Volume 60 Issue 3-4
Travel Far and Near
Over the years, I have had opportunities to travel to far and distant lands to share the Gospel and witness to God's love shown to us in Christ Jesus. In my mission work, I have been warmly received and shown great hospitality by pastors and church members in many countries across the globe.
Whenever I hourney, just prior to stepping on the plane, I pause to acknowledge beloved God, God's work, in creation and love for creation and to ask for guidace and wisdom as I embark on the journey. I realize that once I board the plane, the door are shut, wherever I am going I will be stepping into a new realm. And I will return forever changed. One cannot help but return changed. The variety of experiences, the people one encounters, the stress and joys of the journey, all help to shape and mold the sojourner. We all have wonder filled stories and tales of our journeys.
As I was thinking about journeys to far and distant places, those that have often times rocked us to out core, I was reminded that transformative journeys are not just those to far and distant places. Each day is a journey, one from which we cannot return unchanged. The angels wake us in the morning, and we set off into the day. A day that may be planned and to some degree routine, but filled with newness and surprise, mystery and opportunity. This is a gift. As a Christian, with this new day we have the joy and privilege to continue living into our calling by God to a life of fullness. As God breathes new life into us daily, we have the opportunity to grow in relationship to God, into loving relationship with one another, and we have the opportunity to care for one another.
Our mission at Christ the King is to continue to be a Christ-centered presence in the greater Fremont community. Lead by the Transition Team, we at CTK are looking into our resources, passion and energy and the needs of the greater Fremont community. With prayer and discernment, we are exploring how and where God is calling us to respond. The homeless and hungry abound in the area; the lost and wayward go unnoticed; too many children are academically ill equipped for their continued advancement; Fremont's diverse ethnic makeup often divides us instead of uniting us; prejudice and disharmony infects the community soul. There is much to be done. Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as they lead CTK through this phase of ministry and as they explore the future and develop a profile for calling CTK's next pastor.
Pastor Ray Waespi
Council President's Corner
I am sitting down to write my bi-monthly note on the first Sunday of Lent. The last few months it has been easy for me to relate the lessons of the day to real life happenings in my life and at CTK. I see a challenging time ahead for me and the congregation as we work our way through the transition process. We had a joyful review of our heritage but the process gets harder as we look to our ministries, passions, and talents.
As we begin our second 6 months with Pastor Ray serving as international interim pastor and having Diane Tiller as our new Music and Choir Director we are truly blessed. The Transition Team is currently studying our "Mission" and "Vision" statement. Also addressing our skills, talents and our community. We hope to present our findings to the congregation in the near future.
I invite each of you to reach out and give the Council or Transition Team some feedback to let us know your thoughts and feelings about where CTK is going. When it is time for the congregation to decide our future the more voices we hear from the better.
God bless you and God bless CTK.
Bob Kufeld, CTK Council President
Eternal sanctuary candle for March is given by
Marilyn Shaner in memory of her husband Carl shaner
Eternal Sanctuary candle for April is given by
Bob and RoseAnne Lawrence in memory of loved ones
also given by
John and Christina O'Halloran in memory of John's mom, Mary Ellen, and other loved ones
February 18th through March 25th Lenten Greens donated by Gail Queenan in memory of loved ones.
April 1st Easter lilies
April 8th given by Marilyn Shaner in memory of her husband Carl Shaner and their daughter Kimberly Shaner Nathan
April 15th available for giving
April 22nd available for giving
April 29th given by Doug and Debbie Ward in celebration fo the daughter Sarah's 26th birthday
7 mixed flavor instant oatmeal
1 peanut butter
2 bags white rice
24 cans Purina cat food
1bag Purina cat chow
2 dental floss
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.
Our focus for March is macaroni and cheese, pasta, and pasta sauce. Our focus for April is toilet paper, personal hygiene items and feminine products. 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.
Upcoming Events and News You Can Use
Lenten Coin Offering is invited again this year. Boxes are available int he narthex. People are asked to roll their own coins. Wrappers will be provided or you may use your own wrappers. Donatoins will go to fund the CTK Packback Project.
An Invitation for Lenten Worship All are invited for Mid-Week Lenten Services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 38801 Blacow Road, Fremont from 6:30p-7:30p on Wednesdays (February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28). We will be using the Haugen Evening Vespers Liturgy.
Thrivent Choice Thrivent members know they have Thrivent Choice dollars every quarter that they may direct to various charities or churches. This year, Christ the King has received $873. Any dollars you designate this month will be received in early January. Choice Dollars receied in 2017 must be designated before the end of March 2018. Dollars not used are lost. please consider making Christ the King one of your choices.
Boy Scout Troop 447 Pancake Breakfast April 15 from 9am-12pm at Chist the King. This is an annual event and is well attended so be sure to get your tickets when the Scouts come by. The Scouts from Troop 447 will be here Sunday, April 1 and 8 to sell tickets. Ticket price is $10 each, all you can eat.
Easter Lilies Once again, we are inviting you to help decorate the chancel area for our Easter Services. If you would like to provide a lily, please complete the form and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office by March 25, 2018. Bring your lilies in from March 26 through March 30. Forms are in the Narthex or here.
Game Night at Christ the King Lutheran Church
Next month CTK Lunch Bunch at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018
CTK March 2018 Worship Schedule
CTK April 2018 Worship Schedule
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Last updated 02 Jan 2018