Dear newcomers and long time participants of Wesley UMC,We certainly hope that you have felt the hospitality of the church and that Wesley United Methodist Church feels like you are home.
We are always wanting to encourage all to continue to grow in their relationship to God in Jesus Christ and in their service and witness to the larger community and world. For this reason, we offer classes to help any and all to further their understanding of the Christian faith and explore what it means to be a committed member of the church.
In our classes we explore such matters as; the basics of our Christian faith, how the bible came to be, who is Jesus, how the church was formed, the history of the United Methodist Church and how Methodism began. We also explore the meaning of the sacraments (Holy Communion and Baptism), what are the privileges and expectations of us when we become a member of the church. We explain what Christian stewardship and discipleship mean. We share about the structure of our church and its various committees and ministries to help participants to understand the scope of our ministry, and our mission statement and core values.
Through our sessions, we get to know each other as we share about our personal journeys and the hopes we have for the church. We try to help participants explore where their interests, talents and gifts might best be shared.
During our last session together we invite church leaders to meet participants of the class. These church leaders share about their own participation in the church and the roles and responsibilities that they help to oversee in the church.
The Membership/Intro to the Church class is truly a welcome opportunity to go deeper into the life of the church; a place to grow and learn.
Please mark your calendars: Our next class sessions will take place on the following dates:
TUESDAYS: July 10, 24, 31 & August 7 (7:00pm-8:45pm)
If you are interested in signing up for the class, please contact the church office to RSVP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 295-0367.
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.
The Annual Wesley UMC Benefit Golf Tournament is fast approaching.
Wesley United Methodist Church of San Jose is now in its second century of Christian ministry, actively serving and ministering to our greater community, and drawing people from all parts of the Santa Clara Valley.
Your support of our Golf Tournament will enable the Wesley Missions Committee to continue supporting our global missions work, the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, Reconciling Ministries, and Com(e)Passion Ministry helping the homeless, immigrants, and Grant Elementary School. In addition, the Golf Tournament Silent Auction will benefit Volunteers in Mission (VIM) work trips, and Kids Camp Vacation Bible School.
The Wesley UMC Golf Committee thanks all tournament participants and all our community suypporters for making this annual tournament a very exciting and successful event.
* Limited to the first 100 paid golfers.
* Separate flights for women and men.
* Foursome requests accepted.
* Sign-Up deadline: July 30, 20
Get ready! It's our annual All-Church Camp!
Come join us for fun in the sun, activities for all ages. Enjoy: Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Swimming, Horseback Riding, Singing, Roasting marshmallows, Fellowship, Flush Toilets, Crafts for all, Campfire, Games.
You can do everything or nothing at all - juuuust relax and enjoy Mother Nature. Delicious meals prepared by the camp staff in the Chow Hall.
Lodging: Tent cabins on wooden platforms. Heated motel-like rooms for seniors. Tiled bathrooms with hot water, showers.
Total cost/person under 2: Free
Pre-School (2-4 yrs): $90
Youth (5-12 yrs): $115
Teen (13-18 yrs): $150
College (19+ yrs): $200
Sign up now with John Ng through the church office. Registration form can be downloaded here and returned to John or the church office.
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!
June 18 class postponed! Sorry for the late notice. Will reschedule.
Join us as we create interesting and beautiful items for the Crafts booth at our annual Aki Matsuri church fellowship and fundraiser bazaar
Fellowship Hall, 10am - 2pm. Bring your lunch & drink & join us!
CANCELLED-Monday, June 18 * Machine-sewing, zipper pouch & shoulder strap cover
New item this year: a removable cover for purse shoulder straps, padded for comfort! We will also make zipper pouches from a variety of beautiful kimono and obi fabrics. Please bring sewing scissors, and portable sewing machine if you are able, all other equipment and materials are provided.
Tues 10 (off-site): Ribbon lei-making Beautiful ribbon leis! This is beginner level hand sewing, Please bring thread scissors, all other materials will be provided.
Mon 23 Card-making Please join us for making greeting cards, our #1 best seller at Aki Matsuri! Not required, but please bring any of the following if you have them: scissors, glue stick, double-sided and regular tape, pressed flowers, origami/washi paper. All necessary materials are provided.
Thurs 02: Machine-sewing, hachimaki kitchen bonnet A new pattern for Hands of Grace! We will make this adorable “bonnet” from Asian fabrics, perfect for wearing in the kitchen and when working with food. Please bring sewing scissors, and portable sewing machine if you are able, all other equipment and materials are provided.
Wed 08: Card-making Please join us for making greeting cards, our #1 best seller at Aki Matsuri! Not required, but please bring any of the following if you have them: scissors, glue stick, double-sided and regular tape, pressed flowers, origami/washi paper. All necessary materials are provided.
Thurs 16: Machine-sewing shibori pillows We will now make use of the shibori panels we hand-dyed at the May workshop! Your beautiful creations will become simple to make pillow covers to sell at Aki Matsuri. Please bring sewing scissors, and portable sewing machine if you are able, all other equipment and materials are provided.
Tues 04: Machine-sewing, hanging towel The hanging towel was sold out as a new item last year! We will make more of this Asian-themed hanging towel, perhaps with a new design on top. Please bring sewing scissors, and portable sewing machine if you are able, all other equipment and materials are provided.
Wed 12: Hand-sewing, felt ornaments/kanzashi flowers Join us for some easy and relaxing hand sewing. We will try some new kanzashi flowers using Asian fabrics, as well a new Asian-inspired Christmas ornament made from felt fabrics. Please bring sewing scissors and sewing needles if you have them.
Tues 18: “Odds 'n' Ends” This is our chance to finish up all of those not-quite-done projects from the workshops this year. Bring all items you have taken home to work on, both completed and unfinished. Please let Mona know if you need any particular materials for your project. We will have card-making supplies at the workshop.
Wed 26: Takuan-making Help us in making another big seller! Please bring one daikon to donate, a kitchen knife, cutting board, peeler and slicer if you have them. Please contact Yumi or Mona if you can join us, lunch will be provided as our thank-you for all of your participation this year!
For questions, please contact Mona Otomori or Yumi Haraguchi through the church office..
We hope to see you at any or all of our workshops as we build our inventory of Aki Matsuri handcrafts!