Lay Leadership

Lay Leader Report 2023
We Celebrate Our Mission Statement in Action:
  • “Wesley United Methodist Church is a caring, intergenerational, inclusive faith community committed to helping people develop and deepen a relationship with God through Jesus Christ for loving service in the world.”
We Celebrate and Value Our Pastors and Church Staff:
  • Celebrating and valuing Rev. John Oda’s pastoral leadership
  • Celebrating and valuing our dedicated church staff and laity
We Celebrate “Our Time to Rebuild” All Church Retreat:
  • Shaping our vision for the future with Rev. John and our Wesley family
  • Listening to many voices as we explore our faith and outreach

We Celebrate Our Ministries:
  • Compassion Ministry
    Wesley Neighborhood Food Distribution: A team of dedicated volunteers at the Compassion Workshop distribute much needed food and supplies to individuals and families in our community with love and hospitality.
St. James Park Ministry: A team of passionate volunteers provide a sense of belonging and purpose to our unhoused friends, who look forward to conversations and appreciate a bag full of food each week.
  • Reconciling Ministry
Wesley has been a fully Reconciling church for many years and the Reconciling Committee has led the way in Wesley’s ongoing commitment to make our church a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ of all ages. Our Reconciling Committee sponsors an annual Reconciling Service along with a Bake Sale to raise money for the Reconciling Ministries Network. The Reconciling Committee also sponsors Transgender Awareness Sundays.
  • Stephen Ministry, United Women in Faith, Men’s Ministries, Umbrella Ministry, Mission Committee, Fellowship Ministries
Many avenues to care for our church family, community, and world.
  • Camping Ministries and Retreats
The various camps and retreats allowed people to connect with others, make new friends, and deepen our relationship with God. There were camping opportunities for people of all ages- Kids Camp, Jr. High Camp, Asian Camp, Lake Tahoe Zephyr Point Retreat, All-Church Camp, and our All-Church Retreat.

As disciples of Christ, we love God, we love one another, and we serve with joy.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Sasaki and Lynn Tabuchi, Co-Lay Leaders