Greetings, Saints (2/19/20)

 

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 (Lunch Room)

Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am


Looking Ahead

Wednesday, 2/19
3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)

Sunday, 2/23
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Funday Sunday Worship
11:30 am - Kindergarten Roundup; Art Fair; Pig Pickin'

Friday, 2/24
6 pm - Church Council (Conference Room)

Ash Wednesday, 2/26
8:05 am - School Chapel
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
6 pm - Lenten Dinner (Lunch Room)
6:30 pm - Family Choir Practice (Balcony)
7 pm - Worship w/ Lord's Supper


Friday, 2/28
10:30 am - Bible Information Class (White)
6 pm - Athletic Banquet (Lunch Room)


Prayer List

Harmon Krause
Holding Call to serve as our next Principal & Grades 6-8 teacher


Phil & Staci W.
Accepted Calls to serve as Grade 5 & K5 teachers @ Risen Savior Lutheran School - Milwaukee

Keith M.
Undergoing shoulder replacement surgery later this week


Frank P. and Sierra
Dealing with various health issues


Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Dealing with complications due to 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, his Word, his world, and his people, but we are also here to connect to God’s work. That means involving every member in the body of Christ mission and ministry of our congregation and our church body—the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). That means involving every member of our congregation in service to others through the unique life callings that our God gives to us at home, church, and society. That means utilizing the gifts God has given each of us. That means using all our gifts to give thanks to our God who loves us so much that he sent his Son to be our Savior and who empowers us to live thankfully.

On Sunday, Pr. Dan Wagenknecht encouraged us to connect to God's work. As part of your devotional life this week, I encourage you to listen to that sermon
 (and maybe a couple others from our Why Are We Here? series). You can listen by clicking on the Messages from the King graphic below.

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Quite a few of you know that I was to have a heart catheterization on Monday. That was due to the discovery of an anomaly on a recent stress test a couple weeks ago. My cardiologist fully expected that I would need a stent or even a bypass. Needless to say, it's been a nerve-wracking last couple weeks. I wrestled much with the fear of the unknown for myself, my family, and my flock, but the Lord was with us as, just he promised. Should I be surprised?

In fact, the Lord was particularly gracious. No blockages, no narrowing, no obstructions were found. I'm told my heart is strong and healthy. I was able to return home Monday evening. Friends, for those who knew, we appreciated your prayers on our behalf. Lisa and I appreciated the ministering of our circuit pastor - Pr. Dave Rosenau - on Monday. (Called workers and their families need pastoring too once in a while.) And even if you didn't know, please rejoice with us. Our Lord is good and gracious as he demonstrates time and time and time again in his Word. With the Psalmist we sing, 
"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits!" (Ps 103:2)

So now it's time for us to get to work. The Lord has much for us to do--and with recent developments (cf. below), you might be tempted to worry or be afraid or even panic because of the unknown and uncertainty before us. Yet the Lord is the Lord, isn't he? We need not fear. We need not be discouraged. Instead we trust that Christ is by our side, holding our hand and never letting go. We trust that Christ now empowers us to roll up our sleeves, prepare ourselves for some tough conversations and challenging, yet blessed work, and then to actually carry out the work before us. Do we know what the future holds for King of Kings? No, but Jesus does. So we go forward with Christ, connected to him, his Word, his world, his people, and his work. That's why we're here.

I hope you will join us this Sunday as we conclude our 
Why Are We Here? series. We will meditate on Christ's transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9 and see how Christ answers the question, Where Do We Go From Here?. I hope you'll connect with us this weekend!

Connected with You through Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Besides listening to Sunday's sermon, check out these readings for your own personal Bible reading this week:
Exodus 24:9-18
Psalm 2
Matthew 17:1-9
2 Peter 1:16-21

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

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This Sunday, 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 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!

Divine Call Update - On Sunday, King of Kings called Harmon Krause to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Harmon served as principal and upper grades teacher at New Hope Lutheran Academy in West Melbourne from 2015-19. Harmon and his wife, Jessica, have a 2-year-old daughter. Please keep the Krause family in your prayers as they consider where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom.

On Sunday, we were also informed that Phil and Staci Warnecke have accepted the Calls to serve at Risen Savior Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI. They will depart for Wisconsin later this summer. In the meantime, we begin preparations to call teachers for grades K-5. Please keep Phil and Staci in your prayers as they begin preparing for the transition to serve their Lord in Milwaukee next school year, and keep King of Kings in your prayers as we prepare for a time of further transition of our own.

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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 in the church foyer if you plan to attend!

We are also providing overnight housing for the choir. We still need hosts for 8 students. Hosts are asked to provide breakfast and a sack lunch. Contact Renee Zastrow ASAP 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:

A Personal Note of Thanks - Quite a few of you know that I was to have a heart catheterization on Monday. That was due to the discovery of an anomaly on a recent stress test. My cardiologist fully expected that I would need a stent or even a bypass. However, the Lord was particularly gracious. No blockages, no narrowing, no obstructions were found--and I was given a clean bill of health. I was able to return home Monday evening. Our Lord is good and gracious as he demonstrates time and again in his Word. We appreciated your prayers on our behalf. Lisa and I appreciated the ministering of our circuit pastor - Pr. Dave Rosenau - on Monday. 

CPR/First Aid Training – If your CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens certificate needs to be renewed or if you just want to take a refresher course, join us on Saturday, February 29 @ 9 am. If interested, please contact Dawn Todd.

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: We also have the completely reliable prophetic word. You do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts, since we know this above all else: No prophecy of Scripture comes about from someone’s own interpretation. In fact, no prophecy ever came by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were being carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:19-21)