Welcome to Holy Week! The deepest, darkest days for Jesus. We find Jesus’ teaching lessons of servanthood while washing the disciple’s feet, breaking bread, and blessing wine for a new understanding of the Passover meal our holy communion, and sharing love, forgiveness, and grace for all to be welcomed. Three days after his death, the disciples and many followers of Jesus awoke with grief, confusion, fear, impatience, and many other emotions.
Is resurrection possible?
How can a dead Savior live?
Is resurrection possible?
What is the new normal going look like?
We know the rest of the story. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! It was hard to stay vigilant, faithful, or even believe. Thankfully, in the resurrection, Jesus shows up. Jesus is present. Jesus continues to walk and talk and share the glory of God’s Kingdom and encourage people to believe. Human life and history are changed forever!
Easter 2021 – emotions are high, human life and history is changed forever by the Coronavirus pandemic! What will our new normal look like when we gather for activities and worship? How will faith be lived out and shared? What have we learned? How have we changed? How has God shown up and walked alongside to give us a new perspective? How do we care for and understand our neighbor? The sick? The vulnerable?
As a congregation we have not taken life nor faith for granted. We prepare every day for the ‘New Normal’. Remain prayerful, steadfast, resilient. There will be a day we will move from virtual meeting and parking lot worship to in person gathering for worship.
CtK’s Re-entry Team, a cross-section of people from the congregation, has worked hard to understand from a theological and from a safety perspective to prepare for in person gatherings and worship. A new perspective. We do understand we cannot flip a switch and suddenly open like the ‘old normal.’ It is out of concern for everyone that we have an updated the Plan of Re-entry. If you have not seen the prepared YouTube video or the documents that state this on our website, please take a few moments and review them on the links below.
Easter in Jesus day and Easter today bring about a ‘new normal’. Let us remain faithful and vigilant in the power of Jesus resurrection. When we do this, we see God’s love come to life and understand all are welcome. Let us prepare everyday like it is Easter!
Happy Holy Week,
"RING THOSE BELLS!" we excitedly yelled.
"ONE STEP CLOSER!" we called.
These shouts were just a couple that were proclaimed over the last month and a half as the Christ the King Re-Entry Team met.
This collection of faithful servants from our congregation teamed up to consider when and how we will gather together again in person. Each time the team completed work on each ministry area, they rang a cow bell, played handheld instruments, and did a cheer.
This team is a way God's love has come to life at Christ the King recently. Through prayerful consideration, thorough analysis of data from Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services, and some tough conversations, this team has developed a plan for re-entering into in-person gathering. All of that was done with a love for our neighbors and care for our congregation in mind.
I'll leave it to the team to share their exciting work in an announcement this Sunday as part of worship, so stay tuned to get their full update coming soon!
Peace be the journey,
Thank you, people of CtK for your faithful response! At Christ the King (CtK) we put benevolent giving first! “Taking care of others before ourselves," it just what we do shared one parishioner. The spiritual discipline of stewardship and caring for our neighbor is something we take seriously at CtK! Thank you for your commitment to the Ministry Spending Plan (MSP) and response to God’s blessings.
I share this thank you because we recently received a thank you letter from the Executive Director of LEAVEN (Limited Emergency Assistance Valley Ecumenical Network), Mary Parsons. Here is what the letter said:
Coretta Scott King said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Her words, while spoken years ago, aptly describe the Fox Valley area today. The outpouring of support during these unprecedented times has affirmed the strength and character of our community.
Your gift of $1,105 is helping a growing number of people who need LEAVEN assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your generosity is stabilizing individuals and families who were already struggling to make ends meet before the outbreak, as well as those seeking assistance for the very first time.
Whether it’s an everyday crisis or a widespread disaster, LEAVEN is her to help. But we could not do it without donors lie you who rise to the occasion and give with your heart. As an organization, we are confident that we will look back at this difficult time with immense pride in how we individually and collectively responded.
A penned note also said, “Thank you for your generous support. Your gift gives help and hope to our neighbors in need.”
Thank you for your commitment of making a real difference in the lives of people, our neighbors, who are in need! Your faithful giving is one way the ministry of CtK is bringing God’s love to life!
Ugh, we have reached a year of pandemic! I hear lament around me.
Lament Psalms are the expression of pain, distress, and suffering. None of us is immune from encountering such experiences. We all can relate and lament of the tiresome, dragging on of the pandemic. Glimmers of hope seem illusive.
I don’t have the answers, at least, not with an exact date or time. However, I am hopeful! Because I see the numbers headed in the right direction. Vaccinations are becoming more available. There are better days ahead! Continue to let your resilience, patience and adaptability abound. The day is coming. Let us be ready.
My dear friends in Christ, there is Good News! As we see declining numbers of new cases for COVID. Vaccinations are on the rise. A team of CtK lay people are making plans for in person gathering and for in person worship. That, of course, assumes the trend we are on continues to move in a positive direction.
With prayer and planning, this team considers the path forward with everyone’s interest and safety at hand. A phased approach will be necessary to ease into worship life and communal living. We cannot expect to flip a switch, however we will slowly return. Remain faithful. Remain positive. Remain hopeful and remain accepting of the possibilities for what newness comes out of our experienced pandemic to face each day that is provided by God. Very soon the plan to return to in person worship and gathering with bee shared in our weekly Constant Contact e-newsletter and on our website. God’s love is coming to life! You can do this. We can do this together 😊
Christ’s Lenten Blessings & Peace,
Jesus loves me, Jesus loves everyone, even “the crabby people”, Jesus’ love is with me everywhere I go, communion is for everyone, there is a place for everyone at Jesus’ table. These are just some of the take-aways after this past Monday’s first night of communion instruction, for our fourth graders. Every year I am blown away at the depth of understanding our youth have of God’s grace and love. This year, first communion, will look quite a bit different than years passed. We will welcome the newest diners to The Lord’s Table on Palm Sunday. Each student’s family can choose which worship service, virtual or parking lot, works best for them. I hope that you will be able to join us, Palm Sunday, March 28th as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and this important milestone of our 4th grade siblings in Christ.
Your Sibling in Christ,
Susie Selle (she/her)