All workshops: Fellowship Hall, 10am to 2pm (setup 9:30, cleanup 2:30).
All items made at Hands of Grace workshops will be held to be sold at Aki Matsuri. 99% of all crafting materials are donated. Proceeds from Hands of Grace sales go to Wesley UMC general fund for the operating budget. NO experience necessary, ALL are welcome! Please bring a sack lunch and beverage. Contact Yumi and/or Mona through the church office (408) 295-0367 Thank you for your participation! (Please understand that Saturday dates may be pre-empted by funerals and weddings.)
Wed. Sept 04 Yumi & Mona (leaders)
Paper crafts: Card-making, all types. Equipment provided: cardstock, washi & origami paper, iris card templates, scissors, glue sticks, double-sided tape, paper cutters, misc. supplies
PLEASE BRING if you can: scissors, glue stick, double-sided tape, regular tape
Sun. Sept 15 – Special all-church pre-Aki Matsuri activity day!
A variety of activities to choose from, we will have one available that day. Yumi and Mona (leaders). Paper crafts: calendar covers, luggage tags & credit card holders. ALL supplies will be provided
Lunch for volunteers will be prepared by Aki Matsuri committee
Tues. Sept 17 Yumi (leader)
Cooking: takuan-making, lunch provided. Equipment provided: glass jars, labels, cutting board, knife. PLEASE BRING if you can: cutting board, knife, mandoline (slicer), apron, head cover
Sat. Sept 28 Yumi and Mona (leaders)
Odds ‘n Ends: work on a variety of projects to finish up for Aki Matsuri . Card-making, hand-sewing. Equipment provided: cardstock, washi & origami paper, iris card templates, scissors, glue sticks, double-sided tape, paper cutters, misc. supplies, thread, needles. PLEASE BRING if you can: scissors, glue stick, double-sided tape, regular tape, thread scissors
BRING IN ALL homework projects, whether finished or incomplete.
A new production of Doors Open, the LGBTQ-themed musical comedy by our own Mark Teagle, is slated for 5 performances this summer including one here at Wesley. Plan to come to at least one! We have some familiar faces and some new ones in the show this year. Posters are available at the Information and Sign-up Table in the Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, August 24 at 7pm - Los Gatos UMC
Saturday, September 7 at 7pm - First UMC in Sacramento
Wesley volunteers have developed a special relationship with their students at Grant Elementary School throughout the years.
Some of our volunteers have worked with their students for over three and one-half years. We celebrated three graduations this year. The 2018-2019 school year was very successful for our students and volunteers. Every child in the program showed improvement. We have two students who are at the top of their grade level. There are so many more students that need assistance. This is an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. Volunteer opportunities are available for reading focused students both weekly and as a substitute. Training and mentorship is provided. Please contact Mary Leano <email@example.com> to discuss this wonderful opportunity.
Here are some important dates for the children of Wesley!
Last day of Summer JAM (Aug.11) Sunday, August 11 marks the end of our Kids Church summer format. The children have been talking and learning about ways they can grow in Godly character; to grow into the persons that God calls us to be.
Family Worship (August 18-September 1) The children will be invited to worship with their families from August 18-September 1 (three Sundays) There will be a children’s message and activities to keep little hands busy during the service! (ie: puzzles, brain games, and mini etch-a-sketch activities. Please return all of these activities back to the baskets at the end of service. We are missing several activities that must have accidentally gone home.
Rally Sunday! September 8 Summer is coming to a close and many of our children are getting ready to go back to school. Rally Sunday (September 8) kicks off a new God’s Garden School year! Please mark this date on your calendar so you will not miss the festivities, introduction to your classes and time to see and meet new friends!
Everyone is invited to attend the UMW (United Methodist Women) Program and Salad Potluck on Sunday, August 25, at 11:30am, as we celebrate 150 years of the National UMW.
Come and hear Betty Spencer Dickey as she share workable ideas that encourage all of us to be good stewards of our planet earth. Bring a salad to share for this time of celebration and fellowship.
Let's learn ways to move away from being part of the problem and move towards being part of the solution!
Questions? Contact Mary Horio through the church office.
Time is running out for you to sign up for the All-Church Camp! Save the dates (August 30 - September 2). If you have any questions, drop by the Information Table in the Fellowship Hall and talk to John Ng. Registration forms can be downloaded HERE!
We are in need of cooking teams starting September 4 for the rest of the calendar year to cook 13 meals for Casa de Clara and 26 meals for Grace Solutions on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
If you are interested you can sign up at ttsu.me/casagracethroughdec.2019
Please contact Mary Leano with any questions.
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry!
