Join the Choir

The Los Altos UMC choir is back in session! We will be singing again at the Sunday, Aug. 20 at the 11:00 a.m.service. If you would like to sing in the choir with our new director, David Wells, please feel free to come to rehearsal on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room!

ESL Breakfast Club

Wednesdays, September 13-November 15 from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

The ESL Breakfast Club needs you! Thanks to our Los Altos UMC family, this program of one-on-one tutoring provided to parents learning English is entering its fifth year. We have relocated to the First Congregational Church at 3rd and Cedar in downtown Long Beach. No teaching experience or fluency in another language is needed. Entering tutors receive orientation, a handbook, resources, and ongoing guidance. Contact Jane Wilson Barboza via email at or by cell at (562) 485-8344.

Mature Years Potluck and Program

  Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Noon in the Lounge

All are invited to our special Mature Years Group gathering on August 9. Come at 12 Noon for our "famous" pot-luck lunch, or at 12:30 p.m. to hear our special presentation. Our guest speaker will discuss recent developments at the Long Beach Airport, including upgrades and future expansion. Bring your questions. This is a wonderful event for friendship and sharing. So, put it on your calendars and plan to be with us.

Building Committee Vote Update

On Saturday, July 15, the Church Conference approved Building Option C as presented by the Building Committee. Option C includes a Lift, refurbishment of the Fellowship Hall Kitchen (adding a secure storage closet/performing space), converting the old Brides’ Room into a family bathroom, repurposing the Library to become a Nursery with a family bathroom, and adding a new wing to the Lounge. The Lounge assembly space will be enlarged and the new wing will include of a full feature kitchen, male and female bathrooms, conference room/library and two storage rooms. The Church Conference also approved obtaining a loan from the District to be paid back with a capital fundraiser to pay it down, with the balance paid by a long term mortgage. An outline of the Lounge addition has been painted for viewing in the space behind the Lounge to provide a conceptualization for the new layout. The Building Committee is looking forward to entering the next phase of this project. They are actively revising the current loan approval with the District as well as instructing the Construction Manager (CBRE) to proceed with contractor selection.  The committee is appreciative for your ongoing support.

Los Altos UMC Foundation Grants for 2017-2018

Los Altos United Methodist Foundation is proud to announce the distribution of over $9,000 in grants this year.  The following grant applications were approved:

  • Large upright freezer for the Fellowship Hall kitchen
  • Replacement tables for the coffee hour
  • Four video cameras and campus surveillance system
  • Groundlings Camp counselor training
  • $1,000 toward transportation to Louisiana service project
  • Children and Youth room décor
  • Supplies & seating for Children’s Ministry
  • Annual subscription for Planning Center Program software for 9:30 worship service
  • Laptop and software for multimedia presentations
  • Sanctuary video system
  • Materials to convert sanctuary analog soundboard to digital
  • ESL Breakfast Club supplies and childcare

The Foundations thanks the many individuals and groups who have invested in the Foundation through memorial gifts, purchase of leaves on the Memorial Tree, and through estate planning.  The Foundation recently received a substantial gift from the Carol McCormac estate. In the last fourteen years the Foundation has distributed almost $166,000 in grants.  All money received is invested and the annual earnings are given to various church programs in the form of grants.  Only the earnings are distributed. The principal stays in tact to be invested the following year.

Missions Door-of-Faith Peanut Butter Drive

It's 2017 Peanut Butter time: Missions will host the coffee hour on July 2. This will kick off our annual Peanut Butter drive for the Door-of-Faith Orphanage. We will be collecting peanut butter during all of July. Our goal is 5,000 ounces again this year. Last year's drive netted 6,833.8 ounces. Leave your jars, any size, in the office at any time during this period. Los Altos UMC has become the primary source of the peanut butter supply for the Door-of-Faith. Please take advantage of any sales and get a couple of jars for the children. If you prefer, cash or scrip donations to the Door of Faith through Los Altos UMC are also very helpful to the Orphanage. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions please contact the Thimlars.

Habitat for Humanity

Friday, August 4

Los Altos UMC is raising support to help build four Habitat for Humanity homes for the Chavez, Hayes, Nall, and Ortiz families at 1950 Henderson Ave. in Long Beach. These are the first four of over 50 homes that Habitat LA will build in Long Beach's Washington Neighborhood over the next few years.  The need for affordable housing is greater than ever and your support will help ensure these four families will have a decent place to call home once they are completed next year. Congregations all over Long Beach are rallying together around the project as part of Habitat for Humanity's nationwide Unity Build initiative on September 8 & 9. You may submit your donation directly online through the following link. Contact Allison Brammer for volunteer opportunities.  For more information, email or visit the website at:

Grief Support Group

Tuesdays, May 30-July 25 from 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in the Chapel

New Hope Grief Support Community, in partnership with Los Altos UMC, will be offering a 9-week grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Led by experienced facilitators, this group will provide a safe place for expression, learning, healing, and connection. Groups are made up of grieving individuals, and group time consists of discussion of topics pertaining to grief, centering activities, and time to share personal experiences. To register, go to or call (562) 429-0075 extension 2. There is a $75 registration fee (fee waivers available).

Yoga for Grief Class

Thursdays from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Lounge

Rose Roybal is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) who will be offering yoga classes that will focus on dealing with grief, anxiety, and depression. When we are dealing with grief and loss, a myriad of challenges are introduced into our lives emotionally, physically and spiritually. The physical manifestation of grief can cause pain and tension in the body. The Yoga for Grief classes offer a way to invite movement into the body in a mindful and meaningful way. These classes will focus on using yoga as a tool in your grieving process and will be offered in a safe and welcoming environment. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Please be sure to bring your yoga mat and a water bottle. Classes are donation based. For questions or to register for the class, please contact Rose Roybal at