2024-05-23 Good News

Pastor's Reflection 2024-05-23
May 23rd, 2024
Going through a transition is an important part of any person’s growth and evolution. Transitions help us grow. The same is true for churches.At Wesley there are two transitions happening during the month of June. First, the sale of the parsonage and the acquisition of a new parsonage will happen in June. As we speak the current parsonage is on the market. Wayne Haraguchi, our realtor, is hopeful ...
Welcome, Ivan
May 23rd, 2024
The Wesley Praise Band welcomes Ivan Vielma to its ranks starting May 19. Originally from Bakersfield, Ivan is a Junior Music Education major at San Jose State University where he also serves as a Resident Adviser for their Housing Department. Ivan is active in several choral groups at SJSU and enjoys musical theater. He played Gomez in a recent production of "The Addams Family, the Musical" and w...
Summer Singers needs you
May 23rd, 2024
Want to see what it's like to sing with a choir? No experience necessary. Music will be provided. Just come Sundays in July to join Summer Singers. 9:00 am warm-up; 10:00 sing in the service. It's a great way to get involved.More information? Contact Mark Teagle (markteagle@wesleysj.net)......
Children Ukulele Lessons
May 23rd, 2024
Has your child ever wanted to learn how to play ukulele? Do you want your child to learn an instrument? Here is your chance! We are doing children’s ukulele lessons at Wesley. Classes will be held once a month on Sundays after service. If you are interested, contact Hatty Lin (godsgarden@wesleysj.net) or Mark Teagle (markteagle@wesleysj.net).......
The sunsetting of Wesley's Stephen Ministry
May 23rd, 2024
After more than 25 years of faithful service, Wesley's Stephen Ministry is coming to a close. The Stephen Ministers gathered on Saturday, May 4 in the Chapel to celebrate together and say thank you to those who started and sustained this ministry over the years. After a welcome from Stephen Leaders Helen Morimoto, Pat Higuchi and Michiko Collins and a song together, former Wesley pastor Rev. Marie...
May 22nd, 2024
5月19日は聖霊降臨日(ペンテコステ)でした。主イエスの復活の主日から50日間は「復活節」と呼ばれ、この聖霊降臨日はその最後の日となります。この期間は「五旬節」とも呼ばれ、当時はユダヤ教の三大例祭の一つ、「七週の祭り」を指していました。これについて、旧約聖書のレビ記23章に次のように書かれています。 15あなたたちはこの(過越の祭りの)安息日の翌日、すなわち、初穂を携え奉納物とする日から数え始め、満七週間を経る。 16七週間を経た翌日まで、五十日を数えたならば、主に新穀の献げ物をささげる。17各自の家から、十分の二エファの上等の小麦粉に酵母を入れて焼いたパン二個を携えて、奉納物とする。これは主にささげる初物である。  ここにある「過越の祭り」は、、旧約聖書の出エジプト記に書かれている出来事に由来します。ユダヤ人の祖先であるヘブライ人は当時エジプトの奴隷だったのですが、モーセに率いられて脱出...
Eagle Scout Mural Project
May 22nd, 2024
A happy, colorful painting in our church’s 6th Street parking lot, invites all people, no matter what color or age or orientation, to come worship with us at Wesley UMC. This wonderful mural on the side of the church’s storage cargo bin was designed and painted by Troop 201 Boy Scout Roman Young, as his Eagle Scout service project. Our church Board of Trustees (BOT) welcomed Scout Roman’s proposal...
A New Wesley Parsonage
May 22nd, 2024
A New Wesley Parsonage:building a legacy, providing a home, continuing to serve It is official! Our bid to purchase the Mineta family home at 545 N. Fifth St. was accepted and we are expecting to close escrow any day now, hopefully by the time you are reading this article! The process was a whirlwind of an experience, with a tight schedule to acquire all of the necessary approvals from the Califor...
