Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Event on January 19, Tuesday 2pm to 5pm

You are invited to a Virtual Special Event on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.  during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for the event is Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (cf. John 15:1-17).  This event is sponsored by the North State Ecumenical Conference, and has the support of Bishop Jaime Soto.  

Rev. Motoe will be a part of the worship service (at the end of the event)

·A rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing by a Virtual Ecumenical Choir
·A Panel Discussion with several Christian faith leaders, who will address Racism intheChurch
·A Worship Prayer Service led by Christian faith leaders (including Bishop Jaime Soto), with Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the United Methodist Church, California Nevada Conference, as the Homilist

Here is the Web Link you can use for the Virtual Special Event on January 19th: 

There is no charge for this event.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Deacon Dennis Gorsuch, NSEC Chair, at (916) 984-8550, or E-mail:

Praying the Psalms Class

With Elaine Deatherage

Mondays, Jan. 18 – Feb. 15, On Zoom 11am to 12pm

This class will be a little different from other classes. It will not be a study but a time for sharing and prayer. We will share what’s happening in our lives then read selected psalms and praying that psalm. We will meet with another church on zoom at 11 on Mondays beginning January 18.  I hope you will join us in this time together. If you would like to participate please email. Elaine Deatherage at 
 All are welcome!

January is Wellness Month!

Worship Series Spiritual Tools from your Medicine Cabinet 
Join us every Sunday to learn a different Spiritual tools:
Prayer, Fasting, Creating a Quiet Space Lectio Divina, Meditation, Service 
Small Group “Spiritual Practices”Wednesdays 10am (zoom)Join one time or all three sessions (Jan. 13, 20, 27)Please let Rev. Motoe know if you are interested in joining the group.

Senior Exercise On Zoom 
Line Dancing with Vicki!  
Tuesdays 10am to 10:30am (please log in at 9:50am)
Jan. 12, 19, & 26

Senior Exercise with Peg!  
Thursdays 10am to 10:30am (please log in at 9:50am)
Jan. 14, 21, 28

Never done zoom or need help? Please contact Ryland Fernandez,(916-747-3122,  He will go over it with you.  You can use your phone, tablet or computer.  Or he will be ready for you at 9:30am on the first day to help you log on. For the safety reason, we need to see you on the screen so we know you are ok.

SJUMC Family Ministry
As part of the wellness month, SJUMC Family Ministry has many fun activities planned for the month of January as opening activities for our Zoom Youth Sunday School.  Please see below for our schedule. January 3, Healthy Snack Making
January 10, Mindfulness
January 17, Walking Sunday School
January 24, Team Scavenger Hunt
January 31, Beginning Yoga

Give gifts to help others!

Since we’re not able to have an Alternative Gift Fair this year, here are some organizations you can donate to directly and help someone in need.  You can donate locally or internationally, to one listed below or any other organization you choose to share your blessings!

SSIP Food Closet (Click here)South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership is our local food bank serving more
people than ever.  Donate online at or mail a check to SSIP Food Closet, 5625 24th St, Sacramento CA 95822.  

Loaves & Fishes (Click here) They provide survival supplies and food for the homeless through a variety of programs in Sacramento.  Donate online at or mail a check to
 Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, PO Box 13495, Sacramento CA 95813.

Heifer International (Click here)Help a family prosper! Donate $20 for a flock of chicks, $30 for honeybees, or $120 for a goat and many other choices! Online at or call 855-8HUNGER.

Church World Service Best Gifts (Click here)
 Love our neighbors by giving gifts with meaning!  Give $20 for books for children in Vietnam, $50 for a Winter Warmth Kit for a refugee in Bosnia, and many other
 choices! Online at or call 800-297-1516.

Recognizing and Avoiding Scams

During the holiday season, it’s especially important to be vigilant about protecting against scams. Please see the following link for things you can do to avoid them.

Some examples from Apple.

– If you believe that your online ID has been compromised, or if you might have entered your password or other personal info on a scam website, change your online password immediately.

– If you receive a suspicious email that looks like it’s supposed to be from certain companies, please don’t click on any links or open or save attachments.

– In general, never share personal information like credit card numbers, passwords, or banking information, unless you can verify the recipient is who they claim to be.

– Taking a few moments to double-check something that looks or sounds odd is well worth it every time. 

Please let your parents or grandparents know about these precautions and help them stay safe online.

 May God’s protection and watchfulness, including the tips included in this link, help keep us safe this holiday season!