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Senior Pastor Reflection

Posted by on Jul 3, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Episcopal News, Giving, Innovation Hub, Lenten Season, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Weekly Calendar

The Revs. Karen Yokota Love, Mia MiKyung Park, and John Go in Richland, WA.

Senior Pastor Reflection

Marveling at God’s Masterpiece

By The Rev. Karen Yokota Love

I just returned from my month off of rest and time of renewal and it was marvelous. I spent much of my time in nature and marveled at God’s creation: “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 God is our master artist.

All of God’s works are originals. Original thoughts, original concepts, original drawings, original scenes of nature which include the ocean, the mountains, and the sky. God’s own creation moves and inspires God to continue painting, creating, sculpting, for us to receive and see. It’s up to us to be good stewards of this Earth and all of God’s resources. May we do just that.

Blaine Memorial class of 2024 grads along with friends and family celebrate together!

Much has happened since my return: we celebrated graduations: Allyson Sofronas, Aidan Lew, Mariko Ronan, and Kai Yamamoto; confirmands: Emma Hearn and Joshua Akiyama; we celebrated the nurturing work of our Church School Teachers, BYG Director, and Associate Directors and Leaders. We said farewell to Rev. Mia MiKyung Park as she’s been appointed to a new faith community at Redeemer UMC in Kingston, WA with a Blaine potluck celebration. I am truly grateful for the blessings and opportunity to work with Rev. Mia and to create some great ministry with her for the past four years! We blessed and celebrated her ministry.

Joshua Santos, Edwin Cruz, Ron Nobuyama, Lawrence Paltep, the Rev. Karen Yokota Love, George Yates and Lynne Onishi all attended this year’s PNW Annual Conference serving in various capacities.

Read more about this year’s Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Sessions.

At this year’s PNW Annual Conference, which was in Richland, WA. Ron Nobuyama, and George Yates served as your Annual Conference delegates. Lynne Onishi, Lawrence Paltep, Edwin Santos and Joshua Santos served as assistants to the PNW Conference Staff. Rev Mia and I were present as your clergy representatives. Resident PNW Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth announced my appointment to continue to serve as your pastor for the July 2024-June 2025 appointment year. I look forward to what this new year will bring to us and masterpieces that will be created through our ministry together.

Tyler Ikegami and Kai Yamamoto head to JHC!

The Rev. Karen blesses our campers, counselors, and chaperones as they prepare to fly to California for Jr. High Camp.

Summer signals our annual rituals of gathering with friends at Jr. High Camp, Asian Camp and VBS. We just sent and blessed our campers, counselors and chaperones as they journey to Jr. High Camp at Camp Lodestar in Wilseyville, CA. Asian Camp will be in Southern California at Camp Gilmore, located in Calabasas, CA. Blaine is sending eight campers and two chaperones. It’s wonderful to see our Church School kids, youth and young adults meeting new friends, reconnecting with old friends while finding new ways to connect with God.

Click this image to enroll in VBS 2024!

This year’s VBS times will be on consecutive Sundays: July 28, August 4, 11 and 18 from 10AM-12:30PM. Our theme is Operation Restoration – Mending God’s World. The focus is on mending, repairing, and restoring relationships with God, people, and creation which offers a theologically constructive and empowering message for all. Most of its treatments of scripture illuminate this theme in sound and fruitful ways. Click here to enroll now!

This is the first year Blaine Memorial UMC has attended the Seattle Pride Parade as a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist Church. We continue to work on the outreach, affirmation, and inter-sectional ministry with and for LGBTQIA+ people at Blaine Memorial UMC.

Finally, I give thanks as I remember and honor the legacy of a spiritual giant — the late Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., known as “the architect of the Civil Rights Movement,” who died on June 9, at the age of 95. He served as the pastor of Holman UMC in Los Angeles from 1974-1999 and served as pastor emeritus until his death. I had the chance to meet him while I attended Claremont School of Theology. He deeply influenced my faith by teaching United Methodists how to do public acts of nonviolent protest. The Rev. Lawson could make anyone take off any rose-colored glasses they had on, while believing that change is possible. Without his spiritual guidance, moral example and deep understanding of the principles and practices of nonviolent protest, the Civil Rights Movement as we know it might not have existed. May he rest in power.

