Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Worship Schedule

Two Worship Celebrations

Contemporary (9:00 a.m.) and Traditional (11:00 a.m.) worship services resume on Sunday, September 25th

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, September 25, 2016


El Sobrante Stroll

Thank you to all who participated in the El Sobrante Stroll on Sunday, September 18th!  Again this year, ESUMC was well represented at the Stroll; we participated in the parade, staffed side walk booths and all enjoyed the music provided by our own Kairos Band and Sweet Pea and the Bean Poles!  Pictures of some of the Stroll highlights and other details will be forthcoming ...

Contemporary / Traditional Worship Schedule resumes on September 25

Please note that Contemporary (9:00 a.m.) and Traditional (11:00 a.m.) services resume on Sunday, September 25th

Neighborhood Meeting to Discuss "Donuts" in the Church Parking Lot on September 29

The Board of Trustees is inviting our neighbors for a meeting on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to discuss plans for discouraging some of the more exuberant among us from doing donuts in the church parking lot.  All are welcome to attend.

ESUMC Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 1

Our Dinner & Auction plans have been finalized and in conjunction with our theme of "America the Beautiful," we will be having a wonderful BBQ dinner!  There will be several choices of meat, as well as, vegetarian selections, salads, beans, bread, beverages and wonderful desserts.  This is going to be an exciting dinner and auction and we encourage you to save the date of Saturday, October 1, 2016.  Ticket costs are $25.00 per person. 

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. All auction items are due by Sunday, September 25th ... Please contact Robin Rahmgren if you have any questions. 

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

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.

The Blessings Closet

The Blessings Closet 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 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

World Communion Sunday, October 2

Fall Fun Fest, October 22

Christmas Play, December 16 and 17

Calling all actors, actresses, seamstresses, kitchen workers, ticket sellers, prop builders, and set designers ... Your talents are needed!  Our Christmas play is ON and we are looking for YOU! The Christmas play, "In Bethlehem Inn," will have many roles for both males and females.  Note sure about drama and don't want a speaking role?  There are roles available that have no lines but are an important part of the play.  We also need kitchen staff, several folks who can sew simple aprons, ticket sellers, poster design, prop builders, and some help with the set design of the inn.  If you are interested in participating in any way, please see or contact Noel Stout.


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.

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.

Ongoing Group Activities

Let There Be Light Photo Club

The 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. Please contact Rick Taft if you have any questions.

Crafty Ladies ...


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.