2017年10月01日

Thanks from our brother

This is the farewell greetings from our brother before going back to his home country.
We also appreciate him from our heart.   We were happy with him and blessed by him, too.

【Farewell greetings】
As for our church, Matsuyama Fukuin Cernter, I just want to say I feel back home in Jesus Christ whenever I come into the family of our church.   And I want to give great thanks to everyone in the big family.

As I mentioned many times, I am a very shy and weak person, so it is always hard for me to get into a new society.  What I can do is to keep friendly and quiet among people, as our country's saying "being Silent majority ".   But wherever I go, God helps me make new friends beside me and makes them accept me proactively.

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When I came into our church, I was so nervous and alone.   While, the Lord sent pastor Ono to invite me into our church.   Fukiko san was so friendly.   She gave me a brief introduction.   And brother Bernard told me more information about Praise Fellowship.   And Aki san gave me her bike without any hesitation.   I found a group of friends whom I can trust and share experiences with immediately.   At that time, my mother was still worrying about my life here, she was full of horrible images about Japan such as earthquakes.
I told her I have already found my church, what's more do I need?   Then she noticed she has been the one of little faith and doesn't worry about my life in Japan any more.(the same thing happened in 2008, when I entered university which is about 2000km away from my hometown.  As I told her I found a church there, she was so happy and got rid of all the worries)

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The first church event I attended was sports meeting.   Thanks to very patient organizers, everyone was enjoying the sunshine and friendly atmosphere of church.   From that time my feeling toward church in Japan has become really different.   Everyone is enjoying the day with God, has no need to worry about or to be frightened with each other.   After I participated in various activities in the church, I could share the happiness with you.   There is no exaggeration that except my study, I enjoyed all my days with our church.   In order to respond to everyone's kindness and the happiness you gave me, I tried my best to do something.   Such as trying to make moon cake at church bazzar or preparing some food for bible study.   Actually before that, I didn't know how to cook.  However, as Bernard always said "God is good", God made everything good.   Though I know not everyone really liked my food, every one of you was so gentle that nobody ever showed any upset to me.

At last, I must say thank you everyone in our church.   You showed me consideration for me all the time, shared the words and love from God with me who was just a stranger, even unable to talk with you.   Although the Babel tower separates us, the love of God makes us connect each other.   I hope it will not be the last words from me; I am willing to keep in touch with you in Christ.

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2017年09月25日

Schedule of Praise Fellowship(Protestant Church in Matsuyama)

October in 2017

■10/1, 10/8, 10/22
11:00~11:30 Free Japanese lesson
(11:45~12:15 Free piano lesson, if more than 2 persons want to learn)

■10/15
11:00~ 2:30 Serving church lunch

■10/29 
1:30~3:00 English Sunday Service
(3:15~4:15 chatting over some drinks and snacks )    

Every Sunday, the 1st Sunday Service(9:00~10:45) is interpreted into English through PC except when English Sunday Service is held.
Anybody can join us whether you are Christians or not, the Japanese or not, so please join us freely.   We welcome you from our heart!



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English Sunday Service at Protestant church in Matsuyama 2017/9/24

It's getting cooler and the fall has come.   It is the best season for harvest.   Let’s enjoy spiritual harvest in God’s love.


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Bible:UKing 5:1-14
From today’s story of Naaman, we want to learn 3 lessons.
1. Focus on God’s works beyond our situations
It is true that there are many difficult situations before us.  When Naaman went to Elisha in Israel to be healed his leprosy, his countries and Israel were in the battle.
And Naaman was the commander of Aram, the enemy of Israel.  
But he didn’t hesitate to visit Israel to see the great prophet.
When we stand before God, we must focus on only God’s work instead of trying to solve the problems by our own efforts.

2. God’s words must be stronger than our emotions
When Naaman received the message from Elisha to clean his body in the river of Jordan, he got furious because he expected him to pray directly.   Be careful not to lose God’s blessings because of your false emotions.   God doesn’t word according to your emotions.  
 
3. Listen to what God is saying and follow it
When Naaman washed himself 7 times in the Jordan, he was healed.   When we obey God’s word, we can receive God’s work.   God has a life changing power, so let’s experience this good work of God this fall.

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2017年09月04日

Grape picking 2017/9/3

After the 1st Sunday service, we went grape picking together.  Grapes are so big and delicious that we enjoyed eating very much.   Autum is really the time of harvest.    

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Parents of one of our members came from Kenya to visit their family and stayed for a month.
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"Did they enjoy grape picking?   Aer your parents happy to be here?" When I asked, he replied, "They are more than happy!"
His words made us happy, too.   How wonderful it is that we are one family in God!

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Some church members helped to drive us to the grape farm.   We appreciate them, too.   But the most wonderful blessing is that God loves us and gives us beautiful nature and rich harvest!   We give thanks to our God from our heart!
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2017年08月29日

Church summer festival 2017/8/26

Our church has a small summer festival every year.   This time, Praise Fellowship sold some cosmetic.   We could gain some amount earning which will be used for Praise Fellowship activities.

