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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by on Apr 21, 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!

Order of Worship

Prelude
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
By Rick Founds

Miriam Tong
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
UMH #140

Miriam Tong & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading
John 10:11-18 (CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Stephen Sumida
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Candidates for Baptism
• Kim Akimoto
• Masami Blowers
• Hazel Brown
• Anita Kuriowa
• Lynda Tanagi

Rev. Mia MiKyung Park Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Special Music
Down to the Water to Pray
Blaine Memorial Choir
Prayers of the People
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Second Scripture Reading
Psalm 23
Tsutomu Nagoya, Stephen Sumida
Sermon
The Good Shepherd
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection
They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love (We Are One in the Spirit)
TFWS #2223

Miriam Tong & Eugene Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Offertory Music
Baptized in Water
By M. Saward, C.R. Young

Miriam Tong
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn
God Be with You till We Meet Again (God Be With You)
UMH #672

Miriam Tong & Eugene Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
My Life Is in You, Lord
Words and Music by Daniel Gardner

Miriam Tong
Zoom Breakout Room
Dale Kaneko

Sermon Reflection Questions

  • How was Jesus’ mission similar to the work of a first-century shepherd?
  • How does Jesus’ divine identity inform his role as the Good Shepherd?
  • How might the United Methodist Church continue the mission of the Good Shepherd? (a) How might Blaine Memorial UMC continue that mission? (b)
  • How might each of us, as individuals, continue that mission? Who will you pray for this week?

Daily Lectionary

SUN April 21, 2024:
Fourth Sunday of Easter
MON April 22, 2024:
Psalm 95; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 1 Peter 5:1-5
TUES April 23, 2024:
Psalm 95; 1 Chronicles 11:1-9; Revelation 7:13-17
WEDS April 24, 2024:
Psalm 95; Micah 7:8-20; Mark 14:26-31
THURS April 25, 2024:
Psalm 22:25-31; Amos 8:1-7; Acts 8:1b-8
FRI April 26, 2024:
Psalm 22:25-31; Amos 8:11-13; Acts 8:9-25
SAT April 27, 2024:
Psalm 22:25-31; Amos 9:7-15; Mark 4:30-32

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!

Zoom Christian Parenting Webinar • 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 • 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!

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.

Celebration Farewell Potluck for the Rev. Mia • June 9, 2024

It is such a great joy to celebrate and send off our Associate Pastor, Rev. Mia MiKyung Park as she receives a new call and embarks onward to her new appointment at Redeemer Kingston on July 1, 2024! We’ll honor Rev. Mia’s ministry by sending her off well. In addition, we will also celebrate our graduates and confirmands on June 9. What’s a better way than to show our appreciation and love to Rev. Mia, our graduates and our confirmands than having a ’Blaine’ potluck? We are asking folks to contribute! (If you are single, just bring one item.) A-H: Main Dish/Dessert I-S: Main Dish/Salad T-Z: Main Dish/Rice We hope that you can join us on Sunday, June 9 to joyfully celebrate Rev. Mia’s ministry, our graduates, and our confirmands!

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!

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!

View the March-April 2024 Calendar

Coming soon: The latest issue of the Beacon!

The April-May issue of the Beacon newsletter will be available soon!

You can access past issues in our archive.

Stay connected with Blaine Memorial on Facebook!

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Third Sunday of Easter

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

All are Welcome!

Order of Worship

Prelude
How Majestic Is Your Name
Michael W. Smith

Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
*Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 116
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
*Opening Hymn
Morning Has Broken
UMH #145

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading
Luke 24:36b-48 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya and Shig Nishida
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Membership of Lynne Onishi
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Special Music
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Blaine Memorial Choir
Prayers of the People
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Sermon
Show Me Your Wounds
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection
Loving Spirit
TFWS #2123
(Verses 1-2,4-5)

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Shig Nishida
*Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
(UMH #94)

Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Shig Nishida
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn
Open My Eyes of My Heart
Blaine Praise Band
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
Without Seeing You
David Haas
Kathy Onishi
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

