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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 at Eventbrite. Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00.

District Superintendent Installation Service

Saturday, December 9th, 2 p.m.


With great pleasure, the California-Nevada Conference introduces you to the newly appointed District Superintendent of the Bay District, Reverend Sun Hee Kim. You are all cordially invited to her ‘Welcome Service and Celebration’ to be held Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Alameda Twin Towers UMC (1411 Oak Street, Alameda, CA 94501). There will be a celebration reception following.


Joint Charge Conference for Lake Park UMC & Lake Merritt UMC

We will gather in-person at Lake Merritt UMC on Thursday, December 14 at 5:45pm for joint potluck dinner. Joint charge conference will begin 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 Picnic & Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday, December 9th, noon – 3pm

This Saturday, young children and their families are invited to enjoy a fun teddy bear-themed literacy celebration at Lake Merritt UMC! Teddy Bear crafts, Storyteller Susannah Wood, free books, snacks, and a photo booth… but wait.. that’s not it! Ten crafts for kids to make and take and gift wrap for their loved ones! A special singing Mrs. Claus will make merry while we craft. Here’s a multilingual flyer to pass along through text, email, and socials! Come one and all.

No young ones in your life right now? that’s okay.. we need volunteers!

Yoga class canceled 12/9

Susannah Wood’s yoga class is cancelled on Saturday, December 9th.

Christmas Donations

On the Sundays of Dec. 10th, 17th, and 24th, please bring in donations to share with our friends and neighbors who are in need. Connectional Ministries is grateful to be able to distribute your donations of socks, hats, gloves, small blankets, hand warmers, and individually wrapped chocolates. There will be designated baskets under the Christmas Tree for you to place your donations.

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.

Blue Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 6pm at Twin Towers UMC

Join us as we gather on the longest night of the year aware of the losses of life, love, and livelihood that we have experienced. We will share in hope and healing that includes a Taizé Prayer Service of candlelight, beautiful chants, and thoughtful readings.


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.