Starting September 4
Come for a delicious bowl of great soup, some great fellowship, and discussion of some great books.
Sessions start September 4. Books will be provided. RSVP to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
“A New Kind of Christian” Beginning Wednesday 6pm, Sept 4
Dan Poole was burnt out. He secretly was considering leaving the ministry. His faith no longer made sense to him the way it had when he was new to the ministry. Enter his new friend Neil Edward Oliver (or “NEO”), a teacher at his daughter’s school. Soon Dan and Neo are hav- ing deep conversations about life and faith and new ways of looking at Christianity.
Author Brian McLaren tackles the subject of Post-Modern Christianity, not with a theological treatise, but with a story of two friends on a journey together. They laugh, they cry, they wrestle with what it means to be people of faith in this Post-Modern era in his book “A New Kind of Christian”.
You are invited to join the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals run every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:45 pm in the Sanctuary. Come have fun with one of the greatest groups in the whole church! Get a chance to be part of something greater than yourself as we come together to make beautiful music.
Contact Mark Teagle <email@example.com>.
On Sunday, September 15, following a shortened worship service, folks will be invited to join one of several breakout areas!
Each will be an activity that will help us prepare for Aki Matsuri:
-opportunities for teaching and learning to make a cultural dish (that we will eat for lunch)
-a craft to make for Hands of Grace
-preparing event brochures
and so much more!
This time of work will be couched in the spirit of multigenerational fellowship and fun! More details will follow and a sign-up sheet will be available soon.
Immediately following the NJAUMC Annual Clergy Retreat in Torrance, CA will be a special Lay & Clergy Convocation to be held on the weekend of October 18-20.
During the Lay & Clergy Convocation we will have opportunities for workshops and conversations on ministry in our NJAUMC connection, worshipping together, fellowship time, and very importantly, an opportunity to honor our three Japanese American United Methodist Bishops: Retired Bishop Roy I. Sano and currently active Bishop Grant Hagiya (CA Pacific Annual Conference) and Bob Hoshibata (Phoenix Area Desert Southwest Conference). A special dinner event will be held on the evening of Saturday, October 19th for this purpose.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
If you plan to attend, please contact Rev. Keith or Viki Inouye. More information and registration forms will be forthcoming from our NJAUMCaucus regarding hotel, travel costs , and programming. Let’s have a great turn-out from Wesley UMC San Jose!
What will the next chapter of Aki look like? Each has been written through the vision, leadership and cooperative strength of our entire church family. We are now an “historical Japanese church” with a congregation that has grown in the richness of diversity and multiple generations! This is something to celebrate! Roots anchor our foundation, store our history and allow new sprouts to grow upward and outward in new directions. How will our Aki story continue? Do you have a new idea to bring to Aki?
If so, please contact Viki Inouye 408/355-0836 or Shelley Nakashima through the church office.
Be a part of the Aki Conversation! Our next planning meeting will be:
Aki Matsuri Planning Gathering
Tuesday, August 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Chapel)
Join the Immigrant Accompaniment Team from Wesley and St. Paul’s UMCs this Sunday at 12:30 pm in the Chapel. The team is being formed to support and partner with immigrant individuals/families, including:
a) personal support / pastoral care;
b) practical and financial support;
c) accompaniment to ICE meetings and court hearings so that no one stands alone;
d) helping families navigate through service providers:
e) help them tell their stories publicly for deportation defense and building our movement to stop mass deportation
This support is needed for individuals/families living in their own homes, staying in sanctuary/refuge congregations, and in ICE detention. We will talk about team roles and responsibilities and an action plan going forward. We will be working with PACT Organizer Jesus Ruiz.
Wesley Church is forming a volunteer Emergency Response Team (ERT). The purpose is to be prepared during an emergency. We are spurred into action by the small fire in the Sanctuary last June during worship service.
Please consider volunteering. Please attend an information and training meeting on Sunday, August 11. For questions, please contact Board of Trustees chair Tomoko Tanaka through the church office.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Wesley Church partners with Grant Elementary School throughout the school year with the Grant Tutoring Program. Continuing that connection, Com(e)Passion Ministry will collect school supplies to donate for the upcoming school year. We need the following items:
* Elmer’s glue sticks
* Elmer’s liquid glue - white
* Dry erase markers - black
* Highlighters - pink, green, yellow
* Yellow #2 pencils
* Blue pens - ballpoint
* Monetary donations (please make checks payable to "Wesley UMC" with memo line "Grant School Supplies").
Donations can be made in the Fellowship Hall July 1 - 31. If you have any questions, contact Clarissa Johnston through the church office.
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!