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BYG Update

Posted by on Jan 29, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Prayer, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Weekly Calendar

BYG made and delivered spaghetti for Tent City 3. TC3 is located a block away from Blaine Memorial UMC.

BYG Ministry in ‘23 sets up impact for ‘24

By Kaylee Yokoyama

At this time of year we are all setting New Year resolutions by reflecting on the past year. As we reflect on BYG, this past year, BYG has engaged in various events and activities throughout 2023. 

We started off the year by fundraising through candle making. This was a time where the youth came together and taught one another how to make a candle. Also, BYG was fortunate enough to establish a relationship with Tent City 3. Throughout the year, BYG served food to Tent City 3 on multiple occasions, especially during times of need. The youth were able to support Tent City 3 through making blankets during the winter. Additionally, BYG was able to bring back many popular events such as overnighters and serving Easter breakfast. This is a time for youth and leaders to gather and spend time reflecting and have fun! 

BYG organized another Bake Sale to raise funds for Jr. High Camp and Asian Camp.

In the summer, we were able to send our youth to Junior High Camp and Asian Camp (a total of 15 youth!). Youth worked diligently to fund-raise for camping ministries through various activities. These included bake sales, candle making, and volunteering their time at receptions. Also during this time, our youth volunteered as leaders for VBS. It was amazing to see the youth grow from campers into stepping into these important leadership roles (WOW! Time flies!). 

BYG had a White Elephant gift exchange at a BYG Christmas party overnighter. Everyone had a marvelous time!

As we transitioned into Autumn, we brought back the Youth Booth for Bazaar. Some of our younger youth, who have never experienced working in the Youth booth, learned how to make their first Suno Dog! Transitioning to November, we participated in the famous Thanksgiving service project. Our youth made mashed potatoes and apple crisps by hand, for a total of 24 Kimball families! 

Finally, ending the year, our youth volunteered to participate in the various Christmas festivities at church. This included roles in the Christmas play and music ministries. Youth dedicated their time to showcase their performing talents for the congregation. We cannot thank the youth enough for all the talent they brought to us in the month of December. 

BYG constructed the Twelve Days of Christmas signs to accompany the Blaine Ukulele Group of Seattle’s musical performance for Christmas Music Sunday. The beautiful art work is designed by Ally S.

We have done so much this year! BYG thanks you for your continued support. Without congregational support, BYG would not be able to do all we have done. We look forward to this upcoming year, where we can continually showcase our talents and remain involved in the church community! 

Continue to check the church calendar and BYG weekly updates for events! 

BYG meets on Sundays at 10:00 AM. We will gather in the Sanctuary for the beginning of worship service before transitioning over to the Nishida Room for BYG time after the children’s message. Blaine Youth Group (BYG) is a place where youth (6th-12th grade) are invited into a loving community and celebrated as they are. 

BYG provides a safe environment for youth to build lasting friendships, grow spiritually, learn acceptance of self and others, express compassion for the world, and develop a love for God. BYG has a space for any person who is interested and all are welcome. 

Contact Information

Director of Youth Ministry:

Lynne Onishi

lynneonishi@gmail.com

Associate Directors of Youth Ministry:

Kai Yamamoto and Kaylee Yokoyama

kai.yamamo@gmail.com, kaylee.yokoyama1@gmail.com


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Senior Pastor Reflection

Posted by on Jan 29, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Weekly Calendar

The Blaine Memorial Staff celebrates Christmas with a surprise visit from Santa Claus after the Children’s Play.

Happy New Year: Arise and Shine!

By the Rev. Karen Yokota Love

Happy New Year, Beloved Community! Another year passed and a new year is in front of us. We concluded the Christmas season with the feast of Epiphany, a celebration of God’s glory revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Isaiah, often referred to as the “prophet of hope,” invites us to “Arise and Shine.” What an invitation and command to hear, especially, as we start a new year! Thank you, Blaine, for a wonderful Christmas season. It was lovely to celebrate the season together with our full-fledged ministries on fire! 

