Sunday, May 31st


FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, May 31st – During the 11 AM worship, we will have the MS/HS Youth Sunday with testimonies and music, Scripture and liturgy on the theme of Growing, all provided by our wonderful youth. There will be a puppet show and a panel of our graduating seniors too. The Gospel reading will be from John 3. The Youth will also be providing our delicious refreshments during the Fellowship time.


We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) printing   bulletins, posting to the website, and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with Pastor Teresa,


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

May 31st       HS Youth Sunday with testimonies and songs, celebrating our seniors, Brandon, Elsa, Max & Niki (6/15), and Keita (3/16); the youth will provide our refreshments.

June 7th   ES Youth Sunday, SS Teacher thank yous, Communion will be served. Steering Committee meeting after Fellowship time.

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.

June 28th     MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year. Next service will be Sunday, September 6th, a list of local churches to visit is on the back table.


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 stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

ES – Wednesday June 3rd 5:00 pm will be the last ES youth night. Those kids who WILL be participating in Youth Sunday (June 7th) will need to be at ASIJ at 5pm to practice. Those kids NOT attending the Youth Sunday, please arrive at ASIJ at 5:30. Here is the plan: 

5:00-5:30: Youth Sunday Practice

5:30-6:30 Swim

6:30-7:00: Pizza

Since we are not eating until 6:30, please have your child eat a light meal before arriving.  We would also ask that each child bring 500Y to help cover the pizza cost. If you would be willing to send a dessert for the kids to share, please let us know. Please let Carrie know if your child will be coming to this last youth event. 

MS/HS – Sunday, May 31st HS Youth Sunday with testimonies, puppets and songs.

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, 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:  6/14 and 6/28.


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 Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

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


Gospel Passage – John 3:1-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Nicodemus Visits Jesus

3 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above. 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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