December 2002 - Bayview United Church

Minister’s Message
Dear Friends at CJUC,
When Harry Reasoner, the well known American writer and broadcaster went to the
Great Wall in China in 1972, he was asked in front of a live camera what he thought
of the Wall. Trying quickly to come up with a response he stammered, “It’s …. uh ….
it’s one of the two or three darnedest things I ever saw.” Well, to paraphrase
Reasoner slightly for me, being a part of the congregation at Centennial-Japanese
United Church has been one of the two or three best places I have ever been! And I
have learned a lot. Let me share just a bit of what I have learned while with you.
The cross-cultural part of the experience has taught me a lot, including learning and
re-learning in greater detail the sad history of the evacuation and internment of
Japanese-Canadians during WW II. I have also heard incredible stories of the
overcoming of adversity with hard work and dedication. I have heard of the significant
commitment by many Japanese-Canadians to The United Church of Canada. It is an
emotional exercise to hear these stories. I have also learned about your
congregation’s struggles with its identity and mission in a fast-changing world as your
congregational make-up changes as well. I observe that your congregation is multiethnic in the same way that most Toronto United Churches are: there is a dominant
ethnic group that welcomes small numbers
from other ethnic groups. It creates a vital and stimulating environment for a
community of faith to probe and develop its life of faith.
I have learned that ministry in a regionally-based congregation is quite different from
serving a congregation that is community-based, that is where the people and the
programs were all located reasonably close to the church building. The critical mass
of your church population is far-flung, and comes to the church primarily on Sundays.
I have learned that having the church so spread out creates a special challenge for
your minister, especially if he or she is used to being a minister in a communitybased congregation. The Bible Study and Medical Ethics study
-Continued on Page 3 (See Message)
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... from the Chairman of the Board
The CJUC Transition Committee ( Kim Uyede-Kai, Janice Cermak, Roy Fukuzawa, Rob
Wilson, Ken Matsugu, Rev. David Watson, Toronto West Presbytery Representative, and
Henry Ichiyen) after receiving and reviewing three resumes for the Intentional Minister’s
position for at least the next two years and interviewing the three excellent and experienced
candidates; Rev. Stephen Willey was selected by the Committee. A Congregational Meeting
was held on May 19th after Church and Stephen Willey’s selection was approved then
submitted to Toronto West Presbytery (TWP) for their approval of Stephen’s appointment to
CJUC. Unfortunately due to an extremely full agenda for the TWP meeting on May 21st, our
submission did not get on the agenda but was on it for the June 4th Executive Meeting of
TWP when it was approved. Stephen will start with CJUC on July 1st, but will take his
vacation the month of July during the summer lull in order to have continuance after this
period. Stephen will lead the Aug. 4th Service and we will have a guest speaker. His first full
service will be on Aug. 11th.
Stephen was with us previously nearly 10 years ago and so is familiar with and to CJUC. We
all welcome and look forward to having Stephen with us again. Please let’s all welcome and
serve God with him. We will have many things to review, analyze, resolve and take action
and Stephen will help and guide us through this important aspect of our Church, people and
future. After an initial period of familiarization and meeting with the Board and all
Committees, a Needs Assessment Committee will be selected which will include two
members from TWP. It is planned that this Committee selection will be approved by the
CJUC Congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting held in Feb. 2003. We will also
review the whole administrative aspects of our Church as well, as it is in need of
Guest Leaders
During the month of July and the first service in Aug. we will have Guest Leaders and some
Lay Leaders taking the Sunday Services so please come and support and enjoy them. The
summer means vacation time but unfortunately our operating expenses do not take a
holiday so we look forward and need your continuing financial support to carry on
God’s work and service.
Thanks to Rev. Redcliffe
We have been so fortunate and God has looked after us with Rev. Dr. Gary Redcliffe being
with us for the last six months as our Supply Minister. We have enjoyed, learned, and
benefitted spiritually from Rev. Redcliffe. We have made a new and loving friend. A Farewell
Luncheon will be held for Gary on his last Sunday with us - June 30th. After Church, please
join us all in thanking him for a most refreshing, uplifting, and enjoyable six months which
we feel was too short. We wish Gary all the best as he returns to his teaching duties at
Emmanual College. Thank you so much, Gary.
To all the Board Members, Committees, Sunday School Teachers, Bill Kai, U.C.W. Ladies,
Congregation and friends, have a great and safe summer.
-Yours in God, Henry Ichiyen
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“Minister’s Message” - from Page One
groups helped me greatly to feel connected to at least some of the church people,
and it was really important for our pastoral relationship. This feature of your church
life will continue to be a challenge for you, I think.
Another important learning for me is the way you honour your ministers. I learned the
meaning of “Sensei,” teacher. The word is heavy with respect, and of course I liked
that. Who wouldn’t? But there is a risk for you as a congregation. Democratic
institutions like the church depend upon good debate; sometimes good disagreement
and argument. This is healthy, and it means that we can disagree without your
dishonouring of me or of what I stand for. It is actually important that we seek truth
and life together. So when we differ, it is because we are together trying to discern
the truth. And it is quite all right to differ. Why? Because seeking the truth together is
so vital and important for a community of faith. I say this even knowing that the
Japanese concept of “enryo” (another word I learned at CJUC!) is so deep in the
Nisei soul. I am happy to say that some of us were able to differ respectfully from
time to time. I hope you will continue this democratic art of debate, difference and
disagreement in pursuit of truth.
Yes, I have learned a great deal by being with you. You have been a blessing to me,
and to my teaching at Emmanuel College, to which I return July 1st. Thank you for
the many ways you practiced your special kind of hospitality while I was among you.
In closing, the words of St. Paul as he signed off his Second Letter to the Corinthians
seem most appropriate: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the communion of
the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
-Gary Redcliffe
A Summer Parable
(By Rev.Dr. Gary Redcliffe)
Now it came to pass that, as the time of vacation drew near, a certain member of the
church thought of cool streams where fish were found, and the children thought of
sandy beaches by the water’s edge, and the partner thought of the hills and dales.
And this church member spoke and said, “Lo, the hot days come and my work lies
heavy upon me. Come, let us go where the fish bite and the water invites, and the
cool breeze refreshes the land.”