Individually and collectively, we are called to arise and awaken spiritually from the slumber of complacency and the darkness of sin. We are called to open our eyes to God’s truth, God’s presence, and God’s guidance, lifting our eyes to see and experience the glory of the Lord.

Much like the wise people from the East, we are invited to follow the guiding light — moments of inspiration, encounters with wisdom, and signs of grace. Like the magi, we are invited on a spiritual journey, to offer our best talents, resources, time, and, most importantly, our hearts to God.

We are not who we were before the pandemic. We are not who we were even six months ago. To look to our past organization as a guide for the future would be a mistake; like putting new wine into old wineskins. Instead, as we continue the process of adaptive change as a community of faith, we become stronger, healthier, and better able to say “yes” to the life-giving ministries we are called to, and “no” to those things that suck the energy of the congregation without positive effect. Sometimes, these changes feel like they’re slower than molasses, and sometimes it feels as if they have been sprung upon us with no warning. As we look to a new year, we’ll continue to navigate new changes and new ministry offerings at Blaine Memorial.

The Young Adults gathered to have a Merry Swiftmas and celebrate Taylor Swift’s concert movie, “The Eras Tour”.

As we move into the new year, and feel the forward motion in our individual lives, I ask that you pray regularly and sincerely for the health and future of Blaine Memorial UMC. Pray for our Leadership Team. Pray for the new people finding their way into this congregation. Pray for the staff. Pray for me. Pray with joy and with concern. This is a beautiful and vigorous congregation, and I am absolutely inspired about our life together moving forward in 2024! It’s not always easy, but it is indeed always good. Just like God is always creating something new, so we, too, are renewed. Thanks be to God! 

Blessings to you all,

Rev. Karen


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Fourth Sunday of Epiphany, 120th Anniversary Sunday

Posted by on Jan 27, 2024 in Archives, Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Fourth Sunday of Epiphany, 120th Anniversary Sunday
  • January 28, 2024 • 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Thank you to Sharon Maeda for providing today’s altar flowers!
  • Continue scrolling of view the print version of the bulletin.

Order of Worship

Prelude 
How Majestic Is Your Name
By Michael W. Smith
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
Call to Worship 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Opening Hymn
Holy, Holy. Holy (UMH #64) 
Eugene Onishi and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading 
Romans 5:2-5 (NRSVUE, JLB)
Tsutomu Nagoya and Gail Nomura
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Special Music 
For Everyone Born
By Shirley Erena Murray, Brian Mann, Tom Trenney
Blaine Memorial UMC Choir 
Sermon 
Go Forth in Faith 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Video Presentation 
Go Forth in Faith: Remembering the First 120 Years of Blaine Memorial UMC
Gail Nomura and Dale Kaneko
Celebrating our 88+ Church Members 
Revs. Karen, Mia with Rev. Dr. Jeney
Remembering Our 88+ Saints
Introduction to the Offering 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Doxology 
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings 
Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Closing Hymn 
We Are the Church
(UMH #558) 
Kathy Onishi
Benediction 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude 
Great Is The Lord 
By Michael W. Smith
and Deborah D. Smith 
Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Zoom Breakout Room 
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, January 28
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13: Mark 1:21-28
Monday, January 29
Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22: 1-21; Acts 21:17-26
Tuesday, January 30
Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22:22-28; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40
Wednesday, January 31
Psalm 35:1-10
Jeremiah 29: 1-14; 
Mark 5:1-20
Thursday, February 1
Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c; 
Proverbs 12:10-21; Galatians 5:2-15
Friday, February 2
Presentation of the Lord
Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18;  Luke 2:22-40; Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c; Job 36:1-23; 1 Corinthians 9:1-16
Saturday February 3
Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c; Isaiah 46:1-13; Matthew 12: 9-14

Announcements

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • January 31 at 9am

The Wednesday Prayer group continues to meet each week. Our time together consists of a check-in question centering around United Methodist Founder John Wesley’s famous question, “How is it with your soul?” Our time together continues with a few readings from The Upper Room Magazine. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer. Join us!

