6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Res. Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
Here it is almost the end of January, the holidays have ended and new paths are being created for church. Last year we fixed up the parsonage with new cabinets, painting, etc. This year we are replacing the rotted wood deck with a new concrete patio. Soon our reverend will have a patio to have her coffee or tea and watch the animals go by.
Those who did not attend the Flower Arrangement class on Saturday, January 18 missed a wonderful
presentation of good ideas and helpful hints. We do thank Wendy Steller and Diane Grose for giving up their time to give us lessons. A luncheon was also given by the BWA ladies. Thank you ladies.
Saturday, February 29th, from 5-7 pm will be our annual Crab Feed. This is our first fundraiser for the year. If you are interested in helping, give any Board Member a call. If not helping but interested in eating a lot of crab, give us a call for tickets ($60 each). Seats are limited. Get your tickets ASAP before they are sold out.
I would like to put in a pitch about giving your time to our church. I know we all have a very busy schedule. Being retired with grown-up children, I myself have a busy schedule. I spend my time going back and forth to my daughterís home in Thousand Oaks to babysit my grandson. Every spare time that I have I try to help doing things for my church. But, stop and think about what you can do for your church. If it is only an hour or two, you can help on Clean up Saturday, Flower Arranging, bringing side dishes for otoki, gardening work, help preparing for an activity or just listening to the dharma talk. If every member took a little from their busy time, it would help keep the church going. You as a member are supporting your church. Being a member is not just paying your membership but also giving your time. Before you know it we wonít have a church to go to and then what happens! The reason why Iím bringing this up is that I read an article in the Wheel of Dharma that Dinuba Buddhist Church had closed. To me that was very sad to hear. You wonder why that
church closed. Members passed away, no new members joined, lack of interest in the church, it could be many reasons. Now where do they go to hear the Dharma? This is food for thought for our church members. If we donít start spending some of our time at church, we too will be like Dinuba church closing down. Think about itÖ...
Always looking forward to seeing you at our services.
In Gassho, Donna Sato
President's Desk by Donna Sato
BWA by Sandy Hongo
On Saturday, January 25, we celebrated Chinese New Year and Keirokai with our honored guests, the Keiro
members. We are very appreciative of the hard work and support provided by these very special people for
so many years. One special lady turned a very young 100 years old in 2020 and is still very active. Three other special ladies have served for over 32 years providing a hot lunch to the homeless at the Prado Center. They have retired from that service but we know we can count on them for support and advice to the SLOBWA. These ladies have served the church for years in the kitchen, providing Hana Toban (altar flowers), cleaning the church, and providing help with fundraisers. They provided help with grace and dignity in any and all areas where help was needed. We are forever grateful to them and will look for their guidance for many years to come.
Every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m., we have clean-up day: vacuuming, mopping, cleaning
restrooms and the kitchen, cleaning windows, and dusting the entire church. It is a very big job and it is
made so much easier when we have many hands to help. There are many areas such as closets, shelves,
classrooms, library, storage areas that do not get the attention they need because we run out of time when
there are only a few people to do the general cleanup. Please come to help as part of your Dana (selfless
giving) to the church. Dana comes in many forms, including monetary, but a large part of Dana is giving
your service to the church. We need your help!
A huge thank-you to Wendy and Diane for their flower-arranging class! Everyone had wonderful things to
say about the class and even those who have been doing flowers for the altar for many years received some
tips they plan to use.
In gassho, Sandy Hongo
2/09: 10:15am Meditation
11:00am Nirvana Day Serv
2/11: 9:00 am People's Kitchen
2/16: NO SERVICE
2/17: 6pm Intro to Buddhism
2/23: 10:15am Meditation
11:00am Lay Service
2/29: 5-7pm CRAB FEED!!!!!