Sep
10
to Oct 30

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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Oct
22
to Oct 30

2018 VIM Mexico Mission Trip October 22 - 30

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Bienvenidos!  Welcome!

ALL are welcome and invited to join our VIM Mexico Mission team for this year!  If you are interested or just curious, please contact Mona Otomori through the church office or talk to any of the past participants for information. We are happy to share our experiences!  

We will be following Pastor Pedro Moreno Cano to his new appointment in Tlaxcala, Mexico.  His church is "parent" to a small mission church which needs help with repairs and construction.  Our team will provide materials and labor for the mission church as well as possible small jobs at Pastor Pedro's parsonage. The town of Tlaxcala is in the state of Tlaxcala very close to Puebla.  Our past mission teams have served in Tlaxcala for several years and we are thrilled for this opportunity to return to the area.

Team members pay their own airfare plus a $500 contribution which pays for all lodging, meals and local transportation. Scholarships are available from the VIM Fund, we feel strongly that cost should not be the deterrent from fulfilling your dream to go on mission.

Save these dates for the Mexico mission trip:  

October 22 - 30, 2018!

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Oct
24
4:00 PM16:00

Wesley Men's Food Sorting at Second Harvest

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The Wesley Men sponsored its 4th Second Harvest Food Bank food sort on August 29th.  We have been sorting with the San Jose Buddhist Church Dana group. All are welcome and children over 14 may participate to earn service hours.

You are invited to help at the next sort date, Wednesday, October 24th. Contact Wayne Kuwada for information through the church office.

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Oct
26
12:30 PM12:30

Help Grant Elementary School

We need your help to celebrate Grant Elementary School’s Fall Festival on October 26! It is a fundraising festival and all proceeds raised during the festival will benefit Grant’s Performing Arts programs.

We expect over 500 families during the festival and need volunteers to run these game booths: Catch-A-Duck, Basketball, and 10 other game booths, while the parents of students take care of all the food booths.

There will be two shifts, 12:30-2 pm and 2-3:30 pm. You can help with one or both shifts. Please be a part of “the village” that enriches the lives of our Grant School neighbors. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

For more information, contact Betty Hayashi through the church office. Thank you!

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Oct
31
5:30 PM17:30

Trunk 'n' Treat!

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Held in conjunction with San Jose Taiko’s “Halloween in Japantown”, you are invited to participate in this community-wide, safety-focused event. Car trunks will be decorated in Halloween-themed ways to hand out treats or toys to the approximately 200-300 children as they exit the Fellowship Hall following San Jose Taiko’s safety presentation.

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Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Food-Packaging for RIse Against Hunger!

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On Saturday, Nov.3, you can start your holiday giving by helping pack 10,300 mealsto be shipped to countries with starving populations. The Missions Committee is hosting a three-hour event with Rise Against Hunger (R.A.H.) formerly named Stop Hunger Now.

R.A.H. depends on thousands of volunteers to pack and ship tons of food every month. Get that “feel good” holiday spirit working beside our JACL and San Jose Betsuin friends, our Girl Scout Cadettes, and your buddies.

There will be two shifts, 11am-12:30pm and 12:30 to 2pm, with 35 people needed per shift. Beginning Sunday, Oct.14, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall with Doris Tabuchi or Judy Yasutake.

HOORAY for R.A.H. and thank you!

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Nov
11
8:30 AM08:30

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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Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

POSTPONED! All Church Planning Meeting

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Change of plans: 

All- Church Planning Meeting postponed.
Alternative program in the works!

Dear Church Family,

Previously we had announced that an All Church Planning day would take place at church on Saturday October 20. However our pastoral and programming staff have held a staff planning retreat and further meetings to plan and discuss a proposal for an alternative program to rally the church family around visioning for 2019 and beyond. 

Our proposal that we will present to both the Administrative Board and the Council on Ministries will be, what we believe, a more productive opportunity to address our collective hopes for the future.

We are therefore suggesting that we postpone/cancel the scheduled Oct 20th meeting and hold a church retreat on the weekend of February 1-3 at Camp Monte Toyon in Aptos.

Pending approval from our leadership bodies, we will give you further information and notice on this alternative program! We, the pastoral and programming staff, believe that this will be a much more productive opportunity for generational dialogue, community building, and visioning for the future! 

Please stay tuned for further communications!

Rev. Keith Inouye, Rev. Hajime Yamamoto, Mark Teagle, and Viki Inouye

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Oct
14
to Oct 21

Small Groups Are Coming!

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Small groups, close-knit gatherings where you can share and grow in your faith, are coming to Wesley. A survey is being distributed where people can share their experiences and preferences for small groups. Perhaps you can be a small group leader. Perhaps open your home. Or you can join in and get to know people better as well as grow in your faith. Or maybe you just want to know more about it. 

Small Group Leader Training sessions have been rescheduled. Those interested in becoming Small Group Leaders can attend either meeting or both.

October 14 Sunday 11:30am - 12:30pm, in the Chapel 

October 21 Sunday 11:30am - 12:30pm, in Nichigo Library, Rm 16

Please RSVP to Mark Teagle <markteagle@wesleysj.net> to reserve your spot in the training session(s).

Topics include: What is a Small Group? Preparing for a Meeting, Meeting Structure, Keeping a Meeting Going Well, Dealing with Obstacles, and more.

Sign-ups for Small Groups coming soon 

Once we have solidified our leadership, the next step will be forming groups and making sign-ups available. We also plan to have our traditional groups during Advent as part of the Small Groups @ Wesley ministry. Watch this space for more information.

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Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

"Meet Your Bible" Class (includes lunch)

Now that our older students have been presented with gift Bibles from the church, how about learning how to use them! “Meet Your Bible” is an optional class for students in 3rd-5th grade. This Bible introductory class will include a fun scavenger hunt, and the following topics: how to use the Bible, how it came to be? When was the Bible written? Types of books in the Bible. 

Bible pins will be awarded to students who complete the class. Please RSVP to Viki Inouye by October 7th so the appropriate number of materials can be prepared .

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Alpha Omega College-Age Ministry

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Wesley will kick off the Alpha Omega group beginning in October! Our hope is to provide an opportunity for college-age young adults to gather to discuss topics and issues to study, create space for fellowship, community building, and discussion for concerns and questions related to current life circumstances and questions about religion and faith. We hope to find opportunities for service and engage in issues of social justice and concerns.

Please see the monthly AO schedule below:

1st and 3rd and any 5th Sundays AO attends worship

2nd and 4th Sundays AO Explore (meets in the Small Conference Room for topical discussions and study)

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