RM Book Study Kickoff – Sunday, February 4

This Spring, the Reconciling Team invites you to participate in a new Book Study Group! We’ll read and discuss Outside the Lines by author and Pastor Mihee Kim-Kort. Learn more at our kickoff meeting on Sunday, February 4 after worship service. If you would like to participate in the study but cannot make it to the kickoff meeting, please let us know. Contact Lynne Onishi with questions: lynneonishi@gmail.com

Last year at the Day of Remembrance Part II, members of Blaine Memorial UMC caravaned to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. The solidarity with the Japanese American community and those who are in the NWDC link the past and present injustices, drew attention to worsening conditions inside NWDC. Photo by Ryan Kozu.

Day of Remembrance 2024 “Remember & Resist”

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 – 3:30 pm (One event at TWO sites)

Washington State Fairgrounds’ Agriplex
5th St SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
1:00 – 1:45pm
Northwest Detention Center
1623 E J Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
2:30 – 3:30 pm

February 19, 2024 will mark 82 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066, ordering the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Most Japanese Americans in the Seattle area spent their first few months in detention at the Puyallup Assembly Center, ironically nicknamed “Camp Harmony.” It’s now the site of the State fairgrounds.

The trauma of family separation, child imprisonment, poor sanitation, bad food, inadequate health care, and uncertain futures CONTINUES today at Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, just a 20 minute drive from Puyallup. NWDC is a private prison with capacity to hold 1500 immigrants, but Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is secretive and never disclose how many are incarcerated or who they are. We know most are from Mexico, Central & South America, Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East who seek asylum and opportunity in the US.

Conditions inside are horrific; detainees often hold long hunger strikes demanding humane treatment and their legal rights. There were 7 last year and another in January. This private for profit prison in our state must shut down.

Join us to hear from incarceration survivors at both Puyallup and Tacoma – Japanese American camp survivors and people recently detained at NWDC. There will be Taiko! When we raise the roof with drums and voices, those held inside know they are not forgotten.

Please come to both parts of this important event – we will remember our past AND speak out for the rights of others.

Organized by Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, Puyallup and Seattle chapters of the JACL, Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, and Densho. For more information, media inquiries, and to find out about volunteer opportunities email info@seattlejacl.org.

Sukiyaki Dinner Returns!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 • Blaine Memorial UMC

More information to come!

Afghanistan and Ukranian Refugee Donation Ministry

At this time, needed items include women’s products, toothpaste, personal care items, rice cookers, blenders, mixing bowls, microwave ovens, toasters, mixers, irons, dish sets, towels, and blankets. No to clothes or toys.

Blaine Memorial UMC Collection Hours: Tuesday-Friday between 10:00AM-4:00PM. Call the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 prior to dropping off your items.

South King County Response Center Collection Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM, same time as the Tukwila Pantry at 3118 S. 140th St. Seattle. Please text Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707 when you would like to help. Please wear a mask and bring a marking pen and measuring tape if possible. Other Questions? Please contact Donna Sekijima at: donnasek@outlook.com and/or Anne Arakaki-Lock at: salock@comcast.net.

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Posted by on Jan 21, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Miscellaneous, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship

Welcome!

  • January 21, 2024, 10am
  • Third Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Thank you to Miriam Tong for providing today’s altar flowers!
  • Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin

Order of Worship

Prelude 
Gather Us In
By Marty Haugen
Kathy Onishi
Words of Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn 
We Gather Together
(UMH #131)
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading 
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (NRSVUE, JLB) 
Yuki Sofronas, Barbara Nagaoka
Message for the Children
Sai Hanaoka
Special Music
I Will Call upon the Lord
By Michael O’Shields
Blaine Memorial Choir
Second Scripture Reading 
Mark 1:14-20 (NRSVUE, JLB) 
Yuki Sofronas, Barbara Nagaoka
Sermon 
What is Your Call for Today? 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Music of Reflection 
Change My Heart, O God
(TFWS #2152)
Eugene and Kathy Onishi

Offertory Invitation 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Doxology 
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow 
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Announcements 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Closing Hymn 
Trust and Obey
(UMH #467)
Eugene and Kathy Onishi 
Benediction 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Postlude 
Make Me a Servant
by Kelly Willard
Kathy Onishi
*Passing of the Peace 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
Zoom Breakout Room 
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

1. How do you respond when you feel a call to change or repent in your life? 

2. The fishermen left their nets immediately to follow Jesus. What are the “nets” in your life that may need to be left behind to fully follow Christ? 

