Help needed for Share Our Substance Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 19th The Com(e)Passion and Missions Committees need your help for our annual S.O.S. Thanksgiving luncheon. If you have persimmons in your garden, please bring them to church by Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, Nov. 17, 18, or 19. They will be used for table decorations! We also need ten volunteers AFTER lunch on Sunday Nov. 19, to help clean the kitchen and put away tables and chairs. If you are able to help, please contact John Tanaka or Rev. David Ko through the church office.
Everyone is invited to our annual Thanksgiving Potluck lunch where we will come as grateful people to give thanks to God for all God’s blessings.
Your generous giving to our church’s Share Our Substance (S.O.S) Fund has enabled Wesley to reach out to the needs of thousands of people who are trying to survive on a daily basis at St. James Park, Winter Faith Collaborative Shelters, Village House, Women’s Gathering places, Cityteam, Casa de Clara, and other places.
Our guest speakers will be Fumi Tosu from Casa de Clara and Scott Pernice from Cityteam. During Sunday worship service, Fumi and Scott will share their transformational ministries for those experiencing homelessness in San Jose. It will be a joint worship service and Q&A session will be followed at the luncheon.
Please help us to be green by bringing your non-Styrofoam plates and utensils.
If you are able, please bring to share your favorite potluck main dish or salad for ten people. Com(e)Passion team will coordinate the program and Missions Committee will provide pumpkin pie for dessert. Thank you.
This year Wesley offers two Advent studies. One study is “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph” by Adam Hamilton. Joseph's place in the nativity story is often overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph's story is much like our own. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Another Advent study is “Journey to the Manger” by Paula Gooder. This book explores the New Testament’s various accounts of the birth of Jesus: their origins in Old Testament prophecies, the genealogies, the angelic announcements, the journeys and arrivals, and the aftermath of Jesus’ birth for the powerful and the poor alike. The Advent study will start from November 25th in various locations. Sign-ups are available in the fellowship hall.
Because of Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December there will be no monthly meeting on the last Tuesday. But check the church calendar in December for the annual Christmas potluck.
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!
Potluck Dinner * Ornament Making * Singing * Fellowship * Ho-Ho-Ho!
Please join us for a fun and festive evening of fellowship as we make ornaments for our Wesley Christmas trees.
Please bring your favorite potluck dish for ten to share.
The Wesley Ukulele Band will perform Christmas carols and Santa will make an appearance!!
Sarah Circle, United Methodist Women’s Group, will have its Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 6, 11:30am, in the Fellowship Hall. We’re ordering obento. Cost is $15.00.
All women at Wesley are invited to join us. Please RSVP by Nov. 26 to Diane Okusako or Doris Tabuchi or see us at church on Sundays.
God’s Garden Children have begun practicing for the Christmas program message to be shared at worship service on Sunday, December 10. “It Started with the Shepherds” is another Mark Teagle original! Hear the story how the birth of Jesus is spread around the world!
The Advent season is quickly approaching, we hope this will be the year you are impressed by the many ways the birth of Christ is depicted with a crèche walk, immediately following our worship service. “What is a crèche walk,” you ask? It is a time to reflect and ground our spirit on the true meaning of Christmas. Everyone is invited to “walk” and browse the display of beauty, diversity & the artistic creativity of the different expressions & magical scenes of the nativity. This meditative walk will help prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christmas.
Come! Share your Creche! Do you have a Nativity scene? A crèche tucked away amongst all of your stored Christmas stuff? This is an opportunity to display your personally owned nativity sets with others for our church’s Creche Walk on Dec. 10. We encourage everyone to share their crèche sets and collections of all kinds because we know they’re out there. It will be a wondrous time to see the various Nativity scenes that turned your head and made you create, build, or buy it. This way, everyone becomes aware of the Christmas expression that moved you spiritually or just brought a smile to your children and warmed your home. Sign up on Nov. 26 & Dec. 3 after the Sunday worship service. The drop-off and set-up of your Creches will take place Saturday Dec. 9. from 10 am to 3 pm. We can receive them at the church office the week prior to the “walk,” but be mindful that we have limited space at the church to both store and provide protection for these precious and personal scenes. Contact Barbara Hiura at <email@example.com> with questions.
This advent season a crèche walk is on the calendar for December 10 immediately following worship. What is a crèche walk? It is a time to reflect and ground our spirit on the true meaning of Christmas. Everyone is invited to “walk” and browse the display of the beauty and diversity of different expressions and magical scenes of the nativity. This meditative walk will help prepare our hearts and focus for the celebration of Christmas.
