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Centenary in Mission [September/October 2021]

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

By Carolyn Tokunaga


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

Although a different time and context, this verse expresses what happens in this congregation. Our Kid City Back to School Project is completed and delivered! This outreach mission is supported by the generosity of donors, the gifts of time of volunteers and the rewards of gratitude from the recipients. Our small gestures help open doors and hearts, show care and love, and offer support in times of struggle and need.

Even with our church doors closed, we were able to make this happen. Generous donors enabled Carolyn Tokunaga to make the needed purchases. Volunteers Karin Hayashi, Terry Miyashiro-Sonoda, Betty Quon, Kathy Sadamitsu, and Susan Edwards met to assemble the bags. Gloria and Caitlin O’Brien delivered them to Kid City Hope Place. Jane Rivera and Gail Nishinaka opened the church doors for us.

Kid City bags contained spiral notebooks, two-pocket folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, granola bars, herbal teabags, candy, Tylenol, Advil, Vitamin C packets, band aids, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, tissue packet, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, lip balm, Always pads, laundry detergent, and a stress ball - school supplies and an emergency kit!

Thank you all!


The CalPac Conference sent out a call for school supplies for the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California. This is one of four residential schools for Native Americans still operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The school has a limited budget and the students most often come from great distances, making it difficult to arrive with much more than basic clothing. With school reopening this fall, churches were asked to help. Centenary donated some of the surplus supplies collected during Kid City Projects – there were spiral notebooks, miscellaneous pencils and colored pencils, crayons, highlighters, and granola bars. Thank you to Judy Asazawa for delivering everything.

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