Sunday, February 15th

THIS WEEK: Sunday, the 15th –

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, February 8th – During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will preach from 1 Corinthians 9 bringing a sermon titled “Run the Race.” Communion will be served. After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. All are welcome!



to inaugurate the beginning of Lent

join us for simple soup and worship

Wednesday February 18th, 2014

at the Tang/Lee home

contact for directions

or meet at the WTUC parking lot at 5:10pm for a ride

Soup: 5:30pm

bring soup, bread, fruit, salad to share

Service: 6:30pmcross

including the imposition of ashes

sponsored by West Tokyo Union Church

11:00 Sunday morning worship

@Lutheran Seminary and College ( Lutaru Shingako Daigaku)

3-10-20 Osawa Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

FB: West Tokyo Union Church


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.

Little Kids: all are welcome to go with Sara after the Children`s Message to have fun learning about Jesus Walks on Water

ES – Tentative swim and devotions dates – March 18th (PACT) 5:00pm, April 8th (PACT) 5:00pm, May 13th (PACT) 5:00pm, June 3rd 5:00 pm

MS/HS – Sunday, March 1st, they are traveling to Tokyo Union Church to worship with them

Next MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 2/22, 9:30-10:30am


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

February 18th   Soup supper and Ash Wednesday service at Ann Tang`s house,        5:30pm (please bring a soup to share, bread, cheese or veggies contact for directions)

February 22nd Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School, Rev. Dr. Paul Shew                     preaching

March 1st         Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Communion

March 8th        Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching



We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, Multi-generational-worshipplaying games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.


AFARI, American Friends of ARI (Asian Rural Institute), is an organization of friends, former volunteers, expats who came to know ARI through T.U.C. and mission co-workers who have deeply respected the mission and people of ARI since its founding in 1973. Each year since 2004, AFARI has sought gifts of frequent flier miles (mostly on Delta/NWA and United, but also from other airlines that carry passengers from parts of Asia, the Pacific Islands and Central/South America to Tokyo.)  If you or a family member have enough miles for a one-way or round-rip flight that could be used to bring a participant from Kathmandu, Myanmar or Manila (for example), please be in touch with at your earliest convenience.  The Hasegawa family, T.U.C members from 1985-89, enjoy a lifelong bond with A.R.I.   For the last 10 years their family has given at least one ticket a year to support the travel of a participant whose organization did not have the funds for air fare. AFARI members in North America agree, “It has been a joy for us to contribute to the mission of ARI in this way and we would invite you to join us, if you can, in making your own contribution of FF miles.”


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


Scripture Passage for the sermon – 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

19 For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.

20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews.

To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law.

21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law.

22 To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak.

I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

24Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

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