Church News

Greetings, Saints (10/22/19)

 

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


Looking Ahead

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

Thursday, 10/24
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)

Reformation Funday Sunday, 10/27
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Funday Sunday Worship
11:30 am - German Funday Sunday Activities (Family Life Center)


Monday, 10/28
6 pm - Church Council (Conference Room)

Tuesday, 10/29
6:30 pm - Board for Youth Discipleship (Conference Room)


Prayer List

David G.
Undergoing treatment for cancer

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


Timothy Vogel
Holding the Divine Call to serve as our next Principal & Grades 6-8 teacher

The Family of Laurel Degnitz
Aunt of Pastor Gumm - Unexpectedly called home to heaven last week

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


Marty C.
Completed radiation 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, we celebrated Welcome Home Sunday. God's Word helped us to see our deep need for Christian community. God has knit us together as brothers and sister in Christ, as a spiritual family in Christ. Our God brings believers into a loving, nurturing community, which we call the Church. Whether you've been a part of our King of Kings family for a long time or for a short time, whether you regularly attend worship, have drifted away, or have never even belonged to a church, we pray that God would help you to see how this Christian community called King of Kings can truly be your "home." The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Hebrews 2:9-18 - Welcome Home: Our Need for Christian CommunityFor the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

What comes to mind when you think of home? Do thoughts of your childhood home fill you with joy, love, or wonder or do they fill you with sadness, loneliness, or lovelessness? 

In the same way, what comes to mind when you think of your King of Kings home? Are your thoughts filled with joy, love, or wonder or sadness, loneliness, or lovelessness? Does this family of God feel more like your brothers and sisters or more like distant cousins?

When we gather together as a family in Christ, the Lord gives us the opportunity to repent for those times when we’ve sinned against our brothers and sisters in Christ. Have we gotten upset about something that in the end really was silly and inconsequential? Were we simply too selfish to consider how our words or choices or actions might impact others? Were we too busy serving ourselves to think of how we might serve those around us? For all the ways we have failed to be the brothers and sisters whom God has called us to be, we truly and sincerely repent.

…And in his grace, our Brother forgives us! You see, during his entire lifetime, Jesus remained holy. Why? You and I could not. He fulfilled every command of God’s law. Why? You and I could not. Yet God still led him “to his goal through sufferings” and even death. Why? “…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…”

With self-sacrificing love, Jesus has set us free. Motivated by that same love, we love and forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ. Who is hurting? Who needs help? Who wrestles with guilt? How can I serve? What can I do? As we love and serve our family in Christ, our God creates the kind of home we all long to have—a place where we find encouragement in a hostile world, a place where we find hope when we feel hopeless, a place where we find help when we feel helpless.

If that is what God has made us to be, why would we stay disconnected from our family in Christ? If King of Kings hasn't felt like family or home to you, then let’s sit down and see how the Lord can change that, Let’s see how Jesus can reconnect you to your family in Christ here at King of Kings. For in Christ, we are family, yes, warts and all, but still cleansed with the precious, forgiving blood of our Brother Jesus. 

Giving Thanks for Our King of Kings Family,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you head into the weekend:
Psalm 46
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 8:31-36
Galatians 5:1-6

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

German Funday Sunday - Our Welcome Home series continues this 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, a King of Kings photo booth, and the Hollerbach Duo—Jimmy and Eckhard, who will provide music and entertainment. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to pass for the German potluck meal. For recipes, please visit one of the following links below or contact Phil Warnecke. We hope to see you there!


Divine Call Extended – Last week, King of Kings extended a Divine Call to Timothy Vogel to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Vogel currently serves as the Principal and Upper Grades teacher at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School in La Mesa, CA, near San Diego. He is a 2003 graduate of Martin Luther College with 17 years of teaching and principal experience. He is married to Anna and they have four children ages 13, 11, 9, and 6 years old. If you would like to share your encouragement and prayers with Mr. Vogel as he considers where best to serve our Lord, we encourage you to make your first contact by e-mail. Please reply to this e-mail if you would like that e-mail address. In the meantime, please keep Mr. Vogel, his family, and the flocks that have called him in your prayers!

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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 tested the faith of a faithful believer named Abraham!
  • ACTS for Grades 6-12 meets in the conference room. Join us this week as we continue our 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 continue our 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 Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center lunch room as we consider The Lies We Believe...and The Truth We Need.

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!

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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: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples. You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)