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					                 The Willow Word                       November 2008

Endowment Awareness Sunday On November 9
         Don’t miss this! On Sunday, November 9, we will celebrate Endowment Awareness Sunday at Willow Glen UMC. Rev. Betsy
Schwarzentraub of the California-Nevada Annual Conference will preach at both worship services on “Empowering a Purposeful
Presence.” After the 2nd worship service, our campaign consultant Susan Peters, Gift Planning Director for the CA-NV United Method-
ist Foundation, will present a short workshop on creative ways to make a planned gift.
         With so many activities competing for our time and resources, it is easy for even the most committed church members to
forget about the possibility of endowing their annual church pledge or making a planned gift to God’s work through Willow Glen’s
endowment fund. On November 9, we will provide both the “why” and “how” for you to be able to respond in a way that fits your
personal Christian values and involvements. We hope this presentation will encourage the resolve of potential planned givers by
reminding them of the option of planned giving for our beloved church community; and affirm the joy of current planned givers in
their having decided to give to the future ministries of the church through the Endowment.
         This will be real worship and give some specific options for you! Expect a phone call from a member of the Endowment
Committee to encourage you to attend – or call Endowment Chair Peggy Schosser with any questions you might have. See you there!

Celebration Dinner and Consecration Sunday
           Please join us at our Celebration Dinner, “Pennies from Heaven,” on Saturday, November 22, at 5:30 p.m. After prayer, our
youth will serve a special dinner catered by the Sonoma Chicken Coop. Dessert will be followed by another Stephanie Freeman
production specially designed for this event. If you heard about the variety show in October, you won’t want to miss this one – and
the dinner is free! Child care is available, and a pizza dinner will be served.
           Consecration Sunday will be November 23, when we consecrate our pledge cards and celebrate Thanksgiving. The sermon
title will be “Stewards of Thanks,” based on Philippians 4:4-9.

November 30 Annual Church Conference
         On Sunday, November 30, there will be only one worship service at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following worship, we will have
our annual church conference with our District Superintendent, the Rev. Kristie Olah.
         At the church conference we will be voting on new church leaders and the pastors’ salary packages for 2009. We will learn
about the results of the capital campaign and hear a recommendation for organizing our church around the Five Practices of Fruitful
Congregations: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk Taking Mission and Service, Extrava-
gant Generosity. Everyone is encouraged to be present.

A Moment of Your Time, Please
By Tom Grubb, Capital Campaign Co-Chair
          One of my favorite lines is by Jay Farrar when he sang, “We’re all living
proof nothing lasts.” When I tend to get too wrapped around the axle on something
that in the bigger scheme of things is quite small, those words shift my frame of
reference to a much longer and often more relevant view of things. What seems so
important in the moment can take on a very different priority when viewed in the
context of a few days or weeks. The reverse also holds true: some things that seem
relatively unimportant in the moment may actually turn out to be very important in the
bigger scheme of things – when you take the long view. I believe we all must consider
our “Building on Faith” capital campaign in the moment and in the long view to fully understand why it’s so important.
          What this campaign means in a window of time depends on how you define “moment.” Let’s start with right now. By reading
my words you are playing a small but important part in this campaign at this very moment to learn what it’s about. If we say “moment”
means weeks, then the ensuing weeks through the end of November are critical because these are the weeks that each of us must
decide how much we will pledge to the campaign. In a three year “moment” we define the period of time allocated for each of us to
complete paying our pledge amounts. In terms of my view of the campaign from in the trenches –              Continued on Page 3

