APRIL 2018


     I hope you’ll be able to join us for Easter worship on Sunday, April 1st. No foolin’ it will be a worthwhile time together. We will take our traditional church family picture, enjoy some tasty refreshments following worship, and have our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! All kids under 12 are welcome to hunt for eggs while our older kids and adults hide them. It will be a lot of fun as it always is and for me, I love the flowering of the cross. It’s so beautiful.
     Speaking of the cross, is that where your faith ends? In our Easter message we are going to contemplate “The Flaw in Our Gospel” as we take a look at what it means to worship a Risen Christ. Too often we look at the cross as the end of the journey. Once we declare that we believe in Christ, many figure that’s all they need to do. But is it? For us to grow in faith do we need to do more? The short answer is “yes.”
     But I hope you’ll come as we explore this question together. This month, we’ll be exploring our Methodist roots together. I know with my leaving, many of you have questions about why our church changes pastors like it does, and I thought it would be a good time to talk a bit about why our connectional system is so important (and what “connectional” means). After that, I’m planning on doing a series about the values which have driven my ministry with you before finishing up on 6/17 for my final worship with you.
     I hope to see you plenty of times between now and then!

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Craig           craig@palmumc.org

• If you’ll be joining us for Easter worship and can bring flowers for the flowering of the cross, that would be great. Or if you feel like bringing either hard-boiled or candy-filled eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt we love to have an abundance! No matter what, we hope you come.
• Don’t forget the Ikebana Show and Boutique is coming on 4/7 from 2 – 4:30pm. Be sure to ask Susan Yoshimura how you can help.


     Please continue to pray for cancer warriors Jacob dela Montanya, Josh Crampton (doing well!), Matt Sakaguchi, Kay Armijo (Pat’s cousin), Miyoko Cabello (Diane’s mother), Steve Price (friend of Miyoko), Sid Mukai; and Gerard Laquerriere and Denise Millhorn (friends of John and Pat). 

     Please keep Hankus Nagata, Irene Burkart, Rosalinda Vasquez and her family, Florence Brayfield, Mas Konatsu, Marcia Williams, Kenji Tashiro, Pat Huston, Jerry Munson, Carla Manyok (Florence’s daughter), Oliver and Winnie Cadiente, Terry and Nancy McKittrick, Ken and Cathie Metz, Don McDowell (Jerry Munson’s nephew), Ken Yoshihara (Craig’s father), Martha Onishi (Kathy Onishi’s mother-in-law), Marianne Couch (Janice’s cousin), Wilma Conner, Sandy Hansen, Stephen Sandoval (Youth for Christ mentor at Dinuba Lincoln School–stroke), first responders,
the Yoshihara family, and Open Gate Ministries in your prayers.
     Deepest sympathy is extended to family and friends of Rosellen Shain, who passed away March 4 in Dinuba.
     Sincere condolences are offered to friends and family of Danny Armijo, who died March 11 at home in Kingsburg.


     Sermon Bible Study meets Tuesdays at 1:00. Old Testament Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 11:00. Prayer Group meets Thursdays at 10:00 AM. Ikebana Class will meet Friday, April 6, to set up for the Ikebana Flower Show and UMW Boutique to be held Saturday, April 7. Bible Study at Aiko’s house meets on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM (26279 East Huntsman Avenue, Orosi). Administrative Board will meet on Sunday, April 8, following worship the tobans will serve Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday, April 1, and Earth Day, April 22.

Don’t miss Open Gate Ministries Salad Bar and Sandwich Lunch and Boutique on Wednesday, May 2, 11:00-1:00, Dinuba First Assembly of God (corner “L” and Mono Streets)! Beverage included.
Salad Bar $ 5.00
Dagwood Sandwich $ 3.00
Cake Slice $ 1.00

