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Weekly eNews | March 16, 2023

Opportunities for Service and Sharing

Focus on the Season:

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 19: In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

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

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

Prayer List
Please click the button below for our Prayer List.

Prayer List

Quick Links

Birthdays, Baptisms, Anniversaries This Month

CLC Home Page

Worship Assistant Schedule

ELCA Home Page

I-K Synod Home Page

Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 2 | 10:30 AM


Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 6 | 7:00 PM


Good Friday

Friday, April 7

Stations of the Cross | 12 noon

Tenebrae Service | 8:00 PM


Easter Day

Sunday, April 9 | 10:30 AM

Easter Brunch follows the service.

New Phone System

Our new phone system, installed by Wyatt Communications, Inc., of Lafayette, IN, is installed and operational! You may now resume calling the church phone number and leave a message if the staff member you are trying to reach is unavailable. You will first hear an initial greeting when you dial the church number. Press 1 for Tom Dearchs or press 2 for Pastor Walker. If they are available, they will pick up the call. If not, you will be able to leave a voicemail.

There are public phones that may be used by members and friends of CLC located in the Office Work Room as well as the kitchen. Simply lift the handset and dial the number you are intending to call. The new phones are very easy to use. It is not necessary to choose a phone line before dialing the number. If you have any questions about the phones, please see Tom Dearchs.

In addition to our new phone system, we have signed the necessary paperwork to switch from AT&T to Comcast as our internet/phone provider. As Comcast needs to complete construction for this to take place, it will be approximately 3-6 months before this change occurs.

Video Doorbells - update

As of last evening, we now have video and audio doorbells located at all entrances to the building. Should you come to the church and need access to the building, (and don't have a key) press the button on the doorbell and a staff member will let you in (if they are available). Thank you to Josh Taylor for installing these for us! Thank you to the Memorial Committee for approving this purchase utilizing memorial funds.

Security System

As with any project, items arise that need to be addressed. With the installation of our new phone system, Koorsen Security Systems (our alarm monitoring company) had to install an Internet Communicator Device so that our security system would function without the need for a phone line. In doing this upgrade to our system, a function was enabled that causes a "chime" to occur when any of our exit doors are opened. This is quite a great feature as I can hear (from my office) when and which doors are being opened.

Lenten Recital Series

Lenten Recital Series

Wednesday, March 22 @ 12:10 PM

Shayla Van Hal, organ

An Iowa native, Shayla Van Hal is a third-year doctoral candidate in organ performance at Indiana University, studying with Dr. Chris Young. She received her master's degrees in church music (organ) and music theory from the University of Kansas, studying with Drs. James Higdon, Michael Bauer, and Scott Murphy. Her BA in music is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, working with organist Dr. Gregory Peterson.

Her interest in education brought her back to Luther College for the fall of 2019, where she served as Visiting Professor of Music and Interim College Organist while Dr. Peterson was on sabbatical. After a particularly French-focused education at KU, Ms. Van Hal has dedicated her academic and performance interests in her doctorate to under-performed organ music, particularly the music of Eastern Europe. Her future dissertation plans involve studying Polish organ music of the Communist era with hopes of spending a semester in Poland. She currently serves as an Associate Instructor for the Music Theory department at IU, as well as the Assistant Director of Music and Organist at First Christian Church, Bloomington. Shayla enjoys apartment life with her husband, Adam, and their cat, Snowboots.

Shayla will perform the music of Franck, Liszt, and Laurin. We hope you will join us!

Most Recent Financial Snapshot

Most Recent Financial Snapshot



Current Checkbook Balance: $59,556.21

Less Committed Expenses Pending: $ 2,186.22

Less Special Purpose Giving: $44,590.61

Money Available to pay routine bills: $12,590.61


Current Special Purpose Gifts:

Altar Flowers: $457

Eternal Candle: $75

Lutheran Magazine: $108

Fine Arts: $2,020

Food Pantry: $698

Mason Music Gifts: $15,546

Memorial Gifts: $7,311

WELCA: $845

Shiloh Salary/Benefits: $16,653*

Portico Optional Vision: $67

*Note: Shiloh very generously gifted Christ their 2023 projected portion of Pastor Sharon's Salary and Retirement expenses before their formal close. This gift is reserved specifically for that purpose.


Current Remaining Mortgage Balance: $29,129.11

Mortgage Burning Celebration: January 2024! 

Easter Flower Forms

Easter Flower forms are located on the Welcome Table in the Narthex. The Easter flowers are used to adorn the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Any amount may be contributed. The deadline to contribute is April 2nd. Worship Ministry will order flowers; all you have to do is donate. Thanks!

For those who donate and wish to take a plant home, the flowers will be available for pick-up after worship on Sunday, April 16th. They will be located in the Narthex.

Easter Brunch

A number of folks expressed interest in holding an Easter Brunch following worship on Easter Sunday, April 9th. A sign-up form for various items, ie., breakfast casseroles, fruit, coffee cakes, juice, etc., is located on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign-up on Sunday! There is also a need for several to help with set-up and clean-up. Thanks for your participation!

ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving

The 40 days of Lent are a season to reflect and remember, to look forward and ahead. These are not easy times for many of us. Yet Lent reminds us that God is not yet through with us or our world. We know by faith that God is at work, drawing us toward the resurrection and restoration of the world. Connect to the church’s global work to end hunger and poverty during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. Visit for resources including a devotional calendar, a study guide, an action guide and a Lenten email series.

Church Council Members 2023

President: Dee Ann Daniels (2024)

e: | c: (574) 702-1921

Vice President: Jill Howell (2025)

e: | c: (765) 860-7949

Secretary: Amy Russell (2025)

e: | c: (765) 480-4241

Dan Macaluso (2023)

e: | c: (765) 438-9385

Elaine Newman (2023)

e: | c: (765) 437-2954

Rudy Obermeyer (2025)

e: | c: (765) 480-5871

Nadine Owens (2023)

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Financial Secretary: Bob Howell (appointed)

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Treasurer: Peter Kane (appointed)

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Rev. Sharon Walker (ex officio)

e: | 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

Offering Envelopes for 2023

The printer of our offering envelopes has a delay in processing our envelope order for 2023. They will most likely not be available until late February or early March. 

Music at Christ

Music at Christ Brochure 2022-2023

Worship Assistant Schedule for March

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

Worship Assistant Schedule for March

Altar Flowers

Do you like seeing the beautiful flowers on the Altar each Sunday? If so, we need you to sign-up today! There are many weeks remaining this year that need a sponsor. The flower cost is $20 per vase or two for $40. Two people may sign-up on a Sunday if you would like to share the cost. Please sign-up today!

Please note that we will not have flowers adorning the Altar if there is no sponsor for a particular week.

Altar Flowers & Eternal Candle

The 2023 flower chart has arrived and is hanging in the Narthex. The flower cost is $20 per vase or two for $40. Please sign-up today. Eternal Candles remain at $18 per month.

Dates to Remember

Thursday, Mar 16 – *JuBELLation Ringers

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.


Thursday, Mar 16 – League of Women Voters

6 – 9 p.m.

Fellowship Hall


Thursday, Mar 16 – HOA Meeting

6 – 8 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Thursday, Mar 16 – Von Bora Circle

7 – 9 p.m.

Luke/John Rooms


Friday, Mar 17– *Tom’s Day Off

Saturday, Mar 18 - Via de Cristo Team Meeting

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary


Sunday, Mar 19 – *Lectionary Class

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Goliath Room


Sunday, Mar 19 – *Fellowship Time

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Fellowship Hall


Sunday, Mar 19 - *Faith Formation for Adults

“Daily Discipleship & Faith Practices”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark Room


Sunday, Mar 19 – *Parish Choir Rehearsal

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.



Sunday, Mar 19 – *Worship – The Holy Eucharist

Third Sunday in Lent

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



Sunday, Mar 19 – *Faith Formation for Children

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

David Room

Sunday, Mar 19 – WELCA Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Mark Room


Monday, Mar 20 – *Pastor’s Day Off


Monday, Mar 20 – *Chair Yoga

10 – 11 a.m.



Monday, Mar 20 - *Chair Yoga

1 – 2 p.m.



Monday, Mar 20 – Church Women United

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Tuesday, Mar 21 – *CLC Quilters

9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Tuesday, Mar 21 - *Watercolor Class

1 – 3 p.m.

Matthew Room


Tuesday, Mar 21 – Council Meeting

7 – 9 p.m.

Mark Room


Wednesday, Mar 22 – Lenten Recital Series

Shayla Van Hal, organ

12:10 – 12:40 p.m.



Wednesday, Mar 22 – Luncheon

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Fellowship Hall


Wednesday, Mar 22 – *Bible Study

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Wednesday, Mar 22 – Online Bible Study

7 – 8  p.m.

Zoom Meeting


Thursday, Mar 23 – Samaritan Caregivers Meeting

3 – 4 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Thursday, Mar 23 – *JuBELLation Ringers

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.



Friday, Mar 24– *Tom’s Day Off


Sunday, Mar 26 – *Lectionary Class

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Goliath Room


Sunday, Mar 26 – *Fellowship Time

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Fellowship Hall


Sunday, Mar 26 - *Faith Formation for Adults

“Daily Discipleship & Faith Practices”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark Room


Sunday, Mar 26 – *Parish Choir Rehearsal

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.



Sunday, Mar 26 – *Worship

Fifth Sunday in Lent

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



Sunday, Mar 26 – *Faith Formation for Children

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

David Room

*=Recurring Weekly 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

There is a 2023 calendar 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.

CLC Weekly eNews

If you have articles or news items of interest, please send them to no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. If you're not computer friendly, you may leave items in the Parish Administrator mailbox in the Office Workroom or call Thomas Dearchs. The Weekly eNews is distributed by email at approximately 4 p.m. each Thursday. Print copies are mailed to those who are without computer access.

Announcements from Christ the King Anglican
Coffee House Prayer Ministry
We've resumed the Coffee House Prayer and Pastoral Conversation Ministry, at Big Ben, 2130 West Sycamore. Fr. Michael (and, sometimes others) will be there from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. 

Christ Lutheran Church

3401 S. Dixon Road

Kokomo, IN 46902

Phone: 765.453.6183

Pastor's Cell: 765.427.4618

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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