Sunday, October 26th


Sunday, October 26th – Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School will join together in the cafeteria continuing our series on God`s Gifts to Us. At the Worship service, Paul Nethercott will preach from Genesis 2 on “God`s Wonderful Creation.” After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. Following we will have a special opportunity to see the award winning movie – Nefarious.  Doors open at 12:30.  Free will offering.

Those who come at 10:30 AM are welcome to help set up the chairs and the sanctuary = )

WORSHIP:  11:00 AM

FELLOWSHIP TIME: (after the service – all are invited)

NEFARIOUS:  doors open at 12:30

********************************************************************         OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY: Sunday October 26, 2014

”I am worthless. Nobody cares about me. For I have become a “thing”—Exploited sexually, devastated by violence and horror, girls and their souls suffer deeply, caught in self-denial. Will they ever be able to recover their self-esteem and have hope for their futures? 

Hoping to inform many people on reality of human trafficking that are rampant in the world, Not For Sale Japan will sponsor a screening of “Nefarious:  Merchant of Souls”, a fine documentary depicting the reality of today’s sex trafficking.

12:45-3:30 (Doors open at 12:30)

Place: West Tokyo Union Church

Invite your friends!

nefariousAfter screening of the film (approx.90 mins), NFSJ will give a presentation on the situations in Japan, and will have Q&A session and discussion time.

*Considering the subject matter of the film, we recommend viewers be at MS or older.

Official Website for “Nefarious” by Exodus Cry, the producing organization


This Sunday`s preacher – 

About the preacher – Canadian by birth, I have lived in Japan for over twenty five years. I’m a missionary filmmaker with a vision to make highly entertaining films that touch a lot of lives. Films that impact the nation of Japan, engaging it culturally and spiritually. I live in Tokyo with a wonderful wife (Nancy) and a very special teenage daughter. I enjoy people, good food, travel, and movies. When the huge earthquake hit Japan in March of 2011, I knew I wanted to help. Within three days I began PR work for Tokyo based CRASH Japan — a Tokyo based disaster relief organization. I was responsible for fundraising and producing pretty much all of CRASH Japan’s media. It was an awesome opportunity to meet a lot of great people and be involved in raising upwards of 8 million dollars worth of aid and helping to mobilize over 3,000 volunteers. While on a trip to the disaster zone for CRASH I met and interviewed two former Yakuza who were doing volunteer work with a local church. These two men made a BIG impression on me and on the rest of the crew. Meeting them and hearing their stories inspired us to make a film, 2 Criminals. Here is what 2 Criminals director Matthew Burns wrote about me: “Paul’s work has steadily been gaining attention at home and overseas. Winning Best Of Fest at the BEA Festival of Media Arts, Jitensha (“Bicycle”) has notched up nearly a dozen other accolades. His recent release, Persimmon, also won a number of awards, and the four camera shoot of the groundbreaking Wadaiko X “Black Gospel” music video was remarkable in its ambition and scale – featuring over 300 live musicians.


Multi-generational-worshipCHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at, or Julie Rogers for HS; Amy Harbaugh and Steve Bennett for Upper ES and Lower MS, grades 4-7; and Carrie Bennett for Lower ES, grades K-3.

LITTLE KIDS during worship – after the children`s message you may go with Oliver who has prepared a fun lesson about Moses.

YOUTH FRIDAYS  One Friday a month, ES & MS will meet for learning and fellowship. Times and locations will vary depending on the event.  Remaining 2014 Dates: November 14th and December 5th.

HS YOUTH will make the rice balls for the homeless Friday evening November 7th in the ASIJ ES Staff Lounge and deliver them Saturday morning, November 8th to Ueno Park.  All are welcome!

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – October 26th in Cafeteria,            9:30-10:30 am.


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

October 26th                 Paul Nethercott preaching, Multigenerational and Adult Sunday are joining together in the cafeteria; Worship; Fellowship Time;  12:45 Nefarious Movie  – doors open at 12:30pm

November 2nd               10:30 Joint Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church

November 9th                Mark Bello from preaching, Multigenerational Sunday School, Adult Sundayat the Sacks`

November 14th              Youth Friday meeting (ES, MS) at the Bennett`s

November 16th              Rev. Dr. Mike Sherrill preaching, Communion, Mission Moment with Inochi no Denwa,  

November 23rd              Pastor Teresa preaching, Multigenerational Sunday School, Adult Sunday at the Sacks`, after Worship: Thanksgiving feast – invite your friends! 

November 30th              Covenant Players – in worship



This fall again we will have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. October`s and November`s dates are 10/26, 11/9 and 11/23. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. 

The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method for looking at the texts for the service is called the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with  the text through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! From time to time, Adult Sunday School will be held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary. All are welcome. Need more information, contact any time = )


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.

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

  *Each week we will be setting up the chairs for worship and preparing the sanctuary, anyone around at 10:30am is invited to be involved in the fun = )  Each week we will also return our sanctuary to it`s classroom style after the fellowship time.

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.  We will be having a membership class in October for all interested.


Text for Sunday – Genesis 2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Another Account of the Creation

In the day that the Lord[a] God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6 but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground,[b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19 So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man[c] there was not found a helper as his partner. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman,[d] for out of Man[e] this one was taken.”

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

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