Pastoral Letter about Charlottesville

Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church,

I write this pastoral letter to you with a heavy heart, in my own voice and on behalf of my dear ministry colleagues here at Christ the King Church. This admittedly long letter likely meets a similar sadness in you. While there is much in our national society to cause concern, the outbreak of bigotry with violence and death in Charlottesville, VA uniquely has horrified us and made us ashamed.

Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry of any kind are faces of the same evil that Christians are always called to counter with prayer and with care for the neighbor targeted by hate. It is the same evil that each of us reject when we reaffirm our baptismal vows; we “renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God;” “the powers of this world that rebel against God,” and “the ways of sin that draw us from God.” Continue reading

Welcome Brian Glikes Sunday, August 20

This Sunday we welcome Brian Glikes as our music associate and Bach Society staff member. He will be introduced and installed at both services. Brian moves here from Rochester, NY, where he is finishing work on his DMA in Organ Performance and Literature. He holds the M.M. in organ performance from Emory University in Atlanta and a B.M. in organ performance with a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He has most recently served as Organ Scholar at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY, and prior to that at Episcopal churches in Fairport, NY and Loganville, GA. Brian will be active in many parts of our music ministry, including leading the Chorus, working with our Choristers, accompanying Bach rehearsals, continuo work, and much more.

First Guest Speaker for CTK’s Reformation 500 Celebration

On Sunday, September 3, Msgr. Dennis Mikulanis will be the first in a series of outstanding guest speakers for Christ the King Lutheran Church’s Reformation 500 observances. Msgr. Mikulanis will preach at both services on Sunday morning (8:30 and 10:50), speak at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday Forum, and address a luncheon following worship at 12:15 p.m. The luncheon will be open to the public as well as to those unable to attend the morning’s Sunday Forum. An informal luncheon conversation for area clergy and lay leaders is also scheduled for Saturday, September 2, at 11:30 a.m. Continue reading

Walking the Mourner’s Path – A Grief Support Program

We all experience the grief that comes with losing someone we love and with that grief comes the journey of mourning. Christ the King Church will offer an eight week support program Monday, September 18 – November 6 facilitated by Beverly Davis and Linda Schoene. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Mondays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Participants will have the opportunity to share their journey with others and discover that while their pain is unique, they are not alone. Christ is present with those who mourn and there are tools for moving forward while honoring our loved ones. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Beverly, or Linda, to determine if this group will meet your needs. Registration deadline is August 18.