  • Why were the disciples so afraid? How did Jesus approach them?
  • What does it mean that Jesus “opened their minds”?
  • Think of a current hardship you are experiencing. How would it help you endure this situation if you could see how God might use it for good in your life?
  • What repetitive actions have helped you build your faith over time?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, April 14, 2024: Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48
Monday, April 15, 2024:
Psalm 150; Jeremiah 30:1-11a; 1 John 3:10-16
Tuesday, April 16, 2024:
Psalm 150; Hosea 5:15-6:6; 2 John 1:1-6
Wednesday, April 17, 2024:
Psalm 150; Proverbs 9:1-6; Mark 16:9-18
Thursday, April 18, 2024:
Psalm 23; Genesis 30:25-43; Acts 3:17-26
Friday, April 19, 2024:
Psalm 23; Genesis 46:28-47:6; Acts 4:1-4
Saturday, April 20, 2024:
Psalm 23; Genesis 48:8-19; Mark 6:30-34

Announcements

Senninbari, Thousand Stitch Sash, made in Poston prison camp and worn by Kuichi Takei during WWII.

Senninbari Sewing • April 14 after Service

Thank you to the Blaine members who volunteered at the Northwest Detention Center during the recent Tsuru for Solidarity encampment.

Tsuru for Solidarity is a non-violent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites (locally, NWDC in Tacoma). We stand on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II to say, “Stop Repeating History.”

In preparation for the next direct action to close NWDC, members of Tsuru will be making senninbari, or 1000 stitch sashes, for Tsuru members and others to wear. Senninbari were traditionally sewn by Japanese women for soldiers going off to war to watch over and protect them. During World War II, Issei mothers sewed senninbari for their Nisei sons who volunteered or were drafted into the military. We hope that the senninbari that we sew will also offer protection and support for those engaging in Tsuru’s direct actions.

We will start sewing our senninbari in the Blaine social hall after church on Sunday, April 14th. We invite members of the Blaine congregation to join us. All materials and hands-on instruction will be provided. We plan to sew for a couple of hours, so that everyone can get a start on their sashes. Then people will be able to take home their kits and work on them on their own.

If you have questions or are interested in participating but not able to come on the 14th, please contact Barbara Yasui.

Baptism Class in the Webb Room • April 14, 2024 at 11:45am

Join us for a Baptism Class on Sunday (4/14) at 11:45AM in the Webb Room. Rev. Karen and Rev. Mia will facilitate this session, aimed at those interested in understanding the significance of baptism and exploring membership at Blaine Memorial UMC. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of baptism and its role in our faith community. Please contact Rev. Karen or Rev. Mia for more information.

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!

Bob Ross Night • April 20, 7pm

Join the Blaine Memorial UMC Innovation Hub for an evening of fellowship, painting, and relaxing while we watch Bob Ross on Saturday, April 20 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! Please make sure to note any allergies or dietary restrictions on this form. All are welcome. Please email Lynne Onishi at lynneonishi@gmail.com with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sign up, here.

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.

View the March-April 2024 Calendar

Read the latest issue of the Beacon!

Our March-April issue of the Beacon newsletter is ready for view – with more of the great news and insights Blaine Memorial UMC has to offer!

You can access past issues in our archive.

Stay connected with Blaine Memorial on Facebook!

Learn More
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Second Sunday of Easter

Posted by on Apr 7, 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!

Order of Worship

Prelude
Gather Us In
Marty Haugen
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
Written by P. Mitchell, Discipleship Ministries
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
UMH #557 (Verses 1,3-4)

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Scripture Reading
Acts 4:32-35 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya
Michelle Vaughan
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Prayers of the People
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Scripture Reading
John 20:19-31 (JLB, CEB)
Tsutomu Nagoya
Michelle Vaughan
Sermon
Without a Doubt
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection
Grace Alone
(TFWS #2162)

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 Yokota Love and Friends
*Closing Hymn
Easter People, Raise Your Voices
(UMH #304)

Kathy Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
In Christ Alone
By Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Kathy Onishi
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Lectionary Questions

