Celebrating and Giving Thanks for Deacon and Cantor Rick Erickson by Gretchen Miertschin

When Rick Erickson started piano lessons at age 10 he told his teacher that he wanted to learn to play the organ, and he wanted her to prepare him. Apparently, she did—and very well at that. His mother and paternal grandmother were church organists, and his family included many other musicians as well as pastors. He knew early on that he wanted to follow their paths.

And, in fact, Rick’s whole career has been spent as a church organist. While teaching at Eastman School of Music, he was organist at Lutheran Church of Incarnate Word in Rochester, New York, for 14 years; then he spent 20 years at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan; and for the last eight and a half years he’s been at Christ the King Church.

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Michael Shelton Retirement

Dear Faithful People of Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church:

After twenty-eight years of faithful service as a member of our Christ the King Church staff, Michael Shelton has given notice that he will be retiring from his position on August 31, 2022.

Mike’s “official” job title has been Receptionist/Secretary. Anyone who has ever worked with Mike or asked him for any assistance knows that that job title, like most church-related job titles, has never fully described his work and his loving and supportive care for everything and everyone who enters our campus. Mike’s deep commitment to warm hospitality is a hallmark of his ministry among us and his welcome has always set at ease his colleagues, congregation members, friends, and visitors. Mike’s willingness to assist members with their specific needs is legendary and will be sorely missed by us all. Mike is the longest serving member of Christ the King Church’s staff and as such is also one of the few remaining “keepers of our institutional memory.”

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Celebration of Retirement: Milestone Celebration during Worship May 1

Life is full of meaningful moments. Celebrating milestones helps bring an awareness of God’s presence into our homes and congregation, and highlights the rituals of daily life experiences. In our society, retirement is a recognized civic and personal milestone in the life of an individual. It signifies a major life transition, impacting the retiree as well as all those around him/her. We will celebrate the Milestone of Retirement in our worship on May 1. If you have retired during the last two years (or are planning to retire in the near future), please let us know at Beverly Davis so that we may celebrate this important life transition with you.

Are You Prepared for Tomorrow and the Tomorrows to Come?

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

prepareAs we prepare for the future we do not know what tomorrow may bring and how life will impact our children, our parents and our families. On Saturday, June 22, interested adults of all ages are invited to a workshop designed to provide information related to preparing for tomorrow. A light lunch will be served and child care will be available if requested in advance.Please RSVP to the church office or to Beverly at beverlydavis@ctkelc.org by Thursday, June 20. Continue reading