February 2023 Speakers

For the month of February, all WTUC services will be held through Zoom.

To celebrate the month of Valentine’s Day, the speakers will share on the topic of relationships:

  • Feb 5 – Rev. Paul Tsuchido Shew
  • Feb 12 – Ms. Karen Seevers
  • Feb 19 – Mr. King Kai Hii
  • Feb 26 – Rev. Dr. James Sack

Join us on Zoom on Sunday mornings, 10:00 JST at https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

Happy 2023 Year from WTUC!

明けましておめでとうございます

We kicked off the new year with a Sunday this year, and Rev. Paul Shew preached on “”Bearing Fruit Abundantly in the New Year” — if you missed this, do not despair, we will have a recording available soon.

For the rest of January, we have the following speakers:

  • Jan 8 – Rev. Jonathan McCurley
  • Jan 15 – Mr King Kai Hii
  • Jan 22 – Ms. Carrie Bennett
  • Jan 29 – Rev. Jim Sack

Join us on Zoom on Sunday mornings, 10:00 JST at https://scad.zoom.us/j/99371434588

WTUC Zoom Link for 2023-24 Season

Starting September 3, 2023 — please join us on Sundays at 10:00 JST!

New WTUC Zoom link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84094154793?pwd=UmhGUXlac1B1ZHMzY3ZBMnBHaWtuUT09

WTUC meeting ID: 840 9415 4793

This will be the link used for the 2023-24 season. The password is embedded in the link and you should not have to add anything else. Please disregard all other links.

Good Friday Service

 

 to reflect on the taking up of the cross by Jesus

join us for simple soup and worship

Friday April 6th, 2012

at the Fosters

contact wtucrev@gmail.com for directions

Soup: 5:30pm

(bring soup, bread, fruit, salad to share)

Service: 6:30pm

Scripture, Liturgy and Song

CHILDREN ARE VERY WELCOME

sponsored by West Tokyo Union Church

EASTER ACTIVITIES  April 8th, 2012

9:30 Easter Egg Hunt followed by a Brunch

(please bring dishes to share as well as your table service – suggestions: ham and sausage, fruit, eggs or egg-related dish, vegetables, cheese, bread, cereal and milk, juice, pastries)

10:55 Sunday morning worship

@Lutheran Seminary and College ( Lutaru Shingako Daigaku)

3-10-20 Osawa  Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

April 1st, 2012 Service

Let`s ALL wave our palm fronds accompanied by Kazuko`s grand processional celebrating Palm Sunday.  From Psalm 118 we will look together at God`s steadfast love.  We will have a Farewell Sendoff for the David and Zenora Rackham during Fellowship Time (please feel free to invite their friends).

Lenten Adult Study: Decluttering for Lent – Opening up Space for Spiritual Disciplines  9:50 to 10:30.  Let`s look together at Practicing the Presence.


Calendar:

April 1st     9:50 Adult Sunday School, Decluttering for Lent

           10:55 Worship, Rev. Teresa preaching,  Palm Sunday Processional, Farewell Sendoff for the David and Zenora Rackham during Fellowship Time (please feel free to invite their friends).

April 6th, 5:30 pm Good Friday Soup and Worship at the Fosters’ home.

April 8th, 9:30 Egg Easter Hunt

                 10:00 Easter Brunch

                 10:55 EASTER service, Rev. Susan Preaching,

                  Puppets, Middle School Choir


April 15th 10:55 Worship, Rev. Susan preaching

April 22nd 10:55 Worship,  YOUTH SUNDAY!

April 29th  10:55 Worship, Rev. Teresa preaching

Sunday, January 9, 2011 – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday School

ES Age 4 – Gr 2: No Sunday School this week.

ES Gr 3 – 5: Sunday School meets during church.  Leave after the children’s message. Nursery care for younger children. Contact Kristi Hoskins (khoskins@asij.ac.jp) or Julie Rogers (jrogers@asij.ac.jp) , Sunday School coordinators if you need more details or wish to help.

MS: Meet in the cafeteria at 9:45 with Ruth Ingulsrud and Pastor Claudia to finish up the Luther video.

