Table Talk

Volume 60 Issue 7-8

July-August 2018

Pastor's Message

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

Pastor Raymond

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.

Chancel Flowers

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.

Silver Barrel Donations for April 2018

74 double rolls toilet tissue; 2 Colgate Tooth Paste tubes; 2 Toothbrushes
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

Silver Barrel Donations for May 2018

17 Jars of Peanut Butter
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.

Upcoming Events and News You Can Use

Sewing Bee
The Sewing Bee will meet on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:30am in the Library and Sanctuary to assemble the pillows and attached tags for distribution. The Sewing Bee team gathers three or four times a year to provide the Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) shelter residents with pillows in colorful homemade pillowcases. Thrivent's Service Team funding has helped with a couple of these, providing $250.00 for each. Since March, 2011, we have given over 734 pillows to SAVE. Our principal sewers are Gail Queenan, Betty Wargo, and Alka Bazaj. America Manspeaker prepares tags for each pillow. Bonnie Immeker and RoseAnne Lawrence help with stuffing the pillows into the pillowcases on Sewing Bee days. Sewers from the Fremont Senior's Group have also contributed a number of pillow cases to our cause. A representative from SAVE organization comes to pick up the finished pillows or we deliver them to SAVE. The sewing of the pillow cases is done at home and the team gathers at the church to stuff and tag each pillow. If you are a sewer, and you would like to make one or several, please let a Sewing Bee member know. We can provide you with kits of fabric and instructions. If you don’t sew, we can always use the help with stuffing and distribution. Thank you. Laurel King

Rummage/Garage Sale
Carlson Hall and Church Courtyard
Saturday, July 14 8am to 1pm

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.
Note: Please ensure that items you are donating are not broken and are in working order, reasonably satisfactory or above visual condition. Please have your smaller items in boxes and/or clear handy-bags
When to Bring Your Donated Items Please contact Bill Kemp with delivery information for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday. If you're in need of assistance getting your items to the church, please let Bill know and he will see what arrangements can be made.
Volunteer Help We will need helpers to cost tag items, help doing some assembling and set-up on the day before the sale. We will also need helpers the day of the rummage sale. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks (water and sodas) will be for sale. Please contact Bill if you are willing to help.

Backpack Project 2018
We are again going to provide Tri-City Volunteers with backpacks filled with school supplies. Last year, with your generous contributions and money granted by Thrivent Financial, we filled a record 105 backpacks – 35 each for elementary school, middle school and high school. Each backpack for middle school and high school students costs approximately $70, and for elementary school students, approximately $35. If you would like to help with this worthy project, special giving envelopes are available in the narthex. Any amount is welcome. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Christ the King and mark it for the Backpack Project. We will be filling the backpacks Sunday, August 12, in Carlson Hall following worship service. Everyone is invited to participate. If you would like more information, you are welcome to contact Bonnie Immeker or Roseanne Lawrence.

Game Night at CTK Friday July 20 from 7pm-9pm
Come one, come all, and bring a friend of any age. If you have a game you may or may not have played for a while, bring it along. Board games stocked include Chess, Checkers, Tri-ominoes®, Clue®, Monopoly®, and a table or two for Canasta and Pinochle. Novices are welcome. Bring yourself, a friend, family and a snack if you want to! We will provide drinks and popcorn.

Lunch Bunch
Love to eat? Love to talk?
Why not join the CTK Lunch Bunch at 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Red Lobster
39401 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538, 510.657.2436

Next month CTK Lunch Bunch is TBD.

CTK July 2018 Worship Schedule

Sunday, 1 July
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 8 July
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 15 July
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 22 July
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 29 July
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Lay Worship Service

CTK August 2018 Worship Schedule

Sunday, 5 August
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 12 August
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 19 August
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 26 August
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion

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1301 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: 510.797.3724 // Fax: 510.797.3982

Last updated 30 June 2018