany on a Martin Luther Sites Tour.  Come for special refreshments and a conversation while watching slides from their trip and experience Martin Luther’s Germany.

Sunday, October 22nd
3:00 PM in the fellowship hall

Music In Los Altos, Concert #1: Los Altos Lutheran Church and The Albany Consort are planning another concert series again this year!  The first concert will be on Sunday afternoon, October 22nd, at 3:00 p.m. and will feature music indicative of the Reformation and Renaissance era with four vocal soloists, chorus, strings, recorder, chamber organ, harpsichord, music by Schutz Telemann, and Bach with settings of Ein Feste Burg (Martin Luther’s most famous chorale melody) and instrumental numbers.  Tickets will be available September 17th.

Sunday, October 29
10:00 AM Reformation Day Worship Service
11:00 AM Festivities & refreshments in the fellowship hall

Reformation Sunday: Each year we celebrate the Reformation at the end of October.  This is a special year to do so, and we look forward to it!  Come for festival worship on Sunday, October 29th and stay for activities and games centered around the occasion and fun for all ages!  There will even be a real printing press for you to try!  Make sure to join us.

And, wherever you go, we want you to remember to take Flat Martin_image“Flat Martin” with you.  Make him apart of your vacations, summer activities, and family gatherings.  Snap a picture, send it to the church office at and post it to our Facebook page (Los Altos Lutheran Church).

Click here to print out your own “Flat Martin”.


Church Clean-up Day

cleanA Church Clean-up Day with Troop 31’s Boy Scouts will be on Saturday, July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  There are several ways to help with both work tasks and refreshments or lunch.  Projects include: cleaning the red chairs, weeding the labyrinth area, cleaning out the shed and storage closet, power washing the front walkway and downstairs backside.  We will also need help in the following ways: team leaders, vacuums with hose attachments, hoes, shovels, and volunteers to make coffee and bring donuts, set out water or lemonade, order pizza to arrive by 12:00 p.m., and bring cookies for lunch.  If you know you can help please let Natalie in church office know.  She is collecting the volunteers.

Church in a Bag 2017

Church in a Bag 2017:  Grace is all around us!

Flat Martin_imageLooking for a way to carry your faith with you this summer?  Download some of our devotional materials and share them with others you know!  Would you like a assembled bag with all of the contents (and a “Flat Martin”)?  Stop by the church office during the week or drop in on a Sunday morning.  Bags are available in the entryway.

REMEMBER to send in your pictures with “Flat Martin” to the church office (!

Other ideas to kick-off our celebration of Reformation 500…

Have a German food and beverage taste test and try some: German beverages (beer, wine, and cider),German Sausages, German Chocolates,German Pastries

Watch the “Luther” movie from 2003

Read a book about Martin Luther

Read a portion of the Catechism each day. (Luther encouraged his followers to read and study the catechism daily. You can do this on your phone or tablet with the free app.)

Black Box Baroque Festival! (May 28)

albany consort
lack box baroque
ostly handel festival!

Sunday, May 28 from 3 pm to about 6 pm
an afternoon of delights

aci galatea e polifemo
an opera in miniature from mythology
for singers, trumpets, winds and strings

beautiful chamber music to enrich the soul

food and drinks from local vendors
enjoy the music and schooze with friends

Tickets at the door or online (
$30 general / $20 seniors

In the fellowship hall
Los Altos Lutheran Church
460 S. El Monte Ave, Los Altos