“You speak words of wisdom,” said the woman. “But there are three, no four, things
we must do before we go.”
“Three things I can think of, but not a fourth,” said the man, “that we ask our
neighbours to minister to our flowers, that we arrange for our grass to be mowed and
watered, and that we have our mail forwarded. But no fourth thing comes to mind.”
“The fourth is like the other three, but greater than them, said the woman. “You must
dig into our bank account and pay the church pledge in order that the good name of
the church be preserved, so that the heart of the Treasurer be made glad and so that
we might be at peace with God. For truly I remind you that we have more money now
than we will when we return!”
And the husband replied, “Truly you are wise and noble among partners.” And the
pledge was paid for the summer, and the Treasurer greatly rejoiced saying, “Truly
there are those who care for the good of the church.” And it was so.
Have a safe and happy summer!
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Toronto Japanese U.C. Jottings
by Fudeko Uchida
* The congregation plans to have four Mini-concerts annually to welcome the community
and promote Mission and Service/ Building Fund. Two have already been held, one on April
7th and the other on June 2nd.The remaining two will be held in September and November.
Members are asked to support this worthy cause.
* “Oh those goodies hit the spot! It was so good of the CJUC ladies to remember us on
Mother’s Day”!! These sentiments were expressed by all of the members and they really
appreciated the thoughtfulness. Thanks, again!!
* This year, a trip was planned by the Men’s Club.So on a bright and sunny 24th of May
morning, 35 of us climbed aboard a bus and away we went. Destination? Midland. We arrived
there in good time and after a delicious Toriichi box lunch, we visited the Martyrs’ Shrine.
Walking in the clean, country air, we returned home , refreshed and with new vim and vigour,
thankful to be healthy and alive. Maybe, these day trips can become an annual event, we
* Our congregation would like to extend our sincere condolences to Sue Kai and family; and
to Jamie and May Ogaki in the loss of their husband and father respectively.
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Linda Fujita
Centennial/Japanese United Church
One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all the rascally behavior that was going on.
He decided to send an angel down to Earth to check it out. So he called one of his angels and
sent the angel to Earth for a time.
When she returned, she told God, "Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are
He thought for a moment and said, "Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get
another opinion."
So God called another angel and sent her to Earth for a time too. When the second angel
returned she went to God and said, "Yes, the Earth is in
decline; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are being good."
God was not pleased, so he decided to E-mail the 5% that were good because he wanted to
encourage them, and give them a little something to help them keep going.
Do you know what that E-mail said?
(scroll down)
You didn't get one either, huh?
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Ethnic Ministeries Coordinating Committee 2002 A.G.M.
This year’s Ethnic Ministeries Coordinating Committee’s theme was entitled “New Roots
Below and Fruits Above” taken from (2 Kings 19:29-31). It was held on May 30 - June 2,
2002 at the Church House.
As the AGM progressed, the theme seemed to permeate through leaders, speakers, and 20-odd
Councillors in attendance. Pastor George Takashima led the worship and offered Communion
Thursday morning. The theme speaker, Programme and Resource Development Staff, Kim
Uyede-Kai, made several mentions to her roots; and the reflections, given by GeneralSecretary Richard Choe, were mirrored in the theme. Chairperson, Hazel Bigby took us
through the History of how EMC began and explained the changes from Council to Advisory
In plenary, in the afternoon, the main issue presented was the “Restructuring information on
General Council offices/units and Ethnic Ministries. John Klassen spoke on “Ministry
personnel admittance processes and rationale”and Elaine Perkins-McIntosh talked on
“Pastoral Relations: Presbytery perspectives and relationship with Ethnic Ministeries
Friday saw a special worship service lead by Grafton Antone of the Toronto Council Fire
Native Cultural Centre, in the morning; and then he led us in plenary in the afternoon, sharing
his Native Ministry in the United Church and life experiences.The finance picture of UCC and
EMC’s place was presented by John Colley. Elsie Manley-Casimir spoke on the EMC
component of M & S. Hazel discussed the General Council (38) in Wolfville, N.S. and
EMC’s presence.The evening concluded with a delicious pot-luck dinner of many ethnic
foods with the entertainment provided by a Pan Flute Choir led by Amy Lee. The banquet
speaker was K. Virginia Coleman.
Mher Khatchikian representing the Coalition group from Montreal, provided the worship
leadership. Myfanwy Bajaj from the Welsh Church read the memorials. The rest of the day
was spent on “assigned accountability reports”; EMC community and congregation news;
nominations report and information about nominations and the courtesies were given by
Wanda West. The final theological reflection was offered by Rev. Richard Choe. Saturday
evening, members were given the night off. Sunday morning saw members attend the church
of their choice. In this regard, Pastor George Takashima, Elsie Manley-Casimir, Kim UyedeKai and yours truly, attended CJUC. Mits Hayashi and his wife Emmie attended the Nichigo
(Special thanks to Tina Ichiyen of the UCW for providing the delicious barbequed chicken
for the Banquet Friday evening).
-Vic Kitagawa
Membership Care
Prayers and Get-Well Wishes are offered to:
Mas Endo (Toronto Rehab)
Marianne Abe (Home)
Mas Yamamoto (Home)
Wes Hicks (Home)
Tosh Nagano (Home)
Welcome Back!!
* David Arikado
* Ron Kimura
* Nellie Koleff
* Fred Taylor
* Madeline Hicks
* Tak and Shiz Ogaki
(Ed. Note: Please advise of any other names).
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(By Tad Ogura)
Joint Property Chair
During the past few months, clean-up crews from the Centennial and Nichigo congregations
have been busy tidying up the church and removing fire hazards. The city fire inspector has
toured the church and recommends that fire hazards be removed especially in two critical
areas, the boiler and the electrical rooms, as well as the fire exits and the landing entrances.
Steps were taken to eliminate the fire hazards and the rubbish hauled away by a rubbish
disposal company. The following major areas were affected:
- Freezer/flower room
Debris such as old rug, paper , wooden slats and particle board was thrown out.
Since this is where food is stored especially at bazaar time, it is paramount that
the room be kept clean and uncluttered..
