This past Wednesday evening we gave an update on all the great things happening at Christ the King and all the ways God's love is coming to life. Check out that video for an update on all things CtK!
We have had some “good” problems at church lately. You know that kind that you can rejoice about. Some time ago, we thought we had ordered enough baptismal Bibles. Well, we have had so many baptisms in the last year and half we have run out of Bibles sooner than we thought we would. We also thought we have made enough fleece blankets that our confirmation youth prayed over and made. We only have two left! Again, great problems to have. I give thanks for the many families who have had children over the pandemic. They have waited for in person baptisms or who have felt it important to gather with people in their bubble and have a baptism in the home! I appreciate the many people who have worked so well with the safety measures we have in place when we gather outside or in worship. I give thanks for your understanding and for the joy we can have as we welcome these new lives into the world and the Church! Keep these baptismal families in your thoughts and prayers as they find it important and meaningful to baptize and raise their children in the Christian faith.
On another note, have you ever thought or been interested in learning more about your faith? Lay school of theology may be just for you. https://ecswlayschool.org/ People from other local ELCA congregations gather once a month throughout the school year on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings to learn about the Bible and Lutheran theology. One person who has attended said,
“I really didn’t know how much I didn’t know about my faith until I attended Lay School. I have grown and learned so much, even after all these years!”
Lay School is a funny name. But the term "lay" stands for laity from the Greek word for "people." Not everyone is called to pastoral leadership. But pastoral leadership is not the only kind of leadership that exists in the church. Through the baptized, the Holy Spirit is at work feeding, healing, teaching, restoring, and loving. That's what Christ's mission is all about.
The Holy Spirit equips and calls people to lead church councils, bible studies, Sunday school, and youth meetings. Some are called to serve on teams that plan for new pastors, engaging people in worship, sharing the mission of Jesus in community. Maybe God is calling you to deepen your sense of what faith is all about. If that's the case, lay school is for you. If you’re interested in attending, Pastor Dara & I are happy to help you along the way and the church would be willing to help with the cost.
I give thanks for the ministry we share through baptisms and learning. Let us all continue to strive in sharing ministry where “God’s love comes to life”!
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,
Isn’t it great when you see GOD’s hand at work?
Our church has been providing the meal & servers for the Pillars Adult & Family Shelter on 400 North Division Street on the second Tuesday every other month. Through a quirk in getting donations, we had much more than we needed… Ironically, that day the shelter had two families of seven arrive … and we had enough for all!! Talk about a Loaves & Fishes moment!!
Donations are dropped off at church prior to our Tuesday serving date. Then our 5-7 servers arrive at 4:00pm to make lunches for those that work during the day. Then we prepare the spaghetti, sauce & meatballs, garlic bread, green beans (with a little onion & bacon) and desserts. At 5:30 the women & families arrive for dinner & at 6:00 we serve the men. Cleanup is normally done by 7:00pm. We normally serve 35 individuals, though that night it was closer to 50!!
Thank you to all who helped by donating food & serving through the pandemic. It’s a great opportunity for families to volunteer together. The mask mandate has recently changed to: mandate facemasks at all times for staff, clients, and visitors at either of our shelter. HOWEVER, if all members of a Dinner Group have been vaccinated (using the honor system) then no masks are required while preparing and cleaning up dinner. The only time dinner groups should wear a mask is when they are physically serving dinner to clients.
I invite you to join us through baking a dessert, shopping for food or serving. Please let Judy Ruhl know your donation or interest. Our future dates the 2nd Tuesday in even months; Right now that is
I’ll also pass along the gratitude from Pillars: Thank you for continuing to serve at Pillars. You have no idea how nice it is to have groups continue on as supporters within the organization. ESPECIALLY as volunteers. -- Tony Schneider, Volunteer Manager, Pillars
In HIS Service,
Christ the King has committed to paint the Faith Build House for our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. We as a congregation are supporting this build financially and now we will provide labor for painting. The site is on 6th Street in Menasha and we will be painting on Saturday September 11th. The house will be plastered but have no trim, doors or cabinets installed so it will be the least complicated painting possible. We will prime ceilings and walls in the morning, enjoy a provided lunch and then paint the finish coat in the afternoon. Everything is the same color so it goes very quickly. All tools and equipment are provided by the affiliate. You will need to have close toed shoes and will be required to wear safety glasses (bring your own if you have them or the job trailer on site has some available).
The following information describes how we can sign up. I’ve reserved spots for Christ the King volunteers for Saturday, September 11. This day is one one very few Saturday workdays on the house so we were fortunate to get this opportunity to serve.
This link with your volunteers. https://foxcitieshabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/christtheking/
Everyone should use this link to sign up. Each volunteer must register themselves as they electronically sign our waiver. Simply click on the link to sign up. If new to our system, please create an account. If you've volunteered before and have an account on Volunteer Hub, simply click sign up.
Once registered, you will receive 3 emails in total.
Thanks, Jim Weyers