Ash Wednesday News
March 2, 2022 There will be a 7pm In-Person Service at KOG.
Join us in worship together during Lent!

Mid-Week Lenten Services:
Several of the Treasure Valley Cluster churches are providing the imposition of ashes in the form of a drive through and in-person worship on Ash Wednesday. Join the Treasure Valley ELCA Churches in worship together during Lent.
Dulcimer Friendly Evening Prayer for Lent on Zoom
 
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6th.
 
All Services begin at 7 pm MST
 
The link to register is below.
 
 You need to register to receive the bulletin. Once you register, Steve will send you the Zoom link to the service. 
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Council Announcement
As a faith community it is important to be aware of safe behavior for the welfare of all. Based on the gradual decrease of positive cases and community spread, and the removal of critical care standards, King of Glory leadership believes it will be safe to resume coffee hours, continuing with the requirements of masking and vaccinations.

Thank you for your support of the pandemic mask/vaccination pandemic policy. We’ve heard of no outbreak COVID cases as a result of our in-person events. And, we will continue to encourage that all who participate in this faith community continue to make decisions for the safety of all.
Eastern Europe Crisis Response

Friends,
Since last week, the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has filled news reports and social media feeds. Heartbreaking images of people saying goodbye to loved ones and lining up at the borders to leave the country are occupying our screens. Prayers and calls for peace are coming from around the world as we watch this crisis unfold.

Civilians fleeing the violence are heading toward Ukraine’s western districts and such neighboring countries as Poland, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. Ukrainian men of military age (18-60) are required to stay in the country, so most of those fleeing the violence are women and children. According to one report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 500,000 people are seeking refuge in neighboring countries including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Moldova. There are major humanitarian concerns for both internally displaced people and refugees. Many of these Ukrainians fleeing their homes need shelter and such basic necessities as food, water and toiletries. Care for people also includes pastoral and psychological support to address the trauma they’ve endured.

Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companion churches in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as such ecumenical partners as the Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis. These partners provide refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has joined other religious leaders from Europe and around the globe in issuing an interfaith call for peace in the region.

 
In Christ’s service,
 
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response Fund
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 
Our prayers abound for the loss and devastation experienced in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
Little Library

The Little Library could use some more book donations, especially children's books and perhaps children's books of diverse cultures. The donation boxes are in the hall under the coat rack.
People of the community are definitely enjoying this KOG service!
Sandwich Sunday Update

March 13, 2022
We had a successful Sandwich Sunday with 7 volunteers that made 40 loaves of bread converted into over 400 sandwiches! We enjoyed the participation of seven volunteers and appreciate all the donations of meat, cheese and butter spread that were contributed.
Owls Meeting

The February meeting of the Owls was a great success. We had 21 people show up for lunch and had a wonderful time visiting. The next meeting of the Owls will be on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:30 AM at Burger N’ Brew on State Street.
Book Club Information
Greetings!
Book Club will be discussing The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien this Saturday. Nancy Seid will be the leader. 
They will be meeting via zoom:
Time: Mar 5, 2022 09:00 AM Mountain Time

On April 2nd they'll be discussing The Luckiest Man - Life with John McCain by Mark Salter.

Contact Church office for more details.
Bishop Rinehart's response to Texas Governor's statement on trans kids and trans people.

“In light of this week’s statement by the Texas Governor, it is important that the church is clear in its support of the parents of trans kids, and trans people in general.
To parents and to the trans community at large: The world does not understand what you are going through. We have much work to do in education.
To faith leaders: There is no need for anyone to report the existence of trans kids in Lutheran schools. There is no legal obligation attached to the OAG “opinion” or the follow-up letter from the governor, which comes conspicuously at a time when both are seeking re-election. The governor does not have the power to change the laws related to what constitutes child abuse or neglect. It is already well-established in Texas that gender-affirming care is medically necessary, and this week’s statements from our State Leadership do not change that.
As people of God we believe that all people are created in the image of God whose boundless love invites us to live full, abundant lives, as our authentic selves. Trans people are no different. Trans people are beloved bearers of the image of God. We hold in prayer all who have been impacted by these most recent statements and acts of transphobia and know that we are called to speak the truth of God’s love for all in our own words and actions.”
What faith leaders can do to support trans people and their families:

