Volume 60 Issue 7-8
Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." — Luke 12:34. The "romantic" view is that our heart defines our treasure. Jesus tells us that it's the other way around. We need to find our treasure in heaven (vs. 33), and our heart will follow.
In the original Greek text in Luke’s gospel there is a detail not revealed in the English translation. The word "your" — as in "your treasure" and "your heart" — is plural in Luke's Gospel. So you are probably thinking, "So what?"
When hearing Jesus’ words, think plural, not singular. In other words, we are not talking about just our individual possessions. We are talking about some jointly held treasure that God bestows on all of us. It is this treasure that we must first find so that our heart will follow.
In addition think about our heart in the plural as a jointly held thing. We are so used to matters of the heart being purely an individual matter, a matter of each of our own hearts. I would lift up before you that this is an important element before members of the church today, namely, that we need to think of the words "your heart" in the plural. In other words, we need to learn to think in terms of a commonly held desire of our joined hearts, and not so much in terms of each of our individual desires.
It is our journey together of discovering the treasure of the gospel in Jesus Christ that our lives can begin to truly come together. Through Jesus -- who came into this world not to simply do his own heart's desire but to do his Father's will, his Father's desire -- through this Jesus in our midst we learn to become of one heart with God. We learn to do not so much our own desires but God's desire. We discover together the treasure of God's kingdom and our plurality hearts become one with God.
This verse is actually the conclusion of verses in Luke 12:13, the Parable of the Rich Fool. Jesus offer this as an antidote to the Rich Fool’s sickness, he thinks getting “more stuff,” having more brings, wholeness and happiness. But it brings him anxiety and his possession possess him.
Jesus is telling us to not be anxious by helping us to discover the joint treasure of God's kingdom, of God's desire for us and this earth. When Jesus helps us experience "your treasure" and "your heart" in the plural, we begin to leave behind those anxiety-producing games of constantly comparing our individual treasures and heart's desires. We leave that behind for discovering the common treasure we share in the coming of God's kingdom.
Yes, Luke 12:34 is a call to us as individuals to discover with our siblings in Christ our joint call to help bring about God's desire for us and for Creation. Jesus shares with us the notion that it is about an entire lifestyle of living the heavenly treasure of caring for God's Creation together. This is our joint treasure, our hearts becoming one in the love of Jesus Christ.
Grace an peace to you as YOUR hearts (plural) continue in becoming one in the love of Jesus Christ. AMEN
Council President's Corner
At every monthly council meeting we say a little prayer at the end of the meeting. It goes something like this, "you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, through perils unknown". We ask God for help on our journey, both for deciding where to go and traveling with us on our journey. The prayer always brings me to our transition journey.
As we are nearing the end of our first year with interim Pastor Ray, we are forming some different options about our next steps and the congregation needs to think and pray about our future. These options are new and exciting and I am hoping long lasting. Although, we have not chosen a path to follow, we should be delighted and excited there are several paths from which to choose. I know Melinda and I talk often about the future of CTK, and I am sure there are many other dinner table conversations as we all strive for the best future for CTK.
In closing, I just want to say I could not feel safer traveling down this untrodden path than with the congregation of CTK at my side providing good counsel and wise decisions that will lead to a bright and enduring future for CTK. Thanks to congregation for their dedication to CTK throughout this transition period.
God Bless CTK congregation for all you do!
Bob Kufeld, CTK Council President
Eternal sanctuary candle for July is given by
Ina Ketcham in celebration of brother, Don D. Ketcham, Jr.'s Birthday
Eternal Sanctuary candle for August is given by
Tony & Veronica Pang in memory of Tony’s father, Hock Pang.
July 1st given by Jim & Linda Sepeda
Congratulations to their daughter-in-law Chloe, on receiving her work permit and finding employment
July 8th given by Chris O'Halloran
July 15th given by Ina Ketcham in celebration of daughter, Nancy Boston’s birthday.
July 22nd given by Myrna Stephenson in memory of husband, Jack and friend, Ward.
July 29th given by Marilyn Shaner in memory of husband, Carl Shaner & mother, Marjorie Betts.
August 5th given by Diane & Jason Tiller in celebration of their 23rd Wedding Anniversary
August 12th available for giving.
August 19th given by Ina Ketcham in memory of husband, Peter Skalandunas.
August 26th available for giving.
4 boxes of tampons; 1 large pakg Maxi-Pads
1 moisturizing hand lotion; 2 large bottles shampoo; 4 large bottles hair conditioner
1 large bottles shampoo/conditioner; 1 twin pack deodorant;2 boxes flavored crackers
3 cans tomato sauce; 1 jar marinara sauce
1 can Swiss Miss cocoa mix
1 bag cast chow; 6 cans cat food; 1 bag kitty liter
3 packets cat food; 3 packets dog food
1 box colored pencils
2 Bags of Rice
4 Containers of Dog Treats
1 Bag of Cat Food
1 Bag of Kitty Litter
Items were dontated by CTK Members, sorted, counted and delivered to Tri-City Volunteers by Bonnie Immeker and RoseAnne Lawrence. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Tri-City Volunteers Silver Barrel Donations focus for July is rice and beans. Tri-City Volunteers Silver Barrel Donations focus for August is school supplies. Tri-City Volunteers want you to know they can use donations of cat and dog food in addition to our regular monthly Silver Barrel donations as they have clients who have pets in need of food as well as themselves.
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Items Needed for Donation: furniture, household appliances, toys and games, hand and electrical tools, books, garden pots, lawn decorations, garden tools, sporting equipment, bicycles, electronics, household items, jewelry, wall paintings, picture frames, table and free standing lamps, quilts, adult and childrens clothing, glassware and dishes, clocks, shoes and boots (new or excellent condition), etc.
Backpack Project 2018
Game Night at CTK Friday July 20 from 7pm-9pm
Next month CTK Lunch Bunch is TBD.
CTK July 2018 Worship Schedule
CTK August 2018 Worship Schedule
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Last updated 30 June 2018