Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

January is Wellness Month!

Worship Series Spiritual Tools from your Medicine Cabinet 
Join us every Sunday to learn a different Spiritual tools:
Prayer, Fasting, Creating a Quiet Space Lectio Divina, Meditation, Service 
Small Group “Spiritual Practices”Wednesdays 10am (zoom)Join one time or all three sessions (Jan. 13, 20, 27)Please let Rev. Motoe know if you are interested in joining the group.

Senior Exercise On Zoom 
Line Dancing with Vicki!  
Tuesdays 10am to 10:30am (please log in at 9:50am)
Jan. 12, 19, & 26

Senior Exercise with Peg!  
Thursdays 10am to 10:30am (please log in at 9:50am)
Jan. 14, 21, 28

Never done zoom or need help? Please contact Ryland Fernandez,(916-747-3122,  He will go over it with you.  You can use your phone, tablet or computer.  Or he will be ready for you at 9:30am on the first day to help you log on. For the safety reason, we need to see you on the screen so we know you are ok.

SJUMC Family Ministry
As part of the wellness month, SJUMC Family Ministry has many fun activities planned for the month of January as opening activities for our Zoom Youth Sunday School.  Please see below for our schedule. January 3, Healthy Snack Making
January 10, Mindfulness
January 17, Walking Sunday School
January 24, Team Scavenger Hunt
January 31, Beginning Yoga

Give gifts to help others!

Since we’re not able to have an Alternative Gift Fair this year, here are some organizations you can donate to directly and help someone in need.  You can donate locally or internationally, to one listed below or any other organization you choose to share your blessings!

SSIP Food Closet (Click here)South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership is our local food bank serving more
people than ever.  Donate online at or mail a check to SSIP Food Closet, 5625 24th St, Sacramento CA 95822.  

Loaves & Fishes (Click here) They provide survival supplies and food for the homeless through a variety of programs in Sacramento.  Donate online at or mail a check to
 Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, PO Box 13495, Sacramento CA 95813.

Heifer International (Click here)Help a family prosper! Donate $20 for a flock of chicks, $30 for honeybees, or $120 for a goat and many other choices! Online at or call 855-8HUNGER.

Church World Service Best Gifts (Click here)
 Love our neighbors by giving gifts with meaning!  Give $20 for books for children in Vietnam, $50 for a Winter Warmth Kit for a refugee in Bosnia, and many other
 choices! Online at or call 800-297-1516.

Recognizing and Avoiding Scams

During the holiday season, it’s especially important to be vigilant about protecting against scams. Please see the following link for things you can do to avoid them.

Some examples from Apple.

– If you believe that your online ID has been compromised, or if you might have entered your password or other personal info on a scam website, change your online password immediately.

– If you receive a suspicious email that looks like it’s supposed to be from certain companies, please don’t click on any links or open or save attachments.

– In general, never share personal information like credit card numbers, passwords, or banking information, unless you can verify the recipient is who they claim to be.

– Taking a few moments to double-check something that looks or sounds odd is well worth it every time. 

Please let your parents or grandparents know about these precautions and help them stay safe online.

 May God’s protection and watchfulness, including the tips included in this link, help keep us safe this holiday season!

Health and Wellness Team News

person on a bridge near a lake

Well, we’re back to purple tier! COVID cases are on the rise again and precautions to prevent further infections have caused the church to again reinstate the following restrictions on use of the church facilities. This also applies to any member with church keys not identified as an essential worker.

• Suspend use of the entire Fellowship building by anyone outside of permitted essential office workers.  

• Anyone who comes to the church must sign in and out at the office (or sign-in sheet on door of MCH or other location) AND call the office to let them know you are on the premises . This is in case future contact tracing is needed. (sign-in sheet shown below)  

• All persons must maintain social distancing (6 feet apart min.) and wear masks properly at all times. (i.e., over the nose, firmly on face)  Cathy Mayeda will be in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Essential office volunteers are allowed following the same protocols.

We thank everyone for your understanding and adherence to these protocols. We continue to pray for everyone’s safety and health until we are able to meet “face-to face” once again!


SJUMC Sign in Procedure
If you belong to a group that is renting the facility, you should have pre-registered with your leader.  Please write in the leader/group name.  For all other persons, please sign in with your name, phone number, arrival date and time, location or destination within the church facility, and then sign out when you leave.  We need this for contact tracing, should an exposure occur.

Advent/Christmas 2020, I Believe Even When

“Raise your voice… raise it; don’t be afraid!”  Isaiah 40:9 

The history of humanity is fraught with pain–especially the pain that comes accompanied by fear and leads to oppression and violence of one people against another. This is the world into which Jesus was born and through which his teachings would challenge and call for transformation. The opening words of an anonymous Jewish poet, “I believe in the sun, even when the sun is not shining,” were scrawled on a wall during the Holocaust. This theme song for our season calls us to examine our penchant for annihilating fear by annihilating each other. The power of narrative and music will call us to a different response–transformation and reconciliation through hope, love, joy, and peace. This Advent and Christmas, let us fill the night with music and light and affirm and act on the reasons why we can still “believe, even when” we are discouraged.

the Circuit Advent small group with Centennial UMC, Saturdays in December, 10am on Zoom

“I Believe Even When…” Documentary Film Festival—What role does singing play in holding a people together? The answer lies in these four films. Mark and Mary Lou Hanzlik host this online series about the power of music in difficult times. For more information contact:

Advent Devotion Booklet Available

Please pick up the advent booklet from the church. Special Drive Through (Nov. 29, Sunday Noon to 1pm)  Drive by the church to pick up a booklet!

Have your Advent candles ready!

This year, we are inviting you to light the advent candles at home during the service.  The advent candles can be 4 simple candles which you can find at home, you can buy them or you can make them. Join us to light candles together!

Children Advent Movie Project

You can watch a movie together as a family each week and discuss it! You can check these out at the library or look for it on the TV during December.A Charlie Brown Christmas – Hope, How the Grinch Stole Christmas – LoveFrosty the Snowman – Joy, The Muppet Christmas Carol – PeaceThe Polar Express – Believe