Everyone is invited to display any personally owned nativity sets! So here is your early reminder…. to locate the box that has your nativity set tucked away! We encourage
Set up will be on Saturday, December 9. More details to follow.
Wesley Men, mark your calendars now to attend the 3rd WUMC Men’s Getaway that will be held at the Koinonia Conference Grounds in Watsonville on Saturday February 3rd, 2018. This year’s theme will be “The Good Life.” It will be an incredible opportunity to get to know and hang out with other Wesley men for a day, have great discussions, enjoy some fun activities, and share meals together. Sign-ups will begin in mid-December so keep an eye out for more details. If you have any questions please contact Wayne Kamiya at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Yu-Ai Kai will hold A Mardi Gras Celebration, celebrating the Yu-Ai Kai 44th Anniversary at the San Jose Buddhist Church Annex
Please join us in support of Yu-Ai Kai's invaluable work for our community seniors. New Orleans Buffet Dinner with our popular Homemade Dessert Bar, and special entertainment by the Wesley Jazz Ensemble.
Online ticket sales at <www.yuaikai-mardigras.eventbrite.com> begins Dec.1. $55/person ($65 after Jan.19); tables of 8 are $400 (until Jan.19). Information 408/294-2505.
"Doors Open", the LGBTQ-themed musical-comedy by our own Mark Teagle, is coming back to Wesley. And you can be part of it. Performances have been set for Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, 2018 at Wesley as part of our "Reconciling Weekend". We will also be taking the show on the road to other churches about once a month for the next six months as part of this production.
Interested? We need actors/singers, sound and lighting techs, stagehands, publicity, and more. Come to the production meeting on Sunday, November 26 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm here at Wesley. Or contact writer/director Mark Teagle at <email@example.com>.
It has become an annual tradition at Wesley UMC to hold a special worship service before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to remember loved ones as we head into these seasons. We realize that for many people, the loss of loved ones (whether most recent or years ago) so often colors these seasons with a touch of deep longing and sadness. This service is held and planned and supported by our pastoral staff and our Stephen Ministry at Wesley UMC to provide opportunity to recognize those whose lives and love continue to leave a lasting imprint on our lives, to offer comfort and hope amidst sadness during these seasons, and provide time to celebrate and give thanks to God for these persons whose love has so wonderfully blessed our lives.
In preparation for this service we invite you to bring photos of your loved ones in photo frames of 8”x10” or smaller to display near the altar area. We will light a candle for each loved one we wish to remember. We will also enable folks to write down burdens they face and place them on the altar as we bring our brokeness to God. The liturgy, message, music and singing we hope will bring you a sense of God’s presence and peace that will sustain you through the holidays. Please come and please invite others to join us who may especially be needful of the healing and grace this service might provide for them. Contact Rev. David Ko if you have any questions about the service.
You are invited to participate! Required by our United Methodist Discipline, every local United Methodist Church must hold an annual Charge Conference to gather members and constituents of each church to receive reports from every aspect of the church’s ministry over the past year, hear plans and projections for the upcoming year and beyond, inspire common vision and hopes for ministry, approve staff compensations and overall budget of the church among much else that requires the entire congregation to give input on important decisions of the church.
This year our newly appointed District Superintendent of our El Camino Real District Rev. Shinya Goto will preside over our Charge Conference on Saturday November 11, 2017. District Superintendent Goto requests that in addition to the Charge Conference itself that it be preceded with a closed meeting between the Staff-Parish Relations Commmittee (SPRC) and the D.S. and a after Charge Conference meeting with the Senior pastor.
Therefore, our schedule on Saturday November 11th will be as follows:
6:15pm SPRC Meeting with D.S.
7:00pm Charge Conference
8:00pm Senior pastor meeting with D.S.
Please make plans to attend our annual Charge Conference on Saturday November 11th and thank you for helping to make this ministry of Wesley UMC that God has called us to be a great expression God’s love and grace!
Did you know your church is part of the City Circuit group that consists of eight different churches in the downtown San Jose area? City Circuit invites you to a rare opportunity to meet with other United Methodists in our circuit. Please join our first circuit gathering at Wesley United Methodist Church (566 N. 5th St. San Jose 95112) on November 8th at 7 pm! The City Circuit will provide dinner.
