Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

You are invited to SJUMC’s Garden Weekly Outside Service!

Sundays @ 10:30 – 11:00 AM

As we attempt to navigate the new world of social distancing with our best efforts to keep ourselves and our community safe, we have greatly missed the opportunity to gather for worship and fellowship.  An outdoor service will allow us to share in worship and see familiar faces while keeping us safely apart.
We can only have up to 30 people!  (If you will join us every Sunday, you do not have to register)  Please register Here  March 21March 28April 4@9:00April 4@10:30April 11April 18April 25
Please read the guidelines before you come to church.  If you have any questions, please email or call the office 916-421-1017.   

The Guidelines

  • Please pre-register online (preferred) at, or phone or e-mail with the Church Office( 916-421-1017), or online by providing the names of individuals attending from the same household
  • Please read a word about risk and responsibility online or when you come to the church.
  • If you or any of member of your household has symptoms of illness (cough, fever of any level, difficulty breathing), seek medical assistance and STAY HOME.
  • Restroom facilities will not be open except for emergency use only
  • Plan to wear face masks and maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Enter through the main gate from the front parking lot (Franklin Blvd)  
  • After your temperature is checked, and your name confirmed on the pre-registered list, please pick up one communion package. An usher will escort you to your seat
  • During communion, after the pastor blesses the elements, please open the package and partake of the wafer.  Then open the second lid and drink the cup.  
  • Unless children can sit still on a chair for 30 minutes, we discourage children to attend at this time to keep the social distance.  

See you on Sunday!

Recording of Good Friday & Easter

April 2, Good Friday Zoom Services
SJUMC and Parkview Presbyterian Church – 7:00pm

Watch the Video here

April 4, Easter Sunday

Watch Video Here

Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.

Recorded Holy Week Service of Lament and Healing Addressing Hatred and Violence Against 

The service was a lament for the Anti-Asian violence. We also shared prayers for healing within Asian-American churches and communities, healing across racial lines and a call to action to follow Jesus who loves us all.  Rev. Motoe said a prayer in Japanese during the service.

California-Nevada Conference of The UMC | Holy Week Service of Lament and Healing Addressing Hatred and Violence Against Asian-Americans (
Click here to watch the service

Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.
Editor’s Note: The following is the new and revised Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence from the Asian American Language Ministry Plan (AALM), and the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM). The statement has been endorsed by all of the Asian American active Bishops in the U.S., as well as Asian American academics, leaders in the UMC and all of the 12 different Asian Caucuses.

Rev. John Oda, who directs the Asian American Language Ministry Plan said, “This is not just an Asian American concern.  It is not an African American concern, a Hispanic/Latino concern, a Native American concern or a Pacific Islander concern.  This increase in violence is a concern for ALL Christians; for anyone who wants to live out the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who wants to fulfill His commandment to love one another.  The United Methodist Church has a moral obligation to be vocally and visibly outraged at this precipitous rise in violence and hatred against the Asian American community.” 

Read the full statement here

Addressing Hate Crimes Against Asian AmericansHate crimes against Asian Americans rose 150% last year, many of them targeting the elderly. Chinese Americans and even those who look Chinese are being blamed for COVID-19…
In the meantime, let’s remain vigilant in fighting all hate crimes. Report them to the police. In addition, you can report AAPI hate crimes to, which is run by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University. They track and respond to hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, and bullying against AAPI in the United States.

Meet Rev. Motoe!

Rev. Motoe would love to chat with you by phone or on zoom.  

She is looking forward to visiting with you, especially those who do not generally join the online church meetings. Please call the office schedule (916-421-1017, Tuesdays to Thursday 9am to 2:30pm) or click here to schedule during the day.  (Those of you who need evening time, please click here)

 She loves you and misses you!

Online Confirmation Class!

We are excited to announce that SJUMC will be offering a confirmation class for youth (Age between 13 to 18).  

We will host a Zoom orientation on February 21 at 12 PM, so parents and youth can learn more about the confirmation class.  

One hour online class 7pm-8pm
Wednesdays (March 24-April 28),
Thursdays (May 6-June3),
Confirmation Sunday (June 6)
If you (or your family member) is interested in participating, please let Ryland know (

Lent 2021 – Rend Your Hearts: Claiming the Promise

Lenten Small Group”Never Alone” study by Max Lucado
Wednesdays Feb. 17 – Mar. 31
Weekly email lesson with 3 Zoom sessions*
Contact Mindy Takechi by 2/13 to join at

Roll Down, Justice!
A Lenten Biblical Reflection
Small Group
We will be meeting weekly on Wed or Thurs evenings from 7 – 8 pm.  We will be following the General Commission on Religion and Race study called Roll Down, Justice!  It can be viewed here:2/17 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Ash Wed)  2/25 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Thurs)3/4 @ 7 pm  – 8 pm (Thurs)   3/11 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Thurs)3/17 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Wed)  3/24 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Wed)
If you are interested in learning more about the following, please email Mary Nakamura at 

Sponsor Children for Lenten Project and Children’s Worship
This Lenten Season, please consider sponsoring a child to receive a special Lenten resources! The funds will also help cover continuing expenses for the Children’s Worship which we plan on continuing through the summer. The anonymous sponsorships can be of any amount but the circuit is hoping to raise $20 per child up to 200 children conference wide. More than one child can be sponsored. Checks can be written to Sacramento First UMC, 2100 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816  with a memo line stating “For Children’s Worship.” Online donations can be made at under General Fund, Children’s Worship Lent. Deadline for donations is Easter Sunday.

Yet Even Now
Feb. 17, Ash Wednesday
This Is the Sign 
Feb. 21, First Sunday in Lent
Walk Before Me 
Feb. 28, Second Sunday in Lent
All These Words 
Mar. 7, Third Sunday in Lent
Look Up and Live 
Mar. 14, Fourth Sunday in Lent
Written on the Heart 
Mar. 21, Fifth Sunday in Lent
The One Who Comes 
Mar. 28, Passion Sunday
By His Bruises 
Apr. 2, Good Friday
Bible Study Starting Feb. 17th
 Wednesdays 10am