Stage area
Unwanted equipment was thrown out
Boiler and electrical rooms
Areas where flammable material, leftover paint, corrosive material, etc., were
removed and junked. Also, sufficient working space was created around the
equipment. Thanks to Tats Sakauye who installed a firewall in the electrical
room separating the electrical panel from the rest of the equipment.
Copying room on 3rd floor
Old antiquated copying machines, storage racks, etc., were removed and
Nichigo’s old office on third floor.
Old computer and broken furniture were removed and junked.
Back of the upper chapel
Hymnaries and old books were discarded.
Main sanctuary balcony
The entrances to the balcony were cleared.
On a return visit, the fire inspector was pleased with our progress. However, he did point out
that we must be vigilant to ensure that the church continues to be free from fire hazards and
that we do not accumulate items that we will not probably need in the near future.
We have made significant progress, but further clean-up is required.
Christian Development & Education Committee
(By Roy Fukuzawa)
Committee Chair
Four children from the Primary Class were promoted during the June 9th Promotion Sunday
Service.They were Brenda Nagahara, Emily Nagahara, Gillian Okura and Sophie
Branton. Each were offered gift certificates.
Jeremy Kai and Alexandria Giamos of the Junior Class were similarly recognized.
The Sunday School teachers were also acknowledged for their dedicated efforts. Among them
were: Audrey Fukuzawa, Pat Idenouye, Kathy Saito, Naomi Takasaki, Eiko Yoshioka,
Tina Ichiyen and Clara Kai.
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Eiko Yoshioka’s Ikebana Featured at JC Cultural
Eiko Yoshioka, under the tutelage of Mrs. Kyoko Abe, Director of the Sogetsu Ikebana
School, Toronto East Branch, participated in the 26th Annual Ikebana Show at the JCC
Centre on May 26, 2002. Using driftwood, palm tree leaves, Bird of Paradise and Soliduster,
she created the artistic piece shown here. She displayed a total of five arrangements during
this exhibition.
Eiko is an active member of the CJUC Choir and also sings in the Toronto Japanese U.C.
Choir which takes part in the Annual “Joy of Christmas” Musicale.
(Ed. Note:- First of a series on Members’ extra-curricular interests).
Mother’s Day Joint Worship Honour Role
Congratulations to all who are mentioned below and also those who have chosen
not to be mentioned. You have been blessed with reaching and continuing your
journey of life beyond 80 years of age. We thank God for your long life and
hope that you have many more years. God bless you all. Here are some of the
honoured people: (in alphabetical order as of May 12, 2002)
David Arikado
Mary Kayahara
Fred Sasaki
Dorothy Berryman
Ron Kimura
George Sato
Mas Endo
Kazuye Mayeda
Ida Sonoda
Kana Enomoto
Kate McCloskey
Sab Takahashi
George Furuya
Min Mototsune
Fred Taylor
Ann Gordon
Hisaye Niiya
Roy Ushijima
Orma Hinchcliffe
Shiz Ogaki
Yosh Uyeda
Ted Hinchcliffe
Tak Ogaki
Mas Yamamoto
Erma Ikeno
Susie Onishi
Ruth Yonemoto
Sam Kai
Kim Onizuka
Shige Yoshida
Yo Kato
Shig Onizuka
Sumi Yoshida
Keigi Saisho
Trusty Yoshimura
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Deaths of Church Members and Friends:
* Sue Tsuji, sister of Jane Tsujimoto, passed away on March 30, 2002. She was the beloved
wife of Akinobu (Jimmy) Tsuji.
* Ogaki, Ross Hiroshi, passed away on May 4th, 2002 in his 84th year. (See Page 18 for
* Kai, Isamu Sam, age 83 at Leisureworld Etobicoke on May 17, 2002. (See tribute on
Page 16 and 17).
* Uyede, Katsumi (Gluck) passed away in Vancouver, May 25, 2002. Brother of Susie
(Roy) Iwata; Louise (Mam) Hirowatari; Norma Iwata; and brother-in-law of Mickey Kaneko.
Happy Birthdays:
* Congratulations to the Hinchcliffes, Orma, born April 1, 1907 and Ted, on March 30,
* May 9, 2002 was the birthday for Sheila Hara, Amy Kunihiro and Eiko Watanabe. (No
ages were available for publication)
* Margaret and Sam Ito celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 19, 2002.
* Kazue and Mas Endo celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on March 31, 2002.
* Clara and Bill Kai commemorated their 47th wedding anniversary on May12, 2002.
* Kim and Tats Sakauye marked their 51st wedding anniversary on May 12, 2002.
* Kim and Shig Onizuka marked their 55th wedding anniversary on May 23, 2002.
BAPTISMS held on April 21, 2002
* Russell Curtis Tokimitsu Tanaka,
son of Vaughn Hiraku and Sandra Beverly Sanaye (Mori), grandson of Shirley and Byron
* Sophie Eun-Young Nagano, daughter of Russell and Judy (Shin) Nagano, granddaughter
of Louise and Tosh Nagano.
Cassandra Grace Watanabe, daughter of Peter and Precious (Manalo) Watanabe,
grandaughter of Eiko Watanabe.
BAPTISMS held on May 26, 2002
* Jaime Nicole Takenaka, daughter of David and Lesley Takenaka. Grandchild of Gord
and Theresa Takenaka and Vic and Amy Kitagawa.
Nathan Masao Craenan Okura, son of Richard and Linda (Craenan) Okura.
* To Wayne and Kirstin Takashiba, a son, Bryn Tadashi, 6 lbs. 12 oz., on May 21, 2002 at
the Vancouver Women’s Hospital. A grandson for Bob and Anna Takashiba.
* To Paul and Karen Watanabe, a son, Ethan Samuel Watanabe, 7 lbs. 13 oz., on June 10,
2002. Second grandchild for Eiko Watanabe. Baby and Mom are doing fine.
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2002 Bazaar
It’s never too early to start thinking and working on crafts, ideas, and other items for our
annual bazaar. This year the bazaar will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to
4:30 p.m. Please remind your friends, relatives and neighbours to mark this date on their
calendars and encourage them to attend. Our bazaar is an important event that enables us to
interact with the local community around the church as well the entire Japanese-Canadian
community in the GTA.
