A Chance to Volunteer!

Recently we were contacted by United Way of King County as part of their effort to enroll volunteers who could help folks file their tax return. Every year groups of volunteers help those who are financially unable to seek professional help with their taxes. Would you be willing to help out for a few hours a week? Evidently, training is provided. See the poster below and reach out if you think you might be a good fit!

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RJC Conference for 2018

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.

Conferences here in Seattle and around the U.S. have been held annually. This year’s event is somewhat different in that it will be simulcast to over 10 cities here in the US as well as to Japan. Here are the details:

  • WHEN?  October 20, 2018  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Program begins at 9:00 a.m.)
  • WHERE? Northshore Community Church (10301 NE 145th St, Kirkland, WA 98034)
  • REGISTRATION: Go here…    Register for RJC!
  • The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $30 and JCC has offered to cover the fee for any JCC folks who wish to attend. It will be a great program of special speakers, worship, and fellowship. I encourage many of you to attend if you can!

RJC 2018 Conference!

September Update…

Fall Greetings!

It’s cold today as our family enjoys lunch on the back porch. Blue skies earlier this morning have turned to clouds and a chilly breeze. Summer feels like it’s over!

Just a few things to report….

  • Norishige & Tsuneko Suzuki, who have been an active part of our church fellowship for well over a decade, moved back to Japan at the end of August. They look forward to being closer to family there…. although we are already missing them here. We had a fun time of sharing and saying goodbye following worship on 8/26 and then Howard hosted many of us for another goodbye dinner at the Fuji Japanese restaurant on Tuesday the 28th. Since then we’ve heard from the Suzukis that they made it back safely and they wanted everyone to know their address:
Norishige & Tsuneko Suzuki
2755-1262 Aza Kawakami
Iizuna-Machi, Kami-minochi Gun
Nagano-Ken, Japan   389-1226

The photo above was sent to us by the Suzukis and shows a small lake near their home in Iizuna Town, Nagano. Here’s another one taken at the same time.

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  • At our recent Board Meeting, a decision was made to give support to some individuals involved in mission work. Chris Takano (with wife Missy and their 2 young children Caleb & Elias) are ministering through an organization called Teach Beyond to students from around the world in Kandern, Germany at the Black Forest Academy, a school for missionary children. Chris is the son of Shun Takano. Anna Rosengren, who visited us a few months ago, is continuing to raise support in order to serve as a missionary in Japan under Send International. JCC will be contributing a small monthly donation to the Takanos while a larger one-time gift was made to Anna.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to partner with these inspirational individuals as they further God’s work around the world.  In addition to JCC’s donations, please feel free to make your individual donation to the Takanos and/or Anna at any time by dropping off cash or checks in our Outreach Collection Boxes.  Prayer is just as important as our financial support so please include them in your daily prayers.  Here are some links if you are interested in learning more about their work. You can also give / donate toward their ministry online by following these links:

 

Please make note of the remaining events in September:

  • 09.16 Pastor Tim preaches
  • 09.23 Craig Niiyama preaches
  • 09.28 JCC Volunteer Team at St. Mary’s Foodbank
  • 09.30 Richard Nakamura preaches

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

Update from Anna…

Our JCC board recently made the decision to support Anna Rosengren as she prepares to head to Japan as a missionary under SEND International. Here is a recent communication from her:

 

JAPAN FOR JESUS   /  News from Anna Rosengren

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“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Cor. 15:10

 

Pressing on toward the goal   (August, 2018)

Dear Partners in Mission,

I can’t believe that fall is just around the corner! It’s crazy how the summer flies by. This past month, I felt like I’ve had more of a “backseat” position and been a witness to the work that God is doing. I think God does that sometimes.

As I seek partners, because that’s what I’m meant to be doing, I find people caring for loved ones who are coming into the autumn/winter season of their lives. I find people gathering, small groups that are dedicated to growing in the word, praying and supporting one another no matter where life/God is leading them. I find a church discipling and baptizing people from age 7 to 57 with each testimony pointing to the work of the Holy Spirit weaving the significance of the gospel in each heart! “Jesus is my Savior,” they say. Wow! Praise God! It has been a humbling month of witnessing and praising God for what he’s doing in the lives of people around me.

It’s so easy to zero in to my own situation and forget that there’s a bigger picture of the Kingdom of God and what he’s doing. That in the midst of pain and sorrow–he is there, giving peace and comfort! In the midst of the joys of life, watching kids grow, learning about the world around them–he is there, laughing and interested in what new discoveries are being made. In the midst of getting up, making coffee, getting dressed, going to work, etc. etc.–he is there, even in the mundane, everyday stuff, whispering, “Here I am, notice me! See what I’m doing?! Will you be a part of it? My grace is sufficient for you.”