With so much going on in the world, those who are brave, and intentional about spreading God’s love, must rise and create better ways of showing love and compassion. As always, as the landscape of our church continues to evolve and change, it’s great to be in community with you. You are such a blessing. You are loved and a child of God. Be the hope and may you be filled with God’s grace!

The Rev. Karen Yokota Love serves as the Senior Pastor of Blaine Memorial UMC.

Announcements

Everyone smiles for a whole Asian Camp photo in the camp T-shirt!

Blaine Memorial Church School and Blaine Youth Group Summer Schedule

July 13-20, 2024 (incuding travel time)
• Asian Camp at Camp Gilmore (Incoming 10th – 2nd year college)

Blaine Benefit Bazaar Nominations • Due Friday June 28

The Bazaar Committee is seeking nominations for a beneficiary for the upcoming autumn bazaar! Submit a brief description of your recommended beneficiary recipient to the Church Office by Friday, June 28, 2024 for review and approval by Ad Board. Save the date: Blaine Memorial UMC’s Annual Bazaar will be on Saturday, October 5, 2024. If you have an organization in mind, please fill out the Beneficiary Nominations Form provided by our Church office. Contact Yuki Sofronas for more info.

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Posted by on Jun 30, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
  • June 30, 2024, 10am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Continue scrolling or view the PDF version
  • Thank you to Miriam Tong for providing today’s altar flower arrangement.

Order of Worship

Prelude
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota-Love
*Call to Worship
Dale H. Watanabe
*Opening Hymn
Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
(TFWS #2120)

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer
Dale H. Watanabe
Scripture Reading
Mark 5:21-43 (CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Dale H. Watanabe
Children’s Message
Sai Hanaoka
Prayers of the People
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Second Scripture Reading
Psalm 139 (NIV)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Dale H. Watanabe
Sermon
Love Never Ceases
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection
In the Midst of New Dimensions
(TFWS #2238)

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Dale H. Watanabe
*Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
(UMH #94)

Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Dale H. Watanabe
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn
We Are Called
(TFWS #2172)

Kathy Onishi & Eugene Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
Kathy Onishi
Zoom Breakout Room
Dale Kaneko

Sermon Questions

  • How has God used disease and death in your life to strengthen your faith in God?
  • Whom do we know who is sick or needing to be healed?
  • What do these stories reveal about the interplay between fear and faith in a relationship with Jesus? How are fear and faith present in your own relationship with Christ?
  • What moment in your life have you felt the most helpless? How did that moment lead you to look to Jesus? How should it have led you to look to Jesus?

Daily Lectionary

Sunday, June 30, 2024:
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 and Psalm 130; Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24 or Lamentations 3:22-33 and Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43
Monday, July 1, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 18:1-6, 43-50; 1 Samuel 23:14-18; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 Complementary: Psalm 88; Leviticus 21:1-15; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Tuesday, July 2, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 18:1-6, 43-50; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; 2 Corinthians 9:1-5 Complementary: Psalm 88; Leviticus 15:19-31; 2 Corinthians 9:1-5
Wednesday, July 3, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 18:1-6, 43-50; 1 Chronicles 10:1-14; Mark 9:14-29 Complementary: Psalm 88; 2 Kings 20:1-11; Mark 9:14-29
Thursday, July 4, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 48; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 Complementary: Psalm 123; Jeremiah 7:1-15; 1 Corinthians 4:8-13
Friday, July 5, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 48; 2 Samuel 3:1-12; 2 Corinthians 10:7-11 Complementary: Psalm 123; Jeremiah 7:16-26; 2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Saturday, July 6, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 48; 2 Samuel 3:31-38; Matthew 8:18-22 Complementary: Psalm 123; Jeremiah 7:27-34; Matthew 8:18-22

Announcements

Pride Worship Sunday, Seattle First UMC • Today

Every year during Seattle Pride, First UMC hosts other local reconciling churches for a worship service and opportunity to march in the parade and serve parade-goers! See more about the event here.