Meeting June 25
The first meeting to plan this year’s bazaar will be held on Tuesday, June 25. Anyone who is
interested in the bazaar is invited to attend this meeting. We need your help to improve on our
excellent bazaar so bring any fresh ideas you may have, to the meeting.
Here are some of the things you can start doing in preparation for the bazaar:
* Make crafts for sale at the craft table.
* Collect items for the White Elephant Sale ( only
usable and working items,
please, no broken or non-operating articles, also no clothes or shoes)
* Start plants for the plant table.
* Think of companies who would be willing to donate merchandise.
* Set aside any new items you may have that can
be sold or autioned at the silent
Financial Report
Our total income in our General Operating Fund for the four months ending April 30, was
$29,442 and our expenses were $32,039. This resulted in a deficit for the period, of $2,597.
This is a bit worse than we expected but nothing to be alarmed about. During the same period
last year we had a surplus of $305.
Our sincere thanks to everyone for their continued financial support of the General Operating
Fund of the Church and also for their support of the Mission and Service Fund.
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(by Madeline Hicks)
Recording Secretary
MAY 2002
On April 3rd, seven of our ladies attended the annual Toronto West Presbyterial
UCW meeting at Humber Valley United Church. It was the 40th anniversary of the
UCW. Our group participated in the offering and the Communion Service.
Our regular meeting on Sunday, April 14th, was highlighted by our guest speaker,
Marcie Ninomiya. She and her husband had worked in Japan as missionaries with
physically and mentally challenged people. Slides were shown and Marcie’s
presentation was enjoyed by all.
The Momiji Bazaar was held on April 6th and our ladies, under the leadership of Kim
Sakauye and Irene Kagawa, prepared 220 rolls of sushi. Liaison person is Eiko
Watanabe. Thanks to everyone who helped at the Bazaar and in preparing the food.
Irene Kagawa and others prepared Hawaiian Zuke.
On May 4th our ladies prepared chowmein for the JCCC Bazaar. Thanks to Tosh &
Grace Omoto and Naomi Takasaki in organizing this effort, and to Tosh Usami, our
liaison person with the JCCC.
Our annual Mothers’ Day Tea was held on Sunday, May 12th. Two hundred and
thirty plates of sandwiches, cookies and vegetables were prepared and Eileen Ogura
was the co-ordinator. Carnations were given to everyone after the service.
Thanks to Tina Ichiyen for preparing the chicken for the Ethnic Council Meeting held
at the United Church headquarters, May 31.
Our wind-up was held on Friday, June 7th with appetizers at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at
6:30 p.m. The dinner was a Japanese box lunch and Swiss Chalet Chicken. Under
the direction of Audrey Fukuzawa, the Programme Committee planned a variety of
On Wed. June 12th, our co-presidents, Tina Ichiyen and Eiko Watanabe attended the
Presidents’ Supper at Mount Dennis United Church.
Our first meeting in the fall will be held on Sunday, September 15th.
Have a great summer!
Madeline Hicks
Recording Secretary
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(-submitted by Henry Ichiyen)
(Ed. Note: As I sit here with my computer, I can hear the pitter patter of my granddaughter.
This brought to mind an article submitted to me by Henry Ichiyen, our Board Chairperson,
entitled “The Rewards of Raising Children”. And since the United Church of Canada theme
for 2002 is “Children: Is Anybody Listening”, it seemed appropriate to reprint it here…)
“The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up
with $160,140! That doesn’t even touch College tuition. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you
break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week.That’s
a mere $24.44 a day! Just over a dollar an hour.
What do you get for your $160,140?
Glimpses of God every day.
Naming rights. First, middle and last.
Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the
sidewalk in the pouring rain.
You get to be immortal.
You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs and never
stop believing in Santa Claus.
Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter how tough of a day you have had.
An Excuse..
You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching
Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies and wishing on stars.
You get to frame rainbows, hearts and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray
painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day and
cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.
You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training
wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling the wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum
out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to
ice cream regardless.
A Front Row...
You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and
first time behind the wheel.
You get another branch to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your
obituary called grandchildren.
You get an education in psychology, nursing, communications, and human relations that no
college can match.
You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a
broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without
limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God!....”
So, enjoy your kids and grandchildren ... “because the Kingdom of heaven truly belongs to
such as these...”
Matthew 19:14
“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.”
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from the
Editor’s Desk
(The following article is reprinted with permission from the
Mandate Special Edition,June 2002, The United Church of Canada).
Born of the Spirit of Good Will
Child Victim of Racism Tells a Story of Courage ... and the Spirit
It is the fall of 1942. And if, like me, you are of Japanese descent, you have been either
evacuated to interior British Columbia, or like my family, sent to the sugar beet fields of
southern Alberta.
It is recess time at Picture Butte Public School. My six-year-old brother and I are the only
“Japanese family” in the school, so we are the bad guys!
“Hey, slant -eyes, why don’t you go back to Jap land?” they jeer.
“We were born here. We are Canadians,” we shout back.
As other children crowd around and the jeerers continue to taunt us, the more aggressive
bullies push us up against the wall of the outhouse.
“Let’s stick their heads down the toilet hole!”
We brace ourselves for the onslaught, and a tall, lean fellow steps toward us.
“Oh boy, here it comes,” we think.
But the tall fellow does not strike us. He steps between me and my brother, turns to face the
aggressors, and says: “If you’re going to do this to them, you’re going to have to do it to me
Grudgingly, the crowd begins to back off.
Still Remember
Many years have passed since that incident occurred, but I still remember it as if it happened
yesterday. I have often wondered whether I could have modelled the same kind of courage if
the tables had been turned and I had been the witness to a bullying. I have, however, come to
understand why Duane Oliver stood with us that day.
Duane Oliver’s family belonged to The United Church of Canada. Throughout those wartime
years when I was experiencing racial hostility, Duane’s family took me in. They allowed me
to play with Duane; they fed me delicious pancakes and maple syrup; they taught me how to
ride a horse ... like Roy Rogers; and they even allowed us to exchange sleepovers. Duane
would come and stay at our beet-shack and jump into the “Japanese ofuro,” a steaming hot
tub. It used to turn his skin lobster red!
