April Announcements

Our Bazaar Silent Auction Is Back!

Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 will be our Annual Bazaar. You can help by promoting it and starting to solicit donations now for the silent auction. You will receive a Bazaar flyer in the next Homevisitor. Please see David Fujita or Amy Yamashiro for Silent Auction Details.
Thanks! Together we will make our Annual Bazaar a success!

Directory Photos

To BMUC members….Please see Harold Hayashi on Sundays. He will be taking pictures for the new directory.He has fewer than a dozen pictures left to take. Couples and Families, please attend and be photographed together. Pictures are a great part of any directory, it reminds us in identifying people.

Peace Camp
July 18-21. Early bird registration thru April 30.
Children will learn about peacemaking through storytelling, faith practices and traditions, yoga, the arts (music/dance/visual arts), cooperative games and movement. Further, they will also learn peaceful conflict resolution and communication skills. We’ll also cover themes such as self-acceptance, empathy and compassion, cooperation, generosity, sharing, and respect. All activities will be age appropriate and will model deep respect for cultural and religious diversity. For application, please visit: https://bmuc.org/bmuc-peace-camp-2016-application/

Basketball Season Report
March Madness – EBYAL style

On March 5th and 6th, the EBYAL held their Shaughnessy in Castro Valley. BMU C-Silver (middle school), coached by Aaron Nakahara, placed 4th in league and therefore took on the 1st place EBFM Owls in their first playoff game. BMU had been playing better the last 3 weeks of the season, and continued that momentum, beating the Owls 32-31. In the championship game, BMU lost 34-13, but really proud of their accomplishments, taking home their 2nd place trophy. Through the entire weekend, BMU ended up being the only underdog winner of the 12 games played.


Announce it!
Please send your announcements to Jill, bmuchurch@gmail.com by Fridays to appear in the Sunday handout.
Send announcements and articles for the Homevisitor newsletter by the third Sunday each month (with some exceptions when newsletter assembly would fall on a special day.)
You may also directly announce to the email Yahoo group, bmuc@yahoogroups.com. Thanks!


News from Sister Churches and Organizations

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News from our California-Nevada Annual Conference:

Tadaima, Japanese American LGBTQQ and Allies presents:
Tadaima, meaning “I’m home” in Japanese, will culminate in a 1-day conference on Saturday, April 2nd in San Jose that will bring together Japanese American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning individuals and Allies. For more information, visit www.tadaimabayarea.org

Wesley UMC
Fifth Anniversary Memorial of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Apr. 5, 7p.m. 566 N. 5th St, San Jose. Guest Speakers Terumi Kataoka, Deputy, Aizu Radiation information center; and Rev. Masashi Sato, Tohoku Disaster Relief Center “Emmaus” Associate Pastor, United Church of Christ in Japan.

Aldersgate UMC Spring Bazaar Saturday, May 7 from 11am to 4pm.  Come by for Bento lunch, amazing Teriyaki chicken, home made manju, sushi, crafts, collectibles and the art gallery.
4243 Manuela Ave, near the corner of Arastradero and Foothill Expressway in Palo Alto.  Go to www.aldersgatepa for a downloadable poster, or a map to the church.

UMC News

The Global Church Gathers

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016.
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs

Praying for GC2016: What will happen?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — When the 864 delegates arrive for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, each one comes blanketed in prayer. The Rev. Tom Albin, director of the church’s Upper Room, invites all United Methodists to blanket the entire proceeding with intentional prayer. Kathy Gilbert reports.
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60 Days of Prayer website
Free course on General Conference

Promoting ‘Abundant Health’ at GC2016

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Eight years ago, United Methodists were asked to “Imagine No Malaria” and they have — raising more than $68 million to help eradicate the disease. Now, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is asking delegates at General Conference 2016 to endorse its “Abundant Health” campaign to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions between 2017 and 2020. Linda Bloom reports.
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Nearing a malaria goal before GC2016

NEW YORK (UMNS) — As the denomination’s roving ambassador for malaria prevention, United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton has heard “story after story” about people energized around a cause that can make a difference. The Imagine No Malaria campaign, which United Methodists will celebrate May 18 at the 2016 General Conference, has raised more than $68 million so far. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Light in the darkness in Syria

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Since war broke out in Syria in March 2011, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has worked with local and international partners to respond to critical needs of people in harm’s way, both within Syria and in the nearby countries where refugees have fled. As Linda Unger reports for UMCOR, the help reaches just a fraction of those affected by the war’s catastrophic impact.
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How volunteers help small churches thrive

EDOM, Texas (UMNS) — Small-membership churches like First United Methodist Church in Edom depend on the willingness and flexibility of volunteers. The Texas Conference points to the example of longtime volunteers Keith and Karen Mills to highlight ways volunteers can get involved and benefit from that involvement.
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10 creative ways to explore a Bible passage

MOBILE, Ala. (UMNS) — The Bible is the word of God and the source of spiritual life, but sometimes it can be hard to understand. In those moments, it helps to have a tool to help unlock the meaning or simply keep us engaged. Jeremy Steele offers some creative options.
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Methodist ‘angel’ greeted immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (UMC.org) — Methodist deaconess Kathryn Maurer, herself an immigrant from Canada, devoted herself to the comfort of thousands of immigrants stepping off the boat at the Angel Island Immigration Center. Maurer, who served as a social worker primarily for Chinese women and children, was dubbed “the angel of Angel Island” by a San Francisco newspaper.
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