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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, June 19, 2016


United Methodists - Speaking up after Orlando shootings 

"In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting incident in U.S.+ history, church leaders say United Methodists must speak up about the contributing factors — bigotry, hatred and the availability of military-style guns."

“I hope United Methodists will see this as an opportunity to speak up and speak on behalf of what is at the core of our DNA — love God and love neighbor,” Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, told United Methodist News Service. “Wesley was pretty clear that that’s the mark of who we are.” Read More

General Conference 2016 - Update

General Conference wrapped up its business on Friday, May 20. And although the dust has yet to completely settle, this much is clear: on the single most divisive issue before the Conference – the full inclusion of sexual minorities in the spectrum of the life of the church – the delegates punted.

When it was clear that there were two intractable camps on this point, the Council of Bishops stepped in and offered to mediate by setting in motion a process to bring the two sides into some kind of conversation. Please see the June 2016 edition of the Appian Wayfarer for details.

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 has moved to Room 3

Thanks to all our volunteers, the Blessings Close has been moved to Room 3 and was open for business this past Saturday; a total of ten individuals came by for clothing!

The move was necessary to accommodate our new tenant, the Sunshine Playschool; their opening day is June 13th. For 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 answered yes to any of these questions, then we have a new Small Group Ministry for you! 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!” 

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 Calendar for details; all meetings are in Classroom #1.

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.

Save the Date

Summer Worship Schedule Begins on June 19th

The Summer Worship schedule begins on June 19th with 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.

Father’s Day has Methodist ties, June 21st

Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father raised six children alone, helped establish the holiday nationally but two churches lay claim to starting the U.S. celebration.  Read More

Joyful Noise Band, June 26th 

The Joyful Noise Band will be with us again on Sunday, June 26th!  Please join us for this very inspirational musical service.

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 BBQ dinner! 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. 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.
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Calendar of Events (click to view)

ESUMC Calendar of Meetings and Events.  Click to view.