Our guest preacher this week: 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.
Worship with Communion at 11:00 am; Thanksgiving Celebration at Noon
”Grace and Gratitude”
Rev. Christian Zebley, preaching
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, PLEASE DON’T WORRY! We will have both available! Join us for this special Thanksgiving Celebration!)
Installation of Pastor Christian Zebley will be part of the worship service. Reception to follow.
Our Guest Preacher Today: Mr. Jay Knoblock is a missionary and board member of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI.org) based in Black Mountain, NC. Jay is now 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.
We warmly welcome Pastor Ivan Martinez today, the Associate Minister of Tokyo Union Church to represent the network of Union Churches in Japan for the installation of Pastor Zebley. Pastor Ivan is from Miami, Florida and a graduate of Duke Divinity School where he earned an MDIV and MSW. He and his wife live in Tokyo with their three children. WTUC is grateful for growing out of TUC in 1963 and the supportive relationship between our congregations over the years.