1. Clearly communicate our support for trans children, their families, and all trans people. Let those families know this opinion isn’t enforceable, and it amounts to harassment and harm. It is well establish in Texas that gender-affirming care is medically necessary. Make it clear that we (our facilities, leaders, and schools) do not have to and should not be participating in this cruelty.
2. Vote for leaders who are kind to trans people and their families.
3. Connect with and support organizations that serve transgender youth – MGP, Hatch, Gender Infinity, Trans Education Network of Texas (TENT) and so on.
4. Help families of trans gold create safety folders with letters from doctors, teachers, pastors saying that they know the trans person to be healthy and cared for. Encourage them to keep a binder like this for their kids when they travel.
5. Learn about what abuse is and what it means to be a mandated reporter. Those who don’t understand the Governor’s letter may think they may be mandated reporters who turn in trans kids. In Texas, anyone with knowledge of suspected child abuse or neglect must report. This is not limited to teachers, pastors, or health care professionals. Medical care for trans kids is not abuse according to the American Medical Association and Texas law.
6. Be aware that violence and political threats like this are a form of gender-based violence. Res d the ELCA’s social message on Gender Based Violence.
8. Learn about the reality of transgender kids. The more you learn the more you’ll understand. Watch this vídeo of Kai Shapley testifying before Texas lawmakers.
9. Read through this Trans and Lutheran slide presentation by Stephanie Dykes.
10. Listen to and share this two-part podcast in which Bishop Jim Hazelwood interview the parent of a trans child. This will help listeners appreciate the realities and complexities trans families encounter, so that we can support them wisely. Here is Part 1 of the podcast. Here is Part 2.
11. Study and dwell on the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch who Philip baptizes in Acts 8. Here are some reflections on that text.

Many thanks to Bishop Megan Rohrer and Dr. Stephanie Dykes for providing some of the information above.
Adult Education Updates
Copies are in the library!
Attendance at the adult education presentation of the "Samson and Isabelle Family Faith Journey" was enthusiastic and gratifying.There will also be 2 copies of the DVD in the library for those who want to watch it at home.
Please request an email copy from Nick Tinker   nrtinker@cs.com  
Prayer Requests
Prayers for God’s Healing:
Karen Starry
Gordon Swenson
Helen Gregory's Family
Mary Groth- Donna Groth's daughter-in-law
Jim Cambron
Tim Pfankuch, Son of Paul & Bonita Pfankuch.
Louise Moore
Marge Holmquist
Bob Applequist
David Fredrich, nephew of Mark Drew

Prayers for Marty Palmer
Prayers for Juliet Petersen 
Prayers for Augustine Taigam
Prayers for the Severson Family.
Prayers for Justin Boinde and Family.

Prayers for the loss and devastation experienced in Ukraine and Eastern Europe
Prayers for Unspoken Needs and requests, those whose hurts are too deep to be spoken.
Prayers for Discernment for the Council as they form goals for the new year.
Prayers for all Healthcare Workers, Military, and the family that surrounds them.
Northwest Intermountain Synod ELCA

The following letter was submitted to Spokane/Coeur d’Alene papers, signed by ecumenical colleagues in the region.
 
Dear Editor,
 
We read with great dismay that the Aryan Freedom Network, a white supremacist group, is having a gathering on March 12 at Hayden Lake and has said that part of their purpose is to identify “things we can do to make our communities a little better.” That a poster for this event includes a swastika and the words “keep Idaho white” shows clearly that their vision for “a little better” is one that is in opposition to both the American ideals expressed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in our Constitution, and totally against the values of Christianity. While this is not a “Christian nation” and we fully celebrate religious freedom for all, as leaders of Christian communities that include north Idaho, we stand united in opposition to this blatant white supremacy and urge everyone to stand united against such activities. To state the obvious, the very notion of white supremacy depends upon the narrative of anti-blackness and all people of color. As Christians, we cannot support anything that denies the fundamental nature of the Beloved Community Christ calls us into, a Beloved Community that knows all as beloved of God and siblings to each other. We reject all forms of white supremacy and pledge to continue to actively speak and work against the structures that enable the quiet complicity in and tolerance for such practices. We pledge to actively work for that day when all are seen, valued, honored and respected as children of God.  
 
Gretchen Rehberg
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
 
Kristen Kuempel
Bishop, Northwest Intermountain Synod of the ELCA
 
Sheryl Kinder-Pyle
Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of the Inland Northwest, PCUSA
 
Daniel Miranda
District Superintendent, Inland Missional District, UMC
 
Sandy Messick
Regional Minister and President, Northern Lights Region, Disciples of Christ

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February & March Greeter & Usher Schedule


-UPDATED-
We have had to edit a few of the scheduled time slots due to availability. Please see the new schedule for up-to-date names and times. Thank you!

For future scheduling conflicts, please either switch with someone or find a replacement.
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We thank you all for volunteering your time to help us keep our Sunday Services running smoothly! Your Service is GREATLY APPRECIATED!
King of Glory Lutheran Church
3430 N. Maple Grove Rd., Boise, ID 83704
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