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Spiritual Formation Center

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Spiritual Formation Center

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...

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Associate Pastor’s Spiritual Reflection

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Associate Pastor’s Spiritual Reflection

The Rev. Mia MiKyung Park and family enjoy some time rest and relaxation. Upcoming Events Vacation Bible School Sunday Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, and 8/14 10am-12:30pm (with lunch) This year’s theme is “Operation Restoration – Mending God’s World” Registration for each Sunday per child will be $20 (Note: siblings will have a different fee, TBD.) Zoom Christian Parenting Webinar Thursday, May 9, 7pm For all Church School and BYG parents! Guest speaker: The Rev. Dr. KilJae Park from The Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist...

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BYG Update

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BYG Update

What are some things we took for granted during Lent that we appreciate having now? Upcoming Events Zoom Christian Parenting Webinar May 9 Confirmation Class Session 5 May 12 Confirmation Class Session 6 May 16 Confirmation Retreat Session 7 & 8 @ Indianola May 26-27 How can we appreciate God’s gifts? “Gratitude for the Lenten Journey” By Kai Yamamoto Lent, a time of reflection, a time to develop your relationship with God and those around you. In BYG, we learned about the three pillars of Lent, which are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving....

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Innovation Hub Update

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Innovation Hub Update

The Founder’s Gate at Kyoto’s Higashi Hongan-ji Temple was a magnificent sight! Upcoming Events Book Study MeetingsThursdays (Zoom) 7:00 PM Bob Ross Painting Night Saturday, April 20 7:00 PM Young Adult Hike Date & Time TBD A Yonsei’s Journey to Japan By Lynne Onishi Tadaima! I’m home from Japan! I had the immense privilege of visiting my ancestral homelands for the first time in February and March. Along with a couple of friends, I got to sightsee, explore cities, eat delicious food, and learn about the history and culture of a...

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Senior Pastor Reflection

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Senior Pastor Reflection

The Rev. Karen Yokota Love and Jesse Love celebrate Easter Sunday, placing flowers on the cross at Blaine Memorial UMC. Hallelujah, rest and renewal during Eastertide By The Rev. Karen Yokota Love, additional photos by Ryan Kozu Keiko and Susan Yanagihara anxiously await for Easter worship to begin. Hallelujah! Christ is risen! Hallelujah! Christ is risen, indeed! I greet you with the miracle of Easter during this Eastertide season.  Thank you to each of you who attended Blaine’s Easter Sunday festivities this year! For the second year in a...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

All are Welcome! Fourth Sunday of Easter April 21, 2024, 10:00am Hybrid Worship Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin 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 SumidaChildren’s Message Rev. Mia MiKyung Park...

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Third Sunday of Easter

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Third Sunday of Easter

All are Welcome! Third Sunday of Easter April 14, 2024, 10:00am Hybrid Worship Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin 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 ParkScripture Reading Luke 24:36b-48 (JLB, CEB)Tsutomu Nagoya and Shig NishidaChildren’s Message Rev. Mia MiKyung...

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Second Sunday of Easter

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Second Sunday of Easter

All are Welcome! Second Sunday of Easter April 7, 2024, 10:00am Hybrid Worship Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin 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 OnishiOpening Prayer Rev. Mia MiKyung ParkScripture Reading Acts 4:32-35 (JLB, CEB) Tsutomu Nagoya Michelle Vaughan...

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Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday

All are Welcome Easter Sunday March 31, 2024, 10:00am Hybrid Worship Continue scrolling or view the print version of the bulletin 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...

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Spiritual Formation Center

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Spiritual Formation Center

Easter is Resurrection Day! By Anne Arakaki-Lock t was prophesied in the Old Testament: “I know my Redeemer lives, and that in the end, he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I will see God. “ Job 19:25-26. God’s timing is always so perfect. As I am writing this article, at the same time I’m now getting text messages from my cousin about my aunty’s memorial service and inurnment in Hawaii. As I contact the pastor, think about the program, and select Scriptures, as I think about the eulogy, I am so...

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