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.

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.

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, August 28, 2016


Lake County / Clayton Fire Update

The California-Nevada Annual Conference recently reported that "Prayers are needed especially for the people in Lake County." Hundreds of structures have been destroyed and many people are homeless. "The people of Lake County suffered from one of the most devastating fires in California history last summer."  The community is still working to recover from the 2015 fires as they begin to recover from the recent Clayton fire. Read More

The Community UMC in Lower Lake was destroyed in the fire; to view the story as reported by KRON, click here.  The Press Democrat has also reported about the incident: Lake County Methodists unite after Lower Lake church lost in Clayton fire.

Would you like to help these response efforts? 
Please consider making a donation to the California-Nevada Disaster Response Fund.  To donate online, click here.

UMCOR Responds to Louisiana Floods

"Days of torrential rain inundated the state of Louisiana, beginning August 11. Flooding has impacted at least 40,000 homes, and about 30,000 people and 1,000 pets have been rescued from high water in homes and cars. At least 11 people are known to have died in the disaster.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued an emergency grant to the Louisiana Annual Conference, releasing 2,950 cleanup buckets to United Methodist churches in LaFayette and Baton Rouge, areas severely affected by the floods, for distribution to affected households.

UMCOR stands ready to release another 2,000 cleanup buckets to go to the most vulnerable places as identified by the Louisiana Conference, as more cleanup buckets are being assembled to meet more needs.

The state of Mississippi also was affected by flooding, and UMCOR has readied relief supplies to go there, when the water recedes."

... Read More

Would you like to help with this emergency relief effort? 
Your gift to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670" will help UMCOR respond to this and other disasters across the United States.

Electronic Waste Recycling Fundraiser

The Electronic Waste Recycling Fundraiser event was an overwhelming success!  Details of the event will be available shortly; however in the interim, a big thank you goes to all the volunteers that made this event possible.  

Bible Study Survey

As we think about expanding our opportunities for Bible Study at ESUMC, Michelle McGoon has graciously put together a survey to help guide our planning. A copy of the survey has been emailed to the congregation; please fill it out and return it to the church office as soon as possible.  Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the church.

For those of you who would like to complete the survey online, please click on the Survey Link.

Small Group Ministry ... postponed

The initial meeting of the proposed Small Group Ministry "Finding God in Creativity," has been postponed until after the first of the year.   

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, 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.

Contemporary / Traditional Worship Schedule resumes (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.), September 25th

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

World Communion Sunday, October 2nd

Fall Fun Run, October 22nd 


Daniel Charles Damon honored as Fellow by The Hymn Society

Exciting News!  Pastor Dan Damon, Pt. Richmond UMC, is now a Fellow of The Hymn Society!  Pastor Dan is married to our own Eileen Johnson, ESUMC's Music Director. 

Daniel Charles Damon has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (The HSUSC) at its annual conference in Redlands, California, July 17-21, 2016, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was conferred because of Damon’s work as a hymn-text writer, hymn-tune composer, editor, and teacher, as well as his significant contributions to The HSUSC. ... 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 Appian Wayfarer (July 2016).

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.

Oklahoma City ‘inclusive’ church celebrates first anniversary

"Mosaic United Methodist Church — a new congregation created from two churches that merged to improve their opportunities to serve — this summer celebrated the first anniversary of its ministry."                 

"Celebrating began Sunday morning, June 5, when about 130 members and friends gathered to worship in the Angie Smith Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma City University."   

"The overarching mission of Mosaic UMC is to celebrate and proclaim the inclusive love of God for all people," said the Rev. Jim Gragg, a retired United Methodist minister who was part of the months-long planning that led to two Oklahoma City neighborhood churches — Epworth and Leland Clegg — merging to create Mosaic."    

"Members of both congregations believed that by uniting their people and other resources they could be a more faithful and effective messenger and agent of God than either congregation could ever be alone," Gragg said ... Read More

How Identity Theft Can Affect Your Taxes and Your Financial Security

Tax-related identity theft normally occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund or invade your financial accounts. Many people first find out about it when they do their taxes.

The IRS is working hard to stop identity theft with a strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. Here are nine key points: ... Read More

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.