Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Senior Exercise On Zoom

January Senior Exercise On Zoom was successful.  Many thanks for Ryland who helped the technology and instructors! So we will continue the senior exercise!

Line Dancing with Vicki!  
Tuesdays 10am to 10:30am 
(please log in at 9:50am)

Senior Exercise with Peg!  
Thursdays 10am to 10:30am 
(please log in at 9:50am)

Please share the link to others (New zoom link
Click Here to join the zoom
Meeting ID: 976 5635 4561    Passcode: 595037

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!

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

Gift Card/Script Fundraiser

We are fundraising contact free with our new ShopWithScrip (Gift Card/Scrip) fundraising.  Just in time to buy as gifts for the holidays!

Gift card fundraising is the best way to raise money for our church. Buy gift cards from your favorite brands (Bel Air, Starbucks, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Nordstrom, Macys, Sams Club, Panera, Subway, etc.) to earn on your daily purchases. It’s never been easier to create opportunities for what matters most to you. No extra money spent. No extra time wasted. 

How it works:
Raise money by purchasing gift cards at face value Shop 750+ top brands and immediately earn from 2 to 20% on every gift card you buy. You can easily raise $1,000 or more every year. 

Use gift cards at full value for your daily purchases Earnings come from brands, not from your pocket, so gift cards are worth every penny. Raise money simply by doing everyday things—like grabbing your morning coffee or ordering dinner for the family. 

How to get started

Create an account on theRaiseRight app or at using our organization’s enrollment code: (please contact the office or Kimi Ronay to get the number)

Starting in January 2021, monthly orders to be delivered to the church need to be in by the 10th of the month to be received by the church by the end of the month.We’ve created an easy to follow 3-minute tutorial video to help your participants get started.
 The video walks through how to:

  • Download the app from the app store
  • Enroll in an online account with your organization (remember to provide them with your organization’s enrollment code)
  • Shop for gift cards
  • Set up online payment
  • Have cards shipped right to their home

Here’s a short clip video for the mobile app RaiseRight. You also have the option on the mobile app with some brands to have it mailed to your house for a 50 cents postage fee than 50 cents for each card or buy the eCard with no fee.  Once you have the card, you can reload on most brands therefore no mailing involved.  There is a small fee of 15 cents for checking and 2.6% for credit card.  We will only be accepting orders that are paid by your online account at this time so please do not click the option for the church to pay.

If you have any questions, please contact Kimi Ronay at