Special Events 


61st Annual Spring Festival Bazaar --- POSTPONED (regularly scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020 (12 noon - 5:00 p.m.)

This annual festival is held on the first Sunday in May in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage month. Join us this year as Buena Vista United Methodist Church continues its efforts in "Building Beloved Community".  POSTPONED - More details to be announced.  


Densho --- Monday, September 23, 2019 (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

You are invited to attend a presentation and discussion with Tom Ikeda, Densho’s Executive Director for the past 23 years. Densho is a digital history organization that documents the World War II incarceration experience of Japanese Americans in hopes of advancing social change today. Their archives include some 80,000 photos, documents, and ephemera, as well as nearly 1,000 oral history interviews with survivors of Japanese American incarceration, all of which can be accessed and downloaded for free at ddr.densho.org.


As part of their mission to “promote equity and justice today,” Densho is increasingly engaged in endeavors that connect the Japanese American WWII experience to current events, including family detention and separation and the Muslim ban. Tom will be sharing updates about Densho’s fast-growing archives, social justice work, evolving technologies and partnerships, and their audacious goal for 2042 (the 100th anniversary of EO 9066)!


Please choose one of the following dates to attend (note the location) and rsvp to jen.fukutaki@densho.org or danielle.higa@densho.org. You can also call 206-320-0095 and ask for Jen or Danielle. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.


Sunday, September 22

1:00-2:30pm Presentation/Discussion (with refreshments)

Location: Japanese American Museum of San Jose -- 535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112


Monday, September 23

11:30am-1:00pm Presentation/Discussion (with lunch) *RSVP required for lunch

Location: Buena Vista United Methodist Church -- 2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA 94501


Tuesday, September 24

6:00-7:00pm Reception

7:00-8:30pm Presentation/Discussion

Location: Internet Archive -- 300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118


60th Annual Spring Festival Bazaar --- Sunday, May 5, 2019 (12 noon - 5:00 p.m.)

This annual festival is held on the first Sunday in May in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage month. Join us this year as Buena Vista United Methodist Church continues its efforts in "Building Beloved Community".

The Spring Festival Bazaar serves as an annual open house for the larger community to get to know about Buena Vista UMC.  At the center of our event is an array of Asian culinary delights highlighted by our famous chicken teriyaki dinner. The event is family friendly, with games and activities for children of all ages, including a Jump House.

This year's schedule is as follows:

  • 12:00 p.m. - Tatsumaki Taiko
  • 1:00 p.m. - Uncle Ben Luis & Friends: Featuring Bay Area Musicians playing Latin, Jazz, funk, & top 40 Standards.
  • 2:30 p.m. - We will also be hosting a panel, "Stories of Resistance: Root Causes of Migration in Honduras Delegation" featuring  Rev. Deborah Lee of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity along with a panel of delegates will share inspiring images and stories of resistance from Honduran community partners in their defense of land and life, and discuss how we can support their resistance.


BVUMC Annual Golf Tournament — Saturday, August 18, 2018


Time First Tee 10:40 a.m.

Place:  Chuck Corica Complex, South Course (Brand New!!!), Alameda, CA 94501

Cost:  $130.00 per player (includes cart, lunch and prizes)

Benefits:  The Buena Vista UMC Legacy Fund – Celebrating our 120th Anniversary

Format:  Scramble


This year’s Annual Golf Tournament will be played at the Chuck Corica Complex, brand new South Course. All net proceeds from the tournament will go to support the Legacy Fund at BVUMC.

The Legacy Fund at BVUMC will become an important part of our church history. Your participation in our Annual Golf Tournament will help ensure that the Legacy Fund at BVUMC will always be an ever present value at BVUMC.

Remember, you don’t have to be a pro golfer to participate, as we play as a foursome and only the best ball counts towards the total score and as always, we play for fun and for the enjoyment of each other company. As it take a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to hit a golf ball straight! So come out and play, have fun and always remember that your support and participation will benefit the Legacy Fund at BVUMC. Please submit your entry by August 05, 2018. Entries will be on a first come basis.

After the tournament, many awards will be presented as well as a free raffle drawing, refreshments and prizes!

Please click here for the registration form.


Mochitsuki --- Winter

Every year after Christmas and before New Year's Day, Buena Vista makes their own mochi in celebration of a long Japanese New Year's ceremonial tradition called mochitsuki.  Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice.  The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape.  For an inside look of how mochitsuki is made, click here.


Annual Holiday Dinner — Saturday, December 2, 2017

BVUMC hosts an annual holiday dinner on the first Saturday in December to welcome the Christmas season. In addition to the warm fellowship with family members and old and new friends, the event typically includes a sing-along, family-friendly talent show, and a holiday arts and crafts sale.


The Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AA-NHPI) Disability Awareness Project "Making the Invisible, Visible Breaking the Stigma" Summit:  


Maya Lin Elementary School

825 Taylor Street, Alameda

Saturday, October 28, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


The purpose of the Summit is to raise visibility for those living with disabilities, differently-abled and mental health conditions and those with lived experiences, in the AANHPI communities. In doing so, we hope to break the stigma which exists in our cultures, which we will do so through sharing of stories and facilitation of discussion groups.


BVUMC Comedy Night — Saturday, September 16, 2017 (7:00 p.m.)

You are cordially invited to attend a One Night Special Event, called the BVUMC Comedy Night, on Saturday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. featuring Mr. Austin Tam, where we will connect Comedy and the act of humor with many different social justice ministries that BVUMC has been working on in the best format we can, especially in these grave times we are living in.  You won't want to miss it!


Church Picnic — Sunday, July 9, 2017 (10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.)

The BVUMC all-church picnic is held annually on the Sunday after July 4th at the Crab Cove picnic area in Alameda off the shoreline. The picnic includes an outdoor service, organized and unorganized sports activities, bingo and a BBQ potluck lunch.


Rally Day — Fall

The end of summer not only marks the beginning of a new school year for youth; it's also traditionally a time to harvest the fruits of a long spring and summer of labor. We celebrate this important transition with Rally Day, a time to energize youth to a new school year, adults to a revival of spirit, and to show appreciation for our volunteer teachers.







Please Join Us for a Special Program & Exhibit

The Annual Picnic is a time to connect spiritually and socially outside of the church.

Our Annual Golf Tournament, a summer time treat!

Rally Day signifies the start of the new Sunday School year!

Our Annual Holiday Dinner will be on Saturday, December 7th. It's a festive time for socializing!

Mochi making begins!

The rolling crew at the December 27, 2016 mochitsuki.

Successfully rolled mochi!

Enjoy our famous teriyaki chicken at our next Annual Spring Bazaar on Sunday, May 4th, 2014.

 Excitement builds at our annual Easter Egg hunt!

Get Connected: LinkedIn Contact Us