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  Christ Lutheran Church -
August 2018

Fruits of the Spirit
 
One of my absolute joys that I have in ministry is taking our church high school youth every year on a weeklong mission trip.  It is a time that I truly see God at work in ways that I am never expecting. Sometimes I don’t even fully realize how the Spirit was moving until years later.
 
This past year, I heard from one of my very first mission trippers. She talked about how going on the mission trips inspired her to do a year of service right out of college.  She found she was thinking about the places we served and time we spent and really wanted to dig deeper into her faith for a year before she started her career. The Spirit bears fruit out of these trips in so many different ways.
 
During our mission trip to New Orleans last month, we focused on how we respond to challenges.  And there can be many challenges during a week of service. You don’t get the type of service you are hoping for or think you’ll be good at. Sleeping on the floor of a church is always interesting, especially with a snoring Pastor Tim. And finding yourself reflecting on your own life in comparison to the ones around you can be eye-opening, but not always comfortable. While you might not sleep on a church floor daily, you might be able to relate in some ways to similar challenges in your normal day.
 
This year we focused on these verses from Galatians 5:22-23:  22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
 
I find it helpful to understand this description of God and who God is in our life.  We have a God that is involved in our life. A God that encourages inspires and helps us when we are in need.  These fruits of the Spirit are not signs of faithful living but instead gifts that we can call on when we need them most.  They help to push us out of the comfort zone and into places where God is calling you.
 
So the next time you’re bored at work, or finding yourself irritated at the grocery store, or enduring another one of Uncle Jack’s stories, take a deep breath. Ask God for the Spirit to intercede and help you to be the person you want to be in the moment.  In doing so you will be amazed at the ways that God will continue to use you and work through you to reach other people.
 
God’s Peace
 
Pastor Tim

VP Mutual Ministry:
Please join me in thanking Stephanie King for her many years of service at CLC as our office manager!  May God continue to bless her path as she begins her new job. 
 
We have begun the search for a new Office Manager and posted the job description at CLC and on the Church website.  Please encourage any interested candidates to review the website for details on the role, and the application process.
 
In the meantime, Lois Minta, Vikki Breen and Marianne Mabry have graciously volunteered their time to support the office manager responsibilities in the interim.
 
Please contact Pastor Tim or Tom Mabry with any questions regarding the office manager position.
 
God’s peace,
 
Tom Mabry
VP & Mutual Ministry


 

Fellowship Committee:
Greetings,
 
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. By the time you see this our trip to the Braves game and are now looking forward to the United Atlanta soccer game on August 19th. If you have signed up for this game please make your check out to CLC with United Atlanta written in the memo line, tickets are $40.00 each. We also are looking forward to our third annual church 'picnic' on Sunday, August 5th in conjunction with the Sunday School kick off! I look forward to seeing everyone
there!
 
God's love,
 
Lois Minta


ELCA All Youth Gathering:
June 27 – July. 1, 2018
 
My grandsons, Jacob and Joshua Walworth, and I traveled to Houston, Texas and joined 5 young people and 3 chaperones from First United Lutheran Church for the ELCA National All Youth Gathering. The theme was This Changes Everything – Love, Hope, Grace, God’s Call and Jesus Changes Everything. Wednesday night we were greeted with speakers and Christian music. Thursday we were involved in our Service Learning Day and we helped two families clean, mow, cut, and maintain their yards and picked up trash in an area which was hit hard with the hurricane last year. Friday was our Interactive Day where we built sides of houses which would be used for homes, and generally had a fun day learning teamwork, diversity, relying on one another, mazes, and games. Saturday was Synod Day with communion given by Bishop Gordy and other meaningful Christian Education activities. Each night was worship with Christian Rock Bands and inspirational speakers.  Sunday was our last day and we all hated to leave.
 
We would like to encourage the young people of CLC and their parents to consider going to the ELCA All Youth Gathering, June 29 – July 3, 2021, in Minneapolis, MN.  You will thoroughly enjoy the gathering and it will be an inspiration to all.
 
Sue Burkhart


Welcome and Witness:
The 4 Sorrentino’s just returned from our annual national youth bowling tournament. This year it was in Dallas, Texas. We put 3,044 miles on the minivan, and did more than we have ever attempted to do in previous years. The biggest welcome of our trip was when we got back home to Georgia. It was about 20° cooler in “Hotlanta” than it was in Texas, and the dogs were home to welcome us with wagging bodies. 
 
When guests visit I hope CLC is a breath of fresh air to them, and that we welcome them with our whole being just as our three dogs Dave, Buster, and Winky welcomed us home from our trip. Well... maybe not JUST like they did!!
 
