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Third Sunday in Lent

Posted by on Mar 2, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Lenten Season, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship

All are Welcome!

Order of Worship

Prelude
Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice
By D.A. White

Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
By Hancock & Discipleship Ministries
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
How Great Thou Art UMH #77 (1-2, 4)
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading
Exodus 20:1-17 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya & Stephen Sumida
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Choral Anthem
A Willing Heart
By Tom Fettke

Blaine Memorial UMC Choir
Scripture Reading
Matthew 16:13-20 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya & Stephen Sumida
Sermon
Proclaim Your Faith!
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection
What Wondrous Love Is This
UMH #292 (1-3)

Kathy Onishi
Holy Communion
Rev. Karen Yokota Love & Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Introduction to the Offering
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
Be Thou My Vision
UMH #451 (1-2, 4)

Kathy Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
Taste and See
By James E. Moore

Kathy Onishi
Zoom Breakout Room
Dale Kaneko

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, March 3, 2024:
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
Monday, March 4, 2024:
Psalm 84; 1 Kings 6:1-4, 21-22; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Tuesday, March 5, 2024:
Psalm 84; Hebrews 9:23-28; 2 Chronicles 29:1-11, 16-19
Wednesday, March 6, 2024:
Psalm 84; Ezra 6:1-16; Mark 11:15-19
Thursday, March 7, 2024:
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 1:3-6
Friday, March 8, 2024:
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Daniel 12:5-13; Ephesians 1:7-14
Saturday, March 9, 2024:
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Numbers 20:22-29; John 3:1-13

Announcements

Order Easter Lillies Today!

Download the PDF form and print at home. Forms are needed by Sunday, March 24.

Read the latest issue of the Beacon!

Our February-March issue of the Beacon newsletter is ready for view. The March 2024 issue will be available very soon with more of the great news and insights Blaine Memorial UMC has to offer!

You can access past issues in our archive.

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • March 6 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!

Lent Book Studies

The Third Day: Living the Resurrection Lenten Book Study

This year’s All Church Lenten study is The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin and Mark A. Miller. Just us in this Zoom study on Tuesdays at 7:00PM, which is being facilitated by Rev. Mia MiKyung Park and Rev. Karen Yokota Love. The link will be emailed prior to the meeting date. We will also meet on the remainig Tuesdays: 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19 to discuss each chapter. 

The Office is selling The Third Day: Living the Resurrection books for $14.00 and the Leader Guide is $12.00. You are welcome to buy the book in the Office and read with your small groups. 

In The Third Day: Living the Resurrection, Tom Berlin uses his storytelling gifts and scriptural understanding to connect readers to the experiences of individuals around Jesus in his final days. The focus is on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Come and journey with characters like Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they experience the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study will explore events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

NJAUMC Lenten Book Study continues until March 25!

Join Rev. John Miyahara (UMC/US Navy Chaplain), Rev. Brian Lee (Simpson UMC), and members of the Japanese American United Methodist Caucus congregations in a 6-week Lenten book study. We are reading Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross by Magrey DeVega. Books are $17.00 in the Church Office. Please note that reading the book isn’t required! Join us tomorrow, Monday, March 4 from 4:30-6:00 PM (Hawaii), 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific) and 7:30-9:00 PM (Mountain). The study will conclude on Mon., March 25.

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 in Lent

Posted by on Feb 25, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Lenten Season, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship

All are Welcome!

  • Second Sunday in Lent
  • February 25, 2024 • 11:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin

Order of Worship

Prelude 
Without His Cross
Music by Joseph M. Martin 
Kathy Onishi 
Welcome of Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
*Call to Worship 
(Written by Rev. Mia
based on Psalm 22:23-31)
Arlene Naganawa 
*Opening Hymn 
Open My Eyes, that I May See 
UMH #454
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
First Scripture Reading 
Romans 4:13-16, 19-25 (JLB, CEB) 
Yuki Sofronas and Arlene Naganawa
Children’s Message
Sai Hanaoka
Special Music 
Fall, Slow Tears
Blaine Memorial Choir
Pastoral Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Dale Kaneko
Second Scripture Reading 
Mark 8:31-38 (JLB, CEB) 
Yuki Sofronas and Arlene Naganawa
Sermon 
God’s Thoughts vs. Human Thoughts 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection 
Living for Jesus
TFWS #2149
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Introduction to the Offering 
Arlene Naganawa
*Doxology 
Praise God, from
Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94 
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Arlene Naganawa
Announcements 
Rev. Mia and Friends
*Closing Hymn 
We Are Called 
TFWS #2172
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
*Benediction 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
Postlude
Standing on the Promises
Music by R. Kelso Carter 
Kathy Onishi 
Zoom Breakout Room 
Dale Kaneko

