Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Choice of Sunday Worship

Contemporary Service at 9:00 a.m.

Designed for those seeking a more intimate worship experience.
Music provided by our in-house praise band.

Traditional Service at 11:00 a.m.

For those desiring a more traditional worship service.
Music provided by the ESUMC Chancel Choir and our professional organist.

Please join us at the Lord's Table!

ESUMC observes Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
Everyone is welcome; church membership is not required.

Notes on the readings for Sunday, May 29, 2016


General Conference, 2016

Here we are, nearly a week into the quadrennial General Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the delegates are hard at work, inspired by some things, challenged by others.

The most salient event so far, apart from the high-points of worship and preaching, has been the coming out through an open letter to the General Conference, initially from 15 LGBTQ clergy members of the New York Annual Conference and eventually signed by some 96 others from across the denomination (including some 15 from our Annual Conference).  To learn more about this developing issue, please click here.

To keep up with the daily proceedings of General Conference, as well as, other issues important to the United Methodist community, please see the California Nevada Conference - UMC Blog, click here.

How Mother's Day Came to Be

If all we knew about Mother’s Day we learned from ads for cards and flowers, we wouldn’t know the true story at all.

It started with Julia Ward Howe, abolitionist and later suffragist. You may remember Howe, she penned the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and would later write what has become known as her “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” on the horrors of war.  The first public observance of Mother’s Day was in 1908 at Anderson Methodist Church in Grafton, but that's not the end of the story.  Click the link to read the true story of how a national Mother's Day came to be observed.


Let There Be Light Photo Club

Are you a photo bug?  Do you like taking photographs of people, places and who knows what else?  Would you like to learn how to take better photos?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have a new Small Group Ministry for you! 

TIME CHANGE:  Beginning on June 2nd, the “Let There Be Light Photo Club” will meet on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. and on the 3rd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Please see the Calendar for details; all meetings are in Classroom #1.  

The Mission of the photo club is “To develop an appreciation of the world around us by using photography to capture the glory of God’s creation through imagery!”  If you would like to learn how to use your photo equipment, improve your photographic skills and have fun, then please join the group!

Please contact Rick Taft if you have any questions.

Community Potluck & Game Night

Come join us for fun, food and fellowship! Saturday, May 21st at 5:30 p.m. in Keislar Hall. Bring a dish to share and your favorite game(s) to play. Invite a friend, or neighbor, or both!

This event is open to the public.  Call the church office at 510-223-0790 for details.

Save the Date

Denise Quiros Appreciation Day, Sunday, May 29, 2016 

On Sunday, May 29, we will be honoring Denise Quiros and the service she provided the congregation for some 18 years. Following the second service, there will be a reception in Keislar Hall where we will celebrate her time with us with a light lunch, a special dessert, and an even more special presentation. Our lunch will be potluck. If you can bring either appetizers, sandwiches, or salad (vegetable or fruit), please call Paula Hammond to let her know what you will be bringing.   Pastor Mark

Dinner & Auction, October 1, 2016

ESUMC will be having a Dinner & Auction (Live & Silent) on October 1, 2016. The auction is open to the community and donations are welcome. Please consider donating items for the auction such as antiques, vintage items, china, crystal, silver service, paintings, collectibles, services you can provide, and baked goods. Details concerning the auction will be available shortly. 

If you have any questions concerning the auction, please see Robin Rahmgren or Noel Stout. You can email them at


Christian Education

Adult Bible & book discussions are led by Pastor Mark Zier on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. For additional information, please click here. Please call the Church Office (510-223-0790) the day before to verify that the class will be in session.

The public is welcome to attend these sessions.

Easter Sunday at ESUMC!

Enjoy photos of our Easter Sunday celebration.
Click on the icon to open the slide show in full screen.

Calendar of Events (click to view)

ESUMC Calendar of Meetings and Events.  Click to view.