Sunday, September 13, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly Sunday, September 13, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

9:30 AM – Multigenerational Sunday School (Cafeteria with Pastor Teresa), Adult Sunday School (Upper Room hosted by Dr. Toshi Sasao)

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service


Sunday, September 13th During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will bring the sermon “Take up the Cross” from Mark 8. We will have the Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases – please bring something  representing your vocation or school to place on the altar. Following our worship will be a Fellowship time. During the Fellowship time we will have a Christian Education meeting – all are welcome!

take up cross


a special note from Christian Education

Attention all parents, youth, and members of the congregation interested in our youth education program. This includes Sunday School, supervision during the service, ES, MS and HS classes and events, as well as the confirmation class. This Sunday, Sept 13 we will hold a meeting right after church to discuss church education for the year. We want to look at the best way to structure the program for all of our youth. We will also briefly mention Adult Education options. We are also looking for people who may be willing to help in sharing some of the lessons and work. Your input is valued. If you can not make the meeting but want to participate in the program this year, please email Pastor Teresa.

Our church school program is integral to the health of the church. We are very thankful for those who give their time, energy, and prayers into teaching them. Please pray for guidance as we find the best way to serve our community. Proverbs 22:6 : Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Please let me or Pastor know your wishes, needs, and desires. Thank you each for your time and commitment to our children. Every hour you give to them in teaching multiplies into all of our futures.

Thank you, Cathy Berghahn (At Large Steering Committee member representing Christian Ed)


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at

Little Kids: All are welcome to stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School begins – 9:30 am Sunday, September 13th – MG (cafeteria) Adult (Upper Room)

We are in discussion about a confirmation class for this year that will meet once a month on a school night. If your family is interested, please talk with Pastor Teresa.


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


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

September 13th  Blessing of backpacks and briefs, meeting after the service to talk about Christian Education

September 20th   Rev. Dr. Maki Fushii-McIntosh preaching, Communion will be served, Healing Ministers available

September 27th  Sunday School (Adult and Multigenerational – from 9:30am), Weng Kong Loh preaching   

October 4th    World Communion Sunday, Pastor Teresa preaching



This week, September 13th – Multigenerational in the Cafeteria

This week, September 13th  – Adult in the “Upper Room” on the 2nd floor above our sanctuary hosted by Dr. Toshi Sasao

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, typically 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 = ) 2015 Sunday School schedule:  9/13, 9/27, 10 /11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13


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 Pastor Teresa.

  *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, membership or confirmation classes, please contact Pastor Teresa.


Sermon text –

Mark 8:27-38  27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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