DECEMBER 2012 & JANUARY 2013 EVENTS
The Board of Directors is in the process of printing a ‘Temple Directory’ with pictures, names, address (optional), and email (optional) of Temple Members, Organizations, and Friends of Zenshuji. Many families, members and friends have taken their pictures at the Jizobon Service (August), Anniversary Banquet, Ohigan Service (September) and Eitaikyo Service (October).
The purpose of this book is for the generation of members to recognize individuals that we see at the temple and all names to those faces. Also to recognize the various organizations, classes and programs sponsored by the Temple. Don’t be left out. Photographer, Alan Miyatake has been taking the pictures. You will be able to pick your shot for the directory as well as purchase additional pictures for families members and upcoming holiday cards at a separate price. Appointments can be made by calling Alan @ Toyo Miyatake Studio, (626) 289-5674 or (780) 552-8454. If you have any other questions, please call Rev. Kojima or Rev. Toho @ (213) 624-8658 or Carolyn Hashiba @ (714) 539-1453.
YEAR END SERVICE
Say goodbye to the old year! We will be having our annual year end service at 4:00 pm on Dec 31st. A good way to celebrate the start of the new year is to help send off the old. We hope to see you there!
ZENSHUJI GENERAL MEETING AND BOARD MEMBER ELECTION
FOLLOWED BY OUR NEW YEAR'S PARTY!
Please mark January 27th on your monthly "to do" list to attend the General Membership Meeting and Board of Directors Election. The General meeting will go over the past year's activities, propose the 2013 budget and elect new Board members. This is everyone's chance to help guide the direction of Zenshuji in the new year and beyond. Afterwards every one is invited to attend the annual New years' Party.
2:00 PM MONTHLY SERVICE AND MEMORIAL
3:00 PM GENERAL MEETING
5:00 PM NEW YEARS PARTY
We look forward to seeing you there.
MOCHITSUKI, MOCHIGOME WASHING - NEED VOLUNTEERS
Zenshuji Soto Mission needs many volunteers to help with our annual Mochitsuki rice pounding event. Every year Zenshuji endeavours to make about 1000 pounds of mochi for it's members and the community at large. This event has become a fun and rewarding cultural activity for anyone who wishes to participate. We especially need volunteers in the early morning. All are welcome!!!!
Start time for Mochitsuki is 7am on Dec. 30th until all the rice is pounded! (usually
around 5pm) We even have a childrens pounding time at 10am; Coffee, tea, donuts and
lunch will be served to our valued volunteers! Start time for Mochigome Washing is
8am on Dec. 29th and usually only takes the morning to complete. For more information
please call: 213-624-8658
MOCHI ORDER FORM
Pounding Mochi or mochitsuki and eating the delicious mochi in
the New Year is a Japanese tradition which goes back to the
beginning of Japanese history. A special sweet rice is washed,
cooked and pounded in a large mortar with a heavy wooden
mallet and formed into rounded rice cakes. Traditionally, mochi
was only eaten on special occasions. Kagami-Mochi or Okasane-
Mochi are larger mochi which decorate each Japanese home
during the New Year as a symbol of good luck. It is said to bring
good luck, health and a long life. Hand made mochi is a tradition
at Zenshuji, please join us in this wonderful and interesting
tradition. ORDER FORM