Register here.

Prayers and Coffee on Zoom • Wednesdays at 9am

Join Rev. Karen for prayer and community on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM on Zoom. Our time together consists of brief check-ins, devotionals, and prayers. This is a great way to start your morning, clear and center your mind, all while connecting with God and your prayer community. Feel free to bring a cup of coffee, tea, and a bite to eat. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Vacation Bible School 2024 • Four Sundays Save these Sunday dates for VBS!

  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18

Theme: Operation Restoration – Mending God’s World Time: 10 am to 12 pm, including lunch.

Registration: $20 per Sunday per child. Location: Blaine Memorial Church School Classroom.

Email: blainevbs@gmail.com to enroll now!

Register here!

Everyone smiles for a whole Asian Camp photo in the camp T-shirt!

Blaine Memorial Church School and Blaine Youth Group Summer Schedule

July 13-20, 2024 (incuding travel time)
• Asian Camp at Camp Gilmore (Incoming 10th – 2nd year college)

Blaine Benefit Bazaar Nominations • Due Friday June 28

The Bazaar Committee is seeking nominations for a beneficiary for the upcoming autumn bazaar! Submit a brief description of your recommended beneficiary recipient to the Church Office by Friday, June 28, 2024 for review and approval by Ad Board. Save the date: Blaine Memorial UMC’s Annual Bazaar will be on Saturday, October 5, 2024. If you have an organization in mind, please fill out the Beneficiary Nominations Form provided by our Church office. Contact Yuki Sofronas for more info.

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Posted by on Jun 23, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Music Ministry Sunday
  • June 23, 2024, 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Thank you to Miriam Tong for providing today’s altar flower arrangement
  • Continue scrolling or view the PDF bulletin

Order of Worship

Prelude
More Like You
By Scott Wesley Brown

Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Call to Worship
Adapted from Psalm 92:1-2; 95:1-2
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Congregational Song
10,000 Reasons
By J. Myrin and M. Redman

Blaine Worship Band
Scripture Reading
Psalm 150 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Anne Arakaki-Lock
Prayer of the People
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Choral Anthem
How Can I Keep From Singing
Arranged by Jeffrey Honore

My Lord, What a Morning
Arranged by Jay Althouse


Blaine Memorial Choir
Moment of Silence for Dick Nagaoka
Special Music

E Ke Akua Mana E/How Great Thou Art
Arranged by Rod Higuchi

Nandemo Dekiru (You Can Do It, If You Try)
Composed by Alvin “Pops” Okami E Nonoi I Ka Haku/Kanaka Waiwai


By H.R. Palme/By John Kameaaloha Almeida

Blaine Ukulele Group of Seattle
Introduction to the Offering
Anne Arakaki-Lock
Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
(UMH #94)

Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Anne Arakaki-Lock
Announcements
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Final Song
Blair’s Wedding
Arranged by Dan Landrum

Leann Onishi
Final Congregational Song
Every Praise
By Hezekiah Walker and John David Bratton

Blaine Worship Team
Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
We Are Family
By Carol and Jimmy Owens

Leann Onishi
Passing of the Peace
Rev. Karen Yokota Love Zoom
Breakout Room
Dale Kaneko

