November 1, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly - Sunday, November 1, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

10:30 AM – JOINT WORSHIP with Mitaka Lutheran Church in the chapel

After worship, please feel invited to enjoy the Lutheran College and Seminary Megumisai/Culture Festival.

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Sunday, November 1st – During the 10:30 AM service in the MLC chapel,  Rev. Akio Lee will bring the Sermon “The Most Important of All” from Mark 12. Kazuko Sacon will provide the Organ worship music, Carol Sack and Chie Oishi will play the Harp, and Ruth Ingulsrud and Rev. Lee will do the Children`s Message, and Pastor Teresa will be the liturgist. The service will be completely bilingual.


Dear Friends,

The Elementary School Youth Group of

West Tokyo Union Church

invites you and your friends to a Harvest Party

this Friday night, October 30th from 6-8pm!

Bobbing for Apples, Games, Costume Contest,

Songs, Food and More!!

Where:  The home of Peter Lee and Ann Tang

Time: 6-8pm

Who: Children ages K – 7th Grade  

(both English and Japanese speakers welcome!)

Questions: Pastor Teresa Sherrill,;



The Treeces will be visiting Tokyo this weekend, and plan to be at the worship service to greet old and dear friends.


Confirmation Class: Monday November 30th, 6:30-8:00pm at the Bennett`s home, Pastor Teresa is teaching. Pizza provided this month by the Montgomery/Shimokawa family.

HS Youth: Gathering cloth to continue with quilting projects – quilts are being created to give to refugees – please give usable material to one of the Youth.


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

November 1st  Annual Joint Bilingual Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church at 10:30am in the chapel, Rev. Akio Lee preaching, Pastor Teresa presiding, Organ: Kazuko Sacon, Harp: Carol Sack & Oishi san; Children`s puppet message: Ruth Ingulsrud & Rev. Lee – invite your friends to this completely bilingual service.

November 8th  Adult & Multigenerational Sunday School, Rev, Christian Zebley preaching, Worship music: Youth and friends with Tang/Lee family organizing,

November 15th  Pastor Teresa preaching. Communion will be served. Organ: Kazuko Sacon, Thanksgiving Feast – friends are welcome!

November 22nd  Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School, Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto preaching, organ: Kazuko Sacon, afternoon event for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Budokan from 3pm.

November 29th  Advent I – Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Organ: Kazuko Sacon, Senzoku Music Conservatory will offer pieces in the worship and will have an Advent Concert from 1pm.

December 6th  Christmas Pageant Practice from 9:30am, Rev. Christian Zebley preaching, Communion will be served, Organ: Kazuko Sacon.

December 13th Christmas Pageant Practice and then Pageant during the Worship Service.



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 = ) 2015 Sunday School schedule:  11/8, 11/22, 12/13 (pageant practice)


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 12:28-34 (NRSV)

The First Commandment

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

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