May 14

Prayer Groups - Wesley Wellness Workshop Series

Wesley Wellness will be putting together a six-series workshop titled Prayer Groups.  As a way to help learn more about prayer, we will be praying about different perspectives and topics as a way to supplement the worship services with an additional time for prayer.  Join us for these 20-min sessions before worship service to help center ourselves and lift up our hearts to God. 

There will be no Workshop on Easter Sunday - we will resume April 23.
Apr 23

Please help at Nikkei Matsuri!

Come enjoy delicious foods, special arts & crafts, bonsai & ikebana displays, Entertainment! including San Jose Taiko, and our very own Wesley Jazz Ensemble!

Wesley Church has two fundraising food booths. Please sign up to help church YakiSoba and Youth food booths.  Contact George Martines  <gmjr_1973@yahoo.com>  for more information or sign up on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board.

Saturday, Apr 22: 8:30am - 2:30pm (prepare yakisoba veggies)

Sunday, Apr 23: 7:15am (Church booth setup), 4pm (cleanup) 
9:15am, 11:30am, 1:30pm (stir fry or sell/serve in booth)

May 22

Help Wesley UMC on Social Media!

We need your typing skills! Do you like coming to this church and are you willing to write a blurb about it online? We are looking for folks who can write reviews about our church on different social media websites to make our online presence known. This week: We want to put out a request for folks to find us on Yelp and give us three things they like about this church. You can find us at https://www.yelp.com/biz/wesley-united-methodist-church-san-jose or by just searching us on Yelp: "Wesley Church San Jose"

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Wesley walks so others can live.  We walk in global solidarity with the millions who walk miles every day in search of food and water.  We support Church World Service development projects, refugee crisis, disaster assistance (75%).   We assist Sacred Heart Community Services and SecondHarvest Food Bank (25%) for local soup kitchens and shelters.

How you can help:

  1. Sign up as a walker with hundreds of your neighbors to walk one to three miles around the beautiful Rose Garden (Naglee Ave and Park Ave). Check in at Herbert Hoover Middle School on Dana Ave. at 1:00
  2. Sign up as a sponsor/supporter to pledge any amount.
  3. Sign up as both a walker and sponsor.
  4. Organize your own "mini walk" at your business, school, or neighborhood.
         using CROP Walk materials and information packets. Chose your date and place.

Please visit the CROP Walk Info table at church on Sunday April 9 and 23 in the Fellowship Hall to sign up.  Please make checks out to "CWS/CROP Walk".  You can visit the Wesley website to sign up on line starting April 9.

"If you want to walk fast, walk alone.  If you want to walk far, walk together". (African proverb)

One CROPWalk speaker poignantly put it, "The spoon may be the symbol for eating, but let the humble ladle be our symbol for sharing".  Your gift of $25.00 supplies farming seeds and tools in a community garden and your gift of $100.00 provides 200 chicks for families as a self-propagating food source.

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Newsletter Cut-Off Date

Submit your WRITTEN articles by the deadline above.  If sending pictures please send large, good-quality pictures.

Send them to <newsletter@wesleysj.net>

9:00 am09:00

Prime Timers Monthly Coffee Fellowship

The last Tuesday of each month has been designated as our Coffee Fellowship. During our gathering, we have many topics, projects, films, and information for our seniors. 

You are invited to join us!

12:30 pm12:30

Evergreen Islamic Center Open House & Fundraiser Event

Last year in December, more than thirty Wesley members visited Evergreen Islamic Center and joined their solidarity prayer gathering, after they received a hate-filled letter calling for genocide of Muslims. At this time, Evergreen Islamic center kindly invite us to join their open house for their new sanctuary. It is not yet an official opening but shows what they have accomplished thus far in building the new center. This open house is also their fundraising event, as they still need to raise $300,000 more before Ramadan to complete the remaining construction work. Open house & Fundraising event is on Saturday April 29th from 12:30pm until 3:30pm. Lunch will be served. If you are interested in attending the event, please come to Evergreen Islamic Center (2486 Ruby Ave. San Jose, CA 95148) at 12:30pm or contact Rev. David Ko (pastordavidko@gmail.com, 408.673.0219).

6:00 am06:00

Wesley Walkers Workshop Has Begun!

Get your walking shoes on, because it is the start of our second season of the Wesley Walkers workshop! We will be getting the whole congregation up and moving in teams in hopes to build up physical activity and exercise. We will be tracking our own steps for six weeks, hoping to achieve a combined goal of 25 million steps! Use the QR code to the right to register!

May 21

Wesley Membership Class Spring 2017

Are you thinking about becoming a member at Wesley? Here is an opportunity for you. Rev. Keith Inouye and Rev. David Ko are offering three sessions on April 30th, May 7th, & 21st, 11:30am-12:30pm, in the Nichigo Library. For the duration of three weeks, we will explore topics, such as:

Week 1: How do we understand the Bible, God, and Jesus? 