Daily Lectionary

Sunday, June 23, 2024:
1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 and Psalm 9:9-20 or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 and Psalm 133; Job 38:1-11 and Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41
Monday, June 24, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:113-128; 1 Samuel 18:6-30; Acts 27:13-38
Complementary: Psalm 65; Exodus 7:14-24; Acts 27:13-38
Tuesday, June 25, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:113-128; 1 Samuel 19:1-7; Acts 27:39-44
Complementary: Psalm 65; Exodus 9:13-35; Acts 27:39-44
Wednesday, June 26, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 119:113-128; 1 Samuel 19:8-17; Mark 6:45-52
Complementary: Psalm 65; Joshua 10:1-14; Mark 6:45-52
Thursday, June 27, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 130; 1 Samuel 19:18-24; 2 Corinthians 7:2-16
Complementary: Psalm 30; Lamentations 1:16-22; 2 Corinthians 7:2-16
Friday, June 28, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 130; 1 Samuel 20:1-25; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Complementary: Psalm 30; Lamentations 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Saturday, June 29, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 130; 1 Samuel 20:27-42; Luke 4:31-37
Complementary: Psalm 30; Lamentations 2:18-22; Luke 4:31-37

Announcements

Prayers and Coffee on Zoom • Wednesdays at 9am

Join Rev. Karen for prayer and community on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM on Zoom. Our time together consists of brief check-ins, devotionals, and prayers. This is a great way to start your morning, clear and center your mind, all while connecting with God and your prayer community. Feel free to bring a cup of coffee, tea, and a bite to eat. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Everyone smiles for a whole Asian Camp photo in the camp T-shirt!

Blaine Memorial Church School and Blaine Youth Group Summer Schedule

June 23-28, 2024
• Jr. High Camp at Camp Lodestar (Incoming 6th-9th grade)
July 13-20, 2024 (incuding travel time)
• Asian Camp at Camp Gilmore (Incoming 10th – 2nd year college)

Vacation Bible School 2024 • Four Sundays Save these Sunday dates for VBS!

  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18

Theme: Operation Restoration – Mending God’s World Time: 10 am to 12 pm, including lunch.

Registration: $20 per Sunday per child. Location: Blaine Memorial Church School Classroom.

Email: blainevbs@gmail.com to enroll now!

Register here!

Pride Worship Sunday, Seattle First UMC • June 30 at 10am

Every year during Seattle Pride, First UMC hosts other local reconciling churches for a worship service and opportunity to march in the parade and serve parade-goers! See more about the event here.

Register here.

Blaine Benefit Bazaar Nominations • Due Friday June 28

The Bazaar Committee is seeking nominations for a beneficiary for the upcoming autumn bazaar! Submit a brief description of your recommended beneficiary recipient to the Church Office by Friday, June 28, 2024 for review and approval by Ad Board. Save the date: Blaine Memorial UMC’s Annual Bazaar will be on Saturday, October 5, 2024. If you have an organization in mind, please fill out the Beneficiary Nominations Form provided by our Church office. Contact Yuki Sofronas for more info.

34th Annual ACRS Walk for Rice • Saturday, June 29 at 9am (See Insert)

The ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9 AM. Blaine Memorial has a very special connection to the ACRS Walk for Rice.

In 1990, Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya, along with Blaine’s own Sam Mitsui, initiated a way for everyone to contribute to feeding the community. Although Sam passed away in 2019, Team Blaine walks to honor his memory and his significant role in starting the Walk for Rice 34 years ago.

ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9:00 AM. Last year, Team Blaine raised close to $12,000, securing second place! This year, our fundraising goal is $8,000. Help ACRS feed ANHPI (Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) community members facing food insecurity by joining Team Blaine as a walker and/or by donating to our team!

Visit the Walk for Rice/Team Blaine page!

Alternatively, you can mail your donation (checks made out to “Walk for Rice,” memo: “Team Blaine”) to the Blaine office. Please contact Team Captain Justine for more details. Thank you for your continued support!

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Posted by on Jun 15, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Father’s Day
  • June 16, 2024 • 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Continue scrolling or view the PDF

Order of Worship

Prelude
Great is thy Faithfulness
By Chisholm/Runyan

Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Michelle Vaughan
Call to Worship
By Michelle Vaughan
Miriam Tong
Opening Hymn
What Gift Can We Bring
UMH #87

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer
Michelle Vaughan
First Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 17: 4-7,32,48-50 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Miriam Tong
Children’s Message
Sai Hanaoka
Special Music
We are the Family of Christ
By D. Besig and N. Price

Blaine Memorial Choir
Second Scripture Reading
Mark 4:35-41 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Miriam Tong
Sermon
Having a Big Faith
Michelle Vaughan
Response Hymn
This is My Song
UMH #437

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Miriam Tong
Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94

Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Miriam Tong
Announcements
Friends of Blaine Memorial UMC
Closing Hymn
All Creatures of Our God and King
UMH #62 (V. 1, 5, and 7)

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Benediction
Michelle Vaughan
Postlude
It is Well with My Soul
By Spafford and Bliss

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Passing of the Peace
Michelle Vaughan
Zoom Breakout Room
Dale Kaneko

Sermon Reflection Questions

  • How does your faith sustain you as you walk through our complicated world?
  • Think about times when you have been brave. How did your Faith in God, and in yourself, factor in supporting your bravery?
  • In the scripture from Mark, Chapter 4, what lesson do you think the disciples were meant to learn about faith when Jesus stopped the storm and then asked them about their faith?

Daily Lectionary

Sunday, June 16, 2024:
Fourth Sunday of Easter
1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 and Psalm 20 • Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17 • Mark 4:26-34
Monday, June 17, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 53 • 1 Samuel 13:23-14:23 • Galatians 6:11-18
Complementary: Psalm 52 • Ezekiel 31:1-12 • Galatians 6:11-18
Tuesday, June 18, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 53 • 1 Samuel 15:10-23 • Revelation 21:22-22:5
Complementary: Psalm 52 • Jeremiah 21:11-14 • Revelation 21:22-22:5
Wednesday, June 19, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 53 • 1 Samuel 15:24-31 • Luke 6:43-45
Complementary: Psalm 52 • Jeremiah 22:1-9 • Luke 6:43-45
Thursday, June 20, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 9:9-20 • 1 Samuel 16:14-23 • Acts 20:1-16
Complementary: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 • Job 29:1-20 • Acts 20:1-16
Friday, June 21, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 9:9-20 • 1 Samuel 17:55-18:5 • Acts 21:1-16
Complementary: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 • Job 29:21-30:15 • Acts 21:1-16
Saturday, June 22, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 9:9-20 • 1 Samuel 18:1-4 • Luke 21:25-28
Complementary: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 • Job 37:1-13 • Luke 21:25-28

Announcements

Wednesday Prayer and Coffee on Zoom • June 19 at 9am

Join Rev. Karen for prayer and community on Wednesday (6/12) at 9:00 AM on Zoom. Our time together consists of brief check-ins, devotionals, and prayers. This is a great way to start your morning, clear and center your mind, all while connecting with God and your prayercommunity. Feel free to bring a cup of coffee, tea, and a bite to eat. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Everyone smiles for a whole Asian Camp photo in the camp T-shirt!

Blaine Memorial Church School and Blaine Youth Group Summer Schedule

June 23-28, 2024
• Jr. High Camp at Camp Lodestar (Incoming 6th-9th grade)
July 13-20, 2024 (incuding travel time)
• Asian Camp at Camp Gilmore (Incoming 10th – 2nd year college)

Vacation Bible School 2024 • Four Sundays Save these Sunday dates for VBS!

  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18

Theme: Operation Restoration – Mending God’s World Time: 10 am to 12 pm, including lunch.

Registration: $20 per Sunday per child. Location: Blaine Memorial Church School Classroom.

Email: blainevbs@gmail.com to enroll now!

Register here!

34th Annual ACRS Walk for Rice • Saturday, June 29 at 9am (See Insert)

The ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9 AM. Blaine Memorial has a very special connection to the ACRS Walk for Rice.

