As we approach the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Christ the King Lutheran Church, we have declared a year of Jubilee. This will be a year unlike any other before (and perhaps unlike any other to come). This will be a year to celebrate God’s faithfulness to us as a congregation, as well as the faith-filled ways CtK has responded to the call to love God and love our neighbors over the years. This will be a year to take stock of what is important to our ministry, as we continue to resurface and emerge from a year of shutdown, separation, and continued uncertainty This will be a year to focus on where God is calling us in the future, using our newly debt-free status (for example) to invest ourselves and our shared resources in some bold new ventures that prepare us to sustain our ministry presence for years to come.
One of the ways we want to mark this year of Jubilee is to hear from some of the many and varied voices of life at CtK. We want to hear from our remaining charter members—those who have been part of this congregation from the very beginning. We want to hear from those who chose to call CtK home at various times since 1961, those who have seen both the consistency and the change in our ministry over the years. We want to hear from new and new-er members, those who can see benefits of the firm foundation that has been laid by those who have gone before, and who respond “I want to be part of that, too!”
Beginning in the month of October, we’ll be sharing some of these voices and the stories in our Sunday morning “Life at CtK” blog. Here’s where you can help!
- Do you know of someone whose story we should all have a chance to hear? Let one of us on staff know (our email addresses can be found here).
- Do you have a story to tell from the 60 years of Jubilee that mark our congregation’s history? We’d love to hear it: please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in one of the future blog posts.
Do you need a little “prompt” to get you thinking about which of these stories you’d like to share? Consider the questions below:
- In your experience at CtK, what is one good thing from our past church life that looks much different than it used to—but is still good and helpful now?
- Starting from both a firm foundation and a relatively “clean slate,” how might God be calling us to ministry in the future and for what purpose?
- What fellow member at CtK, or what ministry program or special event, from the past continues to impact your discipleship or ministry today?
Sound the trumpet! Blow the ram’s horn! Let this be a year of celebration and jubilee, a year to give thanks to God for 60 years of faithful ministry, and a year to commit ourselves to 60 plus years of continued ministry together.