Happy 2011!

Posted on: Fri, 01/07/2011 - 04:55 By: Trey Rowzie

Happy 2011 to you all. How is your new year so far?

Although I enjoy the idea of beginning afresh this new year, I must admit that there is one new year's tradition that I'm not very fond of: Resolutions (I mean, does anyone really even keep them passed January?). However, it seems that a bible passage seems to be coming to me fairly regularly over the past week or so: Hebrews 12:1-3.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (NASB)

No doubt, these are verses that we all should keep in mind. For several reasons, it seems particularly important for me this new year. So, although it does smack a bit of a new year's resolution, I'm really looking forward to more actively applying this truth in my life in 2011. To this end, I'm presently myself to my friends and Christian family to be my witness. Please feel free to contact me throughout the coming months and ask how I'm standing up to this verse.

So, what is God speaking to you about for this year?

Christmas Celebration in Kyoto

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2010 - 05:33 By: Trey Rowzie
Merry Christmas from Assembly Kyoto Church

Are you in the Kyoto area and looking for some way to celebrate Christmas? Here are a number of events that are happening at Assembly Kyoto Church that you might peak your interest.

If you're in the area and are interesting in going to one of these event, feel free to contact me; I'd enjoy meeting you. For my friends and brothers outside Kyoto and around the world, please pray that these events would be a joyful time that expresses the real meaning of Christmas.

 

December 19, 2010 (Sun)

10:30~12:00: Christmas Service

Christmas Service (in Japanese)
Followed by an afternoon party

17:00~18:30: "The Night of Wonder"

It's a Christmas pageant with a twist. (in English)

December 23, 2010 (Thur)

14:00~16:00: Christmas Gospel Live Concert

December 24, 2010 (Fri)

19:30~20:30: International Candlelight Service

A wonderful tradition: a Christmas celebration by candlelight.

December 25, 2010 (Sat)

12:00~ : AKC Christmas Party

An actual Christmas party... on Christmas. Novel, huh?
FOOD: Pot-bless. Please bring something to share with everyone.
EXCHANGE GIFT: Worth 500 yen more or less

Need a map or other information? Visit one of AKC's websites.

Assembly Kyoto Church (Japanese) http://ag-kyoto.com/

Assembly Kyoto Church (English) http://sites.google.com/site/kyotochurchenglish/

(Photo courtesy of Pastor Satoshi Nagasawa)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/2010 - 16:24 By: Trey Rowzie

Happy Thanksgiving! Although Thursday was a normal work day for us, that's not to say we each don't have much to be thankful for this year. Wherever this message finds you, I pray the same is true for you at well.

And in that day you will say,
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted."
Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
- Isaiah 12:4-5 (NASB)

Franklin Graham Festival: Breaking News

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 09:59 By: Trey Rowzie
Hanshin Tigers' Matt Murton

With less than 48 hours before the Kansai Franklin Graham Festivals begin, there is some exciting news from the KFGF office.

Matt Murton has agreed to make a special guest appearence every night of the Kansai Franklin Graham Festivals.

You might remember my earlier post about Hanshin Tiger outfielder Matt Murton. You might have also heard the news of his new Japanese professional baseball record by making 214 hits in his rookie season; breaking Ichiro Suzuki's 1994 record of 210 hits in a season.

For Hanshin fans or baseball fans... or those of you who want to invite that favorite baseball fan in your life to the Festival, here's some great incentive.

 

For more information on the Festival:

 

Kansai Franklin Graham Festival (Oct  22-24)

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/ [Japanese]

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/eng/KFGF_English_Wedsite/Welcome.html [English]

(Photo courtesy of Kansai Franklin Graham Festival Office Website)

Franklin Graham Festival: Breaking news

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 09:34 By: Trey Rowzie

Hanshin Tigers' Matt Murton

With less than 48 hours before the Kansai Franklin Graham Festivals begin, there is some exciting news for the FGF office.

The breaking news is that Matt Murton is now scheduling to make an appearence as a special guest every night of the Kansai Franklin Graham Festivals.

You might remember my earlier post about Hanshin Tiger outfielder Matt Murton or you might have hear in the news of his new Japanese professional baseball record by making 214 hits in his rookie season; breaking Ichiro Suzuki's 1994 record of 210 hits in a season.

For Hanshin fans or baseball fans... or those of you who want to invite the favorite baseball fan in your life to the Festival, here's some great incentive.

For more information on the Festival:

Kansai Franklin Graham Festival (Oct  22-24)

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/ [Japanese]

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/eng/KFGF_English_Wedsite/Welcome.html [English]

(Photo courtesy of Kansai Franklin Graham Festival Office Website)

Franklin Graham Festival Preparation

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2010 - 04:12 By: Trey Rowzie
2010-10 Kansai Franklin Graham Festival Banner

As we prepare for the Kansai Franklin Graham Festival on October 22-24, it seems a good time to ask for your prayers and to tell you a bit about the work I'll be joining.

