February 28, 2016

Pastor Letter

Greetings in the name of our Christ!

I have just returned from a weekend in Big Bear with our student ministries. We had meals together; we went snow tubing; we played Monopoly, Balloon Ball and the Balloon Challenge. Just ask anyone about that!

We breathed in the gorgeous fresh air, and soaked in the sunshine and blue sky. We drank in God’s glorious creation and laughed and laughed and laughed.

Our devotional time centered on getting to know Jesus and the season of Lent. We learned and discussed and maybe drank in? too: Jesus as the Good Shepherd; Jesus as Servant and Jesus as the Light of the World. We prayed and prayed and prayed.

Throughout our time, we were led by the Holy Spirit at work with three adult lay leaders for whom I am deeply grateful: Bob Carpenter, Sabrina Moreau and Rebecca Swartz. These adults gave their entire weekend, slogged through BAD traffic, tubed down the mountain in a gang of 17! and laughed with our whole group. They also shared their own faith journeys, and understandings of Jesus with our students in small and large group devotional time.

I kept thinking throughout the weekend: this is how disciples are made. This is how we follow Jesus -- through learning, laughter, sharing our journeys; through adults together with students caring for one another … taking time to show one another what it means to follow Christ at all ages and all stages.

And now, a big thank you to the entire Los Altos UMC for your ongoing faith in our students and the ministries of the church. Thank you for your prayers and support as we focus efforts on disciple-building with younger generations, working to hear and listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in and upon our ministries.

Thank you for your commitment to God’s church and our young people in it.

Your sister in Christ,

Pastor Melinda