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Fall Back

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 a.m. Our clocks go back an hour, and we will gain an hour of sleep. If your clocks do not follow the time change automatically, remember to turn them back on Saturday night. Enjoy this once-yearly opportunity to get some extra rest!



Sound Bath

Friday, November 10, 7:00-8:30 pm

In the midst of the busy-ness and stress of the world, would you like to slow down? Breathe and rest? Would you like to breathe peace and love in your body, mind and soul?  We invite you to Sound Bath Meditation on November 10 at 7pm in our own sanctuary at Lake Merritt UMC.



Immerse yourself in a transcendent sonic journey as the celestial melodies of the kora, sitar, flutes, and singing bowel intertwine with vibrations and bathe our souls in that holy space.

To purchase the tickets, please click this link below:

Join us.

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Thanksgiving Lunch

The Annual Thanksgiving Lunch is approaching!  We are excited to be returning to the treasured community time we enjoyed pre-pandemic with a seated meal, table service, sweet music, and more! Let’s do this together! If you would like to help out in any way, please contact Kathleen Bell or Margaret LeWright! Your interests will be matched with an amazing job! Kathleen ( Margaret (

Save the Date for Your Churches’ Annual Charge Conference!

Lake Park UMC’s Charge Conference is on Monday, December 4 at noon. This is a Hybrid Charge Conference. The Zoom link will be sent out a week before the Charge Conference.

Lake Merritt UMC’s Charge Conference is on Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m. via Zoom meeting. All Church Council members are invited to each church’s Charge Conference with vote and voice but all are welcome to the Charge Conference. Trustees, SPRRC, and Membership Secretary, please submit your Charge Conference reports via People’s Portal by the end of November. Contact Pastor Sunae if you have any questions.


Lake Park Community Engagement

Pastor Dale is on vacation from Nov 8th through the 24th. For any questions regarding Community Engagement programs at Lake Park, please contact Pastor Sunae. Questions on Yoga classes, please contact Kathleen Bell and Susannah Wood.


Gentle Yoga

As we enter the season of fall, Gentle Yoga for body and soul would be an excellent way to stretch and breathe tranquility into our mind, body, and soul.

Lake Park UMC, A Place for Community’s Gentle Yoga class begins this Thursday.  Kathleen will be teaching the Thursday 12 noon classes from Oct 26 thru Dec 14.  Susannah Wood will be teaching the second class on Saturdays from Nov 11 thru Dec 16 at 9am. All are welcome.


Friends of Wadi Foquin Teach-In

Saturday, November 18

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

12:30 Gathering time with coffee, tea, and baklava
1:00 p.m. Program begins
Lake Park United Methodist Church

281 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

Are you concerned about the crisis in Gaza but don’t feel like you know enough to speak out? Join Friends of Wadi Foquin for this introductory teach-in covering the current crisis and what led up to this point.

By this end of this teach-in you will be able to speak knowledgeably, faithfully, and compassionately about the current crisis in Gaza and the West Bank; you will be able to help friends understand the situation; and you will come away with concrete actions that you can take to advocate for the people of Gaza and Palestinians more broadly.

The teach-in is intended to be a space for learning as well as building relationships with other Christians who are interested in justice for Palestinians. It will be interactive, consisting of 3 sessions with time for breaks and break-out groups.

You are invited to gather at 12:30 p.m. for coffee, tea, and baklava (you are welcome to bring your own lunch). Program starts promptly at 1 p.m. and concludes by 3:30 p.m.

Please register below or at  Invite a friend!

*Friends of Wadi Foquin is a U.S.-based partnership established by members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference with the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin, located in the occupied West Bank. For the latest update in the village, click here. For more information about Friends of Wadi Foquin, visit

Berkeley Methodist United Church Choir Blast

Please come and enjoy the BMUC Choir Blast! The theme is “What the World Needs Now Is Love”. Saturday, November 11 @2PM, and Sunday, November 12@10:30AM. The concerts are free. Saturday’s concert will be followed by a food sale of Japanese Curry. We hope you will join us! Info at 1710 Carleton St, Berkeley CA 94703



Joyeux Noël: A French Christmas with Sonos

A French Christmas with the acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble, featuring guest artist, mezzo-soprano, Ellen St. Thomas. Artistic Director, James Meredith has designed a new holiday program inspired by the Louis B. Comfort Tiffany mosaic triptych, Te Deum Laudamus, that is the centerpiece of the sanctuary at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church. This incomparable treasure is made of over two million pieces of iridescent favrile glass influenced by the French Art Nouveau movement. From an art critic at the time of their creation in 1923: “Of the many mosaics executed under the personal supervision of Louis C. Tiffany for the decoration of churches and public buildings, none equals in beauty of color and sublimity of subject the three symbolic panels.”

The concert includes carols from historical regions in and around France including Burgundy, Tarn-et-Garone, Catalonia, Provence, and Basque Country. Whether a Francophile or not, you will delight in hearing many well-known and engagingly beautiful French carols plus a few other Sonos favorites. A pre-concert lecture about the Tiffany panels will be given at 1:15 by Lake Merritt UMC historian Barbara Gannich.

Free Admission!
Saturday, Nov. 25th, 2:00 p.m.
Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravestein Highway N., Sebastopol
Sunday, Nov. 26th, 2:00 p.m.
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
pre-concert lecture at 1:15 p.m.