During the COVID pandemic, our weekly email updates were first called "A Season of Grace in a Time of Fear." We hoped that you might find some moments and places of the peace of God in that time of fear, uncertainty, and confusion. Eventually, the title became "Seasons of Grace," and now, "Grace Notes." Here's the place to look for weekly updates and reminders, and even some notes on things to look forward to.
The "Being Challenge" encouraged us to develop habits similar to the ones Jesus used, that pulled together his life and ministry on earth, like a keystone does for an arch.
The "Keystone Habits" (in the order you'll see them below) are Choosing Church, Studying Scripture, Committing to Community, Prioritizing Prayer, and Seeking Solitude)
By the way -
66 people "Chose Church" in-person at least once at Christ the King the first two Sundays in September
SUNDAY, September 17, 2023 through
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Worship at 8:15 am and 10:45 am
You can choose to join us in person at Christ the King, or watch our services live or recorded on Facebook (8:15 am) HERE>> or on YouTube (10:45 am) HERE>>
You can open, download, and print the printout for both September 17 worship services at 8:15 and 10:45 am HERE>>
ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Saint Peter once asked Jesus if he had to forgive his brother seven times for the same sin. Jesus told Peter "what about 77 times?" In the sermon for September 17 we'll think about why forgiving seems so hard for people - and what Jesus has done to help
ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
In today's Gospel lesson, Jesus tells a parable about fairness. Or maybe it's about jealousy. Or could it be about acceptance? Or maybe about the value of a person (like you or me)? Maybe it's about all of the above - come along and see!
COMING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
NEW series! Living Softly in a Hard World
(Saint Paul's letter to the Christians in Philippi)
Over four weeks we'll focus on one model of how the love of Jesus can give you the strength to remain un-hardened by the world around you.
On October 1: When all you think you can see are the walls closing in, are there still reasons to thank God?
Bible Studies this Week
SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS FOR ADULTS - 9:30 am in the Sanctuary - the Book of Revelation. This week - Living Faithfully in the End Times. Next week (September 24) - A Vision of Heaven
SUNDAY YOUTH CONFIRMATION CLASS - 9:30 am in the Parish Hall - September 17 & 24 - The Ten Commandments, Part 2
WOMEN'S WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES - in the Parish Hall
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm and Wednesdays, 9:30-11 am
Our current study is Gideon - see Pam Reece for details, and a book!
LWML "Let's Meet" Bible Study - Thursday, September 21, 10:30 am hosted at Christ the King, and on ZOOM. This month: "Here am I, Send Me."
AND FOR KIDS - SUNDAY SCHOOL - 9:30 am in the Parish Hall
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL SEASON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 17 WITH RALLY DAY!
Please join us in the Parish Hall to welcome everyone back to another year of Sunday School! Treats, games, crafts, and fun for everyone (yes, even adults!) No RSVP is needed - just show up and join the fun!
Don't forget! You can explore more opportunities to Study Scripture HERE>>
Church Council Meeting
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, NOON
Our Council officers have been chosen (and volunteered!) to work together to guide our church now, and as we move into the future. You're welcome to sit in on any of our meetings!
Christ the King Lutheran Church is a member of the SELC District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
This week's edition of our e-Newsletter "The BEACON" features articles about
Here at Christ the King, we support the Matthew 25 Coalition of Churches in Medina County with our prayers and offerings (and a line in our budget). HERE>> are some stories of how we've helped people acute and unexpected financial needs in our communities over this past summer.
The Matthew 25 Coalition of Medina County and the Matthew 25 Outreach Center of Ashland / Richland Counties
NEXT FREE MONTHLY PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION
Saturday October 13
at the Cloverleaf Elementary School, 8337 Friendsville Road
Distribution 10 am – 1 pm
Volunteers needed 8 am – 2 pm
Questions? 419-961-0110, or visit this website www.m25oc.org
Find the Christ the King prayer list at our updated prayer website HERE>>
You can also download and read or print the Lutheran Bible Translators' September prayer calendar HERE>>
and you can download and read or print the September prayer list from Wycliffe Bible Translators HERE>>
Please pray about this important issue during September
Click the button below for more about Suicide prevention, including a document called "Finding Hope: A Toolkit for Suicide Prevention"
This is Pastor Cahill on an island off the southern tip of India. Behind him is the city of Kanyakumari. The next major body of water beind him to the north is the Arctic Ocean; the next major piece of land to the south is Antarctica.
The Keystone Habit of "Solitude" doesn't simply mean loneliness; it means being away from the usual distractions of life to notice what God is doing around you and with you.
So here's a September suggestion: go for a walk by yourself in one of our Medina County parks. If you must take your cell phone with you, keep it in your pocket. Don't listen to music; instead, listen for the sounds of breezes in the trees, the voices God has given the birds in the trees and frogs in the ponds, and the rustling of critters in the underbrush. Don't watch videos; instead, look around at what God is doing in the plants and flowers as they all get ready for Autumn. Do this several times in September, and notice the changes He is making as He changes the seasons. NOTE: if you don't use a decent amount of bug spray before your walk, you'll notice that lots of bugs are hungry, too!