Worship – 10:55

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42:1

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:13-17

Sermon :  “Act Three”;  Pastor Claudia

Special Music: “Water of Life”; Carol Sack

Upcoming Calendar

Jan 21-23 – Women’s Conference at Amagi Sanso, Izu; Karen Seevers is this year’s chairperson.
Website:  http://wocon.net/

Service to our congregation and community

Church Directory – Please check the hard copy church directory located on the bulletin board for your current contact information. The directory includes phone, email and birthday information. Contact Toshi Sasao (tsasao1@gmail.com) for changes or to be included in the directory.

WTUC supports Second Harvest Japan where WTUC member, Ruby Sakuma, works as the Food Pantry Coordinator. Second Harvest Japan welcomes volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays to help with the preparation and distribution of food to the homeless.  Those who are interested may see Ruby  or go to the Second Harvest Japan website (2hj.org) to sign up.

Music at WTUC:  If you have favorite songs that you would like to sing, please send Carrie Bennett your requests.  bennettinkuwait@hotmail.com

Carrie is going to help coordinate music at WTUC.  Anyone interested in committing their vocal and musical talents once a month, email or see Carrie.

Interested in being a liturgist? Contact Betsy Terada.

Interested in joining the prayer chain? See Pastor Claudia or Kayo Ozawa, prayer chain coordinator.

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister? Contact Pastor Claudia.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 – 4th Sunday in Advent

No Elementary/Middle School Sunday School or Adult Intro to Bible Study

Worship – 10:55

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Sermon :  “Unto Us a Child Is Born”  Dan Witmer

Special Music: by Marissa Carnahan

Caroling : meet at church by the Sack’s home (in front) at 2:45 p.m. Supper after at Sack’s home. RSVP

Upcoming Calendar

Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service; 7:30 p.m. Bring cookies to share after the service.

Dec. 26 – Potluck party at Pastor Claudia’s home; 6:00 p.m.

Jan 21-23 – Women’s Conference at Amagi Sanso, Izu; Karen Seevers is this year’s chairperson

Service to our congregation and community

Church Directory – Please check the hard copy church directory located on the bulletin board for your current contact information. The directory includes phone, email and birthday information. Contact Toshi Sasao (tsasao1@gmail.com) for changes or to be included in the directory.

WTUC supports Second Harvest Japan where WTUC member, Ruby Sakuma, works as the Food Pantry Coordinator. Second Harvest Japan welcomes volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays to help with the preparation and distribution of food to the homeless.  Those who are interested may see Ruby  or go to the Second Harvest Japan website (2hj.org) to sign up.

Music at WTUC:  If you have favorite songs that you would like to sing, please send Carrie Bennett your requests.  bennettinkuwait@hotmail.com

Carrie is going to help coordinate music at WTUC.  Anyone interested in committing their vocal and musical talents once a month, email or see Carrie.

Interested in being a liturgist? Contact Betsy Terada.

Interested in joining the prayer chain? See Pastor Claudia or Kayo Ozawa, prayer chain coordinator.

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister? Contact Pastor Claudia.

Other

Prayer requests – send to Pastor Claudia or Prayer Chain Coordinator Kayo Ozawa (kayo@ta2.so-net.ne.jp)

Website - www.wtuc.net

Church contacts:

Pastor:  Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto; RevClaudia@aol.com

Steering Committee chairperson: Karen Seevers; kseevers@asij.ac.jp

Worship Committee chairperson: Betsy Terada; blterada@jcom.home.ne.jp

Adult Intro to Bible Class: Dr. Toshi Sasao; tsasao1@gmail.com

Outreach: Ruby Sakuma; r-sakuma@ac.auone-net.jp

Treasurer: Mark Hisamatsu; Hisamatsu-mk@tbz.t-com.ne.jp

Snacks and Coffee: Dr. Ann Tang; anntc@easternpearl.jp

Sunday, November 21, 2010 – Thanksgiving Sunday

Important message for parents: Pageant practice is beginning!

ES Age 4 – Gr 2 – Children will meet with Amy Harbaugh at 9:30. At 9:45, those students interested in having speaking parts will join the ES/MS students for pageant practice. Younger students will stay with Amy for the remainder of the lesson. Children are to wear autumn colors and will process into the church for the opening hymn.

