Sunday, February 9th – Pastor Teresa will bring the sermon, â€œDive into the depths of Godâ€ from 1 Corinthians 2:1-16.Â We will enjoy fellowship after the service.
NEXT SUNDAY – February 16th we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.Â These multigenerational gatherings will be offered twice a month.Â This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.Â The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room.Â Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!Â All are welcome.
Immediately following the fellowship hour a number of us will go to attend Betsy Terada`s husband`s Noh performance – please feel free to join in on this rare treat!Â For more details contact Betsy or Pastor Teresa.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNERÂ (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)Â Â Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa atÂ email@example.comÂ with any questions.
Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School: February 9th during church
Topic:Â Jesus Walk on Water, Jesus Helps a Blind Man to SeeÂ Â Â Teacher:Â Sara
NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wednesday, February 19thÂ at theÂ Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 p.m.
Topic:Â The Parable of the Rich FarmerÂ Â Teacher: SteveÂ Â Dinner Responsibility: Snyders
NEXT MS Youth: Wed. Feb. 12th from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Rogers` home, Bible study, service project and pizza.
NEXT HS Youth: Sunday, February 9th at the Harbaugh/Norris home from 6 p.m.
NEXT ADULT Sunday School: Sunday, February 16th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 a.m
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership class.
Upcoming Preaching Ministry
February 9Â Â Â Â Â Â Pastor Teresa
February 16Â Â Â Â Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, Communion
February 23Â Â Â Â Rev. Reita Yazawa
March 2Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pastor Teresa
March 5Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ash Wednesday service at Tang/Lee home, Pastor Teresa
Sea Glass necklaces made from broken glass found on the Tohoku seashore after the tsunami are being sold to benefit â€œ2 Criminalsâ€ -Â a movie produced by Paul Nethercott -Â https://vimeo.com/channels/paulnethercott
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.Â We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
*Any questions or concerns?Â Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.Â Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.Â https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt email@example.com
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kayo Ozawa.
1 Cor.1:1-2Â Youâ€™ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on Godâ€™s master stroke, I didnâ€™t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he didâ€”Jesus crucified.
3-5Â I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequateâ€”I was scared to death, if you want the truth of itâ€”and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. Godâ€™s Spirit and Godâ€™s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to Godâ€™s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.
6-10Â We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but itâ€™s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. Godâ€™s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You donâ€™t find it lying around on the surface. Itâ€™s not the latest message, but more like the oldestâ€”what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day havenâ€™t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldnâ€™t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. Thatâ€™s why we have this Scripture text:
No oneâ€™s ever seen or heard anything like this,â€¨Never so much as imagined anything quite like itâ€”â€¨What God has arranged for those who love him.
But youâ€™ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
10-13Â The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what youâ€™re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with Godâ€”except that he not only knows what heâ€™s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We donâ€™t have to rely on the worldâ€™s guesses and opinions. We didnâ€™t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and weâ€™re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.
14-16Â The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, canâ€™t receive the gifts of Godâ€™s Spirit. Thereâ€™s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spiritâ€”Godâ€™s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything Godâ€™s Spirit is doing, and canâ€™t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiahâ€™s question, â€œIs there anyone around who knows Godâ€™s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?â€ has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christâ€™s Spirit.