Week 2: Wesley’s Mission & Vision, and Being a Reconciling Community

Week 3: Lunch with Pastors and Leaders- Sharing Ministry Opportunities

Through this class, you can learn about Wesley’s understanding on the bible, explore faith issues, and ask honest questions about membership. In the third week, you will also have an opportunity to meet various church leaders and ministerial staffs and hear their stories about being a member at Wesley as well as some ministerial opportunities that you may like to jump in. Sign-ups are available in the fellowship hall. For more information, please contact Rev. David Ko (pastordavidko@gmail.com). 

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PrimeTimers' Luncheon


A PrimeTimers’ Luncheon at Korean Palace, 2297 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, is Friday, May 5, 11:30am. The $20 cost includes tax and tip. Church member Shirley Abe, will be our guest speaker. She will share some of her experiences moving into a residential retirement community. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall or with Ann Taniguchi by

Sunday, April 30, as the restaurant is requesting a head count
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Appreciation Luncheon for Homeless Ministry Volunteers

Com(e)Passion Ministry and Mission Committee would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who served our homeless sisters and brothers through Wednesday meal program past 13 weeks! Roughly, we have served a total of 775 meals which translates to about 600 homeless/unhoused men and women. It required over 2,000 hours of volunteering work! Thank you so much for your compassion and dedication to serve the homeless! The hundreds of God's children has benefited from the hot and delicious lunches and dinners served with love and respect. Many of homeless/unhoused guests at Grace Baptist Church and First Presbyterian church have expressed repeated appreciation for preparing find home cooked meals. As a token of gratitude, we would like to invite you to join our Wesley Homeless Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday May 7th at 11:30am. We would love to hear your stories and get some ideas on how we can improve this ministry next year. Please come to the fellowship hall after Sunday worship service on May 7th. Light lunch will be served at the appreciation gathering.


8:30 am08:30

Wesley Men's Breakfast

The Wesley men will be providing breakfast on this day!

All are invited to the Men's breakfast from 8:30am-9:30am.  It's a great time to get together and it's ALWAYS great food!  A $5 donation is appreciated to cover cost of supplies.


Jun 17

Prime Timers UMCOR Mission Trip to Salt Lake City, UT

During the week of June 12, 2017, the Wesley Primetimers are planning another mission trip to Salt Lake City, UT, to work on United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) projects. Space for this trip will be limited and therefore if you are interested, please contact Warren Hayashi as soon as possible either verbally, by phone 408/241-0900, or by email <warren.hayashi@mac.com>. More information will be
announced at a later date

Jun 24

California-Nevada Annual Conference of the UMC

June 21-24: Celebrate ordination of Rev. David Ko, commissioning of Pastor Jon Visitacion! 

In our UnitedMethodist denomination each conference holds its annual gathering to deliberate and make decisions over conference issues and matters that direct all local churches and conference staff, and committees and commissions within each conference. 

Among all that takes place, at Annual Conference we hear reports of various conference ministries, celebrate ministries, honor clergy retirees, remember clergy and spouses who have passed away during the year, give special recognition and awards to those individuals and local churches that have done exceptional work in ministry, and we witness the commissioning and ordination of those called to ministry in the church!

Our California-Nevada Annual Conference starts on Wednesday June 21 and continues through Saturday June 24th and will be held at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency, 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy in Burlingame, CA 94010.

This year is a very special Annual Conference year for two of our pastoral staff! Rev. David Ko will be recommended for ordination (final stage) at clergy session, held June 21, the first day of the Annual Conference. In addition Pastor Jon Visitacion will be recommended for commissioning which is the first major step toward completion of his ordination process.

Please mark your calendar; the Commissioning and Ordination Service at Annual Conference will be Friday June 23rd, 7:30pm, and is open for anyone to attend. Therefore, we encourage and hope that many Wesley UMC members will be present to celebrate Rev. David’s ordination and Pastor Jon’s commissioning!

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Fund-raising Concert by Livingston Taylor

June 28, 2017 * Montgomery Theatre, 271 S Market St, San Jose

Doors open: 6:30 pm * Concert Begins: 7:30 pm

You are invited, and please help us spread the word, to come to an evening with Livingston Taylor - Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter. (Genres: folk, rock, soft rock, jazz, gospel.) He will be performing at the beautiful Montgomery Theater in San Jose. This is an exclusive, SF Bay Area engagement for 2017! Tickets are on sale now $38 balcony, $48 orchestra, and can be purchased on the Montgomery Theater San Jose website.

Livingston Taylor has been performing on stage for more than 50 years. Some of his hits in the '70s are "I Will Be In Love With You," "I'll Come Running" and "City Lights." He comes for a very musical family including his older brother, James Taylor, with whom Liv has recorded several songs. Liv is also a full professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he teaches a course on stage performance.

Thanks to Darryl Noda for coordinating this amazing event on behalf of the MYF Youth Team that will be traveling to Japan in July 2017. The proceeds from this event will go to help offset some of the costs of this cultural and justice education trip. Ten youth and five chaperones will travel to Japan to witness and participate in homeless ministries, hunger programs for children, environmental justice and as well as tour many historical sites including Hiroshima.

Please note there will be a Meet and Greet with Livingston Taylor! He will sign autographs and take photos with anyone wanting to meet him after the concert.

Jul 28

Lake Tahoe Fellowsip

Wesley United Methodist Women

Luncheon & Special Program

Sunday, March 19, 11:30am

Everyone is invited to a Luncheon and to hear speakers in a Special Program discussing end-of-life issues such as hospice care.

The complementary lunch will also be special; we will enjoy temaki, hand-folding our own small pieces of nori, filling these individual makizushi with sushi rice and flavored vegetables. Join us!

Come to the Lake Tahoe Fellowship (LTF) Retreat and join the fellowship, spiritual renewal, and relaxation at the beautiful and peaceful Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. 

This year’s guest speaker will be Colleen “Coke” Tani. She currently attends the Pacific School of Religion and is engaged in the early processes for ordination. Her theme for the week will be “Dissolving the Walls and Opening our Hearts: For Such a Time as This.”

Deadline to register is March 13; early bird discount before Feb. 28. A late fee will apply after March 13. See <www.wesleysj.net/upcomingevents> for a link to Registration Forms. 

This Retreat is attended by people from multiple churches. The maximum attendance is approximately 60 attendees, so I recommend registering early. If you have any questions, contact Jim Mar <mar.jmail@gmail.com>, Roy Takeuchi, or Its Yokota <yokotaitwo@sbcglobal.net>.

The LTF Retreat goes back to 1925, when Issei and Nisei gathered at Northern California Young People’s Christian Conference (NCYPCC) events. 

I encourage you, regardless of age, to consider attending this Retreat, to enjoy six days of Christian fellowship, make new friends, listen to inspiring speakers, and enjoy and relax in a peaceful, secluded, lakeside setting. 

I found this interesting link “The Domei (NCJCCF) and the Early Young People’s Christian Conference (YPCC)”, which details some early history of this Fellowship <https://lakesequoiaretreathwordpress.com/histories/the-domei-ncjccf-and-the-early-young-peoples-christian-conference-ypcc/>.

Hope you will consider attending (if not this year, perhaps next year).

Welcome Letter

Registration Forms

Last Year's Schedule

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Please Donate Flowers for "Flowering of the Cross"

We continue the Easter Sunday tradition of the "Flowering of the Cross." You are invited to bring fresh cut flowers on Easter Sunday morning before 9am.  Volunteers will mount the flowers on a wire cross which will be overlaid onto our large wooden cross in the Sanctuary. You of course may also help place your flowers to add to its beauty and fullness.

What flowers work best? Roses, carnations, daisies, or any flowers with stems at least 5 inch about 1/4 inch thick. Calla lilies and other flowers with large heads are difficult to stick into the wire mesh. Thank

7:30 am07:30

WANTED: Easter Breakfast Cooks

It's tradition that MYF and CAF Dads help with food preparation, cooking, and kitchen clean-up.

Come join the fun and sign up at <www.timetosignup.com/markiwagaki/sheet/55122>, or contact Rob Hikido <rhikido@sbcglobal.net> or Mark Iwagaki <mark.iwagaki@
sbcglobal.net>. Wesley youth groups thank you. 

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Easter Events

Easter Sunday April 16
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Worship Service at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose

7:30-9:15 a.m. Easter Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall 

From 9:00am Flowering of the Cross in church Patio

10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday English & Japanese Worship Services

11:45 a.m. God's Garden Easter Egg Hunt! Meet in the church patio with your Easter basket.

Feb 19

Kids Camp 2017 - HERO CENTRAL - Discover Your Strength in God

Kids Camp (aka Vacation Bible School or VBS) will be held June 26-30.  Space is limited so sign up soon!  For more information and registration information click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Children gather for a week of exciting adventure, fellowship and fun! An “all day format” allows ample time to experience worship, sing new songs, meet new friends, join in science activities, craft and snack making, mission projects, recreational fun and daily field trips! 

Kids Camp is for children ages 4 years through current 4th graders.

The Youth Zone! is for middle school youth program for tweens currently in 5th-7th grade. 

Important registration dates:

Wesley UMC Members: January 17-February 5
Open Registration: February 6-February 19

Registration Deadline: February 19

Kids Camp Information

Kids Camp Registration