Rachel’s Work in Bangladesh…

Rachel Luttio Wolff is working with World Vision in Bangladesh, coordinating a large staff of volunteers who work with the Rohingya refugees that have fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh due to persecution. Recently Betty Luttio forwarded us this interesting article from World Vision that describes these camps where Rachel is working…

CITIZENS OF NOWHERE…

By Kari Costanza | Photos by Jon Warren
Karen Homer and Himaloy Joseph Mree of World Vision in Bangladesh contributed to this story.

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Five-year-old Jannatul Firdous is deep in thought. How best to describe the meaning of her name? Jannatul Firdous means heaven — the best heaven — so she wants to get it right.* “Heaven is a place where children can play,” she begins as her 26-year-old mother, Salima**, gazes at her with a sweet half-smile. “There are many flowers,” continues JannatulThere is a big pond of waterHeaven is a happy place.” 

Camp 13, where Jannatul now lives, is no heaven. Children play in the dirt, kicking up dust that floats in the hot afternoon air. It’s a far cry from the lush, green countryside surrounding the home she fled in MyanmarHere, there’s no playful splashing in big ponds. Instead, Jannatul must lug heavy metal water containers from a pump up a steep hillside staircase that leads to her family’s makeshift shelter.  In Camp 13, some sweat under a hot sun, breathing in the diesel fuel stink of trucks loaded with bamboo poles. Amid the cacophony of clinking shovels and pinging hammersthey lay bricks and fill burlap bags to shore up steep hillsides to prepare for the coming monsoon season.  

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Jannatul lives in the world’s largest and most densely populated refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Of its nearly 1 million residents, more than half are children. Most of the people here are Rohingya, a persecuted, predominately Muslim-minority group from Myanmar, who have faced discrimination in Myanmar over several decades, including the denial of citizenship. In August and September 2017, more than 720,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh, driven from their homes by extreme violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. They joined about 200,000 Rohingya who had previously fled here. 

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JCC Happenings… June Update

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Greetings to JCC family and friends,

Summer’s coming…..weeds are growing!  We had a great morning of church yard cleaning on May 18th with a good group from SABF joining a core of folks from JCC to cut back weeds and limbs and make the lawn look good. Thanks everyone!

And although this report is a bit late, here is what Sue shared with us in the bulletin a few weeks ago about our most recent diaper drive for the food bank which took place on Easter Sunday:

Wow – praise God!!  Our one-day Easter Diaper Drive brought in a total of 2, 274 diapers!!  This is an amazing amount of diapers collected for the recipients at St. Mary’s Food Bank and the staff there are very appreciative of your generosity!  Thank you! Thank you!!  Last year we collected approximately 1,300 diapers so this year we easily surpassed that number.  We can make this an annual event each Easter, but donations are also welcome throughout the year. (Sue Hanson)  Below is a photo of Sue and Gene delivering the diapers to the food bank.

2019 Easter Diaper Drive

There are a  couple of special events coming up in June. It would be great to have you join us! Here is the information that Peter and Joyce Tsai have provided for us:

Annual JCC Retreat & Potluck at Hood Canal

  • Location: Tsai / Lee Hood Canal House – 17041 East State Route 106 / Belair, WA / 98528
  • Low tide (-0.9) is set for 3:14 p.m.
  • Come for Potluck at 12:00 noon and enjoy the provided hamburgers and hot dogs (along with all the goodies YOU bring!)
  • After lunch we’ll enjoy clam digging on the beach!
  • There’s a sign-up sheet at church, or call Peter and Joyce to let them know you’ll be coming (206) 351.0313 (cell)
  • This is always a great time of fun and fellowship.

Walk For Rice – ACRS Annual Fundraiser / Supports the Food Bank

  • June 22, 2019 (Saturday)
  • 9:15 a.m. meet at the Tsai home – 5415 S Lucile St. Seattle (206) 351-0313
  • or…. 9:45 a.m. meet at Seward Park near the registration tables – Juneau St. & Lake Washington Blvd
  • Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. (2.5 miles around Seward Park Loop)
  • Hot Dogs & Hamburgers at Tsai home after the walk
  • You can go here to make an individual donation. www.walkforrice.org

Along with these special events we’ll be involved as usual with The Lord’s Table / Homeless Feeding as well as our volunteer team at the St. Mary’s Food Bank. See below for details.

