Hello Walkers! We are just in our 7th week of walking, which is now a week into our extended deadline. We are on track with about 20 million steps walked. I want to tell you to press on, walk on, and report in to your coaches and team leaders for the amazing effort you put in each week. I have been trying and pushing on, and I will admit this time it is much harder with being pulled in so many different directions. But I press on, knowing that I’m trying to help us all reach our goal. Thank you very much for your hard work and dedication, your team work, and for what you’re doing for the church and your physical and spiritual health.
I hope you take this same approach for your own faith and supporting one another and helping each other press on towards what we do in the church, in our ministries, and in our lives.
Grace and peace be with you all in the wellness of your mind, body, and soul
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"
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!
Hello Hands of Grace! We hope you’re ready to get started on projects for 2017. Our first workshop this year will be:
- Wednesday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall as we begin to make handcrafts to sell at Aki Matsuri! We will be decorating luggage tags, calendar covers and credit/business card holders, with Japanese washi and origami paper.
Please bring scissors, glue stick and double-sided tape if you are able.
Please also bring a sack lunch and drink.
Let's kick off the crafting season with great fun and fellowship, all are welcome!
Your Wesley UMC Board of Trustees is beginning a very large project of de-cluttering and organizing the storage of items used regularly by our various groups, committees, organizations, and ministries. We have begun this project by assessing the amount of items currently being stored on the Wesley campus.
We are currently asking the help of the congregation in this way:
1) please observe Rummage Sale drop-off days/hours/locations,
2) please refrain from dropping off unsolicited items, and
3) If you have left anything at Wesley that is no longer needed for a particular group or ministry, we respectfully ask that you take it home.
Thank you for your help in creating a clean and safe environment for our attendees and visitors.
Our next occasion for the Baptisms of infants and children is the 10am worship service on Sunday June 4.
If you are interested in having your child(ren) Baptized on June 4, or would like to schedule an alternative date, please contact Rev.Keith. A meeting with Rev. Keith to learn more about what the Baptism of infants and children means in the United Methodist Church is necessary prior to the Baptismal service.
Submit your WRITTEN articles by the deadline above. If sending pictures please send large, good-quality pictures.
Send them to <email@example.com>
Please bring useable discards to church on:
Thursday, June 8: 10 am - 2 pm
Friday, June 9: 9 am - 9 pm
Please ONLY clean clothing, small toys, small household items, small appliances and electronics in working condition.
We cannot accept large furniture or appliances. NO cribs, child car seats, mattresses. NO e-waste, hazardous materials, paint, tires.
Volunteers on Thursday, Friday sorting days: please bring your snacks/lunch (great sandwiches at Santo Market!). On Saturday Rummage Sale day: lunch is provided to volunteers by Wesley Girl Scouts.
Friday, 9am - 9pm: Sorting/pricing
Saturday 7am - 9am: Set-Up
9am - 1pm: Sale help
1 pm - 2 pm: Clean-Up
Your help is greatly appreciated!
All proceeds support world-wide missions work.
If you have questions, please contact Mary Chafey 408/891-1984 <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Terri Koike 408/838-2774 <email@example.com>
Beginning June 11 Summertime Kids Church begins the Sunday
It's time to Summer JAM!
Come celebrate Jon & Mika's ministry here at Wesley Church, and wish them well in serving their new congregation.
On Sunday June 4, there will be a Giving/Money Tree in the Fellowship Hall if you would like to offer gifts of appreciation and also to wish them well.
Bring your favorite potluck dish and join us on June 11.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. More information will be
announced at a later date
Doors Open goes on the road for two encore performances
The LGBTQ-themed musical Doors Open, by our own Mark Teagle, is going on the road! After a very successful workshop performance on March 11 here at Wesley, the cast has been invited to perform at two more churches. One performance will be here in San Jose and the other has the cast traveling up to Santa Rosa to share “Doors Open” in the north.
Saturday, June 17, 7:30pm
First Congregational Church San Jose, 1980 Hamilton Ave. (at Leigh)
This church, home of Gloria Bordeaux-Pacolec (Pastor Laura in the play), is near Campbell and Willow Glen.
Be sure to pass the word to those who missed the Wesley performance or if you want to see it again. Posters are available in the church office if you can help us spread the word.
Saturday, June 24, 7:30pm
Santa Rosa First UMC, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
The cast is excited to travel to new territory and extend the reach of the message of Doors Open.
Spread the word! Doors Open is on stage for two more performances. Contact Mark Teagle <email@example.com> for more information.
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!
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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Roy Takeuchi, or Its Yokota <email@example.com>.
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).
Wesley UMC's Benefit Golf Tournament is accepting entries for their Monday, August 7, 2017 event. Print out the form below and follow the instructions for submission.
Proceeds from this Golf Tournament will benefit the Wesley UMC Missions Fund which includes support of church youth outreach projects, our church's homeless-meal programs, our missionaries in Japan, and "Imagine No Malaria," the United Methodist Church's program to fight malaria in the world.
You are invited to attend the annual ecumenical Memorial Day observance in the Japanese section of Oak Hill cemetery.
Members of our pastoral staff and laity will join ministers and laity from other Japanese interfaith congregations in leading the Japanese-American community's Memorial Day service.
After the service, Wesley Church ministers will be available to visit graves with church families if they wish. For more information, please contact Rev. Keith or Eric Masunaga 408/729-5166.
We need your help to celebrate Grant’s yearly International Festival on May 26th!
It is a fundraising festival and all the funds raised during the festival will benefit Grant’s Performing Arts. We expect over 500 families during the festival and need volunteers who run a booth for an run Catch-A-Duck, Basketball, and 10 other booths, while parents take care of all the food booths!
There will be two shifts, 12:30-2:00pm and 2:00-3:30pm. Please be a part of “the village,” that enriches the lives of our Grant school neighbors. Sign-ups are available in the fellowship hall. For more information, contact Betty Hayashi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Wesley men will be providing breakfast on this day and this breakfast is in honor of ALL LADIES!
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.
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