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2017年08月13日

Summer Camp at beach 2017/8/11

2017/8/11, we held summer camp at a seashore.    This is our first one night camp planed by ourselves.    Pastor came to preach at night and we enjoyed beautiful summer days.

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There are a few savings of Praise Fellowship since we earned some money through our serving church lunch on Sundays.    With that help, we could do this camp without big expense.

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2016年12月01日

The church schedule of December


◆12/4 Holy Communion
 AM 9:00〜10:45 ( interpreted into English on PC )
 We have a small gift for those who were born in the month of December.
 
◆12/10 Matsuyama Charity Christmas
 ( interpreted into English on PC ) We celebrate Christmas with special music and message of Pastor Mandai.
 Place : Nankaihousou Honmachi Kaikan
 Time : We hold 2 times, PM 2:00 and PM 6:0
  
◆12/16 English Sunday service PM 6:30〜 9:00
 Let's enjoy worshipping and singing to God in English.
 
◆12/24 Holy Night with beautiful Tone Chime Music
 Place : Matsuyama Fukuin Center
 Time : PM 7:00〜 
  
◆12/25 Combined Christmas Sunday service
 AM 10:00〜12:00 ( interpreted into English on PC )
 Don't mistake the time. We have only one service on this day.
 After service we will have Christmas lunch and fellowship.
 
◆12/24 Holy Night
 Place : Matsuyama Fukuin Center
 Time : PM 7:00〜9:00.
 
◆12/31 Count-down prayer meeting for a New year PM23:30〜
With thanks we will conclude this year and start a New year in praying.
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2016年11月08日

English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2016/10/30

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                                                                Bible:Mark 10:17〜21
 
It's a Good thing to Love and be loved by God. As a friend, God would like to directly and consistently communicate with us. He is always with us. He communicates to us through many ways in worship, in prayers, in sermon, in daily devotions, etc. We should always keep His words in our hearts.
From today's text, the young man, wanted to know the key to eternal life. It seems he expected something complicated but Jesus gave a simple straight answer, that pierced his heart.
What do we learn from the incident?

1. We should be careful about our altitude to GOD'S word. We should not try to challenge God's word but should let it transform us. Let Him increase as we decrease.

2. We have to admit that God is greater than thoughts of men. Let's Gods wisdom reign in our life's.

3. Our possessions should not control our lives. Our master is one, Jesus Christ.
Let's follow Christ with all our hearts and we have. If he could transform the disciples and He still even today he can.
Let's listen, obey and follow.
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2016年10月31日

The church schedule of November


11/3 Family Sports Day
 Time: AM10:00〜PM2:30
 Place: Ishitegawa South Ground

 11/6 Holy Communion
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of November.
 
11/20 Healing service
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need. 

 
11/27 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 We will have a monthly English service. Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. We are looking forward to seeing you. A refreshment will be provied after service for fellowshipping.
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Family Sports Day

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2016年10月04日

Testimony

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One member has returned back to her home country.
we are blessed with her in this church. Her sincere faith encouraged us very much. We are thankful to be connected together with her by our living God. May God bless her new start richly.

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                                                                     ( Testimony )

God’s work is unfathomable. I was never had a high expectation to continue my study in Japan. First time I came in Matsuyama was in 2010 as an exchange student only for three months. I clearly remember on the last day one of my exchange program, one of the sensee said “Hope to see you again, maybe here in Matsuyama”. At that time my answer was “Hmm.. maybe, but I want to see another city and other countries as well”. Never imagine that the next year on 2011 I came back to Matsuyama to continue my study. I did many ways and did try to apply for scholarship to several countries. However, my way back to Matsuyama was way too smooth compare to other study attempts.

That was how I started my study here in Matsuyama, Japan. November 2011, first time I came to Matsuyama Fukuin Centre, which I got to know from friends that also attend this church. The first one and a half year I mostly only came for English service, The Praise Fellowship. In the end of 2012, I prayed for my new year resolution in 2013, and God gave me heart that want to serve. So, in 2013 I went to my neighbor who was also Praise Fellowship member and ask if I can join to serve during the service. That was how I started to join as song leader during the Praise Fellowship service. Slowly but sure God brings me back to be more active to join the service, not only for English service but also morning service every Sunday.

During five years stay in Japan, many things I experienced; happy moments, sad moments, up and down. However, everytime I join the service, everytime I held other hands during the pray time in service, I am grateful to God, because I realize that I will never ever be alone, I will always have a family in Christ and He will provide what I need. Five years is not a short time to be apart from my family, far from home and my neighborhood. Nevertheless, I am grateful to God, to give me these years to be built and shaped in Christ, also to get to know other people step by step. I am grateful that He teaches me that not only I need my personal time to communicate with God, but also relationship with other believers, a fellowship, is important. I am grateful because I can experience and learn both of these during my stay here in Japan.

