Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Donations needed for Bowling Green students

Please help provide needed school supplies for our neighborhood Bowling Green schools and bring to church by September 12th, such as:

  • Small whiteboards (Dollar Tree size to workout math problems)
  • Expo markers
  • Crayons 
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Pencil pouches
  • Erasers
  • Pencils/Beginner’s pencils-Kinder
  • Spiral Notebooks/Composition Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Binder paper 
  • Glue sticks

Please help support our Conference’s wildfire response efforts!

The California-Nevada Disaster Response Ministry Team gathered on Sunday, August 1 to begin preparations for a presence at the Quincy Local Assistance Center (LAC).

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Be a part of the conference wildfire recovery effort.
Prayer – Pray for all those whose lives have been impacted by these fires, including those who live in the areas, firefighters, relief workers, and those who are survivors of previous fires.
Donations – Right now, our financial support is crucial. Our dollars make gift cards, hotel rooms, groceries, and clean water possible for our brothers and sisters affected by the Dixie Fire and their calls for help are coming. If you would like to donate, please make checks to UMCOR (with Cal-Nev Disaster Response Fund) on memo line.

For more information click HERE.

[POSTPONED] Children’s Summer Festival August 28, Saturday 10am to 2pm

We all looked forward to getting out, enjoying the activities and fellowship. Unfortunately, due to the COVID19 new variants, SJUMC and Jan Ken Po decided to postpone the Children’s Summer Festival.  Your safety, health and well being are important to us and hopefully soon we will be able to have festivities again. Please stay tuned for more information in the months ahead.


The Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC) and Jan Ken Po are sponsoring a Children’s Summer Festival (Natsu Matsuri) at SJUMC on Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  The event is free and there will be lots of activities, food, and performances for children and families – we are inviting families in the community so they can get to know our church better and see all the wonderful things our two organizations have to offer families, especially young families. 

Activities will include: Origami table, Ikebana craft, Name writing in Japanese, Pokemon Go activity, Selfie station, Sasa prayer station, and Coloring table,

Food for sale will include: Binchoyaki Bento (please pre-order food on the SJUMC website, if possible), Food truck shaved ice, Tule’s Cookies, and various snacks and drinks.

Presentations will include: Jan Ken Po Gakko display and presentation, Taiko performances by 3rd graders, Tanko Bushi Dance, Japanese American Internment Camp reports by 5th graders, Various craft displays, and other vendors.

The festival will be held in the SJUMC Multicultural Hall and outside areas around the church.  Please wear your mask inside the building.

Hope you and your children can join us!!

Binchoyaki Bento order for the children’s summer festival

Place your order by: August 17, Tuesday 9am

Please make sure to pay online (

Bentos will be coming from the famous Japanese Restaurant, Binchoyaki –

Chicken Bento -$15
chicken thigh with tare sauce, furikake crusted salmon with tare sauce, salad, potato salad, braised veggie, pickles, rice.

Vegetarian Bento -$15
Assorted veggie tempura, salad, potato salad, braised veggie, pickles, rice.

Bentos will be arriving to the children festival around 11:30am on August 28, Saturday.

Order here

Sunday Worship at 10:30am (in Person)

We are able to worship together in the Sanctuary/Fireside Room (25% capacity, up to  75 people).  

This is a modified service because we are observing the following protocol approved by our District Superintendent and our Health and Wellness group:

Please wear a mask at all times
The pews will be marked so we can maintain social distance between families/households
No singing out loud (singing in your heart is always welcome!)
No fellowship time before/after (no food allowed in the church at this time)
The worship service will be 30 minutes long

The Pastor will be speaking at the pulpit behind a plexiglass shield, and will remove her mask so you can hear her more easily

Although you do not need to make a reservation for the inside seating (like you did for the outside service), we are asking that you please register (one time only) either online Click Here or fill out the form at the Welcome Table.  There is new information on the registration form, so everyone will need to register the first time attending an inside worship service, including those who have been attending the outside worship services.

The Guidelines   
The registration form includes a word about risk and responsibility when you come to the church.  Please take a moment to read this before entering the church.

    If you or a member of your household has symptoms of any illness (cough, fever of any level, difficulty breathing), seek medical assistance and STAY HOME.

    The receptionist will check your temperature when you arrive, and will ask you a few questions related to COVID 19 symptoms.  After this, an usher will escort you to your seat.

    Restroom facilities will not be open except for emergency use only

    Plan to wear a face mask and maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times.

    Unless children can sit still on a chair for 30 minutes during the service, we discourage children from attending at this time to keep the social distance.  

COVID-19 Notification – Positive Test Reported

face mask on blue background

To SJUMC families and friends,

We were recently notified by someone who attended the funeral service last Saturday (July 24th) that they have since tested positive for COVID.  We are in the process of contacting everyone who registered for the service via contact tracing.

Please be assured that everyone’s safety is our priority.  After the service, we cleaned the Sanctuary and the rooms used during the funeral service using aerosol sprays and anti-bacterial wipes on touch points, which is our normal practice after every worship service.  We also took everyone’s temperature and asked COVID symptom questions when they entered the Narthex, and everyone wore masks inside the Sanctuary.  The funeral service was only open to family and friends, and not open to the public.

Also the person who was tested positive passed our temperature test at our reception desk as well as the person answered no to our COVID symptom questions.  The person did not develop COVID symptom until yesterday (27th), and tested positive today (28th) so we think it is very unlikely that he was contagious last Saturday.  The person was vaccinated and currently has cold like symptoms (please pray for this person not to get worse)

We believe that Rev Motoe and Ryland were the only two who attended the funeral and came to the Sunday service the next day.  Both are fully vaccinated but is getting a COVID test and will wait for the results.  Rev Motoe is going on a planned vacation starting August 1st, and a guest preacher will be filling in for her on Sunday.

We pray for everyone’s safety during this pandemic.  May God bless and watch over us all.

Grace and Peace,

Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, the Garden Church.