Craig’s Corner, 2019 June

Father’s Day is coming! It’s one of my favorite days of the year.  Not because of presents and cards and such (although those are always appreciated), but because I am reminded how blessed I am to be a father and what that means to me personally.  I know not everyone is as fortunate as I have been.  Not only do I have a wonderful daughter and stepdaughter (who has been like my very own most of her life), but I also still have my dad around with whom I have some very fond memories.   But I also love Father’s Day because I am reminded of our Heavenly Father.  Not that I imagine God as having a gender.  I think God can be both, either, or neither, and however you most identify with God is totally acceptable.  For me, I find it easy to identify with God … [Read more...]

Holy Week at BMUC

PALM SUNDAY, April 14 , 10:30   GOOD FRIDAY  Friday April 19, 7:00 p.m.  Please plan to bring someone with you -- car pool for those who don't drive at night. Saturday, April 20 Youth and children’s activity, to be announced EASTER Sunday, April 21   8:00-10am EASTER BREAKFAST – Come start your Easter with a yummy breakfast and fellowship, and help support the Youth and Church Retreat Funds. 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, followed by the rest of the service for adults and Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. All-church photo after the kids’ Easter Egg Hunt. … [Read more...]

Trustees Update

Trustees Update Trustees: Joy Goto (Chairperson), Cassie Crossley (Secretary / Facility Calendar), Elaine Kawakami, Sandy Kaya, Randy Hill, Kevin Pon, Rev Craig Yoshihara The new Trustees committee has met twice this year and we are still learning our way with the help of our mentor David Fujita. We have discussed many different topics and we will bring you updates through this newsletter. Here are some of the important updates we wanted to communicate: * If you would like to use the church, please first check the online google calendar at https://tinyurl.com/bmucalendar and then email Cassie (bmuchurch@gmail.com) with your request. Include the event details, date, time, and space requested (e.g. Sanctuary, Social hall, Kitchen, Issei Chapel, Kato Hall, entire … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 April

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” You are rich. So am I.  At least compared to most of the world.  It might not seem like it at times when you compare yourself to peers, people in the neighborhood, or others around you, but comparatively speaking you are.  We live in a … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 March

What are you giving up for Lent this year? You always know its Lent when McDonalds starts pushing HARD for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich.  And while I don’t do the “no meat on Fridays” thing, I do traditionally give something up for Lent.  I’ve given up red meat, soda, French fries – all sorts of different stuff.  This year I’m giving up gluten and sweets.  That last one in particular is hard.  Sweets.  Cassie knows what kind of a sweet tooth I have, and that means no cakes, no candy, no cookies, no ice cream, no pie until Easter.  Technically, you CAN splurge on Sunday since that is the day we celebrate Christ, but other than my birthday (which does fall on a Sunday), I’m going to try to go the whole time without anything sweet.  Yikes. I know as … [Read more...]

Announcements

New Membership Class 3/17 @noon to 2pm - Grab some food and find out more about BMUC and what you can do to join the church (hint: it’s very simple).  If you are interested in joining the church and becoming a full member, I hope you will take this class.  You’ll find out about the history of our church, why we are called BMUC, more about your church staff, and you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you’d like. Find out how you can be involved in the church, the different resources available to you, and what we can do for you!  Please sign up by contacting me at craig@bmuc.org or calling the church office or just talking to me and letting me know you’d like to take part. Clothing Donations There is a bin in the church foyer for clothing … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner for February 2019

What happens when we forget sacrificial love… I feel like it’s been raining weddings this year!  First, we had Chai and Callie and then Naomi and Stephen, and then by the time you read this my daughter will have had her wedding.  Plus, my youngest sister Nicole is getting married later this year!!!  I feel so blessed to bear witness to the love of God reflected in so many people.  As Cassie and I are approaching 17 years of marriage this year, this little ditty was funny because it has a grain of truth to it.  I found it on the Internet a number of years ago, but it’s still poignant and funny.  As the years pass by in our marriage some of it sounds a bit familiar.  But the overall lesson is what’s important; when we forget that love is meant to be … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 January

A new year coming… It’s hard to believe it’s only been five months, well six by the time you receive this. In some ways, I feel like I’ve had the chance to get to know many of you pretty well. But I also know I still have a lot to learn. Not only about you, but about our traditions, our history, and our journey of faith as we grow together. I’m looking forward to that journey and I hope you are as well. I have so much hope for our future. In my mind’s eye, I see us growing in number, going deeper in our faith together, honoring our past, while moving forward into the future. I decided to reprint the annual report (with a few minor revisions) that I submitted at our church conference because I know many of you weren’t able to make it, but it gives a good year-end summary of what … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2018 December

Waiting…waiting… My favorite time of year is here. Christmas time! … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2018 November

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. … [Read more...]