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Ash Wednesday Taizé Service

5 p.m. Wednesday, February 14

Join us in the LMUMC sanctuary for an early evening Ash Wednesday Taizé service to begin the season of Lent. The imposition of ashes is a reminder of God’s grace as we come into the presence of the One who is always forgiving, always merciful, always compassionate, always loving.

Super Bowl Sacking Cold Challenge

Warm Clothing Drive

While we all huddle in our homes as we are hit by storm after storm, let’s help our neighbors stay warm as part of our Lake Lunches. This Sunday, February 11th, please bring in warm clothing, sox, hats and mittens, and hand warmers to church. We will have a shelf set up to receive all donations. You may also bring in items to the documentary screening of “A Rising Tide” on Thursday, February 15th.


Film Screening of Local Documentary on Homelessness

6 p.m. Thursday, February 15

Thursday, February 15, all are welcome to LMUMC for a free screening of the documentary film “A Rising Tide: A Look at Homelessness in Alameda County.” We will have a free soup and salad meal at 6 pm followed at 6:30 pm by a screening of the 90-minute film. At 8 pm join a discussion on how we can respond in new ways as a church and community. Invite your friends and register at this link.

 Virginia Turner’s 100th birthday celebration

February 18th after worship

You are cordially invited to Virginia Turner’s 100th birthday celebration! Join the church community and Virginia’s friends and family after worship on February 18 in the Stark Fellowship Hall.

Circling Up for Peace

We are individuals who desire to connect with others in our church family to listen, share, and offer support in the face of the ongoing violence Palestine and Israel. We were grateful to share some of the ongoing conversation and support we’ve been offering one another during this time of crisis with the broader church family during fellowship hour on Sunday, January 21. Thank you to Rev. Ken Schoon, our guest preacher, for his reflections on how these events abroad connect to us here in Oakland.

This circle of conversation and action is open to all who are seeking space to expand understanding, to grieve, to connect and share personal experiences, and to those who may want to act in solidarity in a variety of ways individually or as a collective. We acknowledge the multiple perspectives and commit to listening to one another as an act of love. If you would like to connect, please complete this form or reach out to any of us: Sherri Elinson, Linda Weingarten, Becky Dean, Raja and Jane Sliheet, Dan Strauss, and Rev. Dale Tremper. 

Liberation Theology in Palestine & Beyond

A 5-week Lenten study

How do we read the Bible against the current reality in the Holy Land? What is the covenantal relationship between God, people, and the land? Who are God’s chosen people? What do Palestinian Christians—who belong to the oldest Christian community in the world—have to say about all of this?

Join this 5-week Lenten study of Christian liberation theology featuring readings by Palestinian pastors and theologians, including Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac. This study is sponsored by Friends of Wadi Foquin and led by Rev. Ken Schoon with readings selected from his recent course taught at the Graduate Theological Union.

Sundays, 1:30-3pm at Lake Merritt UMC
February 25; March 3, 10, 17, and 24
Register here to sign up and receive the readings.

Interfaith Gospel Choir Concert

7 p.m. Sunday, February 11th

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir returns to the legendary Freight & Salvage in Berkeley for its 9th Annual Black History Month Celebration this Sunday, February 11 at 7 pm.

A history lesson through song, OIGC presents a variety of music, from traditional to contemporary gospel, and performs Negro spirituals with an authenticity not often found outside of the South. Experience the music and energy up close and personal in an intimate space. See a familiar face (Dan Strauss) on stage! Tickets for this fan-favorite concert are going fast – get yours today!