Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Stewardship 2023: Gratitude Campaign

Online Pledge Card: Click Here

Stewardship Letter: Click Here

“What I mean is this: the one who sows a small number of seeds will also reap a small crop, and the one who sows a generous amount of seeds will also reap a generous crop. ”2 Corinthians 9:6, CEB

Welcome back, friends! We know the Holy Spirit has been with SJUMC as we have thrived through all the adversity of the past two plus years! The “Praise Gods!” keep coming with too many chance moments and lucky breaks to be natural. Last year we asked all of you to open your hands and hearts and give with gratitude to the church. You came through as we very nearly met our budgetary needs. This year, as the scripture above states, because the church has sowed so bountifully, we have absolute faith in God’s promise that we will reap bountifully and surpass our needs!  Please fill out this online Gratitude card by Nov. 5 for its blessing during the Sunday, November 6 worship service. Thank you for your 2023 pledge!

Blessings from the Stewardship Committee

The Body of Christ Cross Project

the Body of Christ Cross Project

We are so excited to honor Jesus, our Lord and Savior, by installing a special cross in the Multi-Cultural Hall during the 2022 Advent season.

Your help is needed! The vision of this project, the Body of Christ Cross, is for each church member to decorate a piece of the cross. The finished pieces will be reassembled together into one glorious cross. We are praying for your participation in making this Body of Christ cross representative of each person and family in the congregation. 

What is the significance of the term ‘Body of Christ’?  Jesus is the head of the church, and we as believers make up the church, and therefore, are deeply connected to the work and mission of Jesus.  God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be  (1 Cor. 12:18). Each believer is valuable to the church and each of us is a needed part of the body of Christ. This diversity is something to be celebrated and recognized as part of God’s great design for the church. for more information about this project. If you have any questions, please contact Arlene Hagiya ( or Mindy Takechi ( 

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B Division:       10th to 12 Grade
C Division:       7th to 9th Grade

D Division:       5th to 6th Grade

E Division:        3rd to 4th Grade

Instructional:  Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

  • Applications will be accepted by email at:
  • Application will also be accepted by mail at: SJUMC Basketball
    6929 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA  95823

*We can begin the B, C, D, and E practice as early as the last week of October through mid March.  Instructional practices are on Fridays and begins in November and can end at the end of February.  Traditionally, it used to end mid February.

For more information: please email

Basketball registration Click Here

Basketball Head Coach and Assistant Coach Application Click Here

Worship Series – The Lord’s Prayer, The meaning and power of the Prayer Jesus Taught, Sept 18 – Oct 30

Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart. We pray it often, at different times and in different settings. We remember it as the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. But do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words, what we ask of God each time we pray it?  When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, Jesus gave them this prayer. He likely taught it to his followers often, not just one time. 

See the promotion video here 

9/18 “Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name”  
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

9/25 “Whose Will Be Done”
Matthew 6:9-10 (KJV),Luke 22:41-42 (CEB)

10/2 “Our Daily Bread”
Matthew 6:9-11 (KJV), John 6:30-31, 35 (CEB)

10/9 “Forgive…As We Forgive”
Matthew 6:9-12, 14-15 (KJV), Luke 23:32-34 (CEB)

10/16 “And Lead Us, Not Into Temptation”
Matthew 6:13 (CEB), Psalm 23:3b (KJV),
James 1:13-15 (NRSV), 1 Peter 5:8b-9a (NRSV)

10/23 “For THINE Is the Kingdom, Power, and Glory”
Matthew 6:9b-13 (KJV)

Get the book from the office for $15 or order at Cokesbury

Love your Neighbor/Act of Kindness

– Pick up the special business card to spread kindness

 * ·Hear the testimonies

·* Catch up on the updates for the

*  Bring Father’s Day SSIP donation

Act of Kindness Project 

Are you amazed how people are behaving and interacting with others in demeaning and cruel manners? The rhetoric that is being heard throughout the United States has become vitriolic especially when it comes to politics. Elections, vaccine mandates, proposals for gun reforms, police actions, controversies regarding abortions have polarized our nation. People are acting out through bullying, road rage, and violence towards institutions and individuals.

Adam Hamilton, the pastor of the Church of the Resurrection (COR) noted that negative behavior has also entered denominational conversations and as Christians we should do what Jesus has asked of us when he stated in the Sermon on the Mount, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-45).

The members of our church who attended COR’s Leadership Institute in October voted to focus on two themes for 2022, one of which is the Love Your Neighbor/Kindness campaign.

Here are some plans!

  • Love your Neighbor Sermons, Feb. 20th & 27th
  • Daily act of Kindness (during Lent)
  • 7 written testimonies
  • Love your neighbor business cards
  • Sticker of Love your neighbors
  • T-shirts
  • Once a month love our neighbor report
  • Summer Events (acts of kindness)
  • Yard signs