Church News

Greetings, Saints (9/9/19)

 

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

Monday, 9/9
6 pm - Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting #2 (Conference Room)

Tuesday, 9/10
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)

Wednesday, 9/11
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)

Thursday, 9/12
7 pm - King's Camp Committee (Conference Room)

Sunday, 9/15
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Elders' Meeting

Monday-Wednesday, 9/16-18 
Pastor @ Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary


Prayer List

The People of the Bahamas
Picking up the pieces after Hurricane Dorian

The Family of Joseph Scholten
Father of Donna W. - Passed away this past week

Pr. Bill Gabb
Recovering from successful kidney surgery


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

Carolyn Gumm
Mother of Pr. Gumm - Recovering from a broken ankle

Marty C.
Undergoing follow-up treatment following recent cancer surgery
Greetings, Saints!

On Sunday, we concluded our series on following Christ - The Narrow Door. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Philippians 3:4b-11 - Costs Counted. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

What's most important to you?

What part of your life fills you with the most pride—your education? Your job? Your spouse? Your kids or grandkids? Your church? Your abilities? How much you make? Who you’re related to? Where you come from? Have you ever let pride slip into your thinking when someone didn’t treat you the way you thought you deserved? The Apostle Paul would tell you that everything that fills you with pride or brings you glory or prestige—while nice in this life—is nothing more than worthless trash compared to knowing Jesus and being found in him.

Have such things robbed you of getting to know your Savior better? Sadly, too often we all treat the worthless trash of this life like it’s eternal treasure—in the time we put into it, in the money we spend on it, in the way we talk about it, in the decisions we make for our own goals instead of God’s. As nice as all those things might be, they can become as toxic as the contents of a septic tank. They can destroy your relationship with Christ your Savior.

That’s why Paul urges us to realize how much you have to lose for the sake of Christ, but then realize what you have to gain in Jesus. “I…consider them worthless dung, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, which comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God by faith.”

Is sacrifice for the sake of Christ worth it? Paul practically shouts, “Yes!” Paul lifts your eyes away from what you do and what you earn and how people look at you, and he makes you look at Jesus. Paul lifts your eyes to see what Jesus gives you—his perfect record on your account, his perfect keeping of God’s holy Law, his perfect payment for all your sins. That’s righteousness before God—not what you do or who you are or where you come from, but what Jesus did for you and what Jesus gives to you. When you look at it that way, all that old stuff looks so…worthless.

It looks worthless because your righteousness before God is yours on the basis of this faith—that you know Jesus as your Savior and that you live, suffer, and die with Christ knowing you will rise again. Paul describes it this way, I do this so that I may know [Christ] and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, in the hope that in some way I may arrive at the resurrection from the dead.”

Yes, you have much to lose, but look at how you have everything to gain in Christ! Knowing Jesus as your Savior means you “know…the power of his resurrection…” While all that gives you pride and confidence in this life is great for the here and now, all of that disappears when the cruel shadow of death looms in your life. Yet knowing Jesus as your living Savior assures you that death has been defeated, that you will rise from the dead someday, and therefore while you still have breath in your body, you can serve your Lord with joy and thanks and courage. May our God enable you to serve our Savior Jesus--our gain, our eternity, our everything!

Following Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading this week:
Ecclesiastes 5:10-20
Psalm 128
1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19
Luke 16:1-13

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting #2 – The Church Council, Board of Youth Discipleship, and Board of Elders will meet in the conference room this evening (Monday), September 9 @ 6 pm to discuss the Pre-Call surveys re: calling our next Principal/Grades 6-8 Teacher. Please remember to fill out your surveys and bring them to the meeting! If you will not be able to attend, please contact Pastor ASAP!

Digging Deeper – Our Wednesday AM Bible studies continue this Wednesday @ 10:30 am in the conference room with a study of Martin Luther’s Large Catechism. If you would like to purchase a copy of Luther's Large Catechism, please reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

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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 created man and woman!
  • ACTS for Grades 6-12 meets in the conference room. Join us this week as we learn about accountability and responsibility for our actions!
  • Adult Bible Study meets in the lunch room in the Family Life Center. Join us as we continue our True and Reasonable Bible study! We'll take a closer look at science and how our God reveals himself in nature.

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True and Reasonable – How do I respond when people reject or object to the Bible or Jesus or my Christian faith? In a world growing increasingly hostile to Biblical Christianity, we face objections to what and in whom we believe. So what can we do? Join us Sundays @ 9 am as assemble a “toolbox” that can help us face objections to our faith, including the best tool of all—the Word of God. All adults are encouraged to attend!

Donations for Pets - Karen Hoefler is collecting pet food and toys for the pets in the Orange County Animal Shelter. She is doing this for her 4H community service project and will collect until Friday, September 27. Please donate only unopened pet food and new unused toys. Collection boxes are located in the entryway!

Dinner Around Town - Our next Dinner Around Town is planned for Saturday, September 28 @ 6:30 pm @ Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe (205 E. 1st St. Sanford). All are invited to attend! Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway so we can have a clear count of all who will be attending!

Welcome Home Sunday - October 20 - Make sure to leave this Sunday open on your calendar! Don't schedule any appointments. Don't plan any vacations for that Sunday. Instead, plan to be here at King of Kings on Sunday, October 20 @ 10 am! Why?

On October 20, we are celebrating 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. Let’s pack the house! Let’s see what that looks like, when every member comes together. We plan to have Finger Food Fellowship in the Family Life Center afterwards! So be sure to set Sunday, October 20 aside so you can join your brothers and sisters in Christ here at King of Kings!

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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 visiting all of our members—and there are King of Kings families and individuals who still need to schedule visits! Please be sure to reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor to schedule your visit ASAP!

An Encouraging Word: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly cannot take anything out. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be satisfied. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)