  • 06.02  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 06.03  (Monday) The Lord’s Table / Homeless Meal (meet at church at 7:30 p.m.)
  • 06.08  (Saturday) Church retreat at Hood Canal (details above)
  • 06.09  Shun Takano preaches
  • 06.16  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Pastor Tim preaches
  • 06.22 (Saturday) Walk For Rice (details above)
  • 06.23  Richard Nakamura preaches
  • 06.28  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 06.30  Craig Niiyama preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

JCC May Update

Dear JCC family and friends,

It was great to see so many of you at our Easter Service last month. Below is the congregational photo we took after the service.

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Easter 1-Day Diaper Drive 
Here’s what Sue shared in last week’s bulletin about results for our diaper drive:

Praise God!!  Our one-day Easter Diaper Drive brought in a total of 2, 274 diapers!!  This is an amazing amount of diapers collected for the recipients at St. Mary’s Food Bank and the staff there are very appreciative of your generosity!  Thank you!  Thank you!!  Last year we collected approximately 1,300 diapers so this year we easily surpassed that number.  We can make this an annual event each Easter, but donations are also welcome throughout the year.

Yard Clean-Up on Saturday, May 18th
If you are able, please join us for our next Yard Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, May 18th.  The SABF Church will also be helping so let’s get a big group from JCC to work together with them.  We will begin at 9:00 AM so please bring your own garden tools.

Upcoming schedule highlights for May:

  • 5.12  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Shun Takano preaches at 10:00 a.m.
  • 5.18  Church Yard Clean-Up!  Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
  • 5.19  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 5.24  JCC Volunteer team at the St. Mary’s Food Bank – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 5.26  Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Tim

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Last week we received a few lines of news from Norishige and Tsuneko Suzuki so I thought I would pass them on to all of you!

First, a few photos they sent of their recent viewing of cherry blossoms at the Takada Castle in Joetsu City (Niigata Prefecture).

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Even on a cloudy day they look gorgeous don’t they?

The Suzukis will be coming to visit here in Seattle during the month of June and have said that they’re looking forward to visiting us at worship on the 3rd and 4th Sundays in June. We’re looking forward to seeing them. Be sure to mark your calendars so that you can come and join us on those Sundays for a warm welcome to Norishige and Tsuneko!

 

Easter Invitation!

JCC Friends and Family!

Easter Sunday Happenings

Before service on Easter morning – April 21st, we will have our Easter Breakfast at 9:00 AM followed by our worship service, congregation picture and egg hunt for the kids. We hope you will take in each part of the Lenten/Easter season and celebrate Easter with a fresh reminder of the message of the gift that Jesus offers of love, forgiveness and new life. There is a signup sheet for our Easter Breakfast on the kitchen refrigerator.

1-Day only Diaper Drive

As we remember “new life” that we celebrate on Easter, let’s express our thanks by conducting a one-day diaper drive. On Easter Sunday, please bring in a small (or large) package of diapers that can be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.  Sizes 4,5 & 6 are in short supply.  We did a drive last year at this time and collected an amazing amount of diapers (1300+)! Can we top that this year?!! If you prefer to donate cash instead, please see Sue.

  • 04.21  Easter Sunday – Pastor Tim preaches (9:00 breakfast, 10:00 worship, 11:15 photo and fellowship)
  • 04.26  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 04.28  Richard Nakamura preaches

Come and join us!

Lent – a time of preparation…

Greetings JCC family and friends!

As we enter the 4th week of Lent, I trust that each of you is doing well and experiencing God’s presence. As the newsletter heading proclaims… Lent is a time of preparation. Just as the 4 weeks of Advent prepare us for the coming of Christ and the Christmas celebration – the 6 weeks of Lent prepare us for Easter. But prior to the celebration of resurrection – Lent helps us walk with Jesus as he makes the journey to the cross and lays down his life for us. Sacrificial living…and dying… displayed through prayer, fasting, and giving… are often the symbols and marks of Lent. Amazingly, this form of selfless living is the secret to discovering true life and great JOY! Are you feeling it?!

A Few Items…

  • Thanks to all who participated in our morning of church yard clean-up back on March 16th! As the temperatures warm up we’ll continue to need some occasional help from everyone to keep the trees trimmed, weeds pulled, and yard looking good.
  • In the near future, each of you will be receiving a letter from the Church Board in regard to membership. As part of the ongoing need to fulfill our legal obligations, and in order to plan for the future of JCC, we are hoping to clarify and update our church membership roles. Thanks for responding to that letter when you receive it!
  • Next Saturday, April 6th, from 9:00 a.m. we will be having another time of open discussion at church. This is a continuation of some great discussion times we had last year. Along with the continuing need to make decisions concerning our older building, we hope that you will come and offer your dreams, thoughts, and hopes for the future of JCC. All are welcome!

Here’s the upcoming schedule (You can always see the upcoming events / schedule on the front page of our JCC website!)

