Calvary Press May 2014
Pastor: The Rev. Hiromi Yoneda Pastor Emeritus: The Rev. Saburo Masada 2343 Country Club Blvd., Stockton, CA 95204 Office: (209) 466-‐0221 Fax: (209) 466-‐1839 Website: www.cpcstockton.com
May 2014 Happy Mother’s Day! A teacher had just given her second grade class a lesson on magnets. Now came the time to answer questions. She asked the class, “My name starts with an “M” and I pick up things. What am I?” A little boy shot up his hand and said, “A mother!” I remember a time when my Mom didn’t have a microwave, a large refrigerator, a dryer, and many other modern appliances found in today’s home. I remember a simple scrubbing board, a set of rolling pins to squeeze out the water, and laundry lines in the backyard. This was at our rented home in Berkeley, on Dwight Way. A year later, we moved to San Leandro where my parents purchased a house on Burkhart Street. It was five years after we immigrated here from Japan. The house came with a two-‐car garage and room for a washer and dryer. The dishwasher and microwave came years later. Sure Mom had more conveniences, but I don’t think she had more time on her hands. In fact, I believe, life became more complicated. There were language and cultural barriers to overcome, and never mind the two active hungry growing boys in the mix. Though finances were lean, Mom did a great job making a future life possible for her children. Although we may appreciate both of our parents, it seems like most of the credit is given to mothers. It was Napoleon who once said, “The fate of a child is always the work of his mother.” This was certainly true for us. Thanks Mom. “Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love beals all thins, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-‐7)
1. At a Special Congregational meeting on March 30th, the active members present voted in an Advisory Poll 50-‐5 (91%) to seek dismissal from the PC(USA). The PET announced that there was “no schism within the congregation”. This is the second step in the process of seeking dismissal from the PC(USA) and transferring our membership to ECO (Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians). The first step in the process was when, after much study and prayer, the Calvary Session made the decision to seek this dismissal from the PC(USA). Now, the next step will be for the Session and PET to negotiate the dismissal amount. 2. Jeannie Sakoda reported that because of this year’s poor showing, the Session will reevaluate whether to continue with this outreach ministry on a year
by year basis. 3. A Special Session meeting with the PET will be held on April 24th. 4. The next Presbytery of Stockton meeting will be held on May 3rd in Columbia. We will be seeking permission of the Presbytery to pay off our Synod loan and take the mortgage to the Bank of Stockton. 5. The next Regular Session meeting will be Sunday, May 18th. Myra Fong, Clerk of Session March 2014 YTD Income Expense Total
$44,784.00 $41,662.02 + $3,121.98
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Deacon’s Corner The Spring Rummage Sale was held on Saturday, April 5th. With the congregation’s donation of rummage sale items, baked goods, generous time and concerted efforts, we are pleased to share the profitable “fruits of everyone’s labor”. Baked Goods $261.80 Jewelry $194.50 Main Cashier $2,204.92 Income $2,661.22 Expenses -‐$144.71 (pizza/salad/cookies for set-‐up, The Record ad) TOTAL $2,516.51 Thanks to those who contributed to the potluck luncheon for all the volunteers. We appreciate Ilene Kuwahara and Barbara Takemoto for the preparation and clean-‐up of the delicious nourishment that was provided. Ilene Kuwahara delivered unsold clothing items to Helping Hands. Leftover books will be taken to the Friends of the Stockton-‐San Joaquin Library by Karen Nakamura. A huge “thank you!” to the congregation for your contributions, donations, participation and support of the Deacon’s Rummage Sale Ministry. The disbursement of the funds will be discussed at future meetings. By waiting until the end of the calendar year to make the distributions, the dollar amount will be larger, benefiting the local recipient agencies. 1st Quarter Project @ St. Mary’s Dining Hall The Deacons hosted Maundy Thursday Supper and Communion on April 17th in the fellowship hall. Thirty-‐five church members broke bread, listened to the reenactment of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, then, partook of a meal together. Moving to the sanctuary, nails were individually placed on the cross. Hymns filled with praise for Christ’s resurrection were sung, Scripture was read and the blood of Christ was received. Pastor Hiromi led the evening from start to finish, beginning and ending in prayer. Thanks to Joyce Nakashima for being in charge of the meal that symbolized The Last Supper. On Good Friday, April 18, Karen and Katelyn Nakamura delivered the food donated by the CPC congregation to the Emergency Food Bank, just in time for Easter distribution. Thanks to your generous giving to this worthwhile cause, the Spring Hunger Never Takes a Holiday contributions weighed in at 299 lbs. Shannen Menor reported the Change-‐for-‐Change balance is $844.43. The 2nd Quarter Community Outreach is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st. More details are forthcoming. In our prayers, we ask for God’s continued healing hands upon Tsuru Miyasaki, Henry Nishioka and Jerry Nakamura.