In 1990, Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya, along with Blaine’s own Sam Mitsui, initiated a way for everyone to contribute to feeding the community. Although Sam passed away in 2019, Team Blaine walks to honor his memory and his significant role in starting the Walk for Rice 34 years ago.

ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9:00 AM. Last year, Team Blaine raised close to $12,000, securing second place! This year, our fundraising goal is $8,000. Help ACRS feed ANHPI (Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) community members facing food insecurity by joining Team Blaine as a walker and/or by donating to our team!

Visit the Walk for Rice/Team Blaine page!

Alternatively, you can mail your donation (checks made out to “Walk for Rice,” memo: “Team Blaine”) to the Blaine office. Please contact Team Captain Justine for more details. Thank you for your continued support!

Learn More
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Third Sunday after Pentecost 

Posted by on Jun 8, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Third Sunday after Pentecost
  • Graduation and Confirmation Sunday
  • June 9, 2024 at 10:00AM 
  • Continue scrolling or click the image above to view the PDF.

 

 

Order of Worship

(*Indicates rise in body or spirit.) 

Prelude
Great Is the Lord
By Michael W. Smith and Deborah D. Smith 

Kathy Onishi 
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
*Call to Worship 
Mariko Ronan
*Opening Hymn
As the Deer (X2)
(TFWS #2025)
Kathy and Eugene Onishi 
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
Mark 3:31-35 (CEB, JLB)
Tsutomu Nagoya 
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
Time of Celebration Graduates 2024
Revs. Karen and Mia 
Church School Teachers and BYG Leadership Confirmation 
Special Music
Be Thou My Vision
Arranged by Alice Parker
 
Blaine Memorial Choir 
Farewell to Rev. Mia
SPRC 
Second Scripture Reading
1 Peter 4:8-11 (CEB, JLB)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Emma Hearn 
Sermon
We are Witnesses
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
Hymn of Reflection
Seek Ye First
(UMH #405)

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Kai Yamamoto 
Offertory Music
Goodness of God
Blaine Youth Group 
*Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
(UMH #94)

Kathy and Eugene Onishi 
*Prayer of Dedication
Kai Yamamoto 
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends 
*Closing Hymn
May You Run and Not Be Weary (X2)
(TFWS #2281)

Kathy and Eugene Onishi 
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
Postlude
One God and Father of Us All
By Pete Carlson and Kyle Matthew 

Kathy Onishi 
Thank you, Carol, for the beautiful flower arrangement!
Thank you for worshiping with us, and please join us for a potluck lunch in the gym! 

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, June 9, 2024:
1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) and Psalm 138; Genesis 3:8-15 and Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Monday, June 10, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 108; 1 Samuel 7:3-15; Revelation 20:1-6
Complementary: Psalm 74; 1 Samuel 16:14-23; Revelation 20:1-6
Tuesday, June 11, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 108; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Revelation 20:7-15
Complementary: Psalm 74; 1 Kings 18:17-40; Revelation 20:7-15
Wednesday, June 12, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 108; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-28
Complementary: Psalm 74; Isaiah 26:16-27:1; Luke 11:14-28
Thursday, June 13, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 20; 1 Samuel 9:15-27; Hebrews 2:5-9
Complementary: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; Genesis 3:14-24; Hebrews 2:5-9
Friday, June 14, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 20; 1 Samuel 10:1-8; Hebrews 11:4-7
Complementary: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 1 Kings 10:26-11:8; Hebrews 11:4-7
Saturday, June 15, 2024:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 20; 1 Samuel 13:1-15a; Mark 4:1-20
Complementary: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Kings 14:1-14; Mark 4:1-20

Announcements

Love Offering for Rev. Mia MiKyung Park! •  Today

As a way of showing our love and appreciation for Rev. Mia, we will be accepting a Love Offering for her today. Baskets will be provided in the Narthex and in the LAC during the potluck for your gifts! You may give cash or make a check directly to Mia MiKyung Park and drop it in the basket.