A Reunion A Celebration A Blessing
May 22nd, 2024
What a momentous occasion…a visit with three of our Wesley Pastors all in one place and at the same time!  And in Japan even?  How can that be?   After a monumental amount of dedicated hard work and probably a year’s worth of planning, this reunion of Wesley Church and Rev. Hajime Yamamoto at Itami Church took place in Hyogo, Kansai Province, Japan this past April right during the iconic Japanese ...
Youth Camp Fundraising Success
May 22nd, 2024
Oh, My!  Look at all these wonderful goodies. My poor waistline, but this is so yummy. The Youth Camp Bake Sale fundraiser was quite a success raising $1,543 that will directly support Youth Camp subsidies and scholarships for our Wesley campers, counselors, and director. The youth and parents worked their magic and voila, delicious baked goods...and the congregation reveled in this treat. The top...
Sunday May 19 Special Music
May 22nd, 2024
We had special contribution for the choral anthem on Sunday which featured a four-handed piano accompaniment to "Sing of the Lord's Goodness," with (from left) Marilyn Hasegawa, Shane Cantanho and the very much needed page-turner, Ted Hasegawa.  It was brilliant to hear our grand piano produce such a full and beautiful and rich sound.  Hear! Hear! And thank you to our talented musicians.......
Last Day of God’s Garden
May 22nd, 2024
We had our last day of Sunday School on May 19th. I’ve loved seeing how much the children have grown during this school year. With the, now, warmer weather, we are all ready for summer break to start and have some time with our families. We will start up God’s Garden again on Aug 18th for Rally Sunday. During the summer, we are working on some family events, so keep an eye out! I would like to tha...
Crop Walk 2024
May 22nd, 2024
On May 19 Wesley joined in solidarity with eighty walkers from six local churches in the annual Church World Service CROP Walk to End Hunger. Almaden Hills UMC again hosted the event and treated everyone to root beer floats after the walk. Walkers chose either a one or three mile route to and around Almaden Lake.Rev. Mariellen Sawada Yoshino reminded us why The Walk is vital. It's because thousand...
“Nostalgia to Now”: A Show Stopper
May 17th, 2024
“Nostalgia to Now”: A Show StopperBy Barbara Hiura If you weren’t out hanging with the Wesley Jazz Ensemble and Friends on May 4, you missed a thrilling and a darn good time at Wesley’s Mission Fundraising event. Jazz oldies but goodies were on tap and so perfect for our Wesley audience who could almost do a sing-a-long if not dance to the music. This was a real live toe-tapping show-stopper with ...
May 17th, 2024
We are looking forward to the return of AKI MATSURI (Fall Festival), a joyful Homecoming celebration! Plans are in motion to celebrate God's gift of community as we partner with each other to work and play, sharing our foods, crafts, plants, children's games and entertainment with each other and the greater community. We extend a welcome to those we've missed in our fellowship and hope that they w...
Umbrella Ministry Fall Prevention Workshop Resources
May 17th, 2024
Here are some resources that you may share with your community and for those who weren't able to attend:Farewell to Falls | Stanford Health CareThe CDC also has lots of wonderful information and free leaflets here in this hyperlink:STEADI Handouts from CDCThe National Council on Aging also has resources on fall prevention that reiterates the information from our website as well as the CDC's recomm...
Nikkei Matsuri 2024
May 17th, 2024
Austin Powers and Teppan Tacos Highlight Nikkei Matsuri Phenom of the Nikkei Matsuri, held on April 21, in Japantown, was Austin Powers' live performance with the Wesley Jazz Band. Can you guess who that is??? None other than our very own Trent Ueunten. He stole the show with his rendition of YMCA and stepping with Japantown community leaders and kids from Lotus pre-school. Yummy! And I do mean re...
Luke 15:1-7 NIV
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1 The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees
and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”3 So
he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost
one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one
which is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders,
rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors,
saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ 7 Just so, I
tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.