“A Place of Grace, sharing the Love of God with each other and the Community”
March 19, 2023
NOTES AND NEWS ABOUT CTK:  Lent Services continue this Wednesday. A soup supper precedes at 6:00 p.m. with services following at 7:00 p.m. Journey to the cross with Christ this Lenten season in preparation for the celebration of His Easter victory. This Wednesday’s service will be led by the youth. The theme is the names of God. Pastor’s Pilgrim Progress will not meet this coming Saturday March 25th. The last session will be April 1st. The Vision Committee will present to the congregation a Vision Summary for our church this coming April 12th with a light dinner being served at 5:45 p.m.
FIRST LOOK INVITES YOU: First Look, a pro-life ministry in Waxahachie is inviting us to their Family Fair on March 25th. The time our church has been invited to is 12:00–2:00 p.m. They are located at 213 YMCA Drive. Check out the poster in the hallway for more details. This is a mission ministry we support with our mission dollars.
EASTER SERVICE TIMES: Maundy Thursday service, with communion, will be held April 6th at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday services on April 8th will be at 3:00 p.m. A Good Friday cantata will be held at 7:00 p.m. Our Easter Sunrise service will be at 6:00 a.m. with breakfast to follow. The usual 8:00 a.m. service will start at 8:30 a.m. that day. There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class. The second service will start at the usual 10:45 a.m. time.
CHURCH FINANCIALS: God continues to bless this congregation! At the end of February our numbers show that we are in the black! Praise God! Our mortgage balance stands at $642,001.98.
GRIEF SHARE: This ministry group will begin shortly. It is being steered by Mary Caldwell, Janice Bell and Janice Rosser. Stay tuned for more information on this ministry which can serve as another outreach and in reach for our church!
GERMANY NOVEMBER 2023: Pastor is hosting a trip to Germany this coming November. If you would like more information, click on this link, and let him know you are going or are interested. Germany Trip Brochure. Why November some have asked? A couple of reasons, one is that it is low season and thus less expensive. The second is that you will get to see the lights of Germany and get a taste of their Kindle Nacht, their Christmas decorations and merchandise. A small discount is given when signing up early.
LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS: Our soup suppers continue this Wednesday. There is a donation signup sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway. Donations of soup are ample. However, we are looking for donations of breads, crackers, and dessert for the next few Wednesdays. If you can help with a donation of any of these items, it would be greatly appreciated!
ALL MEMBER SPRING CLEANING IS HERE NOW! The annual Spring Cleaning will culminate with a Work Day on Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30 am until done. A sign-up sheet with listed tasks is posted on the bulletin board now.
MARCH VISION PRAYER: Lord God, gracious and ever fervent to save people worldwide, we thank and praise You for sending Your Son to give us “living water” – the spiritual water which cleanses us of our sins and is springing up in us unto eternal life. With fullness of love, the Lord Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well about her sin-laden life. He revealed himself as the hoped-for Messiah. And He desired to give her forgiveness, spiritual transformation, and eternal life. Continue to nurture in us a vision of mission like that of Jesus for the Samaritan woman. Help us to speak with persons who are burdened with sin and life’s troubles, and to offer them Jesus’ living water, with Word, Sacrament, and Christian fellowship. We continue to commend to You the members of our Vision Committee. Lead them to finalize a mission expansion plan for our congregation which accords with Your will, and for presenting this to us in April in the light of Lent and Easter. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen (written by Pastor Halamka)
YOUNG-ISH ADULTS FOR CHRIST “30s & 40s year olds” If you are in the 30s or 40s and are interested in attending a new adult Sunday School Class we welcome you to join us starting March 26th! Karl and Annette Goss feel called to lead a group of “youngish” adults in Bible study, while helping to foster relationships that will last a lifetime. The class will have a “kick-off” meeting on March 26th during Sunday School hour. We will meet in the classroom just off the fellowship hall. If you are interested and want to hear more about this, please contact Annette at 972.935.6246 or Karl at 972.351.4478, or just come to the “kick-off” meeting! At this kickoff meeting we will discuss some options of things the group can study, as we want this to be a relevant and engaging class for your interests! We are excited for this opportunity and to see where God leads us!
BABIES – TODDLERS – DANCING- SINGING – STORY TIME – PLAY TIME: Do you like holding babies? Do you like playing with toddlers? Do you like reading stories to children? Do you like sharing Jesus’ love with others? Are you an adult over the age of 18? If so, we have an amazing OPPORTUNITY for you! Our nursery is set, we’ve hired new attendants, we have babies, we have story books, we have music, all we need is YOU! We LOVE our babies and children and have put into place a two-adult rule! Our Child Protection Policy states that two adults must always be present with children. So that means we need help! We have broken the time slots into three slots per Sunday. We want to make this as easy as possible for YOU to volunteer and share your love and time with the babies and toddlers of our church. Please look at the sign-up genius and see when you can plug yourself in to help! If you have any questions, please contact Allison Daniels or Annette Goss.
Sunday, March 19
8:00 a.m. Communion Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Anglican Bible Study
10:45 a.m. Communion Service
12:00 p.m. Anglican Service
12:00 p.m. 33:3 Choir
Wednesday, March 22
5:00 p.m. Handbell Quartet
6:00 p.m. Handbell Choir
6:00 p.m. Soup Supper
7:00 p.m. Youth Led Lenten Service
8:00 p.m. Adult Choir
Thursday, March 23
7:00 p.m. Praise Team
Saturday, March 25
9:00 a.m. Mens’ Breakfast
11:00 a.m. Instruction Class
Sunday, March 26
8:00 a.m. Communion Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Anglican Bible Study
10:45 a.m. Communion Service
12:00 p.m. Anglican Service
12:00 p.m. 33:3 Choir
5:00 p.m. Confirmation