Wednesday Prayer and Coffee on Zoom • June 12 at 9am

Join Rev. Karen for prayer and community on Wednesday (6/12) at 9:00 AM on Zoom. Our time together consists of brief check-ins, devotionals, and prayers. This is a great way to start your morning, clear and center your mind, all while connecting with God and your prayercommunity. Feel free to bring a cup of coffee, tea, and a bite to eat. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Everyone smiles for a whole Asian Camp photo in the camp T-shirt!

Blaine Memorial Church School and Blaine Youth Group Summer Schedule

June 23-28, 2024
• Jr. High Camp at Camp Lodestar (Incoming 6th-9th grade)
July 13-20, 2024
• Asian Camp at Camp Gilmore (Incoming 10th – 2nd year college)
Four Sundays: July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18
• Vacation Bible School 2024 (Register here)

34th Annual ACRS Walk for Rice • Saturday, June 29 at 9am (See Insert)

The ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9 AM. Blaine Memorial has a very special connection to the ACRS Walk for Rice.

In 1990, Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya, along with Blaine’s own Sam Mitsui, initiated a way for everyone to contribute to feeding the community. Although Sam passed away in 2019, Team Blaine walks to honor his memory and his significant role in starting the Walk for Rice 34 years ago.

ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9:00 AM. Last year, Team Blaine raised close to $12,000, securing second place! This year, our fundraising goal is $8,000. Help ACRS feed ANHPI (Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) community members facing food insecurity by joining Team Blaine as a walker and/or by donating to our team!

Visit the Walk for Rice/Team Blaine page!

Alternatively, you can mail your donation (checks made out to “Walk for Rice,” memo: “Team Blaine”) to the Blaine office. Please contact Team Captain Justine for more details. Thank you for your continued support!

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2024 in Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Prayer, Spiritual Formation

During this Easter season, what purpose can we serve while reflecting on the meaning of Resurrection?

Do you love me?

By Anne Arakaki-Lock

During Lent we read about several New Testament characters and their transformation after the Resurrection. In “The Third Day: Living the Resurrection”, author Tom Berlin made reference to John 21:15-17. Three times Jesus asks “Simon son of John, do you love me?” When Peter answered yes, Jesus told him to feed his sheep. 

I had read this passage several times before, but during this Lenten study, God’s voice was loud and clear. Maybe it was because we were working on the Sukiyaki dinner and in planning it, we said over and over we want to reach the community. Or maybe because we’ve been playing pickleball and I’ve been excited about all the new people coming to the Lee Center during the week to play. It’s been a sports ministry. Or just maybe, I had been working on my aunt’s eulogy that I would be giving in Hawaii. My sweet, generous, loving Aunty was the example of kindness, lover of all babies, caretaker and second parent to struggling nieces and nephews all her life. When she passed away, my cousins and I knew that we had a duty to take all that love we had received from Aunty and had the job to give it back to others. We had a purpose, like Peter.

 Each of us may be transformed when we accept the Resurrection. We give our life to Christ and truly believe and shout, “Christ is risen indeed.” As the author of our Lenten study book says, “we can be certain that like Peter, Jesus has entrusted each of us with a commission. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28.

Anne Arakaki-Lock is a member of Blaine Memorial UMC.


Lectionary Readings

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2024


*Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
Ascension of the Lord 
May 9, 2024


*Acts 1:1-11: Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 12, 2024 

(If Ascension not observed here) 

*Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalm 1 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 
Day of Pentecost 
May 19, 2024


*Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15Sixth Sunday of Easter May 5, 2024 *Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17


Announcements

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • Every Wednesday

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!

Spring Reconciling Ministries Book Study • Every Thursday

The Reconciling team will begin hosting a new book study this Spring. We’ll read and discuss the book Outside the Lines by author and pastor Mihee Kim-Kort. 

Kim-Kort’s book explores the relationship between queerness and spirituality. Queerness is not only an identity that many of us hold but a lens through which we can begin to understand God’s love for us. 