3. Consider the concept of “immediately” in responding to God’s call. How can we cultivate a sense of urgency in our spiritual journey?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, January 21, 2024: 
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-1; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Monday, January 22, 2024: 
Psalm 46; Genesis 12:1-9; 1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Tuesday, January 23, 2024: 
Psalm 46; Genesis 45:25-46:7;  Acts 5:33-42
Wednesday, January 24, 2024: 
Psalm 46; Proverbs 8:1-21; Mark 3:13-19a
Thursday, January 25, 2024: 
Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 3:23-29; Romans 9:6-18
Friday, January 26, 2024: 
Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 12:28-32; Revelation 2:12-17
Saturday, January 27, 2024: 
Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 8:28-9:1

Announcements

A beautiful landscape view of green plants on hills and Volcan de Fuego mountains on the horizon in Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala Mission Trip Info Meeting • Today after Service

Are you interested in going on a mission trip this coming August? Do you have a desire to serve others in an underdeveloped country? Are you not sure about going, but want to learn more? 

Blaine will again partner with Mission Guatemala and send a mission team to San Andrés Semetebaj, Guatemala. Please join us for a short informational meeting Sunday, January 21 in the Webb Room at 12:00. If you have any questions, please contact Bob or Donna Sekijima at b_d_sekijima@comcast.net.

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • January 24 at 9am

The Wednesday Prayer group continues to meet each week. Our time together consists of a check-in question centering around United Methodist Founder John Wesley’s famous question, “How is it with your soul?” Our time together continues with a few readings from The Upper Room Magazine. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer. Join us!

Blaine Memorial UMC’s 120th Anniversary • Sunday, January 28, 2024

It is such a great joy to celebrate Blaine Memorial UMC’s 120th Anniversary! We’ll honor our church members and friends who have or will have reached by the end of January, the glorious age of 88 and older by reading their names aloud during worship. 

What’s a better way than to show our appreciation to our 88+ year old church members than having a ’Blaine’ potluck? We are asking folks to contribute! (If you are single, please feel free to bring just one of the items. If you are 88+ years old, you do not need to bring a dish. This celebration is for you!):

A-H: Main dish/dessert

I-S: Main dish/salad

T-Z: Main dish/rice

We hope that you can join us on to joyfully celebrate our 88+ year old church members and loved ones!

Special thanks to Glenn Mitsui for this year’s spectacular design!

Sexuality and Faith Workshop • January 24, 7pm

Join the Reconciling Ministries Task Force Team for a Sexuality and Faith Workshop, Weds., January 24 at 7:00pm on Zoom. We’ll build on knowledge from the last two learning sessions exploring sexual orientation and the Bible. We’ll follow the video/discussion-based curriculum called “Theology, Identity, and Me”. We hope you’ll join us!

Please Contact Lynne Onishi with questions: lynneonishi@gmail.com.

RM Book Study Kickoff – Sunday, February 4

This Spring, the Reconciling Team invites you to participate in a new Book Study Group! We’ll read and discuss Outside the Lines by author and Pastor Mihee Kim-Kort. Learn more at our kickoff meeting on Sunday, February 4 after worship service. If you would like to participate in the study but cannot make it to the kickoff meeting, please let us know. Contact Lynne Onishi with questions: lynneonishi@gmail.com

Sukiyaki Dinner Returns!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 • Blaine Memorial UMC

More information to come!

Afghanistan and Ukranian Refugee Donation Ministry

At this time, needed items include women’s products, toothpaste, personal care items, rice cookers, blenders, mixing bowls, microwave ovens, toasters, mixers, irons, dish sets, towels, and blankets. No to clothes or toys.

