Message from our Pastor
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exodus 20:4
We tend to think of that as a prohibition against statues and the practices of ancient pagan peoples. The reality is that we all try to tame this awesome and holy God. We want to make God into something familiar and manageable. Some of you have noticed that I sometimes vary the pronouns used for God. Why? Because it helps to break open the graven image that limits God to male images. There is a good precedent for that. The first creation story tells us that God created male and female in God's own image (Genesis 1:27) and Jesus told stories that said God is like a woman baking bread or cleaning house. When you hear "she" does it open your own understand of who God is? St. Anselm once said that God is not only the greatest thing we can imagine, but is greater than we can imagine. Let your heart be open to see the greatness of God.
Here is the latest update on the progress of our stewardship ministry. We now have received 71 pledge cards representing $270,306 in pledges toward the 2018 general operating fund of the church. This is approximately 60% of the target so we are making great progress. We are half way through the campaign period as there are six more Sundays until Christ the King
Sunday, November 26th. There were 182 statements of annual giving mailed out at the end of 2016 so the 71 pledge cards we have received thus far represent about 40% of those who participated in the financial ministry of this church in 2016. Since there is time for many of you who actively participated in 2016 to prayerfully consider providing the church your pledge card it is very promising that we will come together and grow closer to meeting the target of our 2018 financial needs. As always, all pledges are received gratefully and I thank each of you for your commitment to Christ Our King Church.
Stewardship Ministry Chair
Annual Winter Coat Drive
Once again, Grace Presbyterian Church, pastored by Rev. Tanya Wade, will be distributing coats through their food pantry to those in need. Our coat drive will conclude on November 12. The following items would be appreciated:
Coats, sweaters, and hooded sweatshirts in new or
used condition (laundered or recently dry cleaned with zippers that work).
* All sizes from newborn to plus size adult.
Look for collection containers in the Narthex and by the church office. If you have questions, please call Bonnie Ballard at 410-420-8373. Thank you, in advance, for your support and contributions.
We have tried to be open and transparent with the COK Congregation concerning the financial situation with our Church. We have written "Messages" for the Disciple and the Amen. We have held two Financial Forums to explain our issues and answer questions and concerns from the Church members. I thought we were making progress especially during the months of August and September when our general giving averaged $9,300/wk and $9,500/wk., above the $9,200/wk needed for our budget.
However, over the first three weeks in October the general giving has only averaged $7,500/wk, well below what is needed. The Designated Giving for that same three weeks has averaged $4,400/wk. I know everyone has their own favorite mission, cause and/or designated fund. However, this leaves the Finance Committee with a real dilemma. Which bills do we not pay or do we borrow funds from the Designated Giving to cover the operation of the Church. Although we do not like it we have chosen the later. After all, if we do not have an operating Church, the Designated Giving and Missions will also no longer exist.
We would ask that the members of the congregation consider this when presenting their offerings and making their pledges. Thank you.
Ken Merrill, Finance Committee
Nominating Committee - Request for Assistance
The Nominating Committee is requesting your prayers, thoughts, and assistance in identifying those people at Christ Our King who would like to do God's work in the capacity of Deacon or Elder.
Please contact the Church Office by phone or email (
) to communicate to the Nominating Committee persons that you feel may be interested in serving Him in this manner. This could be a friend, family member, acquaintance, or yourself. For more information on the duties of both Deacons and Elders, please contact the Church Office.
Deacons - As defined in the Book of Order - "The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress." The Deacon's are structured to do ministry through the Deacon Family Ministry Plan in which each deacon is assigned several families to connect with throughout the year. The Deacons are charged with making sure that the needs of individuals in the congregation are met.
Elders - As defined in the Book of Order - "Together with the ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and individually and jointly, strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge". The Elders chair each of the various ministries of the church and act as the governing body of the church.
Elders meet on the second Tuesday each month. Deacons meet the third Tuesday of each month.
