to Sep 30

Aki Matsuri Needs Your Silent Auction Donations

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The Silent Auction is one of our main attractions and here is where you or a church committee you belong to can really make a difference. It could be just a single item or maybe a basket. It can be goods or services (make a meal, baby sitting, yard cleaning, etc.). Please consider making a donation to our Silent Auction. We make a difference because all proceeds will benefit Wesley’s outreach programs. Bring your donation to the church office by Sunday, October 1. Email Kelli Martines if you would like to help or donate through the church office.

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to Oct 2

Craft Workshops

Please join us in the Fellowship Hall, 10am-2pm as we make handcrafts to sell at Aki Matsuri.  Please bring  your sack lunch and drink. 

Wednesday, Sept. 20:  Machine sewing:  By this time, all sashiko panels should be completed and turned in.  At this workshop, we will turn those panels into tote bags utilizing coordinating Japanese/Asian print fabrics.  ALL are invited to come and learn a simple tote bag pattern, no experience needed!!!  Please bring fabric scissors and sewing machine if you have them.

Wednesday, Sept. 27:  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!

Friday, Sept. 29:  Greeting cards:  Iris-folding and padded cards using beautiful Japanese papers will be our focus for this workshop.  Everyone is encouraged to come, these cards are easy to learn!  Please bring glue stick, scotch tape and paper scissors if you have them.  

Monday, Oct. 2:  “Odds n Ends”:  Last workshop before Aki Matsuri!  We will have a variety of supplies, choose your favorite craft to work on.  All are invited.  Here’s your chance to come and learn a craft that you’ve been wanting to try.  Please bring glue stick, scotch tape and scissors if you are able.

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Make Yaki Manju


Come help make manju for Aki Matsuri on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 starting at 9am (or early birds from 8am).  Stay as long as you can until we are done, hopefully not later than 4pm.  Even an hour will help.  No experience needed. Morning snacks and lunch provided.  Please sign up and indicate hours you can help.  Questions?  Contact Miriam T

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Aki Matsuri!!!


It’s September and you know what that means? It’s time to CELEBRATE!  Come celebrate the coming of the fall season at Wesley United Methodist Church’s 85th Aki Matsuri on Saturday, October 7, 11am-4pm in the heart of Japantown at 566 N. 5th Street. 

Aki Matsuri translates to Autumn Festival, a traditional time in Japan to be thankful for a good harvest and pray for the well-being of each family in the community. Our Aki Matsuri celebrates a harvest of faith, a gift from God received through this church and community. Enjoy this neighborly and family-friendly gathering that offers something for everyone.
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Parking will be available to our visitors at the Wesley 6th Street parking lot, 5th Street center divider (between Jackson and E. Empire), and the 6th Street & Jackson city parking lot. 

Aki Dollars make ideal gifts for friends and family  Buy Aki Dollars! Available in packets of $25 (five $5 certificates). Spend Aki Dollars in the Food Court, Marketplace, and in the Kids Zone.  Purchase Aki Dollars after service on September 17 and 24 or contact the church office (408) 295-0367.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's - From Rev. Keith Inouye

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Join Team Yu-Ai Kai! Help us partner with the efforts of our local Yu-Ai Kai Senior Service organization here in Japantown by participating in the "Walk to End Alzheimer's". Be a "Walk to End Alzheimer's" walker! Or be a sponsor of someone from our church or from Yu-Ai Kai who is walking! Please visit <>. On this webpage you can sign up to either “DONATE TO THE TEAM” (sponsor/donor) or “JOIN OUR TEAM” (walker). Last year Yu-Ai Kai raised over $42,000! We believe we can do better than this with your help! If you have questions or need assistance with the online process you can contact Jennifer Wong at <> 408/753-9283.

I’ll be walking with Viki and we have set a personal goal of trying to raise $1,000 for the Walk. I am quite sure there will be others from Wesley UMC that will also walk that members and friends can sponsor as well. In any case, please let me know if you will be walking so we can gather as a church group on the day of the event and even perhaps carpool to the Walk route. Thank you! 
- Rev. Keith Inouye

Walk Information:
Time: Registration at 8 am
Ceremony at 9 am
Walk at 10:00 am

Route Length: 3 Miles or 1 Mile Shortcut

Arena Green
N Autumn St. 
San Jose, CA 95113 

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to Nov 5

2018 Stewardship, Capital Campaign begins October 15


This year we have decided to combine our Stewardship Campaign and Capital Campaign which will start Oct. 15th and continues through November 5.

Each year we have our Stewardship Campaign to invite families to consider their financial giving to the church to support our church budget for the year. The Stewardship Campaign addresses the financial needs of our day-to-day general expenses. 

Our last 5-year Capital Campaign was in 2012 and ended Jan. 2017.  The Capital Campaign would be used initially to retire the Dobashi Lot debt and to fund Capital Improvements such as a Garden/Play Area and modifications to the Education Building to support a Pre-School. Our debt on the Soko Hardware Lot has been all paid up now.

One way we will distribute information on these campaigns is through our Pony Express. The Pony Express pledge packets are passed from home to home within an area circuit of several families who live near each other. If you would like to be added to the Pony Express circuit or would like more information, please email Shelley Nakashima through the church office.

We need your generous giving for both campaigns.

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Charge Conference - Mark Your Calendars!


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 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 requiring the congregation to give input on important decisions.

Please make plans to attend. 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!

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