to Nov 12

Wednesday Night Soup Group


Starting September 4

Come for a delicious bowl of great soup, some great fellowship, and discussion of some great books.

Sessions start September 4. Books will be provided. RSVP to <>.

“A New Kind of Christian” Beginning Wednesday 6pm, Sept 4
Dan Poole was burnt out. He secretly was considering leaving the ministry. His faith no longer made sense to him the way it had when he was new to the ministry. Enter his new friend Neil Edward Oliver (or “NEO”), a teacher at his daughter’s school. Soon Dan and Neo are hav- ing deep conversations about life and faith and new ways of looking at Christianity.

Author Brian McLaren tackles the subject of Post-Modern Christianity, not with a theological treatise, but with a story of two friends on a journey together. They laugh, they cry, they wrestle with what it means to be people of faith in this Post-Modern era in his book “A New Kind of Christian”.

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to Oct 22

Class: Introduction to the Church


5 Sessions: Tuesdays at 7pm on September 24 & October 1, 8, 15, & 22

Want to learn some basics about the Bible, Jesus, Christianity, and about Methodism? Want to understand what baptism and membership is all about and what it means to be a part of the church? Are you new to Wesley UMC and want to find out what we believe in and stand for?

If any of these questions strike a chord in you then this class is definitely for you! Please come!

Our scheduled five sessions (Tuesdays at 7pm on September 24, and on October 1, 8, 15, and 22) at church. It will be an open opportunity to learn and to dialogue with others regarding your questions.

For those who are desiring to become baptized into the Christian faith and seeking membership in the church these classes will be an important step in learning about the joys and responsibilities of what it means to be a part of the church. However, please understand that this class is open to all; folks who are just checking out the church, long time members who want to recall some basics about our faith, those who just want to get some new perspective on their own beliefs.

We welcome all into the faith community of Wesley UMC. but we hope in time that all might consider deepening their relationship and participation in the life and calling of Christ by committing oneself to a lifetime of learning and growing in Christ and in the good work of the church among us, in our community and in the world.

If you are interested in being baptized or becoming a member of the church OR want to have your infants or child baptized, please contact Rev. Keith at (408) 355‐0837.

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to Oct 27

Update on Opportunities To Serve at Grant School

Volunteer Opportunity at Grant Elementary

"Los Dichos”, as a branch of Project Cornerstone and the YMCA, offers the opportunity for you to get involved in the academic life of the Grant Elementary students. Once a month you will read a book in the class of your choice and then help the students make crafts related to the book. A schedule will be posted monthly. For the month of September, we have an opening on Friday, September 20 at 12:10 pm in Ms. Moretti's 2nd grade class. This is wonderful opportunity to help the students while making a commitment for only one day. Please contact Mary Leano ( for more information. Online signup is located at:‐ dichos_2019_2020

Volunteers Needed at Grant Elementary on Mondays

Due to a scheduling conflict with after-school activities, we have one student who was in our program last year that needs a tutor Monday afternoon. This student is in 2nd grade and really needs assistance with reading comprehension. She is a very sweet girl and is eager to learn. Also, last year, the kindergarten class scored very low. There are many opportunities to help these students. Please consider partnering with a student at Grant. Training is available. Please contact Mary Leano ( for more information.

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to Oct 24

Hurricane Dorian Relief


On September 1st, Hurricane Dorian caused vast devastation in the Bahamas leaving 70,000 people in need of immediate relief. The assessments of damage to property and the death toll is still in pro- cess as flood waters slowly recoil. Funding from our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are important and immediate ways that United Methodists across the world are united in making a difference in the lives of the victims. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and money donated to help in the recovery efforts is vital.

Please contribute to Wesley UMC and earmark your checks and donations for “Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief” and submit them to the church office and we will forward our collective funds to UMCOR as soon as possible. Thank you for your generosity and concern!

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to Jan 28

Small Groups and Bible Studies - Fall 2019


Jump into a Bible Study or Small Group today! Contact Mark Teagle <> for more information.

Sundays, 11:30 am, Fireside Room: Led by Jim Tengan and Jeffrey Oldham.

Sundays, 7:00pm, Agape Young Adult Group led by Clarissa Johnston Abril at her residence.

Second Sunday Symposiums, 11:30 am, Conference Room. Led by Mark Teagle.

Mondays, 9:30 am, Fireside Room: Spirituality in the Movies led by Mona Otomori. Watch and discuss films with faith themes.

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, Chapel: The Soup Group eats soup and discusses A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren. Led by Mark Teagle.

Saturdays, 7:30am, Bible Study led by Leighton Horio, Barbara Mulford, Kats Hikido, and Its Yokota

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to Oct 29

New Immigrant Accompaniment Team


Wesley volunteers, together with a group from St. Paul’s UMC, have formed an Accompaniment Team to work with families affected by ICE Detention. With help from PACT Community Organizer Jesus Ruiz, our volunteers will walk with families who are impacted, helping them navigate the system and cope with the temporary loss of their breadwinner. This team works on an as-necessary basis. Warren Uesato is the Wesley team leader, partnering with a leader from St. Paul’s UMC.

For more information contact Warren through the church office or <>.

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to Nov 3

Stewardship, Capital Campaigns Event Schedule


“….This month during worships we will be highlighting messages from our ministerial staff focused on Christian Stewardship. We will provide information (both verbally and in print) explaining our budgetary needs for 2020.

