Sunday, October 13th

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – familiar and beloved words.  Pastor Teresa will bring a message of hope from Jeremiah 29 this Sunday.  In addition to our amazing organ music brought each week by our delightful Kazuko Sacon, this Sunday, we are looking forward to Special Music brought to us by the Sakura Ensemble – Annu Shionoya (piano, organ & keyboards) and Jean Pierre Thoma (flutes and winds).

Here is a sample of their beautiful collaboration.

A yummy Fellowship Hour will follow the service with a time for all of us to reconnect and refresh!


Annu Shionoya is originally from Osaka Japan, Ms. Shionoya graduated from the Osaka School of Music, and then moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, studying with Dr. Jam Kim, Dean of Boston Conservatory of Music. Her wide range of musical activities includes a 15 year position with violinist Isidor Ostorobsky, and vocalist Asako Ebinghous, as well accompanying numerous well known East Coast soloists.  Currently “Minister of Music” at Ho’olokahi Congregational Church in Kona, Shionoya is also pianist for the Kona Music Society, and creative director of the Sakura Ensemble.

Jean Pierre Thoma is American born and world traveled. Mr. Thoma has performed on flute, saxophone, and various ethnic instruments in over 21 countries during his long musical career. Holding 2 Master’s degrees in music, he has also taught in Hawaii, San Francisco, France and Israel.  Some performance highlights have been: international touring with a Russian folk troupe; Japanese Noh drama performances; soloist with the Maui and Marin County symphonies; and a featured performer in the Panzano Italy Jazz Festival. One of his favorite musical activities is the accompaniment of whales on soprano saxophone.  His recent CD release “Spruce and Gold” features duo arrangements for flute and cello.  The Sakura Ensemble has released their new DVD of an exceptional concert in Maui at St. John’s Church.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School October 13th (due to Fall Break please keep your children with you during today`s service, feel free to enjoy our many books in the cabinet in the back)
NEXT meeting October 20th during church
Topic: The Red Sea, The Ten Commandments   Teacher: Sammie

Youth Grades 2-5 Wednesday October 23rd, at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 p.m.
Topic: The Parable of the Prodigal Son   Teacher: Carrie   Dinner Responsibility: Loveman

Youth Wednesday, October 30th at the Rogers` home from 5:30 p.m.  Service project, bible study and pizza.

NEXT HS Sunday October 20th, at Amy Harbaugh`s home from 1 p.m.

NEXT Adult Sunday School Sunday October 20th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Topic: Parable series facilitated by Pastor Teresa – Parable of the Prodigal Son

  The MS kids service project is Operation Christmas Child.  Shoe boxes are filled with a gift for a boy or girl in a particular age category (2-4, 5-8, 9-11).  They are wrapped in Christmas paper and sent to a delivery station.  The whole congregation will be invited to be involved in this marvelous ministry.
Please contact Julie Rogers, any of the MSers or Pastor Teresa for more information.


Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email anytime.
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*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to or Kayo Ozawa.

Interested in becoming a member at WTUC – please talk to Pastor Teresa about upcoming membership classes.

Upcoming Preaching Ministry

October 20        Covenant Players bringing sermon and song, Communion;
October 27        Pastor Teresa
November 3      Joint Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church
November 10    Rev. Dr. Ron Man
November 17    Rev. Jim Sack, Communion
November 24    Pastor Teresa, Thanksgiving Feast


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