Mar
10
to Apr 3

Join the College Age Group - AlphaOmega (AO)

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Since the beginning of the school year our Wesley UMC Alpha Omega (AO) College Age fellowship group has met four times; mainly to engage in regular Bible study. We have explored such topics as: The human quest to understand God and the quest for meaning, How the Bible came to be formed, exploring varying perspectives on approaches to the Bible, The books of the Bible, Who is Jesus and why follow him? Future sessions will include: the early Christian church, John Wesley, What do Methodists believe? And more!

We had a great Christmas party with six Alpha Omega members in attendance (Mich, Elyse, Christine, Alan, Lance and Ashley).

On Sunday February 24th, AO met for our regular Bible study session, lunch at Subway, and bowling at San Jose State! A small but mighty group!

On Sunday March 10th we will travel to San Francisco to see the movie premiere of “The Public” followed by a panel discussion. A movie on homelessness, it is hosted by the Glide Center for Social Justice Coalition on Homelessness and the San Francisco Public Library. 

On Wednesday April 3rd, AO will cook and serve the Winter Faith Collaborative dinner. Please let Viki know if you are interested in helping!

For more information about our Alpha Omega ministry, please contact Viki or Rev. Keith! We would love to have you join and participate!

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Mar
11
to Apr 29

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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Mar
13
to Mar 31

"Doors Open" Starts Rehearsals For A New Production

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Doors Open is back and getting ready to go on the road!

Mark Teagle’s LGBTQIA-themed musical has new cast members getting ready to share its much-needed message with other churches. So watch for upcoming performances at UMC congregations around San Jose and beyond.

If you are interested in taking part, there’s still room in the chorus for performers. Contact Mark Teagle <markteagle@wesleysj.net> for more information

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Mar
17
to Mar 24

Travel Toiletry Drive

Our 3rd and 4th grade Girl Scouts will collect donations of travel size basic necessities, specifically

* toothpaste toothbrushes shampoo conditioner

* body wash soap handwarmer lotion

Collection boxes will be on the information table in the Fellowship Hall.

As part of Com(e)Passion Sunday on March 31st, girls will bag items and prepare a sack lunch for those homeless at St. James Park.

Thank you!

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Mar
18
to Apr 17

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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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

Com(e)Passion Sunday

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Com(e)passion Sunday coming March 31st
Sunday, March 31 is a morning for hands-on service projects for all ages and abilities. Wesley's Com(e)passion Team wants everyone to experience how easy it is to serve the community and has prepared a great menu of projects that will give you a chance to be involved. You can assemble Blessing Bags in the Fellowship Hall with Carmina and Marlette or make scarves and blankets with Misao and Betty in the Chapel. You can help make a meal for Casa de Clara in the Kitchen or write letters and prepare care packages with Clarissa in the Conference Room. Our Girl Scouts will be there making lunch for St. James Park. You can make cards for shut-ins with Rev. Hajime. Our CAF youth will be helping our God's Garden children recycle crayons for Children's Hospitals and decorating placemats for our Grace Baptist homeless ministry. And the UMW is making a lunch for all our volunteers. 
For those willing to venture off-site, you can do yard work at Casa de Clara, a Catholic worker run transitional housing community. You can work with Warren and Trinity at Taylor Street Farm, an organic educational non-profit on Taylor Street near Highway 87. And our MYF youth will join Carl at Casa de Clara for an arts & crafts project. We are also working to add projects at CityTeam and Casa de Clara's homeless ministry.
So come dressed to work after our 20 minute worship starting at 10:00 am. Projects run from 10:30 to noon. Then stay after your project for our celebration lunch where people will share what they did to minister to others on Com(e)passion Sunday! There will be afternoon projects as well. You can register for your project(s) online at ttsu.me/comepassionsunday2019 or phone the church office at 408-295-0367. For more information, contact Aton Abril or Mary Leano.

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Apr
7
11:30 AM11:30

"Creation Care" Class for Kids!

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Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade have an opportunity to participate in a time to learn and discuss what it means to be a steward of God’s creation. Together we will brainstorm actions of what we can do to take care of our earth at home, here at church and in the community. Ideas will be shared in posters to remind each of us our role in creation care and will be put up throughout the church. Activities will be divided into age level groups. All participant will earn an “care for the earth” pin.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP with Viki Inouye at <viki@wesleysj.net> so we can get a head count for materials and lunch.

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Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

A Bunny Eggstravaganza Party for Kids!

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The children are invited to join for an evening of fun and fellowship as we celebrate spring and the joy of Easter! The youth will watch over and engage the kids in different age-level activities that include, crafts, games, coloring Easter eggs and more! This is a great opportunity for the children to build relationships with the youth and each other and for parents to enjoy a quiet evening out! Registration forms are available through the God’s Garden website, church narthex and office. 

Date Saturday, April  13

Time 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Ages 4 years—5th grade

Dinner A bunny bento will be served for dinner! No cost (free will donation accepted).

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May
20
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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Jun
14
to Aug 2

Rev. Derek Nakano appointed SeaTac Missional District Superintendent

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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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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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Mar
17
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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Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

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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Feb
10
to Mar 13

Study Choices for Lenten Bible Studies and Small Groups

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Our 2019 Lenten Studies are very popular with many people already signed up. Don’t miss out on this important spiritual growth opportunity that begins after Ash Wednesday on March 6. A new time is available before worship at 9:00 am when Virginia Bailey leads the Simon Peter study in the Small Conference Room. And for those with very busy schedules, we have a Thursday breakfast group also looking at Simon Peter. We’ll choose a restaurant location based on what’s convenient for you, so let Mark Teagle know if you are interested in that. And there’s room in the other groups as well. Contact <markteagle@wesleysj.net> for more information.

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STUDY: SIMON PETER:
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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STUDY: EMBRACING THE UNCERTAIN

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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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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