Welcome! Castro Valley United Methodist Church is a warm and welcoming congregation. We offer excellent worship, fellowship, bible study, service opportunities, and programs and activities for children, youth, and adults. We are part of the United Methodist Church whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We invite you to worship, grow, and serve with us!
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.
HOPE FROM A STUMP!
This is one of the great statements of hope in all literature. And at this time of the year when we celebrate the birth of that shoot from the stump of David, Jesus of Nazareth—our Messiah and Savior—these words are as meaningful to our ears as they were to the people of Isaiah’s time.
Hope is based on our faith in God. There is no other foundation for hope in this world. Economic systems cause harm. Governments are temporary. Only God’s truth is trustworthy.
“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on,” wrote Carl Sandburg. And I think it is true. A baby is a sign of hope. During this season of the year, the symbol of that hope is a baby in a manger. All the world is loved by that baby.
We come once again, brothers and sisters, to a joy-filled and hope-embracing time of the year when we are called to both renew our hope personally and share our hope together as a church family. I pray that we will all join together as often as possible in the ministries and worship services this Advent and Christmas.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)