THE LIGHT OF THE BUDDHA
Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street Richmond, B.C. V7E 2V2
November 2005

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NOVEMBER 2005
06 (Sun) 2:00 p.m
12 - 13 (Sat - Sun)
14 (Mon) 7:30 p.m
19 (Sat) 10:00 a.m.
20 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
November Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
BCJSBCF Convention (Vancouver)
November Board Meeting
Fujinkai Craft Fair
Eshinni-ko & Fujinkai Memorial

DECEMBER 2005
03 (Sat) 2:00 p.m
04 (Sun) 2:00 p.m

10 (Sat) 9:00 a.m
11 (Sun) 10:30 a.m
11 (Sun) 6:00 p.m
12 (Mon) 7:30 p.m
18 (Sun) 9:00 a.m.
31 (Sat) 11:00 p.m.
Otaiya
Ho-onko & December Memorial
Service (Shotsuki)
Mochitsuki
Jodo-e (Bodhi Day)
Bonenkai
December Board Meeting
Temple Clean-Up
Joya-e (New Year’s Eve, Year End)


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - Larry Ryan

Here we go, another month and into winter. The Fall Food Bazaar was a major undertaking. I’d like to thank Kuni Ikuta, the Fujinkai ladies as well as volunteers from the Bukkyokai. Together we pulled it off rather successfully. I’d particularly like to thank the ladies who were at the temple from 4:30 a.m. and on. Due to careful monitoring, you ladies made sure that we had sufficient quantities for cash sales.

Kikuchi Sensei will be arriving in Steveston on the 28th of November. Please offer her a big Steveston welcome. The Bonenkai this year will also be a welcoming party for our new Sensei. Her English is very good and she is very energetic. She is very good with children and young adults. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to attend Dharma activities.

The BCJSBCF convention will be held at the Vancouver Buddhist Church this year on the 12th & 13th of November. We are working on arranging a bus to take us to and from this event.

We ask as many members as possible to take part in the fall cleanup. There is plenty to do. It is not all-hard physical labour.

Let’s work together for the sake of a strong and innovative temple.


FALL FOOD BAZAAR - Kuni Ikuta , Fall Food Bazaar chairperson

The Steveston Buddhist Temple fall food bazaar held on October 16 was a very successful event.

Many thanks to the very hard working fujinkai led by toban group 2 leaders - Mrs. Betty Hamanishi and Ms. Tokiko Okano. Thank you Chizuru san for taking orders over the phone, I hope this didn't interfere too much with your regular office duties. No one was turned away this year and there was some food left over. The help from the men was very much appreciated, hopefully we can have support from more men next year. Mr. & Mrs. Chijiwa of Langley provided some fresh vegetables for people to purchase as well as Mrs. Akiko Mukai's grandchildren provided kabocha and pumpkins. Both of them are looking forward to returning next year. The maguro (tuna) sold out very quickly so we shall continue this again next year. “Minasama no okage de kotoshi no bazaar wa to te mo yokata to moshi masu, gokuro sama de shita.” Due to everyone’s tremendous support my job as chairperson for this event was enjoyable. ARIGATO GOZAI MASHITA.


BCC UPDATE OCTOBER 2005 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

The year 2005 was a historical one as we commemorated BCC Centennial in August. We have spent a lot of energy, time, and money for almost five years from the start to the finish. I truly thank each and every one of you, ministers and members across Canada.

As we start 101st year of BCC, however, we have a huge challenge ahead of us; such as the declining of membership, how to bring new people into the temple, fundraising for the future project as well as the present, and so on.

I am sure the ministers and local temple leaders have been considering and discussing those issues, but one thing I would like to mention here is to review the present programs and projects that you have been doing repeatedly year after year. Some work and some don’t. You may have to drop some that don’t work. You’ve got to pick and choose effective programs. Also when you come up with a new idea, make sure to try. I often hear that young people suggest something new and old people crush it by saying, “ we tried 25 years ago and it did not work.” Who knows it may work in 2006.

Ministerial Affair

  1. Rev. Tomofumi Fujii arrived in Vancouver on September 18 and is under orientation in Richmond, B.C. He will be assigned to Toronto Buddhist Church on December 1, 2005.
  2. Rev. & Mrs. Nariyuki Hattori of Steveston Buddhist Temple returned to Japan on October 1, 2005.
  3. Rev. Masumi Kikuchi of Toronto Buddhist Church is assigned to Steveston Buddhist Temple as of December 1.

Environmental Awareness: Even if a delicious meal, when it is too much, turns out to be garbage.


FUJINKAI NEWS - Hiroko Yoshihara

Fall Food Bazaar food preparation was organized by Toban 3 with Betty Hamanishi as leader with Toki Okano as her able assistant. Their focus was on preparing enough food to meet the demand of the members and public. This proved to be a successful strategy and everyone involved should be acknowledged for the great effort. The ladies appreciated the increased presence of the men and their help. Also since this is a temple event, help from all members would be welcomed and appreciated. There are signs that more members are willing to do more for our temple.

The proceeds of the Garage Sale held on Sept. 24 were given to the Fujinkai, as it was mainly the ladies who gave their support. Profit was $447.48. Please encourage your adult children to rent a table at the next garage sale, as this is a popular event for the public.

Clothing and bedding drive. This is still continuing so please bring any unwanted clothing, bedding, linens or any items made from fabric. We hope to end this drive by year’s end.

B.C. Women’s League. Steveston is finishing its second term as headquarters with Misaye Hamaura as chair. BCBW League will be having its annual meeting at the BCJSBCF Convention, Nov. 12 and 13 at the Vancouver Buddhist Church.

Craft Fair on Nov. 19 is quickly approaching. We will have tables of baking, sushi and possibly craft items, turkey draw and refreshments so will again require aid in these areas. This has always been an enjoyable occasion so please plan on coming to support the crafts people. This year new crafts will be vintage jewellery.

Eshinni Nikko and Fujinkai memorial service, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. On this date, we attend to remember the wife of Shinran Shonin and to show our appreciation for the dedication and efforts of Fujinkai members who are no longer with us but are remembered with fond memories.

“Baiten” according to Random House Japanese English dictionary means: stand, stall, kiosk or booth.


DHARMA SCHOOL NEWS – Genevieve Iwata

Few of us went to see the documentary “The Giant Buddhas” at the Vancouver Film Festival. Thank you Joyce for arranging the tickets for us. We also went for a delicious lunch at a Cambodian restaurant after the show.

Rev. Fujii has been giving us some very interesting dharma talks. Please come and join us on Sundays so you can enjoy them too.

APPRECIATION

Each drop of rain reminds us that the cool fall weather is here. We hope that you are enjoying this time of the season.

The seniors’ club extends our sincere thanks to those who participated the bus trip. We had a great time with the beautiful autumn sun. It must have been because of divine intervention.

Again, we thank you for your steady support. We hope that we will continue to share our happiness with each of you.

In Gassho, Seniors Club

Flowers for the Nokotsudo Memorial Garden welcome.


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