Sermon Questions

  • Jesus wants us to have a different perspective, God’s thoughts not human thoughts (vs.33). What does it mean and look like to shift or replace your thoughts to have God’s thoughts?
  • Look at Mark 8:34-35. What does it mean to ‘must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me’? What needs to change in our lives in order to obey Jesus’ words: deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me?
  • In what practical ways can we respond to Jesus’ call to take up our cross and follow him in our daily lives, relationships, and communities?

Lectionary Readings

Sunday, February 25, 2024:
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9
Monday, February 26, 2024:
Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Genesis 21:1-7; Hebrews 1:8-12
Tuesday, February 27, 2024:
Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Genesis 22:1-19; Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19
Wednesday, February 28, 2024: 
Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Jeremiah 30:12-22; John 12:36-43
Thursday, February 29, 2024:
Psalm 19; Exodus 19:1-9a; 1 Peter 2:4-10
Friday, March 1, 2024: 
Psalm 19; Exodus 19:9b-15; Acts 7:30-40
Saturday, March 2, 2024:
Psalm 19; Exodus 19:16-25; Mark 9:2-8

Announcements

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • February 28 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!

Click the poster above to order Sukiyaki, now!

Lent Book Studies

The Third Day: Living the Resurrection Lenten Book Study

This year’s All Church Lenten study is The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin and Mark A. Miller. This study will begin on Tuesday, February 13, at 7 pm via Zoom and will be facilitated by Rev. Mia MiKyung Park and Rev. Karen Yokota Love. The link will be emailed prior to the meeting date. We will also meet on Tuesdays: 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19 to discuss each chapter. 

The Office is selling The Third Day: Living the Resurrection books for $14.00 and the Leader Guide is $12.00. You are welcome to buy the book in the Office and read with your small groups. 

In The Third Day: Living the Resurrection, Tom Berlin uses his storytelling gifts and scriptural understanding to connect readers to the experiences of individuals around Jesus in his final days. The focus is on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Come and journey with characters like Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they experience the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study will explore events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

NJAUMC Lenten Book Study begins on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024!

You’re invited to join Rev. John Miyahara (US Navy Chaplain), Rev. Brian Lee (Simpson UMC), and members of the Japanese American United Methodist Caucus congregations in a 6-week Advent book study. We will be reading Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross by Magrey DeVega. Books are $17.00 in the Church Office. Please note that reading the book isn’t required! The first session will start on Monday, February 19 from 4:30-6:00 PM (Hawaii), 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific) and 7:30-9:00 PM (Mountain). The study will conclude on Mon., March 25.

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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Ash Wednesday

Posted by on Feb 14, 2024 in Ash Wednesday, Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Innovation Hub, Lenten Season, Miscellaneous, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Spiritual Formation, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome

  • Ash Wednesday
  • February 14, 2024, 11am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin

Order of Worship

Prelude 
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
(UMH #358)
Yuki Sofronas 
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Congregational Hymn 
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days 
Verses 1-3 
(UMH #269) 
Yuki Sofronas
Scripture Reading 
Joel 2:12-13 
Barbara Nagaoka
Prayer of Confession 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Scripture Reading 
Genesis 3:19 
Barbara Nagaoka
Scripture Reading 
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 
Barbara Nagaoka
Meditation 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Contemplation 
Jesus, Remember Me 
(UMH #488)
Yuki Sofronas
Explanation of the Recognition of Ashes 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Take Time to Be Holy 
(UMH #395)
Yuki Sofronas
Closing Hymn 
I Surrender All 
(UMH #354)
Yuki Sofronas
Benediction 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude 
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days 
(UMH #269)
Yuki Sofronas

Sermon Questions

  • How is the Ash Wednesday Gospel message more about our motives than our actions? (Matt 6:1-6, 16-21)
  • What do we learn about the character of God from Joel 2:12-13?
  • How can you return to/reboot your relationship with God?

