May 17, 2015

Pastor Letter

Greetings Los Altos UMC family,

Let’s Celebrate Pastor Melinda’s Ordination in Redlands!

We have chartered a bus to take the Los Altos UMC friends of Pastor Melinda Teter Dodge to her ordination as an Elder in Full Connection in the California Pacific Conference on Saturday, June 20 in Redlands.

With degrees from Colgate University in 1992 and University of Michigan graduate school in 1996, Pastor’s Melinda’s career journey began in the field of theater and opera. She produced over 350 performances of over 70 operas at venues all over the world including San Francisco, Hong Kong, Warsaw, Washington D.C., Houston and Los Angeles.

She sensed a calling to ordained ministry in 2001 and in 2010 she earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology. Commissioned as a Provisional Elder in 2011, Pastor Melinda was appointed to serve as our Associate Pastor at that time. She applied for ordination in late 2014, and the conference Board of Ordained Ministry recognizes what our church sees: Melinda has a heart for welcoming all of God’s people into relevant ministries that empower gifts and nurture spirituality.

The June 20 Ordination Transportation:

  • Bus departs Los Altos UMC at 5:15 p.m.
  • Sandwiches & drinks provided on the bus
  • Please bring item to share
  • Ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by reception
  • Bus departs Redlands at 9:15 p.m.

How do I sign up?

  • Cost $21
  • Cash or check (payable to LAUMC, memo: Melinda Ordination bus)
  • Please remit by June 14.
  • Sign-up table at 9:20 and 11:00 a.m. services, starting May 24, and at office.
  • For more information, contact Michael Naylor

Let us join together as a church family, one and all, to celebrate this momentous occasion.


The Los Altos UMC Pastor Parish Relations Committee
(Michael Naylor, Chair)