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Weekly eNews | February 8, 2024

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Focus on the Season:

Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 11: The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.

In Our Prayers

The Prayer List is now available in the Weekly eNews. Please click on the link under "Prayer List" which is located in the sidebar. If you have prayer requests, please send them to us at CLC, for inclusion on our prayer list.

Appointments with Pastor Walker

Service Time Information

Pastor Walker is in the office at CLC on Wednesdays, by appointment. Please contact Tom Dearchs to schedule a meeting. Please note that Pastor Walker does visitations, hospital visits, and Zoom meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her scheduled day off is Monday. Unless it is an emergency, she will not respond to emails or texts until Tuesday.


Worship Service Time

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for a time of fellowship (donuts & coffee) in the Fellowship Hall before the service from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.


All are welcome! Come and see!

Scripture Readings

2 Kings 2:1-12

Psalm 50:1-6

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Mark 9:2-9

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Lectionary Reflections

Assistant to the Bishop for Emerging Ministers & Ministers, Cory Driver, offers Lectionary Reflections on 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 (the readings appointed for the Transfiguration of Our Lord). Click each reading above to view the readings online. Watch the video below.

Tabs for Kids

Help the Care for Creation team save the tabs from soft drink cans. It's our recycling project in Lent for Riley Hospital. You'll find the container for the tabs in the Fellowship Hall right by the "donut" table, near the coffee. Let's fill the jar!

--Lenore Kane

Responses to Survey for Next Bishop

Dear Indiana-Kentucky Mission Centers,

Pursuant to S9.04.01.a., I have compiled the responses received to the survey sent out in September seeking input as we prepare for the election at our June Synod Assembly regarding both "gifts deemed important for the holder of the Office of Bishop" and "matters of priority to be dealt with by the bishop" during the upcoming six-year term of office beginning in the fall of 2024. Please click the link below to view the survey.


C. Theodore Miller

Vice-President

Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA

Survey Reponses

Synod Staff Transition


Assistant to the Bishop for Emerging Ministers & Ministries, Cory Driver, will be taking a new call to serve as the Director of L.I.F.E. (Leading the Integration of Faith and Entrepreneurship) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Cory will continue at the Indiana-Kentucky Synod through February 18, 2024. He is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to work with so many ministers of the Gospel - lay folks, deacons, and pastors - in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.

 

Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry Transition, Dan Forehand, will be taking over candidacy responsibilities with the support of Julie Walda. 

Bishop Bill & Janet Gafkjen Give Thanks

Bishop Bill and Janet Gafkjen give thanks to God for the birth of a beautiful daughter to their son Nathan and his wife, Jessica. Emerlee Louise Gafkjen was born on the morning of February 1, 2024. We also welcome prayers for Nathan. He was hospitalized with a collapsed lung a few days before Emerlee’s birth. He underwent surgery the day after Emerlee’s birth. Nathan returned home to be with Jess and Emerlee, and has some weeks of recovery at home ahead of him. Thank you for your prayers of celebration and healing.

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly 2024 Theme

June 7-9, Louisville, Kentucky

Most Recent Financial Snapshot

2/02/2024


Current Checkbook Balance: $51,525.03

Less Committed Expenses Pending: $1,695.47

Less Special Purpose Giving: $31,100.30

Money Available to pay routine bills: $18,729.26


Current Special Purpose Gifts:

Altar Flowers: $708

Eternal Candle: $-1

Fine Arts: $9,810

Food Pantry: $36

Memorial Gifts: $7,410

WELCA: $888

Endowment to Charity: $4,000

Choral Scholar Fund: $2,250

Bathroom Remodeling: $6,000


Other Current Fund Availability: $7,433.85 Savings, $10,000 CD

Mission Endowment Fund: $29,757.73 Investments ($21,588 Permanently Restricted)

Wilson Gift Fund Availability: $35,817.62 Wilson Money Market, $4,500 Wilson Checking, $125,000 Wilson CD's

(Wilson expenditures are authorized jointly by the Wilson family and the church council.)


Current Remaining Mortgage Balance: $0.00


A formal Mortgage Buring Celebration, with The Rev. Dr. William O. Gafkjen, Bishop, presiding:

May 19, 2024!

Valentine's Day Card Writing


Following worship on Sunday, February 4, members enjoyed writing Valentine's cards to the residents at Bloom. I'm sure their days will be brightened when they receive their cards! Thank you to all who participated!

Ash Wednesday Service

The Ash Wednesday Service will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 7 p.m. Please plan to attend as we begin our Lenten journey.