…There are some questions that can’t be answered by Google. REMEMBER THE POWER OF PRAYER! Judy Takemoto, Deacon
A fond farewell with God’s blessings to Kazumi Nishioka as she moves to Ohio to be near her family! April 6, 2014
Don’t forget the deadline for the Calvary College Scholarship applications is May 4, 2014! All applicants will be awarded a scholarship based on their involvement in Calvary Presbyterian Church activities. For forms or questions, contact: Jeannie Sakoda @ firstname.lastname@example.org Dear High School and College Graduates: I would like to include you in CPC’s Graduates Celebration slideshow. I need photos ASAP within the next 2-‐3 weeks. Please e-‐mail or bring the following to church for me. Please include at least 1 baby, 1 grammar school, 2-‐3 high school or college and 1 "graduation" photo—formal or with cap/gown would be nice, and also any with you participating in Calvary events. Total up to 12 photos. e-‐mail to: email@example.com Thanks! Sally Tsunekawa — 478-‐8543 2014 10th Annual “All You Can Slurp” Spaghetti Feed It’s amazing that this is the 10th Slurp Feed we’ve hosted! We have been so blessed! We started with our very first spaghetti feed in the social hall (can you believe it!) We were happy to make $1,000 and feed 100+ people. Now look at us! We served around 500 meals. That’s alotta pasta!!! The spaghetti was hot and delicious thanks to the efficient kitchen crew led by Karen Morita. We profusely thank Chef Roy Rabena coming in at the break of dawn to make his famous spaghetti sauce. We can’t thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to Calvary and Christ. Service was quick and
wonderful thanks to our community volunteers and church members. We received many compliments on our wonderful servers! Thanks to Ron Kuwahara for rounding up and organizing the fab service team. Big thanks to ALL Calvary members for your donations, your help, and your support! Without you there would be no successful feed! And of course a VERY big thank you to all the life long chairs of the committees that make this Feed such a wonderful event! General Sally Tsunekawa Kitchen
Mary Nakamura, Christine Dwyer ,Marcy Wong Ilene Kuwahara Joyce Nakashima
Set up clean up
Willie Low, Keith Yamada
Lee Paston, Ruth Yoneshige
Liane Komure, Karen Nakamura
So even with so many other events happening that same weekend, we were able to net $8,200! These monies will go toward the building mortgage and general fund. We thank God for His goodness! Blessings abound! Sally Tsunekawa General Chairperson
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Calvary Family Camping @ Sugar Pine Campgrounds June 27th -‐ 29th It’s time to go camping with family and friends! The date for this year’s camping is June 27th-‐29th at Sugar Pine Point Campgrounds, Sugar Pine, CA. It’s just 6 miles from DL Bliss in Lake Tahoe. The campsite is a group campsite with adjacent showers and bathrooms. Sugar Pine Point is expected to be just as wonderful as DL Bliss, with less crowds. Hiking, fishing and swimming are still available along with games and fellowship. This year, we will divide the meals, grocery lists and chores into groups, so once your meal duties are over you are free to enjoy Lake Tahoe. Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and cedar. There is also a museum you may find interesting, the Hellman-‐Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. A sign-‐up sheet will be available in the fellowship hall. Any questions, please call Brian Dwyer @ 406-‐1332.