Special Activities

  • Saturday, March 24, 8:00-12:00, Church Work Day
  • Sunday, March 25, Coffee Hour in honor of Aiko Takeda’s 90th birthday
  • Thursday, March 29, 10:00 AM, “Sharing Love in the Community”
  • Friday, March 30, 12:00 noon, Good Friday Service, First Presbyterian Church
  • Sunday, April 1, 6:30 AM, Easter Sunrise Service, Smith Mountain Cemetery
  • Sunday, April 1, Easter: Coffee Hour, Group Photo, “Flowering of the Cross,” and Kids’ Egg Hunt, (Please bring TWO DOZEN filled plastic eggs OR dyed hard-boiled eggs; if possible, please bring flowers from your yard for the cross.)
  • Saturday, April 7, 2:00-4:30, Ikebana Flower Show and Boutique
  • Sunday, April 8, Ad Board meeting follows 10:00 worship
  • Sunday, April 22, Coffee Hour in celebration of Earth Day
  • Wednesday, May 2, 11:00-1:00, Open Gate Ministries Annual Salad Bar & Sandwich Luncheon at Dinuba 1st Assembly of God Church
  • Sunday, May 6, 10:00, Children’s Day
  • Sunday, May 13, 9:00, Mother’s Day Breakfast
  • Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day, Coffee Hour Lunch; Farewell to Craig and family


Chalice, chalice cover, paten, and white napkin are kept in the Communion cabinet in the kitchen. Bring 100% juice and a round loaf of bread to church on Communion Sunday; place the  bread on the paten, and cover with napkin. Pour the juice into the chalice (not too full). Cover the  chalice, and place it and the paten on the Communion table on the Chancel. After church, please  remember to wash, dry, and replace supplies in the kitchen cabinet. Thank you!  –Norma



511 North “K” Street, Dinuba 559-591-1241

Personal Hygiene Items / Pads / Diapers / Paper Towels / Toilet Paper / Kleenex / Shampoo / Hairbrushes / Rice / Beans / Pasta / Spaghetti Sauce / Powdered Milk / Mayonnaise / Flour / Sugar / Oil / Salt / Pancake Mix / Coffee and Creamer / Canned Fruit, Juice, Vegetables, & Meat / Sliced American Cheese / Snacks for Children / Peanut Butter / Mixing Bowls / Children’s Videos / Bath, Dish, and Hand Towels / Blankets / Sheets / Pillowcases / Pajamas—all sizes / Volunteers, especially at the Thrift Store


Worship Leader: Pat dela Montanya
Communion Steward: Ruth Kurihara
Greeters / Ushers
      1 Norma Lozano, Diane Domingo
      8 Ruth Kurihara, Kathy Lamb
    15 Norma Lozano, Winnie Cadiente
    22 Diane Domingo, Taye Abe
    29 Janice and Robert Serios
April Tobans: * Norma Lozano, Ruth Kurihara, Taye Abe, Helen Ishida, Marcia Williams, Kathy Lamb, Rosalinda Vasquez


2—Desiree Domingo, Pat Kurihara
5—Patricia Martzen
7—Emma Yoshihara
9—Miles Yada
11—Chin Cheak Yu Martzen
12—Cherry Cadiente
13—Matthew Mesias, Elizabeth Kitaoka
14—Linda Thomas
15—Paige Mesias
17—Amy Kiritani (89!)
19—Duane Abe, Frances Leibert
24—Nancy McKittrick, Barbara Miller
28—Chelley (McKittrick) Gary, Oliver Cadiente, Jason Millhorn
30—James Hanada, Scott Shaver


Pastor: Craig Yoshihara, cell: 559-840-5091, craig@palmumc.org
Newsletter Editor: Marian Clifton
Worship Bulletin Editor: Kathy Lamb
Webmaster: Sandy Hansen
Office Hours: Tues. – Thurs. 9:00-12:00, Mon. & Fri. Office Closed
Office Location: 438 West Tulare Street
Office Phone: 559-591-0746 e-mail: info@palmumc.org
Website: palmumc.org
Church Location: Tulare and “P” Streets
Sunday Service: 10:00 AM—Worship and Sunday School


Chairman: Nancy McKittrick
Lay Leader: Kathy Lamb
PPRC Chair: Susan Yoshimura
Finance Chair: Jerry Munson
Trustees Chair: Aiko Takeda
Treasurer: Arthur Anderson
Financial Secretary: Jerry Munson
Recording Secretary: Cathy Yada
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference: Derek Fujinaga
Worship Chair: Norma Lozano
UMW President: Janice Serios
Missions Co-Chairs: Aiko Takeda, Marian Clifton
Education Chair: Susan Yoshimura
Nominations Chair: Pastor Craig Yoshihara