Communications Committee

Communications Committee Report for 2023
The Communications Committee creates and publishes our printed and the electronic (emailed) church newsletters, and manages our Wesley website, the Wesley app, and our social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Yelp, and our Google listing).  

Newsletters - Hikaru Bakoshi is our Editor for both newsletters.    
  • Paper Newsletter
    • Currently mailing 415 paper newsletters once a month.  We switched from twice a month to once a month in June 2023
    • The newsletter collating crew includes:  Mary & Dale Sasaki, Doris Tabuchi, Florence Oishi, Mary & Leighton Horio, Ray & Nora Yamashiro, and Amy Shiozaki.
  • e-Newsletter
    • Currently emailing 217 newsletters once a month.
    • We migrated our e-newsletter from Wordpress to the Subsplash management system in August of this year.  The e-newsletter migration was done by Ham Tran and Hikaru Bakoshi.
    • All newsletter articles are now viewable on our website and on the Wesley app

Wesley Website Migration
  • In January of this year, Rev. John and Mark Teagle started the process to evaluate our online digital presence and look for ways to improve our digital ministry, engagement, and outreach.  This process continued for several months, and Mark Teagle led the process to evaluate several different church management/engagement platforms.   
  • We ended up choosing the Subsplash engagement platform and migrated our website from Wordpress to Subsplash in July of this year
  • The new website was designed by Hatty Lin and Hikaru Bakoshi
  • The new website and Wesley app are maintained and edited by Hikaru Bakoshi

Wesley App
  • The new Wesley app was launched in July of this year
  • So far the app has been downloaded 313 times and has been viewed over 20,000 times on the search pages of the Apple and Android stores.

Social Media
  • Posts on Facebook and Instagram are being made twice a week by Hikaru Bakoshi and Kasper Kimura.   We are planning to get Alan Ngai involved in posting stating in November 2023, and hope to get our posts up to 3 per week.

Submitted by Wayne Kamiya
Communications Committee Chair