Meaningful Movies…

Recently JCC  received the following announcement and we pass it along for you:

On Sunday, January 26 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., Meaningful Movies at First Church (180 Denny Way, Seattle) will show two documentary films — Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice about internment of Japanese Americans during World War II AND Families Torn Apart: America’s Deadly Immigration Policy about detention camps at the U.S. southern border. Never Give Up! is newly relevant because the children of parents who were interned now are on the front line resisting imprisonment and separation of children from parents at our border. After the films, Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigration Rights Project, and Joseph Lachman and Palmira Figueroa with Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network will answer questions and offer opportunities for action. The event location is easy to reach by public transportation, and parking is free for event attendees in the church’s parking garage just west of the church building. For more information, see

Happy New Year! / Special Meeting

Dear JCC friends and family,

Greetings on this first day of 2020. May God’s blessing and protection be on and around each of you as you begin the new year. Thanks to all who attended and took part in our recent Christmas worship and celebrations. I trust that all of you are experiencing Immanuel – God with us!

A Special Meeting…

I want to let all of you know about a special gathering that is being planned at church for Saturday, January 25th, from 9:00 a.m. until around noon. On that day Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC (United Church of Christ, the denomination that we are affiliated with) will be with us to listen and to direct a conversation about the future of our church.

As you all know, we have been holding ongoing discussions during the past 2-3 years about how to solve the issue of our older building which is in disrepair. This has led to a deepening discussion about our future in general. We have asked for the UCC conference office to come and be not only a listening ear but a “neutral / third-party” to our discussion, possibly offering wisdom and various options for us as a congregation.

Please consider making your participation in this important discussion a priority as you look at your January calendar. We would love to have each one of you present – even if you can only be there for a portion of the meeting.

Finally, thanks for your prayers about our future together! The members of our board have been trying to pray regularly at 9:00 p.m. each evening for the Lord’s direction and guidance. Together, let’s prepare our hearts for seeking God’s guidance for JCC in 2020!

Thanks to our volunteers for the St. Mary’s Food Bank!

Thank you Bi-Lan for your faithfulness in heading up the JCC volunteer team for the St. Mary’s Food Bank each 4th Friday of the month. The team is made up of friends from several churches – Japanese Baptist Church, Japanese Episcopal Church, the Buddhist Church (and sometimes others…). Here is a photo of some of the folks who helped out last month. (Howard and Carl were there too but must have been camera shy!)
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Please also take note of these other January happenings….

01.05  Pastor Tim preaches
01.12  Shun Takano preaches
01.18  (Saturday) Men’s Bible Study and Women’s Gathering at 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
01.19  Board meeting at 8:45 , Pastor Tim preaches
01.24  (Friday) St. Mary’s Food Bank Outreach (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
01.25  (Saturday) Important Discussion on the Future of JCC – 9:00 a.m.
01.26  Rich Nakamura preaches

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

You’re Invited!

Christmas Worship & Potluck @ JCC

Yes, you are all invited to come and join us for
Christmas worship this coming Sunday, December 22nd, at 10:00 a.m.!
Christmas carols, Lighting of the Advent candles, Prayers and Readings,
Message – “Light of the World – For ALL People”
plus…. warm greetings and fellowship!Following worship, we will have a lovely potluck lunch together.
Bring something to share if you can…. but there’s always plenty of food,
so please join us – even if you don’t have time to prepare or bring anything!
There just may be a little something special for the children….
and we will have a special KARAOKE performance by some of our Japanese members!May God prepare our hearts for this celebration
and bless our time together!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Tim

Advent Season Arrives!

December 1st was the first Sunday of Advent. Banners were in place, the first candle of the advent wreath was lit, songs of worship were sung, scripture was read and heard, prayers were offered, hugs and greetings were exchanged, and a lovely meal shared… in short, it was another wonderful morning of worship together. We look forward to having each of you join us in the days ahead as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ – past, present, and future!









Following worship everyone helped to set up and decorate the tree…. the end result!



After lunch gift bags were prepared for each of the homeless individuals who would be in attendance at the meal serving on Monday night.


The JCC team serving a hot meal for “The Lord’s Table” yesterday evening. Thanks to all who participated!


The food and the gift bags were much appreciated by all.

Please make note of the remaining schedule items for December:

  • 12.01  Advent 1 – Pastor Tim preaches
  • 12.02  (Monday) The Lord’s Table – hot meal serving for our homeless friends
  • 12.08  Advent 2 – Shun Takano preaches
  • 12.14  Men’s Bible Study @ 9:00 a.m.  / Women’s Group also @ 9:00 a.m.  / Church Yard Clean-Up following from 10:30 until noon.
  • 12.15  Advent 3 – Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. /   Richard Nakamura preaches @ 10 a.m. worship
  • 12.22  Advent 4 / Christmas Worship / Pastor Tim preaches followed by Christmas Potluck meal
  • 12.27  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 12.29  Pastor Tim preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!




November Update!

Are you all enjoying the beautiful Fall weather? A bit of rain… a bit of fog…. several days of blue skies….. my favorite season!  Make sure you get out for a brisk walk and a chance to smell the fresh fall air.  God’s presence is all around us.

