Greetings Saints (09/28/18)


King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10:00 am

Bible Classes:
Sundays @ 9:00 am
Growing in Hope I - Hope Grows as We Learn About a Savior

This Week's Schedule

FRIDAY, 9/28
7:45 pm - Volleyball Game @ Winter Park YMCA
6:30 pm - Dinner Around Town @ Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe - Sanford
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTs/ABS)
10 am - Worship Service
11 am - Funday Sunday Activities
FRIDAY, 10/5

6:45 pm - Volleyball Game @ Winter Park YMCA
Greetings, Saints!

Earlier this week, I was graciously handed the reins for our weekly e-newsletter. Thank you, Bobbie, for all your work continuing "Greetings, Saints!" during the vacancy!

As I begin this journey with you, I'd like to share a devotion I wrote earlier this summer on Mark's account of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41). I hope you find it encouraging as you sail through the calm or stormy seas of your life right now...

Wouldn’t it be nice if superheroes were real? Every time you get into trouble, a superhero swoops in and saves the day. An asteroid threatens the earth, and a superhero deflects it back into space. A violent villain threatens a city, and a superhero defeats him.
Now wouldn’t it be great if those same superheroes could do more than just save the planet? Wouldn’t it be nice if a superhero could swoop in and fix your leaky finances or reverse your loved one’s terminal diagnosis or replace your fear and uncertainty with hope and confidence? Wouldn’t it be nice if a superhero could take the giant boulder of guilt or grief or heartache or hurt threatening to crush your heart and heave it far off into space? Of course!

...But superheroes are the stuff of comics and movies and shows. So our world remains dark and uncertain…that is, until Jesus quietly steps into our stormy stories. Perhaps he even seems to be "sleeping" in our boat, but yet he's there. Yes, even on those days when the seas get rough and the winds roar ferociously, when a great, big, violent storm comes rolling in and tears everything out of your control.

Yet at such troubled times in your life, what’s your natural response, your gut instinct—fear? worry? uncertainty? maybe even panic? Do you feel like one of Jesus' disciples desperately throwing everything you’ve got into rowing against that storm or bailing out the water out of your sinking boat? Do you look to Jesus like you’re looking for a superhero who can get his strength behind the oars and get you out of trouble with the snap of his fingers? Do you forget who is “sleeping” in your boat?

The truth is, in times like that, we don’t need a comic book superhero. We need the One who is right here with his people, with individual believers like you and me through his Word. We need the One who wasn't about to let his disciples drown because he had come to give his life on a cross rather than at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee. When the seas of life are rough, we need to remember this simple truth: Have no fear! Jesus is here!

When you get tired and weary with the troubled seas of life and you worry about what’s coming, have no fear! Jesus is here! When the storms and waves and winds of this life grab hold of you and batter away, have no fear! Jesus is here! When you’re afraid or worried or panicked in your unguarded moments, have no fear! Jesus is here! When you don’t know what to do, have no fear! Jesus is here! Even when it seems like Jesus is unconscious of what’s going on in your life, have no fear! Jesus is still really and truly he always will be!

Finding Peace in Christ with You,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Youth Volleyball Game - Cheer on our youth volleyball team this evening @ 7:45 pm at the Winter Park YMCA!

Dinner Around Town will take place at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café in Sanford this Saturday evening (9/29) @ 6:30 pm.

Funday Sunday - Join us this Sunday @ 10 am for the first Funday Sunday of the 2018-19 school year.  We will have a "refreshing" worship service with the school children singing a “sweet” song. There will be HUUUGE games and activities in the gym following the service as well as snacks.  Yes, the games are HUUUGE!!! Really, they are supersized!

Every Member Visits - As part of our new start here at King of Kings, I'm planning to visit all of our member households. A sign-up sheet indicating your preferred day and time of day is available in the narthex. For more info, please reply to this e-mail!
Game Night is planned for Saturday, October 13. Feel free to bring your favorite board game and snacks to share.  The fun starts at 6:30 pm!

Crusaders for Life has arranged a special presentation for after worship on Sunday, October 14. A representative from Vitas Hospice and Palliative Care will provide information on end of life caregiving services provided by the organization.  Did you know they offer assistance for the caregiver in addition to care for the elderly and terminally ill?  A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 am followed by the presentation at noon.
Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) Fall Rally is planned for Saturday, October 20 at Open Bible Lutheran church in the Villages.  Dawn Schulz will share her experiences as a missionary partner in Canada and South Florida.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex. Be sure to RSVP by this Sunday (9/30)! Also if you have been collecting change with the mission box offerings, please be sure to turn those donations in to Bobbie Craig's mailbox this Sunday!

An Encouraging Word: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world." (Isaiah 12:3-5)