After months of excitement and anticipation, the congregation of ICA has moved into their new building. Since March of 1997 they have been meeting in a room at Free Space K in Shimohiratsuka where they quickly outgrew their space. In August of 1998, the land-purchase process began, and in April of this year, they were granted the zoning required for the building of a church. Construction began in May. The new church is located at 758-2 Furuku, Tsukuba (just north of Tsuchiura-Gakuen Sen behind the Chinese Restaurant and Cosmo gas station down the hill to the east of Hanamuro, two lights east of Higashi Odori).
The congregation consists of people from several countries including the Philippines, India, United States, and, of course, Japan. Although the services are in English, Japanese translation is available. Pastor Swan and the congregation would like to invite you to worship with them as they sing, pray, study, and offer praise to God. Sunday services are at 10:00 AM for Sunday School and 10:30 AM for the morning service. Other meetings occur during the week.
International Christian Assembly is an Assembly of God Church. As such, they believe the following: The Bible is the inspired Word of God. There is one God existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus, God's Son, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died an atoning death for the sins of mankind, and will return for His church. The redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross provides salvation through repentance as well as healing for the body. Water baptism by immersion is a sign of the believer's intention to obey Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is available to those who ask for it.
Special meetings are planned for the weekend of August 6, 7, and 8. A group from America, The Scarlet Cord, will present a special program on Friday, August 6th at 8:00 PM. The same program will be presented on Saturday, August 7th at 8:00 PM. There will be clowns, music, puppets, and drama. On Sunday, August 8th, The Scarlet Cord will lead the worship service, and Rev. Paul Schoch will be the special guest speaker. A potluck will follow the morning service. On Sunday evening at 7:00 PM a special Musical Program will be presented. Please join us! Children will especially enjoy the Friday or Saturday presentation. The services are free of charge. For more information, please call Pastor Swan at 0298-36-0993.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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