Service Committee News

The Service Committee is having a Personal Care Kit event for the month of February. Items needed are: 

 

  • One lightweight cotton or cotton blend bath-size towel (20 in. by 40 in. to 52 in. by 27 in.), dark color recommended.

 

  • Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 or 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping; no mini or hotel-size bars.

 

  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging.


  • One study comb. There are many different types of hair texture, so no picks or fine-toothed combs; remove packaging.

 

  • One metal nail clipper (attached file optional), remove packaging.

 

  • Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope—no plastic bags or wraps. 


--Elaine Newman

Lenten Recital Series 2024

Christ Lutheran Church is pleased to once again offer five Lenten Recitals. The recitals begin at 12:10 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. Please plan to attend and make this a part of your Lenten journey. A light luncheon follows with a suggested donation of $7. The recitals are offered at no charge and the public is invited.

 

February 21: Michael Messina, Organ

Dr. Michael Messina serves as the Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, IN.

 

February 28: Kevin Hildebrand, Organ

Mr. Hildebrand is Associate Kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN.

 

March 6: John Allegar, Organ

Dr. John Allegar serves as Organist & Assistant Director of Music & Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

 

March 13: Dawn Waddell, Organ

Mrs. Dawn Waddell serves as Chapel Service Organist at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

 

March 20: Barbara Hobbs, Piano

Mrs. Barbara Hobbs serves as pianist at Faith Presbyterian Church, Kokomo. 

Inclement Weather

If CLC needs to close due to bad weather, we will alert you: by sending an eBlast, it will be listed on several local TV stations, or you can check the church website at www.christlutherankokomo.org where it will be posted. It will also be posted on the congregation's Facebook page.


Most of all, please be safe! If you are in doubt about the weather, please stay home.

Offering Envelopes for 2024

As you have read in the previous month's "Council Notes", the Council made the decision to not order the individual boxed sets of offering envelopes that have been used in the past as a large number of our members and friends give by electronic means. Should you need envelopes for your pledge, generic envelopes are located on the credenza in the Narthex. Please write your name and envelope number on the front. If you need your envelope number, please see Bob Howell or Peter Kane. Thank you!

Christ's Cupboard

Imagine this---I have no special shopping tips this week as Valentine's Day is playing the starring role in the grocery stores. However, this is a great time to check out the dollar stores where most items are $1.25. Dollar General stores do have a $1 aisle where you can find hygiene items, soaps, and even toilet tissue. My guess is that all of us have a spare dollar or two to help fill Christ's Cupboard shelves.

--Nancy Macaluso

Church Humor

This is the organ console of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, located at Macy's in Philadelphia, PA. The organ is played twice daily, Monday through Saturday. It is the largest fully-functioning organ in the world.

Music at Christ

2023 - 2024

Please click the link below for the concert brochure for the 2023 - 2024 season of Music at Christ.

Music at Christ Concert Brochure

Advantages of Online Giving

Have you considered the online giving option? Here are some of the advantages:


Advantages of Vanco Electronic Giving:

 

  1. No paper envelopes and checks to be processed.
  2. Giving is much more private.
  3. Minimizes Sunday morning counting and bank trips.
  4. Florida snowbirds don’t have to send physical checks in the mail.
  5. Credit/Debit cards are a second option to direct bank-to-bank transactions if desired.
  6. Specialized giving such as ‘Furnace Fund’ can be easily set up to avoid the hassle of separate checks or cash for miscellaneous giving.
  7. You have complete control of starting/stopping/changing as you wish.
  8. A history of your giving is directly available through the Vanco app without having to check with the Financial Secretary.
  9. Money is transferred to our church checking account in a matter of 1-2 days rather than a week or two after the fact.


If you are ready to make the change from paper, please speak with Jerre Fercho or Bob Howell. They will be happy to talk with you about the advantages and get you set up! 


We thank everyone for what has been given to date and appreciate all efforts made to stay current.



Thank you!

Church Council Members 2024

President: Dee Ann Daniels (2024)

e: deeanndaniels@mac.com | c: (574) 702-1921


Vice President: Jill Howell (2025)

e: jillhowell56@gmail.com | c: (765) 860-7949


Secretary: Amy Russell (2025)

e: amy_russell_55@hotmail.com | c: (765) 480-4241


Lenore Kane (2026)

e: lenoreskan@outlok.com | c: (765) 513-7736


Rudy Obermeyer (2025)

e: rudyobermeyer@yahoo.com | c: (765) 480-5871


Mona Swinehart (2026)

e: monaswineh@aol.com | c: (765) 480-9464


Kevin Yeager (2026)

e: kevin.yeager@comcast.net | c: (765) 244-1017


Financial Secretary: Bob Howell (appointed)

e: mhowell55@gmail.com | c: (765) 860-8446


Treasurer: Peter Kane (appointed)

e: peterfkane@outlook.com | c: (765) 513-5075


Rev. Sharon Walker (ex officio)

e: clcpastor@outlook.com | c: (765) 427-4618


The Church Council Members and Parish Staff would be happy to talk with you at any time regarding Christ Lutheran Church and its mission in the world.