ES Gr 3 – 5 and MS – This Sunday will be our first day of pageant practice. All children interested in participating should meet in the church (not the cafeteria) at 9:30. We’ll be giving out speaking parts and learning some new songs. Children are to wear autumn colors and will process into the church for the opening hymn.

Anyone hoping to participate but unable to attend this Sunday, please email Lori Newman so she can save a part for your child.

No practice will be held on November 28th, but we will meet on December 5th and 12th.

Our youngest children (typically our sheep or non-speaking angels) do not need to attend practice until the day of the pageant (December 12th).  Just let Lori know so she can include all names in the bulletin.

Adult Intro to Bible Study – No Adult Bible class this Sunday.

Worship – 10:55 – Wear Thanksgiving (autumn) colors to church. Invite your friends to attend the Thanksgiving potluck after the service. Bring enough food for your family, plus more for another family. Remember to bring your own place settings. Paper plates and cups will be available for guests.

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 8:10-11

Epistle Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:8,29,34

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:20-31

Time with the Children: Carrie Bennett

Sermon: “Thanks-living”; Rev. Claudia

Special Music: Carol Sack playing the harp; Pastor Claudia and her Japanese hula friends dance a liturgical hula.

Nov. 28 – First Sunday in Advent

Dec. 3 – Friday Caroling for Peace at Tokyo Union Church; 6:30 p.m.; worship and musical ecumenical, bilingual service organized by Peace Network and Pastor Claudia.

Dec. 5 – Second Sunday in Advent; Rev. Teresa Sherrill preaching

Dec. 12 – Third Sunday in Advent; Christmas Pageant Service

Dec. 19 – Fourth Sunday in Advent; Christmas Caroling at neighborhood orphanages

Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service; 7:30 p.m.

Jan 21-23 – Women’s Conference at Amagi Sanso, Izu; Karen Seevers is this year’s chairperson

Service to our congregation and community

Church Directory – Please check the hard copy church directory located on the bulletin board for your current contact information. The directory includes phone, email and birthday information. Contact Toshi Sasao for changes or to be included in the directory.

WTUC supports Second Harvest Japan where WTUC member, Ruby Sakuma, works as the Food Pantry Coordinator. Second Harvest Japan welcomes volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays to help with the preparation and distribution of food to the homeless.  Those who are interested may see Ruby  or go to the Second Harvest Japan website to sign up.

Music at WTUC:  If you have favorite songs that you would like to sing, please send Carrie Bennett your requests.

Carrie is going to help coordinate music at WTUC.  Anyone interested in committing their vocal and musical talents once a month, email or see Carrie.

Interested in being a liturgist? Contact Betsy Terada.

Interested in joining the prayer chain? See Pastor Claudia or Kayo Ozawa, prayer chain coordinator.

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister? Contact Pastor Claudia.

Other

Prayer requests – send to Pastor Claudia or Prayer Chain Coordinator Kayo Ozawa.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 Worship Service

Sunday School

ES Age 4 – Gr 2 – No Sunday School this week. Next class for this group is November 21st. Contact Lynn Loveman (lloveman@asij.ac.jp) or Amy Harbaugh (aharbaugh@asij.ac.jp)

ES Gr 3 – 5 – Meets at 9:30 in the cafeteria. Contact Kristi Hoskins (khoskins@asij.ac.jp) or Julie Rogers (jrogers@asij.ac.jp) , Sunday School  coordinators if you need more details or wish to help.

MS – Meets at 8:40 in the cafeteria.

HS – Lunch with Pastor Claudia at a nearby restaurant.  Contact Pastor Claudia (RevClaudia@aol.com) for more information.

Adult Intro to Bible Study – Led by Dan Witmer; meets at 9:40 in upstairs room in the same building where worship service is held. If you need nursery care, please call Pastor Claudia (042-369-192) by Saturday night and we will make sure someone is there to watch your young children.

Worship – 10:55 am

Epistle Reading: Romans 3:19-28

Gospel Reading: Luke 19:1-10

Sermon: “Our Steeple is Bent”; Rev. Dr. Jim Sack

Special Music: Sunday School children will lead praise songs during the service.

The Rev. Dr. James Sack teaches pastoral theology at the Japan Lutheran College and the Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary. He is the campus Director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center. Together with his spouse, Carol, he began global mission service in 1982, immediately following his graduation from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., where he also received his PhD. Jim had previously taught English in Japan in the short-term J-3 program. He also worked as a gymnastics coach with the Bloomington Gym Club. Carol does bedside harp ministry at a hospice for the homeless and training for the terminally ill, a program using music thanatology. Together they have three children: Jonathan, Bethany, and Emily.

WEAR RED FOR REFORMATION SUNDAY

Wear red or orange for Reformation Sunday!  Pastor Claudia and Rev. Sack will wear red stoles. Red is the liturgical color for this day!   Red reminds us of the Holy Spirit who descended on Christ’s followers in tongues of fire on Pentecost.  It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Martin Luther came to learn the gospel.  The Holy Spirit moved him to post his Ninety-five Theses and inspired him and his colleagues to work toward the Reformation of the Christian church.  The same Holy Spirit continues to come to Christians in the means of grace to forgive sins and strengthen faith.

Read more about Reformation Day at the end of this message.

Looking ahead…

Nov. 7 – Joint Worship Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church, 10:30-11:30. NO SUNDAY SCHOOL OR BIBLE STUDY CLASS.

The service will be held in the chapel located in the same building we have our service,  but go in the main entrance from the parking lot. Park at TUTS if parking is limited. Parts of the service will be in Japanese, parts in English. (Nursery care provided. Children leave after children’s message with sitters.)  Carol Sack will preach on “Walking with God” (A Japanese translation of the sermon will be written out in the bulletin rather than given verbally).   Claudia will do a liturgical dance to  Psalm 91 “On Eagle’s WIngs”  as Carol sings. Psalm hymns on harp played by Carol Sack.  Prelude and Postlude on Okinawan shamshin played by Tatsuya Sofue. After the joint service with Mitaka Lutheran Church, there is the Lutheran College school festival on campus so buy lunch and enjoy!

After the joint service with Mitaka Lutheran Church, there is the Lutheran College school festival on campus so buy lunch and enjoy!

Steering Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Nov. 14  All Saints Sunday; bring pictures of your deceased loved ones to place on the altar.

Nov.  21 – Thanksgiving Sunday and Potluck after church. Bring food, your own place settings and invite friends.

Nov. 28 – First Sunday in Advent

Dec. 3 – Friday Caroling for Peace at Tokyo Union Church; 7:30 p.m.; organized by Peace Network and Pastor Claudia

Dec. 5 – Second Sunday in Advent; Rev. Teresa Sherrill preaching

Dec. 12 – Third Sunday in Advent; Christmas Pageant Service

Dec. 19 – Fourth Sunday in Advent; Christmas Caroling at neighborhood orphanages

Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service; 7:30 p.m.

Jan 21-23 – Women’s Conference at Amagi Sanso, Izu; Karen Seevers is this year’s chairperson

Service to our congregation and community

Church Directory – Please check the hard copy church directory located on the bulletin board for your current contact information. The directory includes phone, email and birthday information. Contact Toshi Sasao (tsasao1@gmail.com) for changes or to be included in the directory.

WTUC supports Second Harvest Japan where WTUC member, Ruby Sakuma, works as the Food Pantry Coordinator. Second Harvest Japan welcomes volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays to help with the preparation and distribution of food to the homeless.  Those who are interested may see Ruby  or go to the Second Harvest Japan website (2hj.org) to sign up.

Music at WTUC:  If you have favorite songs that you would like to sing, please send Carrie Bennett your requests. bennettinkuwait@hotmail.com

Carrie is going to help coordinate music at WTUC.  Anyone interested in committing their vocal and musical talents once a month, email or see Carrie.

Interested in being a liturgist? Contact Betsy Terada.

Interested in joining the prayer chain? See Pastor Claudia or Kayo Ozawa, prayer chain coordinator.

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister? Contact Pastor Claudia.

Other

Prayer requests – send to Pastor Claudia or Prayer Chain Coordinator Kayo Ozawa (kayo@ta2.so-net.ne.jp)