Passion Week Activities

6:30 pm GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE April 3, 2015

to reflect on the taking up of the cross by Jesus

join us in the West Tokyo Union Church sanctuary

Scripture, Liturgy and Song

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SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL

April 4, 2015 6-8pm

at Mitaka Lutheran Church

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EASTER ACTIVITIES April 5, 2015

11:00  Sunday morning worship

after worship will be the Easter Egg Hunt and festive fellowship hour

(all adults are welcome to cheer as the kids hunt!)

For the festive fellowship hour:

(please bring light finger foods and dishes to share during the Easter feast – suggestions: fruit, veggies,

egg-related dishes, ham, sausage, cheese, bread, juice, pastries, your choice

@Lutheran College and Seminary (Lutaru Shingako Daigaku)3-10-20 Osawa  Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

for directions please contact wtucrev@gmail.com https://wtuc.net

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill     wtucrev@gmail.com

PALM SUNDAY!

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, March 29th – During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will preach John 12 from bringing a sermon titled “Hosanna!” Palm Branches will be waved! After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. All are welcome!

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

March 29th Palm Sunday, Pastor Teresa preaching

April 3rd       Good Friday, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary – reflective service including 33 bell rings

April 5th       EASTER, please bring flowers to decorate the altar, Pastor Teresa preaching at Worship 11am, Singing Communion, Easter Egg Hunt and ROBUST Easter lunch after service (bring something yummy, eggy or Eastery to share)

April 12th     MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School

April 19th     Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Communion will be served

April 24th     Friday night game night in the sanctuary – all are invited, invite your                                          friends!

April 26th     MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Weng Kong Loh preaching

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, 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 enjoy books and colouring in the sanctuary

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

MS/HS – Game Night on 4/24, Praise Music Sunday 4/12, all youth are encouraged to send suggestions for music to Mrs. Rogers.

ALL Sunday Schools – Sunday, April 5th EASTER EGG HUNT, after the service

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – Sunday, April 12th

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! 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, playing 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 wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule:  4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.

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Thomas John Hastings through Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released a book (2/2015): Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960). ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-0407-1 Retail: $31 Pastor Teresa has access to an excerpt if you would like it sent to you.

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WTUC  Announcements:

  *Questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

  *Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ 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 ewitt@asij.ac.jp

  *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 wtucrev@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com

***

Passage for the sermon – John 12:12-16

12The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: 15“Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” 16His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

Sunday, March 22nd

9:30 AM – MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL – Lenten theme

9:30 AM ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL – Candle study of the sermon text

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

 

Sunday, March 22nd – Multigenerational and Adult Sunday Schools at 9:30am. During the 11 AM worship, Makoto Fujimura will preach John 11 from bringing a sermon titled “Jesus Wept.” After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. All are welcome!

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About the preacher – Makoto Fujimura, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion, named Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. Fujimura’s work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992. Fujimura’s second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing together people of all backgrounds in a conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, Crossway Publishing commissioned and published The Four Holy Gospels, featuring Fujimura’s illuminations of the sacred texts. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Four Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie, and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Bucknell University honored him with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. He is a recipient of four Doctor of Arts Honorary Degrees; from Belhaven University in 2011, Biola University in 2012, Cairn University in 2014 and Roanoke College in February of this year.

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

March 21st (Sat.)       *Ann Tang is hosting a come and go party to reconnect with Sally Witmer (former WTUC member) from 3pm – 9pm at her home, light refreshments and   supper will be served. All those interested in attending the Golden Sea film (featuring Sunday`s preacher and his art) at ICU, are welcome to come for supper, see Sally and then continue onto the film (directions are available through Ann or Pastor Teresa)

*Makoto Fujimura and Tom Hastings (former WTUC member) – Saturday film showing of “Golden Sea” and interview at ICU Dialogue House (inside the cafeteria), International House 2F                              6:30-8:00pm

March 22nd     Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School, Makoto Fujimura preaching http://www.makotofujimura.com/

March 29th     Palm Sunday, Pastor Teresa preaching

April 3rd         Good Friday, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary, reflective service including 33 bell rings

April 5th         EASTER, Easter Hunt at 9:30am, please bring flowers to decorate the altar, Pastor Teresa preaching at Worship 11am, Singing Communion, ROBUST Easter brunch after service (bring something yummy, eggy or Eastery to share)

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, 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 enjoy books and coloring materials in the back of the sanctuary

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

MS/HS – April 12th will be Praise Music Sunday. All youth are encouraged to send suggestions for music to Julie Rogers. Game Night, April 24th

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday Schools – Sunday, March 22nd, 9:30-10:30am

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! 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 wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.

***

Thomas John Hastings through Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released a book (2/2015): Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960). ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-0407-1 Retail: $31 Pastor Teresa has access to an excerpt if you would like it sent to you.

***

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 pamhasegawa@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ 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 ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*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 wtucrev@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com

***

John 11:1-45

11Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” 28When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Sunday, March 15th

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, March 15th – During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will preach from Psalm 19 bringing a sermon titled “Grace!” Communion will be served. After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. All are welcome!

***

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, 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 Allie and learn about “A Dark Friday and A Joyful Sunday”

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 – 3/15th and 4/12th will be Praise Music Sunday. All youth are encouraged to send suggestions for music to Julie Rogers. Game Night, April 24th

Next MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday Schools – Sunday, March 22nd, 9:30-10:30am

***

Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

March 15th       Pastor Teresa preaching, Communion will be served

March 21st       Makoto Fujimura – Saturday film showing of “Golden Sea” and interview at ICU Dialogue House, International House 2F, 6:30-8:30pm – Chance to see Tom Hastings as well!