What is God leading you in today? What is he speaking to you? Whatever it is, I will pray that you will open your heart to the grace God will shower on you to be and/or do all that he is weaving in, calling, leading you to be and do for him and the glory of his name.

And again, thank you for your prayers, patience, and presence in this journey to see the fulfillment of the call God has placed on my life! I could not do any of it with out you!

With Love of Christ,

Anna Rosengren

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Praises and Prayers:
**I had to move out of the house I’ve been rooming in for the past two years. It was a good base to be at for the time I had there. I’m thankful to be moved into another house, with my own room, for the rest of the time I will be in the States!
**I will be going to Seattle from Sept. 15th to Oct. 5th. Pray for a productive time of reconnecting and connecting with people while I’m out there.

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August Update…

August Greetings…

Hi JCC friends and family,

Hope you’ve all been experiencing a wonderful summer filled with God’s grace and presence in your lives. We want to make you aware of a special happening this coming Sunday on August 26th.

Norishige and Tsuneko Suzuki, who have been an important part of our church family for almost 2 decades, will be leaving us to return to Japan at the end of this month. We hope that you will be able to join us this coming Sunday as we take some time during our lunch hour to express our thanks to the Suzukis and to offer a prayer of blessing over them as they return to life in Japan. While it is sad for us to see them go, we wish to send them off with love and gratitude!

They have some dishes and other household items that they would like to offer to anyone that can use them. Feel free to take home any of their items that you can use…. and whatever you can donate toward those items will go to the church.

Please make note of the remaining events in August:

  • 08.24 JCC Volunteer Team at St. Mary’s Foodbank
  • 08.26 Richard Nakamura preaches / Farewell for   Norishige and Tsuneko Suzuki during our lunch hour following worship. 

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Tim

JCC July Update…

Summer Greetings!

Hi JCC friends and family! Sorry for the late July update of news and happenings. I think it was my 10 days in Japan that got me off schedule. It’s hard to believe that July 4th has come and gone, and that our kids have been out of school for a month.

I did have a wonderful and productive trip to Japan on 6/19-28. It was a chance for me and Allegra to do some passport / immigration work as well as to renew my Japanese driver’s license. We were able to visit our former church in Isesaki, Gunma where we had pastored for many years and enjoy a potluck and fellowship. They will be celebrating their 30th anniversary as a church this coming Sunday, July 15th so it was fun to hear of their various preparations for that event. Andrea and Sky kept the home fires burning here in Burlington while we were away.

The photo above is of Lake Nojiri, where our family has a cabin. I had a chance to open it up and do some work in preparation for friends who will be staying there during the next couple months. Since we returned to the US, Japan has experienced a couple of typhoons resulting in flooding, landslides and many deaths. Some of you may have been following that news or even have acquaintances that have been affected. We pray for quick relief for the many that have been through this tragedy.

Please make note of the following:

  • 07.15 Pastor Tim preaches
  • 07.22 Richard Nakamura preaches
  • 07.27 Volunteer team @ St. Mary’s Food Bank
  • 07.29 Craig Niiyama preaches

Our text for this coming Sunday is from Psalm 27 – “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation” – I trust that you are experiencing the Lord as your Light and Salvation during these summer days.

Hope to see you all soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

P.S. – a couple more photos from our Japan trip  – while visiting the immigration office and police headquarters in Nagano city we had the chance to take an hour to wander around the famous Zenkoji Temple. While the temple has been around and famous since the 7th century (!) it became well-known to outsiders during the 1998 winter Olympics, when NBC was invited to set up their broadcasting headquarters within the temple compound. It was a peaceful and quiet hour as we watched people and took a break.

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All trains in Japan aren’t bullet trains. Here, we rode the little Shinano Railway from Nagano up to Lake Nojiri. This particular car allowed us to “taste the feeling!”

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JCC Update…

Greetings JCC friends and family,

Can you believe it’s already June 1st?! 2018 is flying by. We hope and trust that this note finds all of you looking to Jesus and seeking our true treasure in a deeper relationship with God as we head into the summer months.

Thanks to all who took part in our clean up day last month. And a special thank you goes to Peter and Joyce who once again hosted us at their Hood Canal home for a wonderful day of fellowship and clam digging! Here are a few pics from that outing…

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There are several dates to keep in mind for June but please take special notice of our discussion time set for Saturday morning, June 16th. We will be talking about section three of the book “Claiming Resurrection in the Dying Church” by Anna Olson. Section 3 is titled “A New Country” and will give us a chance to consider both our own history and our future. These have been great times of discussion so we encourage any and all of you to come out and join us. We begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and snacks!

In addition to the book we have been having ongoing discussions since the beginning of the year about our old building and various options for moving forward. Please pray for the guidance and unity of the Holy Spirit as we consider these important topics. We need everyone’s input.

JUNE HAPPENINGS

06.03  Sunday Worship – Pastor Tim preaches
06.04  Monday – Homeless Feeding / Lord’s Table
06.10  Sunday Worship – Shun Takano preaches
06.16  Saturday – Final Book Discussion and conversation about the future ministry of JCC.
06.17  Sunday Worship – Pastor Tim preaches
06.19-28 – Pastor Tim is in Japan
06.22  Friday – JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
06.24  Sunday – Worship Program to be announced…
06.30  Saturday – Walk for Rice Fundraiser

And again, let’s continue to pray for JCC and for each other – that we may sense God’s powerful leading as we seek to make decisions about our old building and our future ministry here.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

JCC May Newsletter

Greetings JCC friends and family,

It’s hard to believe that April is almost gone. It began with a wonderful Easter celebration together on April 1st. Below is our annual church photo taken after our worship time.

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On that day we also held a special 1-day diaper drive for a donation to the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s… as they are always in need of diapers. We were able to gather 1,398 diapers that day. The donation was MUCH appreciated by the Food Bank. Thanks Sue for spearheading this effort…. and for all of you that donated diapers!

Here are a few details and dates to keep in mind for the month of May! Please take special notice of our church retreat planned for Saturday, May 19th, at Hood Canal (Peter & Joyce’s place).

MAY HAPPENINGS

05.06  Sunday Worship – Pastor Tim preaches
05.12  Saturday – Church Cleaning Day (9:00 a.m. start)
05.13  Sunday Worship – Shun Takano preaches
05.19  Saturday – Church Retreat at Hood Canal
05.20  Sunday Worship – Pastor Tim preaches
05.25  Friday – JCC Volunteer team at St. Mary’s Food Bank (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
05.27  Sunday Worship – Pastor Tim preaches

Let’s continue to pray and support each other as we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ. Pray too for the many needy and homeless around our church, and that God may help us to know how to reach out to them in wisdom and love.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim

Easter Celebration!

Easter Celebration Tomorrow!
Greetings JCC family and friends! We trust that you’ve had a thoughtful and meaningful Holy Week. We want to invite all of you to our Easter celebration tomorrow morning.
9:00 Breakfast together
10:00 Easter Worship
11:00 Fellowship
Following worship there will be an all-church photo, coffee, tea, more goodies, and something for the children!

April Schedule:

April 1    Easter Worship (Pastor Tim preaches)
April 2    Homeless Feeding / Lord’s Table (MON, 7:30 p.m.)
April 8    Worship (Shun Takano preaches)
April 14  Discussion on solution for old building (SAT, 9:00 a.m.)
April 15  Worship (Pastor Tim preaches)
April 22  Worship (Richard Nakamura preaches)
April 27  Foodbank @ St. Mary’s Outreach (FRI, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
April 29  Worship (Craig Niiyama preaches)

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Tim

JCC News – (March 6, 2018)

As we’re moving through the 6 weeks of Lent and preparing for Easter we’ve been considering several themes of the season during our worship services:

  • Walking with Jesus toward Jerusalem…
  • Praying, fasting, and giving
  • Staying connected to the true vine – Jesus

My prayer is that each of us at JCC will be able to take some extra time during this season to consider our personal relationship with Christ. A deepening of that bond leads toward new relationships with others as well.

Important All-Church Discussion about our Old Building

We want to invite everyone to an important gathering this coming Saturday, March 10,  beginning at 9:00 a.m. As most of you are aware, our fellowship hall / older building next to the sanctuary is in disrepair and we are in need of making some important decisions soon. The Fire Department has required us to make certain repairs but even these are only temporary in nature and we must decide soon how we will proceed for the future. Many options are being considered. Please pray…. that God will be directing us to the right decision. And then come…. so that your voice will be heard and your wisdom shared! We look forward to seeing you there!

Easter Celebration

This year Easter falls on April 1st, and we’re planning to have our annual Easter breakfast, worship, and fellowship time. We’ll send out more details later but please put the date on your calendar and plan to join us for this wonderful celebration of the resurrection!

March Schedule at a Glance

March   4 – Pastor Tim preaches
March 10 – All-Church Discussion on our Old Building
March 11 – Shun Takano preaches
March 18 – Pastor Tim preaches
March 23 – JCC Volunteer Team @ St. Mary’s Food Bank
March 25 – Richard Nakamura preaches
April  1    – Easter Worship!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tim