Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Wellness Month: Vital Checkup & Medication Review | Sunday, January 16th, after the worship service

With Gene & Lourdes Lem, in the Fireside Room

Vital Checkup. Asthma, Medication review of medicines from home, Blood Pressure, Glucose or other screenings.
Medication review/Brown Bag. Are you taking too many medicines? Is it OK to take an over-the-counter drug with your prescription drugs? Bring a bag of all your prescription and over the counter/natural drugs or a list of all your medications.

January is Wellness Month!

Every January at SJUMC, we like to start the New Year with Wellness Month. Every week will have events that focus on different aspects of our health. Below are a list of events that will take place throughout the month.
You can register for each event HERE.

Beginner’s CrossFit with Kaya Suzuki
Wednesday, January 12th, 11:00-11:30am
Registration REQUIRED
As part of January’s heath month, we will be offering people looking to work out an introduction to CrossFit.  By definition, CrossFit is functional movements performed at high intensity.  While the level of intensity can vary widely we will start simply with an introduction of warm-up exercises without equipment. Bring water and a towel. A yoga mat can be useful if you have one, but not required. Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Registered members only. If you are interested in joining the workout, please register via email by Tuesday, January 11th. Email address:

Vital Checkup & Medication Review with Gene and Lourdes Lem
Sunday, January 16th, after the worship service in the Fireside Room
Vital Checkup. Asthma, Medication review of medicines from home, Blood Pressure, Glucose or other screenings.
Medication review/Brown Bag. Are you taking too many medicines? Is it OK to take an over-the-counter drug with your prescription drugs? Bring a bag of all your prescription and over the counter/natural drugs or a list of all your medications.

Join us for fun, music, exercise with Joaquin Ngarangad!
Wednesday, January 19th at 10:30am
Joaquin Ngarangad, instructor for several ACC classes, will be leading a session for Wellness Month. Come join the fun on Wednesday, January 19th at 10:30am in the Multicultural Hall and exercise to music. Proof of vaccine and contact tracing information required.

Dental 101 with Denton Sato, DDS
Thursday, January 20 at 7pm & Saturday, January 29 at 10am on Zoom (same workshop, offered twice)
I am a general dentist working in Midtown Sacramento. As part of January being wellness month, I have volunteered to lead a meeting on Zoom to answer general questions and concerns church members may have pertaining to dentistry. As many aspects of dentistry are subjective, it is completely possible to get very differing opinions from different dental providers. I hope to help provide insight and depth into what makes the dental field so complex and how your dental health has a significant impact on your overall health.  While I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis for individuals over Zoom, I am willing to look over treatment plans you may have received from other providers and help navigate what it means and if it makes sense to your needs. Please include SJUMC in the title to any emails to

Long Term Care and Final Expense Workshop with Andy Foor
Sunday, January 23 after the worship service in the Fireside Room & Wednesday, January 26 at 7pm on Zoom
Registration PREFERRED
Would you like to learn more about your options for Final Expense and Long-Term care insurance? Have questions about your existing policies or would like to see what you qualify for and the steps needed to protect yourself and your family? Join us for additional information on Sunday, January 23rd after the worship service in the Fireside Room and Wednesday, January 26 at 7pm on Zoom.

Family Ministry Event: Jogging at William Land Regional Park
Saturday, January 29th at 11am
Please RSVP to Momoko Newsome at by Saturday, January 15. We look forward to seeing you there!

Open Gym
Sunday, January 23 & Sunday, January 30
Come and bring a few friends for some basketball fun. The gym will be open two Sundays in January following Covid protocols for Wellness Month.
January 23rd – 1:00-3:00 p.m. 6th, 7th and 8th grades; 3:00-5:00 pm. 9th thru 12th grades
January 30th – 1:00-5:00 p.m. 18 and over
– Must be at least 12 years old
– 5-10 players on the court at one time
– When not playing, must wear mask (spectators included)
– Proof of vaccine required
– Must provide contact tracing information HERE

Mental Illness Support Group (Zoom) with David Bartley
Shoulders to Lean On: A peer lead support group focused on loss, grief, and mental health.
Even before COVID, life could be hard, really hard. But COVID has ramped up the difficulty factor by degrees of 10! And while each of us walks our own path, the challenges we face, the struggles we endure, and the heartaches we suffer oftentimes mirror others’. Because of this, some of the deepest healing can occur when we allow ourselves to join in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment of peers. There is no need to carry the burdens of life alone. Come and discover what it feels like to have a shoulder to lean on. $25.00 registration fee. Please let Rev. Motoe know if you are interested in joining this group.

Grief Support Group on Zoom
Time and dates TBA

Free. Please let Rev. Motoe know if you are interested in this group.

Tuesdays at 10am
Line Dancing with Vicky Camblin and Rev Motoe.

Thursdays at 10am
Senior Exercise with Amy Kawahara and Kaya Suzuki.

Donation request for Project Meadowview

The Success Academy and Project Meadowview (SJUMC Mission committee supports this project) are looking to start a Clothes and Hygiene Closet for their students, grades 4-8, as well as for the monthly gathering Project Activation Meadowview, which takes place on the 3rd Saturday of each month, on their campus and welcomes everyone in the neighborhood.  They are especially interested in getting the following for both girls and boys: 

  • T-shirts, white and black, 
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoelaces
  • Toothbrushes
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant

Any items are welcome for the general Clothes Closet!  Bring to the church and a box in the Fellowship Hall is marked for ¨Meadowview.¨  Thank you for your support!

Stewardship 2022: Gratitude Campaign

Online Pledge Card: Click Here

Grateful Heart Video recording instructions: Click Here

Stewardship Children’s Video recording instructions: Click Here

What does this GRATITUDE CAMPAIGN mean? The Stewardship Committee decided to shift the perspective of our annual stewardship campaign to better reflect what the campaign is truly about – gratitude. While remaining faithful stewards of God’s gifts to us, in gratitude, we fully acknowledge that everything we are and everything we have is a gift from the hands of a kind and generous God. Therefore, in gratitude, we give back to God what is God’s, to do God’s work on earth.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:10

We serve a miraculous God! God already knows what we are each created to do, even if we don’t yet know. The recent celebration of life for our beloved member, Belle Ito, was a beautiful example of what one faithful and devoted servant of Christ could accomplish. Belle’s was a quiet and consistent path, yet she touched so many people as she, in the words of Rev. Debra Brady, “continued to transform her heart all her life”. Belle shared her love through encouragement, patience and prayers. As expressed by Rev. Motoe, Belle’s prayers continue to live in all of us. What a blessing! Belle shared her many gifts with her church family by teaching, volunteering, pledging and recruiting volunteers for service. She said “yes” to God! (and no one could say no to Belle!) There are many lessons to learn from Belle’s life. Most importantly, she reminds us to give gratefully and freely of the gifts God has bestowed upon us no matter how small they may seem. Many of us have been the recipient of a wonderful card or call from Belle over the years. Did it not inspire you to express appreciation or encourage someone in return? That was the Belle “bump” (first bump)! Belle knew that gratitude leads to generosity. A grateful heart is a generous heart. We praise God for the life of dear Belle!

Inspire us, Dear Lord, with the examples of your son, Jesus Christ, and the saints who came before us to freely give of the gifts bestowed upon us with a thankful heart and generous spirit. AMEN.

Please fill out the Gratitude card (Online form (preferred) here or paper copy HERE) and return to the office by Friday, October 22, 2021 for its blessing during the Sunday, October 24, 2021 worship service. Thank you for your 2022 pledge!

–Blessings from the Stewardship Committee

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.