                                 Willow Glen United Methodist Church
                                   Family Growing Through                      Serving
                             God's Family Gr owing Through Caring, Sharing and Ser ving
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                           A Family In Faith
 Sunday                               For the last few months, we have been praying with Alexis Briski and her family as she undergoes
 Morning                   treatment for cancer in her arm and in her lungs. Alexis is one of the strongest, most positive eleven-year-
                           olds I know. She and her family have faced this thing head-on, even though it has turned their family life
 Worship                   into a whirlwind unlike any even the busiest of families can imagine.
                                      Alexis and her family are surrounded by a community of friends and family who are supporting
                           them during this difficult time. Kael’s parents have been here for many weeks, helping with the kids and
 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
                           managing Kael’s law practice. Kay’s mother has also taken her turn with childcare assistance. Neighbors,
                           friends and church members have brought dinner to the family almost every night, helped with grocery
                           shopping and laundry, picked up the kids from school, arranged playdates, picked up Alexis for youth
                           group, and sent Kay and Kael out on a few date nights. From prayer shawls to fundraisers, the Briskis
 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
                           have an amazing community caring for them, and these are just the things I know about!
 Fellowship Time
                                      Even with all of this support, the next few months of treatment loom before Alexis and her family
                           and I hope that, as their family of faith, we can find even more ways to care for them. In speaking with
 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
                           Kael about this experience, I have been dumbfounded by the chaos that the treatment scheduling causes
 Christian Education/
                           in their lives, and I have been struck by his comment that “Annika and Matt just want to be able to know
 Sunday School
                           who is picking them up from school.” As much as they have appreciated all the playdates and school
                           pick-ups, the Briski children are craving some normalcy and stability. I have encouraged Kay and Kael to
 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                           find some consistent childcare help for Annika, Matthew and Emily – perhaps a nanny two or three days a
 Traditional Service
                           week to ease some of the burden on Kay and their parents, and to allow Matthew and Annika more of a
                           routine in their lives. Of course, money is tight right now for the Briskis, and hiring a nanny is an added
 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
                           expense to the already unbelievable cost of their portion of Alexis’ treatment.
 Fellowship Time
                                      I believe that, as a community of faith, we have a responsibility and a desire to care for the entire
                           Briski family, and this gives us another opportunity to do just that. The Sunday School children are
                           creating a church family calendar for 2009 that will be available as a fundraiser for the Alexis Briski Fund in
                           just a few weeks. With artwork from our children, it will be a delightful celebration of their faith and I know
At Willow Glen United      you will want one for you and all of your friends. All proceeds will go directly to the Alexis Briski Fund to
Methodist Church, we       raise the $6000 needed to hire a nanny for the next six months and help with the astronomical costs
love and worship God       associated with Alexis’ treatment. You will begin to hear about other fundraisers as well, and I hope you
and follow Jesus as we     will participate as you are able.
invite all to grow with               In the meantime, prayer is, of course, our greatest support to Alexis and her family. Notes and
us in faith, service and   cards are always welcome, and other financial donations would be graciously appreciated. There is a
mission to neighbors       donation box in the church office and all monies will go directly to a special fund created for Alexis’ care.
                           Volunteering to help with meals and laundry and the like can be done through their webpage at http://
near and far, with the
Bible as our guide and
                                      Let’s follow the example set by Alexis and her family as we meet this challenge head on, standing
CHRIST as our              strong and hopeful together as a family in faith.
                           May God’s love and peace be with us all,
C = Communication
H = Harmony and
                                                                                              Capital Campaign
R = Reliance on God                                                                           Faith Speakers
I = Integrity                                                                                 Sunday, October 26 - Leslie Fisk
S = Spiritual Growth                                                                          Sunday, November 2 - Tom Grubb
T = Teamwork                                                                                  Sunday, November 9 - Peggy Schlosser
                                                                                              Sunday, November 16 - Bill Robbins

                                                                                              All-Church Commitment Celebration
                                                                                              Saturday, November 22

                                                                                              Consecration Sunday
                                                                                              Sunday, November 23
GENERAL CHURCH NEWS                                                                                                        Page 3

                        What Would Jesus Buy?
                        Sunday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Kohlstedt Hall
                           From producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-
                        comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the
                        Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the
                        Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt! You’re
                        invited to join the Joint Youth Ministry as parents and youth together watch and respond to this film. The film
                        will be preceded by a potluck at 4:30 p.m.

