Sunday, November 2nd


Sunday, November 2nd – Due to Megumi Sai at the Lutheran College and Seminary we have the privilege of sharing worship at our annual joint worship with Mitaka Lutheran Church.

Worship will be in the lovely chapel in our building from 10:30am. The service will be bilingual. Pastor Akio Lee and Pastor Teresa Sherrill will be leading the service, with Pastor Teresa sharing from Psalm 34, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”



CHRISTIAN 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.

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 Sunday School in Cafeteria, November 9th from 9:30-10:30am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School – in the Sack`s living room, November 9th 9:30-10:30 am.


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

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

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

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

November 16th     Rev. Dr. Mike Sherrill, 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

December 7th       Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Communion, after worship a concert by Hiroko Ide and the Senzoku Music Conservatory singers

December 14th     Youth CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – save the date!

December 21st      Rev. Dr. Timothy McKenzie, Communion

December 24th     Christmas Eve Service

December 28th     Worship



This fall again we will have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. November`s dates are11/9 and 11/23. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible Multi-generational-worshipstories 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:

*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.



Psalm 34 Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
and was saved from every trouble.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and delivers them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.

The Message

Psalm 34 A David Psalm,

When He Outwitted Abimelech and Got Away

1 I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.

2 I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well,
hear this and be happy:

3 Join me in spreading the news;
together let
’s get the word out.

4 God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.

5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.

6 When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.

7 God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us
while we pray.

8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.

Blessed are you who run to him.

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