“How do you get your news?” A generation or two ago, there were only a few options for getting news. A newspaper or two, the “big three” TV networks, plus Public Radio and a few AM news stations. Nearly everyone in the country not only knew Walter Cronkite, but he earned the unofficial title of the “most trusted man in America,” with a majority of the country tuning in nightly for his news show. Today, of course, there are so many new and different ways to get your news—from cable TV to news websites to social media to talk radio. The sheer number of different outlets available often results in an inconsistent and uneven flow of information even within one community. A similar thing could be said about the various ways we distribute news and information at Christ the King.
Last year’s listening sessions revealed continuing concerns about communication at CtK, including the strong sense that we need to have a regular, clear, and open flow of information from the staff, council, and other ministry leaders. More than that, folks at CtK are looking for ways to discover more about our shared ministries, in order to become better connected to one another. Our core value of "Building Community" relies on us all becoming increasingly in touch with the ways CtK-ers live out their lives of faith, and we have found that neither a quarterly nor a monthly newsletter actually achieved that goal.
With an eye toward such clarity, transparency, and consistency, we will be streamlining both the way we share announcements and tell the story of Christ the King. Specifically, ministry announcements will now be shared though the weekly CtK Herald, available via email on Wednesday and on Sundays in print form (reimagining our current “What’s Happening” flyer as a weekly newsletter). In addition, a more detailed story of ministry at CtK will be shared weekly by pastors, program staff, council members and other lay leaders in a Blog entitled “Life@CtK,” available via email and online on Mondays.
As has often been noted, communication is a two-way street, and we rely on folks in the CtK family to do their part as well. Here are some suggestions of what you can do to keep communication efficient and helpful among us:
Yours in Christ,
News from the CtK Global Mission Team
U.S. Ambassador Visits Iringa Hope
Iringa Hope is a series of local microfinance cooperatives located in the Iringa Diocese of Tanzania. It is an affiliate of the Saint Paul Area Synod’s Bega Kwa Bega partnership with Iringa Diocese. Christ the King has supported this microfinance initiative through our own financial gifts, especially to Nduli Parish’s own local cooperative. Nduli Parish is our companion congregation in Tanzania.
Iringa Hope has received many visitors in recent years, coming to see its unique, successful approach to ending extreme poverty among its members. In July, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Dr. Immi Patterson and her entourage came to Iringa to learn about these partnerships. After presentations by Iringa Hope representatives, the ambassador noted how impressed she was with members’ individual stories of financial success through their modest loans to improve their lives. She mentioned her strong interest in programs that empower women and youth, as well as being interested in microfinance and agriculture – all issues that are addressed by Iringa Hope. Bishop Gavile of Iringa Diocese noted, “Everywhere I go I see Iringa Hope buildings. This is a great thing for our people and a blessing to us all. Please keep on building!”
Want to read more about Bega Kwa Bega? Click here to go to the Bega Kwa Bega blog on the Saint Paul Area Synod website.
A Book to Add to Your Reading List
Among the Masaai is a just-published memoir of a young American woman who journeys to Tanzania to teach at the first school for Maasai girls in East Africa. Her students are young women caught in a culture between past and future, and they struggle to define their own fates. The author is Juliet Cutler, who spent two years as a teaching missionary in Tanzania. She has continued her involvement with the Maasai Girls Lutheran Secondary School and for girls’ education worldwide for twenty years. As she worked to change her students’ lives, she was also transformed by the community she found in Tanzania.
The book is being released in September 2019 and is available at bookstores and online. Proceeds from the sale of this book support education for at-risk Maasai girls. Reviewers of the book have noted:
Juliet Cutler is a writer, educator, and designer of award-winning exhibits for museums, parks, and cultural centers. She and her husband, Mark Cutler, were missionaries in Tanzania and now live in the Atlanta area. Mark Cutler grew up in New Brighton and at Christ the King Lutheran Church. His mother, Janice Cutler, is a longtime member of this church and of CtK’s Global Mission Team. Learn more at julietcutler.com.
Global Mission Prayer
Dear God we thank you for the richness of this world you have created and for the people whom you have fashioned in your own image. We ask your blessings on the people of Nduli Parish, on the leadership and staff of Iringa Hope’s individual community cooperatives, and on those who dedicate their lives to educating your children through their work with youth around the world. We look forward to learning more about you and your plans for this world in the days and years to come. We pray in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Global Mission Events
Submitted by Judith Hill on behalf of the Global Mission Team at Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton, Minnesota.