Unleashing salt and light,
Tiffany (with Joe, Braden, and Evan’s help!) Sorrentino
Romans 15:7 - Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.


 

Great news!!  Christ Lutheran Church will host a blood drive in August!  Super opportunity to help others in need.
 
I’ve recently been reminded of the great positive impact of the gift that we give when we choose to donate blood.  Just last week my dear friend, Anna, was the recipient of a blood transfusion because she was severely anemic.  The doctors didn’t know why she was anemic, and she was hospitalized.  Thankfully, they have been able to determine that her heart valve was leaking, and she underwent surgery to correct it.  Your prayers for her recovery are welcome.  Anna and I worked together 15 years ago at Georgia Tech, and we’ve stayed in touch over the years.  I’m SO grateful that she is on the road to recovery AND I am SO grateful that the blood she needed was there for her when she needed it.
 
Donating blood helps people dealing with cancer, trauma, sickle cell disease, burns, and many other chronic diseases and conditions.  THERE IS CURRENTLY A CRITICAL NEED FOR BLOOD, and blood donors are needed every day to help save the lives of patients who depend on the generosity of volunteer donors.
 
Please…make your appointment to donate today, and be a part of saving someone’s life.
 
In Him,
 
Julie - PS.  And bring a friend and donate together!!


 

A New Road 36 – Seminar for Widowed Persons- Oct. 5-7th, 2018
 
A bereavement seminar will be held at Camp Kinard, 6053 Two Notch Road, Batesburg- Leesville, SC on October 5-7, 2018.  The seminar offers support for men and women who have been widowed within the past five years.  Topics for a New Road 36 include: “Survival Skills,” “What now with my life?” Taking care of self,” “Preparing for the holidays,” “What about dating?” and “Remarriage?” The seminar is sponsored by the SC Synod ELCA and assisted in funding by friends and former participants of A New Road weekends.  For more information and a brochure, contact by email deesc@me.com or dcgadm@knology.net or by phone 864-706-6596 or 706-910-7534 or Deb Rogers at 770-427-7968 or Pastor Tim. Please visit our website at
http://www.anewroadtogriefrecovery.com/and our Facebook page.
 
Registration deadline for A New Road 36 is September 1st.
 
Help support A New Road Ministry!
 
Send your gifts to: Laverne Cook, Registrar,
908 Windmill Road, Gilbert, SC 29054
 

Chicks Book Club - August 10th 
 
All women of Christ Lutheran are members of the Chicks Book Club.  If you have any interest in joining us, please contact me and I'll be glad to provide details.  Or just show up!  
 
On August 10th (Friday), we'll be meeting at Sue Burkhart's at 7 PM.  The book we'll be talking about is:
 
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
 
Rita Buehner - 678-327-5133 - ritabuehner@bellsouth.net


Christian Education:
We are excited to begin another exciting year growing and learning in God’s love at Christ Lutheran Church.  Please be sure to register your child for Sunday school on our website at www.clcwestcobb.org if you haven’t already!  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.  Here are some important dates to mark on your calendars! 
 
Sunday, August 5th
9:45 a.m. Sunday School Meet & Greet
Lunch & Outdoor fun immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service.  Christian Education is providing Hot Dogs for our main meal!  Please feel free to bring a salad, dessert or drink to share at the lunch!  Please contact Maxine Langford,
Jenni VanRensselaer or Lois Minta if you have any questions regarding the lunch.
 
Sunday, August 12th
9:45 a.m. Sunday School begins!
 
Sunday, September 2nd
No Sunday School – Labor Day Weekend
 
Do you have a child from 0-3 years of age?  Please go to our website to register at www.clcwestcobb.org to register them under the Nursery registration button.  These little angels will not be coming to a Sunday school class, but we will be providing faith curriculum along to you, the parent, on how to integrate the beginnings of faith formation to your sweet little one.  Please let Jenni VanRensselaer know if you have any questions.
 
We send a GIANT THANK YOU to the children’s sermon team for continuing to provide most wonderful children’s sermons throughout the school break.  Thank you for your commitment to the children of the Christ Lutheran congregation!

Stewardship Committee:
“It is more blessed to give than to receive”-Acts 20:35

It is more blessed to give than to receive – My guess is both Jesus and Paul had in mind a blessing that goes deeper than just feeling good. Indeed, God has created that in us, however, there is so much more to it. In giving, we are blessed to do God's will; in giving, we are blessed to illustrate God’s love; in giving, we are blessed to address an individuals' needs.
 
