Sunday, March 3rd

Sunday February 24th, 11am we will celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent.  Pastor Claudia Genung-Yamamoto will be preaching from Psalm 111:7-8 and 1 Corinthians 11:24 on the topic of “Helping Hands.”  Fellowship Hour will follow.  At 2pm there will be a One Year Memorial Service for Ruby Sakuma.
Dear Friends and Families, (日本語をメールの後半に記載しております)

Hope this email finds you all well. Soon it will be a year since Ruby Sakuma passed away on March 2nd, 2012.
We – the Sakuma Family – would like to thank you all for your love, support and care over the past year.

This email is to let you know that we are planning to hold the One Year Memorial Service for Ruby as follows;
Those who would like to share the memories of Ruby are all welcome to join.

Date: Sunday March 3rd, 2013
From: 2:00 pm
(Where Tokyo West Union Church regularly convene)
*Please see attached for more details.
We very much look forward to seeing you all at the service.
Please find attached the details of the services.

Please feel free to contact me if you have anything to share or to ask about Ruby.

Bobby Ryuichi Sakuma

妻 佐久間ルビーが昨年3月2日に天国へ旅立って早1年が過ぎようとし ておりますが、この一年、皆様から私ども残された家族に賜りました数々の温かい励ましのお言葉、ご厚意に心より感謝申し上げま す。

3月3日(日)家族 で通っておりました東京ユニオンチャーチでJim Sack牧師 並びに Claudia Genung Yamamoto牧師に 一周忌の礼拝を執り行って戴くことになりました。いつもキリストの愛に満ち溢れていたルビーとの生前の思い出を皆様と共に分かち合える時間を持つことがで きれば大変幸いに存じます。くだけた会にいたしたいと存じますので、どうぞ身軽な服装(平服)でご気軽にお越しください。
お問い合わせなどありましたら、こちらのメールアドレス へお願いいたします。
日 時  平成25年3月3日(日) 午後2時00分~

場 所  東京ユニオンチャーチ

               ルーテル学院大学内 105号 室
  〒181-0015 東京都三鷹市大沢3-10-20
佐久間 隆一
Over 20,000 yen for bath tickets for the clients of Second Harvest Japan was raised during the amazing Youth Game Night held 2 weeks ago – good times were had by the about 30 who attended!  A “noisy” offering by the Middle Schoolers will be held the 2nd week of the month till the end of the year towards this fund.  Ruby Sakuma greatly enjoyed serving the clientele of SHJ with birthday onsen tickets.
Little Kids Sunday School (ages 1-5) during the service
Grades 1-4 Sunday School, Confirmation class, Adult Sunday School: 
this Sunday March 3rd from 9:30 - (NEXT classes are all on March 17th from 9:30am)
Grades 1-4 Sunday School in cafeteria:  fruit of the Spirit series
Confirmation class in the wHoly room in cafeteria:  church history 
Adult Sunday School: at the Sacks “faithfulness”
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email anytime.*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt *If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let one of the Pastors or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to or Kayo Ozawa. *Please enjoy and refer our website to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastors and/or Steering Committee. *Facebook page is up!  Add thoughts, pictures – ENJOY!  Pastor Susan and Pastor Teresa will be monitoring the page. – Tell your friends! * Please sign up with Ann Tang for hosting the remaining fellowship times till the end of the year.
Here’s a prayer based on Luke 4: 18-19, one of Lent 3C passages.

Prayer of Commitment
(inspired by Luke 4: 18-19)

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ (Luke 4:18-19)

O Christ, you lived as an ordinary man
not in style but simply,
yet still you caused uproar, and questions everywhere;
you drew the expectations of hungry crowds,
and brought buried conflicts to the light.
May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval,
and who often avoid conflict
for fear of its cost to us,
hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice
and follow faithfully in your way of compassion and solidarity
with those who are poor and excluded,
wherever it may lead us.
~ from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.

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