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

And the Community”

November 22, 2020

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE:  We will be having our Thanksgiving service to give thanks to God for His manifold blessings, even during this pandemic, on November 25th at 7:00 p.m.  The next three Wednesday nights after that we will be having our Advent services at the same time.  Our advent theme is “Await God’s Future”

 

NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS:  The following were elected to serve, the congregational president is Greg Markwardt, the secretary is Colleen Julius, Elders are Tom Batchelor, Karl Goss, Ron Halamka, Chester Juroska, Gary Montgomery, and Brent Rutan; Social Ministry and Outreach are Donna Boyd, Pastor Finke, Sharon Keene; Stewardship are Billy and Mary Lou Crawford, Gary and Connie Jauhola; Trustees are Joel Huck, Vicki Lindsey, Michael Savins, Tim and Amy Boldt; Christian Education are Kathy Aday, Vicky Batchelor, Rhonda Byler, Saundra Juroska, and Mary Mau. We thank all these people willing to serve.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING FINANCIALLY: A good way to gauge the financial health of the parish is to see where the liquid balance assets are at since we started the fiscal year.  Records show that at the end of May 31, our liquid assets totaled $229,065.62.  At the end of October our liquid assets have dropped $1,855.56, a weekly deficit spending of $88.36. Considering COVID, the summer months attendance, the air conditioner unit which needed replacement this is not bad.  It is probably very doable for the giving of members to erase this weekly deficit by their generous giving in response to the Gospel.

 

STEWARDSHIP NOTE This is the third and final week of our emphasis “Disciples Living as Grace-filled Stewards.”  The focus for this week is “Discipling Grace-filled Givers.”  In 1 Corinthian 16:2, the Apostle Paul wrote, “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper…”  Each week we can show our love and gratitude through our offering.  God calls us to give in proportion to how we are blessed and to make our giving a priority.  Through faith, we understand that God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others, and, through our generosity, we can help extend His kingdom.  As we give, God wants us to trust him and to give cheerfully.  Our giving represents our gratitude for Who God is, what He has done, and what He continues to do for us.  May we all grow in the grace of giving knowing that God will be faithful and bless us when we honor Him with our first and best.  Please remember to bring your commitment form to the church to be blessed this Sunday.   If you lost the form, you can click on this link to pull up one for you to print https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ufrFxQDq2cRoQ7gSNOpoolzfZU7sT8Pn6mbxtXMsebE/edit?usp=sharing

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES:  This year, due to COVID-19, CTK will be offering three Christmas Eve services.  Times will be 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.  Registration and assigned seating will also be required as we seek to maximize the available seating space in our sanctuary.  Each service will be limited to 65 attendees. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. The procedure will follow what we first did when we opened in May of 2020 for public Sunday services.
 

NIGHT OF WONDER:  It is again time for Night of Wonder being held on December 15th at Turner School.  This event is to help the children of this community at Christmas, whose parents are unable to provide gifts and food for their families. In the past, people in our congregation have chosen the numbers provided by WISD and purchased these items.  Due to COVID-19, we felt it in everyone’s best interest to request a gift of $50.00, $45.00 for gifts and $5.00 for food. If you wish to help with this heartfelt event, please make a check out to Christ the King Lutheran Church with Night of Wonder in the memo portion of your check and these items will be purchased for you.  Later, a sign-up sheet will be posted requesting volunteers to help with the set up.  This will include purchasing items received on our list, a Christmas display set up outside the school, distribution of gifts and food and clean up.  You will indeed experience the feeling of what Christ has instilled in our hearts when it comes to helping those less fortunate.  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Daniels or Donna Boyd.

 

ADVENT IN A BOX – Families with children and youth be sure to grab your own “Advent in Box” before Sunday November 29th. The boxes contain Advent devotions and hands on activities for your family to experience together.  Each box is personalized, so be sure to grab the one with your name on it! 

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – Save the date for our annual children and youth Christmas program, happening Dec. 6th during the 10:45am service.  We will start practice for it soon, so if you would like a part please let Vicky or Allison know.  

 

CARDS OF LOVE – Stop by the display in the Narthex or fellowship hall and fill out a card for fellow CTK members so we can spread some love this holiday season! 

 

BUILDING COMMITTEE COTTAGE MEETING:  The building committee has been at work formulating some options about the future building needs of Christ the King.  They would like to present those options to the members of CTK and get their input.  This will be done in an informal cottage meeting.   A non-binding straw poll may be taken at the discretion of the committee to help them formulate a motion that has a decent chance of passing at an official voter’s meeting. It is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. today.  Please note the time change from last week. We will plan to broadcast the meeting through Facebook live.

 

COVID-19 WATCH:  We continue to remind all about the recommendations to wear masks, to social distance, wash hands, and stay home if you are experiencing any illness. If one were to talk about an alert level, using colors of green, yellow, orange, and red, we would probably be at orange as we are approaching the flu season and hospitalizations have increased. The latest number from Ellis County Health dated November 19, 2020, shows 336 (a drop of 19 from last week) active cases, with 76 (an increase of 5 from last week) of them being in Waxahachie. Waxahachie School with a community population of 10,755, reports on November 20, 2020, 33 active (an increase of 10 from last week) cases with seventeen of them being employees and sixteen being students.  So, as they once said in Hill Street Blues, “Be Careful Out There.”

 

 

OUR WEEK WITH THE LORD

Sunday, November 22     Christ the King Sunday

8:00 a.m.             Communion Service

9:30 a.m.             Sunday School

10:45 a.m.           Communion Service

12:00 p.m.           Children’s Choir

1:00 p.m.             Building Committee Cottage Meeting

4:00 p.m.             Jr. High Youth

5:00 p.m.             Confirmation

 

Tuesday, November 24

9:30 a.m.             Women’s Bible Study

7:00 p.m.             Praise Team

 

Wednesday, November 25

6:00 p.m.             Hand-Bells

7:00 p.m.             Thanksgiving Eve Service

              

Thursday, November 26    THANKSGIVING

 

Saturday, November 28

9:00 a.m.            Church Decorating

TBD                     Altar Guild Meeting

3-5:00 p.m.          Family Craft Day

 

Sunday, November 29    

8:00 a.m.             Communion Service

9:30 a.m.             Sunday School

10:45 a.m.           Communion Service