Sunday, April 27th

Sunday, April 27th -  Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto will bring a sermon “The Wounded Hands of Christ” from Luke 24:36-48. During the worship we will also have a Mission Moment by Takeshi Kobayashi from Child Fund Japan, a Children`s Message by Ruth, option for small children to go to Sunday School, Special Music by Emin, and Prayers of the People. After worship we will a robust fellowship time together.

(after the service all are invited)

An Iona Community blessing for you,

May God’s goodness be yours,
And well and seven times well may you live your lives.
May you be a hill on the shore,
May you be an isle in the sea,
May you be a staff to the weak.
May you be a star in the darkness.
May the love Christ Jesus gave fill you for everyone.
May the love Christ Jesus gave fill everyone for you.

Our guests today:
We welcome Rev. Claudia back to WTUC today! She is a United Methodist Church mission worker serving in Kobe at the Kagawa Center and the church within the center.  She is involved in a cafe ministry, preaching once a month, relief work with Tohoku HELP, Fukushima Kobe Children’s Camp, homeless ministry, and networking in the community.  Claudia was our pastor at WTUC from September 1994-June 2011.

Takeshi Kobayashi  Executive Director of Child Fund Japan  After having studied social work at Japan Lutheran College and the University of the Philippines, Takeshi Kobayashi joined Child Fund Japan (former CCWA) in 1983 as a field worker assigned to the Philippines.  He was then appointed as Director of the CCWA National Office in the Philippines.  From 1999 to 2005, Takeshi served as the Director of the Department of International Sponsorship Program.  In 2005 CCWA formally changed its name to Child Fund Japan and Takeshi was appointed Executive Director.

Magic Ed is a multilingual story-telling magician living and working out of Kobe, Japan.  He loves making people smile out of awe and wonder – presenting the Gospel in a visually stimulating and fun way!  He will be @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm and @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm.  Invite your friends!

Thanks for organizing, Jill our MINI BAZAAR
help last week.  Through your generous purchases, 7000 yen was raised to go to the general budget.  Thanks everyone for participating in the fun.


Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  If parents want their kids to join in on the fun at the Multigenerational Sunday School while they attend the Adult Sunday School that will be at the Sacks – that`s great too.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact any time = )

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 during church: Topic: Saul believes in Jesus  Teacher: Sara

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5:
Wed. 23  at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic: Parable of the Feast Teacher:  Steve  Pizza: Snyder

NEXT MS Youth:  Magic Ed performances @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm; @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm

NEXT HS Youth: Magic Ed performances @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm; @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – May 11th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School – May 11th at the Sack`s from 9:30-10:30 am

Upcoming Preaching Ministry 
April 27th        Rev. Claudia
May 4th          ARI Community Life Coordinator Jonathan McCurley, Communion, Magic Ed
May 11th        Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang
May 18th        Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th        Rev. Jim
June 1st          Pastor Teresa, Youth Service

SNACK SIGNUP 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.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.
*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 Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to or Kayo Ozawa.

Luke 24:36-48
Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

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