Television Broadcast Changes Coming In February 2009
          Have you seen advertisements about the upcoming TV digital conversion? If you haven’t, you may hear some confusing
messages in the coming months. Ritchie Sidener, a member of our faith community, will be glad to help you in understanding your
options. Yes, there is a change coming that may affect your ability to watch broadcast television. But you should know that there is a
low-to-zero cost way of making your old TV work. Don’t spend any money until you’ve checked with Ritchie. You can call him
directly at 448-4663, or call the church office.

Want To Be Part Of The Prayer Team?
         The Willow Glen UMC prayer ministry is growing. For quite some time we have been sharing your
prayers through email and postal mail to individuals who have requested to be on the prayer team. We’re
now ready to expand this ministry. There are several ways that you can participate. (1) you can sign up to
receive prayer requests through email or by postal mail, and pray throughout the week for these people; (2)
you can attend the prayer team meeting on Monday mornings in the meditation room; (3) you can write follow-up cards to people who
have requested prayers; or (4) you can make phone calls to people to let them know this faith community is holding them in prayer. If
you would like to join in this ministry, contact Pastor Nancy at or (408) 294-9796 extension 12.

A College Ministry Has Begun!
         Are you a high school graduate looking for a place in the church after youth group? Are you new to town and between the
ages of 18 and 24 years old? Would you like to meet a group of supportive friends who get who you are and where you are at in life?
Our new college group is starting and you are welcome to join us! Our next hang out is Monday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Willow
Glen UMC in the basement. We will be eating dessert, praying for one another and talking about the propositions and presidential
elections. Email Lisa Jacobs ( or Susan Smith ( if you are interested!

Calling All Young Adults
          If you are in your mid 20’s to early 30’s, you are invited to an ongoing small group just for you. Every week we meet for Bible
study, discussions on current events, prayer and friendship. Sometimes we cancel Bible study and just go out to eat! Any young
adults are welcome to join us anytime! We meet on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Lisa Jacobs’ home. We are all at different places in
our lives – some single, some dating, some married, some in school, some working, some church goers and some still searching. Email
Lisa if you are interested (

A Moment of Your Time, Continued from Front Page
I will tell you that each of these time frames of reference matters and every minute counts. In one sense, three years seems like a long
time, but if you take the long view – a really long view – it’s only a split second.
           I suspect the founders that formed our church took a long term view that extended beyond their lifetime. And I believe many
who followed – right up to our congregation today – share that view. I believe we honor their vision and do our part to preserve their
past – our past – with this campaign. I take the “after-I’m-gone” view, meaning that while I will benefit from the renovations in my
lifetime I am inspired by a desire to fund these renovations in order to enable future possibilities. The “prepare our future” part of the
campaign theme is there to remind us that people we may never know are counting on us today to make this campaign a success. Our
future extends well beyond our lifetime to those who will follow in our footsteps.
           Now for the really really long view: What does this campaign mean on God’s measure of time? Eternity is a very long
moment indeed. God was here before us, God is here with us now, and God will be there with us when Jesus returns. With this in mind,
I see our campaign as an important part of a much larger plan in a much longer moment.
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Knowing God Through The Psalms November Youth Activities
          As we continue to explore our understanding of God,          Most events are at Willow Glen UMC this month
our Sunday School unit in October and November introduces the
writing of the Psalms. Children are learning that the Psalms are       Saturday, November 1
songs of the Bible written as prayers or conversations with God.       9:00-11:00 a.m. – “Life after High School” 12th grade small group
Together, we are discovering some of the many images Psalmists
used to talk about God and learning that no topic is off-limits in     Sunday, November 2
our relationship with God. We are reminded of God’s amazing            5:30-8:00 p.m. – Halloween Party! Bring a friend or two!!
love for each of us, and each child is being encouraged to build
upon their relationship with God in an open and honest way.            Wednesday, November 5
                                                                       7:00-8:30 p.m. – Dig Deeper II for Senior High Youth. Bring $3 for
Looking Ahead To                                                       dinner.