Books can be purchased at the Church office for $16. 

This book study is open to anyone who would like to participate! The Book Study Group will meet every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM on Zoom. We will read and discuss one chapter per week and open up space for questions, reflections, and sharing with one another.

Zoom Christian Parenting Webinar • Thursday, May 9, 2024

Join us for a special Zoom Christian Parenting Webinar on Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm. Our guest speaker is Rev. Dr. KilJae Park from the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. Contact Rev. Mia for more details.

Mother’s Day Brunch • Sunday, May 12, 2024

Join us as we honor the women and those who identify as women at Blaine Memorial UMC on Sunday, May 12 from 8:30am-10am and then again, after worship. During this time, we will honor, remember, and show our love to our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, wives, teachers, mentors, and all the women in our lives that have influenced and shaped us into the people who we are today. We need your help all men and those who identify as men at Blaine Memorial to prepare the breakfast beginning at 6am. Thank you to Howard Nakase for chairing this year’s Mother’s Day breakfast!

BYG Bake Sale, T-Shirt Sale for Camping Ministries • Sunday, May 12, 2024

Bake Sale on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) in the Social Hall and T-Shirts (each $30) Pre-order Available till Sunday, May 12 Please email our BYG Directors for any questions. Thank you for your continued support!

Educational Scholarships 2024, Apply Now! • Due May 15, 2024

The Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church Educational Scholarships are designed to support the mission of the church through supporting a multitude of educational opportunities. We are proud to have helped students in their pursuit of continuing education since 1968. We encourage all applicants; from those just entering their next phase of education to those returning to complete or pursue continued education.

We are blessed to offer the following scholarships:

  • Vera Ing Scholarship
  • Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church Scholarship
  • Yasuda Scholarship
  • William S. Yorozu Scholarship
  • Robert and Lucy Sato Scholarship

Applications are available through emailing Blaine Scholarships or through the church office. All scholarships will consider, but are not limited to, elements such as grades (if applicable), personal essay, church participation and finances. Applications and two (2) letters of recommendation must be received no later than May 15, 2024 for consideration.

We are looking forward to applicants excited about pursuing their education.

34th Annual ACRS Walk for Rice • June 29, 2024

The ACRS will host the Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Seward Park starting at 9:00 am. Please visit www.walkforrice.org (you’ll be directed to the ACRS WFR event page) and search for “Team Blaine” to donate online! Alternatively, you can mail your donation (checks made out to “Walk for Rice”, memo: “Team Blaine”) to the Blaine office. Thank you for your con-tinued support! Please contact Justine Ing for more details. Read more.

Everyone smiles for a whole Asian Camp photo in the camp T-shirt! This photo is from Asian Camp 2023. Contact BYG leadership for to register for this year’s Asian Camp!

Summer Youth Camps Schedule • See Dates

Jr. High Camp • June 23-28, 2024

Incoming 6th-9th grade

Camp Lodestar

6135 Blue Mountain Rd.

Wilseyville, CA 95257

Asian Camp • July 14-19, 2024

Incoming 10th- 2nd year college

Camp Gilmore

26801 Dorothy Drive

Calabasas, CA 91302

VBS 2023 provided quality time with our young people and adults alike. What are you looking forward to at VBS 2024?

Vacation Bible School 2024 • Four Sundays Save these Sunday dates for VBS!

  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18

Theme: Operation Restoration – Mending God’s World Time: 10 am to 12 pm, including lunch.

Registration: $20 per Sunday per child. Location: Blaine Memorial Church School Classroom.

Email: blainevbs@gmail.com to enroll now!

“Letters of Suresh” with Dr. Stephen Sumida! • April 24-May 18

Dr. Stephen Sumida will be performing in what may be his last center-stage role! In “Letters of Suresh”, Sumida will play Father Hashimoto mentoring the main character through life and spiritual matters. Contact Dr. Sumida for more info!

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