We hope that you feel blessed by the ministry of Wesley UMC and that you will support this ministry that God has entrusted into our care through your commitments to our Stewardship and Capital Campaigns. We hope that you believe in the goodness of our ministry together blessed by God that provides much goodwill and service to the larger surrounding community, conference, and world! 

Please join us for our October worship services and please note the schedule for our Stewardship & Capital Campaign provided in this issue of our Good News newsletter.

Blessings to you always!”

Rev. Keith

Sunday October 13

• Lay Testimonial: Louie Lu - Louie will share how it felt like “destiny” when he and Jose first stepped into Wesley

• Sermon: Reverend Keith

Sunday October 20 (Joint English / Nichigo service)

• Campaign Financial Presentation: Roger Miller, Finance Committee Chair

• Lay Testimonial: written by Sarah Holt - Sarah will share how she and her family of five started to come to Wesley 

• Sermon: Mark Teagle

• Campaign brochure and “Estimate of Giving” cards distributed after worship - Please stop by the Fellowship Hall to pick yours up! 

Sunday October 27

• Lay Testimonial

• Sermon: Reverend Keith

• Baptism and Membership Sunday

Sunday November 3  

Compassion Sunday Worship and Projects: sharing our time and talents)

Communion will be celebrated on November 10.

• Collecting our Estimate of Giving Cards

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to Oct 27

Pen Pals in Japan

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There are 14 letters from Ujitawara, a small town near Kyoto, Japan. The senders are looking to make new friends, practice their English, and learn more about you and the world! Use this opportunity to make a new friend in Japan, learn and practice your Japanese, and learn more about Japan! 

Letters can be mailed all together. You do not need to worry about mailing the letter yourself!  Feel free to bring a picture of yourself to share with your pen pal. Stationary will be provided on the workshop days, but you are welcome to provide your own!  Participants can write letters together! 

Thanks to Rebecca Urata, daughter of Marilyn and Ted Hasegawa, for this great opportunity! Rebecca taught English in Japan for three years.

Required from all participants: 

· Contact information to be notified of updates when letters are sent and

· Permission from a parent/guardian for participants under the age of 18. 

Pen Pals In Japan

October 13 Presentation about the program in Worship 

October 20 1st Writing Workshop (room 22./23)

October 27 2nd Writing Worship (room 22/23)

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10:17 AM10:17

"Great California Shakeout Drill"

The Japantown Community Congress SJ and Japantown Prepared! Presents "Great California Shakeout Drill" simulated earthquake and Community disaster response drill. Stop by and learn about disaster preparedness.

October 17, 2019, 10:17 am Thursday (30th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake)

Roy's Station, 197 Jackson St. San Jose, CA
Open to the Public - Free

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5:00 PM17:00

Trunk 'N' Treat Halloween Outreach

Trunk ‘n’ Treat outreach to the Japantown neighborhood. Halloween is less than a month away and it’s time to sign up for our church’s annual Trunk 'n' Treat on Halloween, October 31, 5pm-7pm, in our 5th Street parking lot.

All Wesley individuals, families, groups, and teams are invited to deck out your car trunk or hatchback, dress in costumes, and shine a light on Wesley Church’s hospitality and welcome as you pass out treats to the children. 

Sign up your decorated car trunk by Monday October 21  with the Trunk ‘n’ Treat Team <> or talk to Ted Hasegawa or Barbara Hiura. But, don’t wait too long!  If you’re interested, contact the Team as soon as possible. Trunk ‘n’ Treat slots are limited; entries accepted on a first-come first-served basis. 

Needed: Halloween treats for Trunk ‘N’ Treat !

Please consider donating ‘treats’ (individually wrapped candy or small toys) or monetary contributions to purchase treats.  Please write “TnT Outreach Ministry” on the memo line of donations or label your contributions.  Bring your donations and/or contributions to the office by Sunday, October 27. 
The TnT Team and the children thank you!

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10:30 AM10:30

Second Com(e)Passion Sunday

Last Spring our first Com(e)Passion Sunday saw more than 200 Wesley volunteers serving the community onsite at church and at locations in the nearby community. 

We’re set to do it all again on Sunday, November 3. 

Projects are being planned for all ages and abilities. There will be projects for children and youth at Wesley. Families can do projects together. 

The Wesley Com(e)Passion Team is busy planning. If you are interested in being a Project Leader or have an idea for a project, contact Aton Abril or Mary Leano through the church office, or Mark Teagle <>. Project sign-ups available soon.

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8:30 AM08:30

Next Wesley Men's Breakfast

Every month the Wesley Men prepare a most delicious breakfast. It’s so good and everyone is welcome!

Men AND women, children to seniors! EVERYONE! They simply invite everyone to contribute what they can in the collection basket! This month’s Men’s Break‐fast takes place “Sunday September 22nd in the church Fellowship Hall from 8:30am ‐ 9:30am. Come & Enjoy !

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to Sep 13

Cooking Teams Needed

We are in need of cooking teams for the rest of the calendar year to cook 13 meals for Casa de Clara and 26 meals for Grace Solutions on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Below are just some of the happy faces from Wesley who help with the cooking!

If you are interested you can sign up at

Please contact Mary Leano with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of this ministry!

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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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