Christmas Eve With                                                     Sunday, November 9
                                                                       4:30 p.m. – Junior High Youth Group
Our Children                                                           6:00 p.m. – Band & Dance Practice
          Our family worship service                                   7:00 p.m. – Senior High Youth Group; band plays.
on Christmas Eve will be held at 5:00
p.m. in the sanctuary this year. Our                                   Wednesday, November 12
children will once again participate in                                7:00-8:30 p.m. – Dig Deeper I for Junior High Youth. Bring $3 for
the early service, serving as the choir for worship and sharing in     ice cream.
some of the leadership of the service. The Praise Band will also
lead us in contemporary and traditional Christmas music as we          Friday, November 14
celebrate the birth of the Messiah. Please join us for this spirited   5:30-10:00 p.m. – “I Need a Break” Babysitting Fundraiser
candlelit service that does find its moments of peace even amidst
the chaos and excitement of celebration.                               Sunday, November 16
          We would also like to invite elementary-age children to      4:30-7:30 p.m. – Family Matters Potluck & Movie, “What Would
participate in a Christmas Eve handbell choir and/or dance team.       Jesus Buy?”
If your child is interested in either of these activities, please
contact Susan by November 9 ( so we can                Tuesday, November 18
determine a rehearsal time.                                            7:00 pm – Joint Youth Council

                                                                       Wednesday, November 19
                                                                       7:00-9:00 p.m. – Student Leaders/Leadership Team

                                                                       Saturday, November 22
                                                                       9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Outdoor Adventure Group Hike; bring a sack
                                                                       lunch, water bottle and good shoes

                                                                       Sunday, November 23
                                                                       4:30 p.m. – Junior High Youth Group
                                                                       6:00 p.m. – Band & Dance Practice
                                                                       7:00 p.m. – Senior High Youth Group; YOUTHWORKS DEPOSIT
  CrossWalk                                                            DUE!
  Faith and Fellowship for Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders
  Sunday, November 23                                                  Wednesday, November 26
  3:00-4:30 p.m.                                                       No events – have a great holiday!
  Wesley Room
  Theme: Canned Food Scavenger Hunt                                    Sunday, November 30
                                                                       4:30 p.m. – Junior High Youth Group
  Let’s search the neighborhood for donations for the food             6:00 p.m. – Band & Dance Practice
  bank. We’ll set out in teams to see who can collect the most         7:00 p.m. – Senior High Youth Group
  non-perishable food from our neighbors. Come join the fun!
  E-mail Susan to let her know you are coming!
CONFIRMANDS                                                                                                                Page 5

Welcome To Our New Youth Members
         Following are interviews with the youth who were welcomed into the membership of Willow Glen UMC on Sunday, May 18,
following the completion of thirteen weeks of classes and association with their mentors. We are proud of their work, dedication and
growth in their faith. Please take an opportunity to get to know these youth members. Addresses and phone numbers are available
through the church office.

Ian McDonald
        Ian is a freshman at Leland High School. His hobbies are reading, watching ice hockey and anything pertaining to technol-
ogy. Robotics, space and aeronautics are high on his list and he would like to be a scientist in the future.
        Ian enjoyed a trip to New York and Boston with his family this summer. He has attended Redwood Camp since he was in
elementary school and would like to be a youth camp counselor some day.
        Ian joined our church because “religion makes sense and it explains life.” His mentor is Steve Quigley.

Connor McDonald
          Like his brother, Ian, Connor has recently returned from a trip to Boston and New York with his family. Connor, age 16, is a
junior at Kings Academy High School. Biology and band are his favorite subjects, and snow boarding and time with friends are his
hobbies. He loves animals and would like to become a veterinarian.
          Connor has taken a youth work trip to Mexico with his school and another to Arizona with our church youth, where they
volunteered building and painting homes.
          Connor said he joined our church because he needed to be closer to God and church. Some of his friends joined last year
and he decided this was his year to join. Steve Quigley is his mentor.

