Volume 60 Issue 9-10
Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Do you find yourself in sometimes confusing and difficult situations? We make decisions and try to manage the resources we have been entrusted including our money, property, time, skills and gifts. But we do live in confusing times, when truth, according to some, is "not truth", and that there are various "versions of the truth."
Sometime ago Thomas, a man in his late 50’s shared a story with me. Thomas shared that when he was 19, he had a summer job working the night shift at a local cannery. He worked hard packing tomatoes at the cannery in Hayward. Like many college students, he relied on that work to help put him through college.
During a class his sophomore year in college, he learned that the very company he worked for, the very company helping him make his way through college, was also exploiting immigrant workers in the US and workers in Mexico and Guatemala. The company was not only paying substandard wages, but taking advantage of the workers because they were poor and powerless.
He stated that at the age of 19 he felt like he was participating and facilitating this great wrong. And yet, this was good work and such opportunities were limited for 19-year-olds. He struggled greatly with this, believing if he were somehow strong enough he would quit. But then what? He wasn’t well suited for manual labor or smart enough for other forms of employment. He was too proud to not work at all. In the end, he convinced himself that he was only 19 after all and he was on the lowest end of this massive, complex corporation. More than that, he reasoned that one day when he had more resources, more power, more voice, he would try to do something about this – he vowed that he would try to make right what he knew was so wrong – exploiting another human being, another one of God’s beautiful creation.
Thomas now in his late 50’s, faced many difficult questions with no simple answers, and he still wonders whether he had really followed up with that pledge.
As you and I sit and reflect on our own lives and also look to the future, and as we follow Jesus’ teaching and live into discipleship, we too may be struggling with our decisions and choices. When it comes right down to it, each of us try’s to serve both God and wealth. How can we not? Wealth of one sort or another is essential for life -- at least in the world we live. And like Thomas, our relationship with wealth is complicated. Sometimes we squander the gifts, to be sure.
At other times, we make it work for us in whatever ways we have to. And sometimes, like Thomas, in some small way we realize that these gifts do put us in relationship with one another and we try to make right what can often be wrong.
What we face today is similar to some of the stories in our Gospels. Two thousand years later Jesus teaching about wealth and abundant resources is still raising important questions about the place of wealth in our lives. And maybe that alone puts us on a path of repentance and renewal as it forces us to at least examine what we might otherwise take for granted.
You have your own story... where things were not simple. You may ask yourself, "What choice did I have, what choice do I have?" We probably get most things right, most of the time, but sometimes it is down right confusing. Either way, even if we are only asking the questions, maybe that is okay. Somehow I expect that is getting us closer to the place where Jesus is calling us in the here and now. I think it all begins and ends in self-examination and repentance and seeking to start anew; living into the grace God provides. And maybe that, siblings in Christ, is where Jesus intended to take us all along. Amen
Council President's Corner
Summer is almost over. I think we all enjoy the extra daylight and warmer weather. Even though our days have been cooler than normal, I think the extra hot days are still coming. We all plan vacation, day trips, and extra activities for this time of year.
Melinda and I have been quite busy this summer. Our first priority this summer is helping plan Matt and Katie’s wedding. This is a big effort so we worked on it a little each month and the effort picks up as the wedding gets closer in October. We went on a trip with Megan to Chicago, and we are invited to 3 additional weddings this summer and fall. Melinda did the decorations for the Lutheran Camp banquet this July in Los Angeles. We traveled to Seattle to celebrate Trevor’s college graduation (Megan’s boyfriend), visit my aunt and cousin, and visit the Mathres. Not to mention the increased tempo at work.
The activity level around CTK has also increased. The efforts for our transition team and outside ministries is amazing. We presented the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) to Synod for review (everyone should review this when we are finished), worked on the new contract with 7th Day Adventist Church, and we are reaching out to Kidango about a new contract as the current contract expires in March 2019. Our Backpack stuffing day was August 12th (thanks Bonnie and RoseAnne for leading this), and our Rummage Sale was July 14 (thanks to Bill and Don for leading this). We are meeting with property developers about sale some of our land, Pastor Ray has a new 6-month contract that expires in January 2019. The Tri-City ELCA group is still meeting and planning an Advent group activity in Early December. These are only some of the activities going on around CTK. We are always looking for help with our ministries.
God Bless CTK
Bob Kufeld, CTK Council President
Eternal sanctuary candle for July is given by
Eternal sanctuary candle for September is given by Ina Ketcham in memory of niece, Stacy Christine Hoonton.
Also Given by Bob & RoseAnne Lawrence in memory of their son, Mike Covey
Eternal Sanctuary candle for August is given by
Chris & John O’Halloran in memory of Love Ones.
September 2nd given by Dave & Bunny Dubel in celebration of their Wedding Anniversary and America Manspeaker’s Birthday
September 9th given by Ina Ketcham in memory of parents Don & Pauline Ketcham’s Wedding Anniversary
September 16th given by Betty Wargo in honor of Loved Ones
September 23rd given by Ina Ketcham in celebration of daughter Nancy & son-in-law Ralph Boston’s 25th Wedding Anniversary
September 30th given by Doug & Debbie Ward in celebration of daughter Katherine & Gabriel’s wedding on September 28th
October 7th given by Ina Ketcham in celebration of Michelle & Myra Hughes’s 60th Birthday!
October 14th given by Tony, Veronica & Emily in memory of Loved Ones
October 21st given by Bob & Melinda Kufeld in celebration of son, Matt & Katie’s marriage on October 21st
October 28th given by Chris O’Halloran in memory of mom, Marie Hill, Aunt Virginia & Uncle Charles
6 Large Cans of Chicken
3 Large Cans of Beef Stew
1 Large Can of Mini Ravioli
2 Cans of Chicken & Dumplings
1 Box of Macaroni & Cheese
12 Cans of Mandarin Oranges
2 Large Cans of Pinto Beans, 1 Can of Black Beans
1 Can of Corn
1 Jar of Spicy Olives
1 Large Bag of Purina Cat Chow, 1 Large Box of Milk Bone Dog Biscuits
6 Antiperspirants, 1 Mouthwash, 1 Body Wash, 1 Body Lotion, 1 Hand Cream
5 Cans Chile Con Carne
2 Cans Pinto Beans, 2 Cans Black Beans, 1 Can Garbanzo Beans, 1 Can Green Beans
9 Bags Rice, 2 Bags Pinto Beans, 2 Bags Black Beans
1 Bag Samples of Shampoo, Conditioner, 2 Small Soap Bars
4 Cleaning and Makeup Remover Towelettes
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 September is infant formula, baby foods, baby wipes, diapers, baby clothes. Tri-City Volunteers Silver Barrel Donations focus for October is canned fruits and vegetables. 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.
We have received requests from Tri-City Volunteers: Please do not donate goods with expired “use by” dates OR canned goods that are in dented cans. These items will not be accepted by Tri-City. Thank you!
Upcoming Events and News You Can Use
BACKPACK PROJECT 2018
Choir Practice begins on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:45pm.
Praise Ensemble practice begins on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:30pm. Practice will be every Thursday.
Game Night at CTK Friday, September 21 from 7pm-9pm
Next month CTK Lunch Bunch is at 1:00pm on Wedesnday, October 10, 2018
CTK September 2018 Worship Schedule
CTK October 2018 Worship Schedule
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Last updated 30 June 2018