Blaine Memorial UMC Collection Hours: Tuesday-Friday between 10:00AM-4:00PM. Call the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 prior to dropping off your items.

South King County Response Center Collection Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM, same time as the Tukwila Pantry at 3118 S. 140th St. Seattle. Please text Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707 when you would like to help. Please wear a mask and bring a marking pen and measuring tape if possible. Other Questions? Please contact Donna Sekijima at: donnasek@outlook.com and/or Anne Arakaki-Lock at: salock@comcast.net.

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Posted by on Jan 14, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship

Welcome!

  • Second Sunday after the Epiphany
  • January 14, 2024, 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Thank you to Terri Pittman for providing today’s flower arrangement!
  • Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin

Order of Worship

Prelude 
Make Us One
By Carol Cymbala
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of
Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship 
Dale Kaneko
*Opening Hymn 
Come, Thou Fount
of Every Blessing 
UMH #400
Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (NRSVUE, JLB)
Tsutomu Nagoya
and Dale Kaneko
Children’s Message 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Special Music 
Be Still, My Soul
By Von Schlegel,
Borthwick, Sibelius
Blaine Memorial Choir
Pastoral Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Scripture Reading 
John 1:43-51 (CEB, JLB)
Tsutomu Nagoya
and Dale Kaneko
Sermon
Listening to the Nudge 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection 
Cry of My Heart 
TFWS #2165
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Special Offering:
Human Relations Day
Video
Offering Introduction
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Doxology 
Praise God, from Whom
All Blessings Flow
UMH #94 
Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements 
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn 
The Summons
TFWS #2130
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Postlude
Would I Have Answered
When You Called 
By Ralph Vaughan Williams
Kathy Onishi

Sermon Questions

  • How do you listen, hear, and follow God’s call? 
  • When you sense a prompting, an encouragement, or a tug on your sleeve, how do you recognize its source?
  • If you were to invite a friend to experience the best of our congregation’s life and work with this simple, three-word invitation, “Come and see,” to what specifically would we invite them? A worship service, a service project, a small group meeting? Where and when do you most vividly, experientially embody the Gospel that you proclaim?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, January 14, 2024: 
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20),  Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51
Monday, January 15, 2024: 
Psalm 86; 1 Samuel 9:27-10:8; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Tuesday, January 16, 2024: 
Psalm 86; 1 Samuel 15:10-31; Acts 5:1-11
Wednesday, January 17, 2024: 
Psalm 86; Genesis 16:1-14;  Luke 18:15-17
Thursday, January 18, 2024: 
Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 19:1-15; Revelation 18:11-20
Friday, January 19, 2024: 
Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 20:7-13; 2 Peter 3:1-7
Saturday, January 20, 2024: 
Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 20:14-18; Luke 10:13-16

Announcements

Crafty Moment: Snowflake Class!Today!

If you have been enjoying the sparkling snowflakes in the Sanctuary and want to learn how to make one, Miriam Tong will be teaching a brief tutorial in the Social Hall after service today!. Materials will be provided. Come and have some fun!

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • January 17 at 9am

The Wednesday Prayer group continues to meet each week. Our time together consists of a check-in question centering around United Methodist Founder John Wesley’s famous question, “How is it with your soul?” Our time together continues with a few readings from The Upper Room Magazine. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer. Join us!

A beautiful landscape view of green plants on hills and Volcan de Fuego mountains on the horizon in Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala Mission Trip Info Meeting • January 21

Are you interested in going on a mission trip this coming August? Do you have a desire to serve others in an underdeveloped country? Are you not sure about going, but want to learn more? 

Blaine will again partner with Mission Guatemala and send a mission team to San Andrés Semetebaj, Guatemala. Please join us for a short informational meeting Sunday, January 21 in the Webb Room at 12:00. If you have any questions, please contact Bob or Donna Sekijima at b_d_sekijima@comcast.net.

