Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill


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!


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


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 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


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 any time = ) Sunday School schedule:  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.


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


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.

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