Join us for Worship and Fellowship this Sunday, November 26th. Rev. Abraham Kist-Okazaki, guest preacher.

Christ the King Sunday                                                                                                                  November 26, 2017

Matthew 25:31-46

“Becoming the G.O.A.T.”

Rev. Abraham Kist-Okazaki, guest preacher

Abraham is a missionary from the Reformed Church in America (RCA) currently serving as an Associate Pastor of Kugahara Church of the United Church of Christ in Japan.  He and his wife Sayuri have both been serving as missionaries in the UCCJ since 1995.

ICU Lunch Fellowship following worship

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Join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Worship and Lunch Celebration

Thanksgiving Sunday, November 19, 2017

Service for the Lord’s Day  11:00am

Deuteronomy 8:7-18; II Corinthians 9:6-15

“Sowing and Reaping”

Rev. Christian Zebley, preaching

Communion will be served.

Thanksgiving Celebration Lunch in the cafeteria following worship.

9:30  Setup begins

11:00  Worship and Communion

Noon  Thanksgiving Celebration begins

(If bringing sign up foods, please bring enough for your family and another family.  And please bring place settings for your family and guests.  Note: if you are unable to bring food and place settings, don’t worry we have both available!  Please join us for this Thanksgiving Celebration!)

13:30  Clean up begins

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Join Us for Contemporary Worship this Sunday at WTUC at 11:00 am

November 12, 2017                                                                                                          

Contemporary Worship with Harp Reflection led by Carol Sack

Matthew 25:1-13

“Being Ready”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching





Adult Education

THIS SUNDAY, (2nd and 4th Sundays of each month)

9:30 am at the home of Rev. Jim and Carol Sack on the Lutheran Seminary campus.  Best coffee in town!!

Join us as we take an in-depth look at this Sunday’s Gospel Reading:                              Matthew 25:1-13 using the Swedish Bible Study method

Youth Sunday School

ES Sunday School during the service this week following the children’s sermon                      MS and HS Sunday School this Sunday, November 12th at 9:30 am

Lutheran Seminary cafeteria                                                                                                           The Gospel Centered Life for Teens

Upcoming MS/HS Sunday School: December 3Jan 14Feb 11March 11April 15May 13

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Join us for our annual Joint-Worship service with Mitaka Lutheran Church

This Sunday, November 5th, 2017

10:30 am in the chapel of the Lutheran College and Seminary

Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon: “To Follow Christ”

Rev. Akio Lee, pastor of Mitaka Lutheran Church, preaching

Rev. Christian Zebley, pastor of WTUC, liturgist

Children’s message with puppets by Mrs. Ruth Ingulsrud

Join us as we come together as brothers and sisters in Christ for this bilingual worship service





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Celebrate Reformation Sunday at WTUC!

Service for the Lord’s Day

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Romans 3:19-28                                                                                                                            John 8:31-36

“From Justice to Justification”

Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Lutheran pastor/missionary to Japan and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Japan Lutheran College preaching.

Join us for lunch fellowship at ICU following worship.

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Join us for Worship and Fellowship this Sunday 10/22 at West Tokyo Union Church

Service for the Lord’s Day

October 22, 2017

Ephesians 3:14-21

“Going Deeper in Faith”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching.

Fellowship following the service.

Our guest harpist: Rebecca Flannery began studying harp when she was 11, growing up in CT. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in harp performance at the State University of NY at Stony Brook and then went on to earn her Masters Degree at Yale University. She has been a professional harpist ever since and has taught as Professor of Harp at the University of CT, the University of Hartford, and the Neighborhood Community Music School in New Haven, CT, as well as privately.  She teaches harp each fall semester here at the Japan Lutheran College to both students, graduates and community members.

Rebecca is married to Peter Reis, who is a retired US Navy Commander who served on surface ships and aboard submarines in the Pacific and the Atlantic. He did his undergraduate studies at Univ. of California, Berkeley where he double majored in Political Science and Economics, he earned his law degree at New York University and practiced law in NY, Washington DC, California, and Belgium. When he retired he turned his passion for harps into a business that grew to be Harps Unlimited International, LLC with a dozen showrooms around the US from coast to coast.

