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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Pageant: Christmas Around the World: Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

We celebrate Christmas (a bit early) with the pageant Christmas Around the World. All children join to sing and play the story of Jesus’ birth. On December 15, all children will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall to get ready. Bring the whole family and enjoy waffles baked by the Luther League until the doors open at 10 a.m. The youth will make sure to have plenty of waffles for the cast after the show. Dress rehearsal will be on December 14 at 10 a.m.

Brass Band Oktoberfest

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Sunday, October 2, 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard

The Houston Brass Band and Saengerbund conclude the first Leipzig in Houston Festival Week, presenting an Oktoberfest Konzert which will include a variety of polkas, marches, and German drinking songs, along with Strauss’ Wiener Philarmoniker Fanfare, Wagner’s Lohengrin, von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture. Admission is free.

Luther League youth and parents will prepare and serve brats and beer after the concert. Please support our youth group with a generous donation toward their 2017 trip to Wittenberg, German and the Wittenberg Three Project of the congregation.

 

Lutherhill

Luther Hill logoLutherhill at Christ the King Church November 8
On Sunday, November 8 Matt Kindsvatter, executive director of the synod’s outdoor camp Lutherhill of La Grange, Texas will worship at Christ the King Church. Together with staff representatives he will present the camp program to parents, youth and adults.
At 9:45 a.m. parents of school age children and youth will meet for breakfast in the council room on the second floor to learn about summer camp and weekend programs for children and youth. All confirmation students (including rising 7th graders) will participate in a week of confirmation camp at Lutherhill.

At 12:30 p.m. all adults interested in retreat programs are invited to a light lunch in the council room to learn about adult offerings at Lutherhill and the new campus on Galveston Island, Zion Lutheran. Lutherhill offers a variety of programmed retreat weekends and also simply space for church groups.

Creation Care Retreat at Lutherhill November 6-8
Lutherhill and the Creation Care Team invite to a weekend of renewal in the beauty of God’s good creation in LaGrange, TX, November 6-8. Beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday morning the topic will be environmental justice. The retreat includes guided nature walks, a hands-on outdoor service project, time for individual devotions, contemplation, and recreation, as well as group study, discussion, and worship. Register at: www.lutherhill.org. The event is open to adults and youth 10+, when accompanied by an adult. It is possible to attend only Friday–Saturday.

Jr. High Retreat at Lutherhill: November 13-15
Students in 6th-8th grade are invited to grow in their faith during an awesome, fun-filled weekend of inspiring worships, small group discussions, and fellowship. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss as all our middle school students from around the synod are invited to attend. Cost is $130 which covers food, transportation, housing, and activities. RSVP to Ben Remmert by November 8.

Good Friday Lock-In- April 3

All youth 6th through 12th grade are invited to the Good Friday Lock-in on April 3 starting at 9:00 p.m. in the youth room. During the night we will enjoy food, fellowship, a service project, discussion, games, and lead the canonical hours at 12 a.m., 3 a.m., and 6 a.m. The lock-in will conclude at 7 a.m. A few youth worship volunteers are needed to help lead in worship at the Canonical Hours services. Please contact Ben Remmert to help provide food, chaperone, or sign up! lock-in