Craig’s Corner 2022 March

Getting ready for Easter! Although the mask mandate has been lifted state and county wide, our COVID team decided to remain worshipping online to get a better feel for how the infection rate will be affected by the change.  We all remember last summer when mandates were first lifted before we discovered Delta and Omicron variants to the virus and the need to shut down again because of the rapid spread of the infection.  We definitely wanted to avoid that scenario and decided to play it safe for now.   The good news is we plan to reopen on Palm Sunday – April 10.  Just in time for Easter Sunday.   We hope that the COVID infection rate and the relatively low number of cases will remain low and there won’t be a need to do anything differently.  But just … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2022 February

Help Wanted! The proverb goes, “Many hands make light work.”  And it’s true.  The more hands we have, the more we are able to do together.  The saying is also true we shouldn’t “burn our candle on both ends.”  Which we seem to be doing more and more of.   It’s a delicate balance to run and maintain a church and its property.  It requires skills and knowledge that encompass a wide range of talents.  From keeping financial records, to project management, to facilities maintenance – those are just fancy words for the tasks we need to have done on a routine basis.  The more people we have who can do those jobs, the easier it is for us to do all the exciting and meaningful things we do together. The wonderful thing about BMUC is we often have … [Read more...]

Worship resumes online-only

With the support of our Council of Ministries and our COVID Task Force, we are temporarily suspending in-person worship effective this week, 1/16/22. We hope to resume in-person worship as soon as possible, but will keep a careful watch on the developing situation with COVID and the pandemic, but at least through the end of the month, worship will ONLY be online.  You can find details to visit us online through our website at you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  We hope to see you online this Sunday!Peace in Christ, Rev. Craig … [Read more...]

News from your Trustees/January 2022

Happy New Year!!!! from The Board: Joy Goto, Randy Hill, Lee Marrs, Michael Williams, Rev. Craig Yoshihara I. Another year begins with the promise of better days to come. Yes, though the COVID virus is not through with us yet, we have learned a lot about it over the past two years, and know better how to guard ourselves and our community against infection. We will continue to adhere to our health guideline protocols, adjusting them as needed. Thank you all for your flexibility, understanding and cooperation as we strive to keep everyone healthy. II. Cheers to the New Year, to new hopes, new goals, new resolutions, and also, to renewed energy, renewed commitment, and renewed dedication in ourselves for our community and for our beloved Berkeley Methodist United Church. III. … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2021 September

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.” – Leviticus 23:3 Sabbath. Most of us don’t take enough of it and when we do, we often don’t rest as God intended.  But rest is important.  As much as our bodies need to rest to recharge and refresh, our spirit does, too.  We rest our bodies every night and hopefully on the weekend, and scientists who study this still say it’s often not enough.  I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night!  Sleep quality is as important as sleep quantity and the more studies they do, the more they realize how much poor sleep quality can affect … [Read more...]

Conference News 2021 July

GCORR podcast Expanding the Table - Episode 2 available now"Expanding the Table" is GCORR's new podcast on practicing anti-racism.   In episode 2, three Asian-American Christian theologians examine the history and current realities of anti-Asian racism in the United States and what every Christian should know and do.  Our guests include: The Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran, The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, The Rev Dr. Boyung Lee Children’s Worship for July 4Theme: Prayer Scripture: Luke 11: 1-4 This week Lamb-see-do greets and blesses the children; Momoko Tamaoki-Newsome from Sacramento Japanese UMC gives her last message as part of Children's Worship; and Mort sings a prayer … [Read more...]

News from Your Trustees

We wish to express our gratitude to Kevin Pon for his dedicated service to BMUC as he steps down from his seat on the Board of Trustees. His knowledge and judgement have been a great asset to the church. He will truly be missed in our endeavors, but we wish him God’s blessings as he turns his focus toward other matters. We hope to find, and invite, others to take up the challenging work of the church trustees.When you come back to church, which we hope will be soon, you will find a handsome new fence along the westside parking lot. A careless driver ran into the old fence in December. We were fortunate that his insurance covered the exact replacement as before. BUT, new!The upstairs unit of the church-owned duplex next door has been vacated, and is now being prepped for new occupants. When … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2021 May

I’m excited about our future! Our Easter outreach was more successful than we had hoped for, reaching about 50 kids in our community – almost none of them from our church.  We even had a few join us for Easter worship which was great, and we continue to touch people’s lives for Christ.  Our Flowering of the Cross gave us a chance to see old friends and new for the first time in a long time at the church.  And we hope that as we continue our outreach efforts we will see more people asking deep and meaningful questions. In the meantime, we have a few questions for you!   If you would help us out and answer a short survey about coming back to in-person worship, it would be a great benefit to our Worship Team, our COVID Task Force, and hopefully to you as well. … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2021 April

Moving On… As we approach Easter, I’m very excited!  With conference approval, we will have some limited gatherings on site at the church.  Like our upcoming Easter Egg Hunt and Flowering of the Cross!  Please come and invite family and friends to join us as we slowly test the waters for a safe return.   For more information go to Coming back will require much planning and hard work.  Getting the church ready after over a year of being empty is more than just turning the lights back on.  We have to thoroughly clean and sanitize the whole area.  We have to fix things that need fixing.  We need to inventory our “stuff” and figure out what needs to be taken care of.  And we have to do all of this in a safe and socially … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2021 March

It’s been a year… As hard as it might be to believe, it’s been nearly a year now since we’ve been able to worship together.  The last time we were able to shake hands, give hugs, and eat together was March 8, 2020.  Who knew it would be the final Chow Mein Sunday of 2020?  Who knew it would be the end of choir practice at the church for 52 weeks?  Who knew it might be the last time we saw certain smiling faces?  We’ve lost family and friends.  We’ve gone through political chaos.  And we’ve had to face racial and social injustice on a level some of us have never had to face and others hoped we had left behind.   But as tough as it has been, and even though we still have a ways to go, I am hopeful. We have proven that you don’t need a building … [Read more...]