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We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. We are committed to the mission of proclaiming to the world the message of God’s reconciling work revealed in Jesus Christ and proceeding in the Spirit of God.
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*Bells will ring (really) to announce Service of the Word – Sunday at 11 am. – online

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A PASTORAL LETTER   March 20, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church,

Again, grace and peace to you in Christ’s name in this time of challenge and opportunity.
We, your ministry staff, are starting to find our way with you to “be church in a new way.” We have our successes and our hiccups. Of the former, many of you already have been online for a variety of functions already. Good start! Of the hiccups, a dropped time here, another unclarity perhaps there, and a reversal of plans for worship for the next few weeks to come.

*Sunday Adult Forum session with Intern Pastor Sergio Rodriguez is at 10am.
*Bells will ring (really) to announce Service of the Word online at 11am.

Sunday Bulletin

Livestreamed worship on Sunday at 11am will be only a Service of the Word, with no Holy Communion. We discerned several theological and practical questions that require further reflection before anything like “communion in digital space” is faithfully imagined. This is not happy news and the decision is made most reluctantly. It is of the character of an “involuntary fast” imposed by our pandemic circumstances. Such eucharistic fasts are familiar to the Christian tradition. In in extremis situations there are many examples of how the Eucharist was still celebrated. We need more to learn from them; to pray, study, discuss, and prepare for how we can do that with spiritual integrity beyond attentiveness to public health protocols. This is a conversation into which we invite all of you, such as, for example, as we did this morning in Bible Study. Maybe we can host yet another set of classes online. In the meantime, please let us know if you’d like a private pastoral visit with you with Holy Communion. We will be there for you as directly as possible.

So, as for this Sunday, remember that:
*Sunday Adult Forum session with Intern Pastor Sergio Rodriguez is at 10am.
*Bells will ring (really) to announce Service of the Word online at 11am.
*Click on the links above for our Facebook and YouTube pages. Both sessions also will be archived and available online later.

Finally, a service bulletin is included with this email. We do want this to be an interactive worship time together wherever you are, whether by desktop, laptop, pad or phone. And
You can help sustain your church and contribute to our monthly mission designees in these new days with an offering given electronically through our website www.ctkelc.org. We look forward, finally, to providing you a weekly devotional moment, with music, in addition to our new Sunday worship discipline.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and mutual care in the name of Christ!
In His Peace and on behalf of all the ministry staff, Pastor Duane

Pastoral Update and Worship This Sunday at 11am on Facebook and YouTube

A joke is going around “our” circles that gets right at our sentiments. “Who would have guessed a couple of weeks ago that we would have to give up church for Lent?”  Yes, funny, but not true. The church is wherever 2 or 3 gather with the promise that Jesus will be among us. So there! Church will not give us up nor we it, though we will have it in both digital space and socially-distanced space.

So THIS Sunday, Church Happens at 11am on our Facebook and YouTube 

Given the latest developments, there are changes in our Sunday plans as compared to what was previously announced. Worship will be streamed at 11am AND it will include the Communion Liturgy. We will NOT gather for Communion on the rear lawn. Rather, households are encouraged to have bread and wine at hand while you watch the livestream and to share communion then with each other as you see us likewise share on the stream. We guarantee you will be able to hear words better, and invite you to follow along with the virtual bulletin that will accompany the stream. THEN, at Noon, any of you who would like instead to receive communion (bread only) at the church are encourage to “drive-through” either parking lot, beginning at Noon (for the rear lot, enter from Greenbriar and exit on Chaucer).

Yes, this is unusual. Good and caring pastoral theology, however, sees no difference between our communing with all the saints over time and space in the Eucharistic event and our sharing in digital space in times of emergency. The church’s preference, to be sure, is to enjoy God’s blessings in and with a physical community. Exigencies are occasions for us to experience God’s blessings in whatever sense of community can be available, nevertheless. We are in such a time to claim God’s graces in even unusual ways.

See you on Sunday on-line or in-l

Pastoral Letter: March 17, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church,

After the counsel provided by our Synod Bishop, as well as medical and government authorities, and with the affirmation of the Christ the King Lutheran Church Congregation Council, we have decided that as of today, all public assemblies, including worship and smaller group meetings, are suspended until further notice. We are compelled by Christ’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves by joining in the effort to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus and to stop the pandemic. At the same time, we are a faith community dedicated to being A Healing Place, uniquely theologically centered in the Lutheran tradition which holds that the church exists where the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are rightly administered. For us to keep all this together in this unique time of crisis, we are taking the following steps.

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Interested in volunteering at the Houston Food Bank next weekend? (March 28 or 29)

The Houston Food Bank can use the volunteers as people start to self-quarantine and groups start to pull back (AARP and Harris County Jail among those who will be understandably reducing numbers amid the virus concerns).
It’s definitely a time of need, as the Houston Food Bank’s website said their daily food distribution has doubled to 800,000 pounds a day from 400,000 pounds a day.
Of course, please be careful when making decisions about going out, and we certainly do not want anyone to feel pressured to do anything they’re not comfortable doing.
The Houston Food Bank runs Saturday shifts from 8 a.m. to noon and from noon to 4 p.m. They also do a Sunday shift from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, the food pantry (now converted to drive-through service) will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Houston Food Bank has rolled out several processes to maintain health at the facility (consistent washing of surface areas, frequent breaks for handwashing, social distancing, monitoring volunteers with coughs, etc.).
If you’re interested in volunteering next weekend, please let Justin Schneewind know and tell him your shift preference to see if we can get group together.