to Mar 12

Wednesday evening Meditation Service ending

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Rev. Keith established and led our Wednesday Evening Meditation Services and we certainly enjoyed a committed participation of about 5-10 members on any given Wednesday. It had been an opportunity to worship, to sing, to pray and to study. It was in important midweek spiritual boost for many! Though all these components of the service mentioned were important, our time as a support group wherein participants shared their personal issues and concerns in prayer seemed to be a much appreciated aspect of our time together as it was a great source of support to many in times of need.

However, with transitions in our staffing, Rev. Keith has felt that he will need to spend more time on office administration, pastoral visitation and worship and preaching. Therefore he has decided to close this service for now. Though it may get resurrected in some other form by other staff in the future, please note that it is no longer scheduled on our monthly calendar.

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to Mar 13

Study Choices for Lenten Bible Studies and Small Groups


Starting the week of March 10th, several Lenten Studies are available as we journey toward Easter in this season of Lent. Take a look at the choices below and sign up!


He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man. And that’s the point of Simon Peter, a six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. 

Simon Peter study is available Sundays at 9:00am, Mondays at 9:30 am, Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:30 am, and Saturdays at 9:30 am.

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Embcing the Uncertain invites readers this Lent to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience.

Embracing the Uncertain is available Sundays at 11:30 am and Mondays at 7:00 pm.

Sign up Sundays at the Information & Sign-up Table or by emailing markteagle@wesleysj.net. If none of these times work for you, let us know and we'll try to accommodate your schedule.

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to Apr 4

Rev. Derek Nakano appointed SeaTac Missional District Superintendent


We celebrate with Rev. Derek Nakano, current senior pastor of Blaine Memorial UMC in Seattle, WA, who will be appointed by Bishop Elain JW Stanovsky as the next Seattle-Tacoma Missional District Superintendent! Here is the article from the Pacific-Northwest Conference website newsblog:

"Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint Rev. Derek Nakano to serve on the Pacific Northwest (PNW) cabinet as SeaTac Missional District Superintendent, effective July 1, 2019. In this role, he will serve as the “chief missional strategist” for the district, working with pastors and lay leadership to find new ways to strengthen and extend United Methodist ministries in the Seattle and Tacoma Metro areas.

'Rev. Nakano is well known and respected by his colleagues. He brings the best of professionalism to his ministry, coupled with a warm, respectful and approachable manner,' wrote Bishop Stanovsky to Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church where Nakano currently serves. In her letter, she also thanked the church for its work supporting and preparing Derek for the superintendency, sharing that those efforts, and his gifts 'will now bless people across the greater Seattle-Tacoma area.'

Derek Nakano received his undergraduate Sociology degree from UC Berkeley and M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion.

Baptized at the Berkeley Methodist United Church, Derek has served Japanese American Churches in California-Nevada, California-Pacific (Cal-Pac), and PNW Annual Conferences and has offered leadership and support for camping ministries in the Japanese American Caucus Junior High Camp and Asian American Summer Camp. Derek began serving the PNW Annual Conference in 2011, in his appointment to Blaine Memorial and transferred his Conference membership in 2012.

In Cal-Pac, Derek provided conference leadership as the Provisional Registrar of the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) from 2006-2008 and was Chair of BOM from 2008-2012. Upon transferring to the PNW Annual Conference, he served as a member of PNW BOM from 2012 - 2016, mentored candidates for ministry in the Seattle District, and is presently the Chair of the Commission on Ethnic Ministries.

Derek is also providing connectional leadership as a member of the Western Jurisdiction Inter-Ethnic Coordinating Committee and the General Conference Ministry Study Commission.

'I am grateful for the opportunity to serve God and our Annual Conference in this capacity,' Nakano offered, reflecting on the new role. 'I look forward to working together with our Bishop, Cabinet and Conference staff, and our clergy, laity, and churches, toward vital and growing explorations and expressions of faithfulness and service.' "

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12:00 PM12:00

Join the Cast of "Doors Open" - Information Meeting

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New and existing cast members are encouraged to attend a meeting Sunday, Feb. 17, Noon in the Sanctuary as we gear up for a new production of the LGBTQ-themed musical Doors Open

We have performance requests from churches in the Bay Area and beyond. We also have to recast several roles since people have moved away. We hope to put together a cast and crew to do the show on about a monthly basis in churches and other venues. Please contact Mark Teagle with your questions. <markteagle@wesleysj.net>.

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5:30 PM17:30

39th Day of Remembrance


Please come out for the 39th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event organized by the Nihomachi Outreach Committee (NOC).

The annual Day of Remembrance commemorates the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order, signed on February 19, 1942, led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II. In San Jose, hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember that great civil liberties tragedy, but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today.

The 2019 event carries the theme ”#Never Again Is Now”. During the past year, the story of Japanese American incarceration has been melded into several big national stories.

Featured speakers for this year’s event will be:

* Don Tamaki, a partner for Minami Tamaki LLP, was an attorney for the coram nobis legal team that reopened and helped to overturn the Supreme Court case Korematsu v. the United States.

* Teresa Castellanos, is the coordinator for the Immigrant Relations and Integration Services for Santa Clara County.

Other speakers include: Chizu Omori who will share her personal memories of her incarceration which took place when she was 12 years old, and Professor Masao Suzuki of Skyline College.

Cultural performances will be offered by San Jose Taiko, Asha Sudra, Safiyah Hernandez, and our own Wesley UMC family members Jake Shimada and Andrew Urata.

Please come!

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Celebrate Hinamatsuri - Girls Day!

