Greeting's, Saints (2/11/20)

 

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King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
407-628-5696

VisitKoK.com

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (PreK-Grade 5 - School Library)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12 - Conference Room)
- Adult Bible Study (Sanctuary on Feb. 16!)

Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am


Looking Ahead

Tuesday, 2/11
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)

Wednesday, 2/12
8:05 am - School Chapel
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)


Friday, 2/14
10:30 am - Bible Information Class (White)

Sunday, 2/16
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Call Meeting


Prayer List

Phil & Staci Warnecke
Holding Calls to serve as Grade 5 & K5 teachers @ Risen Savior Lutheran School - Milwaukee

Frank P., Jim L., and Sierra
Dealing with various health issues


Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Continues to undergo treatment for cancer

Ralph S.
Father of Suzi K. - Poor health due to pulmonary fibrosis
Greetings, Saints!

Jesus came to reconnect us to God, but why are we here? We are here to connect to God’s people by providing opportunities to grow together and gather together in Christian fellowship. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Acts 2:42-47 - Why Are We Here? To Connect to God's PeopleFor the full text of the sermon, click on the title or listen to the sermon by clicking on the Messages from the King graphic below.

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There’s something unique, even unusual about a Christian congregation that loves to spend time together as a family in Christ. You see, we live in a world where everyone is hyperconnected through social media and smartphones. We are available 24/7. We have all kinds of connections even around the world, but yet we all seem to be getting lonelier.

We are getting more isolated. We live next to each other, but how well do you actually know your neighbors and actually have a friendly relationship with them? Has your home become your castle isolating you from the outside world?

We are disconnecting. We have no problem communicating our thoughts and emotions and opinions on social media, but when it comes to real, face-to-face relationships? Well…our real conversations are being replaced with digital connections. The average social media user has 300 friends or followers, but only 2 confidants and maybe 5-6 friends. We even struggle to have a personal relationship with the people who matter most. In a hyperconnected world, our collective loneliness is only getting worse!

That’s not what God intended when he first created Adam and Eve. He created people to connect with him and each other in relationship. He designed us to live life together as opposed to interaction solely or mostly through technology. He created us to associate with each other, to have fellowship with each other. When sin came into our world, however, that unity, that fellowship, that connection with God and each other was broken until Jesus came along and reconciled us with God. Jesus made us at peace once again with the holy God. He healed our relationship with God with his own holy, precious blood and his innocent death--and he heals our relationships with one another too.

That's what makes a Christian congregation that loves to spend time together unique. The Lord opens his hand of blessing when we devote ourselves to gathering around the Word together in worship and Bible study. He opens his hand of blessing when we hold firmly to gathering around the Lord’s Table and the family table, when we hold firmly to gathering together for each other in prayer and around one another to mutually support and encourage every member of this family—young or old, Millennial or Boomer, rich or poor, native born or immigrant or refugee, male or female. The Lord opens his hand of blessing when we gather to eat together and spend time together and build relationships with each other. The Lord opens his hand of blessing when we gather to admonish and comfort one another.

When we devote ourselves to such things, faith grows. Sins are confessed and absolved. Tears are dried and hugs given. Joy and laughter are shared. Hearts are encouraged and emboldened. Help is provided. Work is shared and accomplished. Lives are changed. Others notice and the gospel is shared. Above all, God is praised. May our Lord make our church that unique in Christ! 

Connected with God's People,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 119:1-7
Matthew 25:14-30
Romans 12:1-8
Ephesians 4:11-16

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Divine Call News - Our next Call meeting is planned for this Sunday, Feb. 16, after worship. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend. Also, the Warneckes have received Divine Calls to serve as teachers at Risen Savior Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI - Staci as K5 teacher and Phil as Grade 5 teacher. They welcome your thoughts and questions as they deliberate where best to serve our Lord. Please keep them and the flocks that have called them in your prayers!

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February 23 is going to be a big day on the King of Kings campus! Here’s what’s coming…

  • Funday Sunday Worship – The kids of our school and preschool will sing the new hymn Christ Begins with the congregation during our worship service.
  • Kindergarten Round-Up - Have a child entering Kindergarten next fall? Know of someone whose child is entering Kindergarten next fall? Then we would love to have you and them join us after worship for our annual Kindergarten Round-Up! Students can meet Mrs. Warnecke and see the classroom. You can learn about our Kindergarten program and scholarship opportunities.
  • Art Fair – Our K-8 students are working hard to prepare what they are learning about famous artists and their own versions of the artist’s style and work. Their work will be on display in the gym.
  • Pig Pickin’ – All of our King of Kings family and friends are invited to join us for a pig pickin’ in the Family Life Center that will begin after worship concludes!

Lent Is Coming Soon! - Starting Ash Wednesday, February 26, we will begin the 40-day church season of Lent. Our theme for our midweek Lenten services will be The Son of God Goes Forth to War – Many picture Jesus as a gentle shepherd, guiding his sheep. Others see him as a glorious king, sitting on a heavenly throne. Yet Scripture pictures Jesus as a brave and often-opposed warrior against sin and death. Join us as we focus on the tremendous courage, humility, and power of our Savior Jesus. On Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten season with a focus on Christ—the promised warrior. We will celebrate the Holy Supper. A dinner will be provided @ 6 pm.

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Martin Luther College Choir Concert - On Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 pm, King of Kings will be hosting the Martin Luther College Choir as part of their Spring TourMartin Luther College is our church body’s college of ministry where future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers are trained. This concert will take the place of our midweek Lenten service that week. We will have a special catered dinner in the Family Life Center @ 5:30 pm. Sign up to help with drinks and desserts! We will also provide overnight housing for the 62 members of the choir. Hosts are asked to provide breakfast and a sack lunch. Stop by the bulletin board in the foyer or contact Renee Zastrow to help us host one of the premiere choirs in our church body! To listen to some of their music, check out the videos below:

One Message, Multiple Options - We have been working hard to get our weekly sermon podcast up and running. As noted above, we've named it Messages from the King. Besides our podcast site (VisitKoK.com/Sermons), you can also subscribe to receive the newest sermons as they are posted on the following platforms:
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Growing in Hope – Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I learn more about Jesus? How can I become part of the King of Kings family? How can I grow in my understanding of God’s Word? Pastor offers Bible Information Class to answer these questions and more! New sessions start all the time! If you interested in joining our next session, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

An Encouraging Word: Instead, speaking the truth in love, we would in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From him the whole body, being joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows in accordance with Christ’s activity when he measured out each individual part. He causes the growth of the body so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16)