WTUC Zoom Link for 2022-23 Season

Starting November 13, 2022 — please join us on Sundays at 10:00 JST!

WTUC Zoom link https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

WTUC meeting ID: 993 7143 4588

This will be the link used for the 2022-23 season. Please disregard all other links.

After you have joined once, if you open your Zoom application, you may also select the “Join Meeting” function and the drop-down menu will include the WTUC meeting in its list:

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Happy 2023 Year from WTUC!

明けましておめでとうございます

We kicked off the new year with a Sunday this year, and Rev. Paul Shew preached on “”Bearing Fruit Abundantly in the New Year” — if you missed this, do not despair, we will have a recording available soon.

For the rest of January, we have the following speakers:

  • Jan 8 – Rev. Jonathan McCurley
  • Jan 15 – Mr King Kai Hii
  • Jan 22 – Ms. Carrie Bennett
  • Jan 29 – Rev. Jim Sack

Join us on Zoom on Sunday mornings, 10:00 JST at https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

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“A Sign for You” — WTUC Christmas 2022 Service

Celebrate Christmas with West Tokyo Union Church at our IN-PERSON and online hybrid worship service this Sunday, December 25!

The 10:00am JST service will be at the Lutheran Seminary and the Christmas Cookie Exchange will follow. 

For those joining us virtually, 
WTUC Zoom link: https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588
ID: 993 7143 4588

Rev. Dr. Jim Sack will be preaching on the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20. There will be special music from our guest, Rev. Darren IngKang Mok, and a time to request Christmas carols.

Christmas Cookie Exchange: Please bring packaged cookies to share — due to COVID rules we cannot have unwrapped food out in the open, but as long as they are in bags for people to take home, it will be fine. 

For those joining us virtually, please use the chat function in Zoom to send Christmas carol or prayer requests.

Offering
For online giving, please go to https://wtuc.net/offering/
Or you can bring your offering for collection during service.

We hope to see you at the Lutheran campus this Sunday morning, December 25, at 10:00!

James Sack is an ordained missionary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and works through the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC). He and his wife Carol came to Japan as long-term missionaries starting in 1982. Jim now teaches in the areas of counseling and Christian Anthropology in the undergraduate school, Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School, and Pastoral Care and Counseling for the Lutheran Seminary. He also has served as a chaplain at Fuchu Prison over 10 years.

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A Great Light Shining in the Darkness of 2022– Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 18, 2022 at 10am JST

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our online worship service this Sunday. Please use the link listed at the top of the WTUC website. (Other links may not work.) Rev. Paul Shew will be preaching on this fourth Sunday in Advent. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ for us every Sunday, and thank you to Ann for finding speakers every Sunday and helping to organize our worship services. Ruth and her puppet helpers will join us with a pre-recorded children’s message.

  • Rev. Prof. Paul Shew is the Vice-Chancellor of Aoyama Gakuin where he is also a professor and university chaplain.
  • Rev. Shew, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University Divinity School, and a B.A. in Japanese Studies from Earlham College. With a background in cultural studies, comparative religion and Church history, Dr. Shew has focused much of his recent research on Christian higher education in Asia. As Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Shew has special responsibility for leading the international strategy and initiatives for Aoyama Gakuin schools.
  • Dr. Rev. Shew has taught courses on Christianity, religion, ethics and education to over 18,000 students since joining Aoyama Gakuin, and his lectures have been viewed by many more on YouTube since the pandemic. He has been deeply involved in founding and leading numerous student organizations and programs including Shanti Shanti (international service-learning partnering with Habitat for Humanity), the Contemporary Worship Team and the University Gospel Choir. He is Vice-Director of the AG Historical Research Institute and a researcher in the Institute for Technological & Social Transformation. He also serves on the board of directors of several universities as well as other civic and social organizations.  
  • Dr. Rev. Shew is married to Mari and they have three sons (two in USA) and a dog. Rev. Shew enjoys spending time in the beautiful lake of Nojiri where they have a cabin.

Scripture Readings: Matthew 4:12 – 17

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

ID: 993 7143 4588

 

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God Knows– Third Sunday of Advent – December 11, 2022 at 10am JST

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our online worship service this Sunday. Please use the link listed at the top of the WTUC website. (Other links may not work.) Bishop Dr. Hui-Ming Lau from Malaysia will be preaching on this third Sunday in Advent. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ for us every Sunday, and thank you to Ann for finding speakers every Sunday and helping to organize our worship services.

  • Guest Speaker — Bishop Dr. Hui-Ming Lau
  • Rev Dr. Lau graduated from Trinity Theological College (B.D.), Singapore in 1993 and later from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (D. Min), U.S.A. in 2007. Rev Lau had served as a District Superintendent and as a full-time ordained pastor at multiple Methodist churches in Malaysia since 1993. He is currently the Bishop of the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. 
  • He and his wife, Hung-Hung Sia have two daughters (Linda & Joanne) and one son (Justin).

Scripture Readings: Psalm 56John 16: 31-33

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

ID: 993 7143 4588

 

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May Your Word Be Fulfilled — Second Sunday of Advent – December 4, 2022 at 10am JST

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our online worship service this Sunday. Rev. Tim Toh from Malaysia will be preaching on this second Sunday in Advent. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ for us every Sunday, and thank you to Ann for finding speakers every Sunday and helping to organize our worship services.

  • Rev. Tim Toh
  • Rev Timothy Toh has served as a pastor in Malaysia for 5 years before being assigned by Methodist Mission Board of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference to Kyoto as missionary in 2017. Currently he is serving in a Baptist church, and also at the TOMO Learning Centre, which includes an English library and English classroom. He and his wife Belle Ting have one daughter and one son.

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10Luke 1:26-38

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

ID: 993 7143 4588

 

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No One Knows — First Sunday of Advent – November 27, 2022 at 10am JST

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our IN-PERSON and online hybrid worship service this Sunday! Rev. Dr. Jim Sack will be preaching on the second coming on this first Sunday in Advent. Jesus reminds us, in Matthew 24, that no one knows when the Lord will come again to the earth; “no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

This will be our first in-person service in a long while, so we hope that you can join us on the campus of the Lutheran Seminary or online. We will have a Thanksgiving potluck at Ann’s house after the service. (Details below.) Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ every Sunday. We appreciate your musical gifts. Ruth and her friends will join us for the children’s message.

  • Rev. Dr. Jim Sack
  • James Sack is an ordained missionary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and works through the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church. (JELC). He and his wife Carol came to Japan as long-term missionaries starting in 1982. Jim now teaches in the areas of counseling and Christian Anthropology in the undergraduate school, Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School, and Pastoral Care and Counseling for the seminary. He also has served as a chaplain at Fuchu Prisoner over 10 years.

Scripture Readings: Matthew 24:36-44 — Romans 13:11-14

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.

In-Person Thanksgiving Service and Gathering: We hope that you will be able to attend our in-person Thanksgiving service and potluck on Nov. 27. The 10:00 am service will be at the Lutheran Seminary and the potluck will be held at Ann’s house at 12:30.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

ID: 993 7143 4588

 

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The Essential Things, Part II — 24th Sunday after Pentecost – November 20, 2022 at 10am JST

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our online worship service. Ms. Judith Tan from Sarawak is preaching for us again, continuing her message from last week. Our next in-person service will be a Thanksgiving service scheduled on November 27 in our regular room at the Lutheran Seminary. (Details below.) Services until that date will be online. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ every Sunday. We appreciate your musical gifts. Ruth and her friends will join us for the children’s message.

  • Ms. Judith Tan
  • Judith is a Sarawakian from Sarawak located on Borneo Island (Sarawak is the biggest state of Malaysia). In 1988, Judith graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science in Pharmacology and Biochemistry from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In year 1998, Judith furthered her studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and obtained her Bachelor degree of Pharmacy in 2000. Since 2001, she has founded a group of pharma-related companies in retail, wholesale, as well as warehouse service providers in Sarawak. In 2012, Judith also received a Master of Christian Studies (M.Sc) through Theological Education by Extension (TEE) from Seminary Theology Malaysia. 
  • Judith had served in various ministries in Trinity Methodist Church, Kuching.  It was in the local missions to the indigenous communities among the urban poor that led her into her most current role. This role involves agro-related plant processing which builds and establishes a link in the supply chain between the indigenous farmer community and the consumer market. Currently, Judith is also an appointed local preacher of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference. 