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Join Us for Worship and Communion this Sunday, October 15th

Service for the Lord’s Day

October 15, 2017

Philippians 4:1-9

Matthew 22:1-14

“Getting Focused”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion will be served.  Fellowship to follow the service.

All are welcome!

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Join Us for Worship this Sunday, October 8th; Rev. Ben Zedek, guest preacher.

Service for the Lord’s Day

October 8, 2017

11:00 am

Philippians 3:4b-14

Message: “That I May Gain Christ”

Rev. Ben Zedek, guest preacher.

Our guest preacher: Rev. Ben Zedek was born in Tokyo to missionary parents. His father is American and his mother is Chinese. They planted Mitaka Evangelical Church located near Mitaka station where Ben now pastors together with his father. On weekdays, Ben works as a high school teacher and adviser.

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Join us for World Communion Sunday; Covenant Players in worship.

World Communion Sunday – October 1, 2017                                                                Service for the Lord’s Day  11:00 am

Psalm 133                                                                                                                                        Philippians 2:1-13

Covenant Players presenting in worship. (see bio below)

Fellowship after the service.










Meet the Covenant Players – Pacific Gate Unit

Kurt Purucker has been actively involved with Covenant Players since August of 1984. While attending high school in New Mexico, an interest in the performing arts came to fruition through involvement with his high school drama program. Hearing that many college drama programs were unhealthy environments for a young Christian, he chose instead to study natural sciences in College. However, after a couple of years at a state university, Kurt felt a tugging to be more active with his faith, so when the opportunity to join Covenant Players was mentioned by a friend, he didn’t hesitate to make that move. He recently celebrated 33 years of ministry service.

Cathy Purucker has been active in drama since pre-teen days, though she, too, decided to leave it behind for a season. Growing up in South Africa, she never heard about any sacred performing groups. Since she didn’t want to be involved with the highly secular nature of all she knew about drama, she limited her drama participation to church productions. When invited by a friend to attend a performance by a Christian drama company, her eyes were opened to a new possibility – Christian drama. After a couple of years of soul searching, she felt God’s good pleasure in pursuing ministry with Covenant Players. She celebrated 33 years in the ministry the beginning of April.

Annika Mangert  grew up in Köln, Germany and the first time she heard of Covenant Players was from her mother who wanted to join years ago, but it never happened. Being very shy, she never had thought about doing theatre in any way but CP caught her interest, with speaking and learning different languages and travelling around in other countries. Also, she wanted to change. And she felt that CP could help her with all of these goals. So she finally joined in January 2015 and spent her first 2 ½ years in Europe travelling in the UK, Scandinavia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and of course Germany. She’s already performing plays in three different languages and is now looking forward to perform in Japanese, when the Pacific Gate Unit is going to Japan in the end of September.



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Join us for Worship and Fellowship this Sunday, September 24th; Dr. Mark John Bennett preaching

Sunday, September 24th at 11:00 am

John 4:1-26

“Living Water”

Dr. Mark John Bennett, missionary to Japan preaching

Our preacher today:  Dr. Mark John Bennett has been serving as a minister most            of his life. He began serving the local church when he was 13 and has held just about every position in a church, including janitor. Mark and Sharon arrived in Asia in 1990, first serving in Taiwan, but quickly being transferred to Japan where they fell in love with and were called as a couple to serve here. Three sons were born and raised here, Jonmarc (20), Jonathan (18), and Jonluke (16). The older boys are at California Baptist University and Jonluke attends Christian Academy in Japan. They have lived in Tokyo, Kitakyushu, Narashino, Chiba, and currently reside in Hibarigaoka, Nishi-Tokyo. They have been Strategy Coordinators, Team Leaders, Language and Cultural Development Coaches, but always see themselves as disciple makers and church planters.  For the last few years, Mark has been serving as Compassion Ministries Strategist for the Japan Baptist Mission and working with Homeless people in Western Tokyo.  God is doing some wonderful things and allowing the Bennett’s to participate.

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