Lord of All and Servant of All- October 31, 2021

Come and join the West Tokyo Union Church community via Zoom for our service on Sunday, October 31st at 10:00 am. We will be continuing to meet online until it is safe to meet in person. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts. Please see the special posts below for the WTUC youth! Exciting upcoming activities!

This Sunday, Reverend Jim Sack will be preaching, and the title of his sermon is “Lord of All and Servant of All” based on Romans 3:21-28 and John 8:31-36.

Our hymns for this coming Sunday include: “Out of the Depths,” “A Mighty Fortress,” and “Savior of the Nations.”

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of another Covid shut-down. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we support each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our Zoom worship service. One of Ruth’s puppet friends will be “on hand” for the children’s message. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to chat for awhile and to catch up with old friends.

Youth Group Activities with Tokyo Union Church:

This week, the TUC open hours will be online from 5:30 on Thursday evening. We will be having a movie night, so wear something comfy and bring your popcorn! Join here: https://tokyounion-org.zoom.us/j/89238044371

Meeting ID: 892 3804 4371


For youth group on Sunday, we will be shopping and packing food boxes for Hands on Tokyo at 1:30 pm at TUC. We will meet in person only. 


Next Sunday, October 31st, will be our annual costume contest at TUC from 5:00 pm. We will have games, pumpkin decorating, and above all, our costume contest. Come dressed to win! Please incorporate a COVID safe mask into your costume this year. I am looking for a parent or two to assist with this event. Please let me know if you are available! All adults serving in a volunteer capacity must be vaccinated.

Message from Audrey Thorne regarding the upcoming Youth Retreat:

I am excited to announce that the TUC Youth Group will be taking its first trip/retreat in over two years! We will travel to ARI (learn more about them here) from November 20-21. Our group will be limited to 15 attendees, so please sign up soon if you would like your youth to attend. 
TUC and ARI have a long history of friendship and mutual support, so our trip will strengthen that connection and we will learn more about their mission of food justice and sustainable farming. The youth will get to serve as emissaries, collecting information to bring back to share with the TUC family. We will also enjoy fellowship, free-time in nature, and rest. 

Because safety is our highest priority, we will drive to avoid public transit. Proof of vaccination or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours must be shown before departure. Masks will be worn at all times indoors and when in close proximity to others. Eating will take place either outdoors or with plexiglass screens. Rooms will sleep two, with sufficient space for distancing. 
The cost of this trip is 15,000 yen per youth which will cover lodging, transportation, food and all incidentals. We have funds set aside to support youth who would like to attend. If you would like to avail yourself of a portion of these funds, please let me know soon. A detailed schedule for the trip is on it’s way. Please register here by Nov. 12th:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVDYFVNz4yZTsjxQsYQ2xkJ_fjze9jQeGhrIUEHXeLYx7iLg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Let me know if you have any questions about the trip. I’m so excited for our youth group to experience a retreat to the farm together!

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