Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Summer Worship Schedule

One Worship Celebration at 10:00 a.m.

The Summer Worship Schedule begins on June 19th and features one worship celebration at 10:00 a.m.

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, July 24, 2016


U.S. Shootings Draw Continuing Response

"As outpourings of concern, protest and prayer continued in the wake of last week’s shootings of two African-American men by police and the killing of five police officers in Dallas, United Methodists were among those responding."

"In a statement styled as a worship litany, Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, acknowledged the “challenge and complexity” of events that reflect both the injustices of institutional racism and the need for a connection with and deeper understanding of all parts of U.S. society."

"We support the difficult work of those in law enforcement and at the same time seek ways of moving toward better community engagement," Ough wrote. "We pledge to address the problem of mass incarceration of young black males in our society." Read More

California-Nevada Annual Conference Highlights 

Addressing more than 1,000 attendees, San Francisco Episcopal Area Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., told the 168th session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference: "Live in hope, live in the possibilities…Love is the power that gives us life and connects us with the God who loves us despite ourselves."

This is the third year the annual conference met in the Hyatt in Burlingame, California, near San Francisco.The conference continued with last year’s theme, “Engaging Faith in the Public Square." For additional information on the Annual Conference, please see the July 2016 edition of the Appian Wayfarer.

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.


Church Office Hours

Please note that there are no regular office hours at the moment. The phone number where the pastor can be reached is given on the phone message and displayed at the office door.

A special thanks goes to Alicia Rivas who is volunteering in the office to help with the bulletins and other duties. Others are welcome to join her, please contact the pastor if you interested in volunteering. No experience you say, that's not a problem, an orientation will be provided!

The Blessings Closet

The Blessings Close is now located in Room 3 ... please refer to the ESUMC Calendar for scheduled openings.  For additional information on the Blessings Closet, please contact Ron Stout.

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 with your DSLR, point-and-shoot camera, or cell phone?  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.

The LTBL Photo Club meets 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 ESUMC Calendar for details; all meetings are in Classroom #1.

Save the Date

Celebration of Holy Communion, August 7th

Celebration of Holy Communion, September 4th 

El Sobrante Stroll, September 18th

ESUMC will be participating again this year in the El Sobrante Stroll. This is not only a fun event, but a great opportunity to inform the public about our church family.  Please pencil this date in on your calendar ... additional information will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Dinner & Auction, October 1st

Our Dinner & Auction plans have been finalized. The theme will be "America the Beautiful," and as such, we'll be having a wonderful BBQ dinner! The auction will be open to the community and donations are welcome.

Please consider making a financial contribution or donating items or services for the auction.  Wondering what to give?  Vintage items such as antiques,  china, crystal, silver service, paintings, and  collectibles.  Baked goods are always appreciated, or perhaps you have a specialty you like to cook and are willing to make for others?  Do you have a vacation home or time-share you can donate?  These are just a few of the things you can donate. 

If you would like to make a financial contribution, there are ORANGE forms in the Narthex that you can fill out and return to Robin Rahmgren, Noel Stout or you can put the donation form in the offering plate on Sunday.  If you have any questions concerning the auction, please see Robin or Noel; 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.

Planned Giving

You can make a Legacy gift for future generations! Please click here to discover the many ways you can provide for your family and our ministry.

Easter Sunday at ESUMC!

Enjoy photos of our Easter Sunday celebration.
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Calendar of Events (click to view)

ESUMC Calendar of Meetings and Events.  Click to view.