Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive

Los Altos UMC partnered with the Broken Loaf Food Pantry to provide 70+ Thanksgiving dinners to the children and their families from the Northpointe Afterschool Program in North Long Beach. Thanksgiving dinner was served to the children and then they were given bags of food to take home to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. 

Delivering food to the Broken Loaf Food Pantry

Delivering food to the Broken Loaf Food Pantry

Packing food for delivery to Northpointe Afterschool Program

Packing food for delivery to Northpointe Afterschool Program

Children taking home a Thanksgiving dinner

Children taking home a Thanksgiving dinner

Pastor Mark Ulrickson's Retirement Party

On June 26, 2016, we celebrated Pastor Mark Ulrickson's retirement from over 41 years of ministry. The fellowship hall was beautifully decorated and everyone ate a variety of pies donated by the congregation. Rev. Sharon Rhodes-Wickett served as emcee. Speakers from several of the churches Pastor Mark has served (Garden Grove, Northridge and Los Altos) spoke of how his ministry changed their lives, videos of his ministry were shown, the Praise Band played one of Mark's favorite songs and the Sanctuary Choir sung a tribute song written by Christie Kahler. It was a beautiful afternoon of reminiscing and wishing Mark and Trish well as they head into the next phase of their lives.

Emcee Rev. Sharon Rhodes-Wickett

Emcee Rev. Sharon Rhodes-Wickett

Alternative Christmas Market 2015 Results

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! LAUMC is awesome! The Alternative Christmas Market results are in and your generous contributions will help the following organizations, programs and agencies greatly:

Habitat for Humanity - $462
Homeless Meals & Toiletries - $405
LAUMC Preschool - $250
Hoffman House – $285
Toberman Neighborhood Center - $190
ESL Breakfast Club - The Neighborhood - $410
Imagine No Malaria - $600
L.B. Immigrant Rights Coalition - $205
Get on the Bus - $445
COA - $100
CSULB Scientists Camp for Homeless kids - $855
Haiti EXPO - $70
Heifer Project Int.- $985
Project Totals $5,262

Your purchases and donations for the Third World Gifts and Handarts totaled $700; Haiti EXPO sales totaled $215; sales from Hands of Hope totaled $278 and sales from iSanctuary totaled $231; and LAUMC Preschool totaled $93. Also the Imagine no Malaria cause was able to get a matching donation of $600. If you add all of this together, a total of $7,379 was raised! The Church and Society Commission would like to thank each of you who helped to make this annual event such a success. Because of your caring, hundreds of people locally and worldwide will benefit from your gifts. And, a special thanks to the many church committees that sponsored projects, individual volunteers who staffed tables, the Church and Society Commission volunteers for all their help. Allison Brammer, Committee Chair

Donna Johnson - California-Pacific Annual Conference Laywoman of the Year

On Sunday, May 31, five members of the California-Pacific Annual Conference Laity Council presented Los Altos UMC member, Donna Johnson, with the Bishop Gerald Kennedy Award, given each year by the Annual Conference to the Layman and Laywoman of the Year. Donna was recognized as the California-Pacific Annual Conference Laywoman of the Year for 2015.

Donna was recognized for her long-standing service to the United Methodist Church and two local churches in the West District. She has been involved in the United Methodist Women (UMW) at the local, district and annual conference levels including four years as the UMW representative on the Board of Directors at Toberman. Donna has been involved with Get on the Bus and with the Los Altos UMC Homework Club.

Donna Johnson with members of the California-Pacific Annual Conference Laity Council

Donna Johnson with members of the California-Pacific Annual Conference Laity Council


Moving the Garden of Grace

The Garden of Grace has moved!

The Garden of Grace has been relocated from the preschool parking lot area to a nice, sunny spot right behind the sanctuary. A big "thank you" to all the families who helped haul dirt, reassemble containers, and plant veggies. All of the produce will be donated to the Broken Loaf Food Pantry to help feed the homeless in our community. 

Alternative Christmas 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! LAUMC is awesome! The Alternative Christmas Market results are in and your generous contributions will help the following organizations, programs and agencies greatly.

Habitat for Humanity - $580
Homeless Meals & Toiletries - $475
LAUMC Preschool - $320
Heifer Project Int.- $885
Toberman Neighborhood Center - $315
Hoffman House – $400
ESL Breakfast Club - The Neighborhood - $325
Get on the Bus - $470
Imagine No Malaria - $440
COA - $260
South Coast Interfaith Council - $60
Haiti EXPO - $80
Calexico Neighborhood House - $345

Project Totals $4,960

Your purchases and donations for the Third World Gifts and Handarts totaled $655; Haiti EXPO sales totaled $590; sales from Hands of Hope totaled $251 and sales from iSanctuary totaled $277; and African Team Ministries totaled $114. Also the Imagine no Malaria cause was able to get a matching donation of $440. If you add all of this together, a total of $7,287 was raised!  

The Church and Society Commission would like to thank each of you who helped to make this annual event such a success. Because of your caring, hundreds of people locally and worldwide will benefit from your gifts. And, a special thanks to the many church committees that sponsored projects, individual volunteers who staffed tables, the Church and Society Commission volunteers and especially the Gatleys for all their help. 

Allison Brammer, Committee Chair


Deepening Your Effectiveness Workshop

On October 3-4, 2014, leaders from Los Altos United Methodist Church along with participants from Cal-Height UMC, Aldersgate UMC and The Neighborhood/La Vecindad gathered at Los Altos for a workshop on "Deepening Your Effectivenss." The workshop was led by co-authors Dan Glover and Claudia Lavy. The two-day workshop explored offering "Extravagant Hospitality" and "Come and See Worship."

ESL Breakfast Club Thanksgiving Celebration 2014

To mark the end of a 10-week round of tutoring in the ESL Breakfast Club, every student offered thanks (in English!) on November 11, in front of an audience of tutors, students, guests and families. Tears flowed freely as students opened their hearts and acknowledged family, friends, tutors, and God. After receiving an ESL Breakfast Club chef’s hat, Esther Crawford, aided by her capable sous-chef Jim, served a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal to over 80 people in the great hall at the Neighborhood Church, 507 Pacific Avenue. All sang a hymn of Thanksgiving, and Pastor Jackeline Vives offered a benediction of heartfelt thanks to the tutors who serve with unbounded grace. Classes resume January 27, 2015.

Isabella gave thanks to her son, Carlos, who is battling cancer. Carlos was present to hear his mother speak in English.

Isabella gave thanks to her son, Carlos, who is battling cancer. Carlos was present to hear his mother speak in English.

Esther Crawford sports a new chef's hat labelled ESL Breakfast Club, Chef Esther. Besides turkey, her meal included home-made stuffing, cranberries, kale salad, and pumpkin oat bars.

Esther Crawford sports a new chef's hat labelled ESL Breakfast Club, Chef Esther. Besides turkey, her meal included home-made stuffing, cranberries, kale salad, and pumpkin oat bars.

Jim Crawford cooked two turkeys the day before and served over 80 people.

Jim Crawford cooked two turkeys the day before and served over 80 people.