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Thanksgiving is Almost Here!

Volunteers for our Thanksgiving Lunch are welcome to sign up online via the food programs page on our church website. Please consider baking or buying pies for the meal. They can be delivered as early as 10 a.m. Wednesday if they are not perishable. Perishable pies, such as pumpkin, need to be delivered Thursday morning by 10 a.m.

For the community: Lake lunches will be delivered starting at 11:30, and the sit-down meal from 12-2. Guests may arrive by either the 1st Ave side or the Lakeshore side. Please spread the invitation to all in the community. No one will go hungry!

Questions can be addressed to Kathleen Bell 510-333-7480 or Margaret LeWright 510 967-1374

Please Donate to Our Building Campaign

And they shall make me a sanctuary so that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8)

After more than 30 years our beloved Lake Merritt UMC church is ready for a new coat of paint and much, much more! Between now and January 7, 2024 we are seeking to raise $50,000.  A grant from the Oakland Methodist Foundation will almost triple this amount so we can make our church shine again!

Please donate by writing a check to the church (put “building campaign” on the memo line) or give online using a credit or debit card, or as a bank transfer. To give online, click HERE.  For more information follow this link.

Cookie Jars

Cookie Jars will be available after worship starting this Sunday or even Delivered if you can’t make it to church! Cost will be $10 check, cash or Venmo accepted. These make lovely Christmas or hostess gifts over the coming holidays. They are lovingly assembled by some of our youth and Children’s Ministry team.

Christmas Pageant Invitation

Calling CHILDREN, YOUTH & ADULTS!  The Christmas Pageant this year will be during Worship on Sunday, December 24th at 10:15 AM.  All are welcome to help!  Please let Susannah Wood know if you are available: (510) 384-4905. PARENTS-especially – please let Susannah know ASAP if your child(ren) can participate.


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.


Save the Date for Your Churches’ Annual Charge Conference!

Lake Park UMC’s Charge Conference is on Monday, December 4 at noon via Zoom meeting. 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.

Friends of Wadi Foquin Teach-In

Saturday, November 18

12:30 Gathering time with refreshments
1:00 p.m. Program begins (ends by 3:30 p.m.)
Lake Park United Methodist Church
281 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

Facilitators: Rev. Ken Schoon, Rev. Emily Lin, Dr. George Han

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. Click here to view the flyer and learn more about the co-facilitators. Register here:


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.

The concert includes carols from historical regions in and around France. 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.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Concert

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel, Youth, and Community Choirs will be singing their annual holiday concert back in the Paramount Theatre for the first time since pre-covid!  It will be Saturday, December 2nd at 7pm. You’re guaranteed to get in the Holiday mood by this concert, and you may even see some faces you know from LMUMC singing up on stage (Dan Strauss, Bernard Dixon, and Juliet Hannafin).


  • OIGC, OIYC, and OICC are performing, and all are welcome! Check THIS LINK to download a flyer to share with friends and family!
  • Holiday Concert Press Release – share with any press contacts!

Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble Concert

For the 21st annual Voices in Peace concert, Voci will be embracing and exploring some of the transitions that define our existence. The program explores the changes from one season to the next, as well as transitions such as birth, marriage, leaving, and returning home.

Two venus to choose from:
Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 7:30 PM
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill
Sunday, December 3, 2023 – 4:00 PM
Montclair Presbyterian Church
5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland

Buy tickets and learn more about Voci at

Now in its 32nd year, Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble is recognized as one of the finest choral groups in the Bay Area. Voci is dedicated to musical excellence in the performance of new and innovative music, as well as treasured repertoire within the classical choral tradition. Comprised of 24-28 experienced choral singers, Voci has performed with a wide range of artists and choruses at concerts, festivals, and benefits and has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works.