Methodists have a long history of small groups. The Wesley brothers (the founders of the Methodist tradition) created what they called "class meetings" to help people explore their faith, create environments of support, and to figure out how to live a more intentional and fulfilling Christian life. At ESUMC, we seek to continue that tradition through our Covenant Discipleship groups.
 Our gatherings center around the question: How is it with your soul? We take time each week to search scripture, pray, and reflect upon who we have been doing over the last week in relationship to loving God and loving our neighbor. We reflect each week upon these three commitments for Christian living:
1) Do no harm
2) Do all the good you can
3) Stay in love with God
Contact Rev. Emily at or 510-815-9816 for more information.

Advent Small Groups:
The Redemption of Scrooge
by Matt Rawle

Let's face it, life can be difficult sometimes. Having a community that we can connect with is incredibly important to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. It is a space where we can receive support and accountability. Methodists have a strong tradition of meeting in small groups. It is foundational to who we are.

Starting the week of December 3rd, ESUMC will be beginning its small groups for the Advent and Christmas season. There will be 5 sessions led by a variety of leaders and meeting over Zoom or in person. Pick which one you would like to attend, then you will receive information about where the group takes place. Come and be a part of meaningful discussion and community!

We are reading the book The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawle. Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your Christian faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith. You can get the book from Rev. Emily for a suggested contribution of $10, or you can buy it online by clicking the button below! It is less than $4 on Kindle!

 If you have financial hardship, please get a book from Rev. Emily. No one will be turned away!

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