Without a doubt it is a blessing when we have enough, so we have something to give instead of having to be on the receiving end. But the statement “more blessed to give than to receive” sounds terrific but do we really believe it? Being blessed by giving is not as natural as it seems. We really enjoy receiving because it is fun to get things and it brings us a lot of joy. Sometimes things are not going our way or having a bad day, and it gets a little scary to give. Almost like it will take us even further out of balance.
 
I have thought a lot about this process, and I don’t believe Jesus is saying it is not a blessing to receive, but he is saying it is more of a blessing to give. Being a generous giver certainly does not mean living a life without, but maybe God makes us prosper in life, not to raise our standard of living, but to raise our standard of giving.
 
What resources do you have to be a generous giver? Money is usually the first thing that comes to mind when stewardship starts talking about giving, but consider what we can do with our time, and our talents and even our words. We know God counts more than money. Remember the story of the widow who put in the two copper coins into the offering while all the rich put in large amounts of money (Mark 12:41-44).
 
Maybe you are asking who we should be generous to? The only right answer is everyone. God will have many people enter our lives, be generous to them all. The easiest way to start is with encouraging words and a smile. If you go out into the world each day and as you greet people do it with a smile and find the words to bless them for the day. Not only will you “Feel Good” but you will receive these blessing back many times over. When you are ready, look to expand that generosity with the many opportunities we have at Christ Lutheran Church and our church family.  
 
We have been made stewards, not owners of all that God has given us, our money, our time and our talents. Use these gifts in whatever way God leads you so that you get to experience why “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
 
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously- 2 Corinthian 9:6


 

Budget and Finance Committee:

2018 Year to Date Financial Summary (as of June 30, 2018)
Operating Income Summary:
Year to date income:                         $147,453
Year to date expenses:                     $140,250      
Year to date net income:                     $7,203
Year to date expenses as a percent of annual budget: 49.9%
(On Track)
Account Balance Summary:
Checking/Money Market Balance:  $97,013
Mission Investment Fund:             $20,163
Total Cash Balance                     $117,176
Mortgage balance:                      $122,852
 
On Line Giving Now Available
Christ Lutheran Church is pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.
 
If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis. 
 
A Tutorial is available at the church office and posted online at the CLC website under the Online Giving webpage.
 
Scott Christian – Finance Committee Chair
Blessed to Follow-The Beatitudes as a Compass for Discipleship by Martha E. Stortz-Professor of Historical Theology
 
Professor Stortz points out in Matthew’s gospel Jesus’s first preaching is the Sermon on the Mount-The Beatitudes. The Beatitudes eight in all are split the first four echo those who suffer and the second four those who help others.  That said, they are truly an amazing way for Jesus to start his public ministry by blessing those who hear this sermon.  Jesus begins his public ministry by blessing people where they are in life.  Each blessing he gives is followed by a promise from the kingdom of God.  Let’s skip ahead to the end of Jesus’ public ministry his final sermon in Matthew 25:31-46.  Here the Great Judgment unfolds and Jesus revisits the Beatitudes as he reveals himself as the one who is hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, and sick in solidarity with those whom his first sermon blessed.  Jesus not only feels people’s pain but also shares it, bearing their burden and finding in it blessings.  
 
Often times it is easy to read the Word of God as two choices blessings or consequences.  Professor Stortz takes the abundance that blessings are in the Beatitudes looking closely at human pain and suffering in light of those blessings.  She says God does not love humanity in the abstract, but God loves each of us as in:
 
(Psalm 139:1-3)
O Lord, you have searched me and known me,
You know when I sit down and when I rise up,
   you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
  and are acquainted with all my ways. 
 
Let this bible study open your awareness of Emanuel (God is with us) in your living with God’s blessings. (Start date to be announced in the Fall)
Sunday, August 12th ---First Responders Challenge Recognition
The challenge is complete!
 
Second service delivered 70 items while first service attendees delivered 41 units.  THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!  Your generosity never ceases to amaze.  Both Cobb County Police at Precinct 5 and Cobb Fire Station 17 members were extremely grateful.  Both organizations were very appreciative that we would support them in the way that we did.

Now, to celebrate ourselves, there will be special treats, drinks, and coffee offered between services Sunday, August 12.
 
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Please mark this date on your calendar and join us with these free recognition treats and fellowship!  We would like all to be there.
A Letter from Cobb County Police Department:
 
Dear Christ Lutheran Church,
 
On behalf of the police officers, detectives and staff of Precinct Five, we would like to express how grateful we are for the cases of water and all the snacks that you brought by the precinct.  We are honored to have been thought of by you and your staff.
 
We are sincerely thankful to be recognized by the community, and proud to serve the citizens of Cobb County.
 
With Gratitude,
 
Major B.E. Little                                             Captain W.A. Mitchell
Precinct Commander                                    Assistant Precinct Commander


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