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Weekly eNews | November 16, 2023

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Focus on the Season:

25th Sunday after Pentecost

November 19: Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good. In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope—word, water, bread, and wine—eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us.

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

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Psalm 90:1-12

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Matthew 25:14-30

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

Prayer List

Quick Links

Birthdays, Baptisms, Anniversaries This Month

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ELCA Home Page

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Stewardship Sunday

This Sunday, November 19, is the day that we will bring our Estimate of Giving Cards and place them on the Altar. We all share in a rich congregation life at CLC, and this community needs each of us. Our giving matters. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete your pledge now. If you are unable to be present at church on Sunday, please mail or drop off your pledge card at the church office. The "Estimate of Giving" card is very helpful to the Council as it prepares for the coming year. Thank you!

Prayers for Thanksgiving Day

Rooted in God’s abundant love for the world, let us pray for our neighbors, the church, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

We praise you, O Lord, for you alone are God. Give to your church a holy curiosity to ask questions and build bridges across difference. Sustain ecumenical and interreligious partnerships (local partnerships may be named). On this day of Thanksgiving, commit us to respectful and faithful dialogue with Indigenous neighbors who find this day difficult. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.

We praise you for green pastures and abundant harvests. Feed us with the fruit of the earth, the work of human hands. Bless those who labor in fields and factories for the food that nourishes and strengthens us. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.

We praise you for leaders who seek justice and equity for all. For (our president, prime minister, governor, mayor, . . . and) all elected officials, we pray. Guide them to prioritize the common good over narrow individualism. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.

We praise you for your tender care. Be present with those who weep this day (especially). Lead them through their sorrow and tears into shouts of joy. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.

We praise you for our community of faith. You have brought us this far by faith. In times of worry and uncertainty, renew our trust in your abundance. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We praise you for your saints who now feast at your eternal banquet. Sustain us by their faithful lives of gratitude until that day when we join them at your table. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.

We offer our prayers to you, gracious God, trusting in your boundless love for all that you have made, through Jesus Christ our Savior.


Choral Scholars & Wilson Trust

As you are aware, our Choral Scholars (Lucas Bowley, Steph Edwards, Molly Lewis, Nate Moore, and Sarah Williams) are a tremendous gift to our church and music ministry. We are very blessed to have them! There are churches in larger cities that do not have the music ministry that CLC is blessed to have. The next time you see or interact with one of our students, please thank them for their gifts and presence with us.

I would like to thank the Wilson Trust and its Trustees, Angie Kinch and Rev. Deb Click, for the support of our Choral Scholars in 2023 and their commitment to support and funding in 2024! They, as I, believe that the choral scholars add to our church and community in both music ministry and outreach. As Angie said, "If Leona Wilson were around, she would be supporting this effort". The Wilson Trust provided over $21,000 in 2023 and has committed to $21,450 for the 2024 year. We are most grateful and thank them for supporting this vision.

There are Sundays (and other services) that were not included in the original proposal. This is meant to give the congregation the opportunity to have some ownership in this endeavor. If you would like to support the Choral Scholars for a Sunday, a month, or a year!, the per Sunday expense is generally around $550. Please mark your check "Choral Scholars" in the memo line or on your envelope. Thank you for your support!

A few notes about the Choral Scholars Program

The Choral Scholar is a funded position given to degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students in the music program at Indiana-University-Kokomo or to a seasoned musician. The responsibilities of the Choral Scholar are as follows:

  • Attend all Parish Choir rehearsals
  • Practice and prepare music for rehearsal each week
  • Sing as a member of the Parish Choir at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy and other services as negotiated
  • Lead sectionals and choral warm-ups as needed
  • Offer vocal solos in worship when the choir has a Sunday off
  • Participate in congregational and ensemble fellowship opportunities as able
  • Thoughtfully invite/recruit other students to sing in the choir or attend worship

Thoughtful Participation

It is the goal of our congregation to connect more tangibly with the student population that surrounds our church building. The Choral Scholar will, as their schedule allows, attend fellowship opportunities at Christ (i.e., Fellowship Hour after worship) that help them connect with the congregation at large. The Choral Scholar will also thoughtfully consider ways they can invite their student network's participation in our music and worship activities at Christ.


This position pays $50 per call, usually totaling $100 per week. A rehearsal is considered a "call" and the service is a "call", which equals $100 per Sunday. The Choral Scholar is paid monthly.

If you have any questions about this worthwhile endeavor, please feel free to reach out to me!

--Thomas Dearchs

Minister of Music & Organist

Focus on the Season

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Christ the King

Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-36

On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet we await the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.

Transition Visit with Bishop William Gafkjen

On November 14, the Congregational Council met with Bishop William Gafkjen to begin the pastoral transition process.


The first thing we, as a congregation, need to do is to take time to say thanks. We need to say thanks to Pastor Sharon for all she has done. We need to thank her for her prayers on our behalf. We need to thank her for all the hospital visits she has made. We need to thank her for her guidance in difficult situations. We need to thank her for so much more. We should begin doing that now.

We need to listen to the Holy Spirit for what is new and what is next. We need to look for opportunities and respond with an enthusiastic "yes" to them. As the prophet said in Isaiah 43: 19: "I am about to do a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” As we are doing this, we will meet with Pastor Nancy Nyland. She will help us discern where God is alive and seek clarity about our mission as a congregation. We will then discover how the process of calling a new pastor will work for Christ Lutheran Church.

