Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Flawed but Faithful Disciple: A New Worship Series on Simon Peter, May 8 – June 19

Simon Peter—an ordinary fisherman who heard an extraordinary call. He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man. And that’s the point of Simon Peter. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.

Running in conjunction with this worship series will be a small group. Thursdays at 11 am on Zoom (starting May 12). Contact Rev. Motoe if interested in attending, and click here to indicate your interest.

Get the book from the office for $10 or order at

Join us for VBS/Kids Camp this summer!

Please save the dates for our IN-PERSON Jerusalem Marketplace VBS/Kids Camp this year! For kids 3 year old to 6th grade!


Dates: July 18-22, 2022 (Kids Camp Sunday 10:30am-11:30am July 24)
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Where: SJUMC Garden Church (6929 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95823)
Tuition: $25 per child early registration until May 22 (The actual program fee is $250 per child, but SJUMC will cover the difference)

Deadline for early registration – May 22

If you are paying online, please go to (general fund, others, put memo, kids Camp)

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all!

If you have a question, please contact Susan Otani Curtis at

Sports Ministries Survey & Town Hall Recorded Session

On March 20th, we hosted a town hall session to outline our initial plans for the new SJUMC Sports Ministry. We recorded the session, and it’s available to view HERE.

The Sports Ministry Visioning team gave an in-person townhall presentation on March 17 and again by Zoom March 20. An online presentation is available on the church website.  All responses are requested returned by April 24, 2022. Please fill out the survey HERE.

·   A brief history of our arrival at the creation of a Sports Ministry was presented. The Faith Team (combination of the Growing Young program, the Healthy Church Initiative, the Discipleship Pathway) discerned our target focus group for growth and discipleship was families with children in May 2021. The Delta virus then forced cancellation of planned events for the summer. During this hiatus, Rev. Motoe was introduced to Rev. Dr. Rob Burns, a sports ministry director and coach.  Turns out, there exists a Recreation and Sports Ministry organization creating thriving programs across the nation! During this same time, various leaders were also moved to imagine expanding usage of the multicultural hall to better serve others.  The Church Council approved coaching sessions with Coach Rob to help us create an official SJUMC Sports Ministry, as he noted we already had one with the basketball program, senior exercise and line dancing underway.

·   The Sports Ministry Visioning Team was created after council members met with Coach Rob  Jan. 26. Recognizing that the church leaders were the original holders of the vision for Sports Ministry, we needed a Visioning team of leaders of various backgrounds, ages, and involvement in the basketball program, older adult ministries and other activities to meet to further brainstorm ideas, clarify and solidify what the vision was for the Sports Ministry and then create an Implementation team to carry out that vision.  (We keep in our hearts and minds always our overriding church and UMC visions of Loving God, Serving Others, Transforming Lives and Making Disciples of Christ for the Transformation of the World.)

·   The Implementation team would consist of stakeholders generally connected to younger families with children, but not limited to that demographic, willing to invest their energies into moving the vision forward.  The mission of the Implementation team would be further define the Sports Ministry based on the survey results received by the congregation and other stakeholders and develop a plan of action.  The possibility of hiring a Sports Ministry director or other type of employee(s) may be considered as the program evolves.

·   Some Sports Ministry ideas discussed but not limited to include youth and adult basketball, pickle ball, walking groups, volleyball, martial arts and golf. Activities are not limited to use of the MCH. As the many of the youth involved in the initial basketball program are now grown with families of their own, we feel it is an ideal time to welcome them back. Wednesday Night Live, a gathering of players and families each week during early basketball program years was a favorite memory of former members and we would like to bring it back in some form. In addition, we would like to expand physical fitness opportunities for older adults.

Understanding that we are gently re-entering the in-person world and no one really knows which ideas will bear fruit or for how long, we are proceeding with a “trial and error” attitude, emphasizing flexibility and openness to adjustments as needed. We ask all to be patient as we experimental in God’s great Re-boot!  Thank you and please let us hear from you through the survey by April 24, 2022!

From The Visioning Team (Jill Kanemasu, Kimi Ronay, Eric Hirata, Rev. Motoe, Jayne Rasmussen, Sue Teranishi, Gloria Imagire, Kelly Fong, Dale Fong)

Love Your Neighbor, Act of Kindness campaign

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.

Lenten Passport Click Here – it has daily act of kindness examples and testimonies

If you would like to receive the lenten passport, please contact the office, then we can mail one for you.

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

Please welcome Rev. Dr. Rob Burns, our new Sports Ministry coach!

The Sports Ministry will include our basketball program, senior exercise, and line dancing. We are fortunate to have a beautiful multicultural hall that can be utilized for this purpose. We have contracted for 6 months of coaching with Rob, with funds coming from the Kingdom Fund. In his youth, he was a soccer player with a Football Club in England and later played for the Houston Dynamos. He has a Masters of Divinity from South Western Seminary and also earned a post graduate certificate in Coaching for Leadership and an additional MA in Missional Leadership.
We are very excited about this program and hope to bring many families to SJUMC. If you are interested in helping the sports ministries, please contact Rev. Motoe.