CUPC NEWSLETTER // May 2017

pastor's pen | from the session | announcement

PASTOR'S PEN/// The Lord Who Walks With Us, Even Now

"On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey."

- Luke 24:13-15

Many of us may already be familiar, that the 50 days between Easter, the day we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection (this year it was April 16) and Pentecost, is called Eastertide. Eastertide is the time to intentionally reflect upon what Jesus' resurrection means to us, and how it affects our daily lives of faith. So, what does the resurrection mean to you?

The scripture passage above takes place on the day of Jesus' resurrection. It is about two disciples who traveled from Jerusalem to a town called Emmaus, about nine miles away. When you think of 'disciples' it's easy to think of the Twelve Disciples, but in this case, the two were not of the Twelve. It is thought that they probably went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. And there, within three days, they ran across the death of their Lord Jesus, and not only that, they encountered the unbelievable news that Jesus was resurrected. With feelings mixed with fear, anxiety and despair, the two were probably talking about how to understand all these unexpected events that they experienced as they were on the road. It was there that "Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey" (verse 15).

People may have various understandings of Jesus' resurrection, but for me, it is something that gives me hope and the strength to live. The verse 15 above is one of the reasons why. The verse teaches us that because he was resurrected, he is still alive and walks with us, just like he did with the two disciples.

Nuclear developments, terrorism, environmental issues, discrimination of race, sex and others, the growing disparity between the rich and poor, human relationships, sickness, and aging, etc. - there are many things around us can fill us with fear, anxiety, despair and sorrow. In times like this, Jesus - who is God - is the only one who can give us hope, encouragement and the strength to live. He did not hesitate to die for us, and even overcame death. This Jesus - who is God - was resurrected and forever walks with us in the midst of any of the fear, anxiety, despair and sorrow that we face. With unfailing deep love and strength, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ walks with us now and forever. I believe this reality can become a great source of comfort and hope, and the strength that gives us life.

So, what does the resurrection mean to you? I pray that during this Eastertide, we can reflect upon who the Lord Jesus Christ is to us, and invite this resurrected Lord into our lives together.

Hiroko Suzuki,
Commissioned Lay Pastor
Japanese-Speaking Ministries


pastor's pen | moments from CUPC session | announcement

FROM THE SESSION///

The session, acted on the following item on April 23, 2017:
  1. Approved that Wayne H. move forward with 2017 raffle fundraiser.
  2. Approved the new Parking Gate Key Policy and the Replacement Key Request Form
Everyone is invited to attend our regular session meetings. The next regular session meeting is on May 28, 2017 at 12:00pm. If you are interested in how the session, our governing body, discusses ministry at CUPC, please come and join us! You are also welcome to read the minutes, which are public documents. The minutes are available in the church office.


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CUPC

ANNOUNCEMENT//

PARKING GATE KEYS

As mentioned in last month's VP, in order to better secure our property, Session has created a new policy for the distribution of parking gate keys. All recipients of a parking gate key will need to complete a Parking Gate Key Request Form and pay a refundable $10 deposit. The change to the new locks is scheduled for June 1, 2017. Since the gate is open on Sunday mornings for worship service, those who will automatically be approved for a key are staff, renters, church officers and committee team members who may need access to the church after hours. If you feel you do not fall into one of those categories but need a key, please complete a Request Form, which will need to be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees. Request forms are available in the church office.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, they may be directed to Pastor Grace or Chris H., chair of Property Maintenance.

RENOVATION UPDATE

Renovation efforts will begin next month! Exterior work on our church building is scheduled to begin June 3rd and be completed on or before June 23rd. This work will include painting and shingle replacement.

Our architect is completing contractor walkthroughs this week and we should receive the pricing information soon thereafter for work on our kitchen and bathrooms. At that time, the Main Team will make some final decisions and schedule the work to begin. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress.

2017 RAFFLE FUNDRAISER

Happy May All,

This is Wayne H. who as of January 2017, became the Finance Chair for the church. I feel honored and called to serve in this capacity at this time in my faith journey. I want to inform everyone that at the April Session meeting, Session approved my request for the church to hold a "Raffle Fundraiser" during the 2017 year. Originally, this request was to help reduce the deficit budget for this year, however, we recently discovered that the social hall floor is in need of replacement. The funds will now help offset some of the floor expense. Troop 12 has agreed to partner with the church to help sell raffle tickets. In return, we will be sharing a percentage of those profits.

My request to each of you is to please sell at least one book of tickets (number and cost of tickets to be determined). More detailed information will be in the July Visiting Pastor. If you have any questions or would like to help with the raffle, please email me at jichanhiroshima@hotmail.com

In His Name,
Wayne