Sunday, May 17th

WTUC Weekly   Sunday, May 17, 2015    Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, May 17th – During the 11 AM worship, Jonathan McCurley, Community Life Director of Asian Rural Institute will preach from Acts 16:4-10 bringing a sermon titled, “Seasons of Love.” Nicholas Tahuyen (2008 ARI Participant, 2015 ARI Training Assistant) will bring a Mission Moment.  Communion will be served. A robust fellowship time will follow. All are welcome!

Check out this powerful video about Asian Rural Institute –



About the preacher and Mission Moment – Jonathan has served ARI since 2009 along with his wife, Satomi, as a United Methodist missionary. Jonathan works as the community life coordinator, building up the community of the participants, volunteers and staff through events, relationship building and programs for spiritual growth & reflection. Nicholas Tahuyen (2008 Participant, 2015 Training Assistant), is a program coordinator working with Tribal groups for self sufficiency in the Philippines and will be giving a short missions moment about one of WTUC’s outreach ministries, ARI (Asian Rural Institute)


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
May 17th    Jon McCurley, Community Life Director of ARI (Asian Rural Institute) preaching, Nicholas Tahuyen (2008 ARI Participant, 2015 ARI Training Assistant) will bring a Mission Moment, Communion will be served and Healing prayers offered.
May 24th   PENTECOST worship – bring red, orange yellow or blue finger foods to share during fellowship hour, MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Professor at the Lutheran College and Seminary preaching.
May 31st    HS Youth Sunday with testimonies and songs, celebrating our seniors, Brandon, Elsa, Max and Niki (6/15), and Keita (3/16); the youth will provide our refreshments.
June 7th    ES Youth Sunday, SS Teacher thank yous, Pastor Teresa preaching, Communion will be served.
June 14th  MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Rev. Christian Zebley preaching.
June 21st   Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Professor at the Lutheran College and Seminary preaching. Communion will be served and Healing prayers offered.
June 28th  MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year.


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 Oliver and have fun learning about A New Apostle.

ES – May 13th (PACT) 5:00pm swim & devotions; June 3rd 5:00 pm Nogawa Park play and planning meeting for the ES Youth Sunday June 7th.

MS/HS — Sunday, May 24th at 10:00 am (planning meeting for Youth Sunday); Sunday May 31st HS Youth Sunday with testimonies, puppets, Scripture and songs.

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, May 24th; June 14th and June 28th.


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:  5/24, 6/14 and 6/28.


WTUC  Announcements:

  *Questions or concerns?  Feel free to email anytime.

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  *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 Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.


Passages for the sermon – Acts 16:4-10

4 As they went from town to town, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith

and increased in numbers daily.

Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been           forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8 so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being    convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.


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