The Giving Boxes
The food drive to collect non-perishable food for our Giving Boxes in underway. Following is the schedule for the next several weeks:
October 22 Instant Mashed Potatoes (13 oz)
October 29 Stuffing (6 oz)
November 5 Corn Muffin Mix (7 oz)
The Weekly Food Collection schedules are available at the Welcome Desk. Food donations may be placed in the shopping cart by the Giving Boxes table in the Narthex.
Mark you calendars and watch for more details:
October 30 Giving Boxes Committee Meeting
November 1 Giving Boxes Fundraising at McGerks
November 18 Giving Boxes Assembly Day
November 20 Giving Boxes Distribution Day
Marlene Butler and Sharon Smith
Co-chairs, Giving Boxes 2107
On-Line Church Directory
Do you want to learn the names of fellow church members? The on-line directory is a great way to learn church member's name. Below are some ways to view the on-line church directory. Also, if you would like to update your family photo for the church directory - send an updated photo to Donna League (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will be able to update the church directory.
On-Line Church Photo Directory - Instructions
Step 1 - Sign Up
Sign Up - via Website
- Go to www.instantchurchdirectory.com
- Click on "Church Member Sign In"
- Click on "create a login now"
- Sign up using your e-mail address (as it is listed in the church directory) and create your own password.
- You will be emailed a link to verify your password.
- If you have trouble, you e-mail may be different than the one we entered from the church directory. Please e-mail email@example.com with your current e-mail address and we will fix the problem.
Or Sign Up - Via Mobile App
- Download the "Instant Church Directory" app.
- Load the app and enter your e-mail address (as it is listed in the church directory).
- You should receive a password in your e-mail inbox within a few minutes.
- Sign in using your email address and password.
No Youth Group for Sunday (Oct 21st) as I will be out of town. However - please think about activities or things we can do for the Fall Festival on October 29th.
1. Fall Festival: I plan to set up for the Fall Festival right after the 11:00 service on October 29. Parents and kids - please bring your Halloween decorations to the youth room. The kids would like to decorate a "haunted room" in the yellow room. They would also like to decorate small pumpkins as one of the stations - so if you could help bring small pumpkins - I would be very appreciative. If you have any other games you would like to create/support and bring - let me know. This is a fund raiser for Passport.
2. Speaking of Passport..... please drop off a deposit for Passport with Donna in the office by the end of October ($100 to reserve a spot). Dates for Passport are June 24-29 to Danville, Virginia. Also, deposit for River Valley Ranch ($50.00 deposit) for March 23-25, 2018.
3. On November 5th - Is the Pantry Raid for the Giving Boxes. We need the Congregation to help us with this one!!!!!! We need members of the congregation to sign up by October 29th with their name and address and the youth will come to your house to pick up items for the Giving Boxes. Here are the items that we need for the giving boxes. We will arrive at your house on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Pasta Sauce (16 oz box)
Fruit (15 oz)
Brownie or Cake Mix (14-19 oz)
Peanut Butter (16 oz) & Jelly (32 oz - no glass)
Macaroni and Cheese (7 oz box)
Tuna (5 oz) or Spam (12 oz)
Pancake Mix (30 oz) or
Pancake Syrup (14 oz)
Cranberry Sauce (14 oz) or
Turkey Gravy (10 oz. can)
Instant Mashed Potatoes (13 oz)
Stuffing (6 oz)
Corn Muffin Mix (7 oz)
4. The dates for Youth Retreat at the River Valley Ranch are
March 23-25, 2018
, and this is an event for combined middle & high school groups. Here's a link to our website for more information about NOVA:
The program is called NOVA, which means "new." The retreat is designed to focus on the newness of life that we have in Christ. The cost for the event is: $150 per person. There are lots of fun events planned for the weekend get away!
CoOp Preschool Fundraiser
You can support Christ Our King Co-Op Preschool
Our school year is in full swing and the kids and teachers are having a wonderful start to the year!