A couple of Items this month…

  • Men’s Bible Study – we welcome all men to come and join us for our continuing series in the book of Colossians. This Saturday, at 9:00 a.m., we will be looking at  part 2 of our 3-part study. It has been a great time of fellowship and prayer as well.
  • Women’s Group – the women will also begin a time of regular monthly fellowship. Come and join us this Saturday as Andrea Johnson leads the women in a time of prayer and discernment as they consider the shape and content of their regular gatherings going forward.
  • Church Yard Clean-Up – this Saturday, from 10:30 until noon. Grab your rake and gloves and come and join us! Lots of leaves…..
  • Thanksgiving Potluck – come and take part in the wonderful thanksgiving meal that will follow our worship on Sunday, Nov. 24th, from 11:15 a.m.
Please make note of the remaining schedule items for November. (You can always see the upcoming events / schedule on the front page of our JCC website!)
  • 11.09  Men’s Bible Study @ 9:00 a.m.  / Women’s Group also @ 9:00 a.m.  / Church Yard Clean-Up following from 10:30 until noon.
  • 11.10  Shun Takano preaches
  • 11.17  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. /   Pastor Tim preaches @ 10 a.m. worship
  • 11.22  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 11.24  Richard Nakamura preaches followed by Thanksgiving Potluck meal

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

JCC October Update!

Greetings to JCC family and friends,

We trust that your Fall season has been blessed and finding you experiencing God’s goodness in your lives!  I apologize for getting  this note out so late this month. Even as I write this…. our JCC volunteer crew is serving dinner to the homeless near Cherry St. beneath I-5. Thank you to ALL of you who participate so faithfully in this important ministry.

Just a couple of other things to highlight for the month:

  • Men’s Bible Study and fellowship – We had a great first meeting in September and our next gathering will be this Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m. at church. We invite all men to join us for this important time of looking into God’s word and catching up with each others’ lives.
  • Special congregational meeting  – on October 20th, directly following the worship service, we will be having a special congregational meeting. In recent months we have been updating our membership role and we will be confirming the membership of several individuals on this day. This vote will allow us to have a current and accurate membership role that will be crucial for the making of any important decisions going forward as a congregation. We look forward to seeing you all at this meeting.
Here’s the October schedule at a glance –
  • 10.06  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 10.07  (Monday) The Lord’s Table / Dinner for the homeless (8:00 p.m. on site)
  • 10.12  (Saturday)  Men’s Bible Study (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • 10.13  Shun Takano preaches
  • 10.20  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Pastor Tim preaches / congregational meeting following
  • 10.25  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 10.27 Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

JCC Happenings….Sept. Update

Greetings to JCC family and friends,

Hope you’ve all had a great summer! We’re looking forward to a couple of happenings in September. This is short notice but please make note of the following:

  • Discussion this Saturday, 9/7,  9:00 a.m.  –  For a couple of years now we’ve been discussing how to solve our ongoing problems with our older building. Because of the financial implications, it invariably involves discussion of our church’s future as well. We would love to have your thoughts and input concerning this issue. Please come and join us this Saturday morning for a time of discussion and fellowship.
  • Men’s Gathering on Saturday, 9/14, 9:00 a.m.  – we’re hoping to begin some times of study and fellowship for both men and women outside of our regular worship times. Our first gathering for men is scheduled for 9/14 (Saturday morning). We’ll meet from around 9:00 until 10:30. All men, come out and join us for a relaxing and important time together!

And women, we’ll be planning a gathering for you as well. Stay tuned as we work on schedules and get an initial gathering set up.
Other schedule items to keep in mind….

  • 09.01  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 09.07 Discussion about our old building / Church future
  • 09.08  Shun Takano preaches
  • 09.14  Men’s Gathering (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • 09.15  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Pastor Tim preaches
  • 09.22  Richard Nakamura preaches
  • 09.27  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 09.29  Craig Niiyama preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

August Update!

Summer greetings to JCC family and friends,

It feels like the days are just flying by…. I hope you have experienced sunny, fun, and productive days as we move through this season. We also want to challenge each other to “keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” as the writer in Hebrews encourages us to do. A lot has been going on. Here are a few highlights:

Joyful news…

  • Gene and Sue’s daughter Annie, and husband James welcomed twin girls into the world on July 9 – Mia & Madeline!
  • Bi-Lan’s daughter, Ai-Li, and husband Reid welcomed their first baby, Keizo James Truitt, on Saturday, July 13!
  • Rhys & Sharon Farren celebrated the birth of their daughter, Cory and husband David’s child #2 – Henry James Schneider – on Tuesday, July 16 and the wedding of their daughter, Megan, to Ryan Scherich on July 20!

A farewell to one of our members  –  we were sad to hear of the passing away of one of our members from many years ago, Mikie Takeuchi. But we were grateful to be able to meet family members at worship and to participate in a beautiful memorial service for her on Tuesday, July 16. Pastor Tim and Peter attended.

Remember to pray for those ministering overseas –

  • Anna Rosengren, serving now in Tokyo, Japan with SEND International
  • Chris & Missy Takano, serving with Teach Beyond in Germany
  • Rachel Wolff, serving with World Vision International in Bangladesh. (To see three recent videos of Rachel’s work, click HERE.)
Here’s the upcoming schedule:
  • 08.04  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 08.05 (Monday) Lord’sTable / Dinner for the Homeless
  • 08.11  Shun Takano preaches
  • 08.18  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Pastor Tim preaches
  • 08.23  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 08.25  Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

3 Videos from Rachel’s work in Bangladesh

Recently during our worship service we were able to view three short videos giving us a bit of insight into the work that World Vision International is doing among the Rohingya people in Bangladesh. Here are links to those videos:

  1. Emergency Relief – Empowering Rohingya Women
  2. Emergency Relief – How a Mirror Saves Lives
  3. Emergency Relief – Solar-Powered Lamps

Let’s keep praying for Rachel Wolff and her family as they serve in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.