Advent is Here! Join us for Worship this Sunday, December 8, 2019; Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching

Morning Worship for the Second Sunday of Advent 11:00am

Matthew 3:1-12

Isaiah 11:1-10

“An Adventitious Stump”

Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching

Pageant Rehearsal 9:00-10:30 in the sanctuary

Fellowship to follow the service

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First Sunday of Advent; Worship and Communion, December 1, 2019

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Isaiah 11:1-11

II Corinthians 5:11-21

“The Vision Shaped Into a Plan”

Rev. Jonathan McCurley, Community Life Director of ARI preaching

Our guest preacher today:  Rev. Jonathan and Satomi McCurley came to ARI in 2009 as United Methodist Church (UMC) missionaries. Jonathan works as the community life coordinator, building up the community of the participants, volunteers and staff through events, relationship building and programs for spiritual growth & reflection. Satomi helps with various duties within community life and together they serve a church within the UCCJ/Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan.  Jonathan was ordained in the Florida Conference of the UMC on June 8, 2019. Congratulations and blessings on your ordination into the ministry of Word and Sacrament.

Our guest missions speaker today:  Yvonne (Yu-Rong) Wang is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned on July 28, 2019.  She is a member of Da-Zhu Methodist Church in Taipei and from Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and biotechnology from Tunghai University and came to Japan at the end of August of this year to serve at ARI where she now helps out with guests at the Nasu Seminar House.

The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) trains leaders from around the world and is supported by West Tokyo Union Church. You can learn more at

Lake Kinneret
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Thanksgiving Worship and Potluck; Join us for a special church family celebration this Sunday, November 24, 2019

Service for the Lord’s Day  11:00am

Deuteronomy 8:7-18

II Corinthians 9:6-15

Increasing the Harvest

Rev. Christian Zebley, preaching

Thanksgiving Celebration Potluck in the cafeteria following worship.

9:30  Setup begins

11:00  Worship

Noon  Thanksgiving Celebration

(If bringing sign up foods, please bring enough for your family and another family.  And 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 wonderful Thanksgiving Celebration!)

13:30  Clean up begins

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Worship and Communion with Healing Ministers @ 11:00 am; Join us!

Morning Worship 11:00 am

2 Corinthians 3:12-18

“From Glory to Glory”

Mr. Jay Knoblock, missionary to Korea, speaking

Communion with Healing Ministers

Fellowship Table and ICU Lunch Fellowship to follow

Our Guest Preacher : Mr. Jay Knoblock is a missionary and board member of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International ( based in Black Mountain, NC. Jay is based in Seoul, Korea where he is studying Korean and ministering in several capacities. We warmly welcome Jay back to WTUC, as he ministers in Japan from time to time, as well as other countries in Asia.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019, Worship@11:00 am; Faith and Work testimony, Mrs. Ann Tang

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Psalm 23

Matthew 6:25-33

“A Leap of Faith”

Mrs. Ann Tang, Hospitality Coordinator at WTUC

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Join Us for a Sunday of Christian Unity

Annual Joint-Worship Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church

10:30 am in the Lutheran Seminary Chapel 

(just down the hall and around the corner from WTUC; same building)

Rev. Toshihiro Takamura, Mitaka Lutheran Church, preaching

Rev. Christian Zebley, WTUC, presiding

Japan Lutheran College Megumi Festival to follow

Food, Crafts, Games and Items for sale; fun for kids!

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Reformation Sunday Worship, October 27, 2019 11:00 am

Psalm 91; Luke 18:9-14

“A Mighty Fortress”

Dr. Tom McGlothlin, CAJ Bible Instructor, guest preacher

Join us for this service in which we remember the heritage of churches that have grown out of the Protestant Reformation beginning with Martin Luther in 1517

Fellowship to follow the service

Our Guest Preacher: Dr. Tom McGlothlin has served as Academic Counselor and Bible Department Head at the Christian Academy in Japan since 2015. He and his wife Linnea both grew up in Japan (Osaka and Tokyo, respectively), and they met at Lake Nojiri. They attended WTUC from 2007 to 2009 before returning to the United States, where Tom earned a Ph.D. in Early Christianity from Duke University.

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Worship and Communion this Sunday, October 20, 2019

Service for the Lord’s Day 11:00 am

1 Peter 2:1-11

“A Holy People”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion Served. Healing Ministers available.

Upper ES/MS and HS Bible studies in the cafeteria at 9:30 am

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Worship this Sunday, October 13 at 11:00 am

Service for the Lord’s Day

1 Peter 1:1-12

“A Living Hope”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Fellowship to follow

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World Communion Sunday, October 6, 2019; 11:00 am

Service for the Lord’s Day

Lamentations 3:19-26
2 Timothy 1:1-14

“The Other Side of Grief”

Audrey Thorne, Tokyo Union Church Youth and Children’s Director

Rev. Jonathan Oh, Celebrant

Our Guest Speaker:
Audrey Thorne is the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry at Tokyo Union Church. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Princeton Theological Seminary. Audrey and her husband Noah recently moved to Tokyo from Brooklyn, NY. They live in Daikanyama and enjoy taking long walks around the city.

Communion Celebrant:
Jonathan Oh came to Tokyo in the spring of 2014. He currently works as an on-camera meteorologist for NHK World-Japan, an international English-language broadcast service. Jonathan is also an ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church in America and is currently serving as a tentmaking missionary in Japan, meaning he both works in the marketplace while also serving in missions. He is the coordinator for young adults group and serves as assistant director of the Fuji Fellows Program at Tokyo Union Church.

ES/MS and HS Youth Bible Studies at 9:30 am in the cafeteria

Fellowship to follow the service.

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