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  Christ Lutheran Church -
July 2018

Digital Faith   
 
In the summertime, we are on the go! Traveling for sports, family, or just a drive to get away, it is a time to head out and see the rest of the world. (And yes, this is a shameless plug to remember your Flat Jesus and send us a picture.)  As we are on the go, it becomes harder to maintain a number of good practices that we have set in place to keep us healthy and connected throughout the year. (We just got back from seeing a number of family and friends and my scale at home alerted me to this truth right away.)
 
Just like it is easy to go overindulge at IHOB or Wendy’s when we’re traveling, it is easy to slide away from the faith practices that keep us grounded in God and not on the lures of this world. As we roll through this summer, we are working on a few things here at Christ Lutheran to hopefully help people that are on the go feel more connected. 
 
We have heard from the people in the congregation that they would like access to more sermon material.  We have begun the process of talking through starting a podcast so that you will be able to access the sermon wherever you find yourself.  This is a process, but we hope to be online fully by the end of July.
 
Recently we have begun a partnership with Vanco to help people who prefer giving online to have that option.   This will allow the flexibility for people to give without having to remember the checkbook or if you left the envelope on the counter.  You will see more about this from our finance committee, and I want you to ask all the questions you might have.
 
Also be on the lookout for a reformatted website.  Our web gurus, Marianne Mabry and Rita Buehner, have been doing an excellent job with our website.  We are seeing a growing number of people accessing it and finding the information they need.  As we continue to see this as our digital front door, we are going to be making an investment to increase capacity and make sure it stays user-friendly.
 
All of these steps are to help you, God’s church, engage with God’s church.  If you have ideas, we would love to hear them: call, stop by, or email at any time.  This is a process so please bear with us as we make these changes the best they can be, for CLC and for God’s church.
 
God’s Peace,
 
Pastor Tim

Council President:
Happy Summer Church Family-         
 
I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer!  In the midst of my travels this summer, I came across a parable that helped bring me comfort when thinking about God’s role in guiding us through all of the craziness that is happening in the world right now.
 
The Parable of the Flood is probably familiar to some of you and has been shared in many different versions, but the gist of it is as follows:
 
A man was stranded in his house during a flood.  He prayed to God to rescue him.  As the water continued to rise in his house, his neighbor came and offered him a ride to safety in his truck.  The man declined, saying that God would save him.  The water continued to rise, and the man ended up on his roof when a boat came by and offered to take him to safety.  Again, he declined, saying that God would save him.  Finally, a helicopter came by to save him and again he declined saying that God would save him.  The water eventually overtook the man, and he drowned. 
 
When the man reached Heaven, he asked God why he didn’t save him.  And God replied, “I sent you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter and you refused them all!  What more do you want?”
 
This parable is a great reminder that God is always at work in our lives and throughout the world, especially when it does not seem obvious that He is.  This parable gives me peace and hopefully does for you as well.  Thanks to all of you for your role in God’s plan for our world. 
 
God Bless,
 
Mike Mahler


 

Fellowship Committee:
Our Braves game is approaching soon! Sunday, July 29th at 1:30 p.m. We will have a bus available to take at least 47 people which will be helpful to many, the rest of us can carpool or take our own vehicles. 

Our next outing will be on August 19th to Atlanta United for a soccer game, no bus for this one. Also, on August 5th we will have our “picnic” in conjunction with the Sunday School Meet and Greet following the 11:00 service, hope to see many of you there!


Synod Assembly Report:
God's blessings be upon you all. It's been 3 weeks since Tiffany and I attend the yearly Synod Assembly in Chattanooga. This was our second straight year of attendance. This year was better than ever. Bishop Gordy presided, which, in itself, would be reason enough to attend. What a brilliant servant of God.
 
The general Synod meetings are a window into the inner workings of the church. This alone would make this meeting well worth it, however, there's much more to enjoy and take in. There are workshops on various topics that may be of concern to you or your home church. There is also a meeting of our local cluster group to discuss needs, concerns, etc. of our local churches. 
 
The highlight for me, this year, was the daily worship experience. Each day was a different theme. Day one was based on communal sharing of a meal followed by Holy Communion around the table, each recipient communing the next. Day two was an African-American themed worship. Day three was a Guatemalan themed worship.
 
One of the highlights was the gospel being read in Spanish followed by the announcement that the sermon would be in English. The worship sessions were a great reminder of the Wordly presence of our Lutheran Church.
 
This weekend experience is truly time well spent and a great chance to grow in your faith. God's Peace to all and may all who have an interest in this experience get the chance to attend this great event. 
 
Most Sincerely,
 
Bill Herbig


 

Welcome and Witness:

The past two years I attended the ELCA Southeastern Synod Meeting. I’d never been to Chattanooga, and I rarely sleep in a bed without a child or a dog, so I volunteered to go. Last year was all about figuring out what happens and how the weekend unfolds. There are red, yellow, and green voting/speaking cards, and then there’s the throwback to my youth of being handed a scantron sheet and a #2 pencil to vote for people to serve all the Lutherans in the southeast. 
 