Sexuality and Faith Workshop January 24, 7pm

Join the Reconciling Ministries Task Force Team for a Sexuality and Faith Workshop, Weds., January 24 at 7:00pm on Zoom. We’ll build on knowledge from the last two learning sessions exploring sexual orientation and the Bible. We’ll follow the video/discussion-based curriculum called “Theology, Identity, and Me”. We hope you’ll join us!

Please Contact Lynne Onishi with questions: lynneonishi@gmail.com.

Blaine Memorial UMC’s 120th Anniversary • Sunday, January 28, 2024

It is such a great joy to celebrate Blaine Memorial UMC’s 120th Anniversary! We’ll honor our church members and friends who have or will have reached by the end of January, the glorious age of 88 and older by reading their names aloud during worship. 

What’s a better way than to show our appreciation to our 88+ year old church members than having a ’Blaine’ potluck? We are asking folks to contribute! (If you are single, please feel free to bring just one of the items. If you are 88+ years old, you do not need to bring a dish. This celebration is for you!):

A-H: Main dish/dessert

I-S: Main dish/salad

T-Z: Main dish/rice

We hope that you can join us on to joyfully celebrate our 88+ year old church members and loved ones!

Special thanks to Glenn Mitsui for this year’s spectacular design!

Sukiyaki Dinner Returns!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 • Blaine Memorial UMC

More information to come!

Afghanistan and Ukranian Refugee Donation Ministry

At this time, needed items include women’s products, toothpaste, personal care items, rice cookers, blenders, mixing bowls, microwave ovens, toasters, mixers, irons, dish sets, towels, and blankets. No to clothes or toys.

Blaine Memorial UMC Collection Hours: Tuesday-Friday between 10:00AM-4:00PM. Call the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 prior to dropping off your items.

South King County Response Center Collection Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM, same time as the Tukwila Pantry at 3118 S. 140th St. Seattle. Please text Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707 when you would like to help. Please wear a mask and bring a marking pen and measuring tape if possible. Other Questions? Please contact Donna Sekijima at: donnasek@outlook.com and/or Anne Arakaki-Lock at: salock@comcast.net.

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Epiphany Sunday

Posted by on Jan 6, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Giving, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

Welcome

  • Epiphany Sunday
  • January 7, 2024, 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin
  • Thank you to Sharon Maeda for providing today’s flower arrangements! 

Order of Worship

Prelude 
McDonald’s Reel 
Leann Onishi & Mako Willett
Welcome of Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Call to Worship 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
By Townley/Ministry Matters
Opening Hymn
The First Noel
UMH #245 (Verses 1-3, 5) 

Kathy Onishi 
Opening Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
Scripture Reading 
Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSVUE, JLB)
Mariko Ronan & Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading 
Matthew 2:1-12 (CEB, JLB) 
Stephen Sumida & Tsutomu Nagoya
Poem 
Journey of the Magi
By T.S. Eliot 

Stephen Sumida
Sermon 
Revealed on the Journey 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection 
We Three Kings
UMH #254 (Verses 1-4) 

Kathy Onishi 
Holy Communion
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Holy Communion Music 
Star Child
By Onishi, Tsuki, Taki, Yamada
Leann Onishi & Mako Willett
Introduction to the Offering 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Offertory Music 
Amazing Grace 
Leann Onishi & Mako Willett
Doxology 
UMH #94
Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements 
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn 
Joy to the World 
UMH #246 (Verses 1-4)

Kathy Onishi
*Benediction 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Postlude 
Hamachiduri
Traditional Okinawan Song 
Leann Onishi & Mako Willett
Zoom Breakout Room 
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

1. Describe a recent epiphany that you’ve had or an Aha moment. How did that change you?

2. What are the barriers to faith and following Jesus that you must contend with in your life right now (ex: doubt, negative church experiences, etc.)? What are some the current faith struggles that you are dealing with?

