Summer Book Reviews

Sundays at 9:45 a.m., in the parish hall

July 14: The Great Shift:
encountering God in Biblical Times,
by James L. Kugel, reviewed by Kristine Wallace.July 21: Songs of America, by John Meacham and Tim McGraw, reviewed by Jessica Lockheed and Tom Frank

July 28: The Meaning of Mary Magdalene:
Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity,
by Cynthia Bourgeault, reviewed by Linda Alexander.

August 4: Railroaded, by Richard White, reviewed by Logan Faron

August 11: Educated: A Memoir, byTara Westover, reviewed by John Boles

August 18: Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek, reviewed by Mary Ann Beseda

Leisurely Summer Writing Circle

Those interested in writing their family stories are invited to a Summer Writing Circle. In these informal sessions, participants will choose their own story themes or explore other writing interests such as personal essays or fiction. No previous writing experience is required. The sessions will be facilitated by Anna Fay Williams, published writer and teacher. The sessions will be held on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm ( will not meet again until June 14) at CTK third floor conference room. For further information and participation, please contact Anna Fay.

Sunday Forum

9:45 a.m. in the parish hall

Our Sunday Forum series will explore multiple methods of prayer each week that you are invited to “try on” as possibilities to begin or to enrich your own daily spiritual practice.

March 10: Lectio Divina and Visio Divina
Lectio Divina: Reading with the Ear of the Heart
Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian practice in which one reads a small passage of scripture, trusting in God’s presence and relevance in daily experience.  Lectio Divina is not about acquiring head knowledge of Scripture, but is about a personal encounter with the heart of God inspiring one’s attention and already praying through the reader.

Visio Divina: Seeing with the Eye of the Heart
Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina, inviting one to encounter the divine through images.  A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the sacred in unique and powerful ways.

March 17: Centering Prayer and Walking Meditation
This session in the Lenten discussion of prayer and meditation will focus on two other ways to simply show up with God. One is quiet and still while the other gets us moving in our meditation.    Continue reading

New Wednesday Classes Starting Oct. 17

Lutheran Basics
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Starting October 17

Are you interested in “becoming” a Lutheran for the first time? Do you desire to “re=become” a Lutheran? Do you just want to re-charge your Lutheran batteries…or even learn something new about the Lutheran Christian disposition? Then this class is for YOU! Starting October 17, 6:30 p.m., we’ll meet for five Wednesdays (October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28) with these five corresponding topics: 1) The Cross, Lutheranism’s Theological Center; 2) Lutheran Worship, Singing and Doing the Drama of Christ; 3) The Living Word, Lutheranism and the Bible; 4) Treasures for Teaching, Lutheranism’s Doctrinal Guardrails; 5) Vocation and Neighbor; Lutheranism’s Liberation to Love.
The class will be taught by Pastor Duane and Deacon Rick Erickson. It is open indeed to all who are interested, including those exploring possible membership with Christ the King Church. Our non-required “textbook” will be the long-lived outstanding outline by Daniel Erlander (but let us know if you want a copy). The class will meet in the basement music suite. Questions? Contact Pastor Duane.

Raising Children to Thrive as Adults: New Class for Parents
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Starting October 17

Each generation of parents raises their children in the cultural climate of their time. The current climate combines the highest expectations for a successful life with the highest fears for safety and wellbeing. To help navigate this stressful journey Christ the King parents with children and youth of all ages are bonding together. A new reading group will study Julie Lythcott Haims’ book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success. The author explores how current parenting is not necessarily producing fully functioning, independent young adults. She offers analysis and ideas for building self-sufficiency in our kids. The book is relevant to parents of toddlers as well as twenty-somethings. The conversations will be led by Lucky Sahualla with an eye to practical application for each week between the meetings.