Sunday, November 9th

Multigenerational Sunday School and Adult Sunday School will be held from 9:30.  Multigenerational Sunday`s School theme will be God Gives Good Gifts: The Gift of Memory. The Adult Sunday School will be doing a Candle Study of Lamentations 3:19-26.

During our worship service Mark Bello will bring us a sermon, entitled, “Fighting Depression: Some Practical Suggestions.”  Mark and Jenn Bello have established a non profit called Suicide is a Lie,

As part of our service today, we will have an All Saints Litany.  If you would like to bring of picture or a piece of memorabilia of that person(s), please place it on our altar before worship or before the litany during the service.

We are also very thankful to those who help set up and take down the chairs and the sanctuary = )


ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL in the Upper Room:  9:30 AM

WORSHIP:  11:00 AM

FELLOWSHIP HOUR:  after service


about the preacher … Mark and Jennifer Bello and their two kids, Jacob and Sarah, are originally from Irvine, California. In January of 2011, Mark sensed a calling from God to move to Japan to help reduce the suicide rate. In August 2012, after working in Information Technology for 25 years, Mark answered that call and they sold their house, belongings, and cars to relocate to Tokyo. In the last two years, they have established a Japanese non-profit called Suicide Is A Lie and developed resources to bring hope and change to the nation. Having been active in prayer ministry at their CA home church–Newsong Church, Mark and Jenn welcome the opportunities to minister in prayer in their current school and church community.


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! The next meeting after that will be at Kristi Hoskins’s house on Sunday, November 16th at 5 pm.  All are welcome.

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

NEXT ADULT Sunday School – in the Upper Room, Sunday, November 9th 9:30-10:30 am.


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

November 9thMark Bello preaching, Multigenerational Sunday School in cafeteria, Adult Sunday in the Upper Room

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

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

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

November 30thCovenant Players – in worship – Invite your friends!

December 7th    Youth Christmas Pageant practice, Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, special music by Ide Sensei & choir, Communion, after service: concert of Hiroko Ide & the Senzoku Conservatory – all are welcome!

December 14th Youth Christmas Pageant – invite your friends!

December 21st Rev. Dr. Timothy McKenzie preaching, Communion

December 24th Christmas Eve Service from 6:30pm

December 28th Year end worship service



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 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! This Sunday, 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. 

*Interested in a paid position setting up and/or taking down the chairs of our sanctuary?  Contact Pastor Teresa at


Lamentations 3

19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness

    is wormwood and gall!

20 My soul continually thinks of it

    and is bowed down within me.

21 But this I call to mind,

    and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,[b]

    his mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning;

    great is your faithfulness.

24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

    to the soul that seeks him.

26 It is good that one should wait quietly

    for the salvation of the Lord.

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