Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Health and Wellness News, 8/27/21

The “new normal” has arrived! As we return to in-person facilities usage of SJUMC, the Health and Wellness Committee met and developed the following protocols and guidelines, to be in effect until further notice, Watch for updates. It is imperative that we continue to ensure the health and wellness of all members and facility users to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid a resurgence of the virus. As such, we will only return to rental and usage of facilities by church members and previous known users and renters.

The State of California and the County of Sacramento requirements are considered in our decisions.

For the full article with guidelines, click here.

Fall 2021 Worship Series: “I’ve been meaning to ask…”

Over the next few weeks in worship at SJUMC, we will be exploring the series “I’ve been meaning to ask…”. Through this series, we hope to provide a trajectory for going deeper. As you can see, each sub-theme’s questions aren’t surface level; they invite us to share our pain and seek ways to care for one another.  We pray that through vulnerability and authenticity these conversations lead us to glimpse hope, joy, and beauty. Please join us in worship for this series.

Sept. 19th – Where are you from?
Sept. 26th – Where does it hurt?
Oct. 3rd – What do you need?
Oct. 10th – Where do we go from here?

Want to join a small group this Fall?

Have you ever wondered what it means to be a “follower” of Jesus?

Our vision is “Loving God, Serving Others, Transforming Lives” but have you wondered what more you could do to love God? The early followers of Jesus spent time gathering together to draw close to God and learn more about God’s plan for their lives. This fall at SJUMC, we invite you to take another step of faith beyond attending worship and try out a small group. Please review the list below and contact the coordinator if you wish to sign up or have questions. Make a commitment to God to grow in faith and encourage a friend to join you. All of our groups are confidential and each group member is asked to abide by a small group covenant in order to create a safe place for everyone to share.

Small Group study for the Older Adult Ministry
Date and Time: To be determined
In person or Zoom: To be determined
Name of book: Finishing Well
$8.00 can be purchased from Arlene Hagiya
Contact persons: 
Arlene Hagiya: or 916-942-9683
Gloria Imagire: or 916-955-6563
Description: This Bible Study Series will help you to chart the course of aging well. You will interact with a thoughtful process of how you can maximize the years you have left. These studies will allow you to explore new ways God may want you to live your life. You have much to offer others, especially younger people. So now is the time to start the adventure of aging well!

Caring for One Another Group
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.

In person or Zoom: Meets on Zoom
Material: Mindy will email a weekly devotional each Wednesday.
Contact persons: 
Mindy Takechi:
Mary Nakamura:
Description: An intentional gathering, meeting regularly, for the purpose of drawing near to God, as we care for and support one another in our daily walk with Christ. This group is focused on prayer, encouragement, and growing in faith.

Spirit Within Small Group
1st Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

In person or Zoom: Meets on Zoom
Material: Mindy will email a weekly devotional each Wednesday.
Contact person: Mindy Takechi (
Description: For women and men (approximate age 50-70 year old) with the purpose of checking in with each other, drawing near to God, and supporting one another in a community of faith.

Christians and Racial Justice –Sojourner Small Group
Every other Sunday from 1 – 2 pm (10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14)

In person or Zoom: Meets on Zoom
Material available for free download here:
Contact person: Mary Nakamura (
Description: This series is designed to spark discussion and thought about how to live out God’s call for justice in our world. This guide includes four sessions, each with Sojourners articles, questions for discussion, and ideas for further study.  Please read the materials prior to each session and come with an open heart and mind to listen to the Holy Spirit and to one another. No prior knowledge of racial justice is required.

An invitation to watch Belle Ito’s memorial service online

You can find the bulletin here

The family of Belle Ito invites you to a memorial service for Belle to be held on Saturday, September 25th at 11 am at Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church.  Due to COVID, we are limiting in-person attendance.  You are instead invited to view the service, which will be livestreamed via this link:  There will also be a recording of the service that you can access later via this same link.

The Ito family respectfully requests that no koden or donations to the family be made at this time.  They are humbly grateful for the generous donations and heartfelt condolences already given in their mother’s memory.  Their family continues to miss our mother, but they will always be grateful for the loving support that each of you have given them during these challenging times.

Cancelled – September Family Ministry Event: A Hiking Adventure 9/17 11am

Hello SJUMC Families! Please join us for a hiking adventure at Cosumnes River Preserve.  We will take the Wetlands Walk to Boardwalk Loop, which is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Galt that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.  Please wear comfortable clothes/shoes and bring your own water, snacks, and lunch.  We will meet at 11 AM at the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 13501 Franklin Blvd, which is also the trailhead.

Direction From Sacramento: Take I-5 South from Sacramento or Elk Grove. Exit on Twin Cities Road. Make a left onto Twin Cities. Turn right onto Franklin Blvd. (just before the train tracks). There will be a parking lot on the right providing access to the Boardwalk Trail. Continue past this parking lot to arrive at 13501 Franklin Blvd, which is the location for both the Visitor Center and trailhead for both trails.

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