Join Us for Worship this Sunday, October 25th @ 11:00 am; Guest Speaker Mr. Wisdom Addo

October 25, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“Pursuing Peace”

1 Peter 3:9-11

Mr. Wisdom Addo

Guest Speaker

Wisdom Addo is a Rotary Peace Fellow and the Executive Director at the West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation (WACPF), a non-governmental organization that serves the youth in schools and communities through education on human rights, leadership trainings, and peace building in Ghana. Wisdom also serves as the Africa Chapter Coordinator for the PeaceJam Foundation-USA. His work aims to provide peace education to the youth and focuses on acquiring and advancing capacities, skills, values, and knowledge, thus contributing to establishing a global and sustainable culture of peace. Wisdom is currently an M.A candidate in Peace Studies at the Rotary Peace Center, International Christian University – Japan.

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship and Communion this Sunday, October 18 at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

October 18, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness”

Romans 15:14-21

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion will be served.

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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YOUTH GROUP NEWS



LAKE NOJIRI YOUTH RETREAT!!

The youth retreat, which brought together 11 young people at Lake Nojiri last weekend, was a big success. We were blessed with good weather, which allowed us to sail, swim, climb a mountain and run around outside. Ann Tang and Malcolm Foster together led the retreat, with help from Kay Zebley and her family.  Heather and Masahiro Montgomery-Shimokawa attended with their daughter and also assisted.

The youth, who were between the ages of 12 and 15, came from different schools (CAJ, ASIJ and homeschool) and backgrounds but everyone got along with each other immediately. Ann opened her cabin as a gathering place for meals, games and worship, and also hosted the six girls. The five boys stayed at the Foster cabin. In both cabins, there was much laughter, joking and talking until late at night. 

The retreat theme was “Relationships,” which will also be the theme for the coming year of youth group. During worship time on Sunday, we looked at three images of God’s relationship with us in the Bible, including where Jesus says he is the vine and we are the branches — a very relevant one at Nojiri! We talked about how we need to remain connected to God to get resources, bear fruit and love others, and that the quickest way for a vine to die is to simply snip it at its base. Likewise, we need to keep our link to God from getting cut; otherwise, we can’t bear fruit.

We are planning youth group gatherings before church on some Sundays as well as monthly gatherings or activities at Ann’s house, downtown with the Tokyo Union Church youth group or elsewhere.

Here are some photos: 1) From atop Mt. Madarao, with Lake Nojiri behind the kids and 2) After our descent, we were treated to a glorious sunset as the youth swam in the lake.

Thank You, God!

Malcolm Foster
Youth Advisor
SC Chair

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Join us for Worship this Sunday at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Pastor Jonathan Oh preaching

October 11, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness”

Titus 3

Guest Preacher: Pastor Jonathan Oh, Director of Fuji Fellows Program at TUC

Rachel Oh, Children`s Sermon

Jonathan is the Director and Chaplain of the Fuji Fellows program at Tokyo Union Church. He also serves as the coordinator for the Young Adults group as well. As a tent making missionary, Jonathan is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and is working full-time as a meteorologist at an international television broadcasting network. He is happily married to his wife and partner, Rachel.  Rachel was called to Japan as an English teacher and has lived in Japan for almost 10 years. She is currently working on curriculum development at a private Christian high school in Chiba Prefecture.  

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

October 4, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience”

Ephesians 4:1-6

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person

September 27, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace”

Isaiah 52:7-10

Pastor Brian Byrd, guest preacher.

Brian graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1984 and came to Japan that year as a missionary.  He has been a member of the Seigakuin University Research Institute since 2003.  He teaches English education for children at Seigakuin and the Introduction to Christianity to college students at Aoyama Gakuin University.  He serves as a cooperating pastor at Redeemer Church of Roppongi.

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

September 20, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“Joy: Real Strength”

John 15:10-17

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; New Sermon Series on the Fruit of the Spirit; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

September 13, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“The Gift of Love”

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Galatians 5:16-26

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Fall 2020 Kick-Off Sunday @ WTUC!

September 6, 2020

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“Going Deeper”

Psalm 138

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Summer Worship 2020 at WTUC

Each year during the months of July and August, West Tokyo Union Church does not gather for worship since the majority of our members are often traveling or living overseas.  Although many will remain in Japan this summer due to travel restrictions, we continue to observe our summer break for prayerful rest and renewal. It has been a busy and intense season and we are very thankful for the folks who helped arrange our online worship services from late March through June. You may go to our WTUC Facebook page and look under “videos” to watch some of those services. We also encourage our members to visit a local Japanese church in their neighborhood and/or participate in these other recommended international churches in the Tokyo area during the summer months.  

West Tokyo Union Church worship will resume on September 6, 2020 to kick-off our new 2020-21 Church Year.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer!  Enjoy worshiping God in these Tokyo area English-speaking and bilingual churches either online or in person as able.  We pray you have a restful summer enjoying God’s creation. As conditions in Tokyo allow, we hopefully look forward to welcoming you back in person to our sanctuary at the Japan Lutheran College and Seminary in Mitaka in September! Please feel free to be in touch with prayer concerns and updates.

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