August 24, 2021
Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ Ephesians 2:21
The Covid numbers in the state of Texas are on the rise again. The church is hard pressed on how to deal with this pandemic. There are many conflicting views on how churches should best handle it. Your safety review committee and Board of Elders have tried to stay on top of all those views and at the same time recognize the body of Christ’s need to assemble in community and worship their Lord and Savior and receive the grace offered to His people through both Word and Sacrament.
Recently, a concern of comfortability during worship was shared with the pastoral office. In sharing this concern with the Board of Elders, the Board has moved to alleviate it by designating the last two pews on the pulpit side section as a “Mask Required” section. The pew in front of that section will be taped off for social distancing purposes. All other pews will be “Mask Recommended” seating. Hopefully, this will provide the comfortability for which some are looking. The Board of Elders and the Safety Review committee wish to honor the needs of all members and ask for all those of Christ the King to do the same. We hope this solution, done in submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ, will continue to keep us together through this challenging time.
As always, the Board of Elders and Safety Review committee, will be monitoring the human behavior of its members and will adjust accordingly. If they see a greater need for “Mask Required” sections than what they are offering, they will accommodate. In the meantime, follow the counsel of Paul, submit to one another out of reverence to Christ and make the best efforts you can to keep us together and support the need of every member of the body of Christ to assemble for worship and receive the grace and strength offered through Christ’s Word and Sacrament.
P.S. The Safety Review committee, with all politics aside, strongly encourages you to be vaccinated against this virus. The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine and it has shown to be effective in preventing Covid or reducing its long term effects.
August 11, 2021 

Here We Go Again

The safety review committee of Christ the King, consisting of Drs Jason and Leigh Nordstrom and myself are noticing a surge of Covid cases the last few weeks.  It is a big enough surge that we are encouraging people, vaccinated or not, to take precautionary safety measures once again.  We must give thanks to God that despite the surge in Ellis County, God has seemingly put a protective shield around our congregation as no members of our church are experiencing Covid at this time.   However, that does not dismiss us from being responsible for our health and is in much of us lies, the health of others.  

Thus, at this time, we are encouraging people, vaccinated or not, to wear masks and practice social distancing when capable.  We know that the attendance at 8:00 a.m. service may make social distancing a stretch, so the best thing for our 8:00 a.m. attenders to do is to quarantine oneself if experiencing any flu like symptoms or have been around people for a length of time who are, and wear masks. 


This troubling phenomenon reminds me of a story (You know Pastor Raebel and his stories).   When our son, Micah’s High School Basketball team entered sectional basketball playoffs, the team made shirts which consisted of a motto I suggested.  It was, “We fear none, but we respect all.”   I think we must look at Covid this way.  The Christian should not fear it but needs to respect its power to bring harm and death.  Our trust lies in the Lord and when it does, we fear not death (1 Cor. 15:55-56), even death from Covid.  But being “fearless” does not give us an excuse to be “careless”.   Thus, your safety review committee encourages you to be diligent in the safeguarding of your health and that of others.  Thank you, Pastor Raebel, Drs. Jason and Leigh Nordstrom