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SAKURA DAYORI Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church Newsletter Motoe Yamada, Pastor George Nishikawa, Pastor Emeritus Phone: (916) 421-1017 Fax: (916) 421-2150 Website: www.sacjumc.com Volume 44 February 2010 No. 2 February 13, 2010 The EIGHTH ANNUAL CRAB FEED is on February 13, 2010 - Multi-Cultural Hall so save the date!. The cost will be $40.00 for adults and $15.00 Adults - $40.00 Children - $15.00 for children 10 and under. Pro- ceeds will go to the Legacy Fund. Tickets will be available )rednu & 01( after worship and in the church office. Please put the date on Proceeds to Legacy Fund your calendar and ask all your relatives and friends if they Doors Open would like to join you. See you there! 5:00 pm Dinner - 6:00 pm Sakura Dayori Page 2 February 2010 Notes from the Pastor In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all peo- ple. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:1-5) Wellness month is going really well. Workshops have been well-attended (Brain fit- ness, Mental Illness Awareness, and Care giving support) and testimonies are well-received. I hope that you got something out of it from D.R.I.V.E. (Devotion to God, Readness for lifelong learning, Investing in Key relationships, Visioning for the future and Eating and Excising) and came close to God. I am so thankful for the Wellness Month planning team. There are some- thing for all ages (senior and youth open gym, healing service, book club, taking blood pressure). Let us continue to grow as diciples together! I would like to thank Brian Gosney who worked very hard to bring our Youth together. In his 3 months and half, he made a tremendous progress in youth ministry and planned many events for the youth. Open gym has been very successful and at his last Sunday 30 people were playing in the gym. He will be missed greatly. Gayle Kurasauki has been hired for the youth ministry director. She has grown up at the United Japanese Christ Church (Fresno) and she has been very active in Jr. High and Sr. High camps. She will be a great addition for the church and she will bring the church and youth camp closer. Have you had a chance to look at the beautiful Garden fountain? After many people’s hard work, we have a new fountain in our garden! We have an installation service and our first baptism by the river (Congrats Ricky!) Recently I was asked what the liturgical dance during the Christmas Eve Service was about. No one said anything about the dance! I was told that we could expect average of 25 people for the Christmas eve, and we had 180 people (Praise God!). I was thankful to have the opportunity to work with Courtney Goto. The reason I did not explain about the dance other than read- ing the John’s passage (see above) was that interptation may be varies ac- cording to each person. However, after talking the church member about that, I realized that it would be better to explain what I wanted to express. The white clothe which was hanged from the star (by the ceiling) signified Light, Life, God and Word. The light from the star came down to the Earth and the light of all people shined over everyone as a sign of blessing. The light became the river of the water of life (“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb” Revelation 22:1). Then the light (clothe) was wrapped about Mary then the light became Emmanuel. Lent season is coming and it is one of my favorite seasons. I feel closer to Jesus and also challenged to be closer to him. During Lent, I will be asking you to 1. give up something for God, 2. add something for God, and 3. do something in the community for God. Newly formed mission committee will provide a resource brochure with mission programs which you can sign up for. Please start to think about what you are going to do for Lent. Sakura Dayori Page 3 February 2010 Greeters for February Invitation to Worship February 7 — Margaret Saito & Irma Hanni February 14 — Mary Nakamura & Joyce Oshiro February 7, 2010 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 21 — Kimi Ronay Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 & June Tanihana Sermon: "An On-Going Creation" February 28 — Lois Yuki & Jill Kanemasu February 14, 2010 Transfiguration Sunday Ushers for February Exodus 34:29-35 February 7 — Sandy Koshino Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2 & Joyce Oshiro Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) February 