Holy Week at BMUC

Due to the novel corona virus, events are to be determined. We will send you updates as they become available PALM SUNDAY, April 5, 2020 10:30 GOOD FRIDAY Friday, April 10, 2020 7pm by Men's Group. Please carpool for those who don't drive at night. EASTER Sunday, April 12, 2020 8:30-10am EASTER BREAKFAST – Come start your Easter with a yummy breakfast and fellowship, and help support the Youth and Church Retreat Funds with optional freewill donation. FLOWERING OF THE CROSS:  Bring a flower or several to remind you of loved ones, and help to "flower" our cross. 10:30 a.m. WORSHIP & Young People's Message,  Easter Egg Hunt for the kids EASTER REFRESHMENTS There is no assigned crew for Easter refreshments, so we request for people to bring some kind of finger food to share, if … [Read more...]

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Craig’s Corner 2020 March

Parents – this Craig’s Corner is not for you! Please pass this to your child as you read this.  Don’t read past this line.  This message is for your kids, your grandkids, your nieces and your nephews.   Okay, now that I’ve got you alone, hello!  If we haven’t talked in person, I’m the pastor of your church, Rev. Craig and I want you to know that YOU are important.  Yes, you.  The person reading this article.  It is my hope and dream to make Berkeley Methodist United Church into YOUR church.  Not your parent’s church.  Not your grandparent’s church.  But YOUR church.  I want it to be a place you will have fond memories of far into your adult years.  I hope one day as you reflect on your faith, you’ll look back and say, “I’m … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2020 February

Why the history of our church is so important… Even though today our church serves people of all ethnicities, we definitely have our origins in the Japanese-American community.  Formed during a time of prejudice and hatred toward “the other” there were many laws out there designed specifically with Asian immigrants in mind.  The California Alien Land Laws of 1913 and 1920 were written to discourage immigrants from Asia and primarily Japan while simultaneously making life purposefully more difficult for those already living here.  It was even upheld by the Supreme Court and wasn’t invalidated until 1952 in the case of Sei Fujii v. California.  The environment for people of Japanese descent was hostile to say the least.   When the United Methodist Church (then … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2020 January

My hopes and dreams for 2020… This is the month of new beginnings!  It is also the month which we celebrate that lauded humanitarian, visionary, and civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  So in that spirit, I wanted to share with you my hopes and dreams for our church in the year 2020.   Increase in outreach – The mission of every church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  And our church vision which we crafted together of “Transforming Lives Through Christ’s Love” is part of that mission.  To do that, we need to reach out into the community more often and in new and different ways.  It will mean embracing our community and its people with love and kindness, celebrating their differences and realizing … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]