February 5, 2023

Please read ALL OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

 


Church Council Meeting – Feb 8, 7PM via Zoom

LMUMC Church Council meets on Feb 8, 2023, at 7PM via Zoom.  All Eight Focus Leadership Team Leaders are invited to attend. Thank you, Tom and Joseph, for leading us.  The Eight Focus Leadership team leaders are Worship (Laurel), Children and Youth (Margaret), Connectional Ministries (Rose Lynn, Tom, Kathleen, Galia), Congregational Nurturing (Kate), Stewardship and Generosity (Linda, Kathleen, Patty), Trustees (Randy, Sherri), SPRC (Juliet), Nominations/Leadership Development (Phyllis), Lay Leader (Laurel), and Pastor Sunae.  We ask your prayers for the work of the Church Council Committee and Pastor Sunae.

 


End-of-Year Contribution Statements

End-of-year contributions have gone out by snail mail or email.  Please look them over carefully and communicate as soon as possible with Kathleen Bell if there are any adjustments, any time up until February 23 when she leaves for an extended trip.  Please make a copy of the email (it notes that it is from Patty Staggs); keep that copy in a safe place until you are ready to do your 2022 tax return.  The same holds true for mailed copies.

 


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 24, 2023 and a reception will be held on Sunday, March 5. Please email vivianjromero@gmail.com with any questions. 

 


Krishnan Dean Family Meal Train

Deepak and Becky welcomed baby Kiara Isabelle into the big wide world on 11/29/2022!

You are invited to give a little love to Deepak and Becky as they transition into parenthood!

 Sign up here to help. 

 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 

 


Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office office@lakemerrittumc.org to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

 


LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith jimmeredith@mac.com

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright margaretlewright@gmail.com

 


 

 

January 29, 2023

Please read ALL OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

 


SPRC Fellowship Gathering This Sunday After Church at Nido’s Backyard!

Staff Parish Relations Committee had a fruitful year in 2022. They are celebrating their work together after church at Nido’s Backyard.  We praise God for their faithful work among us.  If you have any questions, please contact Juliet or Pastor Sunae.

 


Godly Play Sunday School Now Meeting In-Person!

As it was announced, Godly Play Sunday school meets in person from this Sunday.  Please let pastor Sunae know if your child can’t come to in-person Sunday school and would like to attend via Zoom by Saturday morning and we will make that possible. 

 


End-of-Year Contribution Statements

End-of-year contributions have gone out by snail mail or email.  Please look them over carefully and communicate as soon as possible with Kathleen Bell if there are any adjustments, any time up until February 23 when she leaves for an extended trip.  Please make a copy of the email (it notes that it is from Patty Staggs); keep that copy in a safe place until you are ready to do your 2022 tax return.  The same holds true for mailed copies.

 


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 24, 2023 and a reception will be held on Sunday, March 5. Please email vivianjromero@gmail.com with any questions. 

 


Krishnan Dean Family Meal Train

Deepak and Becky welcomed baby Kiara Isabelle into the big wide world on 11/29/2022!

You are invited to give a little love to Deepak and Becky as they transition into parenthood!

 Sign up here to help. 

 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 

 


Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office office@lakemerrittumc.org to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

 


LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith jimmeredith@mac.com

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright margaretlewright@gmail.com

 


 

 

January 22, 2023

Please read ALL OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

 


Children’s Sunday School

Children with their families come to Sunday worship for the Children’s time at the beginning of worship. From there, they are escorted to the Sunday School classroom for a preschool program and elementary school students for Godly Play.

The preschool Sunday program centers around reading books and stories from bible, hands on activities and social interactions with their peers and we are passionate about teaching our young children that they are loved by God and their church family.  For the elementary school students, their program is centered around Godly Play.  Godly Play Sunday school is led by trained adult volunteers, the program includes an exploration of bible stories, play and craft time, and child-centric prayer and communion time.

During the pandemic, we give thanks to Susannah Wood who faithfully gathered our children for the Godly Play every Sunday via Zoom.  We have been meeting both via in person and Zoom and we are make a shift to in-person Sunday school because it is very much challenging for a teacher to teach both in person and also engage the students via Zoom.

Having said that, if your child can’t join us in person due to illness or travel and would like to come to Godly Play Sunday school virtually, let Pastor Sunae know by Saturday morning, then she will send a zoom link to both the teacher and your family. 

We give God thanks for our teachers journeying with our children’s faith journey and in becoming a vital part of our church.   We plan to gather all children and their family for a fellowship and also to hear feedback in our children and youth program soon.

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”  All children are welcome and we bless them as Jesus did.

 


Please Help Oakland Students and Families Displaced by Flooding

The storms and flooding last week have displaced hundreds of residents, including 40 families who have students in Oakland public schools.

These families can’t yet return home. Many have lost their most essential possessions including clothing, vehicles, and their children’s schoolbooks and toys. They need a safe place to stay, food, and other support. 

The Oakland Public Education Fund is providing emergency support for these families through the Oakland Schools Emergency Fund—and we need your help.

We created the Oakland Schools Emergency Fund to ensure resources are immediately ready when emergencies arise that impact Oakland public school families. In collaboration with school leaders, we provide cash assistance, food, health and safety supplies, and other resources as needed. And generous donors like you make this rapid response possible.

Please give to the Oakland Schools Emergency Fund today and help these families and others recover and start rebuilding their lives.

