Dear Members of the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple,
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Bishop Kodo Umezu is transferring Rev. John Iwohara from Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple to Gardena Buddhist Church effective April 1, 2014.
Rev. John has been with our temple for 12 years, and has truly helped to make the Venice Hongwanji the warm and friendly temple that it is today while helping us gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. I can only expect that he will continue to spread the happiness that comes with the teachings of Namo Amida Butsu at his new assignment.
The Bishop has informed us that we can expect a new resident minister in about a year. In the meantime, Gardena Buddhist Church will be our supervising temple.
A farewell party is planned for April 20, 2014, at the Sea Empress Seafood Restaurant after morning service (at about 12 noon). Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. Please RSVP to Barbara Fukuji at BJFukuji@gmail.com or on her cell phone at 310-754-9604, or respond to the Evite invitation (sent separately).
Sincerely in gassho,
President, Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple