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Fellowship Food Volunteers Needed

Our fellowship time after worship on Sundays needs an ongoing supply of volunteers to provide food. Nothing fancy—veggies and dip, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers are always popular. Please look for the clipboard on the food table every Sunday and sign up for your Sunday(s) of choice and what you are planning to bring. There are three signup opportunities for each Sunday. Please see Laurel Williams if you have any questions.

Oakland Marathon Information

6-10am Sunday, March 17th

The annual Oakland Marathon may affect our access to church on Sunday, March 17th between 6am and 9:30am. The race should be finished on our portion of the route between 9:30 and 10am. Click here for more details, including maps with the full route and information on how to access the church before 10am.

Interfaith Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage

Saturday, March 23rd

On Saturday, March 23rd, Lake Merritt UMC and other congregations across the Bay Area will be participating in an interfaith pilgrimage dedicated to calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The pilgrimage will consist of a daylong, 22-mile walk (broken into shorter legs) from Berkeley to Alameda, symbolizing the distance from Gaza City to the Rafah crossing refugee camp. LMUMC will be the gathering place for the 5th leg.

From 2:30 – 4:00 pm we will practice radical hospitality by opening our doors to pilgrims to offer water, food, restrooms, and a place to pray and rest. Please sign up here if you would like to support with welcoming walkers, setting up the space, or donating food items (among other tasks). In addition, we encourage you to participate in a short prayerful ceremony at 3:45 pm at church before pilgrims set off on the 5th leg, whether or not you volunteer for hospitality.

Several from LMUMC will be joining a short leg, a 1.5 mile communal walk at 12:00pm, starting at the Buddhist Church of Oakland and ending at the First Congregational Church of Oakland – culminating in a community ritual and press conference. To register or find more information about the pilgrimage, you can visit Please join us as we walk in prayerful solidarity with the people of Gaza and call for peace during this time of violence and suffering.

Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble Concert

March 17th & 24th

Both timely and timeless, the theme of peace is often seen on choral stages. In this concert, led by Guest Conductor Ofer dal Lal, through sounds that are not only soothing but, at times, provoking, Voci will present a vision for a real peace–one that may require effort and even sacrifice. Peace on Earth requires a reconciliation of our rich and complex past, much the same way as a choir can only find harmony through mutual appreciation and collaboration among its members.

7 p.m. Sunday, March 17th
Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland
7 p.m. Sunday, March 24th
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley