Celebrating Christmas in a Warming Planet

Pastor Craig’s sermon on November 17, generated a specific response from me. The result is this article I am offering to encourage us all to prepare for the Christmas season in ways that are mindful of how we can all do our part to lessen our ecological/carbon footprints during the Christmas season. We all associate the celebration with a lot of things and activities. The idea is not to totally deprive ourselves of their enjoyment but to alter the way we use them so we can all celebrate Christmas while at the same time remaining faithful to our God-given mandate to be stewards of Earth, our common home. Here are some practical suggestions collated from my own practice and observations and with the help of various online sustainability sources. Please feel free to add your own. … [Read more...]

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings If you would like to send and receive a Christmas Greeting, please give/send $10 to Jill by December 8. Participants will receive a Christmas card from each other. … [Read more...]

Mochi Sale

New Year’s Mochi Fundraiser We are currently planning to participate in the annual San Jose Wesley United Methodist church New Year's Mochi fundraiser. Details will be announced when available.  If you would like to order mochi, there will be a signup sheet going up in the Social Hall soon. Or contact Kathy or Todd Uyeno:      email:  todduyeno@gmail.com.   Text: 510.512-9019  voice:510-763-5299 … [Read more...]

Camping Dates

NJAUMC Camping Retreat Dates Announced - If any of you have kids / youth / young adults who are interested in the camping retreats sponsored by the NJAUMC, here are the dates below.  If you have any questions, just ask Rev. Craig Alpha Omega Retreat - Jan 18-20 @ Camp Oakhurst  - College age ministryAsian Camp - July 19-25 @ Camp Lodestar - High School ministry (you don’t have to be Asian to go)Jr. High Camp - June 28 - July 3 @ Camp Lodestar - Jr. High ministry … [Read more...]

Church Conference and Potluck

12/8 @after worship (church conference will begin at 12:30pm at BMUC) - Our annual church conference will take place on 12/8 after worship.  If you haven’t been before, it’s when we receive the annual reports of each committee, our current membership, and vote on the pastor’s compensation for the 2020 year (based on recommendations from the SPRC and the Council of Ministries).  Bring a dish to share at this celebration of another year together in ministry. … [Read more...]

Cocoa and Carols

Our upcoming Cocoa and Carols is our next great outreach event Wednesday, 12/18, 7-8pm so please come on out and help.  Let us know if you can help in any or all of these ways: Cookie bakers or cookie bringersServe cookies and cocoa on the night of the eventInvite friends and family, come and sing! … [Read more...]

New Baby Care Policy

Dear BMUC Family, It is with great sadness and much thought that we have made the decision to stop offering baby care during service.  The baby care model that we have set up for our church requires that there is a good-sized group of volunteers that can commit to coming on their assigned Sunday and not have any other commitments on that day.  Many of the people that attend regularly are already committed to several other committees and serve in many ways, sometimes on the same day.  Because of this, we do not have the volunteers that we need at this time to continue this "service". We acknowledge that this is not an ideal decision, especially if we want to attract young families. However, given our "workforce", we felt it was best to make this decision.  As … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 December

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! I can’t argue with that sentiment.  I LOVE Christmas.  When I was little, I loved it because of the anticipation of Santa, the annual Mattel Electronics game or die-cast metal Japanese toy my parents would give to me, and my early morning experiments at cooking breakfast for me and my sister Karen.  What an eclectic menu!  Beef and potato burritos, bologna and blue cheese on toast, and peanut butter and butter on toast were among my specialties.  Now, I look forward to the season maybe even more than just the specific day.  I love the cool winter weather (when we lived in Georgia, we might actually see snow!), decorating the house with family, excursions to see Santa, driving through the neighborhood and seeing … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 November

Who Are The People In Our Neighborhood? Can you imagine a time when you were FORCED to live in a certain area because of your racial identity?  When you didn’t have the freedom to live where you wanted to live?  I know some of you can because you lived it.  Not that long ago, the laws in the Berkeley area segregated Japanese and Japanese-Americans to a specific section of the city.  Good ol’ progressive Berkeley.  This church was within the boundaries where “people like us” were allowed to live. Can you imagine that?  We were graciously allowed to live in this neighborhood away from those who didn’t want us.  But God didn’t let that stop the work for the Kingdom.  Instead, God planted a church right here through the work of our Issei loved … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 October

The Next 90 Years… As we approach our 90th anniversary celebration, we will be reflecting on the past and praising God for what God has done through us and in us for those around us.  We will lift up the ministries that have brought us to this day and give thanks for their success and for the people who made it a success.  We want to honor the work of our pastors and our church members who have tirelessly given of themselves to create so many disciples for Jesus Christ right here on this property in the middle of Berkeley, CA.  We will give thanks for the many inspirational leaders who have come out of this church because of our love and dedication; leaders such as Bishop Grant Hagiya, DS Rev. Mark Nakagawa, DS Rev. Derek Nakano, and so many more that honestly I … [Read more...]