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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

Happy New Year!

Dear JCC Family and Friends,

Peace and Joy to each of you in this new year of 2019!

I’m having a hard time keeping up with the calendar and even knowing what day it is. Our family spent the last two weeks of December and the first day of January on the road… traveling to Australia for the wedding of our son, Sam, to his fiancee Rachel.

Somehow being away from home for Christmas and New Years felt odd (along with the summer weather down under!) and we’ve struggled with a bit of jet lag and disorientation as we get back into the swing of things. But we praise God for a wonderful trip, safety, a blessed wedding, a time away from our normal routines, and for your prayers! We look forward to catching up with all of you this coming Sunday and to hear of your recent news and happenings.

What will 2019 bring for JCC? We continue to worship and pray together as we seek God’s leading and direction for us as a church community. Thank you for being part of this family and for your support in both praying and giving.

Our scripture texts for this coming Sunday are the following:

Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.   (Ecc. 1:10)

 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.     (Isaiah 43:18-19)

We will be thinking together about “new things” and about our life together in this new year. Won’t you come and join us at 10 a.m.?

January Schedule… (check our website for changes or additions!)

  • 01.06  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 01.13  Shun Takano preaches
  • 01.20  Pastor Tim preaches
  • 01.25  JCC Volunteer Team @ St. Mary’s Food Bank
  • 01.27   Richard Nakamura preaches

Hope to see you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

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

Choose to be Grateful!

Give Thanks to the Lord!

Gratitude is really a choice as we see from Job’s words in scripture: “The Lord gives…and the Lord takes away….blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) He chose to be grateful and bless the Lord’s name in good times and bad. Paul wrote the following words to the believers in Philippi:  “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  (Phil 4:12-13)  We have the same choice each day and we have a special chance to practice that choice during our celebrations of Thanksgiving this month. So let us give thanks to the Lord!

Thanksgiving Potluck at JCC / 感謝祭の持ち寄りパーティー

As we give our thanks to God for all His blessings, we hope you will join us for our Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday, November 18th.  Following our worship service, we will have a potluck lunch where a turkey and ham will be served, so please bring a side dish to share at this meal.  Also during this time, we will be putting together our Gift Bags that will be distributed at our December Homeless Feeding/Lord’s Table on December 3rd.  We have collected socks and will be adding toothbrushes/toothpaste as well as any other small toiletries that have been collected throughout this year.  Therefore, if you have any of these items, especially toothbrushes or toothpastes, please let Sue know by Sunday the 11th as she will be purchasing needed items the following week.
11月18日(日)礼拝の後に感謝祭の持ち寄りパーティーが行われます。是非、皆さんが一品づつをお持ち寄りくだされば嬉しいです。

Please remember to pray for the missionaries that we are supporting:

 

Several years ago while some friends and I were riding our bicycles along the Tama River in Tokyo we saw this sign at a small temple. The words echo what Job and Paul expressed above. The translation of the words: “We don’t give thanks because we are happy…. we are happy because we give thanks.”

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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!)
  • 11.11  Shun Takano preaches
  • 11.18  Pastor Tim Preaches / Thanksgiving Potluck
  • 11.23  (Friday) JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • 11.25  Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim