Sunday, September 26th Worship Service

Sunday School

ES Age 4 – Gr 2 – Meets at 9:30 in the cafeteria. Contact Lynn Loveman or Amy Harbaugh for more information.

ES Gr 3 – 5 – Meets at 9:30 in the cafeteria. Contact Kristi Hoskins or Julie Rogers, Sunday School  coordinators if you need more details or wish to help

MS – Meet at 9:40 in the back of the cafeteria. Contact Ruth Ingulsrud or Pastor Claudia for more information.

Adult Intro to Bible Study – Meets at 9:40 in upstairs room in the same building where worship service is held. Child care provided.

Worship – 10:55 am

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-6,14-16; Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

Sermon: “Money: The Stuff of Life”; Rev. Susan Page Townsley

Special Music: “Like a Deer Panteth”; sung by Michelle Sasao. Okinawa shanshin played by Tatusya Sofue .

INFORMATION ON OUR GUEST PREACHER: Rev. Susan Page Townsley moved to Japan in the fall of 2009.  Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she has been in various settings of ministry for 19 years.  Most recently, she served as the Regional Minister for the Connecticut Conference, a position she held since 2003.  The position included resourcing churches, ministerial search and call, conflict assessment and management, strategic planning, leadership development, clergy oversight, and pastoring to pastors. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School, Susan has served churches in Connecticut, Maine and New York. For several years, Susan consulted to churches that needed leadership development, conflict management and strategic planning under the shingle “Welcome the Spirit.” Susan has served as staff to General Synods 26 and 27 (biannual meeting of the UCC), teaching facilitators to manage discussions of potentially divisive church matters using a consensus-building model. Susan has been an adjunct Faculty at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary, teaching The History and Polity of the United Church of Christ. Susan has a son, Andrew,  in 8th grade  at the American School in Japan and a daughter, Hannah, in 10th grade at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. She is assisting with and speaking at the Women’s Conference this year. Susan sings in the Tokyo Union Church choir. She also has taught a course for adults at TUC  called  “Conflict Management with Grace.” Rev.  Susan has a few openings for individual Spiritual Direction.  You may email her directly at

Looking ahead…

Oct. 3 – World Communion Sunday. Wear clothes or costumes from other nations. Bring breads from other countries

Oct . 24 – ARI Rev. Jon McCurley preaching

Oct.  31 – Reformation Sunday; Jim Sack preaching

Nov.  21 – Thanksgiving Sunday and Potluck

Nov. 28 – First Sunday in Advent

Dec. 3 – Friday Caroling for Peace at Tokyo Union Church; 7:30PM

Dec. 12 – Christmas Pageant

Jan 21-23 – Women’s Conference; Karen Seevers is this year’s chairperson

Service to our congregation and community

ARI always needs:  bicycles, vacuum cleaners, washing machine, kerosene stove, sugar, vegetable oil, unused stamps, unused postcards, umbrellas, new slippers, flannel bed sheets

Share your gift of music during worship—see worship chair Betsy Terada.

Interested in joining the prayer chain? See Pastor Claudia or Kayo Ozawa, prayer chain coordinator.

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister? See Pastor Claudia.

Child care is available from 9:30 – 10:30 and 11:00 – noon.  Location is on the 2nd floor in the same building where worship service is held.

Prayer requests – send to Pastor Claudia or Prayer Chain Coordinator Kayo Ozawa.

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