to Apr 25

Two Opportunities to Help Those in Need


Wesley Men's group are leading two events:

April 11  cook & serve meal for homeless

Cook in our kitchen; serve at Grace Baptist Church and Casa de Clara. Contact Wayne Kuwada through the church office if you have questions or would like to help.

April 25 Second Harvest Food Bank

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Sorting food at Second Harvest is tentatively scheduled for April 25. Contact Wayne if you want to help in this service project.

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1:00 PM13:00

CROP Hunger Walk



We don’t usually think about when or where our next meal will come. We also are fortunate that we have homes to sleep in peace and safety every night.  Millions around the world cannot say the same. They have to walk to survive hoping to find water, food, wood for cooking, and shelter.

Church World Service organizes hundreds of local CROP Walks to end hunger in areas devastated by war, famine, or disease. Second Harvest Food Bank and Sacred Heart Community Services will share 25% of the donations.

You can make a difference. Join your neighbors on Sunday, April 22 at 1:00 as we gather together in the beautiful Rose Garden area for a one to three mile walk, stroll, or jog.

Please visit our Missions Info table Sunday April 15 and 22 to sign up to walk, sponsor, or both.  This is a great group or family event.  

You’ll feel great knowing you cared and saved a life.

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to Apr 29

Nikkei Matsuri A festive Japantown community event

Your help is needed in the church food booths.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall, or contact George Martines through the church office

Saturday April 28  8am - 1pm
Prepare yakisoba. Bring headcover, apron, knife

Sunday. April 29 
7:30am - Set-up
    Booth shift - 9:15am- 11:30am
    Booth shift - 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Booth shift - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    4 - 5:30pm - Clean-up

Our own Wesley Jazz Ensemble will perform at 1:15 on the Entertainment Stage!

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8:00 AM08:00

All-Church Clean-up Day!

Come to help make our church an inviting place of worship, as we wax pews and chancel furniture, polish floors, clean tables and chairs so our Sunday School classrooms are good places to teach our children, and clean and straighten our kitchen cupboards. 8am to 2pm Saturday May 5, including a hamburger lunch with all the trimmings and grilled to perfection.

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8:30 AM08:30

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.


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to Jul 27

Zephyr Pt. Lake Tahoe Fellowship Retreat

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The 39th NCJCCF Lake Tahoe Fellowship (LTF) Retreat will again be held at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, July 23-27.   It is a scenic and peaceful lake side location ideal for relaxation and spiritual renewal. Last year, we had 49 attendees and we anticipate more this year!

This years guest speaker will be Rev. John Oda.  Rev. Oda is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and currently the pastor at Lake Park United Methodist Church in Oakland California.  He holds a Masters of Social Work from University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  

He is currently serving on the National Board of PFLAG (formerly known as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).  He is a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry in the California Nevada Annual Conference, the current Chair of the National Japanese American United Methodist Clergy Caucus, Circuit Leader for the AO Circuit and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of PFLAG. 

The theme for 2018 LTF will be “Planted by God.”  As a novice gardener, Rev. Oda has always loved to plant vegetables in the summer. Seeing his garden grow reminds him so much about one’s spiritual life - the need for good soil to start a good garden, the importance of strong roots, keeping the weeds at bay and harvesting the fruit.

Registration deadline is March 16, 2018. 

Join us! Contact Jim Mar through the church office.

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to Oct 30

2018 VIM Mexico Mission Trip October 22 - 30


Bienvenidos!  Welcome!

ALL are welcome and invited to join our VIM Mexico Mission team for this year!  If you are interested or just curious, please contact Mona Otomori through the church office or talk to any of the past participants for information. We are happy to share our experiences!  

This year we will again be in the Puebla area of Mexico, in the town of Cholula. This is the “town of 365 churches, one for every day of the year!”  We will be helping a small community start building their mission church at a location which they have already acquired.  

Team members pay their own airfare plus a $500 contribution which pays for all lodging, meals and local transportation. Scholarships are available from the VIM Fund, we feel strongly that cost should not be the deterrent from fulfilling your dream to go on mission.

Save these dates for the Mexico mission trip:  

October 22 - 30, 2018!

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5:30 PM17:30

Hoe Down for Missions

Calling all you city slickers to one great evening of BBQ ribs and chicken, line dancing, and country music. 

Ted, Tina, Ichiro, and Darryl will kick off the evening with familiar country and campfire songs. Our featured entertainment will be line dancing for everyone to try, especially beginners, led by Amy Kaneshiro, Janice Noda, and Flo Onishi.  Remember, when you take one step forward and two steps back, you’re line dancing! 

Enter our western dress costume contest for some great prizes. Try your hand at lassoing a horse (fake).  Games for the kids too! 

Git yer tickets at church Sunday April 15 or see Doris Tabuchi:
Young'uns under 6: free;  Youth (6-10): $10;   Cowboys&Cowgirls: $25

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10:00 AM10:00

Hands of Grace Card-Making Workshop

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Hello Hands of Grace!

We hope you are looking forward to another year of creating hand crafts to sell at Aki Matsuri. Our kickoff session for 2018 is Tuesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

It’s an all-time favorite: making various types of greeting cards with washi and origami paper!

Please bring any of these items if you are able: scissors, glue stick, tape (regular and/or double sided).

All crafters – first-timers to seasoned veterans – are welcome. Feel free to forward this message to or invite friends.

Bring a sack lunch and beverage.

Hope to see you there!

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