Sunday, October 14th

Confidence before the Throne – This Sunday (10/14/2012) Pastor Teresa will explore Hebrews 4:12-16 and the wonderful promises regarding the word of God and our welcomeness at the throne of grace.  This Sunday we will have special music performed by Jean Pierre Thoma and our own Kazuko Sacon.  It is sure to be a treat.  Coffee Fellowship follows after service.

Jean Pierre Thoma was born in Wisconsin, and has 2 master’s degrees in music and education.  He has performed worldwide in virtually all styles of music on flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar, as well as being a band director. In 15 years of teaching in varied places such as Sacred Heart HS in San Francisco, and the Auberge de Jeunesse in Carcasonne France, he has experienced students of all age levels. In addition to his spiritual life, he was in the real estate finance and development business until a year ago when he was called to follow the Lord on a more full time basis. Now based in Hilo , Hawaii at the Church of the Holy Cross, he is in discernment to become a commissioned Music Minister with the UCC. His current ecumenical tour of Japan with pianist Annu Shionoya in The Sakura Ensemble is his 3rd in two years, and this mission began just 10 days after the devastating quake and tsunami last year.  He is just returning from a visit to Ofunato Church where he is working on developing a sister church relationship with Holy Cross Church.

Kazuko and Jean Pierre are playing Bach’s “Air” for the prelude and Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary” for the postlude.  Jean Pierre is playing Debussy`s “Syrinx” for the offertory.



** Sunday Oct. 14 classes – all at 9:30 – Everyone is welcome!**

Little Kids Sunday School (ages 1-5) offered during every worship service.

Grades 1-4 Sunday School:  “Joy”;  

NEXT class October 28th on “Peace.”

Confirmation class: with Pastor Susan doing “Bible with Imagination”; 

NEXT class October 21st on “God.”

Adult Sunday School: In the Sacks home; Fruit of the Spirit series: “Joy” facilitated by Pastor Teresa. 

NEXT class October 28th on “Peace.”

HS youth group: is having a games night at the Harbaugh/Norris` home the weekend of Oct 20th.



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passage for this Sunday`s sermon

Hebrews 4:12-16 New International Version (NIV)

12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. 14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


Hebrews 4:12-16  The Message (MSG)

12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.

14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.


Tokyo Union Church is celebrating it`s 140th Anniversary with a weekend of festivities, October 12th-14th.

Friday evening, October 12

Open House at the manse

6-13 Hachiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku

Drop in between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For light Hors d’oeuvres and Fellowship


Saturday morning, October 13

Tour of Tsukiji Foreign Settlement

And the origin of TUC

Meet at 10 a.m. TUC lobby or

Meet at 11 a.m. St. Luke’s Garden Tower Lobby (2F)

Lunch at a local restaurant


Saturday evening, TUC, 5:00 p.m.

Celebration Concert featuring TUC

Choirs, musicians & directors

MOHN will receive all proceeds


Sunday morning in the Sanctuary, October 14

8:30 & 11:00 – Celebratory Worship

9:45 – Adult Forum with visiting former pastors

12:30 – Lunch in the Fellowship Hall


***Those Attending the 140th:

Former Pastors:

Barry Dawson 1997-2001 & 2007-2011

Jeff Powell 1992-1997


Former Associate/Assitant Pastors:

Mandy Stanley Miller 2000-2003

Bill Ekhardt 1998-2000

Barbara Lund 1995-1998

Mari Thorkelson 1989-1993

Chuck Hasty 1987-1988

Kathy Matsushima 1984-1986



News from TELL ……..

Dear friends,

TELL will hold the last suicide prevention workshop for the year next Wednesday, 17th October 2012 at the Wesley Center in Minami Aoyama. Please help spread the word.


TELL Suicide Prevention Workshop


Wednesday, 17th October 2012

Wesley Center in Minami Aoyama



Over 1 million people worldwide take their own lives each year. TELL has developed a workshop aimed at reducing the myths and stigmas surrounding suicide and providing skills we can all use to support someone in need.

You too can save a life!


For details click here

To sign up contact


Hope to see you there,


Executive Officer,

Director of Life Line Services,

Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)


“Need to talk?–We’re here to listen!”

TELL Life Line: 03-5774-0992


TELL needs more telephone counselors.

Training starts on 15 September. For more, click here <> 


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