  • Do you find it hard to believe certain things without seeing proof or evidence? Share some examples of this from your life.
  • Read John 20:24-29. How would you describe Thomas’ attitude, both before and after Jesus appeared to him?
  • What can we learn from Jesus’ encounter with Thomas that can help us respond to people who have doubts?
  • Read John 20:29-31. How can someone who has not seen the evidence that Thomas and the other disciples saw come to faith in Jesus as the risen Lord and Savior?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, April 7, 2024: Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
Monday, April 8, 2024:
Psalm 135; Daniel 3:1-30; 1 John 2:3-11
Tuesday, April 9, 2024:
Psalm 135; Daniel 6:1-28; 1 John 2:12-17
Wednesday, April 10, 2024:
Psalm 135; Isaiah 26:1-15; Mark 12:18-27
Thursday, April 11, 2024:
Psalm 4; Daniel 9:1-19; 1 John 2:18-25
Friday, April 12, 2024:
Psalm 4; Daniel 10:2-19; 1 John 2:26-28
Saturday, April 13, 2024:
Psalm 4; Acts 3:1-10; Luke 22:24-30

Announcements

Tonight, Blaine Memorial UMC will hold a Special Charge Conference at 7pm.

Special Charge Conference for Yoshi Kuramoto • Tonight at 7pm

A Special Charge Conference Meeting with Ad Board and SPRC will be on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 7:00pm on Zoom. The agenda and purpose of this Special Charge Conference is to vote on the candidacy for ordained ministry of Yoshiya Joshua Kuramoto. The Zoom link will be emailed directly to Ad Board and SPRC members. 

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!

Senninbari, Thousand Stitch Sash, made in Poston prison camp and worn by Kuichi Takei during WWII.

Senninbari Sewing • April 14 after Service

Thank you to the Blaine members who volunteered at the Northwest Detention Center during the recent Tsuru for Solidarity encampment.

Tsuru for Solidarity is a non-violent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites (locally, NWDC in Tacoma). We stand on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II to say, “Stop Repeating History.”

In preparation for the next direct action to close NWDC, members of Tsuru will be making senninbari, or 1000 stitch sashes, for Tsuru members and others to wear. Senninbari were traditionally sewn by Japanese women for soldiers going off to war to watch over and protect them. During World War II, Issei mothers sewed senninbari for their Nisei sons who volunteered or were drafted into the military. We hope that the senninbari that we sew will also offer protection and support for those engaging in Tsuru’s direct actions.

We will start sewing our senninbari in the Blaine social hall after church on Sunday, April 14th. We invite members of the Blaine congregation to join us. All materials and hands-on instruction will be provided. We plan to sew for a couple of hours, so that everyone can get a start on their sashes. Then people will be able to take home their kits and work on them on their own.

If you have questions or are interested in participating but not able to come on the 14th, please contact Barbara Yasui.

Baptism Class in the Webb Room • Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:45am

Join us for a Baptism Class on Sunday (4/14) at 11:45AM in the Webb Room. Rev. Karen and Rev. Mia will facilitate this session, aimed at those interested in understanding the significance of baptism and exploring membership at Blaine Memorial UMC. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of baptism and its role in our faith community. Please contact Rev. Karen or Rev. Mia for more information.

Bob Ross Night • April 20, 7pm

Join the Blaine Memorial UMC Innovation Hub for an evening of fellowship, painting, and relaxing while we watch Bob Ross on Saturday, April 20 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! Please make sure to note any allergies or dietary restrictions on this form. All are welcome. Please email Lynne Onishi at lynneonishi@gmail.com with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sign up, here.

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 S. 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.

View the March-April 2024 Calendar

Read the latest issue of the Beacon!

Our March-April issue of the Beacon newsletter is ready for view – with more of the great news and insights Blaine Memorial UMC has to offer!

You can access past issues in our archive.

Stay connected with Blaine Memorial on Facebook!

