Church News

Greetings, Saints (10/14/19)

 

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

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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 (Family Life Center Lunch Room)


Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am
No Class - Wed., Oct. 16!


Looking Ahead

Tuesday, 10/15
7 pm - Call/Voters' Meeting (Church Sanctuary)

Wednesday-Friday, 10/16-18
No School - Teachers' Conference;
No Midweek Bible Study!


Saturday, 10/19
11 am - Welcome Home Fellowship Setup (Family Life Center)

Welcome Home Sunday, 10/20
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Welcome Home Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Finger Food Fellowship (Family Life Center)


Wednesday, 10/23
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)


Prayer List

Denny T.
Father of Nina M. - Recovering from quadruple bypass surgery


Pr. Rod Warnecke
Father of Phil W. - Undergoing treatment for cancer on his lung


David G.
Undergoing treatment for cancer


King of Kings
As we begin calling for a new Principal/Grades 6-8 teacher


Pr. Bill Gabb
Successful recovery from kidney surgery!


Marty C.
Undergoing follow-up treatment following recent cancer surgery

Sarah T.
Mother of Paula P. - Dealing with various health issues

McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East
Greetings, Saints!

This past Sunday, God's Word gave us the opportunity to unwrap what true thankfulness actually is and where it comes from. You see, there's a difference between saying, "Thank you" and being thankful. In Luke 17, we see how true thankfulness flows not from within our hearts, but rather it flows from God's faithful love towards us through Jesus. We see that as Jesus healed ten men with leprosy, but only one returned to give thanks for his gracious mercy. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 17:11-19 - Thankfulness Flows from FaithfulnessFor the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

Jesus had just cleansed ten men of their leprosy. He watched as they hurried away, but one stopped and turned around. The man looked at his hands and feet, his arms and legs. He rubbed his face in his hands. Slowly it all began to sink in as a look of pure joy overtook his face. Then his eyes caught Jesus so the man started to walk…and then walk faster…and then run to Jesus.

The man glorified God not with the weak voice of a leper, but the strong voice of a healthy man. Joy filled his voice as his praise poured forth like a rushing river. He ran with praise until finally he threw himself down at Jesus’ feet. He clasped those feet and thanked Jesus over and over again with tears, while the other nine had disappeared into the distance.

How richly the Lord has blessed each and every one of us! He provides for all of our physical needs with abundant blessing. He faithfully brings us into his family through faith in him. He graciously forgives our sins and provides heaven. Yet in spite of all that, how often when the Lord pours out his blessings don’t you catch yourself thinking, “That was great! Now what?” Or perhaps you let yourself get caught up in all the busy activities of life or you let your priorities get confused by placing anything or everything ahead of Christ and his Word?

Yet in spite of our faithlessness, our God remains faithful! Because Jesus is faithful, our response to his saving work on our behalf is thankful. We live thankfully and faithfully. What does that mean?

Living thankfully means thinking, acting, walking, talking, spending every day of your life giving thanks for what God has given you and what Jesus has done for you. Living thankfully means giving thanks for the little things—the quick smiles, the moments of grace, the brief encouragements, the little victories. Living thankfully means giving thanks for the big things—the unexpected gifts, the significant successes, the life-changing outpourings of grace, the reality of forgiveness. Living thankfully means giving thanks even when you face trials in your life, which the Lord allows for your eternal good. Living thankfully is being like that leper who had nothing and who deserved nothing, but who got everything from Christ. Living thankfully is being like Paul, who could say in prison, “Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.” (Philippians 1:18) Living thankfully is living life as one big “Thank You” for God’s faithful mercy.

Living thankfully also means living faithfully. The Lord provides you with countless opportunities to do that. Living faithfully means taking God at his word and trusting in his promises as the truth they are. Living faithfully means making God’s Word the very air you breathe, the food you eat, and the life you live. Living faithfully means making his Word and worship actual parts of your daily and weekly routines. Living faithfully means pausing before you think or act or speak to consider if what you are about to do is a selfish act of sin or a thankful response to God. Living faithfully means holding to the truth of God’s Word with all of your might because there you have life amidst death and light amidst darkness. We live faithfully because God was faithful first.

Giving Thanks for God's Gracious Mercy,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you head into the weekend:
Psalm 133
Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
Matthew 11:25-30
Hebrews 2:9-18

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Divine Call Meeting – The first voters’ meeting to call our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher is planned for this Tuesday, October 15 @ 7 pm. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend. May the Lord of the Church richly bless this Call process!

Welcome Home Sunday - Plan to be here at King of Kings this Sunday, October 20 @ 10 am! for Welcome Home Sunday! We will talk about the importance of having the support of a Christian community. We hope to have 100% of our King of Kings members in attendance. After worship, join us for Finger Food Fellowship and a King of Kings Photo Booth in the Family Life Center! So make plans to join your King of Kings family this Sunday, October 20!

Finger Food Needed! – Help us provide finger food, heavy hors d’oeuvres, etc. for our Finger Food Fellowship this Sunday, October 20! Sign up here on our digital sign-up sheet or reply to this e-mail!

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Learn the Reason for the Hope That You Have!
 – Sundays @ 9 am!

  • Sunday School for PreK-Grade 5 meets in the school library in the Family Life Center. Join us this week as we learn how God made a special covenant with a man name Abram!
  • ACTS for Grades 6-12 meets in the conference room. Join us this week as we start a new 6-week series on how to respond to people who object to God's Word!
  • Adult Bible Study meets in the lunch room in the Family Life Center. Join us as we kick off a new Bible study series--The Lies We Believe...And the Truth We Need.

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Lies We Believe – Much of our unhappiness and emotional struggles are caused by the lies we tell ourselves. Unless we identify our lies and replace them with the truth of God's Word, spiritual growth will stall and emotional health will be impossible. Join us this Sunday, October 20 @ 9 am in the Family Life Center for our new Bible study series - The Lies We Believe...and The Truth We Need.

German Funday Sunday - Our Welcome Home series continues on Sunday, October 27 with our German Funday Sunday! The children of our school and preschool will sing during the worship service @ 10 am. Afterwards, we will have all kinds of German fun in the Family Life Center with a German potluck, fun booths, and the Hollerbach Duo--Jimmy and Eckhard, who will provide music and entertainment. If you'd like to provide a German dish for Funday Sunday, please contact Phil Warnecke for recipe links. We hope to see you there!

Greek Fest Parking – King of Kings will be offering parking for Greek Fest from November 1-3. We will be charging $5/car and all receipts will go towards bus transportation for school activities. Sign up in the entryway at church for one or more 2-hour blocks!
 
Gift Card Drive – At King of Kings, we regularly get requests for help with groceries, gas, and other basic needs. Occasionally, we also have school families with such needs. Through October, we will be collecting gift cards of $25 or less at the church office to enable us to better help these families in need. We are looking for gift cards from local grocery stores (Publix, Winn-Dixie, Aldi, etc.), Walmart, and local gas stations. For gas station gift cards, please try to purchase cards that limit the purchase to food or gas. For more info, please reply to this e-mail!

Meditations Needed – WELS Prison Ministry is looking for used copies of Meditations to provide to prisoners under our spiritual care. The copies need to be in good condition. If you have any copies to donate, please drop them off at the school office.

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Growing in Hope – Why does it matter that Jesus is my Savior? Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I get more of what I heard today? How can I join King of Kings? We are planning to begin a new session of our Bible Information Class soon to provide answers to those questions and many more. If you are interested in taking part in this course, please reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is still visiting all of our members! If you have not scheduled a visit, please be sure to reply to this e-mail to schedule your visit ASAP!

An Encouraging Word: Therefore, since the children share flesh and blood, he also shared the same flesh and blood, so that through death he could destroy the one who had the power of death (that is, the Devil) and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)