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...]

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 and then email Cassie ( 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...]


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 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...]

Day of Remembrance 2019

On February 24, BMUC is observing the annual Day of Remembrance of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of west-coast Japanese (aliens) and Japanese-Americans during World War II. Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner will speak. She is in the award-winning documentary called "Silent Sacrifice".  It is a film about the Japanese American incarceration in the San Joaquin Valley during WWII. View it at There will be an exhibit of memorabilia in the social hall. Former internees will be available to talk about their experiences and answer questions. It is important to remember this injustice so it will never be repeated. … [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...]


Marriage Celebration for Naomi and Stephen! January 13, 2019. … [Read more...]

Choir Blast 2018

Choir Blast and Choral Cuisine Bridge Over Troubled Water, a musical exploration of human migration September 22nd, 4pm, and 23rd, 10:30am. Invite and bring your friends, neighbors, etc!  The concert is free, and followed by our Japanese food sale. Please post or share the above flyer. We hope to see your there! … [Read more...]