to Jun 9

Donate to Our Imagination Station

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It’s time to spring clean for Kids Camp Vacation Bible School (VBS)! 

This year for Kids Camp we will have an “Imagination Station” included in our morning rotation of activities. The “Imagination Station” will be a room filled with a variety of craft materials, cardboard tubes, construction paper, stickers and other “stuff.” For those of you who have been to RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) it will be our VBS version of RAFT! 

We hope this room is a space where kids are inspired to create an original piece of art, a one of a kind decoration, perhaps a functional piece of equipment or anything else their heart desires! 

Do you have "stuff" to donate to our Imagination Station?

During your spring cleaning, if you would like to part with any miscellaneous craft supplies, kamaboko boards you were saving for something-you didn’t know what, egg cartons, toilet tissue rolls, scraps of fabric, strawberry baskets, or anything else you do not need, please help us stock our Imagination Station room. A table will be set up in the Fellowship Hall to drop off any materials. Thank You! 

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9:00 PM21:00

Mineta Documentary Will Air on PBS May 20

The film documentary about Norman Mineta is finally going to be aired on PBS. If you haven’t seen the documentary yet, please do. It is excellent!

Norman Mineta has not only been one of our most celebrated Japanese American representatives in the political arena on a local and national scale, but the Norman and the whole Mineta family have indeed been a longstanding family in the membership of our Wesley United Methodist Church here in San Jose. His years of public service have been so admirable and I cannot help but think that a part of his character was nurtured by decades of his and his family's involvement at Wesley.

If you have not seen Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi’s documentary about Norman Mineta at private screenings, here is your opportunity to see it! The documentary is outstanding and so worth seeing, and worth encouraging others to see.

Please check your local PBS station for specifics on the broadcast showing of the life and legacy of Norman Mineta!

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Volunteers needed for Grant School


Our neighborhood school, Grant Elementary, home of Wesley’s after-school program, will hold its International Festival on May 24. 

This event raises funds for Grant’s vital performing arts programs. More than 500 families attend the festival and have a great time playing games like Catch-a-Duck, Basketball, and more. 

Our Wesley volunteers staff the game booths while school parents host the food booths. Please sign up at the Fellowship Hall Information: 12:30-2pm or 2-3:30pm. 

Contact Betty Hayashi through the church office  for more information.

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11:30 AM11:30

Want To Try a Short Mission Trip?


This is your chance!  

Wesley UMC will send a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team to Mexico again this year for eight to nine days in late-October.  

We will likely work on a mission church, a small membership overseen by a Methodist Church. Our coordinators are currently in contact with Bishop Raquel and District Superintendent Narciso in Tlaxcala to identify a church at which to serve. Our focus will be repairs and improvements to the building, but our mission is really about connecting with our Methodist brothers and sisters.  

This is an opportunity to form stronger bonds with your Wesley family, to create new ties to our neighbors to the south, to fellowship over laughter and good food, and to SAFELY “enlarge your territory” as in the Prayer of Jabez (1 Chron 4:10).  

NO skills are needed; NO Spanish language required. All are invited on our mission team! 

Information meeting: Sunday June 2

Come to an information meeting Sunday, June 2, 11:30am in the Conference Room, or contact Mona through the church office if you are interested or even just mildly curious.

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to Jun 7

Rummage Sale Drop Off


Rummage Sale receives goods June 6, 7 

Spring is the time for new beginnings like planting a garden, cleaning the house, and of course, helping at the UMW Rummage Sale. For over 45 years the UMW Rummage Sale has raised thousands of dollars for worldwide and local missions programs. It has enabled  our neighbors to shop for household items, toys, children's clothing that they would not otherwise afford.

Many unsold goods are recycled and given to HOPE Services providing jobs for the developmentally disabled while saving our already overtaxed landfills.

Please come help on Saturday, June 8. Help is especially needed for set-up 7:30am-9am, and clean-up Noon to 2pm. Help is also much needed on sorting/pricing days, Thursday-Friday, June 6-7. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

Come and join us for a day of fellowship and service. Some of the shoppers have been coming for three generations, just like many of the UMW volunteers and that says a lot.

Please bring rummage items only on Thursday June 6, 9am-5pm, and Friday June 7, 9am-9am. We welcome clean clothing only, small toys, small household items, small appliances and electronics in working condition. We cannot accept e-waste, mattresses, child car seats, cribs, furniture, carpeting, TVs over 21 in., hazardous materials, paint, tires. 

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to Aug 2

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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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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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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