14— Hiroko Arimoto & Chiyoko Chida February 17, 2010 Ash Wednesday February 21— Curtis & Mindy Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Takechi Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10 February 28—Lincoln Fujii Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 & Jiro Sakauye February 21, 2010 The Temptation of Jesus Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 *Luke 4:1-13 February 28, 2010 The Last Supper Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17–4:1 Luke 13:31-35 *Mark 14:12, 22-25 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10 Articles may be left in the church office or e- mailed to Joanne Mikami at email@example.com. Sakura Dayori Page 4 February 2010 Members and Friends, Enclosed is the December, 2009 Finance Recap report for the General Fund, Legacy Fund, and the Special Events Funds. Also enclosed is a condensed version of the 2010 General Fund Budget for your review. If you have any questions regarding the Budget, please ask any Finance Committee member. If you would like a copy of the complete budget, please call the Church office to request a copy. Sakura Dayori Page 5 February 2010 Sakura Dayori Page 6 February 2010 SSIP FOOD CLOSET UPDATE Our congregation is a part of the South Sacra- importance of this ministry. mento Interfaith partnership (SSIP) which min- isters to people in our area through the Food In December, the volunteer who credited their Closet which is housed at the Bethany Presby- hours to SJUMC were: Jane Combs, Richard terian Church at Fruitridge and 24th Street. Our Yokoi, Audrey Yokoi, June Tanihana, Sue Ka- congregation supports the Food Closet and shiwagi, Frances Lee, Franscis Asahara, Lisa SSIP through monetary donations, food dona- Tanaka, Lester Wataji, Jan Muraki, Cecil tions, as well as volunteer giving through ser- Combs, Meg Tanaka, Yoshi Nishihawa, and vice in the Food Closet and on the SSIP Board Katie Marshall and an anonymous someone. of Directors and supporting committees. We are still in need of volunteers to work inside the Food Closet on Mondays or to work in the In our church narthex (foyer) is a large plastic metal shed storage locker bagging USDA com- container to receive your gifts of non- modities. Worker inside the Food Closet do a perishable food stuffs for the Food Closet. specific task; worker #1 prepares Bag#1 and Each Sunday check the “SSIP bag” in the wor- worker #2 prepares Bag #2, worker #3 adds ship folder to learn what food items is currently fresh produce and gets the number of USDA needed at the Food Closet. There is always a bags needed from a bin and worker # 4 adds need for general and miscellaneous non- rice, additional breads and pastries to the bags perishable food items, but the items in the bag and call the client to the window. Workers who each week are the current needs. The Food bag USDA commodities place 7-8 items in a Closet also accepts brown grocery bags. SSIP doubled plastic bag and the tie the bag closed. is not currently egg cartons at this time. The items vary each month depending on what is received from Food link and may include: a During the month of December 2009----the can of beans, fruits, vegetables, spaghetti SSIP Food Closet served a total of 5092 per- sauce, tomato sauce, a bag of pasta, powder sons which included adults, seniors, children milk, etc. If you would like to volunteer on a and infants. This represents 1,309 undupli- regular basis or as a substitute, please call cated households. The number of person Francs Lee 427-7983, Jane Combs 443-2839 served and the food delivered express the or June Tanihana 395-1355. Letters to SJUMC Dear SJUMC Friends, Dear SJUMC Members and Friends, Thank you all from Auntie for the Christmas plant. She is pleased to be remembered by Thank you for your healing thoughts and good her Sacramento family. They had a lively holi- wishes and tender loving prayers. Adve is day season with many groups going there to making progress and appreciates the church carol—Blaine church sent a large group to family for their expressions of concerns. carol so she was able to greet her new friends. She prefers not to leave the facility these days Our heartfelt thank you. and spends much of her timejust napping but goes to the dining room and is eating well. Fondly, Thank you for thinking of her and best wishes Dave and Irene Osuga to all fro a healthy new year. - Hide Tachibana (Mrs. Akamatsu’s niece) Sakura Dayori