The central prayer request is that God is glorified, His Son is lifted up, and that He draws many people to Himself. This included the work being done now as Christians reach out to the friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors inviting them to the Festival next week. Of course, pray that the preaching and other events would be God honoring and that it would connect with the people there and that neither culture, nationality, nor language would be a barrier for those attending. Please pray that as many hear the Good News that they have come with ready hearts of good soil and that the seed of God's Word would be firmly planted and sprout into true belief in Christ. No doubt, there will be spiritual opposition. Pray for God's protection against people who might attend to with the sole intention to destroy or prey on others like "wolves" and for all the "little foxes" that can spoil the vineyard (like equipment or facility problems) and even software "bugs" and glitches.

I also have a prayer request from the support working being done. I've been told there are some major scheduling restrictions with the venue, Osaka Jo Hall. For example, we only have one day to move in everything and setup stage, A/V system, and "co-labor" office space. Although the festival has sole use of the hall from Thursday to Sunday night, for various reasons we will not be allowed in the building after 11PM to 8AM. So, there is a real concern that we will be able to setup for the event; process the information during the event; and then have everything broken down before 11PM Sunday. Of course, the plan is to use volunteers for much of the work… So, we’re unsure how many people will actually be there to help from day to day. So, if you are in the area and want to help please join us! If you can't be there, please pray that God will provide laborers for His fields.

As for what I plan to do, I originally intended to be one of the many “counselors” who minister at the venue that help God’s newborn take their first few baby-steps of faith. However, there is a great administrative, clerical need in processing all the information of this “babies” and making sure that they’re connected to local churches for follow-up and discipleship. So, I’ve been ask to lead up one of the many volunteer departments in this area. We’ll be doing the actual data entry from the information cards to create reports informing local pastors about follow-up needs.

So, in summary… My prayer request is for:

  • A Great Harvest
    (Many would come with expecting hearts, hear the Good News, turn to the living God, and be saved)
  • Laborers for the Harvest Field
    (Many hard-working volunteers before, during, and after the events; at the venue and behind the scenes)
  • Working as One Body
    (Wise leadership, clear communication, strong unity)
  • Protection from the “Wolves”, “Foxes”, and “Bugs”
    (Personal security issues, equipment/facility problems, software bugs, etc.)
  • God's Glory
    (For all that we do and the way we do it to exhalt our Heavenly Father)

For more information on the Festival:

Kansai Franklin Graham Festival (Oct  22-24)

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/ [Japanese]

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/eng/KFGF_English_Wedsite/Welcome.html [English]

Rally with Hanshin Tiger's Matt Murton

Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 09:14 By: Trey Rowzie
Hanshin Tigers' Matt Murton

"Hanshin Tiger outfielder Matt Murton has come along side the Kansai Franklin Graham Festival in support of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Murton will be sharing his testimony at a public rally in support of the Festival. "

Date: September 27th

Time: 7:00 PM

(Doors Open: 6:30 PM)

Location: Osaka Central Hall

Please contact the Festival office for more information.

 

http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/eng/KFGF_English_Wedsite/Matt_Murton.html

 

(Text and Photo courtesy of Kansai Franklin Graham Festival Office Website)

End of Summer BBQ! (Sept 5th)

Posted on: Fri, 09/03/2010 - 04:35 By: Trey Rowzie
2010 Church Summer BBQ

Assembly Kyoto Church is having an end of summer BBQ... and you are invited!

Feel free to wear a yukata.

Food is provided but we also welcome anything you want to bring for grilling.

Time: 2010/09/05 17:00

Place: Assembly Kyoto Church Grounds

Address: Kyoto-shi, Nishinanajo, Nishiishigatsubo 38

For more info: Call 075-311-5193 or visit http://ag-kyoto.com

Cost: 300 yen

CLWC Make-up Course Schedule

Posted on: Fri, 08/27/2010 - 01:45 By: Trey Rowzie
Christian Life & Witness Course

Over the past month, the Christian Life & Witness Course (CLWC) was being taught all over the Kansai area.

If you missed it, there is still time to take make-up sessions in Kobe (Kobe Union Church) and Osaka (Osaka Christian Center). Click here for schedule and directions.

Finally, I'd like to point out the Kansai Franklin Graham Festival now has an English website (http://www.fgraham-kansai.jp/eng). It not only has information about the festival event itself but ways for you to be involved in this ministry opportunity... even if you don't live in Japan.


Christian Life & Witness Course (CLWC)

Posted on: Wed, 07/14/2010 - 02:45 By: Trey Rowzie
Christian Life & Witness Course

Kyoto International University (KIU) has been designated as one of the 64 Christian Life & Witness Course (CLWC) teaching centers in the Kansai area.

Every Friday evening (7/23, 7/30, 8/6 & 8/13) from 19:00-21:00 the CLW Course will be held in ENGLISH. Click here to find out what is normally taught in each session.

We have a venue that can fit up to 50 participants. While registration is not necessary, you are free to call the school (0774-64-0804) to let us know if you are planning on attending. The Course instructor will be decided by the CLWC committee. The Class Coordinator at KIU is Tony Barrera.

Click here to download a PDF with more general information including other CLWC locations.

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