3. How is the Christian life exemplified in the magi (seeking Jesus, worshiping Jesus, offering our gifts to Jesus)?

4. How might you better live as a Christian this coming year? How can this group help?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, January 7, 2024:
Baptism of the Lord
Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
Monday, January 8, 2024: 
Psalm 69:1-5, 30-36; Genesis 17:1-13; Romans 4:1-12
Tuesday, January 9, 2024:
Psalm 69:1-5, 30-36; Exodus 30:22-38; Acts 22:2-16
Wednesday, January 10, 2024:
Psalm 69:1-5, 30-36; Isaiah 41:14-20; John 1:29-34
Thursday, January 11, 2024:
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Judges 2:6-15; 2 Corinthians 10:1-11
Friday, January 12, 2024:
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Judges 2:16-23; Acts 13:16-25
Saturday, January 13, 2024:
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Samuel 2:21-25; Matthew 25:1-13

Announcements

OzoniToday, after service

Ozoni is returning to Blaine! Welcome back to eating ozoni mochi soup after the church worship service, today.

The Blaine Memorial Choir is resuming the customary making and serving of the New Year’s rice-cake ozoni, after three years of missing this celebration because of the pandemic. The Choir is happy to serve you best wishes for the new year of 2024 in every bowl of ozoni!

De-greening, removing the Christmas decorationsToday, after lunch

The Worship Committee is needing your help and calling all Blaine Memorial members! We need help on Sunday (1/7) to remove the Christmas decorations in the Sanctuary! We’ll also need help removing all the swag around the church campus. Immediately after the Ozoni soup lunch, please stick around to help take down the decorations. If we have more helping hands, the de-greening will go faster! We thank you in advance!

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • January 10 at 9am

The Wednesday Prayer group continues to meet each week. Our time together consists of a check-in question centering around United Methodist Founder John Wesley’s famous question, “How is it with your soul?” Our time together continues with a few readings from The Upper Room Magazine. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer. Join us!

A beautiful landscape view of green plants on hills and Volcan de Fuego mountains on the horizon in Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala Mission Trip Info Meeting • January 21, 2024

Are you interested in going on a mission trip this coming August? Do you have a desire to serve others in an underdeveloped country? Are you not sure about going, but want to learn more? 

Blaine will again partner with Mission Guatemala and send a mission team to San Andrés Semetebaj, Guatemala. Please join us for a short informational meeting Sunday, January 21 in the Webb Room at 12:00. If you have any questions, please contact Bob or Donna Sekijima at b_d_sekijima@comcast.net.

Blaine Memorial UMC’s 120th Anniversary • Sunday, January 28, 2024

It is such a great joy to celebrate Blaine Memorial UMC’s 120th Anniversary! We’ll honor our church members and friends who have or will have reached by the end of January, the glorious age of 88 and older by reading their names aloud during worship. 

What’s a better way than to show our appreciation to our 88+ year old church members than having a ’Blaine’ potluck? We are asking folks to contribute! (If you are single, please feel free to bring just one of the items. If you are 88+ years old, you do not need to bring a dish. This celebration is for you!):

A-H: Main dish/dessert

I-S: Main dish/salad

T-Z: Main dish/rice

We hope that you can join us on to joyfully celebrate our 88+ year old church members and loved ones!

Special thanks to Glenn Mitsui for this year’s spectacular design!

Sukiyaki Dinner Returns!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 • Blaine Memorial UMC

More information to come!

Afghanistan and Ukranian Refugee Donation Ministry

At this time, needed items include women’s products, toothpaste, personal care items, rice cookers, blenders, mixing bowls, microwave ovens, toasters, mixers, irons, dish sets, towels, and blankets. No to clothes or toys.

Blaine Memorial UMC Collection Hours: Tuesday-Friday between 10:00AM-4:00PM. Call the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 prior to dropping off your items.

South King County Response Center Collection Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM, same time as the Tukwila Pantry at 3118 S. 140th St. Seattle. Please text Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707 when you would like to help. Please wear a mask and bring a marking pen and measuring tape if possible. Other Questions? Please contact Donna Sekijima at: donnasek@outlook.com and/or Anne Arakaki-Lock at: salock@comcast.net.


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