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Focus on Japan at Community Church

First Friday

Jeffrey Mensendiek will present "The Church in Japan – Witnessing to God's Saving Love in post-Fukushima Japan" on Friday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Tehachapi Community Congregational Church, 100 E. E St.

Rev. Mensendiek is a missionary for the United Church of Christ and has served there for 22 years. He is now working as a chaplain at Kwansei Gakuin University and is speaking out about peace and justice concerns and promoting a culture of inclusion and tolerance.

The presentation will feature slides and information about relief efforts following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear spill that occurred in Japan

Rev. Mensendiek will also discuss ongoing issues as Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.

Rev. Mensendiek will leave after his presentation, but the First Friday event will continue at the church until 8 p.m. when there will be opportunity to taste sushi and fold origami.

In recognition of Valentines Day, Fair Trade heart shaped chocolate will be available for sale as well as Fair Trade coffee. Thistle Farm products will be also be available.