Lenten Worship Series (Feb 22, 2023 – April 9, 2023)

Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023, and we walk toward Easter together which is April 9, 2023.

This year’s Lenten theme is “Entering the Passion of Jesus”.  We invite you to prepare your heart for this year’s Lenten journey by walking with Jesus in his final days and hours on the way to the cross.   See below for the Lenten Worship Series information and join us.

2/22, Ash Wednesday at 7 PM

“Render Your Heart to God, Yet Even Now”

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


2/26, First Sunday in Lent

Jerusalem:  Risking Reputation

Matthew 21:1-11


3/5, Second Sunday in Lent

The Temple:  Risking Righteous Anger

Mark 11:15-19


3/12, Third Sunday in Lent

Teachings:  Risking Challenge

Matthew 22:15-22


3/19, Fourth Sunday in Lent

The First Dinner:  Risking Rejection

Mark 14:3-9


3/26, Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends

Luke 22:14-27


4/2, Sixth Sunday in Lent or Palm/Passion Sunday

Gethsemane:  Risking Temptation

John 18:1-11


4/7, Good Friday:  Tenebrae Service at 7 PM


4/9, Easter Sunday

Christ is Risen!

John 20:1-18




You’ve probably noticed …

Churches aren’t growing.
Young adults are walking away.
Volunteers are hard to recruit.
Leaders are burning out.

And the culture is changing faster than ever before.


No wonder that church leaders everywhere struggle with growth, and feel unequipped to lead their church.

In Lasting Impact, the author and pastor Carey Nieuwhof raises the questions and provides some possible answers, but ultimately leaves it up to the reader and their team to discover how their church can grow.


I invite Lake Merritt UMC members to join me in reading the “Lasting Impact” together during the Lenten season and invite us to reflect on questions together.  The questions raised in each conversation are uncomfortable. And they are so because they require the leader(s) to look inwardly at themselves and look outwardly at the culture.  All are welcome!


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 24, 2023 and a reception will be held on Sunday, March 5. Please email with any questions. 


Krishnan Dean Family Meal Train

Deepak and Becky welcomed baby Kiara Isabelle into the big wide world on 11/29/2022!

You are invited to give a little love to Deepak and Becky as they transition into parenthood!

 Sign up here to help. 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 


HAPPY 2023!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered last year for Lake Lunches or Food Pantry. We gave out nearly 20,000 lunches as well as critical hygiene supplies, socks, beanies, and other warming clothes to our unhoused neighbors and others in need. The monthly Food Pantry provided over 4,000 bags of groceries, primarily to our elderly neighbors.  

None of this is possible without volunteers!  We remain in need of volunteers for all our activities. Please consider signing up periodically. It will fill your heart and put a smile on your face.

Sign up for Lake Lunches here
and for Food Pantry here.


We met the $10,000 fundraising goal by the end of the year!
Thank you for contributing and spreading the word!

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