April 5
Are you all missing our weekly “gathering at the river,” I mean, church? I hope you are. As preached in the Palm Sunday sermon, violence is being done against the church during this COVID-19 as it is causing the church to experience an unnatural state of existence, separation. Hopefully, this time of violence will be short, and the people will hunger more for the gathering of community of the saints ever more than before when we can return. We pray that members of our community will not become use to worshipping through virtual reality and be led into the false belief there is no reason for them to gather with the community of saints on Sunday.
Some good news this past week, Governor Abbott has cleared up a lot of confusion this past week as he extended the Shelter in Place until the end of April. Aware that state, county and municipal edicts have disagreed about the extent of the shelter in place, he let it be known that that state supersedes all other edicts. In his edict, he also recognizes that religious services are “essential” services! It is so good to hear from our governor that he understands that serving not just the body, but the very soul of the human being is an essential service. Finally, his edict allows a gathering of no more than ten.
So, keeping all this in mind, and seeing how individual communion is growing every Sunday, and that this Sunday is Easter, we will be enabling two families to commune at the same time, providing the total is under ten. That means, the total of both families can add up only to four at one time. This is because we always have six auxiliary workers in the church. They are Cecilia, Kurt, Alison, I, and an elder and his wife. You can sign up for a communion slot by going to the google document yourself. The link is provided below. If you cannot access this document, you can call the church office. Remember no more than four at the same time. If we have two parties at the same time, we will have one at each side of the communion rail, keeping in line with the social distancing requirements.
Our doors are propped open so no touching will be necessary, except maybe at the communion rail for assistance in kneeling and rising. Be assured that after each communion, the rails are wiped down. Please do not touch anything in the building while you are, stay six feet apart from the auxiliary workers, except from the pastor as he communes you. The pastor will also sanitize his hands in between communions. There is sanitizer available for you to sanitize your hands when you enter and leave the building. Be assured, we are doing our best to make your trip to the church to nourish your soul, safer than your trip to the grocery store to nourish your body.
Finally, it has been requested to offer communion on Maundy Thursday. In the same google document, you can reserve a time for Thursday evening as well. We will offer communion from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and extend if need be.
We pray that all are staying safe and healthy during this time.
May God bless our Easter celebration! Blessings, Pastor Raebel
March 30
Looks like we will have to be doing church this way for a little longer. If you so desire the Sacrament during this “Shelter in Place” below is a link to click on to schedule a time slot for personal communion. Safety measures which we have in store is that there is no touching of anything in the building, except the communion rail to assist in kneeling or rising. Doors are propped open so you will not have to touch a handle. A sanitizer is available in the narthex. We would encourage you to use it on the way in and out of the building. We never have more than ten in the building and social distancing is practiced with those in the building. You are asked to keep your time in the building to your allotted 10 minute time or less. This keeps the flow going safely. The communion rail is sanitized after each communion. Pastor sanitizes his hands before sharing the Sacrament with each private communing party or individual.
You may have to download an application in order to submit your name on the list. Once you open, type your name in the time slot you are requesting and the number of people in your party. If you are not able to do this, or if you can’t find an agreeable time slot, please call the church office. May our Lord and His angels protect and preserve you through these times.
In His Name, Pastor Raebel
Please continue to keep this nation in your prayers as we go through the COVID-19 crisis. We just want to let you know that the Sacrament of the Altar and Confession and Absolution, will continued to be offered, though privately. Those that are seeking the gifts of this Sacrament of the Altar during this time, especially the peace it can bring, are welcomed to call the church office to set up an appointment any day of the week except on Friday. We are recommending that people over 70, who desire to receive this Sacrament, should not venture out, but to call the office for a pastoral visit. We also recommend that if anyone is experiencing flu like symptoms, to refrain from all personal contact, even with the pastor at Christ the King, unless it is a dire emergency. This will protect your pastor’s health and prevent him from becoming an unknowing carrier.
We wish to do our best to maintain the health and safety of all members and keep the means of grace available for them, taking all the necessary precautions we are asked to follow. Plan for right now, is to continue to air via social media our Service of the Word. Communion will also be available on Sunday, by appointment only. This again assures that we keep our numbers down in the building to recommended guidelines.
This Wednesday night, we will make available a Lenten Devotion and do it Facebook-Live. It will air at 7:00 p.m.
We are planning to do a Facebook live presentation of Pastor’s Bible Study which will air from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning. This media presentation will allow questions or comments to be shared as the class is held. Both of these live presentations will be recorded and emailed out to the congregation either later that same day or the next day.  
If you have any questions, please call Pastor Raebel at 817-819-2934. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through this crisis together. Hopefully, God will be using this to pull our families, our church, and our nation together. God Bless, Pastor Raebel