Craig’s Corner 2020 June

When are we coming back to worship? People are starting to wonder about when we will open the doors to the church building and welcome people in person once again.  The short answer is…probably not for a long time.   We all WANT to come and worship live and in person.  We want to hug and shake hands with friends and family.  We want to welcome new people into our church family.  But sometimes our needs outweigh our wants.  In this case, the need to love our neighbor by NOT meeting in person, the need to love our church family by NOT gathering together, the need to NOT be a viral hotspot outweighs our wants.  By a lot. I know we will come back to worship live and in person one day.   But it won’t be soon.  When we do, there will be … [Read more...]

Please let us know your email address to receive the Homevisitor

ATTENTION! INFO NEEDED!   Due to the current shelter in place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a lack of volunteers, it has become more difficult to produce and distribute the postal version of our Homevisitor newsletter. Given these circumstances, we intend to primarily communicate by email and social media, and only mail the newsletter to folks without email.  If you are not receiving the Homevisitor by email, we probably do not have your email address. Please take a moment now to send us your email at bmuchurch@gmail.com . We will add you to our Homevisitor email email list. ( 1 Homevisitor email per month and memorial announcements.) If you like, we can also add you to our Yahoo group. Rev. Craig sends 1 update and prayer concerns email per … [Read more...]

K.I.T. Ministry – Keep In Touch!

Join our team! We need you to help us keep in touch with our folks - especially those who are not connected to social media. But for everyone who needs a bit of comfort, love, and attention. We are starting a ministry to help us stay connected better and to care for each other through letters, notes, and phone calls. If you can keep in touch with five people once a month using any of these ways, you are a great fit for our team. We just want to make sure we are touching base with everyone on a regular basis. We want to make sure no one is falling through the cracks. If you're already in touch with folks on a regular basis, we would love to know that, too. Just tell us who you are in touch with so we can include you in our network. That way we can pass information on … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 July

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4 Don’t talk about money! That’s one of the first things I was told when I served my first historically-Japanese church.  “Don’t talk about money.”  The impression was that a pastor … [Read more...]