Special Events 


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.


59th Annual Spring Festival Bazaar — Sunday, May 6, 2018 (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 celebrates its 120th anniversary with a special program and exhibition entitled "Building Beloved Community: Past, Present, & Future (120 years - 1898 to 2018)".  Please see the flyer for the event schedule.

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. 

This we commemorate our 120th Anniversary as a church and will gather under the theme, "Building Beloved Community."  We will have two special programs highlighting the Japanese American legacy: 

  • 12:30 p.m. - Karen Tei Yamashita will share excerpts from her recently publish book, "Letters to Memory" a series of essays based upon historical letters from her family members during the World War II mass incarceration.  Yamashita is an award winning author, and professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.   
  • 2:30 p.m. - We will host a film showing of "And Then They Came for Us," by Abby Ginzberg.  The film features George Takei and others incarcerated,  as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothy Lange.  The film brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. 
  • 3:30 p.m. - A panel discussion will be facilitated by Wendy Hanamura discussing the constitutional and legal parallels between the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II and the current Muslim travel ban.  Panelists will include:  Cookie Takeshita, Member of Buddhist Temple of Alameda; Don Tamaki, Civil Rights attorney and member of the Stop Repeating History Campaign; and Sacha Maniar, Program Coordinator, Asian Law Caucus. 

At last year's event, we commemorated 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


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

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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