“A Place of Grace, sharing the Love of God with each other

And the Community”

December 01, 2019


WRAP-A-THON! Christmas is coming soon and that means you’ll have presents that need to be wrapped.  Well, our youth can help you with that! On Saturday December 14th, from 10am to 1pm the youth will be having a wrap-a-thon.  You bring your presents and we’ll wrap them for you.  Free donations will be accepted to help fund future youth trips. Thank you to the youth committee and Jessica Markwardt for sponsoring this event!


CAROLING:  Next Sunday, we will do our annual caroling party.  We will start at 1:30 p.m. and finish by 4:00 p.m.  We will be heading to those homes from our church who agree to welcome carolers and live within a 10-mile radius of the church. Light refreshments will be served upon our return.


PARKING:  If need be, to keep some parking spots open for our guests, it is permissible, if the ground is dry, to park on the grass.  Hopefully, soon, the cul-de-sac will be open to allow some street parking there.


ADVENT SERVICES:  Please remember to that the season of Advent is a penitential season to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas.  Your church is offering an extra service to help you in that preparation on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. This year’s theme is ”Arise and Shine!” A soup dinner will be served before the service at 6:00 p.m.


VOTERS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:  At the last voter’s meeting, a motion was approved by the voters that the best place to build was here. Another motion was made that a building committee be formed.  More information on the formation of this committee will be forthcoming.  Proposed constitutional amendments were approved and the constitution is now ready to be submitted to the Texas District for its approval.   Several new officers and board members were elected.  Also, a two-year DCE non-tenured call was extended to Alison Daniels.  We thank all for attending.


ADVENT DEVOTIONS FOR ADULTS: Advent devotions centered around the themes of hope, peace, joy and love are available in the Narthex.  There is one devotion for each week of Advent plus one to read either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  May these devotions help prepare your hearts and minds for Christ’s birth! 


DISCOVER THE JOY IN GIVING God’s grace provides the basis for all Christian stewardship.  The grace given to us from our heavenly Father Who freely sent His Son should be our motivation to respond with an “abundance of joy” and “in a wealth of generosity.”  (2 Corinthians 8:2).  It wasn’t an overabundance of money or possessions that caused the Macedonians to give so sacrificially.  No, it was God’s grace that led them to beg earnestly to be allowed to contribute to the church in Jerusalem.   The Macedonians found their joy and strength in Jesus (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).  They truly understood that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  True joy lies in the act of giving without an expectation of receiving something in return.

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT: Reserve your spot for a seat at Advent by Candlelight. Sunday, December 15th, 5:30pm, here at the CTK Fellowship Hall.


YOUTH & PARENT MEETING – Parents of Jr. High and High School youth are invited to join the youth committee for a vision casting meeting on Sunday December 8th at 6pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  


ALTAR FLOWERS: If you’d like to bless the Altar with flowers, please see JoAnn Thompson for ordering information.

HE>i: Join Myron Werkmeister during the Sunday School hour in the library to learn what this means for us and our lives.

ADVENT IN A BOX: Dear families of CTK with children ranging from pre-k to high school, we have something special for you in the Narthex! Pick up a “Journey through Advent” kit to use this December to prepare your family for Christmas. Inside the box you’ll find devotions and activities for your family to do together. Each box has a card on the outside indicating what age range of children that box is designed for.  The number of children is also marked on the box to ensure you get enough supplies for your whole family. To keep it simple, look for your family name on either the green or blue signs on the table and grab the corresponding color box! May these boxes bring your family hope, peace, joy and love this Christmas season! 

SERVING THE LORD’S HOUSE TODAY: Elders: Tom Batchelor & Michael Graf. Ushers: Greg Markwardt & Gary Montgomery & Craig Cates & Bill McDonald. Acolytes: Sarah Landrey & Kathryn & Alex Hinton. Altar Guild:  Lorraine Wegner & Cecilia Raebel.  Kitchen Duty: Board of Outreach & Social Ministry. Greeters: Richard & Lorraine Wegner & Edna Petilla & Donna Boyd.  Readers: Tom Batchelor & Michael Graf. Greeters Next Week: Louis & Jennie Dawson & Greg Markwardt & Dawn Cronkright.  Readers Next Week: Tom Batchelor & Lorraine Gohr.




Sunday, December 01

8:00 a.m.             Communion Service

9:30 a.m.             Sunday School

10:30 a.m.           Board of Trustees

10:45 a.m.           Communion Service

12:00 p.m.           Board of Social Ministry/Outreach

12:00 p.m.           Children’s Choir

3:30 p.m.             Youth (6th-12th) Service Project

5:00 p.m.             Confirmation


Monday, December 02

12:00 p.m.           Staff Meeting/Lunch


Tuesday, December 03

4:30 p.m.             Vision Committee


Wednesday, December 04

6:00 p.m.             Handbell Choir

6:00 p.m.             Soup Supper

7:00 p.m.             Advent Service

8:00 p.m.             Adult Choir


Saturday, December 07

9:00 a.m              Christmas Program Practice


Sunday, December 08

8:00 a.m.             Communion Service

9:30 a.m.             Sunday School

10:45 a.m.           Children’s Christmas Program

1:00 p.m.             Christmas Caroling

5:00 p.m.             Confirmation Classes

6:00 p.m.             Youth & Parent Meeting