Special Events 


Spring Festival Bazaar — Sunday, May 7, 2017 (12 noon - 5:00 p.m.)

This annual festival is held on the first Sunday in May in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage month. The Spring Festival Bazaar has grown each year and now includes: cultural performances throughout the day, kids’ carnival games and prizes, an arts and crafts boutique, raffle prizes and more!

The event also serves as an annual open house for the church to gather with the community.  And of course, the event features a plethora of mouth-watering Asian culinary delights – from our famed chicken teriyaki dinner box to samosas, spam musubi, lumpia and much, much more.

This event is the church’s single largest fundraiser of the year.  Join us this year as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with a special program and exhibition entitled "Sanctuary - A Sacred Space for Remembrance, Redress, and Resilience." 

A video of this entire special program can be viewed by clicking on this link:  Sanctuary - A Sacred Space for Remembrance, Redress, and Resilience


Church Picnic — Sunday, July 10, 2016 (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.

BVUMC Annual Golf Tournament — Saturday, August 20, 2016


Time:  First Tee 8:45 a.m.

Place:  Metropolitan Golf Links, 10051 Doolittle Drive, Oakland, CA 94603

Cost:  $92.00 per player (includes cart, lunch and prizes)

Benefits:  The Sunday School at Buena Vista UMC

Format:  Scramble  


This year’s Annual Golf Tournament will be played at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland.  All net proceeds from the tournament will go to support the Sunday School program at BVUMC. 

The Sunday School program at BVUMC has become an important part of our Sunday worship.  The sound of young voices and laughter enhances and benefits all that come in contact with it.  Your participation in our Annual Golf Tournament will help ensure that the Sunday School program continues to 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's company. As it takes 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 Sunday School program at BVUMC.  Please submit your entry by July 28, 2016.  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.

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.

Holiday Dinner — Saturday, December 3, 2016

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.

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. 





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!

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