March 22nd     Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School, Makoto Fujimura preaching http://www.makotofujimura.com/

March 29th     Palm Sunday

April 3rd         Good Friday, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary, reflective service including 33 bell rings

April 5th         EASTER, Easter Hunt at 9:30am, bring flowers to decorate the altar, Pastor Teresa preaching at Worship 11am, Singing Communion, ROBUST Easter brunch after service (bring something yummy, eggy or Eastery to share)

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!!

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, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Multi-generational-worshipAdult 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 wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.

***

Thomas John Hastings through Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released a book (2/2015): Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960). ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-0407-1 Retail: $31 Pastor Teresa has access to an excerpt if you would like it sent to you.

***

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 pamhasegawa@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ 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 ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*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 wtucrev@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com

***

text for the sermon – Ephesians 2:1-10

2You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.

4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Sunday, March 15th

This week: Sunday the 15th

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, March 15th – During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will preach from Psalm 19 bringing a sermon titled “Grace!” Communion will be served. After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. All are welcome!

***

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, 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 Allie and learn about “A Dark Friday and A Joyful Sunday”

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 –  3/15th and 4/12th will be Praise Music Sunday. All youth are encouraged to send suggestions for music to Julie Rogers. Game Night, April 24th

Next MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday Schools – Sunday, March 22nd, 9:30-10:30am

***

Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

March 15th       Pastor Teresa preaching, Communion will be served

March 21st     Makoto Fujimura – Saturday film showing of “Golden Sea” and nterview at ICU Dialogue House, International House 2F,  6:30-8:30pm – Chance to see Tom Hastings as well!

March 22nd     Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School, Makoto Fujimura preaching http://www.makotofujimura.com/

March 29th     Palm Sunday

April 3rd     Good Friday, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary, reflective service including 33 bell rings

April 5th     EASTER, Easter Hunt at 9:30am, bring flowers to decorate the altar, Pastor Teresa preaching at Worship 11am, Singing Communion, ROBUST Easter brunch after service (bring something yummy, eggy or Eastery to share)

***

goldensea***

MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!!

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, playing 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 wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule:  3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.

***

Thomas John Hastings through Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released a book (2/2015): Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960). ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-0407-1 Retail: $31 Pastor Teresa has access to an excerpt if you would like it sent to you.

***

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 pamhasegawa@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

  *Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ 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 ewitt@asij.ac.jp

  *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 wtucrev@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com

***

text for the sermon – Ephesians 2:1-10

2You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.

4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Sunday, March 8th

THIS WEEK: Sunday, the 8th –

9:30-10:30 AM – ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL in the Sacks` living room – studying together Psalm 19

9:30-10:30 AM – MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL in cafeteria, Zebleys will be teaching on the theme of Lent.

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

STEERING COMMITTEE: after fellowship time.

Sunday, March 8th – 9:30 AM Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School. During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will preach from Psalm 19 bringing a sermon titled “Glory!” After the worship service will be a robust fellowship time. All are welcome! In the Upper Room following fellowship time will be a Steering Committee meeting.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, 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 Emin and learn about “the real neighbor”

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 – 3/15th will be Praise Music Sunday. All youth are encouraged to send suggestions for music to Julie Rogers.

Next MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday Schools – Sunday, March 8th and 22nd, 9:30-10:30am

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Time

March 15th       Pastor Teresa preaching

March 21st       Makoto Fujimura – Saturday film showing of “Golden Sea” and  interview at ICU Dialogue House, International House 2F, 6:30-8:30pm – Chance to see Tom Hastings as well!

March 22nd     Multigenerational and Adult Sunday School, Makoto Fujimura preaching http://www.makotofujimura.com/, Communion will be served.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!!

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, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Multi-generational-worshipAdult 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 wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.

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Thomas John Hastings through Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released a book (2/2015): Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960). ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-0407-1 Retail: $31 Pastor Teresa has access to an excerpt if you would like it sent to you.

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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 pamhasegawa@gmail.com 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.”  

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WTUC Announcements:

*Questions or concerns? Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ 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 ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*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 wtucrev@gmail.com 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 wtucrev@gmail.com

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Scripture for the sermon – Psalm 19 The Message (MSG) A David Psalm

19 1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies,

God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.

Madame Day holds classes every morning,

Professor Night lectures each evening.

3-4 Their words aren’t heard,

their voices aren’t recorded,

But their silence fills the earth:

unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

4-5 God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome!

The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed,

The daybreaking sun an athlete racing to the tape.

6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies

from sunrise to sunset,

Melting ice, scorching deserts,

warming hearts to faith.

7-9 The revelation of God is whole

and pulls our lives together.

The signposts of God are clear

and point out the right road.

The life-maps of God are right,

showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain

and easy on the eyes.

God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.

The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.

10 God’s Word is better than a diamond,

better than a diamond set between emeralds.

You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,

better than red, ripe strawberries.

11-14 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger

and directs us to hidden treasure.

Otherwise how will we find our way?

Or know when we play the fool?

Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!

Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work;

Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.

These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray.

Accept them when I place them on the morning altar,

O God, my Altar-Rock,

God, Priest-of-My-Altar.