Lectionary Readings

Wednesday, February 14, 2024:
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Thursday, February 15, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
Friday, February 16, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Saturday, February 17, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 32; Matthew 9:2-13

Announcements

Lent Book Studies

The Third Day: Living the Resurrection Lenten Book Study

This year’s All Church Lenten study is The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin and Mark A. Miller. This study will begin on Tuesday, February 13, at 7 pm via Zoom and will be facilitated by Rev. Mia MiKyung Park and Rev. Karen Yokota Love. The link will be emailed prior to the meeting date. We will also meet on Tuesdays: 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19 to discuss each chapter. 

The Office is selling The Third Day: Living the Resurrection books for $14.00 and the Leader Guide is $12.00. You are welcome to buy the book in the Office and read with your small groups. 

In The Third Day: Living the Resurrection, Tom Berlin uses his storytelling gifts and scriptural understanding to connect readers to the experiences of individuals around Jesus in his final days. The focus is on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Come and journey with characters like Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they experience the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study will explore events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

NJAUMC Lenten Book Study begins on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024!

You’re invited to join Rev. John Miyahara (US Navy Chaplain), Rev. Brian Lee (Simpson UMC), and members of the Japanese American United Methodist Caucus congregations in a 6-week Advent book study. We will be reading Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross by Magrey DeVega. Books are $17.00 in the Church Office. Please note that reading the book isn’t required! The first session will start on Monday, February 19 from 4:30-6:00 PM (Hawaii), 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific) and 7:30-9:00 PM (Mountain). The study will conclude on Mon., March 25.

Bob Ross Painting Night • Friday, February 16!

Join the Innovation Hub for an evening of fellowship, painting, and relaxing while we watch Bob Ross on Friday, February 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Social Hall! We will provide some light snacks and beverages as well as painting supplies and materials! All are welcome. Scan the QR code or sign up here: https://forms.gle/5eLsmiRjoP3FFbaz6

Please email Lynne Onishi at lynneonishi@gmail.com with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

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

Sign up here!

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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Transfiguration Sunday

Posted by on Feb 10, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Innovation Hub, Lenten Season, Miscellaneous, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Transfiguration Sunday
  • February 11, 2024, 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Thank you to Terri Pittman for providing today’s flower arrangement! 

Order of Worship

Prelude 
He Is Exalted
Music by Twila Paris
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of
Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
(Written by Rev. Mia based on Psalm 50:1-6) 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Honor and Praise 
TFWS #2018
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
2 Kings 2:1-12 (JLB, CEB) 
Tsutomu Nagoya
and Malia Yamamoto
Children’s Message 
Sai Hanaoka
Special Music 
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Music by Graham Kendrick 
Blaine Memorial Choir
Pastoral Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Second Scripture Reading 
Mark 9:2-9 (NRSVUE, JLB
Tsutomu Nagoya
and Malia Yamamoto
Sermon 
The Mountaintop Experience 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection 
Holy Ground (X 2)
TFWS #2272 
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Offering Introduction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn
Marching to Zion UMH #733
(Verses 1, 2 and 4)

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Postlude
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Music by Graham Kendrick

Blaine Memorial Choir
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

  • How does the transfiguration challenge us to see Jesus in his fullness, both as the suffering servant and the exalted Son of God?
  • Was there a moment in your life when Jesus suddenly was revealed to you as the glorious and holy God?
  • What can we do to make ourselves more available to Jesus’s transforming work in our lives?

Lectionary Readings

Sunday, February 11, 2024:
Transfiguration Sunday
2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
Monday, February 12, 2024: 
Psalm 110:1-4; Exodus 19:7-25; Hebrews 2:1-4
Tuesday, February 13, 2024: 
Psalm 110:1-4; Job 19:23-27; 1 Timothy 3:14-16
Wednesday, February 14, 2024:
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Thursday, February 15, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
Friday, February 16, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Saturday, February 17, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 32; Matthew 9:2-13

Announcements

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • February 14 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!