-continued on page 14 (See Duane)
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One Sunday morning, after one of the sleepovers, Mrs. Oliver told me, “Victor, you are
coming to church with us today.”
“But Mrs. Oliver, I don’t have any good clothes to wear to church. I only have these denim
pants and plaid shirt,” I replied.
“Are they clean?”
“Yes, Ma’am.”
“That’s all that matters,” she said.
I sat next to Duane, his two sisters, his father, David, and mother, Maggie, in the Iron Springs
United Church, and that Sunday morning I experienced a “good feeling” that settled over me
and all through me.
Often along my faith journey, I have wondered where Duane received the strength and
courage to act as he did on that eventful school day ... and each time I wonder, I recall that
Sunday morning nearly 60 years ago. Duane had been moved by the Spirit. Today, Duane is a
Bishop with the Mormon Church.
I shall always cherish the gift that Duane and his whole family gave me; the gift of sharing
life with a Christian family, born of the Spirit.
“The wind blows wherever it wishes: you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know
where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the
spirit.” John 3:8
“Simply Japanese Canadian Cookbooks”
A new shipment of the “Simply Japanese Canadian Cookbooks have arrived. Available for
$8.00 each, from Louise Hirowatari or Ruby Shikaze. Proceeds to the U.C.W.
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Good News Items:
* A Farewell Reception will be held for Dr. Rev. Gary Redcliffe on June 30. Everyone is
cordially invited to attend.
* Sherry Fukuzawa-Rocchi completed her P.H.D. in Forensic Anthropology from the
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. She is the daughter of Roy and Audrey
Fukuzawa. Congratulations!!
* Rev. George Tomita and Amy visited with us at the Mother’s Day Joint Service held on
May 12, 2002. They joined with old friends in the Friendship Centre after the service.
* Special thanks to Tats Sakauye for creating the “Puppet Box” for “Gabby” our Sunday
morning children’s friend.
* Shin Taira repaired and painted the Hymn Number holder. Thanks for a job well done!
Ladies Night Bowling Results for March 23, 2002
(By Ted Nakamichi)
Team Winners
Kim Onizuka Tina Ichiyen,
Shirley Tanaka, Yas Abe
#2 Team
Eiko and Sab Yoshioka,
Madeline Sakamoto, Kay
#3 Team
Jeremy , Trevor, Brian Kai,
Ted Nakamichi
#4 Team
Fred Taylor, Peggy Widgery,
Henry Ichiyen, Rev. Dr. Gary
#5 Team
Vic and Amy Kitagawa, Jim
Sakamoto, Hy Sumiya
#6 Team
Tom Sagara, Clara Kai, Tosh
Usami and Rev. Ellen
#7 Team
Byron Tanaka, Shig Onizuka
Kyoko Abe
Men’s High: Single flat - Jeremy Kai (216)
Triple - Ted Nakamichi (571)
Ladies High: Single flat - Kay Sumiya (177)
Triple - Shirley Tanaka (607)
HCP - Tom Sagara (238)
- Sab Yoshioka (736)
- Eiko Yoshioka (228)
- Tina Ichiyen (660)
Door prizes donated by Kiyoko and Yas Abe were won by Amy Kitagawa and Peggy
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(January 14, 1919 - May 17, 2002)
We remember Sam Isamu Kai……….”slow and steady wins the race”.
Words cannot describe the wonderful service of The Celebration of the Life of Sam Isamu
Kai, held at CJUC, on Wednesday, May 22, 2002. There was music by his grandchildren;
Trevor Kai played “Prelude II “Canon” on the piano, Mariko Bown-Kai, sang “In the Bulb
There is a Flower”, and a delightful Liturgical Dance of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Tamiko and
Michiko Bown-Kai. Jeremy Kai’s drawing of his grandfather with his favourite dog , Tora,
was printed on the cover of the programme. Sam’s two sons, Brian and David inspired all of
us with their memories of their dad.
Sam Kai was born in New Westminister, B.C. on January 14, 1919; the first child of Yusuke
and Tami Kai. After several years of illhealth, Sam died of pneumonia on Friday, May 17,
2002. His family includes his dear wife, Sue Sumi, sons Brian ( Kim) and David (Marly).
Proud Jichan of Trevor, Jeremy; Tamiko, Michiko and Mariko.
Loving brother of Grace Fujiki (late Hiromi), Bill (Clara), Jim (Mimi), Michi Koyanagi (late
Joe), Don (Margaret), Gordon (Ruth), Betty Hayakawa (Tom), Irene (deceased) and Vi Arima
(Mush). Special brother of Samuel Nakagawa (late Jeanne).
Sam attended school in New Westminster and between 1935 and 1942 he worked in sawmills
in Englewood on Vancouver Island and Ocean Falls on the B.C. mainland. After the Pearl
Harbor bombing, Sam joined other Niseis in Schreiber, Ontario road camp, and then to
Dresden to work on a sugar beet farm. In 1942 he moved to Kaslo, B.C., and later in 1944,
moved to Hamilton and then to Toronto in 1946.
-continued on Page 17 (See Tribute)
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Sam Kai married Sue Sumi Matsugu on April 3, 1948 at the Church of All Nations in
Sam Kai had a life-long connection to the United Church. He grew up attending Sunday
School and church, and in Toronto, was one of the founding members of the Toronto
Japanese United Church’s English-speaking congregation. Over the years, Sam served the
church as an elder, Clerk of Session, choir member, fellowship club president, boys club
leader (Tyros) and camp counsellor. Most recently Sam can be remembered as the “hot water
man” at the annual church bazaar, setting up and running a huge array of Coleman stoves
outside the side door to provide extra hot water for green tea and dishwashing needs.
As Sam’s sons expressed so articulately, he was a reserved, patient, easy-going and steady
person who was married for 54 years and worked at Reader Mail company for 40 years until
his retirement. Sam was deeply loved by his family. Peace and rest to you Sam – a good and
decent man.
by Sue Kai
One song can spark a moment, one flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest, one bird can herald spring,
One smile begins a friendship, one handclasp lifts a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea, one word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation, one sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness, one laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey, one word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits, one touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom, one heart can know what’s true
One life can make a difference, you see, it’s up to you.