As always, we need your prayers and participation in this next step for Christ Lutheran Church.

--Dee Ann Daniels

Council President


Tom Dearchs will be on vacation from Monday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 28. Sarah Williams will serve as our Guest Organist on Sunday, November 26. Thank you, Sarah!

There will be no Weekly eNews published on Thursday, November 23. The next issue will be sent out on Thursday, November 30.


Pastor Walker will be on vacation from Friday, November 17 through Monday, November 20. The Rev. Mike Crawford will preach and preside on Sunday, November 19. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Tom Dearchs at 765.453.6183.

Oboe, Violin, and Piano Concert

Music at Christ is pleased to present a concert featuring Pavel Morunov, Oboe, Johanna Bourkova-Morunov, Violin, and Alexander Klepach, Piano, on Sunday afternoon, November 19, at 4 PM. All three musicians are members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend. A reception follows the concert. We hope to see you there!

Pizza Luncheon & Hanging of the Greens

Please plan to stay for pizza after church on Sunday, November 26! Following lunch, we will participate in the annual “Hanging of the Greens”. We will adorn the Narthex and Sanctuary in preparation for the Advent and Christmas season. All are welcome!

Advent Recital Series

Mark your calendars! The Advent Recital Series is fast approaching! The recitals begin at 12:10 p.m. and last approximately 30-40 minutes followed by a light luncheon. The suggested donation for lunch is $7. Please join us for one or all three!

Wednesday, December 6:

Sarah Williams, organ

Wednesday, December 13:

Catherine Trout Musselman, piano & harp

Wednesday, December 20:

Travis Person, organ

Our First Recitalist

Sarah Williams


Wednesday, December 6

12:10 p.m.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2023, immediately following the morning worship service. Please plan to be present on this day.

Where Have You Seen This?

Where have you seen God at work today?

Holy Closure

After long prayer and discernment, Christ the King Anglican Church has decided that the time has come for Holy Closure. Their final service will be held on Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m. All are welcome. We ask your prayers for our sorrow, and for our affirmation of all the love, grace, and blessings that God has showered upon us, and given to others through us.

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 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)

e: | c: (765) 860-1441

Financial Secretary: Bob Howell (appointed)

e: | c: (765) 860-8446

Treasurer: Peter Kane (appointed)

e: | c: (765) 513-5075

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

Worship Assistant Schedule for November

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

Worship Assistant Schedule for November

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, Nov 16 – Medicare Open Enrollment

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Call Samaritan Caregivers for an Appointment



Thursday, Nov 16 – +Merry Widows

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pastarrific Restaurant


Thursday, Nov 16 – League of Women Voters

6 – 9 p.m.

Fellowship Hall


Thursday, Nov 16 – HOA Meeting

6 – 8 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Thursday, Nov 16 – +Von Bora Circle

7 – 9 p.m.

Luke/John Rooms


Friday, Nov 17 – Tom Dearchs’ Day Off


Friday, Nov 17 – Cleaning Service

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Sunday, Nov 19 – +Lectionary Class

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Goliath Room


Sunday, Nov 19 – +Fellowship Time

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Fellowship Hall


Sunday, Nov 19 - +Parish Choir Rehearsal

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.



Sunday, Nov 19 - +Faith Formation for Adults

“Daily Discipleship & Faith Practices”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark Room


Sunday, Nov 19 – +Worship – The Holy Eucharist

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



Sunday, Nov 19 - +Faith Formation for Children

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

David Room


Sunday, Nov 19 - +Concert

4 – 5 p.m.

Pavel Morunov, Oboe

Johanna Bourkova-Morunov, Violin

Alexander Klepach, Piano



Sunday, Nov 19 - +Reception

5 – 6 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

Monday, Nov 20 – Pastor Walker’s Day Off


Monday, Nov 20 – Medicare Open Enrollment

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Call Samaritan Caregivers for an Appointment



Monday, Nov 20 – +Chair Yoga

10 – 11 a.m.



Monday, Nov 20 - +Chair Yoga

1 – 2 p.m.



Tuesday, Nov 21 – Medicare Open Enrollment

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Call Samaritan Caregivers for an Appointment



Tuesday, Nov 21 – +Quilters

9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Tuesday, Nov 21 - +Prayer Group

3 – 4 p.m.

Youth Room


Tuesday, Nov 21 – +Council Meeting

7 – 9 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Wednesday, Nov 22 – +Bible Study

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Matthew/Mark Rooms


Wednesday, Nov 22 – +Online Bible Study

7 – 8 p.m.

ZOOM Meeting


Thursday, Nov 23 – Thanksgiving Day

Church Offices Closed


Friday, Nov 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Church Offices Closed

Sunday, Nov 26 – +Lectionary Class

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Goliath Room


Sunday, Nov 26 – +Fellowship Time

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Fellowship Hall


Sunday, Nov 26 - +Faith Formation for Adults

“Daily Discipleship & Faith Practices”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark Room


Sunday, Nov 26 – +Worship

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



Sunday, Nov 26 - +Faith Formation for Children

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

David Room


Sunday, Nov 26 – +Pizza Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fellowship Hall


Sunday, Nov 26 – +Hanging of the Greens

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

+ = 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

There is a 2023 and 2024 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 2 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

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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