This Month
October 6 – Report from the Young Family Retreat
October 13 – Worship Theme: From the past will come the future
October 20 – Founder’s Day, Memorial Candles, Communion, Choir singing
October 27 – Sermon on Milagros, building Day of the Dead Altar; Halloween Sunday

ISAAC to Honor Roy Sano with Legacy Award
Bishop Roy I. Sano will be presented with the ISAAC Legacy Award at ISAAC’s 5th Symposium on October 5th. [1] The Legacy Award honors pioneers and leaders from the Asian American Christian community. Bishop Sano is being recognized as an invaluable and long standing leader in the community. For more info see:

Christmas play rehearsals
All are invited to participate! Rehearsals begin in November.—Naomi Sanchez

Landscape Project
The presentation of the new church landscape plan was made during church service on Sunday June 30th. The design is by Robert Fukushima, a landscape architect who grew up in this church, who has been working with a committee of church members for several months. You can listen to the presentation on our YouTube channel at this address: (The video is unlisted and not viewable by the public to preserve the architect’s plans.)

The plan is to replace the overgrown old junipers with new attractive plants, and a new Japanese style sign will replace the old sign. To improve access for our older members, a new handicapped accessible path will be built from the front door through the new garden down to the front parking lot.

Thank you to those who have contributed! It’s not too late to donate. Please send donations to David Fujita, Chair of the Trustees.

UMC News
Men Need New Christian Identity—Bishop Swanson

By Rich Peck Sept. 12, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn.––“Men are in search of a new Christian identity.”
That’s what Mississippi Area Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. told the General Commission on United Methodist Men, at the conclusion of their Sept. 6-7 meeting in Nashville.
Serving as chair of the 20-member commission, Swanson said that men are seeking to find genuine and passionate ways to express God’s call upon their lives. “This new identity must not be wrapped up in a grab for power or position; it is simply a response to the opportunity to serve God by serving humanity and the Church,” said the bishop.
“We hope to be seen as fulfilling our call to aid in the renewal of the church without being viewed as a threat to anyone or vilified for our deeply felt passion to see the United Methodist Church offer Christ to men, children and youth.” said Swanson. “We’re trying to do this cautiously because we don’t want to offend anyone, but I believe God is calling us to hasten our pace. This calls us to struggle with what this new Christian man identity should be.”
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