Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Join team SJUMC Ohana for the ACC Ohana Walk 2023.

Ohana is Hawaiian for Family!

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023; walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Drive, Sacramento

Walk length: Customizable 1-mile, 2-mile, or 3-mile routes

Contact: Mindy Takechi at

Cost: $35 to register; includes a commemorative t-shirt and picnic lunch provided by ACC.

Early Bird discount ($5 off) is available by July 31st for early registration and for ages 18-84. Ages 85+ are free. 

Click Here for online registration

Registration Help Sheet


Spread the LOVE! Show your neighbors you love them and encourage others to do the same by wearing this custom “Love Your Neighbor” polo shirt! Just $15! Men’s and Women’s styles in a moisture-wicking fabric, great for sportswear! Payment due at time of order through check or online. (A minimum order of 12 shirts is needed to place our order.)

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The Body of Christ Cross

History of the Cross Project

By Arlene

“From Him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:16

Initially, this project was supposed to be a simple one day Scripture art workshop. But, God had other plans. He gave us a vision that would bring our church together in unity under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The vision became the Body of Christ Cross. We asked members of the congregation to decorate a piece of the cross and the finished pieces were reassembled together into one glorious cross.

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.

The project’s completion would not have been possible without the help of many hands.

First, we would like to thank Rev. Motoe for her spiritual support.

Next, Mindy and Sue for their faithfulness and dedication to this project. Their input, encouragement, and hands-on support were invaluable.

Eddie for his help and suggestions throughout this project and for expertly mounting the cross onto the wall with help from Curt and Mitchell.

I would also like to thank the Art Ministry members and others who not only created their piece but one or more other pieces for individuals or groups. Thank you to Mindy, Sue F., Irene O., Frances L., Jayne, Shigeko, Kelvin, Jeannie M., Naomi G., Emi, Sue T., Karen K. and Clare S.

And finally, of course, we thank all of you, the participants. Without your involvement this project would never have come to fruition.

To end, I would like to include a text message that Mindy sent to me regarding the unveiling event of the Body of Christ Cross.

“It’s going to be a wonderful celebration of the church, showing God’s power of working together to make something BIG happen, something that only God could do with willing and dedicated vessels.”

Thank you all for being those willing and dedicated vessels for God.

Dedication of the Body of Christ Cross

The unveiling and dedication of the “Body of Christ Cross” was presented on February 26th after worship service. We now have this glorious cross displayed in our Multi-Cultural Hall!

Replica of the Body of Christ Cross

Located on the wall by the restrooms in the Fellowship Hall, a replica of the “Body of Christ Cross” is displayed with a directory that lists each participant’s piece number and description. We are excited to show God’s love through these beautiful pieces from all the participants!

Arlene, Mindy, and Sue F.
Body of Christ Cross Team

Lent 2023

You can pick them up on Sundays or during the office hours (9am to 2:30pm)

– Lenten Commitment Card—give up something, add something and/or do something for the community to be a better disciple. Start to think about what you will do! Click Here

– Lenten Daily Devotion booklet 

Combined Ash Wednesday With SSIP  

March 22 at 7pm In-person at SJUMC & Online (YouTube)

We would like to invite everyone to our joint Ash Wednesday service, with SSIP churches.
If you are participating online, please have ashes (or water) available to make the sign of the cross on your forehead or on your hand when we get to that part of the service.
Our preacher will be Rev. Bobby Jones – Florin United Methodist Church.
an offering can be made at Give — SSIP Food Closet

January is Wellness Month!

Every January at SJUMC, we like to start the New Year with Wellness Month. Below are a list of events that will take place throughout the month.

January 8, Sunday
– Spiritual Wellness” with Rev. Jennifer Goto

Mondays 4:305:30pm Grades 3rd5th Children Exercise Workshop

Mondays 5:306:30pm Grades 6th – 8th Youth Exercise Workshop

January 13, Friday 6-8pm. Dad’s Basketball

January16 9am – noon Grades 3rd – 8th Basketball Clinic MLK Day Skills Clinic

Tuesdays 10:30am – Line Dance, 

Wednesdays 10:30am – Advanced Line Dance 

Thursdays at 10:00am – Senior Exercise

Thursdays, January 5th – 26th at 10:30am – 1:30pm. Pickleball

January 22, Sunday 1:00pm. Movie – Bobbi Jo : Under the Influence, see preview here