July 31, 2016

Dear Los Altos UMC Family,

Greetings in peace, with gratitude for our time in ministry and witness together. The retirement celebration the church family hosted for Trish and me on June 26th was a memorable occasion, and I want to express my appreciation for all those who attended and hosted. The generosity of prayers and gifts was truly humbling.

We want to thank all who participated, contributed and held us in prayer in their absence. For the hours of service and caring preparation, we particularly want to thank Marnos Lelesi and Jennifer Garcia-Von Ranzow for their coordinating efforts. We appreciate the work of hosting and planning shared by Cynthia Clark, Sharon Huddleston, Carolyn McGowan, Becky Low, Michael Naylor, Emilio Tello, Laura Harrison, Christie Kahler, Jon Shearer and a host of volunteers.

We know you will offer as extravagant a welcome to Reverand Mark Sturgess as he steps in to pastoral leadership. I also want to include a shout out to Reverand Sturgess for his pastoral visit with me in the hospital. Thanks for your kind presence. We send blessings on the amazing journey ahead.

With grateful hearts,

Mark and Trish Ulrickson