 


Pastor Sunae attending the Gathering of Orders

called by Bishop Sally Dyck at Pacific Grove, CA.

All pastors in California and Nevada Annual Conference will be attending the Gathering of Spiritual Leaders from January 24 to 26, 2023 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds.  If you need pastoral care or need to talk to Pastor Sunae, please call the church office and leave a message with Randi, our Office Administrator, she will connect with Pastor Sunae.

 Please pray for all the pastors for their travel and for spiritual renewal. 


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 28, 2023 and a reception is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 5. Please email vivianjromero@gmail.com with any questions. 

 


Krishnan Dean Family Meal Train

Deepak and Becky welcomed baby Kiara Isabelle into the big wide world on 11/29/2022!

You are invited to give a little love to Deepak and Becky as they transition into parenthood!

 Sign up here to help. 

 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 

 


Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office office@lakemerrittumc.org to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

 


LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith jimmeredith@mac.com

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright margaretlewright@gmail.com

 


 

 

January 15, 2023

Please read ALL OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS!


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 28, 2023 and a reception is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 5. Please email vivianjromero@gmail.com with any questions. 

 


Krishnan Dean Family Meal Train

Deepak and Becky welcomed baby Kiara Isabelle into the big wide world on 11/29/2022!

You are invited to give a little love to Deepak and Becky as they transition into parenthood!

 Sign up here to help. 

 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 

 


Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office office@lakemerrittumc.org to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

 


LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith jimmeredith@mac.com

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright margaretlewright@gmail.com

 


 

 

January 8, 2023

Please read ALL OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS!


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 28, 2023 and a reception is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 5. Please email vivianjromero@gmail.com with any questions. 

 


Krishnan Dean Family Meal Train

Deepak and Becky welcomed baby Kiara Isabelle into the big wide world on 11/29/2022!

You are invited to give a little love to Deepak and Becky as they transition into parenthood!

 Sign up here to help. 

 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 

 


Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office office@lakemerrittumc.org to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

 


LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith jimmeredith@mac.com

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright margaretlewright@gmail.com

 


 

 

January 1, 2023

Please read ALL OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS!


The Death of Our Beloved Brother, Russ Aubry

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our beloved brother, Russ Aubry passed into eternity this morning at 2am, December 28, 2022.  Our beloved father, grandfather, husband, veteran, friend, and a man of deep faith loved his wife and family and served our country and our church in his loving grace. Russ loved life and has fought a good fight of love and faith in this world, finished his race and is home with his Creator God and Savior Jesus and with his beloved family in the eternal home.  May Russ rest in peace. 

Let us give God thanks for Russ’ life and witness and hold his family, especially Annette, close in our hearts and prayers.  In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)

 Memorial Service arrangements to be announced.

 


Special Holiday Hours & Announcements

The church office will be closed on December 30 and January 2. Please stay safe during this holiday season.

Pastor Sunae and Mike will be on vacation from December 26 through January 1. They are spending some time with their children and Sunae’s parents.

Reverend Dr. Dale Tremper will be preaching on January 1, 2023. We give thanks to God for Rev. Tremper’s presence and for sharing his leadership with us.  Thank you, Rev. Dale Tremper.

 


Meal Train for Judi and Wayne

Judi continues her treatment and we are adding more dates to the Meal Train to support them.  We continue to keep their household in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Judi and Wayne. Sign up here to help. 

 


Hope Through Darkness: Art Exhibit

We would like to put out a call for submissions for our 2023 art exhibit: Hope Through Darkness

Please create an art piece for our exhibit and reception – it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visual art, a written piece, or any variety of performance art.

The exhibit and reception will be in the Edwards Room. 

Here are some questions you may want to reflect on while creating:

What has given you hope during the pandemic?

How do you cope with adversity? 

What gives you hope?

What is darkness to you?

Is darkness bad? 

Submissions are due by February 28, 2023 and a reception is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 5. Please email vivianjromero@gmail.com with any questions. 

 


Connectional Ministries invites you to be a part of the Food Ministry!

Share in this work and donate now!

We have just under $5000 to raise before the end of the year! Please help with a donation of any size and invite your friends to do the same!

Together, let’s reach our goal of $10,000 towards a hunger-free community!

Donations large and small add up to making all of this possible:

  • 20,000 lunches served a year to the unhoused or marginally housed.
  • 5,000 grocery bags shared a year to county residents through a monthly food pantry.
  • Nearly 50 hygiene kits shared weekly and seasonal goods likes socks, scarves and beanies
  • Over 1,000 volunteer sign-ups, contributing over 2,500 volunteer hours of all ages
RAIN OR SHINE, food is served! All of this would not have been and is not possible without the faithful efforts of so many and the vision we share that all deserve a healthful life in spirit and body.
It takes a village to keep it all running… Check out the many ways you can lend your help and expertise. Sign Up Today
Make a donation TODAY, Invite others to give, and meet us during the many opportunities to connect.
For more information, contact: liftconcertoakland@gmail.com or 510-465-4793

 


Want to be a part of the Audio/Visual team? Sign Up Today!

Please email Randi Hoy at the office office@lakemerrittumc.org to sign up and learn to operate the live stream program and PowerPoint.

 


LMUMC Choirs Information

To join the voice choir, contact the Music Director,
Jim Meredith jimmeredith@mac.com

To join the handbell choir, contact the Handbell Director,
Margaret LeWright margaretlewright@gmail.com