Nowadays my feeling is mixed. I am happy welcoming my way back home, also very sad everytime I think that I have to be apart from people that I come to know in these five years; at the same time also I am nervous about what will wait for me in the future. However, I do believe, like how He led me back to this city, how I meet and got to know people here, He, my Savior, my Friend, my Father, He Who hold my future also will lead me to the right way.

Brothers and sisters, please keep in touch. I am very grateful that I can meet everyone that I meet in these years, and will never forget you all. Also I want to apologize if there were my actions or words that hurts someone during these years. Until we meet again. May God always bless us and help us to keep our faith.

Rome 12:10
"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above your  selves."
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The church schedule of October


10/2 Holy Communion
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of October.
 
10/9 Healing service
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.
 
10/30 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 We will have a monthly English service. Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. We are looking forward to seeing you. A refreshment will be provied after service for fellowshipping.
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2015年10月09日

The church schedule of October

( The church schedule of October )
  
10/4 Holy Communion
 AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of Octorber.
 
10/11 Healing service
 AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.
 
10/25 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. Please encourage yourself to invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God. We are looking forward to seeing you!

 
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Two members went home 20015/9/27

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Having completed their studies this month, two of our members have returned back to their home countries. We are sad to think that we will not be able to meet them around here each day but we are thankful to be connected together with them by our loving Jesus Christ.
We are always with you and pray for you from now on.
 
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2015年10月08日

English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2015/8/23

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The time is moving. We feel the coming of the fall.
 The blessing of God is fresh every morning. So, let’s give thanks God many good memories of summer and expect new blessing.

Bible:Acts2:37-43
 1. Save yourselves from the corrupt generation.
 Paul told to repent people 2000 years ago. Society has changed but we are still living in the wicked world.
2. There are sins within us.
 Recognize we are all powerless and foolish existence before God, and ask God to cleanse our sins. Always ask God in our prayer “What shall we do to be saved?”
3. Repent our sins from our heart and believe the gospel of God. And receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can get real peace and happiness in our life.

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2015年07月28日

The church schedule of August

( The schedule of August )

8/2 Holy Communion
 AM9:00〜10:45  (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of August.


8/9  Healing service
 AM9:00〜10:45  (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.


8/16  The combind memorial service
 AM10:00〜12:00 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will have memorial service and remember our beloved brothers and sisters who are already in heaven. With many good memories about them, we thank God in this combined service.
 Please be careful not to be wrong, we hold just one Sunday service that day.


8/22  Summer festival in the evening. PM 5:00〜8:00
 This is church's annual event. We set up a mini bazaar which included fun games. There are various foods stalls by the different groups. It shall be a nice time to all ourselves.


8/23 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. Please encourage yourself to invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2015/7/26

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The long rainy season was over and the summer has come! God prepares special blessing for your summer.

Bible Mark 9:14-29
Today we want to learn God’s teaching “can or can’t” from the story “”the healing of a boy with an evil spirit”.

1. The disciples and people couldn’t heal the boy.
They were just talking without the result of healing.
Nowadays people rely on someone for the solution of troubles. But there is a limit of human power.

2. Even the father couldn’t do anything for his son.
Sometimes people think love is most important. This father has deep love for his son but he couldn’t deliver his son from the control of demons.

3. Only Jesus can heal.   And to our thanks, we can also work with God.  He says “Everything is possible for him who believes.”  One person can make a difference!
God has chosen you with special purpose! 

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2015年06月30日

The church schedule of July


7/19  Holy Communion
 AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of June.


7/20  Marine day (Umi no hi)
 The Third Monday of July is Marine Day.
 This national holiday is when people give thanks for the blessing of the oceans and hope for the prosperity of Japan as a maritime nation.
 So we are going to go to Sada-Misaki (Sada promontory) with Men's Club. We'll let you know the details later.


7/26  English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. We welcome new comers to our group. We look forward to seeing you all!
 

 
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English Sunday Service in Matsuyama 2015/6/28


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Bible Joshua 6:1-7


 1. The declaration of the victory in advance of the war.
 In our actual life we face the difficulties. But fight with them believing the victory declared by God.


2. The preparation in faith for the war.
 Don’t rely on our own thinking or feeling. Instead, when we obey God, we can truly prepare for the war.


3. The consciousness toward God who is with us.
 The number “7” means the presence of God. God always works with us and helps us. So face our difficulties with God and get the victory in our hands.


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2015年05月31日

English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2015/5/31

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Last night Pastor Mandai was preparing today’s message and thinking what is the most encouraging words.  Then the nest scripture came to his heart from God.

Bible Joshua1:1-9
1. We have visions and dreams from our God.(1:2-4)
God’s calling and gifts for you will never change.


2. God is always with us. He lives in our walk.(1:5-6)
God will never leave us nor forsake us!  What a great blessing it is!  So let’s be strong and courageous whatever you do.

3. God tells us what we should do clearly. (1:7-8)
Let’s make it into practice one by one.

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