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April 7: Clean up day
          8: Hanamatsuri Service

May 6: Gotan-e
        13: Eshinni/Kakushinni Service
        19: Annual Golf Tournament
         27:Cemetery Services

                 AUGUST 4: OBON
Thank you for making our Crab Feed, the first fundraiser for the year, a huge success. Someday we should have a BIG party and celebrate the outstanding jobs that are done to keep our church going. Thanks to all the chairpersons, ticket sellers, bakers, kitchen staff, rice cookers, BBQ crew, wine & beer crew, set-up helpers and tea servers who brought this event together so that the attendees can have a good time and look forward to coming back next year. The tent outside was a great addition to accommodate the overflow of guests inside. All that extra hard work paid off for this event. THANK YOU ALL! Your time and effort made this fundraiser the BEST ever!

Our second fundraiser is the Golf Tournament earmarked for Saturday, May 19th. If you have any time to spare, we are always looking for helpers to help make this even a success. Please contact the church or me if you would like to help in any way you can.

Spring has sprung. If you have any flowers to donate for the Hanamido which we will decorate on Sunday, April 8th, please bring them to the church by 8:30 that morning. If you have any questions, please contact us
We appreciate your kind donation.

In Gassho, Donna
If you weren’t there, you missed an excellent class in how to protect yourself. Thank you again to Alan Bond for presenting information to women on how to turn the tables on an attacker and make us the aggressor for a few seconds to help escape a dangerous situation. Instead of thinking about “self-defense” for women because we are smaller and weaker, we need to train ourselves and practice moves such as pressure points, grabbing and breaking fingers, scraping our nails across the eyes, and hurting the attacker before he hurts us. These moves make me cringe but when attacked, we need to use what we can to get away. One big thing Alan said is, “if someone is trying to steal your purse, let him have it.” It is not worth getting hurt for. We will have more classes in the future to reinforce what we learned and to practice the moves Alan has taught us.

On March 17, Rev. Nakano, and a group of us went to Mountain View Buddhist Temple for the 58th Coast District Buddhist Women’s League conference. It was a long drive for our driver, Gary, but it was a fun and informative day. We renewed acquaintances and met new friends, heard Rev. Candice Shibata give a wonderful Dharma talk about “loving kindness”, made bracelets, had a sit-down exercise class, and line dancing. Can’t forget the delicious bento lunch! There was an opening service, a closing service and a business meeting, too. It was a full day but very enlightening.

On April 8 SLOBC will celebrate Hanamatsuri which is the birthday of the traditional Buddha. SLOBWA will be decorating a hanamido (flower altar) with fresh flowers and greenery. We ask our members to donate flowers as many are needed to completely cover the hanamido. All flowers are accepted except roses, strong smelling flowers or anything with thorns. Please bring the flowers in water on Saturday (leave by kitchen door) or on Sunday by 8:30 am. You can help decorate the hanamido, too, which will be fun.

Guadalupe Buddhist Church BWA is hosting the TriCounty Seminar on Saturday, April 28 from 1:00. Please let me know if you will attend as I need to rsvp to GBCBWA the number attending from SLOBWA. This will be a fun event so please make every effort to attend.
In Gassho, Sandy
Resident Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
6996 Ontario Rd., SLO