Sunday, April 6th

Sunday, April 6th –  Our morning will begin with Multigenerational Sunday School for all ages in the Cafeteria and Adult Sunday School at the Sacks home on the Lutheran campus from 9:30 am.  During the worship service, Pastor Teresa will bring the message “Wait and Watch” from Psalm 130.  Communion will be served.  After the worship we will enjoy an engaging time of fellowship with light treats.  Let`s also go over to ICU cafeteria after Fellowship time to enjoy the cherry blossoms and have lunch together.

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LENT
A poignant Lenten reflection from our text for this Sunday, Psalm 130 written by Johanna Harader (thank you Carol Sack for this link)
http://spaciousfaith.com/sermons-etc/old-testament-texts/psalm-130/

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Ruth Ingulsrud is looking for puppeters for our Easter service Puppet Presentation. Please let Ruth or Pastor Teresa know if you would like to be involved behind the big black curtain! Otanoshimi!!!

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MINI BAZAAR to be held on Easter Sunday (when more friends join us). Donations are therefore requested of small, clean and almost new Items, in particular accessories. There will be three price-ranges, Y300, Y500 and Y1000 and Donors are invited to place their items in the appropriate tray/box.  Unsold items may be retrieved or if not after the Bazaar.  Questions:  Jill Ito or wtucrev@gmail.com

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Chenusa Yomoah (Esther`s daughter) is doing her graduation (from Temple University Japan) Art Exhibition April 7th-13th (with a reception on April 11th at 6pm) at Gallery Conceal in Shibuya.  Esther has postcards with all the information and map.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!

Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – April 6th, April 20th (Easter Egg Hunt), May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  If parents want their kids to join in on the fun at the multigenerational Sunday School while they attend the Adult Sunday School that will be at the Sacks – that`s great too.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = )

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday Schoo
l during church: Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: Topic: The Holy Spirit Comes Teacher: Allie

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5:
Wed. April 9th at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm
Topic: Parable of the Sower      Teacher: Carrie   Dinner Responsibility: Loveman

NEXT MS Youth: Wed. April 16th – 5-6:30 pm at the Rogers, Bible study, helping prepare for Easter & pizza

NEXT HS Youth: Quick Meet after church (at church) on April 6th.  Movie Night April 11th…more info to follow. Meeting with the Sacks on Sunday, April 13th (early evening…more details soon).

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School
– April 6th from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School: Sunday April 6th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 am

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry
April 6th          Pastor Teresa, Communion
April 13th        Pastor Teresa, Palm Sunday Play
April 18th        Good Friday service, 6:30pm in the sanctuary
April 20th       EASTER, Easter Egg Hunt, Communion, Easter Meal, Bazaar
April 27th       Rev. Claudia
May 4th          Pastor Teresa, Communion
May 11th        Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang
May 18th        Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th        Rev. Jim

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SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

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WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  http://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.
*We are doing a Lay Eucharistic Minister training during Lent.  If interested in joining talk to Pastor Teresa.

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Psalm 130  A Pilgrim Song              (the Message)

1-2 Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help! Listen hard! Open your ears! Listen to my cries for mercy.
3-4 If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped.
5-6 I pray to God—my life a prayer—and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.
7-8 O Israel, wait and watch for God—with God’s arrival comes love, with God’s arrival comes generous redemption. No doubt about it—he’ll redeem Israel, buy back Israel from captivity to sin.

Psalm 130 Waiting for Divine Redemption     (NRSV)

A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Within our darkest night,
You kindle the fire that never dies away,
That never dies away

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