  • 03.31  4th Sunday of Lent / Richard Nakamura preaches
  • 04.01  (Monday) Homeless Feeding / Lord’s Table – 7:30 p.m. meet at church
  • 04.06  Discussion re old building and future of JCC – 9:00 a.m.
  • 04.07  5th Sunday of Lent / Pastor Tim preaches
  • 04.14  Palm Sunday / Board Meeting 8:45 / Shun Takano preaches 10:00 worship
  • 04.21  Easter Sunday / 9:00 a.m. breakfast / 10:00 a.m. worship / 11:15 a.m. photo and fellowship
  • 04.26  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 04.28  Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

March Update!

How is everyone doing following the snow? On February 10th we experienced the first “snow day cancellation of worship”  that we’ve had since I began serving here as pastor. Having spent a decade in Minnesota during my college days, it actually didn’t seem like such a terrible blizzard – and yet, with all our hills and lack of snow plows here in Seattle – it did bring us to a halt for a few days. But here’s the good news – Spring is on its way!

  • JCC Annual Meeting – Thank you to all who were able to attend and participate in our church annual meeting which was held following the worship service on February 3rd. There were many encouraging reports of God working among us…. as well as recognizing the continuing reality of what it means to minister as an aging and declining (in numbers and strength) congregation. We praise God for 2018 and look forward to guidance and “Holy Spirit help” during this new, but quickly moving, 2019!
  • Discussion concerning JCC’s older building  – this will continue to be a major topic as we move forward. We’ll keep you informed as the board makes decisions. For now, thank you for praying about this important safety and ministry issue.
  • Church Yard Clean-Up Day scheduled for March 16 – grab your work gloves and tools and come join us on Saturday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m. for a couple hours of clean up around the church!
Here’s the upcoming schedule (You can always see the upcoming events / schedule on the front page of our JCC website!)
  • 03.03  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 03.10  Shun Takano preaches
  • 03.16  Church Yard Clean-Up Day!  9:00 a.m.
  • 03.17  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Pastor Tim preaches
  • 03.22  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 03.24  Craig Niiyama preaches
  • 03.31  Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

2019 RJC Conference

The 2019 “Reaching Japanese For Christ” Conference will be held next week, Feb. 14-16 at the Northshore Community Church in Kirkland. Pastor Tim will be able to attend on Friday, the 15th and all of you are invited to check it out. Here is the registration page and link:

2019 RJC Conference Registration

RJC – or Reaching Japanese for Christ – is a network of Christians, pastors, missionaries, students, and other Jesus-followers who love Japan and love Japanese, and who are working together to share Christ and the gospel with Japanese who are living overseas (outside of Japan). A further goal is to disciple and train these new believers so that they can return to Japan with a vision to be part of Christ’s body there.

Here is the flyer that shows some of the content and special speakers – but I encourage you to use the link above to actually visit the site for all the details.

2019 RJC Conference

 

February Update

It’s hard to believe that January is almost over! The days are flying by and we want to make you all aware of a few important events:
  • JCC Annual Meeting – the annual meeting of our congregation will be held directly following worship on Sunday, Feb. 3rd. Please come and join us at that time.
  • Discussion concerning JCC’s older building and JCC’s future – although this notice is very late, we want to invite anyone who is able to join us tomorrow morning, Sunday, January 27th, at 9:00 a.m. for a time of ongoing discussion. This will be primarily about the future of our older fellowship hall.
  • RJC 2019 International Conference – last Fall in October, Pastor Tim and Bi-Lan were able to participate in a 1-day conference put on by  RJC (Reaching Japanese For Christ)  We want to make you aware of the 18th Annual RJC International Conference that will be coming up soon, on Feb. 14-16. As with the last one, it will be held at the Northshore Community Church in Kirkland. I’ll include all the details soon in a blogpost on our website.
  • Remember to pray for our missionaries – JCC is helping to support Chris & Missy Takano in Germany and Anna Rosengren in Japan. Check out their ministries at these links below:
Here’s the upcoming schedule (You can always see the upcoming events / schedule on the front page of our JCC website!)
  • 01.27  All Church Discussion at 9:00 a.m.  /  Richard Nakamura preaches at 10:00 a.m. worship
  • 02.03  Pastor Tim preaches / JCC Annual Meeting following worship
  • 02.04 Homeless Feeding / Lord’s Table (meet at church at 7:30 p.m.)
  • 02.10  Board Meeting at 8:45 a.m. / Shun Takano preaches at 10:00 a.m. worship
  • 02.17 Pastor Tim preaches
  • 02.22 (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 02.24 Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim