First Sunday of Advent; Worship and Communion, December 1, 2019

Morning Worship 11:00 am

Isaiah 11:1-11

II Corinthians 5:11-21

“The Vision Shaped Into a Plan”

Rev. Jonathan McCurley, Community Life Director of ARI preaching

Our guest preacher today:  Rev. Jonathan and Satomi McCurley came to ARI in 2009 as United Methodist Church (UMC) missionaries. 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. Satomi helps with various duties within community life and together they serve a church within the UCCJ/Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan.  Jonathan was ordained in the Florida Conference of the UMC on June 8, 2019. Congratulations and blessings on your ordination into the ministry of Word and Sacrament.

Our guest missions speaker today:  Yvonne (Yu-Rong) Wang is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned on July 28, 2019.  She is a member of Da-Zhu Methodist Church in Taipei and from Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and biotechnology from Tunghai University and came to Japan at the end of August of this year to serve at ARI where she now helps out with guests at the Nasu Seminar House.

The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) trains leaders from around the world and is supported by West Tokyo Union Church. You can learn more at

Lake Kinneret

Thanksgiving Worship and Potluck; Join us for a special church family celebration this Sunday, November 24, 2019

Service for the Lord’s Day  11:00am

Deuteronomy 8:7-18

II Corinthians 9:6-15

Increasing the Harvest

Rev. Christian Zebley, preaching

Thanksgiving Celebration Potluck in the cafeteria following worship.

9:30  Setup begins

11:00  Worship

Noon  Thanksgiving Celebration

(If bringing sign up foods, please bring enough for your family and another family.  And place settings for your family and guests.  Note: if you are unable to bring food and place settings, don’t worry we have both available!  Please join us for this wonderful Thanksgiving Celebration!)

13:30  Clean up begins

Worship and Communion with Healing Ministers @ 11:00 am; Join us!

Morning Worship 11:00 am

2 Corinthians 3:12-18

“From Glory to Glory”

Mr. Jay Knoblock, missionary to Korea, speaking

Communion with Healing Ministers

Fellowship Table and ICU Lunch Fellowship to follow

Our Guest Preacher : Mr. Jay Knoblock is a missionary and board member of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International ( based in Black Mountain, NC. Jay is based in Seoul, Korea where he is studying Korean and ministering in several capacities. We warmly welcome Jay back to WTUC, as he ministers in Japan from time to time, as well as other countries in Asia.

Join Us for a Sunday of Christian Unity

Annual Joint-Worship Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church

10:30 am in the Lutheran Seminary Chapel 

(just down the hall and around the corner from WTUC; same building)

Rev. Toshihiro Takamura, Mitaka Lutheran Church, preaching

Rev. Christian Zebley, WTUC, presiding

Japan Lutheran College Megumi Festival to follow

Food, Crafts, Games and Items for sale; fun for kids!