This year was about meeting people. I met a woman who said she was moving to get away from people with different political views than hers after we had formed a friendly bond with each other. I gently told her that I was one of those people. Her struggle to reconcile me and her planned move was visible. I met a woman and her daughter who attend a church that has no youth, no youth program, and are dealing with a shrinking congregation. It made me thankful for our youth and that we are alive and growing. Finally, I met a guy in red tennis shoes. This year he was the newbie just as I was last year. His eighth album had released while we were there, and he asked me to listen to it and asked my opinion on a few specific things. Turns out one of his blessings that weekend was a workshop… as was mine. 
 
Each day there is one or two different times to attend workshops on a variety of different topics. Last year I attended one on how to utilize digital media to convey your church’s message, and this year I attended the one that promised a discussion about Chronic Fatigue. It was about how we have people in our congregation that have chronic illness and/or pain, and that many times no one knows they are suffering. They offered ways we can come alongside each other, support each other, serve each other, and share information that can help each other. I realized how much I needed that conversation, and how beneficial it could be to have in our own congregation. 
 
If you are asked to serve, or thinking about serving CLC by attending the annual synod meeting grab hold of the blessings you will be given by both the experience and the people you meet. Oh, and you might have the additional blessing of two nights free of children and/or animals in your bed too!!
 
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.
 


 

The Social Ministry Committee 
The Social Ministry Committee has not met officially so far this Summer, but many of our members helped load 300 YMCA Summer Lunch bags on June 13th, 18th, and 19th.  It was fun and the task was completed in an hour!  Stay tuned for information about the Red Cross Blood Drive which will take place at CLC on Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!


 

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
 

Worship Committee:
The Worship Committee had its last meeting on June 11, 2018.  Kudos to our member, Shawn Lee Fallin, who purchased more microphones for our sanctuary speaker system.  We got handheld microphones, lapel mikes and over the head microphones.  Now we will be able to hear the children’s sermons, announcements and everything else going on in worship.  Some of them were used during VBS and they worked very well.
 
We usually have lower attendance at worship during the summer.  If you are in town please come to worship and if you are on vacation, please find a church near you and attend.  It is interesting to see how others conduct their worship services.  Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you at church.
 
Sue Burkhart


 

Christian Education:
 
June was a fantastic month to learn that we are Rescued by Jesus!!!!  What a WONDERFUL God filled week we had at Vacation Bible School (VBS)!  We were privileged enough to host 40 elementary age children at Shipwrecked VBS.  This awesome ministry could NOT happen without the support of the Christ Lutheran congregation!  There were over 45 volunteers crossing all generations starting with middle school youth on up.  What a treasure it was to see people coming together to use their gifts and have a great time sharing them over the course of the VBS week!  We learned throughout the week that whether you are feeling lonely, worried, struggling, wrong or powerless JESUS RESCUES!  A GIANT THANK YOU for all of the donations of supplies, imagination, patience, love and most of all TIME that made this ministry an amazing week at Christ Lutheran Church! 
 
Thank you to all who donated to the YMCA Summer Lunch Program to reach our goal of making 300 lunches for the month of June!!!  Thank you to all who donated their time to help pack the lunches!!!!
 
Looking ahead to back to school time already!  We are so excited to begin a new and exciting year of Sunday School this 2018/2019 school year.  Here are a few need to know dates as we look ahead!
 
Sunday, July 29th
Blessing of the backpacks – both Worship services
 
Sunday, August 5th
9:45 a.m. Sunday School Meet & Greet (details to come…)
Sunday School Kickoff with lunch following the 11:00 Worship service (details to come…)
 
Sunday, August 12th
9:45 a.m. Sunday School begins

Stewardship Committee:

Summer Stewardship

Most of us have been at a point where we are controlled entirely by our calendar or appointment book. Being honest with ourselves we are driven by priorities set by other people for us. If you find yourself using the words “I am Busy” often during your regular routine you should take a moment to understand God wants you to take some time and relax.
 
“I commend the enjoyment of life because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15
 
My guess is you have heard this before, but it is important to put yourself first. Schedule 30 minutes here and there, taking time for you. Find an activity you like to do, walking, fishing, reading, scrapbooking. What is it you like to do?  Maybe you like to socialize? Spend time with friends and family. Have coffee or drinks out on the deck or maybe around a campfire singing songs or just playing board games.
 
Plan a vacation, even if it is only day trips to picnic in the park or maybe you can visit one of the local museums you just never got to. Plan your time to maximize relaxation and enjoyment in what you choose to do. Invest in your time for renewal and refreshing results. We do need to work, and God expects us to work and not be a time waster. God also expects us to find a balance for family, friends, and renewal. The Sabbath and a conscious effort to make leisure time provide the means to find the balance we need.
 
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days, the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
 
Enjoy your summer and Celebrate Life,
 
Artie Kappel


 

Budget and Finance Committee:
 
Budget and Finance Committee – July Newsletter
2018 Year to Date Financial Summary (as of May 31, 2018)
Operating Income Summary:
Year to date income:             $125,100
Year to date expenses:         $116,905      
Year to date net income:          $8,195
 
Year to date expenses as a percent of annual budget: 41.6% (On Track)
 
Account Balance Summary:
Checking/Money Market Balance:  $100,954
Mission Investment Fund:               $20,163
Total Cash Balance                        $121,117
Mortgage balance:                         $125,255

 

 

 


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