Hi everyone! My name is Yu Okaya, I’m serving as the Director of Central Conference 2022 (CC22).
This year, we are gathering in person after 2 years of online CC. Pandemic has been going on for a long time so meeting in person itself is just so special. I will introduce you to CC22 with some key information and something unique this year!
1. About CC22 Theme：RECONNECT Date：May 28th-30th Venue：Trinity International University (IL) Main Speaker：Pastor Shinji Seki (Honolulu Christian Church) Capacity：100 people Registration due date：May 6th (Fri)
2. Plenary sessions & Workshops In plenary sessions, we will hear from Pastor Seki on our theme “RECONNECT” through 4 sessions. From various aspects, we will learn about what it means to reconnect, reconnect with what and what for etc.
In two workshops, we will learn together focusing on the different specific areas of our lives that are related to our main theme “RECONNECT”. We also have more information about workshops on our website so please check that out!
3. Kid’s program（4〜11 yrs old） The coordinator God sent us is very passionate about the kids and we are already excited. This year, the Kids Program will focus on the Psalms. Psalms is the most frequently quoted book in the New Testament. Just as Paul praised the Psalms in the midst of his suffering in prison with Silas, we will learn about the joy of reading the Psalms, the joy of knowing the greatness and fullness of Christ through the Psalms, and the joy of following Christ. We also hope that in this world that is filled with darkness and confusion, the Spirit inspired songs of the Psalms have never been more relevant to the young and rising generations . I pray that during the plenary sessions and workshops, it will be a faith growing opportunity and fruitful time for your child as well!
Please click on the link HERE for the 3-day schedule!
4. Mini craft market & Book store We’re opening a mini craft market and book store this year! The bookstore will offer JCFN selected Japanese books, including books by our main speaker Pastor Seki!
Also, we’ll have some handmade items that are inspired by the CC22 theme colors (sky blue & lemon yellow)! Everything will be limited and will only be available this year in CC!
We’ll be posting CC22 pickups and updates on FB and Instagram. If you don’t follow us yet, please do!
We held CC online in 2020 and 2021. There were many things that we were able to do because it was online, and there were many blessings in different ways from conferences in person. This year, we are returning to an in-person format for CC. I look forward to the blessings we can receive from in-person gathering such as fellowship face-to-face, sharing meals together, worshiping together, and praying together.
We all face various challenges in our lives. There are many things we cannot comprehend in our minds. As we journey in this world, we seek and struggle how we should live as a follower of Christ. I’m looking forward to learning together, the truth of how we should live as a Christian through the theme of this year, “RECONNECT.” We, committee members are doing our best to prepare well and our prayer is, that CC22 will be a place where you can be spiritually refreshed. Let us listen to God’s Word together and enjoy this precious opportunity where we can spend time together for 3 days! (The below is the CC Planning Committee members)
Saturday, April 2nd, 5〜8 pm
Location: Rise OC Church 3198-B Airport Loop Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Youth gathering of the Japanese Christian Church Federation of Southern California
Contact: GoYouthLA@gmail.com Instagram link
Junior high and high school students come together! Fun games, worship from the heart together, a message from the Bible, and a yummy meal await!
◎Simple Fellowship (Japan, online)
Sunday, April 3rd & 17th, 20:00〜 (Every 1st and 3rd Sunday) (Zoom)
Contact: David McClanahan
◎Returnee cafe (Japan, online)
Wednesday, April 6th, 19:00〜20:30 (Every 1st Wednesday) (Zoom) facebook group link Instagram link
Contact: If you would like to join, contact via facebook or email@example.com.
＊We are reading the JCFN “Returnee Workbook 2017” together. Everyone is welcome, regardless of region, country, or age. We look forward to your participation.
◎International Christian Fellowship (Japan, online)
Saturday, April 9th & 23rd, 19:00~ (Every 2nd and 4th Saturday) (Zoom) Event page link
Contact: Will Wen
A bilingual gathering for international students & returnees.
◎Inspa prayer meeting (Japan, online)
Sunday, April 10th, 20:00~20:30 (30 minutes only) (Every 2nd Sunday evening) (Zoom) facebook group link Instagram link
Contact: facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of region, country, or age. We look forward to your participation.
◎C-WIT (North America, online)
Saturday, April 16th, 9:00〜15:00 (Zoom) Invitation letter (how to apply)
Contact: Makiko Nakao
It is a quiet retreat held on Holy Saturday in the middle of Good Friday and Easter. It takes place in the North American time zone, but it’s online, so anyone can join!
◎ANRK April gathering RE:FRESH (Osaka)
Saturday, April 23rd, meeting at 11:00 am (tentatively)
Picnic at Osaka Castle Park Facebook page link
◎Chushikoku prayer meeting (Japan, online)
Saturday, April 23rd, 19:00~21:00
There will be a testimony shared by a returnee in Matsue.