Sign up on Sundays, November 18 & 25 - Consider joining one of Wesley’s 2018 Advent Studies to focus on your faith this Advent season. Sign-ups begin on Sunday, November 18, after church or you can contact Director of Spiritual Formation Mark Teagle <email@example.com>. Here are the choices:
Hope you can join us for a Church Family Retreat to be held at the beautiful outdoor setting at Camp Monte Toyon in Aptos. This will be a great opportunity to gather all generations in conversation, fellowship and fun! Be part of the discussion as we take stock and reflect upon the ministry of Wesley, past present and future and hear generational needs and concerns. We invite all of you to join in the discussion of how we chart the future of Wesley.
There will be programming for the children to free up parents to participate! More details forthcoming.
Cheryl Noble has faithfully been our Office Administrator since June 2016 having taken the position after Barbara Hiura’s retirement. We have greatly appreciated Cheryl’s outstanding service to our church congregation and ministry and her participation in our church family! Her personality, organization and office management skills, and her faith have been invaluable to us these past 2 and 1/2 years.
As many of you may have already heard, Cheryl has made the decision to return home to Irving, Texas with her husband Jim. Irving is where Cheryl’s family resides and they are glad to welcome her back home.
It is with our blessings that we send her and Jim forth onto to the next chapter of their lives. We trust that they will experience many blessings so we are glad for the life that awaits them. And yet it also goes without saying that we will miss Cheryl’s presence and good work on our staff very much! And we will miss Jim and Cheryl very much in our church family.
Cheryl’s last day in the office will be Friday December 14th, but we will have a Farewell/Appreciation Reception for Cheryl on Sunday December 9th immediately after worship at 11:30am. Please join us for this special reception as we express our gratitude to Cheryl for her presence and contributions to our church as our Office Manager and to wish her and Jim our very best on their move and reestablishing their lives in Texas.
Much thanks to our Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) for planning this Reception and may the presence, hope and strength of God abide with Cheryl and Jim and our church ministry in this time of transition.
The Primetimers and the San Jose Music Study Club are pleased to join together to invite the congregation to a midday program of Christmas music by a group from the San Jose State University Choraliers. It will be a special treat!
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00am in the Sanctuary. The singers will be our guests at a potluck lunch following the program. If you would also like to join in the lunch please contact: Karen Miller or Alice Hikido through the church office.
Our City Circuit is comprised of the following area United Methodist Churches: Alum Rock UMC (which includes SJ Peace-Vietnamese, and SJ Tongan), La Trinidad UMC, St. Paul’s UMC, First UMC San Jose, Calvary UMC, and Wesley UMC.
In a City Circuit Clergy and Lay meeting held on Wednesday, November 14th, we decided to have a joint benefit dinner to raise funds for United Methodist relief efforts to address the California Wildfire in the Paradise area of Northern California.
Therefore, YOU ARE INVITED to a dinner on Sunday, December 16th, to be held at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 729 Morse St., San Jose, CA, 95126, from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
The dinner food will be provided but we ask participants to contribute a donation of $10-15 for adults (age 13+) and $5 for children (12 and under) at the door. We do not want the cost of this event to be cost prohibitive for many persons and families and so we have suggested this donation of $10-15. A freewill offering will also be taken at the Dinner for those not able to contribute to a collection at their local church.
Our church, Wesley UMC, will collect donations specifically from our Wesley UMC congregation in the days preceding the Dec. 16 dinner. Please make checks payable to: “Wesley UMC” and note “Northern California Wildfire Relief” on the memo line. We will combine these donations and bring one check from Wesley UMC to this event. For ease of giving, there are disaster relief envelopes on tables in our Narthex.
By Dec. 10, please bring or mail your donations to our church office. You may also make your contribution at the event. Let’s do our best to make a difference in the lives of those hard hit by tragedy! Thank you.
Join us for the 3rd annual Las Posadas on Thurs. Dec. 20 with San Jose First UMC. The Wesley community is invited to join in the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas with our neighbors at First UMC. Las Posadas celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, being turned away from the inn, and finding a place in the stable. We will begin the journey at 6:00pm here at Wesley with songs and putting on costumes. At 6:30 we begin the procession down Fifth Street about 5 long blocks to First UMC. The celebration continues with more music and storytelling at 7:00 followed by a delicious traditional Mexican dinner cooked by Pastor Gerardo Vasquez-Padilla and special treats for the children. Wesley members are asked to furnish dessert (suggestion: flan from Costco) and Bolos (bags of candy for 60 children.
Join in this hands-on Com(e)Passion Ministry by helping to prepare 200 “Blessing Bags” full of toiletries and warming help to be distributed to the homeless in St. James Park. The bag assembling will be done immediately following worship on Dec. 23 so we can pass out the bags in time for Christmas. All the pieces will be provided. Just come through the assembly line and help put together a single “Blessing Bag.”
Mochitsuki, a celebration time at Wesley Church for almost 50 years
For Wesley Church members, Mochitsuki is a time of celebrating the sharing of the cultural heritage of many of our congregation. It is a time of fellowship which binds us together as a community of people committed to the faith and to each other. And of course it is a time of the simple joy of fellowship and working together for the benefit of the church.
Mochitsuki, a tradition from Japan
Mochitsuki is one of the rich traditions our elders brought with them from Japan. New Year's is the most popular time to engage in this ancient communal activity. A special sweet glutinous variety of rice is steamed, pounded, and cooled into rice cakes called mochi. We will make Mochi on December 29 and December 30.
A New Year's tradition is the okasane, a set of two mochi, one on top of the other. The larger mochi on the bottom symbolizes a strong foundation, or the older generation. The smaller represents the new generation. Placed on top is a tangerine or a Japanese citrus fruit called dai-dai, meaning "generation to generation."
And so the okasane carries with it the appreciation of the sense of renewal and of new beginnings which has been passed on from generation to generation.
No experience needed.
All invited to come help.
You are all invited to come help make this year's annual Mochitsuki a successful fundraising and fellowship time. We especially thank the hard-working Mochitsuki chairpersons Dale Sasaki and Ron Ogi.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for your support! These kits are greatly appreciated.
Ozoni is special New Year's soup
Ingredients in ozoni vary by region in Japan; there may be shiitake mushroom, chicken, carrot, kamaboko fishcake, daikon radish, all cooked in dashi fish broth. Mochi, which symbolizes strength, good health, and wealth, is almost always included.
After worship service, on Sunday, January 6, the congregation is invited to observe the New Year with a small bowl of ozoni, prepared by our Nichigo congregation. Come enjoy ozoni.
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/
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 the Christmas holiday season, there will be no fellowship in December.
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!