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Celebration of Service and Love with Larry and Kris

March 10th

Join us during fellowship hour as we share our gratitude and support with Larry and Kris for their kind, loving service with our Lake Lunches distribution. Sign up here to bring a potluck dish (appetizer, side, main course, salad, snack, dessert). For more information, contact your Connectional Ministries Team – Galia nutrigalia@gmail.com 


Membership Class with Pastor Sunae

March 10th & 17th

Do you wish to become a member of this diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church?  We invite you to attend a two-session membership class with Pastor Sunae on March 10 and March 17 in the Wesley Conference room.  Would you fill out the membership form and give it to the ushers?


No Sound Bath in March

Due to scheduling conflicts, we regretfully have to cancel Sound Bath on March 8th. Sound Bath will resume on April 12th.


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

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February Food Distribution

Do you have some time to spare this weekend? We could use a few more hands on Friday from 10 – 11 am, or Saturday between 8 and 10:30. 

Sign up here for the Food Pantry Distribution

For more information, contact your Connectional Ministries Team at liftconcertoakland@gmail.com


Support for Kathleen and Wayne

As Kathleen recovers, let’s support Kathleen and Wayne Bell through this mealtrain! Delivered takeout or homemade food is perfect. Click here for more details and to sign up for a meal.


Gentle Yoga

Feb 29th at Lake Park UMC

Gentle yoga classes will return to Lake Park next Thursday, February 29th; a leap-year treat! I can’t promise much leaping but plan to offer some basic yoga poses and restorative postures that will open the heart, mind, and soul! Questions? Props are available, you just need your own yoga mat! Call Kathleen Bell at 510-333-7480.


Membership Class with Pastor Sunae

March 10th & 17th

Do you wish to become a member of this diverse, inclusive and welcoming community at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church?  We invite you to attend two session membership class with Pastor Sunae on March 10 and March 17 in the Wesley Conference room.  Would you fill out the membership form and give it to the ushers?


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.

SAHA Community Meeting for Affordable Housing Development

6pm Tuesday, Feb 27th

Join Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) to learn more about their affordable housing development on East 12th Street, just around the corner from Lake Merritt UMC. Learn more and share feedback about their proposed community design updates. Click here to view the flyer.

6:00-7:15 pm, Dewey Academy (Multipurpose Room), 1111 2nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606

 

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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!

https://secure.thefreight.org/13497/oakland-interfaith-gospel-choir

Please read ALL of the ANNOUNCEMENTS!


Ash Wednesday Taizé Service

5 p.m. Wednesday, February 14

Join us 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. For the next two Sundays, February 4th & 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 us after worship on February 18 in the Stark Fellowship Hall.

Please read ALL of the ANNOUNCEMENTS!


Confirmation Class 2024

2nd & 4th Sundays, January 28 – May 12

Buena Vista UMC & Lake Merritt UMC present Methodist Confirmation Class for High School aged students! Meetings will be held on 2nd & 4th Sundays, 10:45 am – 12:45 pm at Buena Vista UMC in Alameda, beginning January 28th. Lunch will be provided. See the flyer below for more information.


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 6pm followed at 6:30 pm by a screening of the 90 minute film. At 8pm join a discussion on how we can respond in new ways as a church and community. Invite your friends and register at this link.

Please read ALL of the ANNOUNCEMENTS!


Confirmation Class 2024

2nd & 4th Sundays, January 28 – May 12

Buena Vista UMC & Lake Merritt UMC present Methodist Confirmation Class for High School aged students! Meetings will be held on 2nd & 4th Sundays, 10:45 am – 12:45 pm at Buena Vista UMC in Alameda, beginning January 28th. Lunch will be provided. See the flyer below for more information.


Bake Sale Fundraiser

Hello! My name is Sofia Bell and I am a junior at Berkeley High School. I was recently accepted to take part in a service trip to Turrialba, Costa Rica this summer through the program Global Glimpse. The purpose of this program is to bridge gaps between people all over the world and to provide helping hands to communities that lack proper food, shelter, water, education, and health services. In the past, Global Glimpse has helped build aqueducts, sheds, furniture for community spaces, and more. Furthermore, Global Glimpse helps develop students’ leadership and teamwork skills through numerous workshops and projects both during and outside of the trip. I am looking forward to traveling, helping others, meeting people from all over the world, and being immersed in a new culture.

This is all to say that I will be running a bake sale in Fellowship Hour after the service on January 21, 2024, to help fund my trip. If you are interested in buying some baked goods, I will be prepared to accept cash and Venmo. If you are interested in donating digitally, the link here: https://globalglimpse.org/portal/donatestudent.php can be used along with my ID # 30850. I appreciate you reading this message and hope to see you there!


Pastor Sunae, Pastor Dale, and Deacon Ken will be attending the Gathering of the Orders in Livermore 1/23-1/25