Membership & Renewal Class -‐ Sunday May 25th , 11:30AM-‐2:30PM As we continue in the process of dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (USA), and move to the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), it becomes more important to know who we are as Christians and what we hold as core values. We invite you to join us in our Membership & Renewal Class to understand church membership and to gain a deeper understanding of our faith in Christ. For members, it is a refresher course about what it means to be a Christian and a member of Calvary. For pre-‐members, it defines the expectation and meaning of what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. By becoming a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, we express our commitment to grow in faith and become a part of a “spiritual family” that worships together, grows in faith together and serves one another.
Agari, Tadashi Aoyama, Harold & Aiko Aoyama, Russell Arata, Grace Arima, Toyoko Billings, Setsuko Chan, Michael & Janice Chew, Daisy Cook, David & Shirley Durrill, Frances Esaki, Fujio & Lily Fong, Allen & Myra Fong, Peter & Alice Fujinaka, Steve & Barbie Hamamoto, Ben & Susie Hatanaka, Yuri (Lilly) Hirose, Mary Ishida, Alfred & Irene Ishihara, Nicholas Ishihara, Shizuko Ishimaru, Gary & Janice Isozaki, Atsuko Joseph, Betty Kagoshima, Miki Komure, Dean & Liane Komure, Kathryn Lam, Mary Low, Elaine Low, Gary & Susan Low, Reginald & Donna Lowe, Jean MacDannald, Chris Masada, Charise
2014 Easter Sunday At the Foot of the Cross EASTER OFFERING Matsumoto, George & Amy Matsune, Joan Matsune, Ralph & Kyoko Menor, Richard & Janet Miyasaki, Tom & Tsuru Motoike, Sam & Sumi Nakagawa, Sada Nakamura, Jerry & Karen Nakashima, Gary & Sandy Nakashima, John & Kelly Nakashima, Joyce Nishioka, Kazumi Nitta, Hiroko Oda, John & Ruth Okazaki, Akie Saito, Tak & Linda Sakai, Carolyn Sakoda, Duane & Jean Shima, Bill Smith, Tim & Hisako Stearns, Peter & Tatsumi Takahashi, Dan & Tamako Takahashi, Hisaye Takemoto, Judy Takemoto, Steve & Barbara Takeuchi, Roy & Emily Tanaka, Sam & Kinuyo Tsunekawa, Jim & Sally Wong, Gene & Marcy Yamada, Keith & Judy Yoneda, Hiromi & Marsha Yoneda, Ted & Sue Yoneshige, Ruth
Deacons Fund Komure, Dean & Liane Nishioka, Kazumi Paston, Lee Yoneda, Ted & Sue Birthday Fund Kagoshima, Miki Takemoto, Judy Tsunekawa, Jim & Sally Jeannie Sakoda’s Birthday Duane & Jeannie Sakoda Stephen Tsunekawa’s Birthday Jim & Sally Tsunekawa Tyler Tsunekawa’s Birthday Jim & Sally Tsunekawa Athletic Fund Kuwahara, Ron & Ilene McCoy, Arthur Compassion International Jim & Sally Tsunekawa Praise God Motoike, Sam & Sumi
SPECIAL OFFERINGS In Memory of Ben Hatanaka Hatanaka, Yuri (Lilly) In Memory of Edwin Chung Chew, Daisy In Memory of Stan Yee Chew, Daisy Spaghetti Feed Aoyama, Russell Boyd, Marcia Fong, Allen & Myra Komure, Dean & Liane Kuwahara, Ron & Ilene Low, Gary & Susan Menor, Richard & Janet Sakoda, Duane & Jean Solari, Larry & Kathleen Takemoto, Steve & Barbara Tanaka, Richard Watanabe, Jimmy & Ami Yoneda, Rev. Hiromi & Marsha