Thanksgiving Community Luncheon

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and communities to gather to give thanks to God for God’s blessings.  Here at Lake Merritt UMC, Thanksgiving is a time we share a special Thanksgiving meal with our community in need.  We invite anyone in the community to come and pick up a full Thanksgiving meal prepared with care and love.

The Lake Lunch team also takes out the same meal to the un-housed whom we typically serve Tuesday and Thursday. The timing is noon to 1:30 in the courtyard on the First Ave side. We have two banners announcing the meal, one for each side of the building.

Would you help us to make this year’s Thanksgiving meal possible? 

Please sign up here:

We also welcome your love offering toward the Thanksgiving meal and traditionally, we ask our members to bring raisins and mandarins which we pack as part of the Thanksgiving meal. 

Teachers Needed for Sunday School

Class for Ages 2 – 5

It is official! Sunday school class for ages 2 to 5 is open today in the Nursery! Hooray! Today, Kate and Fran will be playing with our preschoolers, reading bible stories together, and doing some coloring.  Most of all, our preschoolers will know that they are loved by God and we love them.

Would you spend one Sunday a month and be part of our Sunday School Team and show the love of God with our little siblings?  This is an important ministry and we invite you to be part of our children’s faith journey. Please contact Kate Wilson ( for any questions!  Join us! 

Christmas Pageant Video Message


  • Video will be the message for Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th.
  • Screenplay will be compiled by S. Wood from traditional Scripture passages and “21st Century” moments with church children, youth, and adults.
  • All ages are invited to participate.  No experience needed.
  • Tentative character roles for all age groups: Angels, Shepherds, Mary, Joseph, Animals, You as yourselves.


Primary Rehearsals & Video Shoot Dates:

All four Sundays before Christmas: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, and 18.

Time:  Adults – After Worship

Children & Youth – During Sunday School on Nov 27, Dec 11 and 18.

Place:  LMUMC & surrounding areas (Sanctuary, Yard, Basement, Front Steps, Lake)

*Duration of each after-church rehearsal or filming: 10-60 minutes


ADDITIONAL Moments by Invitation: House call by Susannah & her camera at your hospital, home, park, etc.

Contact Susannah Wood at or Pastor Sunae at

Avery’s Basket

We continue our tradition of collecting small gifts for children.  This year, the Avery’s Basket toy drive will be shared with People’s Choir who will be worshipping with us on December 18, 2022. 

Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright

Children’s Craft Fair

December 10, 2022 from 12-3PM

Lake Merritt UMC – Stark Room

Volunteer Sign Up coming soon!

Connectional Ministries invites you to be a part of the Food Ministry!

Sign up here or contact

Monthly Food Pantry Distribution & Set Up – We need hands Friday and Saturday morning this week!
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Giving Tuesday is coming right after Thanksgiving! Help us meet our $10,000 fundraising goal. Join our GoFundMe Team and get supporters!