Learn More
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Easter Sunday

Posted by on Mar 31, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome

Order of Worship

Prelude
Lift High the Cross
By Sydney Hugo Nicholson

Kathy Onishi
Carrying the Flowered Cross
Howard Nakase and Jason Lew
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Dr. Mark C. Hearn
*Call to Worship
By Mindi
Rev. Dr. Mark C. Hearn
*Opening Hymn
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
UMH #302 (Verses 1,2,4,6)

Eugene & Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn
First Scripture Reading
John 20:1-18 (JLB, NRSVUE)
Tsutomu Nagoya, Dale Watanabe, Revs. Mark, Jeney, and Karen
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Prayers of the People
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Easter Anthem
Mary at the Tomb
By B. Ellingboe

Blaine Memorial Choir
Message
Encountering the Living Christ
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Congregational Hymn
In the Garden (I Come to the Garden Alone)
UMH #314
Eugene & Kathy Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94

Eugene & Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends
Closing Hymn
Every Praise Blaine Praise Band
Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
Every Praise
Blaine Praise Band
Passing of the Peace
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

  • Our themes this morning come from Jesus’ questions to Mary, and to us, when he asks, “Why are you crying?” and “Who are you looking for?” These become important questions for us as we contemplate our search for life in places other than the resurrected Jesus Christ. What things do we as humans search for that lead us to a place of emptiness and longing? What things do we search to give us life that only Jesus can give? 
  • How have you seen God at work in your life this week?
  • What pain have you experienced by searching after things that lead to death?
  • What must Mary have felt when she heard Jesus call out her name? Can you recall a time when you feel Jesus has sought you out?
  • In what ways does resurrection give you hope and change the way you live?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, March 31, 2024:
Easter Vigil Old Testament Readings and Psalms

Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 and Psalm 46
Genesis 22:1-18 and Psalm 16
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 and Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18
Isaiah 55:1-11 and Isaiah 12:2-6
Baruch 3:9-15, 3:32-4:4 or Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6 and Psalm 19
Ezekiel 36:24-28 and Psalm 42, 43
Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Psalm 143
Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Psalm 98

New Testament Reading and Psalm
Romans 6:3-11 and Psalm 114

Gospel
Mark 16:1-8
Sunday, March 31, 2024:
Resurrection of the Lord

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43
John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8
Sunday, March 31, 2024:
Easter Evening

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 114 1
Corinthians 5:6b-8
Luke 24:13-49
Monday, April 1, 2024:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Genesis 1:1-19 1
Corinthians 15:35-49
Tuesday, April 2, 2024:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Genesis 1:20-2:4a
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Wednesday, April 3, 2024:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Song of Solomon 3:1-11
Mark 16:1-8
Thursday, April 4, 2024:
Psalm 133
Daniel 1:1-21
Acts 2:42-47
Friday, April 5, 2024:
Psalm 133
Daniel 2:1-23
Acts 4:23-31
Saturday, April 6, 2024:
Psalm 133
Daniel 2:24-49
John 12:44-50


Announcements

Sunday, March 31: Easter Sunday Schedule

Celebrate the Risen Christ!

Easter Breakfast: Join us for Easter Breakfast in the LAC at 8:30AM as the Blaine Youth Group (BYG) will prepare, cook, and serve the breakfast. There will be two opportunities to eat: 8:30AM and after worship!

Flowering of the Cross: One of the most meaningful traditions that we celebrate on Easter Sunday is the Flowering of the Cross. It symbolizes new life in Christ. We invite all who are attending Easter Sunday worship (in person) to bring flowers from your garden (trimmed to a short stem). These flowers will be placed on the cross as you enter the Sanctuary for Easter worship.

Easter Egg Hunt: The Church School invites children to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt in the Courtyard (weather permitting). Please remind children to bring their own baskets, and feel free to invite your grandchildren, friends, and neighbors to join us for the hunt! 

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!

Save the date for our Special Charge Conference, April 7, 2024.

NEW! Special Charge Conference for Yoshi Kuramoto • Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 7pm

A Special Charge Conference Meeting with Ad Board and SPRC will be on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 7:00pm on Zoom. The agenda and purpose of this Special Charge Conference is to vote on the candidacy for ordained ministry of Yoshiya Joshua Kuramoto. The Zoom link will be emailed directly to Ad Board and SPRC members. 

