November 8, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly - Sunday, November 8, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

9:30 AM – ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL, facilitated by Toshi Sasao in the Sacks` home

9:30 AM – MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY in the cafeteria with Pastor Teresa

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING in the Upper Room after worship and Fellowship Time.

Sunday, November 8th – After Sunday School at 9:30 AM, during the 11 AM worship service Rev. Christian Zebley, will bring the sermon “Bearing Witness to the Light” from John 1. Youth and friends – Ann Tang, Emin and Sopheen Lee will provide the worship music. Following our worship will be a Fellowship time. Our Steering Committee meeting will follow.



GATHERING ALL THANKSGIVING YUMMIES: November 15th we will have our annual Thanksgiving Feast. Everyone please bring a harvest food to share – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, fruits or a luscious dessert – all yummies are welcome! Please also bring a place setting and one to share with a friend. Please see or contact Ann, Jill or Pastor Teresa for more details and to sign up for what you will be bringing.


about the preacher – The Zebley family lives nearby in Nishi Tokyo. Christian is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and preparing to plant a new church in the Roppongi/Ebisu area of Tokyo in 2016. He is working in partnership with Grace City Church in downtown Tokyo through the City to City Asia network of Redeemer PresbyterIan Church in NYC. In 2011, he founded and currently leads Global Leadership Dynamics which ministers to leaders of diverse backgrounds, creating unity in the Body of Christ and forging partnerships between organizations for Kingdom advancement. Christian is a graduate of Swarthmore College BA, Princeton Theological Seminary MDiv, and currently working on a DMin in Leadership at Denver Seminary. Kay is a graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in International Relations and also studied spiritual direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is currently busy leading the Zebley family home school.


Little Kidz: All are welcome to go with Allie and have fun learning about “The Armor of God.”

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 your 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 Also looking for TURKEY BAKERS for November 15th!


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

November 15th  Julie Rogers preaching, Communion will be served, Organ: Kazuko Sacon. Thanksgiving Feast after service – friends are welcome!

November 20th-22nd – a wide variety of musical and evangelistic opportunities (Friday 6:30PM, Saturday 10:00AM and 5:30PM, and Sunday 3PM sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Organisation at the Budokan – Pastor Teresa has tickets for each of the events throughout the weekend, Rev. Christian Zebley is one of the volunteer laborers organisers – if you would like to help – please contact him or

November 22nd  Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School, Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto preaching, organ: Kazuko Sacon, Celebration of Love (including a mass gospel choir that Pastor Teresa and Sophia are singing in) 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 12:45pm.

December 6th  Advent 2 – Christmas Pageant Practice from 9:30am, Rev. Christian Zebley preaching, Communion will be served, organ: Kazuko Sacon.

December 13th  Advent 3 – Christmas Pageant Practice, Pageant during Worship



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 or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.


Sermon text – The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[b]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[c] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth.

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