March 30, 2014

Pastoral Letter 

Greetings brothers and sisters, 
Over the past several months our Family Ministries Associate, Liz Hinz, and I have 
been dreaming and planning for our upcoming summer ministries with families at 
Los Altos UMC. We have been praying over and evaluating previous summers here 
(including many seasons of exciting Vacation Bible Schools and Actors’ Bible 
Camps); researching our Long Beach community and its current needs; and 
studying our Los Altos UMC resources. 
And … we are thrilled to share the launch of the Los Altos Groundlings Summer 
Day Camp! Included in this morning’s worship guide is our summer camp flyer. 
Please take it home and if you cannot use it yourself, share it with someone 
who can! Our camp is priced to be affordable, and planned with flexible options to 
accommodate today’s family. We are offering a discount registration price to all Los 
Altos UM Church members and preschool families (even alumni!). 
Groundlings Summer Camp is planned to be a fun, active, and creative place where 
we “Live grounded in God’s love and filled with Joy and the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 
13:52). We have places for children to attend camp and for youth to serve as 
counselors. We are currently accepting registrations and applications: all forms are 
available online at 
Naturally, in order to make camp affordable and a ministry that is reflective of the 
whole church, we need adult servants to share their gifts with camp, too. Perhaps, 
you could help for 90 minutes daily for one week this summer? You will have lots of 
help from our intern and youth counselors, and be well supported with materials 
ahead of time. Here are the areas of focus in which you might feel called to help: 
- Music (sing with us? play piano? join a drum circle?) 
- Bible lesson (teaching a simple lesson with children) 
- Snacks (donating purchased snacks, helping organize) 
- Recreation (come play with us!) 
- Crafts (do you like glue and paint?) 
Spread the word! Get excited to participate and sign up with Liz in the church office! 
Help us make Los Altos UMC a special place once again this summer for God’s 
children and people of all ages! 
Your sisters in Christ, 
Pastor Melinda T. Dodge and Liz Hinz