NEW! Baptism Class in the Webb Room • Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:45am

Join us for a Baptism Class on Sunday (4/14) at 11:45AM in the Webb Room. Rev. Karen and Rev. Mia will facilitate this session, aimed at those interested in understanding the significance of baptism and exploring membership at Blaine Memorial UMC. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of baptism and its role in our faith community. Please contact Rev. Karen (rev.karenyokotalove@gmail.com) or Rev. Mia (miablaine2020@gmail.com) for more information.

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 S. 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.

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Associate Pastor’s Spiritual Reflection

Posted by on Mar 26, 2024 in Church News & Events, Lenten Season, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Spiritual Formation, Weekly Calendar

John Lim and Harry Tong prepare delicious bag lunches for residents of Tent City 3. The children of Blaine Memorial UMC made 80 lunches to serve community.

Lent & Easter: What does God want you to replace?

By the Rev. Mia MiKyung Park

How is your Lent going? I am curious and excited to know how your Lent has been going this year. Lent brings me such a deep sense of self-examination and reflection, which draws me into repentance, renewal, and hope. I like to choose a theme for Lent and Easter each year, and this year, I’ve decided the theme is “Replacing.” As I reflect on the theme, I recognize many aspects of myself that need to be replaced with something else.

I desire to replace disappointment with hope, knowing that God’s plans are greater than my own. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, “My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my plans than your plans.” In moments of disappointment, I seek to replace it with hope, reminding myself that there is a reason to be hopeful in Jesus, who conquers death to prove God’s unfailing and steadfast love.

I desire to replace anxiety with trust, believing that God is in control, and I am a witness to God’s mysterious works. The Apostle Paul advises us in Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.” Though challenges may overwhelm me, I remind myself to surrender my anxiety to God, who listens and answers in God’s time.

I desire to replace resentment with peace, finding solace in the words of our Lord Jesus who gives us true peace, saying, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27). In times of turmoil, I find peace in knowing that God’s love surrounds me, calming my troubled heart.

Because of God’s grace, I am hopeful that I can lay down my disappointment, anxiety, resentment, etc., before God and ask them to be replaced with hope, trust, peace, etc.

I want to ask you: what do you think that God wants you to replace?

Our Church School children made 80 lunch bags for the residents at Tent City 3 on Sunday, February 4. Thanks to all the children, teachers, and dads who joyfully made the lunch bags to donate to Tent City 3. Also, I express my gratitude to those who provided individually packed snacks. I am thankful for this wonderful teamwork at Blaine! As a community, we continue to be the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus, embodying Christ’s love and compassion for those in need. The Church School’s March memorization verse is Revelation 3:20, where we are reminded, “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you with me.” Let us open our hearts to God’s presence and allow God to guide us on our Lenten journey of replacing old habits and attitudes with God’s love and grace.

God resurrected Jesus from the death which replaces human finitude to God’s eternity. I invite all of us to continue replacing what we don’t need with what we must have. May this Lenten season be a time of reflection, renewal, and transformation for us all, and may our Easter be a time of hope and rejoicing!

The Rev. Mia MiKyung Park is the Associate Pastor of Blaine Memorial UMC.


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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!

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 S. 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.

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Passion and Palm Sunday

Posted by on Mar 24, 2024 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Lenten Season, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Weekly Calendar

All are Welcome

Order of Worship

*Processional Prelude
Hosanna, Laud Hosanna
By Hofkapelle

Kathy Onishi
*Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
By Shuman
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Hosanna, Laud Hosanna
UMH #278

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
Mark 11:1-11 (JLB, CEB)
Yuki Sofronas & Jill Fluvog
Children’s Message
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Special Music
Triumphal Entry
By Drennan/Williams

Blaine Memorial Choir
Pastoral Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Second Scripture Reading
Philippians 2:5-11 (JLB, NRSVUE)
Yuki Sofronas & Jill Fluvog
Sermon
The Power of Humility, Servanthood, and Obedience
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection
More Like You
TFWS #2167

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Offertory Music
The Walk to Calvary
By N. Anderson