The school is currently conducting a discount card fundraiser. We are in need of more customers to purchase a card! The card is $20 and offers discounts to many area merchants. The discounts are good for an entire year and can be used once per day! If you are willing to purchase a card to benefit the preschool, please contact our Director, Amy Markland. The money raised will help us purchase updated equipment and supplies for the school.
The preschool will be participating for the second year in the Bel Air Christmas Parade on
December 3! We are in need of a flat bed landscaping trailer to use as the "float." Our theme this year will once again be the "Walking Nativity." We will also need a truck to pull the float (or the person loaning the trailer would need to 'ok' us using a pickup to pull it) and also a donation of straw bales.
If you are interested in assisting the preschool with any of these needs, please contact Amy at
. Stay tuned for registration information for the 2018-19 school year in the coming weeks!
Amy Markland - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the following COK members and friends who served at the Welcome One Emergency Shelter on Thursday, October 19th:
Marlene Butler, Eddie Tormollan, D
avid Williams (Dinner)
Dennis & Helen Fisher (Lunches)
Keith Reagan (Breakfast),
Gene Vande Kieft - eggs
The rain date for the FCCAU Golf Tournament is
Monday, October 30th. Dave Cooper, Howard Dail, Barbara Tower, and David Williams will represent Christ Our King in the competition for the Churches Challenge Cup.
FCCAU Annual Dinner/Fundraiser will be held on
Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Richlin Ballroom.
New volunteers are always needed to help serve at the Welcome One Shelter. If you are interested in being part of the COK team on the 19th of a future month, please contact Marlene Butler or call the church office.
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Dear Friends of Anna's House,
Do you know how important the gift is that you made to Anna's House? Your recent donation will positively impact the life of a family experiencing homelessness. Your support of Anna's House provides safe housing and supportive care to families as they work toward self sufficiency.
In addition to serving women with children in our transitional housing, this year we have opened an Emergency Shelter to serve 4 families at a time. We have also begun a program called "Keys of My Own" to help families move out of the Emergency Shelter and into an apartment as quickly as possible. Families are provided with short term rental support, as well as case management. We currently have 3 families in the program and hope to help at least 5 more before the end of the year.
From all of us and all the families you help, thank you for bringing hope and changing lives!
May you be abundantly blessed for your continued support!
Cynthia Wood, Director
Giving Boxes Fundraiser at MaGerk's
Wednesday, Nov. 1
5:00 - 10:00 pm
10% of all dinner receipts will be donated
to Christ Our King's Giving Boxes Project.
MaGerks Pub and Grill
120 S. Bond Street, Bel Air
Held the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 am in the Library. Come join with Pastor Neta to share the joys and frustrations of being a Mom. We will use "Finding Joy in All You Are" as our study guide. Our first meeting will be held on October 25.
The Finance Ministry thanks everyone for their support of Christ Our King. The numbers below reflect giving through the offering plate and Electronic Giving:
Week of October 16,
Weekly Amount Needed:
8:45 am Worship
9:45 am Sunday School for All Ages
11:00 am Worship
12:15 pm Healing Service
12:15 pm New Member
7:00 pm Missions Ministry Meeting
7:00 pm B.U.I.L.D. Meeting
10:00 am Mom's Mornings
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
8:30 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
New Members Welcomed during Worship
Time of visitation with Laurie Neeper's family
Service of Remembrance for Laurie Neeper
Fall Family Festival 5:00 pm
Giving Boxes Committee Meeting
Giving Boxes Fundraiser at McGerks 5:00 - 10:00 pm
All Saints' Day Observed at COK
Youth Pantry Raid for Giving Boxes
Partners in Care Presentation during 11:00 am Worship
Giving Boxes Assembly Day
9:00 am - noon
Giving Boxes Distribution Day
March 23-25, 2018
Youth Retreat at River Valley Ranch
John P. Murray
January 10, 1947 -
October 16, 2017
Laurie K. Neeper
April 26, 1945 -
October 1, 2017
October 29, 2017
Time of Visitation with her family - 2:00 pm
Service of Remembrance