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February 2013

Open Circle

The Magazine of The Tokyo Union Church Women’s Fellowship

Happy New Year!

Tokyo Union Church Women’s Fellowship 5-7-7 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo TUC Reception Desk 03-3400-0047 Monday–Friday 10:00–14:00

Helping Hands Volunteers needed A new year, for many, means 'cleaning house' of clutter from the past year. Did you receive small gifts you cannot use? Items such as soaps, towels, handbags, decorative items, etc. make wonderful donations for the TUC Flea Market, to be held March 15th - 16th, 2013.

Open Circle

February 2013

Elder’s Message

February! Spring is just around the corner. I look forward to warmer days, cherry blossoms, and spring cleaning – both literally and spiritually. Let’s plan ahead and prepare our hearts for March, which is our busiest month. We have our World Day of Prayer, which will feature France this year, and our biggest fundraiser, the Tokyo Union Church Flea Market. We will need lots of help during the week of March 11, so please block off that week and join us. We begin on Sunday with table setup and continue on Monday with donating, sorting, pricing, and preparing. The pre-sale is on Thursday and the actual sale will be Friday and the early part of Saturday. Proceeds from this event go to the Tokyo Union Church's Outreach ministry to serve the homeless people in the Shibuya/Yoyogi area. Let’s all downsize our belongings and donate. Please sign up to be helpers and you will be eligible to pre-shop on Thursday. Just a few hours of your time will go a long way toward helping the homeless. Bring a friend or two to help and to shop, and most important – spread the word! Spring season at the Women’s Fellowship is definitely a season of serving. The Bible says “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10). . Let’s reach out to those in need – through our prayers and through our actions! Many Blessings, Tomomi Kumagai Women’s Ministry Elder

Email: [email protected]

Farewell Jo! Jo George announced at the January program that she is leaving Japan after 6 years. Her husband has accepted a position in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Jo will join him there at the end of January. Most of us don’t realise the amount of behind-the-scenes volunteering that Jo does at TUC, especially for the Womens Group. Paul Fukada acknowledged Jo’s amazing contribution to TUC, especially in regards to the Onigiri preparation. Paul read a moving citation and presented Jo with some Kappabashi Onigiri! From us all – Thank you Jo. You will be greatly missed!


February 2013

Open Circle TUC News

TUC Arts Ministry Ballet Umbrellas of Kyoto, ABC-Tokyo's latest ballet, is created in the characteristic style fusing percussion, ballet and Japanese Culture. Based on the iconic movie "Les parapluies de Cherbourg" Rio Mitani and Alisa Takagi are once more adding an extravagant and entertaining production to the repertory. Date:

Feb 24 & Mar 2

Start Time:

Feb 24 at 16:00, Mar 2 at 18:00


Tokyo Union Church

Admission is free Info: [email protected]

Spring Classes Sign up now for new classes commencing in February. You may register for classes at the Women’s Fellowship Desk in the TUC lobby between the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Don’t forget Winter Classes commence soon – see the Calendar in the last pages!

Volunteers required Start your new year on a positive note, by helping out the homeless and making some new friends. Onigiri volunteers are required on weekday mornings, especially on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the TUC kitchen. Start time is usually 8:45am and we’re finished around 10am. No skills required, just join us in the TUC kitchen one morning. The Homeless Luncheon is a monthly event where our homeless neighbours can enjoy a hot meal at TUC. Preparation is on the Friday morning in the kitchen starting from 10:30am. The meal is served the following day, on Saturday (usually the third Saturday of the month), beginning at 2pm. See the Calendar for exact dates. Please contact Paul Fukuda for more information via email: [email protected]


February 2013

Open Circle TUC Tours

MASHIKO POTTERY TOWN; SPRING TOUR Please register your interest in this wonderful and fun tour. We are hoping to do this during their Spring Festival. See Rose to sign up. We are looking to find 2 ladies to lead this group, when this is done, we will confirm day, date and time. Please tell your friends, as Mashiko is a beautiful little town and the pottery and ceramics they sell are a wonderful omiyage of your time in Japan.