Tim Fisk
         If a 15-year old boy comes up to you and asks if he can help you, it is probably Tim Fisk. He is a real “Johnny-on-the-spot”
and proved it this year at vacation church school, where he was a big help in the toddlers’ room with whatever was needed.
         Tim is a 9th grader at Oak Grove High School and loves his PE classes. Tim has gone to Redwood Camp the last two years as
well at Monte Toyon Methodist Camp. He especially thought paint ball was great and the food okay. He felt going to camp really
helped him to grow spiritually. His mentor is Jerry fall.

Natalie Benedict
         Natalie, age 13, is looking forward to the new experience of being a 9th grader at Branham High School this fall. Her favorite
subjects are math, history, and dance and feels that her love of writing may lead to a major in journalism.
         Natalie volunteers with the youth program at the homeless shelter. She took this summer off from going to camp, having
gone several years previously.
         Since she has been attending and enjoying this church since she was three years old, it was an easy decision for her to
become a member. Joyce Osborn is her mentor.

Clayton Carr
         Clayton, age 13, is in the 8th grade at Willow Glen Middle School, where he plays on an ice hockey team and a soccer team.
He also likes to skateboard. Spanish and reading are his favorite school subjects.
         He volunteers at Sacred Heart with the youth program once a month, packing food and clothing.
         Clayton attended Redwood Christian Camp this summer and thought the counselors were special. He hopes to go again next
year, and to learn more about God. His mentor is Tom Thrasher.

Spencer Brodhead
          Spencer was fortunate to spend three weeks with his family this summer in Switzerland, where his mother, Loraine, has many
relatives. It proved to be a wonderful experience in the Alps and snow.
          Spencer, age 15, is a sophomore at Valley Christian High School, where he plays the saxophone in the school jazz band and
went to Hawaii during Easter Week.
          Spencer likes mountain biking, long-boarding and his favorite school subject is mechanical engineering. He attended a San
Jose Jazz Camp at a summer workshop and does volunteer work for the elderly, schools and church.
          He says he decided to join this church because his family has attended here for his whole life and it seemed the natural thing
to do. Greg Pense is his mentor.
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                                  Willow Glen UMW Honored At District Celebration
  Women's                                   Willow Glen members attending the Annual District Celebration of United Methodist
                                  Women held on October 4 at Fremont First United Methodist Church were pleased to accept
  Groups                          awards in various categories. Willow Glen was named a Mission Today unit because of its
                                  participation in a number of programs of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global
  Heart and Hands                 Ministries. We were also recipients of an award as a 5-Star Unit of UMW, having participated in at
  Every Other Thursday            least five of the giving opportunities of the organization. In addition, two of our local members,
  7:00-9:00 p.m.                  Ruby Goodnight and Jane Vivian, were awarded certificates for completion of the 2008 Reading
  With Child Care                 Program.
  Susan Smith                               Those attending from Willow Glen were: Ruby Goodnight, Harriet Hosack, Fran Love and
  294-9796                        Suzanne Selby.

  Friendship Circle
  Third Monday, 12:30 p.m.
                                  Harvest Event A Huge Success!
  Lunch at LeBoulanger                      Where else could you find a complete, delicious
  Sue Johnson                     meal for a family, complete with entertainment, for $25
  287-5254                        without tax or tip? Willow Glen UMC was the place to be
                                  – with family and friends – on the evening of October 18.
  Susanna Wesley Circle will                Our Harvest Supper and Variety Show turned out
  meet Wednesday, Novem-          to be a successful, fun-filled evening for a large crowd
  ber 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the       representing every age group in the church. Many thanks
  home of Mary Pierson, with      are due to Ruth Granfors and her committee for a bounti-
  Jane Vivian presenting the      ful harvest meal, and to Stephanie Freeman for putting
  World Thank Offering            together a Variety Show that will be long remembered. The
  program                         members of United Methodist Women are grateful to the
  Ginny Collen                    congregation for their enthusiastic support and participa-
  269-9414                        tion.
                                            Some of the highlights of the evening were: the
  Miriam Martha Circle            homemade rolls and fruit pies; the colorful harvest
  Fourth Tuesday                  decorations; Bob Birnstihl in formal attire as Master of
  Harriet Hosack                  Ceremonies; several acts featuring children and families; a country musical ensemble; the choir
  266-4141                        onstage in a rousing rendition of “Consider Yourself;” a do-it-yourself orchestra number which
                                  included all those in attendance; and show-stoppers Stephanie Freeman and Mark Bergmann in a
  UMW Executive Board             comedy duet.
  will meet Monday, Novem-
  ber 10, at 9:30 a.m. in
                                  Ways To Give To The Capital Campaign
                                            There are many ways to make financial contributions to the campaign in addition to cash.
  UMW is open to all women        Many people assume that cash is the only acceptable way to give, but there are lots of ways that
  regardless of church            offer flexibility and and/or tax savings opportunities:
  membership.                     · Tangible Personal Property
                                  · Securities
  For more information about      · Real Estate
  UMW, call Ruth Granfors,        · Remainder Interests in Property
  251-0458                        · Oil, Gas, and Mineral Interests
                                  · Bargain Sales
                                  · Life Insurance (read more below)
      The deadline for the        · Charitable Remainder Trusts
 December/January Willow          · Charitable Lead Trusts
    Word is November 15,          · Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations (IRA rollover extended! Read more on Page 7)
    2008. Please send your        · Bequests
                                  · Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations (read more on Page 7)
story ideas and submissions                 Please contact or if you would like to
   to Leslie Chamberlain at       learn more.
ALL AROUND WILLOW GLEN                                                                                                      Page 7

Volunteers Needed
          Aren’t they always? There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities in almost every organization
we could name, especially at Willow Glen United Methodist Church. But here is yet another: Drivers are
needed to transport to and from church (and other church events) those who are not able to drive them-
selves, whether on a short- or long-term basis. We have several such members at the present, and can
foresee that there will be others in the future.
          We are blessed to have some volunteers who are already providing transportation each Sunday, but sometimes they need a
“relief” driver. It would be most helpful to have a list of available drivers, including the number of passengers they can accommodate.
Most of the requests for transportation are for just one person, and most, but not all, live in the 95125 area. Please call Jane Vivian at
269-3907 if you are willing to provide transportation, or if you know of someone who needs transportation.

Margo Sidener Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary
          Congratulations to Margo Sidener, celebrating her twentieth anniversary as the executive officer of Breathe California of the
Bay Area. Margo has presided over many accomplishments, which this year includes smoke-free parks in San Jose. Margo says, “From
working for smoke-free communities, to building hands-on patient services, it has all been an exciting ride.” However, she adds, “I
always have my eye to the future and the many health challenges on the horizon. Air pollution and climate change, the need to
transition to alternative fuels, the continual growth in the numbers of people with lung disease, the need to find answers…” just to
mention a few of the problems faced by her organization as well as by the community at large. Margo is grateful for all the community
support. For more information, see

Kitchen Elves
         The church kitchen received a face lift and general reorganization in early October, in time for the Harvest Supper. While some
of the changes are not noticeable to the casual observer, the drawers and cabinets have been straightened and reorganized, and the
cabinets, counters and dishwasher have all received a thorough cleaning, giving the kitchen a somewhat brighter appearance, in spite
of peeling and water-stained walls.
         The church owes a big thank you to those who helped bring about these changes: Ruth
Granfors, Suzanne Selby, Hiromi, Ayano and JJ Grzymala, Stephanie Freeman, Mark and Becky
Bergmann, Kristen Brown and Jane Vivian.

          Our event on November 21 will be rescheduled so that we can attend the very important
All Church Dinner on Saturday, November 22. For more information, contact Peggy Schlosser.

Capital Campaign: Ways To Give
Life Insurance Policies
          Life Insurance is a potentially significant and inexpensive gift and can be contributed in several ways:
Beneficiary Change – You may request a change on an existing life insurance contract and designate Willow Glen United Methodist
Church Endowment or a specific ministry as a primary or contingent beneficiary.
A Policy Gift – Ownership of a policy no longer needed to protect a family member may be transferred to the church. The church will
then be the owner and beneficiary. If you itemize deductions, you may receive a tax deduction for all premiums paid on the policy.
A New Policy – You may create a new policy to benefit church ministries if you are insurable and make the church the policy owner.
Any premiums you then pay will be considered deductible contributions.
Charitable IRA Rollover Extended until December 2009
          As part of the $700 billion economic bailout bill (H.R. 1424) which was signed by the President on Friday, October 3, 2008,
Congress included a two-year extension of the IRA Rollover provision. This provision will be made retroactive to January 1, 2008, and
will apply to gifts made from that date through December 31, 2009. Specifically, the IRA Rollover allows donors to donate up to
$100,000 annually from their traditional or Roth IRAs tax free to charitable causes. Rather than showing the gift as a tax deductible
event, the entire gift is excluded from taxable income; however, such gifts do count toward any Required Minimum Distributions. Some
highlights of the IRA Rollover provision are: Only donors age 70 ½ or older can take advantage of the provision. The maximum amount
that can be rolled over tax-free each year is $100,000. The provision only allows for direct gifts to charitable organizations and
churches. To qualify, the distribution must be made directly from the Trustee of an IRA to the charitable recipient. Donors should not
take the distribution themselves and subsequently write a check to charity.
November Library News
          This is the holiday season and your church library has displays of children’s holiday books. Come in and browse. We now
have the book sale books pulled off the cart, and the regular new books put back on the book cart. The Willow Word books are back
on the window sill along with the holiday books. Listed below are the latest additions to the library.
The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam, an Introductory Selection of Readings from the Qu’ran, translated by Thomas Cleary
For English readers, Cleary unlocks the Koran and opens up its power and grace. He has the vision of a poet and seer.
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, by Robert Schnase
These practices are fundamental to any successful church: Radical hospitality, Passionate worship, Intentional faith development,
Risk-taking mission and service and Extravagant generosity.
The Fifth Gospel, the Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age, Stephen J. Patterson, James M. Robinson, Hans-Gebhard Bethge
After fifty years of study, this is the best translation of Thomas, based on the best Coptic text, in user-friendly form by the Berlin
Working Group for Coptic Gnostic Writings.
Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope & Peace at the End of Life’s Journey, by Trudy Harris, foreword by Don Piper
Tender, heartbreaking and eye-opening, Glimpses of Heaven gives you an intimate look at the final thoughts and vision of terminally
ill and dying people.
The God Gene, How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes, by Dean Hamer
Hamer is speculative but interesting. He is as methodical as the research allows. And he deserves credit for raising the question. But
much work remains to be done.
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch
He wroteabout overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment. It is a summation of everything
Randy came to believe before his death.
Mary Magdalene, by Lynn Picknett
Picknett re-evaluates the evidence from the Gospels, the contemporary Gnostic works, and ancient Egyptian texts. She believes that
everything the Church teaches about Mary Magdalene is a deliberate attempt to cover up uncomfortable facts.
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo IIshiguro
Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric. This is another classic by Booker Prize-winning author of Remains of the Day.
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                                                                                                                       WGUMC Staff:
   November 2008                                                                                                       Nancy Danson,
   Pastor's Page                       Page 2
   General Church News                 Page 3                                                                            Senior Pastor
   Children and Youth Ministries       Page 4                                                                            Susan Smith,
   Confirmands                         Page 5                                                                         Childrens Pastor
   Women's Page                        Page 6                                                                             Lisa Jacobs,
   All Around Willow Glen              Page 7                                                                              Director of
                                                                                                                Joint Youth Ministries
                                                                                                                      Lorene Sheridan,
                                                                                                                           Director of
                                                                                                               Weekday Ark Ministries
                                                                                                                       Ingrid Quigley,
                                                                                                                           Director of
                                                                                                                     Adult Spirituality
                                                                                                                        Debi Goddard,
                                                                                                                  Office Administrator

                        Willow Glen United Methodist Church
                                     Avenue,           CA                 
                        1420 Newport Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125-3329, 408-294-9796,

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