Scripture Readings: Hagai 2:1-9 — 2 Cor. 4:7-12 — Hebrews 12:25-29

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.

In-Person Thanksgiving Service and Gathering: We hope that you will be able to attend our in-person Thanksgiving service and potluck on Nov. 27. The 10:00 am service will be at the Lutheran Seminary and the potluck will be held at Ann’s house at 12:30.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

ID: 993 7143 4588

 

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The Essential Things — 23rd Sunday after Pentecost – November 13, 2022 at 10am JST

Note: Use the Zoom link posted above to join the service.

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our online worship service. Our preacher for this Sunday is Ms. Judith Tan from Sarawak. We will be using the Zoom link which is attached below. Our next in-person service will be a Thanksgiving service scheduled on November 27 in our regular room at the Lutheran Seminary. (Details below.) Services until that date will be online. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ every Sunday. We appreciate your musical gifts.

Please copy and paste the WTUC Zoom link into your digital weekly calendar so that it is easy to find, or you may click on the “WTUC Zoom Link” button below to join the worship.

WTUC Zoom link https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

WTUC meeting ID: 993 7143 4588

  • Ms. Judith Tan
  • Judith is a Sarawakian from Sarawak located on Borneo Island (Sarawak is the biggest state of Malaysia). In 1988, Judith graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science in Pharmacology and Biochemistry from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In year 1998, Judith furthered her studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and obtained her Bachelor degree of Pharmacy in 2000. Since 2001, she has founded a group of pharma-related companies in retail, wholesale, as well as warehouse service providers in Sarawak. In 2012, Judith also received a Master of Christian Studies (M.Sc) through Theological Education by Extension (TEE) from Seminary Theology Malaysia. 
  • Judith had served in various ministries in Trinity Methodist Church, Kuching.  It was in the local missions to the indigenous communities among the urban poor that led her into her most current role. This role involves agro-related plant processing which builds and establishes a link in the supply chain between the indigenous farmer community and the consumer market. Currently, Judith is also an appointed local preacher of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference. 

Scripture Readings: Hagai 2:1-9 — 2 Cor. 4:7-12 — Hebrews 12:25-29

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.

In-Person Thanksgiving Service and Gathering: We hope that you will be able to attend our in-person Thanksgiving service and potluck on Nov. 27. The 10:00 am service will be at the Lutheran Seminary and the potluck will be held at Ann’s house at 12:30.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

ID: 993 7143 4588

 

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The Truth Shall Set You Free — 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – November 6, 2022 at 10am JST

Note: Use the Zoom link posted below to join the service.

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our last October online worship service. Our preacher for this Sunday is Rev. Paul Shew. We will be using the Zoom link which is attached below. Our next in-person service will be a Thanksgiving service scheduled on November 27 in our regular room at the Lutheran Seminary. (Details below.) Services until that date will be online. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ every Sunday. We appreciate your musical gifts.

Please copy and paste the WTUC Zoom link into your digital weekly calendar so that it is easy to find, or you may click on the “WTUC Zoom Link” button below to join the worship.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7852850403?pwd=T0pNaTQxM0R5Z28wOFN3WXdIeEdLdz09

Zoom ID: 785 285 0403

Scripture Readings:

Psalm 25 — John 8:31-32

Matthew 5:3

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.

In-Person Thanksgiving Service and Gathering: We hope that you will be able to attend our in-person Thanksgiving service and potluck on Nov. 27. The 10:00 am service will be at the Lutheran Seminary and the potluck will be held at Ann’s house at 12:30.


We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7852850403?pwd=T0pNaTQxM0R5Z28wOFN3WXdIeEdLdz09

ID: 785 285 0403

For the password, please see the WTUC newsletter or contact the webmaster at — ruth@joee.jp.

 

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