Page 7 February 2010 UMW Report A FILM ON SUMO WRESTLING IN ISRAEL by Yvonne Kato The SACRAMENTO JEWISH FILM FESTI- VAL has asked SJUMC’s SACRAMENTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL to help get out The January Tobans hosted the Annual the word on a JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL UMW Budget Meeting held on January 31. movie, A MATTER OF SIZE. In this spirit The following officers have been installed of helping each other, THE SACRAMENTO and will continue to strive towards meeting JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL also will mention the UMW purpose which includes knowing SJUMC’s JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL be- God, creating friendships and expanding fore each film screening during their festival. concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. If you The hero, 340 pound, Herzl, works in a would like to join UMW, please contact Fran- Japanese restaurant in Israel. His boss, ces Lee. On behalf of the UMW members, Kitano, is an ex Sumo coach on the run Elaine and I would like to thank Shigeko after a mix up with the Yakusa in Japan. Shibata for her service as the president of Herzl learns about Japan and Sumo where UMW for the past 2 years. Elaine and I will being fat is honored and starts a sumo wres- continue to seek guidance from her during tling club with 4 overweight buddies. A MAT- this transition period. TER OF SIZE is a dramatic comedy on sports and relationships. It’s also about **President – Yvonne Kato and Elaine accepting and liking yourself. Maeda Vice President – Loretta Ashizawa The JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL takes place Secretary – Barbara Kado on Saturday eve. Feb. 6 and Sunday after- Treasurer – Irene Osuga noon Feb.7 2010 at the Crest Theatre. A MATTER OF SIZE will screen Sat. eve. **To view the entire list of officers and pur- Feb.6 at 9:15pm. Individual ticket prices are pose of UMW, go to the SJUMC website at $10; $8.50 for students and seniors. www.sacjumc.com or if you do not have access, please contact the officers listed above. Sakura Dayori Page 8 February 2010 Click THANKS TO THE SACRAMENTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL and In 2007 and 2008 the SJUMC Adult Literacy See! Program was the fortunate recipient of funds www.sacjumc.com is the name of our from the Sacramento Film Festival Project. church website. Plans are underway to keep the site actively updated so that For those of you who are not familiar with YOU can be better informed and involved Adult Literacy, I would like to spell out its in ministry through SJUMC. Check each objectives. It is an outreach program which week before doing your shopping to see enables us to help people outside of our what the current needs are at the South church who are in need of help with the speaking, reading and writing of the English Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) language. We help Non-English and Limited Food Closet! Check on updates for cur- -English Speaking adults: rent ministry events – worship, service projects, youth group and other sched- 1. become independent members of our ules. Print out your Prayer Request form community and bring it with you on Sunday. And 2. become citizens of the United States much more! 3. become more productive in their job sites 4. become more effective as parents - able There is a lot going on through SJUMC to help their children with their school- ministries! You won’t want to miss any- work and able to participate in their chil- thing. So, check online for updates and dren's activities we’ll do our best to keep you informed! 5. be more well informed about our local community, our state, our country and the world communities. Running our program is reasonably low-cost, but we do need to purchase textbooks, some manuals, reference materials, dictionaries, subscriptions to "News for You," and other useful teaching materials. We do appreciate the financial help of the Sacramento Japa- nese Film Festival, and we are grateful for the support we receive from them. Helen Blaisdell, Coordinator SJUMC Adult Literacy Program Sakura Dayori Page 9 February 2010 Meet Coach Chuck Alicaya By Betty Silvernail Team: Girls C-2 continues to play tennis and is a member of the Age: 72 Southgate Racquet Club, Regular 50+ Tennis League and Over 60’s Summer Tennis One would think that after 40 years of coaching League. He not only plays tennis, but