Jun
20
to Aug 20

Please Support Peace Forum Initiative

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It has been 74 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated by atomic bombs, and 50 years since the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was established. However, the possibility of another nuclear casualty is nothing but intensifying in the current world political scene. 

With this situation in mind, Nichigo hosted a “Peace Forum” on June 15, where Rev Nobu Hanaoka and Mrs. Masako Wada shared their experience as Hibakusha (Survivors of 1945 A-bomb) and discussed what we can do to achieve “a world without nuclear weapons.” 

The Nihon Hidankyo, an anti-nuclear-weapon organization, of which Mrs. Wada is the Assistant Secretary General, is collecting signatures for the “International Signature Campaign in Support of the Appeal of the Hibakusha for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons” which will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly.

To date, Nihon Hidankyo has collected 9.4 million signatures. Please add your signature in support of a world without nuclear weapons. Forms are available in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays after worship services. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Jul
20
to Sep 28

Hands of Grace

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All are invited as we create interesting and beautiful items, many with Asian themes and materials, for the Crafts booth at our Aki Matsuri fellowship and fundraising event. Most workshops begin at 10am and go until 2pm. Bring your sack lunch and a drink. Check back for updated information!

Mark your calendars for Hands of Grace workshops:

Saturday Aug.10: Felt Sushi Measuring Tape Holder & Kokeshi Ornament

Saturday Aug.17: Zipper Pouches & Fabric Gift Bags

Wed Aug.28: Card-Making, all types

Saturday Sept.7: Sashiko Placemats

Saturday Sept.14Kitchen “Hachimaki” Bonnets

Tuesday Sept.17: Takuan-Making (Pickled Daikon)

Saturday Sept.28: Project Completions

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Jul
20
to Jul 31

School supplies for Grant School

Wesley Church partners with Grant Elementary School throughout the school year with the Grant Tutoring Program. Continuing that connection, Com(e)Passion Ministry will collect school supplies to donate for the upcoming school year. We need the following items: 

  * Elmer’s glue sticks 

  * Elmer’s liquid glue - white

  * Dry erase markers - black

  * Highlighters - pink, green, yellow

  * Yellow #2 pencils 

  * Blue pens - ballpoint

  * Monetary donations (please make checks payable to "Wesley UMC" with memo line  "Grant School Supplies"). 

Donations can be made in the Fellowship Hall July 1 - 31. If you have any questions, contact Clarissa Johnston through the church office.

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Jul
21
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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Jul
28
to Sep 7

"Open Doors" Summer Performances

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A new production of Doors Open, the LGBTQ-themed musical comedy by our own Mark Teagle, is slated for 5 performances this summer including one here at Wesley. Plan to come to at least one! We have some familiar faces and some new ones in the show this year. Posters are available at the Information and Sign-up Table in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Sunday, July 28 at 4pm - Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino

  • Sunday, August 11 at 10am - Wesley UMC in San Jose

  • Sunday, August 18 at 12:30pm - Willow Glen UMC in San Jose

  • Saturday, August 24 at 7pm - Los Gatos UMC

  • Saturday, September 7 at 7pm - First UMC in Sacramento


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Jul
30
9:00 AM09:00

Prime Timers Monthly Coffee Fellowship

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Traditionally, the last Tuesday of each month has been designated as our Coffee Fellowship. During our gathering, we have many topics, projects, films, and information for our seniors. 

You are invited to join us!

Because of Kids Camp (Vacation Bible School), there will be no fellowship in June but will resume in July on July 30.

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Nov
17
9:30 AM09:30

Free Seminar for Caregivers

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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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