Vacation Bible School

Greetings Friends! Vacation Bible School Begins Soon! You’re Invited! Stories, Songs, crafts, play + snacks! Ages 3-12 All kids welcome! (Tuesday, Aug. 8th-Friday, Aug. 11th) 10am-12noon Pre-Register Now! FREE! Just Please reply to this e-mail! Bring your children, grandchildren, or friends! Forward this invitation to friends or neighbors! Pre-Registration: Parent Name+phone: Child’s name+age: Allergies/special needs?: That’s all we need for now! Your Kids will have a great experience at “Heroes for God” VBS! Questions? Call/e-mail Julia 408-375-8554...

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Pastor’s message for July 2017

The Cal-Nev Annual Conference met last week in Burlingame.  It is always a joy for clergy to re-unite each year with brothers and sisters serving appointments throughout the states as we come together in Holy Conferencing and to conduct the business of the church.  And it is a joy also to see so many our United Methodist laity from around the states, delegates from their local church and leaders in our denomination.     I am so blessed to begin this Sunday my 4th year as your Pastor. My appointment to Santa Clara UMC fixed by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño at Thursday morning’s reading of the appointments.  I am so blessed to work alongside an amazing church. We celebrate the re-appointment of Pastor Julia Borjeson as supply pastor. As I begin my 4th appointment year, let me remind you that Jesus said, “Go.” As the church, we come to worship and want to stay a while. We schedule our lives into this time knowing that worship keeps a rhythm in our faith, a tempo in our spirituality. This is our most sacred shared exchange with God, experienced as community with like-minded folks who know similar struggles and hold common hope. Here we are wanting to stay awhile, and Jesus, the Lord in whose name we gather, says: “Go.” Please, may we be honest with ourselves, with God, and with one another? We’re not at all sure that we really want to “Go.” It took much courage for some of us to come here, to keep coming as we do, to go to that Bible Study, to volunteer to serve on that committee, and give our hard earned money. We’ve made the place relatively comfortable, enough so that we’ll probably come back next Sunday; so we are just not real keen upon arriving to meet a savior who says, “Go.” When Jesus commissioned his first disciples, his instructions were also to you and me together as the church: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…” I know, and you know, too, that we’re more inclined to stay right where we are. We can rationalize that we affirm his authority simply by being present here together in his name. Before we content ourselves with faithfulness on our own terms, let’s remember the biblical witness: Jesus loves us, saves us, and whose promised Holy Spirit sustains us. We listen to him. Jesus tell us to “go,” and we respond in mission and ministry. Our going is faith in motion to change the world one life at a time. Doing missions is our living Jesus’ instructions to make disciples, and teach them what we learned from Jesus. I remember a conversation I...

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Why I Chose SCUMC(Jack Schenacker)

I was originally baptized as an infant by my great-grandfather, a Methodist circuit-rider Pastor. My life since has taken me from the Presbyterian faith to being a Lutheran to an Episcopalian to the last 20-plus years as a Pentecostal Pastorand bible teacher. When I married Berta Lee in 2008, I started attending SCUMC. After moving permanently to Santa Clara in 2015, God encouraged me to join SCUMC and contribute my leadership and managerial skills to help our church grow. God is in charge of His church and our job is to listen to Him, and love and accept all the people He sends us. I pray we can all do this together. Jack...

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Cambodia Mission September 27-October 10, 2017

Pastor Vathanak Heang will join a mission team from St. Timothy UMC, Louisiana to Samrath village in Cambodia September 27-October 10, 2017. The primary task will be building a boys’ dormitory for high school students on the grounds of the local United Methodist Church. A nearby high school is the best in the area, but safe travel and lodging are not available for the many students throughout the region who desire to attend. Nearly ¾ of the Cambodian population is 35 or younger owing to war, famine, and disease. Most of the youth are first or second generation Christians. Some are still seekers. Education is highly prized in Cambodia and in true Wesleyan tradition, the Methodist Church is ministering to youth through schools and safe housing. In addition to the dormitories at Samrath, students are offered Bible study, Christian fellowship, and supplemental education courses. We will build a one-story dormitory with kitchen, bathrooms, study space, and bunk rooms to house 24 students. A second floor housing an additional 30 boys could be added later. The construction costs are estimated at $35,000 for the building and $10,000 for furnishings.No construction experience is necessary to join the team, as we will be partnering with local workers, although we welcome those who are experienced. The only requirements are a desire to share God’s love and a willing and cooperative attitude. Based on previous missions, we expect the individual team member costs to be approximately $3500. Travel PlansIn addition to our work in Samrath, we will begin and end our mission with visits to important historical sites in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. On Sundays, we will worship with local congregations. If you are interested in joining the mission, please contact Pastor Heang. You will need a passport and it cannot expire within six months of our...

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Why I Chose SCUMC(Terry Flora)

I chose Santa Clara United Methodist Church because it is part of my wife’s family history. I attend to help my kids to grow up with a foundation in Christian faith and hope they explore other religions as they grow into adulthood as a way to understand the diverse world we live in. Terry Flora

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