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Come enjoy Hinamatsuri, the traditional Japanese Girl’s Day celebration

=  Elaborate displays of ningyo, Japanese royal court dolls

= Tastings of Kohaku-to special candies and Chirashizushi rice  

= Children are encouraged to come in their ethnic dress – kimono, yukata, whatever is the costume of their heritage

= UMW ladies will dress children in kimono - a colorful photo opportunity 

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12:00 PM12:00

Presentation on "Strokes"

Sunday Feb. 10,  12 noon –12:45pm in the Sanctuary    

“Stroke” is a disease that affects the arteries leading to the brain. It is the no. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. What is Stroke? What can prevent a Stroke? What should we do if we are having a Stroke? To protect yourself and your loved ones, let’s learn about Stroke!

The Wesley Men invite you to a presentation by Yosuke Ishii, MD, PhD., Board certified neurosurgeon and certified neuroendovascular surgeon in Japan and  Visiting Scholar of Radiology at Stanford University.

After the presentation there will be refreshments in the Fellowship Hall and there Dr. Ishii will gladly answer any questions.

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to Mar 31

Com(e)passion Ministry Needs Your Donations

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The Com(e)passion Ministry is in need of toiletries for the hygiene kits we distribute at St. James Park. Items needed are travel-size soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, and toothpaste only.  (Please: no clothes, mini-sewing kits, or other miscellaneous items.) There will be a bin in the Fellowship Hall to collect your items. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Leano through the church office <office@wesleysj.net>

Thank you for your support! These kits are greatly appreciated.

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7:00 PM19:00

"Wesley Goes Calypso" Fundraiser

On Saturday March 2, 7:00pm–9:15pm, Wesley Goes Calypso, featuring Caribbean music by our own Wesley Jazz Ensemble. Fun family games will make you feel like you’re on a Caribbean vacation. Audience participation is the theme with line dancing with the Yu Ai Kai dancers, a “Zumba” dance performance, limbo and costume contests, refreshments, and crafts for the children.

Tickets are only $25.00 for adults and $60.00 for families of three or more. Tickets will go on sale Sundays Feb. 17 and 24.

To add to the cozy atmosphere we are trying to have about 16-18 card tables loaned for the evening. We need to have a count by Feb. 25. Please mark your card tables with your name, and contact John Tanaka or Ed Gibo through the church office if you can help.

Proceeds will benefit Volunteers In Missions, Com(e)Passion Ministry, and Missions.

Share this flyer with your friends!

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7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday Service


We begin Lent’s journey toward Easter on Ash Wednesday and our 7:00 pm service in the Sanctuary. 

Traditionally this is a somber service of reflection that includes the imposition of ashes on your forehead in the sign of the cross. There will be scripture readings, meditations, and music including a choir anthem that night. After the service is ended, the Chancel Choir will hold their usual rehearsal.

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7:30 AM07:30

Wesley Men's Breakfast

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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.

New! New! New! Sign up for access to the Wesley Men News!  Be informed when the Men's Breakfast, volunteering opportunities, and other Wesley activities occur.  Contact Wayne Kuwada through the church office 408.295.0367/


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to Jul 26

Zephyr Point Retreat Registration Begins

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The 40th Northern California Japanese Christian Church Fellowship (NCJCCF) will be held at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, July 21-26. It is a scenic and peaceful lakeside location ideal for relaxation and spiritual renewal. Last year, we had 45 attendees with Sacramento Japanese UMC(15) and Wesley UMC(10) leading the pack along with others from the Central Valley, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Some came as far as from Japanese Church of Christ(4) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This year’s guest speaker will be Rev. Mike Friedrich. He will speak about “Ordinary People Finding Themselves with Extraordinary Powers”.

Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist minister serving the Bay District more or less as a free-lance volunteer Deacon and has been a participant at this Retreat for the past several years. Mike was a member of Berkeley Methodist United Church prior to his 2016 ordination; BMUC is a historically Japanese-American congregation. He currently also serves at BMUC as pastor of a men’s group and a member of the choir.

Prior to ministry, Mike spent 35 years in the comic book industry as a writer, agent for artists, small press publisher, marketing executive, and fan convention organizer, among other roles. He retired in 2011 to attend seminary. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University and a Master of Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion.

Registration deadline is March 22, 2019. If you are interested, please contact Jim Mar through the church office.

A Retreat Photobook is on display in the Fellowship Hall.

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Kids Camp (VBS) Register Right Away!

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Join us as we discover the wonders of God’s universe! Travel on a journey through space, exploring where God’s power can take you, as we lift off to distant planets on special missions to collect power sources! 

Along our travels, hear timeless Bible stories and learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible. Be inspired to give glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine! 

Children are invited to gather with us 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 yrs - 7th graders (current grade). 

Cost is $125.00 per child which includes t-shirt, group photo, snacks, curriculum, activity materials and field trips! Registration is now open to the community. 

Registration deadline is February 15.

There are still spaces available so invite your friends to join you! Contact Viki Inouye for more information.

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9:30 AM09:30

Free Seminar for Caregivers


Free seminar for caregivers, future caregivers & seniors. You are invited to attend this special lecture and workshop on “Humanitide” which is a technique used when caring for persons with dementia. Humanitide originated in France and is a technique developed with 40+ years of clinical studies. It is being taught and studied in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and several other counties in Europe, as well as in Canada, Japan, Thailand, and the U.S.. In 2012, Humanitude was first introduced in Japan. Training is being done for care professionals, nurses, and those caring for family members with dementia. This technique has been broadcast by NHK Dementia Campaign, Close-Up Today, and NHK special documentary. The November 17 event will include two lecturers from Japan. The presentation will be given in English and translated into Japanese. Please attend and bring your friends!

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