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Sound Bath

Already caught up in the busyness of the season? Take time out to breathe at our monthly Sound Bath Experience on Friday, Dec. 8th. Relax in a chair or on the floor with your own mat/blanket as you are surrounded by meditative vibrations and melodies. Contact Laurel Williams to sign up, or purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00.

View our flier for more information. Share and invite your friends!

Joint Charge Conference for Lake Park UMC & Lake Merritt UMC

We will gather in-person at Lake Merritt UMC on Thursday, December 14 at 7pm. District Superintendent Rev. Sun Hee Kim will preside over the charge conference.

Lake Park UMC Church Council will meet beforehand with D.S. Rev. Sun Hee Kim at 6:30pm in the Conference room.

Trustees, SPRRC, and Membership Secretary, please submit your Charge Conference reports via People’s Portal by December 4th. Contact Pastor Sunae if you have any questions.

Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

During the Come to the Table Advent worship series, you are invited to send photos of your table and meal gatherings to Pastor Sunae at by Friday evening at 9pm.  We will share a picture presentation the following Sunday.  It will deepen our spirits as we witness our table gatherings.

Children’s Literacy Event & Christmas Craft Fair

Join us at church for our annual Children’s Literacy Event and Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th. Younger children will enjoy a “Teddy Bear Picnic” from noon to 1:00 with story time, free books, and crafts. Children of all ages are then invited to participate in the “Make It & Take It” Craft Fair from 1:00 to 3:00 where a selection of items can be made and wrapped for gift giving at a nominal cost. Please contact Kathleen Bell if you can volunteer to assist.

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.

Cookie Jars

Cookie Jars are available after worship 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.


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.

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.