is also a and at 72 years old, one would want to kick tennis instructor. He provides private lessons back and relax. This is true for most of people to players of all ages. One of his students is his age, but not for Chuck Alicaya, also known Lori Lee-Lewis. She has high regards for his as the “oldest coach in the league.” Being teaching abilities and for his great patience. proud of this title, Chuck is coaching the C-2 “Chuck is an awesome tennis instructor! He girls, a team of rambunctious 7th graders. always gives support and is patient even if I What would motivate someone to want to don't do exactly what I'm supposed to. Chuck coach a bunch of pre-teen girls? According to has taken my game to a new level!” Lori said. Chuck, “I love watching kids develop, learn, having fun, and showing good sportsmanship.” Chuck and his wife, Emi, have been attending His philosophy is teaching players that it’s not SJUMC for the past 41 years. They started all about winning, but about improving their attending when their son, Lance was two years basketball skills, working as a team, and play- old. Now Lance, along with his wife, Teri and ing to have fun. When asked what advice he their three children Katie (14), Tara (11), and would give a new coach, Chuck replied, “See Timmy (9) attend SJUMC as well. Their that kids have fun and learn. Do not stress younger son, Mark and his wife Tracy and their winning!” two children Connor (6) and Kendall (4) live in Sunnyvale. Both Chuck’s sons have followed Along with coaching the C-2 girl’s team, you in Dad’s footsteps in coaching. Lance is cur- can find Chuck on Friday nights at the Sacra- rently the assistant coach of the SJUMC Girls mento Asian Sports Foundation coaching five, D-1 team and Mark is coaching a youth team in six, and seven year-olds in the Instructional San Jose. League. Chuck is active member of the Garden Angels. Chuck has coached players of all different ages Along with sports, gardening is one of his fa- and levels, from the little tykes in the church vorite hobbies. So what else does Chuck like instructional league to high school-aged com- to do when he’s not busy coaching basketball, petition players in the Sacramento Rebels and teaching tennis, or working in the church gar- Barons Clubs, and players beyond high school dens? He will try to kick back and relax by in the Sacramento Counts and Saints Clubs. playing computer games, reading and watching TV... but, of course, this is only in the off- Chuck is quite an athlete himself. Growing up, season! he played football, basketball, tennis, softball, boxing, ping-pong, volleyball and bowling. He Sakura Dayori Page 10 February 2010 Lent-the 40 days period of repentance and renewal This year during Lent (Ash Wednesday to Easter) SJUMC will be focus- ing on the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life. Giving up something for Lent? During Lent you will be asked to 1. give up something, 2. add something and/or 3. do something for the community to be a better disciple. Mission committee will provide resources for community service opportunity. Start to think about what you will do! 24 hours That Changed the World Book. (by Adam Hamilton) Bible study will be held to study the book. Join us during this Lent to learn what Jesus has done for us. Bible Study $15 per book. Daily Lenten Devotion booklet will be available for all to have meditation time everyday. Join us in the worship (February scriptures are written in the front of the newsletter) March 7 The Garden of Gethsemane, Mark 14:32-42 March 14 Condemned by the Righteous Mark14:53,55,61-68,70-72 March 21 Jesus, Barabbas and Pilate Mark 15:1-15 March 28 The Torture the King/Crucifixion Mark 15:15b-23, Mark 15:25-39 April 1 Maundy Thursday April 2 Good Friday April 11 Easter - Resurrection John 20:1-18 Blessings to Brian Gosney Blessings go out to Brian Gosney as he moves to Su- sanville to start a new job. Welcome Gayle Kurasaki, our new Youth leader! Sakura Dayori Page 11 February 2010 Sakura Dayori Page 12 February 2010 Sakura Dayori Page 13 February 2010 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS GENERAL FUND Chambers, M/M Bill In Celebration of Circle of Names Campaign Chung, Scott (honoring Courtney Goto) Clark, M/M Jack Goto, M/M Leo Crighton, Robert In Celebration of Wrist surgery recovery Dingley, Bernice Suzuki, M/M Stimson Dakuzaku, M/M George Fong, Carolyn In Honor of Leo & Naomi Goto Fong, Karen Goto, Stanford & I-mei Chen Fong, M/M Lawrence In Memory of Sam Gotan Fujii, Masuto Gotan, Louise Fujimoto, Mary In Memory of Ruth Shimizu Fukutome, Lily Griggs, Mary Goi, M/M George Suzuki, M/M Stimson Hagiya, M/M Mark In Memory of Mrs. D. Sueko Saiki Hamai, M/M George Hamai, M/M George Hamakawa, Mayumi In Memory of Akio Hayashi Harada, M/M Jeff Hayashi, Alice Harper, M/M Donald In Memory of Mitsuru Hironaka Harvey, Yurie Hironaka, Sally Hayashi, Alice In Memory of Sue Okamoto Hironaka, Sally Ikami, Lily Honbo, Dr/M Wesley Okamoto, Matthew Hoshisaki, M/M Tom Okamoto, Peter Iida, M/M Frank In Memory of Dan Inouye (Christmas Offering) Ikami, Lily Inouye, Andrew Imagire, M/M Art In Memory of Kenji Furuta Ishihara, Wayne Nakamura, Mary Ishii, Dr Ed Sakata, M/M Don Ishisaka, Mitsue Shikasho, M/M Bert Ito, Belle In Memory of Mary Ouye Ito, M/M Jim Takuma, Fumi Ito, M/M Paul Kado, M/M Clarence CHRISTMAS OFFERING Kamei, M/M Nob Akamatsu, Yasuka Kanemasu, Don Alicaya, M/M Chuck Kanemasu,M/M Russell Anonymous Kanemoto, Jean Arimoto, Hiroko Kashiwagi, Sue Asahara, Francis Kato, Keiko Ashizawa, M/M Winston Kawaguchi, M/M Koji Blaisdell, M/M Farrington Kawahara, M/M Yoshio Bradley, Kay (Continued on page 14) Sakura Dayori Page 14 February 2010 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (con’t) Kazato Rev/M Shiro Oguro, M/M Keith Kido, Dr/M Hiroshi Okubo, Tom Kimura, Joyce Oshiro, Joyce Kinoshita, M/M Ted Oshita, Edith Kobayashi, M/M Chuck Osuga, M/M David Kobayashi, M/M Richard Otani-Curtis, Susan Kobayashi, Motoko Ouchida, M/M Lester Kohaya, Mae Peake, Yachiyo Koshino, M/M Eddie Rasmussen, M/M Scott Kubo, M/M Edwin Robinson, M/M Norman II Kubo, Kathy Ronay, M/M Kelvin Kubota, Nami Saito, Margaret Kujubu, Herbert Sakakihara, M/M Ben Kunibe, M/M Thomas Sakakihara, Diane Kushi, M/M Tom Sakakihara, M/M Tom Laing, M/M Carlton Sakamoto, Sayuri Lee, Frances Sakata K Marshall, M/M Robert Sakata, M/M Don Matsuda, M/M Walter Sakauye, Jiro Matsumoto, Robert Sasaki, M/M Robert Matsuo, M/M Ben Sato, M/M Douglas Matsuoka, M/M Walter Sato, Ken Mikami, Joanne Sato, M/M Roy Miller, Kiyo Shibata, M/M Victor Miyai,Clifford Shikasho, M/M Bert Miyamoto, M/M Jerry Shimada, Amy Mizuguchi, M/M Max Silvernail, M/M David Mizuno, M/M Tom Sugiyama, Elaine Murai, Marian Sugiyama, Grace Murakami, M/M Sam Sumida, Frances Nakamura, Emma Tahara, M/M Ken Nakamura, Mary Takeda, Atsuko Nakao, Kimiko Takehara,M/M Gerald Nakashima, M/M Kent Taketa, Catherine Nakashima, Mary Ann Taketa, M/M Bill Nakashima, Roger Takeuchi, Dorothy Nakata, Keiko Takuma, Fumi Niiya, M/M Herbert Tanaka, M/M Russell Nishihara, M/M Susumu Tanihana, June Nishikawa, Rev/M George Tateishi, Seiko Nishizaki, Tom (Continued on page 8) Nitta, Ruby Sakura Dayori Page 15 February 2010 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (con’t) Teranishi, Sue Kunibe, M/M Thomas Tom, Leland (Vickie Sakauye) Lee, Frances Toyama, M/M Evan Murakami, M/M Sam Ukita, May Nakamura, Emma Uno, M/M Dick Oguro, M/M Keith Williams, M/M Frederick UMCOR Williamson, M/M James Teranishi, Susan India Wong, M/M Steve Yamadera, M/M George UMW Yang, M/M Richard In Appreciation Yokoi, M/M Feb Sakata, M/M Donald Yokomichi, M Yomogida, M/M George Yui, Etsu LEGACY FUND In Celebration of Christmas Yuki, M/M Philip Lewis, M/M Tony Yumikura, Nori Okino, Marie In Appreciation for Support of Family CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING Shibata, M/M Victor Fernandez, M/M Richard In Memory of Sue Teranishi’s Father Hiratsuka, Jeffrey Nakashima, Mary Ann Imagire, Bryn In Memory of Sumiko Sakakihara Kujubu, M/M Norman Sakakihara, Diane Maeda, M/M Wayne In Memory of Pete Takuma Mayeda, Mark Takuma, Fumi Nakamura, Nancy A. In Memory of Joan Kawamura Oshiro, M/M Calvin Yuki, M/M Philip Takechi, M/M Curtis In Memory of George Okamoto Yamamoto, M/M Robert Yuki, M/M Philip Zhu, June In Memory of Tadashi Yuki Yuki, M/M Philip THANKSGIVING OFFERING Chung, Scott Clark, M/M Jack N. Hagiya, M/M Mark Hamai, M/M George Honbo, Dr/M Wesley Hosokawa, Pearl Inouye, Takaji Kanemoto, Jean Kaminaka, Luri Kido, Dr/M Hiroshi Koshiyama, M/M Al Kubota, Nami Sacramento Japanese Non-Profit Organization United Methodist Church U.S. Postage Paid 6929 Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA 95823 Permit No. 790 The Sakura Dayori is published once a month by the Sacramento Japa- nese United Methodist Church to provide updates to our members and our constituants.
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