The Centennial-Japanese United Church Newsletter
701 Dovercourt Road - Toronto, ON M6H 2W7
The Newsletter is published 4 times annually. Its purpose is to inform our members and
friends of the activities of our Church. Articles and ideas are welcome.
Minister: Rev. Dr. Gary Redcliffe
Caretaker: Bill Kai Office: 416-536-9435
Newsletter Editor: Vic Kitagawa 905-780-1044
( e-mail:[email protected])
Newsletter Assistants: Amy Kunihiro and Eiko Watanabe
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March 5, 1918 - May 4, 2002
(by Eiko Watanabe)
We remember Rosie Ogaki……….a tireless worker for his church which he loved and to his friends and to the
Rosie Ogaki was born on March 5, 1918 in Cumberland, B. C. Rosie went to Woodfibre working in a
logging camp. He was sent to a small lumber town, Dalton Mills in Northern, Ontario, and after the
war moved to London, Ontario and from there to Hamilton, before finally settling in the late 40’s in
Toronto. Rosie found a job as a bookkeeper working for Dominion Smallwares until he retired in
1983. He married his childhood sweetheart, Judy (Matsubuchi) in March of 1945.
Rosie passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4th at Castleview Wychwood Towers, after many
years of illness. Loving husband of Hiroko (Judy) who preceded him in 1993. He is survived by his
son, James and his wife May. Son of the late Asaji and Maki Ogaki, brother of Hajime, Takashi,
Tame, Charles and Toshiyaki, predeceased by brothers Tsuyoshi, George and Sueyoshi.
Rosie was actively involved as a member of the Toronto Japanese United Church, Nisei Congregation
community, serving as Treasurer for 12 years, Chairman of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the
Nisei Church, participating in various Committees and events. Both Rosie and Judy organized the
Married Couples Annual Dinner and Dance. We at CJUC fondly remember Rosie’s contribution for
his efforts at Camp Koyu, where he spent many summers. A special mention must be made to Rosie
and Judy who looked after the purchase of food every year, with their only son, Jamie, driving to Lake
Scugog every week. It was truly a family affair.
As Rev. Ken Matsugu so eloquently captured in his eulogy, he said that he wants us to remember not
what he did at the church or in the community, but as a CAREGIVER. Although his late wife, Judy
was confined to her bed, she was cheerful and acknowledged her indebtedness to Rosie who was cook,
maintenance man, etc. To supply oxygen for Judy there was a long hose from downstairs to the
upstairs bedroom. In one of the parables of Jesus the righteous in surprise asked, “When did we see
you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick or in prison?” The King will answer them. “When you did
it to these individuals you were doing it to me”. Likewise when Rosie asks “When did I see you in
need?” the King will say “When you took care of Judy, you did it to me”. Surprised with joy Rosie
hears “Welcome home”.
As Jamie so aptly put it, “Dad has now joined Mom and they are together again….A team united.
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Budapest Bound
(With Yosh and Kay Uyeda)
Why did we visit Budapest? Last year Kay and I were in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Hungary
and Czech Republic were two countries that had emerged recently from 45 years of
Communist rule and the people had almost fifteen years of freedom.
A day’s bus trip away from Prague, there was a Spa Town , Karlovy Vary. The spa had been
enjoyed for centuries and it had many, many palace-like buildings lined up. The Russians had
a building with two golden round domes on top. The Soviets now have a direct flight from
Moscow to Karlovy Vary. Due to time and rain I missed the spa.
Budapest has 30 spas right in town. They ranged from columned Roman spas to domed
Turkish spas. The dome has small holes and stained glass so that light is filtered in. The Turks
have developed hot and cold treatment, plus massages with oil. World famous Gellert has art
nouveau interior with spiralling columns, water sprouting lions and a steel and glass dome
overhead. Gellert has Ladies’ day and Gents’ day. With my usual luck, I went on Ladies day.
However, they allowed me into the swimming pool. There is also two small pools where one
just sits and enjoys the whirlpool experience and where bath-temperature water is poured onto
your head. It is amazing 38 degree C is just right. Water bubbles from the bottom and also
from the side. The huge columns and marble tiles are impressive.
According to an article in the Star (May 22, 2002), the earth crust in the Carpathian basin is
thin, allowing thermal springs to easily find their way to the surface. A few of them join
forces to create Lake Heriz, spewing forth 60 million litres of warm mineral laden water each
day. At almost five hectares, it is the largest thermal lake in Europe.
Before I went on this trip, I read up on Hungarian history. Canada’s history is about 300years-old. Hungarian history is 3000- years-old. Poor Hungary is a buffer country between
Europe and Asia. It has been overrun, pillaged, looted, conquered many, many times in its
history. Huns, Seven tribes of Mongols in 986, Turks and most recently by the Soviets. In
reverse, Napolean went to Moscow and retreated. Recently Germany went to Moscow and
retreated. Once Austria-Hungarian Empire had Emperors, Kings and Queens and they built
huge palaces, wide boulevards and an Opera House. Inside it is all gilt and the huge curtain is
or looks like maroon velvet.
We attended Lucia Di Lamamoor. The translation appears at the top of the stage. We held our
breath at the crazy scene. Can the prima donna hit the high C note. The picolo went up. The
voice went up. The picolo went higher. The voice went up also. Yep, she made the high C.
Bravo!!We also attended Sheherazate Ballet. Oriental music, plus a stage full of transparent
beauties in the harem. Two lovers at the end get killed. Haunting music, sad ending. Since
this ballet is quite short, they threw in a Victorian era ballet to the tune of the Blue Danube
waltz. All the women were dressed in light blue and pink pastels and wearing petite hats. The
men were in tight Victorian black suits complete with moustaches. Comedy was supplied by
the policeman and waitress. Against this background, the principal ballerina fluttered like a
butterfly in a bright red tangerine costume. With great music resounding in the dark barn-like
structure, it was a moment to remember.
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When I was young, I had read that Budapest had the world’s highest suicide rate. No wonder.
Fortunately St. Stephens Christianized them. Hungary was ruled for 150 years by the
Turks.They left those bulb-domed buildings all over the city. It seems that Hungary always
picked the losing side e.g. First World War, then Second World war. It kept shrinking. Now it
is 10 million with two million living in Budapest city.