Christ Speaks, We Listen, We Share

Worship Assistant Schedule for February

Please click the purple-colored button below for the Worship Assistant Schedule for February. If you are unable to serve, please obtain a substitute and notify the church office. Thanks!

Worship Assistant Schedule for February
Altar Flowers & Eternal Candle

The 2024 flower chart has arrived and is hanging in the Narthex. The flower cost is $22.50 per vase or two for $45. You will notice that there has been a $5 increase in cost beginning in 2024. Like everything else, the cost has gone up a little. Please sign-up today. Eternal Candles remain at $18 per month.

Dates to Remember

Friday, Feb 9 – Tom Dearchs’ Day Off

 

Friday, Feb 9 – Cleaning Service

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb 11 – +Lectionary Class

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Goliath Room

 

Sunday, Feb 11 – +Choir Rehearsal

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Sanctuary

 

Sunday, Feb 11 – +Fellowship Time

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Fellowship Hall

 

Sunday, Feb 11 - +Faith Formation for Adults

“Daily Discipleship & Faith Practices”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark Room

 

Sunday, Feb 11 – +Worship

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sanctuary

 

Sunday, Feb 11 - +Faith Formation for Children

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

David Room


Monday, Feb 12 – Pastor Walker’s Day Off

 

Monday, Feb 12 – +Chair Yoga

10 – 11 a.m.

Narthex

 

Monday, Feb 12 – Forever Friends

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Offsite

 

Monday, Feb 12 – +Chair Yoga

1 – 2 p.m.

Narthex

 

Monday, Feb 12 – Psi Iota Xi Sorority

6:30 – 9 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms

 

Tuesday, Feb 13 – +Quilters

9:30 a.m. 12 noon

Matthew/Mark Rooms

 

Tuesday, Feb 13 – +Watercolor Class

1 – 3 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms

 

Tuesday, Feb 13 – +Prayer Group

3 – 4 p.m.

Youth Room

 

Tuesday, Feb 13 – DAR

6 – 9 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

 

Wednesday, Feb 14 – +Church Women United

Bible Study

1 – 2 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms

 

Wednesday, Feb 14 – +Bible Study

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms

 

Wednesday, Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday Service

7 – 8 p.m.

Sanctuary

 

Thursday, Feb 15 – League of Women Voters

6 – 9 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

 

Thursday, Feb 15 – HOA Meeting

6 – 8 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms

 

Thursday, Feb 15 – +Von Bora Circle

7 – 9 p.m.

Luke/John Rooms

 

Friday, Feb 16 – Tom Dearchs’ Day Off

 

Sunday, Feb 18 – +Lectionary Class

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Goliath Room

 

Sunday, Feb 18 – +Choir Rehearsal

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Sanctuary

 

Sunday, Feb 18 – +Fellowship Time

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Fellowship Hall

 

Sunday, Feb 18 - +Faith Formation for Adults

“Daily Discipleship & Faith Practices”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark Room

 

Sunday, Feb 18 – +Worship

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sanctuary

 

Sunday, Feb 18 - +Faith Formation for Children

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

David Room


+ = Church Sponsored Event



**Please note that not all events on the church-wide calendar may be included here. Generally, only those events that pertain to all will be included in this listing.

Event Scheduling | Weekly eNews

A 2024 calendar is located on the counter in the Office Work Room. Please list events, meetings, etc., on this calendar so that scheduling of events can take place and conflicts do not occur. You will notice a "red" checkmark beside the events to indicate that they have been transferred to Tom's calendar as well as the churchwide calendar. Thank you for your assistance.

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Christ Lutheran Church

3401 S. Dixon Road

Kokomo, IN 46902

Phone: 765.453.6183

Pastor's Cell: 765.427.4618

christlutherankokomo.org

Pastor's Office Hours
Pastor Walker is available for appointments on Wednesdays. Contact Thomas Dearchs to schedule an appointment.
CLC Office Hours

The church office is open Monday through Thursday. In case of emergency, contact Thomas Dearchs at 765.210.8788.

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Parish Office is closed on Friday.
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