Monthly Tour Enjoy a fun day out to Sanrio Puroland, the home of Hello Kitty and everything kawaii (cute) in Japan! Date: Friday 22 February Meeting time and place: Yoyogi Uehara station, Chiyoda Line at the front of the platform Program Fee: ¥500 + ¥4000 entry fee (if you pre-paid your ticket at a convenience store or ¥4400 at the gate For more information & RSVP: Call Hiromi Sato 080-5502-5230 or email: [email protected]

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February 2013

Open Circle TUC Flea Market

Calling all 'Flea Friends'! Mark your calendars for the week of March 11 -16th 2013, TUC's Annual Flea Market. This enjoyable TUC Womens' Fellowship fundraiser requires many volunteers from the 11th through the 14th to help sort & organize donations and prepare Bake Sale treats. On the 15th & 16th to help cashier, bag, assist customers & sell bake sale goodies, not forgetting the clean up!! If you're new to TUC, this is one of the most enjoyable ways to get involved. Many a new friend has been made and many a treasure discovered in prior years' sales. A couple of hours or an entire day, there's fun and pre-sale 'perks' for all who lend a helping hand. Please contact us at our Hotmail address [email protected] "TRASH" or "TREASURE"?

How often have you heard the expression, "One person's 'trash' is another person's 'treasure'"? Those too tight shoes or sandals? Those gently-used household items or articles of clothing that you or your family members have outgrown or that never seem to get worn? A toy, game, DVD, or children's book? A back-pack, baby stroller, purse, or picnic hamper? Jewelry, scarves, linens, that clutter your closets or drawers? Think how good it feels to know that your donated items, clean & in good condition, might be just what someone else is looking for! From your generous donations FLEA MARKET profits benefit various charities, including our own MOHN, throughout the world. March 11th is just around the corner. Please plan to bring your donated items* to TUC March 10th through 14th **. Sumimasen! Undergarments, socks, men's & women’s business suits, items that are soiled, broken, or in poor condition DO NOT sell & require time & money for the church to dispose of. A new law prevents us from accepting electrical appliances of any kind. Due to limited space, no large furniture will be accepted. Questions before you donate? Contact: Women’s Fellowship Desk on 03 3400 0042. ATTENTION BAKERS! Please bring your baked goods to the Flea Market on Wednesday or Thursday, March 13th & 14th. All donations are appreciated! Please either come and help or bring some goodies we can sell! Thanks!!! FRIDAY IS “BAKE SALE” Selling day, so sign up to help with this fun fundraising effort. ** No

items can be accepted on the days of the Flea Market: March 15/16th


February 2013

Open Circle Monthly Program

February Program Thursday, February 7th 10:30 at Fellowship Hall

Classical Japanese Games

---Hyakunin-isshu and Fukuwarai--In winter time and especially on the New Year days, some classical games used to be played at each family to spend the quiet New Year days or cold winter days at home. Hyakunin Isshu can be translated to “one hundred people, one poem (each)” and it is a (New Year’s) card game in which the players try to match the first and second halves of each of the One Hundred Tanka Poems by One Hundred Celebrated Poets. The authentic way of playing cards will be shown in the program and also another easy way will be shown to play together there. Another fun game is Fukuwarai (which means Lucky Laugh in English), it is a traditional New Year’s game especially played by children for its simple and easy rules, but definitely fun for adults as well. The players are blindfolded and place different parts of the face onto a blank face and laugh at the humorous results. Hope you can come and try these traditional fun Japanese games to laugh together! Friends welcome!


February 2013

Open Circle TUC Small Groups

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY This small group will review major themes from the Bible and discuss questions people have who are new to the Christian Faith. When/Where: Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm in Tamachi/Mita area (family restaurant) Conveners: Chris Martinu & Rio Mitani ([email protected] or 090-4703-3427)

THEOLOGY READING GROUP This in-depth reading group will explore theological topics through group reading assignments and monthly discussion. When/Where: 7pm every 4th Wednesday of of Month in the TUC B1 library Convener: Peter Mathies ([email protected])

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY This group meets for fellowship and study using the book and DVD, “James: Mercy Triumphs” by Beth Moore.

When/Where: Wednesdays at 9:30am in the TUC 2F classroom & 7pm Thursdays Convener: Wednesday mornings: Tomomi Kumagai ([email protected]) Thursday evenings: Tiffani Anderson ([email protected])

MID-WEEK STUDY & PRAYER GROUP This small group meets weekly to join in song, spiritual reflection, and prayer. If you would like to join others in praying for the world, our church, or some joy or concern in your life, please join us. When/Where: Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:45pm in the TUC 2F classroom Convener: Jean Wilson ([email protected])

“BIBLE AS A WHOLE” CLASS This class meets weekly to study the essential teachings of the Bible as a whole, with a focus on evangelism. When/Where: Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm in the TUC 2F classroom Convener: Suzie Kim ([email protected]) 7

February 2013

Open Circle TUC Small Groups

TUC MEN’S GROUP Friendship, Outreach and Service When/Where: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:00-9:30am in the TUC Kitchen Convener: Peter Mathies ([email protected])

YOUNG ADULTS GROUP (YAG) A great time of friendship, study, and service for young adults. Visitors and guests are always welcome! When/Where: Every Sunday from 1:00-2:30pm in the TUC Fellowship Hall Conveners: Steve Wheeler & Yuka Shigeno ([email protected])

CHINESE/JAPANESE BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP GROUP A basic Bible study group that is open to everyone, with a special focus for Chinese and Japanese couples and individuals. When/Where: 1st Sunday of the month from 1:00-2:30pm in TUC 4F classroom Conveners: Ryotaro and Mindy Sekine ([email protected])

MARRIED COUPLES HOME GROUP A Christian network helping married couples support each other and address some of the major relational issues of marriage. When/Where: 3rd Saturday of the month from 6:00-8:00pm at members’ homes Conveners: Ronald and Debbie Julian ([email protected])

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FELLOWSHIP With plenty of food and conversation, this group serves as a spiritual home for international students going through cultural and academic adjustments while in Tokyo. When/Where: First Saturday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm in the TUC Fellowship Hall Convener: Suzie Kim ([email protected])


February 2013

Open Circle Calendar

February 2013 Friday 1st

Japanese Calligraphy (also on the 8th, 15th & 22nd)

Monday 4th

Drawing & Painting (classes run for 12 weeks)

Tuesday 5th

Preserved Flowers

Thursday 7th

Monthly Program - Classical Japanese Games

Monday 11th

Public Holiday - Foundation Day

Wednesday 13th

Ash Wednesday Service 7:30pm

Friday 15th

Shopping & Japanese Cooking (also on 22nd)

Tuesday 19th

Japanese Washi Paper Covered Screen

Friday 22nd

Monthly Tour – Sanrio Puro Land

Sunday 24th

ABC Ballet performance – evening – free admission!

Wednesday 27th

Ikebana ‘Itchiyo’, English as a second language, English Conversation

March 2013 Saturday 2nd

ABC Ballet performance – evening – free admission!

Thursday 7th

Easter Tea Party

Mon 11th – Thu 14th

Flea Market SORTING DAYS 10am-5pm

Wed 13th – Thu 14th

Bring in your Bake Sale donations

Friday 15th

Flea Market SALE DAY & Bake Sale 10am-5pm

Saturday 16th

Flea Market SALE DAY 10am-12noon

Thursday 28th

Maundy Thursday Service 7:30pm

Friday 29th

Good Friday Service 7:30pm

Sunday 31st

Easter Services at 08:30am, 10am & 11:30am