Christ the King is feeling the effects of a power surge! Extra current pulsed into our building last Saturday 7.18.20 after a car struck a utility pole at the intersection of Washington & Kennedy. In this case a power surge was bad. Many breakers were tripped to protect the building, one surge protector was fried but it saved our phone system and answering system electronics! However, our WiFi box was the most serious casualty! Fortunately, we have plans to upgrade the system when projection is installed in early to mid-August. All the components were ordered and are ready to be installed. We hope to have it up and running by August 2 if not earlier. The upside to this loss is a better connection to our WiFi. The downside is that we cannot livestream from church and staff have been working from home until the repairs are completed
I see the effects of other kinds of power surges happening at CtK. Don’t worry, these are the good kind! I am reminded of the great book written by Rev. Michael Foss Power Surge: 6 Marks of Discipleship. He lays out the benefits of church members who can be engaged in these six faithful practices:
Even in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, I see many people being engaged in these faithful surges of power! The CtK calling tree was established to reach out to other members to be sure they are okay physically and spiritual. Thank you to many of you who are reaching out and connecting with our siblings in Christ. I have also heard countless stories of how you have raised the spirits of someone through kindness, making a meal for another family, sharing a smile, helping a neighbor, or even putting signs in somebodies yard to celebrate the milestones of life. In addition, I see the power of Jesus Christ surging as people in worship share messages of peace and greetings to the CtK family. Life is not easy. Pandemic life is not easy. We all are in this together and together we will get through. God’s love comes to life everyday through the people of CtK and it is amazing to hear and see! Keep it up! Remain committed to these six practices of discipleship. Or if this is new to you commit yourself to a few of them and add another practice when you are ready. Either way we will continue to see a church surging in ways that shares love and gives life.
Miss you all! Be well and be safe!
Christ’s blessings and peace,
There's a buzz in the air within this synod, and you are part of that! Earlier this week Crossways shared this update on the $50,000 Challenge campaign that was started with your generosity.
Remember that big $50,000 tithe we used to issue a challenge to the churches and individuals of our synod to help Crossways raise a total of $100,000? So far, they have successfully raised $41,760, which means they have just a small way to go to reach $50,000! Once they hit that number and raise a total of $100,000, they will be able to bring their staff back from furlough to pick up where things left off, and to get prepped for the fall.
There's a saying I heard recently that says, "generosity begets generosity." This challenge has shown us how the Holy Spirit works within people's hearts to inspire giving and sharing of resources when they see others doing the same. I know I am amazed at how the churches and individuals have responded to be part of the generosity that was shared by you.
THAT is God's love coming to life not just here at Christ the King but throughout the synod and beyond!
This past Wednesday, July 8th we had our 3rd State of the Church webinar. Watch the replay below to get all the updates, here's some time stamps so you can see when we talk about each topic:
Faith Formation- 4:00
Building & Projection Updates- 12:04
CtK Calling Tree- 13:57
When will we gather in person? - 21:45
March 11th. March 11th was the last time we were able to gather for worship. It's been 113 days. We miss you all, and we've heard from many of you that you are missing the CtK community as well. We hear you, and we want you to know that we (your pastors and council) are discussing ways for us to safely be together.
Despite the fact that we've been apart for so long, God's love has STILL been coming to life through all of you and through our beloved faith community! See the picture of that happy kid to the left? That's Billie....and she's beaming in that photo because a ministry of this congregation -- King's Tools -- built her that shiny new ramp back in early June.
Wheelchair life was relatively new to Billie and her family back in June. Though Billie was flourishing and growing into it nicely, her family was still having some troubles getting around home with it, and saw the need for some adaptations. After exchanging a few emails, we quickly realized that King's Tools would be able to help out with building a ramp to make entry into their house much easier for Billie and her family. Within a week, Billie's mom was able to take this photo and send it to us here in the office noting, "We are so excited about this ramp!! The wheelchair sets Billie up to be at her best-- I can't wait to share her more with the world." The truth is, WE can't wait for Billie's gifts and love to shine in the world either! Because of the ministry of King's Tools, Billie is going to be able to thrive and more fully share her gifts with the world! THAT, my friends, is how God's love is coming to life!
Curious about King's Tools? It's this great ministry we have at Christ the King that consists of a group of people who like to build and fix things. They have a mission of serving ALL God's people who might need assistance with a project, regardless of church membership. If you're interested in learning more about the work they do, or if you'd like to join the group, give us a call here at church and we can get you connected with Jim, their faithful group leader!
Peace be the journey,