Did You Know . . . .?
Christ the King has a Love Fund to provide short-term monetary support to members, attendees, and staff in times of crisis. This support comes as an expression of God’s love from the congregation and imposes no requirements on the recipient. The names and circumstances of all recipients are held in strictest confidence. The fund was created upon the death of a member in 2003, and the funds have been used over that time, as well as been replenished by many members who give periodically.
The process is administered by Pastor Tim, with support from the Social Ministry, who weighs in on each confidential need presented to Pastor Tim. The potential recipient is also encouraged to seek resources from other avenues, such as the Community Emergency Action Coalition, which also responds to emergency one-time requests from people in the community.
A part of this process has been that we communicate directly with the congregation so that members understand this support. To help achieve this goal, we are hoping to do regular communications in February–the month of Valentine’s Day!
So we celebrate and are thankful for God’s love–always. And Scripture reminds us of this love in John 13:34-35: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
On February 9th, we will lift up this way we show God’s love to one another. As Pastor Tim says often, “God loves you, no matter what!”
Lenten Focus on World Hunger
From your persistent friends on the Social Ministry Committee:
Lent is fast approaching; it will begin on February 26th this year. As we have for several years, we would like to focus the congregation’s attention on hunger; hunger in the US, and hunger around the world. As a visual aid to assist us with this task, the ELCA has provided us with Lenten devotional calendars designed to help us think about and understand hunger. Members of the committee will be passing these calendars out beginning February 23rd, the Sunday before Lent. Please look for them.
In addition, as part of the ELCA’s campaign to raise money for ELCA World Hunger, we have set a goal of $5000 for Christ the King. If each person in the congregation put aside 50 cents a day during Lent, we would more than fulfill this modest goal. Please prayerfully consider this worthwhile cause. You may put your contributions in the Noisy Offering or put a check in the offering plate with “World Hunger” on the memo line.
On another note: please plan to be in church March 8. We will be doing a tasting of olive oils from Canaan. If there is demand, we will take orders. More about this in the March Scribe.
Thank you all for all you do in God’s name.
On Sunday, March 22nd, CtK will welcome Patterson Yazzie, the Mission Director for the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission. He will be leading a Q&A between services that day to talk about the ministries of NELM and answer any questions that you may have about the Mission. We are currently working on setting a date(s) for folks from CtK to travel to NELM to install solar light kits in people’s homes and to do some other work projects around the Mission Campus. I hope that this will happen in March or April, but dates have not yet been confirmed. Please let me know if you would be interested in this trip by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.