Ash Wednesday Service • February 14, 11am in the Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday begins early this year and shares the day with Valentine’s Day – February 14 – a special day for celebrating love between couples, family members, friends, and ourselves. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. Ashes are placed on the forehead with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Ashes are a symbol that helps us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. 

This year’s Ash Wednesday service will be on February 14 at 11:00AM followed by a simple soup lunch in the Social Hall. Please join us in worship as we begin the holy journey of prayer, fasting and remembrances. This service will be live-streamed. 

Lent Book Studies

The Third Day: Living the Resurrection Lenten Book Study

This year’s All Church Lenten study is The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin and Mark A. Miller. This study will begin on Tuesday, February 13, at 7 pm via Zoom and will be facilitated by Rev. Mia MiKyung Park and Rev. Karen Yokota Love. The link will be emailed prior to the meeting date. We will also meet on Tuesdays: 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19 to discuss each chapter. 

The Office is selling The Third Day: Living the Resurrection books for $14.00 and the Leader Guide is $12.00. You are welcome to buy the book in the Office and read with your small groups. 

In The Third Day: Living the Resurrection, Tom Berlin uses his storytelling gifts and scriptural understanding to connect readers to the experiences of individuals around Jesus in his final days. The focus is on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Come and journey with characters like Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they experience the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study will explore events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

NJAUMC Lenten Book Study begins on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024!

You’re invited to join Rev. John Miyahara (US Navy Chaplain), Rev. Brian Lee (Simpson UMC), and members of the Japanese American United Methodist Caucus congregations in a 6-week Advent book study. We will be reading Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross by Magrey DeVega. Books are $17.00 in the Church Office. Please note that reading the book isn’t required! The first session will start on Monday, February 19 from 4:30-6:00 PM (Hawaii), 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific) and 7:30-9:00 PM (Mountain). The study will conclude on Mon., March 25.

Bob Ross Painting Night • Friday, February 16!

Join the Innovation Hub for an evening of fellowship, painting, and relaxing while we watch Bob Ross on Friday, February 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Social Hall! We will provide some light snacks and beverages as well as painting supplies and materials! All are welcome. Scan the QR code or sign up here: https://forms.gle/5eLsmiRjoP3FFbaz6

Please email Lynne Onishi at lynneonishi@gmail.com with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

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

Sign up here!

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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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Posted by on Feb 4, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome!

  • Fifth Sunday of Epiphany, Holy Communion Sunday
  • February 4, 2024 • 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin

Prelude 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings
By Twila Paris
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of
Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
By Hancock/Discipleship Ministries
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn 
O for a Thousand Tongues 
UMH #57 (1-3, 5) 
Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading 
Mark 1:29-39 (CEB) 
Tsutomu Nagoya and George Yates
Children’s Message 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Special Music 
Lord of the Dance
Leann Onishi
Scripture Reading
Isaiah 40:21-31 (CEB) 
Tsutomu Nagoya and George Yates
Sermon
Restorative Healing
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection 
Lord, We Come to Ask Your Blessing
(Verses 1, 3-4)
TFWS #2230
Kathy Onishi
Holy Communion
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Introduction to the Offering
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
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
UMH #569
Kathy Onishi
*Benediction 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
*Postlude 
Jesus, Lover of My Soul 
By Parry/Carter
Kathy Onishi
Zoom Breakout Room 
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

  • What examples of miraculous healing have you seen or experienced?
  • What can you learn and apply to your own life from Jesus’ example of prayer?
  • What does it mean to “hope in the Lord”?
  • How can this impact your daily life? How can relying on God’s strength help you when facing challenges or temptations?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, February 4, 2024:
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23;Mark 1:29-39
Monday, February 5, 2024: Psalm 102:12-28;
2 Kings 4:8-17, 32-37; Acts 14:1-7
Tuesday, February 6, 2024:
Psalm 102:12-28; 2 Kings 8:1-6; Acts 15:36-41
Wednesday, February 7, 2024:
Psalm 102:12-28; Job 6:1-13; Mark 3:7-12
Thursday, February 8, 2024:
Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 11:26-40; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Friday, February 9, 2024:
Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 14:1-18; 1 Timothy 1:12-20
Saturday, February 10, 2024:
Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 16:1-7; Luke 19:41-44

Announcements

Snack Collection for Tent City 3 • Today!