Every invader and empire left their mark in Hungary. Roman baths, mosques, baraque-style
palaces, castles - big ones, round ones; broad boulevards, statues, busts of musicians,
politicians in many parks, statues of generals on horse back. They have an island
(Marguerite) bigger than Central Park where they can enjoy holidays and 34 museums.
Once upon a time Buda and Pest with the Danube River between them were separate capitals.
Buda is mountainous. They even have a Cog Wheel Railway. At top is a huge, huge castle
and caves. Pest is flat with boulevards like Champs D’elsi in Paris. Tree-lined, it is now full
of cars, and squares where one could sit and enjoy the sun.
As the plane landed at Marlev airport, one did not see any housing development like in
Toronto nor high business towers. People cannot afford to buy houses a/la Canada. However,
when we entered Budpest itself, we were amazed to see MacDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Pizza
Hut. At least, if the food is bad we have a backup of fries, Coca Cola and hamburger or pizza.
Another thing from a man’s point of view, all the young ladies are all fashion model type. I
just presume that they were descendents of the ladies of the Turkish harem - when they get
old that is another story.
What is it like to look Japanese and chat in English in a country that does not know English at
all. At the zoo, I yelled at Kay “This is a Canadian beaver”. All of a sudden, an elderly Irish
couple came over and was so glad to meet someone that spoke English. As we were entering
the elephant building I warned the ladies it may stink from elephant poo. They remained
outside. Kay learned from the wife, about a Japanese delegation that visited a brewery in Ire
land and found out about their daughter’s wedding.
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When we boarded a boat for an hour trip on the Danube, we met with a Japanese lady and her
escort, a Hungarian. It seems that they met in London, where she had gone to learn English
and he was trying to learn English and Japanese at the same time. It was a pleasant boat trip.
On the train trip to Szentendre, two elderly U.S. ex-marines came right over and we had a
great time learning about each other. One had emigrated to America and had gone to school
with the other and then joined the marines. Forty years later, they had reunited and the
Hungarian was visiting his relatives. The two were overjoyed because the beer and wine was
cheaper than in Praque.
Our hotel had just been built two years ago and had a marvelous buffet breakfast. It is quite
unlike British continental breakfast. The buffet changed slightly every morning. Food is
important you know! On the way back in a taxi, with my two Hungarian words and the taxi
driver’s ten words of English, we found out that the economy was improving because OPEL
and Suzuki had opened their plant in Budapest. Because of competition from MacDonald’s
and company, small restaurants are having a hard time. He takes his family to the outskirts of
the city to get a decent Hungarian supper for his family.
When the plane landed at Malton, Kay 76, me 81 shook hands and were happy we pushed our
luck and returned safely with many happy memories to recall.
Change of Address
Alice Takimoto’s new address which was effective May 6, 2002 is 83 Richvale Dr., S.,
Brampton Ontario, L6Z-4J7. Tel.: 905-495-1021
* The Annual CJUC Golf Tournament is planned for Saturday, July 13 at Annadale Golf
Club. Call Ted Nakamichi for details at 905-839-6316 or [email protected]
* Eye glasses and case - Please continue to bring your old ones in. They will be distributed
to third world countries. Used postage stamps are also being collected.
* Dominion Store Tapes - Please continue to save tapes and keep flat (do not roll up).
* The Stop (formerly Stop 103) - Please continue to bring in non-perishable food which will
be delivered to The Stop, which operates a food bank in the Lansdowne and Davenport area.
Word of Thanks
Tak and Shiz Ogaki wish to thank the congregation for the many acts of kindness and
thoughtfulness during their recent recuperation from health problems. Also, they wish to
thank the UCW for arranging the refreshments for brother Rosie’s funeral reception. They
feel sure it made him very happy and they appreciate it very much.
Casual Worship Services will be held from Sunday, July 7 to Sunday Aug. 4, 11:00 a.m.
On August 11, Rev. Stephen Willey, our new interim minister, will be in the pulpit. His
covenanting service will be held in September.
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The Church gratefully acknowledges special donations received from March 3, 2002 to
May 26, 2002:
March 2002:
Sab & Nancy MORITA
Yoshio HYODO
George & Harumi FURUYA
Robert & Tina TAKIMOTO
Betty SUMI
George & Amy WAKAYAMA
Mr & Mrs Shige YOSHIDA
Hirokazu & Molly MORITA
Terry & Koto ADACHI
Elmer & Faye HARAFUJI
Roe Sumiko YATABE
Joe & Sheila HARA
Tad & Eileen OGURA
In memory of Victor Shimizu
--In memory of loved ones & Birthday Offering
In memory of the late Seiji Onizuka
In memory of Victor Shimizu
--Easter Gift
In memory of mother Mrs Iyo Tabata
In loving memory of Tsuyoshi Okamoto
In loving memory of Mrs Midori Sasaki,
Mr Shuichi Sasaki, Miss Ann Nakabayashi
In memory of Edward K. Ide who passed away
March 9/02 in Brantford
Easter Gift
Easter Gift
Easter Gift
Easter Gift
In loving memory of Masakichi Tabata
--Easter Gift
Easter Gift
Easter Gift
Easter Gift
Easter Gift
Easter Gift & to M&S
