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This I Know for Sure: July sermon series

For the month of July, our sermon series will focus on the topic of “This I Know for Sure.” The preachers will be our newly appointed ministers, Senior Pastor Kathi McShane and Associate Pastor Jon Visitacion.

July 9: This I Know for Sure: Life Is Like a Wedding Banquet
Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will give her first sermons at Los Altos UMC. The scripture is John 2:1-11.

July 16: This I Know for Sure: All Shall Be Well
Pastor Kathi will give a message based on Isaiah 43:1-7.

July 23: This I Know for Sure: Faith Is a Journey
Associate Pastor Jon Visitacion will give the message using the text of Romans 12:1-2.

July 30: This I Know for Sure: God Comes to You, Disguised as Your Life
Pastor Kathi will preach, using Matthew 4:18-19.

All-Church Dinner: Welcome New Pastors, July 9

Come to the Creekside Crossings service on July 9 at 5:00pm and stay for the All-Church Sunday Dinner (starts approximately at 5:45pm) to welcome our incoming ministers. Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will give the message at the service, and then she and Associate Pastor Jon Visitacion will be available to meet the congregation and share fellowship time. Please register for planning purposes.

Saying Farewell to Our Departing Staff

This month Los Altos UMC makes goodbyes to three departing staff, with several opportunities to share our appreciation for their time and ministry with us. Rev. Mariellen Yoshino has served as the senior pastor for three years. Rev. Debbie Weatherspoon has been one of our associate pastors for 11 years, most recently as the minister for community engagement. Paul Rosas, our senior organist, has played organ, piano, and even composed new works during his 13 years at Los Altos UMC.

Pastors Mariellen and Debbie will share the message time at all four worship services on Sunday, June 11. This will be their final Sunday in worship at Los Altos UMC. The worship services on Sunday, June 25, will be a celebration of Paul Rosas’ musical ministry in our congregation.

All-Church Dinner: Farewell to Staff
Sunday, June 25, 5:45pm, Creekside
Come to the Creekside Crossings service and stay for this month’s All-Church Sunday Dinner, a farewell to Pastor Mariellen, Pastor Debbie, and Paul. Help us celebrate and honor their service to this church. Dinner will be barbecue. Please register online so we know how many attendees to expect. All are invited! We will have a slide show during dinner. If you have photos of the honorees that you would like to share, please send them to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

Farewell Gifts
If you would like to make a monetary farewell gift for one or more of our departing staff, checks are accepted in the offering plate or in the church office by June 25. Please make checks payable to Debbie Weatherspoon or Paul Rosas or make a gift in Pastor Mariellen’s honor to “CNUMC UMF Yoshino Family Mission Fund.” Gifts to Pastor Debbie or Paul are not tax-deductible; gifts to the Yoshino Family Mission Fund are tax-deductible.

13 Ways to Welcome Our New Senior Pastor

Rev. Mariellen Yoshino

Rev. Mariellen Yoshino

Los Altos UMC’s new senior pastor, the Rev. Mariellen Yoshino, will come on board on July 1. Her first Sunday with us will be July 6. As we move through this pastoral transition, we can turn to the excellent resources for pastors and congregations provided by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. The following recommendations are for church members welcoming a new pastor.


1. Open your hearts and decide that you are going to love your new pastor.

2. Pray daily for the new pastor and family, even as you continue to pray for your departing pastor and family.

3. Send cards of welcome and encouragement to the incoming pastor. Welcoming your new pastor in genuine and effective ways lays the ground work for a healthy and vital relationship and the development of stable, long-term ministries together.

4. Show love, regard, and even grief for your departing pastor. This is one of the best things you can do for the new pastor.

5. Do not invite the former pastor to return for weddings, funerals, or baptisms. This allows your former pastor to engage fully with his or her new congregation and it establishes your new pastor as everyone’s pastor from the beginning.

Welcome to the Church

6. Invite the new pastor to any social events by held by Sunday school classes or other groups in the early months.

7. Make sure the pastor’s spouse is invited to Sunday school and other appropriate small groups.

8. Introduce yourself to the pastor repeatedly! You have one name to learn; your pastor has many names to learn. Even if name tags are not a tradition in the congregation, consider using them for a few weeks to help the pastor learn names.

9. Make sure the pastor has a list of home bound or nursing home members, a list of those struggling with long-term illness, and a list of those still in grief over recent deaths in the family. Better yet, take the pastor and introduce them to each of these households.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

10. Share your favorite local dry cleaners, grocery store, drug store, veterinarian, etc.

11. Give gift certificates to several of your favorite restaurants in the community.

12. Introduce the new pastor to public and community leaders.

13. Take the new pastor to a meeting of any civic clubs you participate in.


Excerpted from 50 Ways to Welcome Your New Pastor or Associate Pastor (PDF), © 2013 Lewis Center for Church Leadership.