Today, our Church School children are planning to make sandwiches, assemble snacks and drinks to create 80 lunch bags for residents at Tent City 3. Leave any individually packed snacks such as granola bars, cookies, dried fruit, etc., in the treasure box located in the Narthex until Sunday (2/4) before worship begins. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please contact Rev. Mia MiKyung Park with any questions.

RM Book Study Kickoff • Today!

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

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • February 7 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!

Bob Ross Painting Night • Friday, February 16!

Join the Innovation Hub for an evening of fellowship, painting, and relaxing while we watch Bob Ross on Friday, February 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Social Hall! We will provide some light snacks and beverages as well as painting supplies and materials! All are welcome. Scan the QR code or sign up here: https://forms.gle/5eLsmiRjoP3FFbaz6

Please email Lynne Onishi at lynneonishi@gmail.com with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

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

Sign up here!

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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Innovation Hub Update

Posted by on Jan 29, 2024 in Church News & Events, Innovation Hub, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Weekly Calendar

Blaine Memorial UMC celebrated becoming a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network on December 3, 2023.

What kind of legacy do we want to leave for future generations? 

By Lynne Onishi

December Recap

On Sunday, December 3, we gathered for a luncheon to celebrate our vote to become a Reconciling church! Thank you to all who helped put this spectacular lunch together! Later in the month, our young adults celebrated the festive holiday season at the Bellevue Botanical Garden’s holiday lights display. 

The end of the year is always a prime opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done and see how we might want to change things to better serve our congregation and community. Our Innovation Hub Committee met in December to reflect on our last year of ministry and discuss goals for 2024. We talked about the cycle of innovation and the importance of measuring and evaluating our work. We recalled all the joys and changes we’ve seen at the Church this past year, including Blaine’s recent affiliation with the Reconciling Ministries Network! Some highlights from the year were the “Reparations” film screening, the Kubota Garden spiritual walk, and the many beautiful hiking trips! 

A New Year

Personally, I have also been reflecting on my last year and the things I need to evaluate as an individual. I’ve never been someone who makes good on New Year’s resolutions, but I intend to start off the new year with a renewed approach to life. As I prepare for all that is to come in these next few months, I have found myself thinking back to January of last year and my immersion trip to San Antonio. This trip was an opportunity to learn about new ways of innovative ministry that often occur outside the walls of a church. We spoke with pastors, non-profit leaders, artists, and archivists who were reimagining church and community. So much of what we saw and experienced was relevant to this congregation and community I call home. 

As I prepare to return to San Antonio (this time as a leader for a new cohort of young people), I am wondering what new insights I’ll gather and bring home with me. I am also thinking about this concept of legacy, of passing on stories and wisdom to a new generation of young people. What will I want to pass down to the leaders here that come after me?

At the end of the month, this congregation will gather to celebrate 120 years of ministry! And with this anniversary approaching, I can’t help but think about the legacy of this Church. What kind of legacy do we want to leave for future generations? How will the choices we make now shape the stories that are told about us 120 years in the future? 

I’m excited for all the storytelling that comes with such an occasion! Though I’ve grown up in this congregation, I am still learning new stories about this community each day. I’m sure we’ll tell many stories about the history of this Church that will inform the future. This congregation has endured changes throughout the years and must continue to adapt as the lives of our community members and neighbors change. And only through honoring our past will we determine how best to move forward! Cheers to 120 years of ministry!

The Innovation Hub team and Reconciling Ministries Task Force are always looking for new folks to join us. If you feel called to lend your voice to these important ministries, we invite you to join us at our next team zoom meeting. Please contact Lynne or any of the other team members for more information.

Questions? Send an email to lynneonishi@gmail.com

Lynne Onishi serves as the Director for the Blaine Youth Group.


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