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

The Lenten journey began on Ash Wednesday and continues as 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.



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



Daylight Savings Time Starts, March 12, 2023

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2AM clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 3AM.


Church Access, March 19

The annual March Marathon is happening this March 19.

Road closures will impact our members who come to church that Sunday. We are working with Oakland Police Department to determine how to safely access the church for worship that day.

We will keep you updated.


Children’s Ministry Fellowship & Activities

The Children`s Ministry of Lake Merritt & Lake Park UMCs invite you to join us during the fellowship hour on Sunday, March 26 for a gathering of families in the courtyard.

(Formerly scheduled for March 19, this event was rescheduled due to the impact of the Oakland Marathon on church accessibility.)

We want to hear your wants, needs, and visions for the future of our children and youth programs.

Activities for children- decorating Easter bags for our Easter egg hunt after church on Easter Sunday. Activities for adults- filling Easter eggs with candy/stickers, and an opportunity to share your thoughts for our children and youth ministry programs. Please bring any/all of the following- yourself, your children, your ideas, empty Easter eggs, and pre-wrapped candy/stickers. Hope to see you there!

Margaret LeWright, Children`s Ministry Coordinator


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. 


Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Spring Concerts

In the Time of Brahms
Music for Women’s Voices
from the Master and his Friends
with piano 4 hands, 2 horns, and harp
Sunday, March 26, 2023 4:00P
St Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
Saturday, April 1, 2023 7:30P
St. Perpetua Catholic Church
3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette


LIFT Concert

Save the date! April 29 is our 8th annual Lift Concert to lift up the ways in which we build community and meet hunger in the food ministries through music! It is “lift” to make the Lift Concert happen each year so please consider lending a hand. We can match your interest and availability to the many tasks needed to make this beautiful event happen!


Food Ministries Update

Our partners at Alameda County Community Food Bank ensure we have food each week for our church’s food ministries and they advocate for at the local and national level. Check out their newly released 2023 Policy AgendaConsider taking this step to tell your congressional representative how SNAP helps families and seniors facing hunger


Lake Lunches Support

We are seeing an increase in folks seeking lunches and so we invite your help in meeting this need by helping with food preparation or many other tasks big and small to help us serve over 430 lunches twice a week. At this time, we could use some help with slicing cooked roast beef or prepping chicken salad for sandwiches! Timing is flexible! Connect with your Tom, Rose Lynn, Galia, or Kathleen if you are interested.


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