to Apr 19

Helping during Lent

Flowering of the Cross

We continue the Easter Sunday tradition of the “Flowering of the Cross.” You are invited to bring fresh cut flowers on Easter Sunday morning before 9am.  This year those attending worship will be able to help mount the flowers on our wire cross which will be overlaid onto our large wooden cross in the Sanctuary during the worship service. 

What flowers work best? Roses, carnations, daisies, or any flowers with stems at least 5 inches long and about 1/4 inch thick. Calla lilies and other flowers with large heads are difficult to stick into the wire mesh. Thank you for your flower donations!

Ongoing Small Groups and Bible Studies

Many have been involved in small groups and Bible studies during Lent. But did you know that several of these groups will continue long after Easter?  It’s a great way to grow in your faith and get closer to God. We’re even looking to start some new small groups going forward. 

For help in finding the right Small Group or Bible Study for you, contact Mark Teagle, Director of Spiritual Formation at <>.

Wanted: Easter breakfast cooks

It's tradition that MYF and CAF Dads help with Easter Breakfast preparation, cooking, and kitchen clean-up. Come join the fun! Contact MYF Director Carl Miya  <> to say you can help. Wesley youth groups thank you.

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Our CAF middle school youth organize the Easter Egg Hunt for the younger children. Please help by donating individually-wrapped candies and plastic eggs. Please bring to the marked basket in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, April 7. Thank you!

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to Apr 21

Holy Week at Wesley Church

Speaking on behalf of our ministerial staff, we hope that this Lenten Season is truly an opportunity for all of us to pause, be renew in faith, and drawn into the narrative of Jesus’ journey to the cross which gives life and meaning to our own spiritual journeys. 

Through our Lenten season worship services, our Lenten studies, and your own personal devotional time and commitments we pray that you are touched by God’s grace in the very best ways.

Please remember that we have some very meaningful services forthcoming as we move through Lent and Holy Week to experience the joy of Easter. We encourage you to come and tend to your spiritual wellness. Please join us for the following worship services:

Palm Sunday  April 14th at 10am

Along with our remembrance of Jesus’ triumphant entry in Jerusalem and the beginning of his painful week before his crucifixion, this year’s Palm Sunday service will include a rededication of our commitment as a “reconciling” United Methodist Church that promotes welcome and inclusion of our LGBTQIA persons. We feel this is an important reaffirmation to remember and uphold in light of the recent decision made at the Special General Conference of the UMC in February 2019.

Good Friday Services  April 19th at 7pm

The Good Friday services remember the final days of Jesus’ earthly life; the trial and crucifixion. It is a service that helps us to fathom the depth of God’s love as expressed through the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ. It is often said by many to be one of the most powerful services experienced.

Easter Sunday Services   April 21st

• Sunrise Service at Oak Hill Cemetery from 7:00am-7:30am

• Easter Sunday Services at Wesley UMC at 10am  

(Japanese language service in the Chapel and English language Service in the Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall)

Other Easter Events

Please also note that our Annual Easter Breakfast takes place Sunday morning beginning at 7:30am through 9:15am. And our Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children takes place on Easter Sunday. Meet in the church patio with your Easter basket at 11:30am. The Easter Egg Hunt is 11:45am - 12:30pm at the Issei Memorial Building backyard across the street from Wesley UMC.

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1:00 PM13:00

HUNGER WALK - Walk, Donate, Save a Life


Everyday in developing countries, thousands walk miles for water, food, and wood for cooking. In San Jose hundreds of our neighbors walk to soup kitchens, parks, and shelters for perhaps their only meal for the day.

After 45 years of walking in solidarity around the Rose Garden, the Bay Area CROP Walk was cancelled for this year. Many churches and groups were saddened but still committed to end hunger “one step at a time”.

Wesley has been invited by Almaden Hills UMC (Rev. Mariellen Sawada’s church) to join them on Sunday, April 28 at 1:00. to enjoy the sights and sounds near Almaden Expressway and Blossom Hill Road. Walkers will be treated to root beer floats after their walk.

Yes, the Walk will be different. but we remember it is the SAME spirit and commandments of Jesus to care for the needy, feed the poor, and to walk humbly with God.

Please visit the Missions Committee sign-up table on April 14 and 28 if you would like to walk or be a sponsor (any amount). Proceeds will sent to Church World Service (CWS), Sacred Heart Community Service, or Second Harvest Food Bank. CWS sends tons of food, medical supplies, and educators to countries devastated by disease, famine, or war.

This is a great group or family event. You’ll feel great knowing you cared and saved a life.

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10:00 AM10:00

Nikkei Matsuri

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Please sign up to help our Wesley Church booth! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall, or contact George Martines through the church office

Church Fundraising Food Booth
Saturday May 4 - 8am-Noon - Prepare Yakisoba. Bring headcover, apron, knife
Sunday May 5 - 7:30am Set-up
- 10am-4pm- Booth Shifts for Stir-Frying, Cashier, Serving
- 4pm-5pm - Clean-up

Our own Wesley Jazz Ensemble will perform at 1:45pm on the Entertainment Stage!

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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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to Aug 2

Rev. Derek Nakano appointed SeaTac Missional District Superintendent


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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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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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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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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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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