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May 2014

Open Circle

The Magazine of The Tokyo Union Church Women’s Fellowship

Spring Luncheon A time to share memories from the past year, with old friends & new! …Plus some delicious food!!

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

Open Circle

May 2014 Monthly Program May Monthly Program Thursday 15th May

International Spring Luncheon Program commences at 11am in B1

Pot Luck Lunch! Bring your favorite dish to share – sweet or savory.

Also…bring a small item to decorate the table – something that’s meaningful to you, that you can talk about with your table buddies, for example: something from your travels


May 2014

Open Circle Monthly Tour & Shinboku kai

Monthly Tour Jindai Temple & Botanical Gardens: visit Tokyo’s first botanical garden & see the gorgeous roses! Date: Friday 23 May Meeting time and place: 10:30am Shinjuku station (JR) West exit (not central west!) outside the ticket gate. Donation: ¥500 For more information & RSVP: Call Hiromi Sato 080-5502-5230 or email: [email protected]

Shinboku kai May is the month of Mother’s Day! Bring a photo of your Mum & we will talk about our most treasured relative. Date: Thursday 22 May Time: 10:30am Place: TUC Library B1. Bring a snack to share – perhaps your Mum’s favorite 3

May 2014

Open Circle Small Interest Groups

Ah Sew Every Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., TUC Library These wonderful groups of ladies work throughout the year on craft and sewing projects. The proceeds of these projects go to support our outreach charities. For more information, email [email protected] or just turn up. Tokyo Survival Tips Are you a newcomer to Tokyo? Are you just brimming with questions about living here? Where to shop, what to buy, what's an earthquake kit? Women's Group member Hiromi Sato would like to help you with your questions. Please contact her at or 0805502-5230 [email protected] The Lunch Bunch Last Wednesday of the month The Lunch Bunch is a group of lovely ladies who like to try new restaurants and enjoy a chat. If you would like to join the fun, please contact Natsu to be added to the e-mail list. You'll be notified of the upcoming lunch adventure, and you can let her know if you'll be able to make it. Contact Natsu Kikuchi on 03-3913-0527 or [email protected] Onigiri Volunteers are always welcome to help us prepare Onigiri (rice balls) for the Homeless, no skills needed! Many women in our fellowship group already help to make onigiri. It takes only around one hour in the morning & is a great way to meet new people. For more information, ask at the church or email Yuka Shigeno: yukashigen[email protected]


May 2014

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 090-47033427) THEOLOGY READING GROUP This in-depth reading group will explore theological topics through group readings and monthly discussion. When/Where: Once per month (in the evening) in the TUC B1 library Convener: Peter Mathies ([email protected]) WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY This group meets for fellowship and study using the book, "Decisions – Seeking God’s Guidance". Come explore what the Bible says about making decisions wisely, confidently and in harmony with God’s will. When/Where: Wednesdays at 10:00am in the TUC 2F classroom Convener: Melissa White ([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 at 7:15 in the TUC 2F classroom Convener: Jean Wilson ([email protected]) “BIBLE AS A WHOLE” CLASS We meet weekly to study the essential teaching 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 Wheeler ([email protected]) WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY This group will study the Bible with a special focus on how God’s word impacts our daily lives & strengthens our walk of faith. When/Where: Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm in the TUC 2F classroom Convener: Amy Mathies ([email protected]) & Tiffani Anderson ([email protected]) 5

May 2014

Open Circle TUC Small Groups

TUC MEN’S GROUP Come join us for a meaningful time of discussion, encouragement and excellent coffee! Whether you are a church member or not, you are always welcome. When/Where: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:00-9:30am in the TUC Fellowship Hall Convener: Peter Mathies ([email protected]) YOUNG ADULTS GROUP (YAG) A great time of friendship, study, and service for young adults. New visitors 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 couples support each other and address some of marriage’s challenges. 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 great 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 Wheeler ([email protected]) TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY Using the best-selling book “Bad Girls of the Bible”, come explore what ten of the Bible’s best-known ‘bad girls’ have to teach contemporary Christians. When/Where: Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30am in the TUC 2F classroom Convener: Pastor Gail ([email protected])


May 2014

Open Circle Calendar

May 2014 Thu 15th

Monthly Program – Spring Luncheon – Pot Luck lunch

Thu 22nd

Shinboku kai – Let’s talk about our Mothers

Fri 16th

Monthly Homeless food preparation

Sat 17th

Monthly Homeless meal

Wed 28th

Lunch Bunch

June 2014 Mon 2nd

WF desk closed (Rose on leave until August 11th)

Thu 5th OR Thu 12th Summer program – Kimono Dressing (exact date TBA)

May birthdays: Ann Jenkins Ann Naugle Annette Harling Debbie Ely Kazuko Iino Martha Thomasson Midori Kataoka Phillipa Lane Sue Wheeler Yoshiko Kenchu Yoshiko Iwata Mary Murray