After dinner, we will engage in small group conversations about how we are all impacted by housing challenges and what steps we can take to create a valley where everyone can thrive. “On The Table,” sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and PACT (People Acting in Community Together), will facilitate our conversation. The SV Community Foundation will survey participants for a report about the concerns and solutions raised. The report will be made public and used for grant making and policy decisions in our area. For more information about the City Circuit Gathering, contact Rev. David Ko (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you want to know more about the On The Table discussion, please contact Carol Stephenson (email@example.com or 408-480-4367).
You are invited to attend our Annual All-Church Planning Meeting on Saturday November 4th from 8:30am-12noon. We will begin with breakfast in the Fellowship Hall then move into our morning session at 9am.
We will engage in conversation about the current state of our church’s ministry, staffing, vision and hopes for the future of Wesley UMC. Your input and participation is greatly valued.
Please RSVP to Rev. Keith at <KInouye27@aol.com> or call the office 408/295-0367 to let us know that you are planning to attend. This will help us know how much printed materials and how many small group facilitators are needed, and how much food to prepare. Thank you!
We will end our gathering before 12noon. Please come!
Day of the Dead Service Thursday, Nov 2nd at 7:00 pm -- San Jose First will be hosting a Day of the Dead service. This service is for prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died. Doors open at 6:00 pm: you are invited to bring photos of friends or family members who have passed, candles and flowers to create a mini-altar. There will be a party/reception following the service.
By Rev. Keith Inouye
This coming October 8th begins our combined Stewardship AND Capital Campaigns as we present to our congregation the projected needs to support the total ministry of our church. This approach is a change from how we have handled both campaigns in the past which has previously been presented to the congregation at different times as opposed to being held simultaneously.
Most importantly we want all who are a part of the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church to understand that support for both campaigns are so very vitally important. The decrease in support for either areas of need will mean an inability to maintain and enhance our ministry. With your support and generosity, it is our hope to keep our ministry moving forward toward growth.
What are the differences between these two campaigns and what do they provide funding for?
Stewardship Campaign (Ministry)
The Stewardship Campaign provides monetary support for our GENERAL FUND (Operations). This has always been an annual campaign wherein church members and friends are invited to make their pledge commitment for the upcoming year (either weekly, monthly or annual pledge).
Our “pledged” or “promised” giving enables our leadership to evaluate and project what we can do in ministry for the upcoming year. Receiving these donations helps us to budget for areas of ministry such as staffing (pastoral compensations including housing and health insurance), programming, materials and equipment for ministries and committee work, pay for utilities expenses and building repairs and maintenance, communications, and so much more that covers the day-to-day and month-to-month workings of the church.
Capital Campaign (Building)
The Capital Campaign provides monetary support for both our Property Acquisition debt AND plans for our Education building renovation and children’s play yard & garden. In addition, we plan to ready our church facilities for the establishment of a Preschool program which necessitates making some building modifications on our Education Building (classroom wall reconfigurations, adding doors to the backside of the education building, and additional restrooms required for the preschool), and the creation of a playground/garden area to be created on the west portion of the Northside 6th Street parking lot.) Please note however that we do not assume that this total debt will be alleviated in one year’s time but that the annual Capital Campaign funds received will address the debt over the next five years or sooner.
An annual renewal of our Capital Campaign commitment however enables new members and friends to begin pledging to the Capital Campaign more immediately rather than wait until the next Capital Campaign begins. With the growth in membership that we have been experiencing over these last five years, we believe that this is a more constructive way to enable any and all to begin contributing to the property acquisition debt and the future visioning of our church with regards to improvements to our facilities.
Why run these two Campaigns simultaneously?
We felt that presenting both funding needs at the same time would help everyone to better manage and plan their financial giving to the church for 2018. We also felt that it would be less labor intensive on the leadership of our church as our leadership is spared constructing two separate campaigns. Perhaps our biggest worry however is that many in our congregation might lessen their giving in one area in order to more greatly support the other. We are hoping, trusting, and praying however that everyone who is currently giving will either maintain or increase their giving to both and that this approach would be appreciated and prove successful.
Stewardship Campaign & Capital Campaign Schedule
Sunday October 8 LAUNCH: Stewardship Campaign & Capital Campaign
Campaign continues through to November 5.
Sunday November 5: Pledge Dedication (Pony Express Packets & Pledge Commitment envelopes dedicated during worship)
Thank you for your support and consideration of our church’s ministry! Please keep watchful of future information on our Stewardship and Capital Campaigns.