Special Events 


Janet Lahr Lewis (United Methodist Liaison to Israel & Palestine) speaking at BVUMC Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10:15 a.m.

Janet Lahr Lewis, United Methodist Liaison to Israel-Palestine, will be our guest speaker at Buena Vista UMC for our worship service on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Lewis is visiting California for her final itineration as she officially retires as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries.

Janet was instrumental in helping Buena Vista create our partnership with the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin in 2009.  After much discernment in 2008 to enter into a ministry with Palestinians, Janet was invited to consult with our congregation in the spring of 2009.  Out of that consultation came the vision for the partnership with Wadi Foquin. The partnership was launched in August 2009 with a bee hive project supporting cultivation of honey for alternative economic activity. Now, some nine years later, the ministry has evolved into the Friends of Wadi Foquin with a steering committee representing several other churches in the California Nevada Annual Conference.  The ministry has grown in scope with support of the most recent community development project building a soccer field in the village—several visits to Washington D.C. to educate and advocate for human rights concerns in the village — and a sister city proposal with the City of Alameda, currently in process.

As she moves into retirement, Janet will share spiritual reflections with us on her journey from the pews of a local church in Ohio to over 20 years of ministry service in the West Bank and the Holy Land. Janet’s visit will also be an opportunity for us to reflect upon and evaluate our ministry with her through Friends of Wadi Foquin as part of our strategic planning process for social justice ministries under the banner of “Building the Beloved Community—Past, Present, and Future.” For more information on Janet’s visit and the strategic planning process, contact Gala King at  galaking22@gmail.com


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 Annual Golf Tournament — Saturday, August 19, 2017


Time First Tee 10:00 a.m.

Place:  Chuck Corica Complex, North Course, Alameda, CA 94501

Cost:  $100.00 per player (includes cart, lunch and prizes)

Benefits:  The Buena Vista UMC Legacy Fund

Format:  Scramble


This year’s Annual Golf Tournament will be played at Chuck Corica Complex, North Course, in Alameda.  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 becomes 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 Legacy Fund at BVUMC.  Please submit your entry by August 5, 2017.  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.


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!


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 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!

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