Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

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

Day of Remembrance Worship & Memories of Camp Recordings

The Japanese American Clergy Caucus organized on the special Day of Remembrance Worship

Also Bishop’s Sano’s sermon from the JA worship (Feb. 14) in Japanese available here 

– Preacher – Bishop Sano
– Virtual Choir (if you are interested in joining, please contact Lyssa or Rev. Motoe)
– Slide show with all JA churches (organized by SJUMC)
– Prayer by DS Shinya Goto
– Short History of Japanese American Churches by DS Mark Nakagawa
Memories of Camp

Many thanks to our speakers: Bill Taketa, Lester Ouchida, Amy Kawahara, Gloria Imagire, Frances Lee, Mitzi Ishizaki, and Rev. George Nishikawa.  We have many people joined us and heard inspiring stories.  

Memories of Camp Click Here

Senior Exercise On Zoom

January Senior Exercise On Zoom was successful.  Many thanks for Ryland who helped the technology and instructors! So we will continue the senior exercise!

Line Dancing with Vicki!  
Tuesdays 10am to 10:30am 
(please log in at 9:50am)

Senior Exercise with Peg!  
Thursdays 10am to 10:30am 
(please log in at 9:50am)

Please share the link to others (New zoom link
Click Here to join the zoom
Meeting ID: 976 5635 4561    Passcode: 595037