In memory of Tomio Yatabe
In memory of sister Toky Yonemitsu
In memory of Thomas Yatabe
In memory of Tad Aihoshi - 14th year
In appreciation
In memory of our mother’s 14th year M. Furusho
In memory of our mother Mrs Minoru Furusho
& in memory of our father Mr Ukichi Ogura
In memory of Mr Shuichi Sasaki
April 2002:
Jeffrey & Akiko NAGATA
Yosh & Kay UYEDA
for M&S
--In memory of Jane Tsujimoto’s sister Mrs Sue Tsuji
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Akira & Keiko KOBASIGAWA
Tad & Eileen OGURA
In memory of Sue Tsuji
for M&S
In memory of our mother Mrs Yae Ogura – 13th yr
on the occasion of the baptism of my granddaughter
Cassandra Grace Watanabe
re: Cassandra’s baptism
Karen & Paul WATANABE
for the occasion of our niece’s baptism
on the occasion of the baptism of Cassandra Grace
Cassandra Grace Watanabe’s baptism Apr.21,2002
Robert, Wendy, Jonathan & Paige KUNIHIRO on the occasion of Cassandra’s baptism
Mr & Mrs George Y. KAWAGUCHI
In memory of Enjiro & Mitsuru Nakashima
Bruce & Alison SAISHO
--Hide & Penny IOI
on the occasion of our 52nd Wedding Anniversary
In memory of mother Tami Kai
Tosh & Louise NAGANO
on the occasion of Sophie Nagano’s baptism and in
gratitude for our wonderful grandchildren Tyler,
Sophie, Mitchell and Conrad
Byron & Shirley TANAKA
on the occasion of the baptism of our loving
grandson Russell Curtis Tokimitsu Tanaka
Mr & Mrs S. MARUYA
In memory of Dave Murakami
In memory of Michael Omoto & Lori Omoto
Patricia & Todd IDENOUYE, Stacy, Rick, Alanna & Rachel TAKASHIMA – In loving
memory of Frank Idenouye
May 2002:
Mitsy KUWAHARA & children
Tosh & Frank USAMI
Rev. George & Amy TOMITA
Fusaye HONDA
George & Amy WAKAYAMA
Mark & Pat ONO
In loving memory of Dick Kuwahara, dear husband
and father
In memory of my mother & father’s 40th year
Mr Matsuji Kitagawa & Mrs Misao Kitagawa
In loving memory of parents Matsuji & Misao
In memory of Mom & Dad Kitagawa – 40th year
grandson Jonathan’s birthday
our Wedding Anniversary
--- & for the newsletter
In appreciation for Mother’s Day
In appreciation for Mother’s Day
In appreciation for Mother’s Day
In loving memory of our mother Sadako Tani 5th yr
In memory of Rosie Ogaki & with thanks for your
support & wonderful reception
In memory of Rosie Ogaki
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Stephen & Jill SAITO
In memory of parents, Eiko & Hiromi Saito
Russel & Judy NAGANO
In appreciation of the baptism of daughter Sophie
In memory of Mr Hiroshi Ogaki
In memory of Rosie Ogaki
Tats & Kim SAKAUYE
In memory of Rosie Ogaki
In memory of Rosie Ogaki
James & Mae OGAKI
for service for Rosie Ogaki
Masako SETO
Mother’s Day Donation “In Remembrance”
Tak & Shiz OGAKI
In appreciation
44th Wedding Anniversary
George & Sugar SATO
In memory of Rosie Ogaki
Gord & Theresa TAKENAKA
RE: baptism of granddaughter JaimeTakenaka
Kevin, Linda & Katherine FOUZIE In honour of Jaime Nicole Takenaka’s baptism
for Jaime Takenaka’s baptism
for the baptism of our granddaughter Jaime Nicole
Sam & Margaret ITO
our 40th Wedding Anniversary and on the occasion
of Nathan Masao Okura’s baptism
Shig & Kim ONIZUKA
Our 55th Wedding Anniversary
In loving memory of Sam Kai
In memory of Mr Sam Kai
In memory of Sam Kai
In memory of Sam Kai
Neil & Mary ALLEN
In memory of Sam Kai
In memory of Sam Kai
Pastor George TAKASHIMA
In memory of Sam Kai
Rai & Joyce ADACHI
In memory of Sam Kai
Mossy & Mitch FUKUMOTO
In memory of Sam Kai
Sam & Margaret ITO
In memory of Sam Kai
Dorothy HONDA
In memory of Sam Kai
Howie & Irene KAGAWA
In memory of Sam Kai
Jim & Mimi KAI
In memory of brother, Sam Kai
In memory of Sam Kai
Michael & Patricia KITAGAWA
In memory of Sam Kai
Remembrance of Sam Kai
Frank & Tosh USAMI
In memory of Sam Kai
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Following is the Usher's List which will go into effect September 8, 2002. Any changes,
replacements, interchanging dates, sickness, etc. is the responsibility of the member and
should be reported to the head ushers for that particular month.
Usher's Duties
Arrive at Church 10:15 a.m.
Help fold the Sunday bulletin
Greet and hand out bulletin
Obtain names of visitors and pass on to head usher
Collect offering
Tidy up the pews after the service
September 2002
8Susie & Roy Iwata
Irene & Howie Kagawa
Mimi & Jim Kai
Kaz Kayahara, Mary Kayahara
Ron Kimura, Gail Kitagawa
Amy & Vic Kitagawa
Koko & Ritz Kinoshita
Kate McCloskey, Nellie Koleff
October 2002
6Sue & Sado Kitagawa
Rob & Wendy Kunihiro
Amy & Ben Kunihiro
Michi Koyanagi, Mickey Kaneko
Noby & Ken Matsugu
Sumi & Min Mototsune
Paul & Gail Matsuba
Mary & Larry Murai
November 2002
3Takiko & Yosh Murai
Louise & Tosh Nagano
Jean Nagata, Sally Nakano
Sue & Sam Nagata
Kay Oiye, Ted Nakamichi
Yoshi & Hugh Nakata
Sue Nakashima, Jane Ohashi
Susie Onishi, Tom Sagara
Katie Nishino, Kay Oka
Eileen & Tad Ogura
Grace Omoto, Kay Sumiya
Kim & Shig Onizuka
December 2002
Kim & Tats Sakauye
Kathy Saito, Toyo Taira
Sugar & George Sato
Fred Sasaki, Paul Takasaki
Ruby & Kaz Shikaze
Peggy & Shin Taira
January 2003
5Madeline & Jim Sakamoto
Donna Tanouye, Mickey Sugamori
Anna & Bob Takashiba
Shirley & Byron Tanaka
Christine and Naomi Takasaki
Alice Takimoto, Jane Tsujimoto
Tina & Rob Takimoto
Grace & Fred Taylor
Head Ushers (1st half /2nd half of month)
Sept. 2002 - Audrey Fukuzawa/ Mickey Kaneko
Oct. 2002 - Ted Nakamichi / Christine Abe
Nov. 2002 - Audrey Fukuzawa/ Mickey Kaneko
Dec. 2002 - Ted Nakamichi / Christine Abe
Jan. 2003 – Audrey Fukuzawa/ Mickey Kaneko
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