Preparing Our Hearts…

Advent Greetings!


Hi JCC friends and family! It’s almost impossible to believe that we are in December and soon approaching Christmas! Our theme in worship over the course of the Advent season is “Preparing Our Hearts” and we’re looking at ways in which scripture – both in the Old and New testaments – encourages us to spend quiet and important time in preparation. What are we preparing for? How should we be preparing? Come and join us for worship this month!

Homeless Feeding / Lord’s Table

Thank you to everyone who helped cook and serve this past Monday at the  Homeless Feeding / Lord’s Table.  We were able to distribute most of the 100 Gift Bags that night and the remaining bags will be given to St. Mary’s Food Bank for distribution to the homeless individuals they serve.  Please remember to continue collecting toiletries during your travels in 2019.

Special Events…

I and my family will be celebrating our son, Sam’s wedding in Australia during Christmas week. Because of this commitment, I am preaching three consecutive Sundays in December (2, 9, & 16).  In order to allow us to celebrate Christmas with all of you, we will be having our Christmas Potluck next Sunday, the 16th. So please bring a dish to share as we gather together and celebrate this joyous season with love and hope as we remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  We are also fortunate and very grateful that Richard Nakamura has agreed to preach on December 23rd and Shun Takano will be preaching on December 30th.

Thanks for Supporting and Praying for our Missionaries!

Why not consider a special year-end tax-deductible gift to the missionaries that we are now supporting? They will be blessed…. and you’ll be blessed too!  Chris & Missy Takano serve as educators with “Teach Beyond” in Germany. Anna Rosengren will be serving in Japan with SEND International.


Schedule…Please make note of the remaining schedule items for December. (You can always see the upcoming events / schedule on the front page of our JCC website!)

  • 12.09  Pastor Tim preaches (Advent 2)
  • 12.16  Pastor Tim preaches (Advent 3, with Christmas Potluck following worship)
  • 12.23  Richard Nakamura preaches (Advent 4 / Christmas Worship)
  • 12.28 (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 12.30 Shun Takano preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim