“Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may
grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
(1 Peter 2: 2-3, NRSV)
It is that season again when everyone talks about the weather in Fresno. We were at the Japanese-American National Caucus meeting May 23-25 and met with many pastors and colleagues from many other parts of the U.S. The pastors who know something about our summers asked Rev. Akiko and me, “How are you enjoying the weather in Fresno?” My answer would be that I’m enjoying a lot of things in Fresno but I’m not really ready for the heat. Well,
some of our church members say they never get used to the heat in summer, even after living here for more than 20 years. I have been here for less than a year and I don’t think I am more prepared than last year for the heat in this hot city.
Even though I’m not ready for the heat, I am truly excited about and looking forward to the summer programs at UJCC. It is because I have “tasted” that the Lord is making changes in the lives of our youth and children through our summer programs. In the Scripture I quoted at the beginning of this letter, Peter teaches us that we have to long for the pure, spiritual milk like newborn infants, if we have tasted that the Lord is good. Last summer, I witnessed the
fervor of our young people when they praised God at the camp. I felt the warmth of the teachers and volunteers’ hearts at VBS. Most of all, I cannot forget that I experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit in my heart when I was appointed to this wonderful community of God last July. Yes, I am so looking forward to experience this kind of heat once again this summer.
We are especially looking forward to our first mission trip in town in August. As we were preparing for mission trip for our youth this summer, the Spirit helped us to realize that we do not have to go far away to help those who are in need. With other sister UMC churches in our Circuit, our youth members are planning to serve our neighbors in town. We will work with FIRM, Poverello House, Vintage Gardens, and the Pinedale Community to organize a local
mission trip for the youth. Please continue to pray for our leaders, our young people, and our summer programs.
It is going to be so hot. Let us get excited!
• Graduation Service: Sunday, June 4th
• Junior High Camp: July 2nd - July 7th
• Vacation Bible Study: July 10th - July 14th
• Asian Camp: July 23rd - July 28th
• Youth Mission Trip: August 7th - 11th