Blaine Memorial Choir
*Doxology
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94
*Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn
The Old Rugged Cross
UMH #504

Kathy & Eugene Onishi
*Benediction
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Postlude
Lamb of God
By T. Paris

Kathy Onishi
*Passing of the Peace
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Lectionary Questions

  • How does the humility of Christ, as described in this passage, challenge our modern understanding of power and authority and our cultural values of individualism and self-promotion?
  • Reflect on the implications of Jesus’ obedience unto death on a cross. What does this reveal about the nature of God’s love and redemption?
  • Reflect on the significance of Jesus taking on the form of a servant. How does this impact our understanding of leadership within the Christian community?
  • How can we practically apply the principles found in this passage to our relationships, workplaces, and communities?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Sunday, March 24, 2024: Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 • Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Sunday, March 24, 2024: Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 31:9-16 • Philippians 2:5-11 • Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)
Monday, March 25, 2024: Annunciation of the Lord
Isaiah 7:10-14 • Psalm 45 or Psalm 40:5-10 • Hebrews 10:4-10 • Luke 1:26-38
Monday, March 25, 2024: Monday of Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-9 • Psalm 36:5-11 • Hebrews 9:11-15 • John 12:1-11
Tuesday, March 26, 2024: Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-7 • Psalm 71:1-14 • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 • John 12:20-36
Wednesday, March 27, 2024: Wednesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 70 • Hebrews 12:1-3 • John 13:21-32
Thursday, March 28, 2024: Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 • Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 • John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Friday, March 29, 2024: Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 • Psalm 22 • Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 • John 18:1-19:42
Saturday, March 30, 2024: Holy Saturday
Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 • Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 • 1 Peter 4:1-8 • Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42


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Lent Book Study

FINAL NIGHT! NJAUMC Lenten Book Study ends on Monday, March 25!

You’re invited to join Rev. John Miyahara, Rev. Brian Lee, and members of the National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus (NJAUMC) congregations for the final night of the 6-week Lenten Zoom book study.

Author and Theologian Magrey DeVega will be present to converse with the students and answer any questions! The group has been reading Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross by Magrey DeVega. Please note that reading the book isn’t required and you can come as you are to meet new people. Join us for our final meeting tomorrow, Monday, March 25 from 4:30-6:00 PM (Hawaii), 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific) and 7:30-9:00 PM (Mountain).

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!

Collaborative Good Friday Worship with Japanese Baptist Church • Friday, March 29

This year, Blaine Memorial UMC is invited to the annual collaborative Good Friday Service with Japanese Baptist Church (JBC) at 7:00PM. 

JBC is hosting Blaine Memorial UMC with the annual tradition of worshiping together on Good Friday beginning with a simple soup supper meal at 6:00PM, followed with worship at 7:00PM. 

Join us as we remember Jesus’ final words and actions before being crucified. We’ll remember Jesus’ love for us. JBC is located at 160 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122.

We are organizing a carpool from Blaine Memorial UMC to JBC due to limited parking. Please email the Church Office at blaineoffice@yahoo.com by Thursday (3/28), if you would like a ride. We will meet on Friday (3/29) at 5:00PM in the Blaine parking lot. 

Sunday, March 31: Easter Sunday Schedule

Join us on Sunday, March 31 to celebrate the Risen Christ!

Easter Breakfast: Join us for Easter Breakfast in the LAC at 8:30AM as the Blaine Youth Group (BYG) will prepare, cook, and serve the breakfast. There will be two opportunities to eat: 8:30AM and after worship!

Flowering of the Cross: One of the most meaningful traditions that we celebrate on Easter Sunday is the Flowering of the Cross. It symbolizes new life in Christ. We invite all who are attending Easter Sunday worship (in person) to bring flowers from your garden (trimmed to a short stem). These flowers will be placed on the cross as you enter the Sanctuary for Easter worship.

Easter Egg Hunt: The Church School invites children to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt in the Courtyard (weather permitting). Please remind children to bring their own baskets, and feel free to invite your grandchildren, friends, and neighbors to join us for the hunt! 

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 S. 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.

View the March-April 2024 Calendar

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