September Announcements

This month
Sep.1: Labor Day
8: Faith in Action, Choir singing
15: 9:30 start for children Sunday School and adult Bible study; Rally Day; Communion and Memorial Candles; Welcome Back Rev. Naomi Potluck
21 & 22: Choir Blast and Choral Cuisine
29: Retreat Sunday theme-Camp songs, prayer, guided meditation

Wednesday Night/Sunday Morning Renewal Bible Studies
Begins again Sunday, September 15 (Rally Day) 9:30 am, and Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm (Wednesday students: Please come to the Sunday session the first week due to a conflict on the 18th.) Newcomers are more than welcome. Each series of Bible Studies is a new beginning — no previous experience required! –Rev. Naomi

Stephen Ministry Series began on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Come and join our Congregational Care Ministers as we study and practice the principles of caregiving. For more information, contact Rev. Naomi or Jean Hart, Flora Ninomiya, Gail Kirk, Lee Marrs, Naty Uno or Carolyn Soto.

Teach and Learn Too
We are looking for additional Sunday school teachers as we move into the new year. We have needs at all levels, but especially for kindergarten through 2nd grade and high school. Please contact Ken Israels at or by phone at 510-527-1854.

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.

When: September 27 – 29 (stay one or two nights)
PLEASE R.S.V.P. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (9/9 is absolute last day)!!
Where: Monte Toyon in Aptos, CA (Dorm Style Lodging about 4 to a room)
Who: BMUC Families and Friends
Contact: Lori Uno @ 510-685-0123 or /
Anyone interested in helping to plan or lead an activity???
We are looking for people to lead games, help people carry things to and from cars, make welcome signs, plan for worship, lead a recreation activity such as baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball….
Rates: 1 Night(4 Meals) / 2 Nights(5 Meals)
Adults (12 and up): 21.47 / 34.77
Children (6 – 11): 13.14 / 21.14 Under 6: FREE / FREE

Rev. Mike Yoshii Being Honored
Mike Yoshii is being honored as the recipient of the “Rev. Paul M. Nagano Peace and Justice Award” by the Council on Pacific Asian Theology. on Sept. 22 at Buena Vista Church.

Asian Camp Reunion
Past and present Campers, Counselors, Directors, Friends and Supporters are invited to Asian Camp Reunion Weekend on November 9-10, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina. See flyer and for more info.